By Elizabeth W., Grand Drill Leader & Representative to AR and NM
Hey, California Rainbow it’s me again. I’m so excited to tell you a little bit about the things I do serving California as Grand Drill Leader and Representative to Arizona and New Mexico. Now let’s take a walk in my shoes! Grab your favorite toms and square those corners!
Just like any assembly, the Drill Leader’s job is to guide the officers and members into the assembly room, carry in the flag, and escort everyone who requires an escort, as we all know escorts can kind of be stressful if you’re the Drill Leader always remembering if it’s ”The Honor, or, The pleasure”. One tip is to ALWAYS wear comfy shoes as Drill Leader. Escorts at Grand Assembly are a little different: Drill Leader and Honorary Drill Leader alternate the role of Drill Leader, during escort.
Something that you might not know that a Grand Drill Leader has to do is, Sakura, the Grand Honorary Drill Leader and I get the incredible opportunity to come up with the informal walk-ins for the Grand Officers in the formation of the Grand Choir, Observer Helpers, and Pages during all informal openings. Along with an informal opening, we get to plan our walks for the Cavalcade of Flags, and we also get to pick the music during these walks. It can be super stressful, but with the teamwork with the Grand Directors and the Drill Leaders, there’s nothing to stress about because they are incredibly helpful.
Another super fun task that this office comes with, is you get to reach out to some of our neighboring states of Arizona and New Mexico and sometimes you get the incredible opportunity to travel to those states and meet the girls of those jurisdictions. It was my duty to keep in touch with these girls all throughout the year getting to learn more about their jurisdictions in order for me to report back to all of California Rainbow about what Arizona and New Mexico’s jurisdictions are doing. A super cool tradition that California Rainbow has is if you’re Representative to a surrounding jurisdiction, you get to dress up the current year’s mascot and give it to your jurisdiction and Arizona is one of those states that I get to dress up a mascot and give to their California Representative in Arizona. After learning so much from Arizona and New Mexico, I get to take it all in and create a very informative speech to share with all of California Rainbow! Now that’s a big step but I believe in all of you. Thank you California Rainbow. Always remember to lead on! Grand Drill Leader Rep. to AZ/NM, OUT!