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 Girls and Advisors,

Grand Assembly 2022 registration forms are again attached to this newsletter. Remember that the deadline is June 6th. Grand Assembly program ad forms and boosters can be submitted through June 1st, and will help defray the costs of holding sessions at a hotel. I need names for the Baby Dedication, Pledge Initiation, and Memorial. I hope you are excited to be returning to the Crowne Plaza and our traditional 3-day sessions!

We will be forming a Membership Committee this year to focus on growth, retention, and promotional events. If you would like to be a member, please contact me. So far, one person has stepped forward.

Thank you to the Grand Representatives who did an excellent job with their reports and safari maps. Thank you to all involved for their flexibility with Grand Representatives’ Day – it went from the traditional in-person event to an outdoor event to a virtual event within a matter of days based on the uptick in COVID within our Rainbow community. Thank you for your understanding. As always, decisions were made based on the safety of all.

Congratulations to the newly appointed 2022-23 Grand Family – Grand Choir, Grand Representatives, and Grand Officers! Names of the Grand Family as well as the Adult Appointments can be found later in this newsletter.

Girls, if you have not picked up your 2022-23 session gown yet, please contact me as soon as possible. Remember that these gowns will be worn for a year. Each girl indicated the size to order based on potential growth over the next year. Remember, it is easier to alter a gown that is too large than too small. There are several seamstresses within our Rainbow community. If you are willing to assist with alterations, please contact me and I will notify the Mother Advisors who will pass on the information.

As we enter upon Grand Assembly travel season, I share with you these words of advice: “Be kind. Work hard. Stay humble. Smile often. Keep honest. Stay loyal. Travel when possible. Never stop learning. Be thankful always. And love.”

Forever the Rainbow,

Mom Therrien

Adult Advisors

Grand Executive Committee 2021-2022
Mrs. Debbie Sneath, Chairperson
Mrs. Diane Miller, Sr. Grand Recorder
Mr. Mark Thompson, Sr. Grand Treasurer
Ms. Deborah Hopkins, Assistant Sr. Grand Treasurer
Mrs. Sandra Bobola, Dean of the Grand Cross of Color
Mrs. Donna Fox, Gift Card Program, Restaurant Fundraisers, Scholarships
Mrs. Deborah Therrien, Supreme Deputy
Mrs. Barbara Parisella, Youth Protection
Miss Amanda Grace, Jurisdictional Marketing Liaison, Marketing Committee Chair
Mr. Raymond Hassell
Mrs. Kristen Lawson, Advisor to the JGEC
Mrs. Dawn Mitchell-Winters, Chair of the Grand Representatives
Mr. David Ogilvie
Miss Samantha Riebe, Supreme Proficiency Coordinator
Mrs. Melissa Edwards, Grand Assembly Chairperson
Mrs. Katherine Thompson PGWA, State Pledge Coordinator
Miss Holly Dunford, PGWA,

Grand Deputies
Dr. Tamra Ringeling
Mrs. Bonnie Dunford
Dr. Laura Flynn

Mother Advisors
Mrs. Michelle Mott, Pawtucket #3
Miss Heather Dunford, East Greenwich #4
Mrs. Julie Pickel, South Kingstown #6
Mrs. Dawn Mitchell-Winters, Westerly #7
Mrs. Kimberly Harrison, Woodridge #10
Mrs. Veronica Barragan-Tovar, Warwick #15

Pledge Groups
Mrs. Jennifer Richards, Kindness
Mrs. Katherine Thompson, Friendship, Pledge Coordinator
Miss Andrea Barragan-Tovar, Happiness
Miss Anita-Marie Mott, Woodridge

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 Religion, Julia B.

Supplies for our Troops- Grand Service, Alexander B.

Soda Tabs for the Shriners-Grand Fidelity, Audrey R.