By Ashley H., Grand Religion & Representative to AL, GA and NC
Although Religion is primarily associated with the color orange, crosses, and prayer, the main purpose of the Office of Religion is to advocate for the diversity and variation in religion among the members of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.
As appointed Grand Religion, I am a part of the God Squad, which consists of myself and four other Grand Officers. The God Squad creates devotionals for the Grand Family which are given before large events like the Grand Officer retreat, First OV, Last OV, and GWA reception. It is a great way to unite everyone and start the day out together.
Did you know Alabama’s official state insect is a monarch butterfly? As a Grand Representative, I am responsible for corresponding with my three counterparts from Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina.
Although best known for its peaches, watermelon is Georgia’s number one produce crop with over 40,000 acres in production! A Grand Representative’s job is to spread the magic of California Rainbow by sharing information about our Grand Service Project, special traditions specific to our jurisdiction, and speaking about what we are up to throughout the year.
Where are all my Pepsi® lovers out there? North Carolina is the motherland of Pepsi-Cola®! As Grand Representatives, not only do we share about California Rainbow, but we have the wonderful opportunity to learn about the similarities and differences of Rainbow in other states. With all the information gathered, we then create a representative report to share with all of California Rainbow!
All Grand Officers are required to join a state team during their grand year. This year, I and a few other Grand Officers joined the open team. You may be wondering what that means. The open team has an amazing opportunity to create a project for the year. This year, we created Run with the Pack, a virtual 5k run and the proceeds went to the California Rainbow for Girls Foundation. It was so exciting to customize t-shirts, attend various meetings, and complete the project as a team.