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.


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



Collections


Pennies for Supreme Temple Fund- Grand Love, Fallon C

Supplies for our Troops- Grand Patriotism, Hailie P

Soda Tabs for the Shriners-Grand Nature, Hannah P
Message: "Hello everyone! My name is Hannah P. This year I am collecting soda tabs for the Shriners Hospital. Soda tabs may be given to me at any grand function or at any time you may see me, it doesn't matter, I would be more than happy to collect them anywhere. Just one thing I ask for in advance before you give them to me is to keep track of them (by weight in pounds) . Keeping track of them would be great and make my life a whole lot easier. Thank you!"

Socks for the Homeless - Grand Immortality, Abigail C
Message: This year, we are collecting socks and other clothing for the homeless. Socks are the main item, but anything is accepted.

Busy Bags for Dialysis Patients - Grand Choir Message from Grand Choir Director, Alysa T: "Hello everyone! This year the Grand Choir is collecting supplies to make busy bags for dialysis patients. Recommended supplies are coloring books, crayons, knitting supplies, books, and generally anything that can keep someone busy for up to four hours three times a week."

Save the Shoes - We want your gently used shoes - soles intact, no holes, laces attached (if needed), dry and clean. Supreme Assembly IORG is working with Funds2Org. Start saving your shoes now and bring them to Mom Lynn or Mom Therrien. Our collection runs for April and May. So far, we have collected 250 pairs of shoes - but we need to collect 2500! Ask your family members, friends, etc. to help also. Each Grand Jurisdiction is being asked to participate to continue the repairs on our Supreme Temple, our international headquarters located in McAlester, Oklahoma. Here is a link for more information, https://funds2orgs.com/how-does-this-work



GRAND ASSEMBLY FUNDRAISERS


The Grand Executive Committee has approved a plan for fundraisers to replace the Candy Sale. Plans are well underway to begin holding fundraisers at participating restaurants who offer a percentage of sales to non-profit organizations. We will hold fundraisers at different restaurants, at a designated location, on a specific date. The first one will be announced in the April edition of The Rainbow Connection.

SPECIAL EVENT


The new Marketing Committee has been hard at work improving Rhode Island's website, Facebook page, and Instagram account. They are also working on getting Rhode Island Rainbow out in the community for service projects.

MISS SERVICE