By Nicolette W., Grand Immortality & Representative to IL
Hi there, Nicolette here, and I have the opportunity to serve as Grand Immortality and Grand Representative to Illinois this year! But what the heck does that mean? Well, being a Grand Officer is a lot of responsibility, adventures and mostly fun. My biggest responsibility is representing California Rainbow for the year. Going up and down the state to support my Grand Officer sisters and making memories along the way! I also get to be a part of a new member’s Initiation, which is my favorite part of my office. My lecture is unique and carries a lot of meaning and it’s a blessing to be the one to present the teachings of my office to them, as they begin their Rainbow journey. New beginnings can sometimes be a little scary, but having the chance to be a mentor to young girls is what Rainbow is all about.
Being a Grand Representative is also an incredible opportunity to meet new people and travel. As Grand Representative to Illinois Rainbow, I had the remarkable experience to travel to Springfield and meet the wonderful girls from that jurisdiction. I got to spend a long weekend learning their traditions, making connections, and becoming a part of their unique Rainbow community. I even learned that Illinois is the home to one of the only rivers that flow backward! The Chicago river! I was able to write and present a speech teaching them about California Rainbow and I came back with loads of new knowledge and friends from a state I never thought I’d travel to. The friendships I made at their Grand Assembly are going to last a lifetime!
I am also part of a few state-wide teams that take up some of my free time. In no particular order, I am on the state Membership Team, Service Team, and Supreme Ritual Team. I love being a part of all of these teams and they make me feel like I’m really making a difference within California Rainbow. My time as a Grand Officer has already been one of the most memorable experiences of my life and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Thank you for the incredible opportunity to serve California Rainbow this year, this organization will always have a special place in my heart.