Our Cheerful Hope
By: Angelina R., Grand Hope and Rep. to Oregon and Brazil, Buena Park
Hi California Rainbow! I am Angelina R. and I am Grand Hope and Representative to Oregon and Brazil for 2022! I came across this wonderful organization one day when my mom and I were driving home from the grocery store in the summer of 2013. We passed by a fireworks booth and saw a bunch of girls waving signs around that said “Rainbow Girls”. My mom immediately pulled into the parking lot and walked me over to the booth. I was a shy 11-year-old girl at that time with blue hair and I was very confused as to why my mom was making me talk with a bunch of strangers. After talking with the girls for a bit I realized that they were all a lot of fun and I enjoyed spending time with them! On the car ride home, my mom explained to me what the order was and that she was a Rainbow Girl when she was younger! I was hesitant to show interest in Rainbow at first, mainly because of the dresses, I was a major tomboy at that time! But, after just a few months of fun events and getting to know everyone, I was initiated into Buena Park Assembly in November of 2013 just before my 12th birthday. And my life has been full of excitement ever since!
During my time in Rainbow, I have held the office of Worthy Advisor a total of five times! I have had countless opportunities to serve my community and participate in so many great events that I found so fulfilling. Rainbow has helped me become more confident in myself and has made me realize that I have a love for public speaking! The ritual has always held a special place in my heart and I will cherish it forever! Rainbow has also taught me how to be organized, responsible, and on time. It truly does get you ready for life and I honestly don’t know where I would be if I didn’t have Rainbow!
Aside from Rainbow, I am currently attending college and I am studying Psychology. My overall goal is to become a Social Worker at a high school! I also love animals and volunteer at a homeless cat shelter on the weekends. As a child, I was always very into sports and I was a soccer player and a swimmer for most of my life. In high school, I was in choir and for my senior year, I made it onto the cheer team! Now I have an obsession with cheer and I am currently a member of the cheer squad at my college! I also really enjoy photography, makeup, the outdoors, and exploring new places! I am so excited for this Milestone Making year and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for me, the Meerkats, and all of California Rainbow!