By Hope C., Grand Hope and Representative to OR & Brazil
Hi there! My name is Hope C. and I am super excited to tell you a bit about what the office of Grand Hope and Representative to Oregon and Brazil entails. Serving in this position has been one of the most fun experiences of my life, but it also comes with a great deal of responsibility.
I think one part of this office that lots of Rainbow Girls know about is that of opening and closing the Bible during Grand Assembly as well as performing ritual work. At first, this task can feel super daunting because it seems difficult to get the correct timing while on the giant floor at GA. What you realize, though, is that it’s truly an honor and is all about asking our Supreme Being to watch over us while we perform our work.
Along with this, you get to work with the Leadership Team as a Grand Line Officer. This includes recording a video for Beyond the Line, reading girls’ discussion boards posts, facilitating the Grand Assembly Line Office Luncheon, and even selecting a Distinguished Leader for the office of Hope! There are so many wonderful reports so it’s super hard to pick only one girl as the Distinguished Leader but it is so rewarding getting to help celebrate all of her hard work.
This office also includes representing California Rainbow as we correspond with Rainbow Girls in Oregon and Brazil. This part of the office is so much fun and you get to learn more about the amazing Rainbow Girls in both of these jurisdictions. (I even got to travel and attend Oregon’s Grand Assembly as a distinguished guest!) Did you know that Brazil Rainbow has grown by 10.32% this year, making it have the 9th highest growth rate out of all jurisdictions? I think that is so cool! Another fun fact is that instead of being appointed by their Supreme Deputy, Rainbow Girls in Oregon can fill out an application to serve as a Grand Officer and they are then chosen by the incoming GWA!
What I believe to be the most important part of this office is to represent the lectures and meaning of hope to the best of your ability. I personally have thought about the meaning of hope for my entire life but have done so even more since my appointment. Grand Hope should be an embodiment of Hope for all of California Rainbow and its supporters. I like to think about the initiation line “Hope always awaits you” and try to be there for the members of our order in the same way that hope is described in our ritual.
Serving in this position is such an honor and I hope this gives you a better idea of what it is all about!