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,
This Summer has been exciting for the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, especially in Rhode Island! Since my last message, we have initiated FIVE new girls - 2 at Grand Assembly and 3 at Grand Officers' Day! Welcome to Sasha, Charlotte, Haley, Baylee and Adrianna! One more candidate was sick so she couldn't be at Grand Officers' Day, so be prepared to help Warwick Assembly with initiation in the near future. Please go to www.gorainbow.org to see that we are #7 in the world for membership so far this year! Keep up the great work - and keep growing!

Speaking of Grand Officers' Day, thank you to the Grand Officers for the work that you put into your ritual. Congratulations to all who won "I Said My Part Perfectly" pins, to those who came close, and to those who showed significant improvement between rehearsals and the actual event. The pins will be awarded at the Grand Officers' Reception. If you missed a ISMPP pin this time, there is always the next Grand Officers' Day in March or at Grand Assembly.

Sarah Sneath, Mom Lynn, and I traveled to California for Supreme Seminar at the end of July. You'll be hearing many new ideas that were presented at this motivational event. The Grand Executive Committee, Grand Deputies, and Mother Advisors have already heard a few. I'm sure Sarah will be sharing many more with the Junior Grand Executive Committee meetings too.

We returned home from California just before midnight on July 28th, and I received a telephone call from the Washington County Fair that there was a last minute change and a booth was available. Since we had submitted an application for a booth, at the encouragement of our Marketing Committee, we were given the opening. In only 2 weeks and 2 days, we were ready to open that booth selling fruit cups and water bottles. In that short amount of time, we filed the Department of Health and Retail Sales Permit forms, arranged for volunteers for three 4-hour shifts for each of the five days, purchased food and paper goods, etc. The profit is approximately $1000, and the final total will be announced when all bills are paid. It was also an amazing opportunity to get our organization's name out to the public, and we had many people take brochures. Thank you to everyone who helped in any way, but especially to Ellen Hefler and Diane Miller who took the lead!

Thank you also to Donna Fox and Laura Flynn who are arranging the restaurant fundraisers. After 3 events at Gregg's, Uno, and On the Border, we have raised just under $500! Thank you to all who have attended these fundraisers. The next fundraiser is September 9th. See the Coming Events section below for more details.

We are always looking for volunteers to help with short term projects as well as serve on Advisory Boards and various committees. If you have an interest, please contact me to explore options.


Forever the Rainbow,

Mom Therrien

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.

Collections


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,





GRAND ASSEMBLY FUNDRAISERS


September 9th 6-8 p.m. Grand Assembly restaurant fundraiser at b.good 62 Hillside Road, Cranston. We will receive 20% of the proceeds.

MISS SERVICE


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