Hello California Rainbow, with all my wolfy wonder I’d like to introduce Mrs. Vickie Garcia. Born in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Her family moved to Artesia, New Mexico where she lived for 10 years. Then moved to Roswell, NM for six years. Mrs. Garcia’s maiden name is Marrs. It’s pronounced like the planet Mars. In 1949 there was a famous UFO landing outside of Roswell. There was a series called “Roswell”. The City of Roswell has a UFO Museum where every year there is a UFO convention attended by people from all around the world! Her son and daughter would tease her and call her an alien from “Mars”. When she was 16 years old, her family moved to Fairfax (Marin County), CA. When she eventually moved to Novato, CA. In addition to living in various parts of California, she has also lived in Connecticut, Louisiana, and New Jersey.
Mr. Tony Garcia, CFO and PSRD- Panther Paw Pa, and Mrs. Garcia have been married for 40 ½ years. Together they have a pet Weimaraner named Sadie. Those who have been to their home know she is very spoiled! She has two children- a daughter Randi and a son Jonathan. In 2003 Randi served as Grand Faith for the Whimsically Wacky Walruses. Randi has a son- Tyler and a daughter- Isabel. They live in Lemoore, CA. Jonathan is not married and lives in Oceanside. Tony has three older children- oldest daughter- Linda, son- John, and younger daughter- Lillian. They all live west of Phoenix. There are 12 grandchildren in all and eight great-grandchildren in total. When they are all together, they always have a great time.
After 33 years with the Federal Government, Mrs. Garcia retired. She has now been retired for 17 years! She worked for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Starting out as a tax auditor and auditing individual tax returns. Then became a manager of tax auditors and a manager in the case processing function that processed the audited tax returns. She had the opportunity to travel on business to numerous cities. Before being involved in Rainbow, she traveled to Fresno! She also traveled to several cities throughout California. In addition to traveling to Anchorage, Alaska, Hawaii, Seattle, Washington, Salt Lake City Utah, Nashville, Tennessee, Raleigh, North Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia, Washington, D.C., and several times to Dallas, Texas. Traveling to some cities more than once. She was in Dallas on 9/11. Her district’s Official Visit of the Grand Worthy Advisor was on 9/13 and she had obtained permission to leave the meeting early to return to California for the O.V. But with the events of 9/11, she was not able to return for the Official Visit.
She was Mother Advisor for Golden Star Assembly, No. 275, in Vista, CA, for 15 years. In 2005 she was appointed to the Grand Executive Committee as a GEC MA. She was one of two GEC MAs who first served as a three-year GEC MA. For about eight years she volunteered at the Grand Assembly Office for Mrs. Sara Lee Martin. Helping with financial training, answering questions, and providing direction to the Assemblies regarding financial and non-profit status based on IRS Code §501(c)(3). She continues to volunteer for Mrs. Dana Regier, our Supreme Inspector. At Grand Assembly 2016 she was appointed Area Grand Deputy for the San Diego County Assemblies. She has been on several Supreme Tours and has always enjoyed these trips and the many beautiful cities. They are always an adventure. The Supreme Tours have given her the opportunity to become better acquainted with the members of our Rainbow family.
She was a Rainbow Girl in Roswell, New Mexico. Belonging to Zia Assembly, which is now closed. She still has her Lambskin Apron. Her favorite office is Faith, not only because her daughter was Grand Faith but because Faith represents so much about Rainbow. Faith is the first person to lead a new initiate into the Assembly room and to instruct a new girl of the teachings of Rainbow. She appreciates all the lessons of the bow stations.
She loves all the friendships she has made and all the people she’s had the opportunity to get to know. Rainbow has given us all a common bond. Through Rainbow she has traveled to many parts of California. On one of her trips, she told Tony “we would have never come to this town if it had not been for Rainbow.” She always enjoys going back to New Mexico. New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment. There are so many things to see, and it is rich in history. She also enjoys Washington, D.C. She loves all the museums and history.
She enjoys New Mexican Spanish food, she’ll definitely have to let me try a dish. Every year she buys fresh New Mexican green chiles, roasts them, freezes them, and enjoys them all year long. She also buys New Mexico sun dried red chiles to make red chile sauce. The New Mexico chiles have a wonderful flavor!
In her free time she enjoys digital scrapbooking. She is scanning all her pictures into a cloud storage system and using their digital scrapbooking program. She is also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her initial Patriot is James Litchfield of Massachusetts. She is currently working on proving another Patriot- General Andrew Pickens. She is also a member of the Mayflower Society and a descendant of John Howland. He is the person who fell off the ship on the way to America.
A message from Mrs. Garcia: To my beautiful Pioneering Wolf Pack daughters, embrace this year. Enjoy this year and cherish your new Rainbow family. Mrs. Regier has prayed about each girl and each office. She appointed each of you to your special office. I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you. I look forward to our many travels together and fun times. And as the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls begins the next 100 years of Rainbow, our Pioneering Wolf Pack will lead California Rainbow’s First-Class Organization. Watch out California Rainbow, here comes the Pack!