By: The girls and adults of Helen G. McCallum Assembly
Well, as you know the summer of 2020 was no typical summer. Helen G. McCallum is used to getting together during the summer and having pool parties, picnics, working in our community, and going to Quakes games. Due to gathering restrictions, we had to find another way to get together, have fun and be involved in our community.
In June, we held a virtual movie night membership party and watched Teen Beach 2 via a watch party, thank you Ms. Buck.
During the month of July, we collected non-perishable food for the Lutheran Social Services of California local food bank. We are excited to say that on our first trip we donated 435 items. We are planning another trip at the end of August. We also decorated pillow cases that the food bank will use and give out to those coming in for assistance. The pillow cases were decorated by the girls with inspiring messages and colorful pictures.
Following our meetings in August, we painted rocks with messages of Hope and left them around our community to help make people smile when they found them and learned how to draw an emoji from one of our future Helen G. girls, Savannah R. who did a great job. We held a virtual get together pool party. It was a lot of fun, but the water was really cold!
We have also been preparing for our Official Visit of Isabella L., Grand Worthy Advisor, and Mrs. Dana Regier, Supreme Inspector, in California of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls on September 19th, 2020. This is our first virtual OV and there is a lot to do. We have to practice and memorize our tributes and then record them so that they can be played during the OV. What a success our OV was. We all did an amazing job! Connor N. and Alysa T. delivered an awesome flag tribute and we even learned how to make leis with BrookeLynn D. following the OV.
In September, we also had our election of officers for the next term and the Official Visit of our Grand Deputy. Mrs. Lewrana Lee is our new Grand Deputy and we are really trying to surprise her. We have a lot of great ideas, but shhhhh, it is a secret! We had her do our own virtual obstacle course and then presented her with a card and an official Mighty Helen G. shirt. Thank you, Mrs. Lee, for being such a great sport!
Following our first meeting in September, Harley O., another future Helen G. girl, taught us how to make a hobo bag out of an old tank top. It was so fun! We ended the month with a four-day online popcorn fundraiser. It was a crazy four days, but we did sell over $2,400.00 in popcorn!
All of our meetings have been virtual. This is very new to many of us, so our meetings have been open business meetings which means that anyone interested in Rainbow can join us. The great thing is that we have six girls that are our Future Helen G. Girls and they get to join our virtual meeting and even participate. After our meetings, we have been having scavenger hunts, bingo games, playing Simon Says and we have even found ways to draw and paint together. We are having fun, but sure do miss getting together. We hope to see you at one of our virtual meetings.