By Gwendolyn C., Grand Service and Rep. to SC & VA
I always knew Service was a beautiful lesson, but I didn’t fully understand its responsibilities until I became Grand Service and Representative to South Carolina and Virginia. Since I learned so much in this office, I figured I’d share a little bit about my job with you all today!
First, I was given the opportunity to write for the Pot of Gold in each edition and talk to all of California Rainbow about Service. It was an amazing chance to share ‘Service’s Views on Service’ and update CAIORG with ideas on how to promote their own service in their cities.
One of my absolute favorite parts of my office was being given the honor to lead The Service Team. This year we were in charge of hosting the 2nd Annual Statewide Canned Food Drive, where we contacted girls from each assembly in order that they could pick local food donation centers to support this winter. It was a perfect chance to bond with girls up and down the state, and help the community while doing it!
Something else I get to do is pick four girls to be on The Service Team next year. They send in anonymous applications for their ideas on how to improve the work we do and contribute to the team, and the current team reads through them and chooses the most inspiring ones!
I also get to do some pretty cool stuff at Grand Assembly! Together, Grand Treasurer and I get to announce all the results for the Service Team as well as the new members. We also get to reward the assemblies that donate the most! Also at Grand Assembly, I am given the honor of performing the Service to Rainbow ceremony to award those certain few who go above and beyond to dedicate their time to Service, and are therefore honored with a special purple medallion as a thank you!
Along with being Grand Service, I am a Representative to South Carolina and Virginia. I am their correspondent from the West, and am in charge of keeping in contact with them and reporting back to California how those states choose to run their jurisdictions! It’s probably one of the coolest parts of the job because I learn such interesting facts – for example, did you know South Carolina was the first state to leave the Union in the years leading up to the Civil War? Or did you know that many of the words we use today come from Virginia Native American language: Racoon, moose, hickory, and more? Once I’ve compiled facts and such about these states, I get to put them together in a report and present them to all of you!
And finally, the last role in my office is to pass it down to the next girl and teach her how to do all the stuff I just told you. And who knows, maybe that next girl is you? Whoever she is, I can’t wait to see all the amazing work she does for Rainbow. Well, until next time, CAIORG!