The good news is, PA Rainbow has maintained its membership through 2012. The total number of Rainbow Girls in PA December 31, 2011 was 325. When all the 2012 annual reports were in and the membership numbers totaled, we initiated as many girls as reached their majority. We are excited about our future as we continue to grow.
- The better news is, we have been growing our Assemblies from the Pledge Groups. One example of this is Kittanning Assembly No. 39. The Assembly had one Rainbow Girl left on the books. There were no meetings, activities or events. I, Helen Snedden, Supreme Deputy, was approached by some Eastern Star members at Grand Chapter who asked, “What can we do to keep Rainbow in Kittanning?” and “How do we start all over to have an Assembly?”
- An organizational meeting of interested Masons and Eastern Stars was scheduled and a plan was outlined and put into place. Under the direction of then DDGM Roger Johnson, Kittanning East Brady Lodge No. 244 and Seneca Lodge No. 805 added their support and became additional sponsors along with Kittanning OES Chapter No. 271.
- At Grand Assembly 2011 two daughters of a Kittanning Rainbow Majority Member proudly joined their mother’s Assembly. However, living over two hours away they are not able to be active members. The other member is currently going to college in Florida.
- v The new Advisory Board put most of their efforts into establishing the Little Sunbeam Pledge Group. There are eight girls who regularly attend Pledge. They are able to hold their meeting on the second floor of the Masonic Lodge Building where a dedicated Rainbow room has been established.
- The best news is, the first Little Sunbeam has turned 11 and was extremely excited to become a “real” Rainbow Girl. On Monday, February 25, 2013 she was initiated into Kittanning Assembly. The Grand Worthy Advisor, Nikki Schafer, and 10 other Rainbow Girls from Irwin Assembly No. 42 and Vandergrift Assembly No. 105 conferred the degrees. It was a beautiful night. Kittanning Assembly is another shining example of how an inactive Assembly can regroup and start again.