The Golden Apple of California
By: Emily M., Grand Charity and Rep. to WA/ID, San Jose
Hey there Pot of Gold reader! My name is Emily M., and I am beyond thrilled to be your new Grand Charity and Representative to Washington/Idaho for California Rainbow’s Centennial Grand Assembly! I was born on October 5th, 2002 in Santa Clara, California to my parents Sara and Josam Mulinyawe. I have one little sister, Hazel, who isn’t so little since she’s been taller than me for years now and she is also in Rainbow. Last but by no means least, we have my two quarantine puppies, Mochi and Maui, they are truly the apple of our eyes. My family can’t get enough of them and they are absolutely spoiled.
It is safe to say that Rainbow has been a part of my life since the day I was born. This amazing organization has been in my family since my great-grandma, making me a fourth-generation Rainbow Girl. Before I could join an assembly, I was highly active in San Jose’s Pledge Group. When I was finally eligible to join an assembly there was no hesitation. I was initiated into San Jose Assembly on October 5th, 2013, my eleventh birthday. Since then I have served as Worthy Advisor for three terms and had the themes “Have faith in your dreams and someday your rainbow will come smiling through…” from Cinderella and “Never let anyone dull your sparkle,” a royal theme (if you couldn’t tell I have a fondness for princesses). In 2017, I was honored to receive the Grand Cross of Color and participate in the ceremony at Grand Assembly as Active Designate. That same year, I was appointed as a representative of California IORG on the Supreme Training and Development Team with this year’s Grand Worthy Advisor, Katie! We were given the amazing opportunity to attend the Supreme Seminar in 2019 in Disneyland and present our ideas for IORG at Supreme Assembly in 2020. I also got to strut my stuff on the Grand floor as a Vivacious Van Grand Marshal in 2019. Rainbow has been such a blessing in my life and I am so grateful for everyone who has invested their heartbeats in me. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the friendships and memories I have made along my Rainbow journey.
There’s one thing I forgot to add and I can’t quite put my finger on it…. oh yeah, the PR Team! I was selected as a member of the State Public Relations team in 2019 and served up until my Grand Appointment. The PR Team holds a big place in my heart. I learned so much, made some pretty great friends, and found my life calling simultaneously. While I struggled to find a major in High School, my experiences on the PR Team and newfound love for marketing influenced my decision. Currently, I am studying Business Administration with a focus on Marketing at a University close to home and am hoping to be on campus in the fall.
Outside of school and Rainbow, I enjoy performing on stage and whipping up new recipes. I have been dancing since the age of six and for the most part, competitively. Over the years I have explored the styles of Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Tap, and Character, but my favorites are Jazz and Contemporary. I absolutely love to bake. I’ve baked everything from cookies, macarons, cakes, cupcakes, cannolis, bread, pies, cheesecakes, you name it, I’ll never shy away from a challenge. I typically like all types of music (except country, sorry if you’re a country fan), but especially enjoy jazz and pop. When it comes to TV, I can be quite the couch potato and am a huge fan of the Harry Potter series, The Office, and New Girl. My favorite Harry Potter movie is The Prisoner of Azkaban and my Hogwarts House is Ravenclaw. I am extremely honored and excited to be a Grand Officer this year and to make so many milestones with the rest of the Milestone Making Meerkats. I can not wait to see you at California Rainbow’s Centennial Grand Assembly, but until then, stay golden!