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What is the Order of Rainbow for Girls?

The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is an organization for young women between the ages of 11 and 20, regardless of race, creed or color. A girl is recommended by another member, or by a member of the Masonic Lodge, Order of the Eastern Star or Amaranth. Masonic heritage is not a requirement for membership. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend meetings and activities.

Founded in Oklahoma in 1922, Rainbow currently has Assemblies in 46 States and 8 foreign countries. The initiation ceremony of Rainbow is an inspiring and colorful one. The meanings of the Rainbow of colors are explained and Rainbow Girls are responsible for conducting all business and planning all activities of their Assembly while adult advisors are always available to provide guidance, stability and interpret rules. The Order believes that a girl benefits most when she is given a "hands-on" experience so that all major decisions are made by the members of the Assembly through their regular order of business.

What Rainbow teaches

The underlying goal of Rainbow is to teach a girl the importance of being a good citizen and to reinforce the differences between right and wrong. By participating in planned activities, a girl begins to practice the values that she is taught in Rainbow. By participating in service projects, she learns first-hand the pleasure of helping those less fortunate. Through fund-raising projects, she learns the importance of generating revenue and helping the Assembly meet its expenses. Fun activities and visitations provide the members an opportunity to relax, experience something new, and make new friends. Rainbow is dedicated to helping young women develop leadership, positive character strengths, and other important life skills. Rainbow makes a difference in a girl's life and Rainbow Girls make a difference in the lives of those around them.

Information about the Order of Rainbow
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