By Maria A., GEC, Dean of the Grand Cross of Color & Representative to CT and RI
As a member of the Grand Executive Committee, I attend all meetings, in-person or virtual, to discuss what is happening in California Rainbow. As a member of the GEC, I am to be the voice of the girls in the state so I traveled and visited other assemblies as much as possible.
Dean of the Grand Cross of Color
As Dean, I serve as Master of Ceremonies at the Grand Cross of Color Ceremony at Grand Assembly. Serving as Master of Ceremonies at the Grand Cross Ceremony in your Area helped me prepare.
I also serve on the “God Squad” with Grand Faith, Grand Chaplain, Grand Religion, and Grand Christian Flag Bearer. The “God Squad” puts together and performs a devotion for the First GO Retreat, First OV, Last OV, and GWA Reception. As a “God Squad” member I could be asked to give a prayer at meals for camps or other Rainbow functions.
I wrote four articles for the Pot of Gold newspaper. They are my GO introduction, Meaning of the Grand Cross of Color, Office Description, and Last Will and Testament. Writing an article on the “Meaning of the Grand Cross of Color” was my opportunity to explain the significance this office means to me.
At the Last OV, there will be a Grand Cross of Color practice in preparation for Grand Assembly. I learned how to tack the Grand Cross of Color Ribbon, and kept a needle and thread in my bag to assist Masters of the Grand Color of Color with their ribbon. I created a flyer for a list of all the Grand Cross of Color observances, and before Grand Assembly, counseled with Mrs. Regier to choose the active designate for the ceremony at Grand Assembly.
Representative to Connecticut and Rhode IslandAs Dean of the Grand Cross of Color I also have the pleasure of being a Representative to Connecticut and Rhode Island. If possible, travel to your Rep. states. Go prepared with a memorized speech about California Rainbow, including your Grand Service Project, Grand Assembly date, and something fun about California Rainbow! As a Representative it’s my job to communicate and learn all about these states by reaching out to my counterpart in CT/RI, giving me information for my speech at Grand Assembly. Here are some fun facts that I learned! Mr. Potato Head® was named the official “family-travel ambassador” of Rhode Island in 2000, and the Hasbro™ toy manufacturer’s headquarters is located in Pawtucket. The very first lollipop was created in New Haven by George Smith in 1908 in Connecticut.