A message from our Supreme Deputy

Dear Rainbow Girls, Advisors, and Friends,

Thank you for your interest in the Grand Assembly of Rhode Island, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls (IORG). There are many benefits of IORG, some that I have experienced personally are confidence, lifelong friendships, and public speaking skills. My involvement in IORG as a girl prepared me for life, for example I learned how to plan an organized and successful event. When my daughter joined IORG, I enjoyed the added benefit of a common mother-daughter bond which has strengthened our relationship.
I would encourage you to attend our public events to become more familiar with what IORG is all about - ritualistic installation of officers, fun events like dances and hayrides, service projects, and charity fundraisers. Parents, if your daughter joins, I would encourage you to become active and attend meetings and events with her. The rewards to both of you will be magnified.
If you have additional questions or would like to be put in contact with one of our local assemblies, feel free to contact me at rhodeislandiorg@gmail.com.

Sincerely, Deborah Therrien

ABOUT OUR SUPREME DEPUTY Deborah Therrien, Supreme Deputy

Debbie joined the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls (IORG) in 1972 and rose to the rank of Grand Worthy Advisor (highest rank for a girl) in 1980-81. Over the years, she has served as Grand Assembly session nurse, Advisory Board Member then Chairperson, Mother Advisor, Grand Executive Committee member then chairperson, Ritual Committee member then chairperson. Professionally she is a registered nurse, certified in wound, ostomy, and continence nursing with over 35 years' experience. She graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing, and graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Master's of Science in Nursing. She is currently the program manager of the wound program for a home health agency in Rhode Island.

Supreme Deputy's Monthly Message

Dear Rainbow Girls, Advisors, and Friends,

I am happy to report that the Grand Master has declared that Masonic halls can be open for meetings beginning with Phase II of the Reopening Rhode Island plan on June 1, with several guidelines in place including a limitation of 15 people. There will be a Mother Advisors/Grand Deputies meeting on Wednesday, June 3 to coordinate how Rainbow can safely resume meetings.

Plans are underway to hold our Grand Assembly this year with multiple modifications. We hope to hold it July 10-12 at Scottish Rite in Cranston. Please complete the registration form which has been sent as an attachment with this newsletter. Please note that the registration form also includes orders for boxed lunch, T shirts, other IORG apparel, and Rainbowgrams. The deadline for Boosters and Remember Whens has been extended until this Friday, June 5. Rainbowgrams will only be accepted as a pre-order and will be included in the goodie bag that each attendee will receive as they leave the Saturday Grand Assembly sessions.

The maximum number of attendees will be determined by the Governor’s current COVID-19 restrictions. If we are unable to meet in July, then the dates will be August 21-23. Rainbow Girls will be given top priority, then adult advisors. If you find that you are unable to attend after you have registered, please contact the Registration chairperson so that someone else who is on a waiting list can attend. Some of the modifications include: wearing masks, 6 feet social distancing, frequent handwashing, and screening (including temperature) upon entering the building. We will commute daily to Scottish Rite for our sessions, then return home each night.

If we are able to hold Grand Assembly in July, then Grand Officers’ Day will be on August 22 with initiation. I know that there is one candidate who has been elected to receive the degrees, and several more who need to complete and submit their application. Please read and ballot on those applications in June so that we can have a large class of initiates in August. Our Membership slogan for this year is “20 in ‘20”, with a challenge to initiate 20 new girls into our Rhode Island Rainbow Assemblies this year. Despite the pandemic, I think we can still meet this challenge.

I recognize how hard the changes have been as the world responds to COVID-19 – online schooling, reduction in work hours, no physical meetings. I would like to thank the numerous people who have helped Rhode Island Rainbow respond to this crisis and attempt to keep our girls and advisors as connected as possible. As we begin to meet again, please reach out to those members who have not been attending the virtual meetings and activities and welcome them back.

Forever the Rainbow,

Mom Therrien

Adult Advisors

Grand Executive Committee 2019-2020
Mrs. Debbie Sneath, Chairperson
Mr. Mark Thompson, Vice Chairperson
Mrs. Diane Miller, Sr. Grand Recorder
Mrs. Marianne Salisbury, Sr. Grand Treasurer
Ms. Deborah Hopkins, Assistant Sr. Grand Treasurer
Mrs. Sandra Bobola, Dean of the Grand Cross of Color
Dr. Laura Flynn
Mrs. Donna Fox, Gift Card Program, Restaurant Fundraisers
Mrs. Deborah Therrien, Supreme Deputy
Miss Lynn D. Gebler, Past Supreme Inspector
Miss Amanda Grace, Jurisdictional Marketing Liaison
Mr. Raymond Hassell
Mrs. Kristen Lawson, Advisor to the JGEC
Mr. Stephen McGuire
Mrs. Dawn Mitchell-Winters, Chair of the Grand Representatives
Mr. David Ogilvie
Mrs. Barbara Parisella, Youth Protection

Grand Deputies
Mrs. Ellen Hefler
Dr. Tamra Ringeling
Mrs. Bonnie Dunford

Mother Advisors
Mrs. Michelle Mott, Pawtucket #3
Mrs. Linda Palazzo, East Greenwich #4
Mrs. Diane Miller, South Kingstown #6
Mrs. Dawn Mitchell-Winters, Westerly #7
Mrs. Kimberly Harrison, Woodridge #10
Mrs. Veronica Barragan-Tovar, Warwick #15

Pledge Groups
Veronica Barragan-Tovar, coordinator
Mrs. Jennifer Richards, Kindness
Mrs. Katherine Thompson, Friendship
Miss Andrea Barragan-Tovar, Happiness

Marketing Committee
Miss Amanda Grace
Mrs. Donna Fox
Mrs. Dawn Mitchell-Winters
Miss Andrea Barragan-Tovar
Mr. Rowan Gottschalk
Mrs. Kathleen DiPrete
Mrs. Deborah Therrien
Mrs. Diane Miller
Miss Kiya Thompson

GIFT CARDS!! GIFT CARDS: Don't forget the gift card program. Mom Fox will send orders in each month or so in order that they will be in for an upcoming event. This is a great way to support R.I. Rainbow without a lot of hard work and extra effort. Please consider shopping with us. Go to https://www.glscrip.com and then retailer list to see which cards you may order.

Amazonsmile RI Grand is now signed up on Amazonsmile and will get a small percentage every time you order through them. Nothing costs you extra but we do get something. http://smile.amazon.com/ch/05- 6013531

MERCHANDISE: Contact Mom Therrien if you would like to purchase pajama pants, drawstring bags, white polo shirts, sweatpants, sweatshirt jackets in a variety of colors, travel mugs, pop sockets, and water bottles - all with the IORG emblem. We will deliver them to you at a meeting or event.


Pennies for Supreme Temple Fund- Grand Love, Audrey R

Supplies for our Troops- Grand Patriotism, Abigail C

Soda Tabs for the Shriners-Grand Religion, Alysa T

Pet Toys and Food for R.I. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals- Grand Choir Message from Grand Choir Director, Hannah P: The RISPCA contacted me with items that they accept for donations. For cats: wood stove pellets, small litter boxes, catnip, cat toys, small beds, cardboard scratchers. For dogs: string cheese, hotdogs, dog waste scoop bags, dog biscuits/treats (no rawhide), Kong and Nylabone toys, peanut butter, and durable dog toys. They also accept gift cards to Amazon, Petco, and grocery stores,


We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Providence Rescue Mission. The Providence Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization that provides help to the homeless and serves food to many families that are in need. From January 2018 to June 2018, they served 35,497 meals to people in the community and helped over 600 families by giving them shelter. Non-perishable food items can be put in the collection boxes at any of the local assemblies or brought to state-wide events. I would also like to work with the Providence Rescue Mission to set up a day where RI Rainbow can serve food to the community as well. More details will come soon!
Korina Daniels, Miss Service 2019-2020