By: Sis. Rebecca Ross, Grand Rep to Kansas
On Saturday May 9, 2015 Rainbow girls Caelyn Mansfield, Ashley Johnston, Autumn Zimmerman, and I attended the Special Olympics Allegheny County Summer Games held at Baldwin High School!
The Special Olympics Club is dedicated to “promoting inclusion and awareness of all individuals with all types of disabilities.” More than 400 Special Olympics athletes from more than 17 training sites in Allegheny County met at the high school for track & field events, bocce, golf putting, weightlifting and more. We helped the local group of the Humanitarian Foundation of the Grottos of North America at their booth. They are a nonprofit organization that brings “Special Smiles” to children with special needs by providing them much-needed dental care. The program helps cover the costs of dental treatment for children with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and other related neuromuscular disorders, those with mental retardation, and organ transplant recipients.
We passed out bags full of toothbrushes, bottles, informational packets, and other goodies to the athletes while speaking about the importance of dental care. The day was full of music, dancing, and spreading awareness. It was a beautiful day to serve the community.
If you are interested and would like to learn more about the Humanitarian Foundation of the Grottos of North America, please go to their website at http://www.hfgrotto.org/ and don’t forget to help children receive smiles with this year’s charity project, Operation Smile!
The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls in Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Grotto Association invite you to help us make kids smile, together! Over the next year, we’re asking Rainbow Assemblies and local Grottoes to partner for a Toothbrush Day, sponsored by the Humanitarian Foundation of the Grottoes of North America. The young ladies of Rainbow will help with promotion and the distribution of toothbrushes. In return, the local Grottoes are asked to make a $200 donation to Operation Smile, the state charity for PA Rainbow, which helps children with oral deformities receive treatment.
Together, we can help kids smile across the Commonwealth!
Download the program guide here and start planning your Toothbrush Day today!
On March 30, 2104, Butler Assembly No. 25 held its Official Visit Mrs. Helen Snedden, Supreme Deputy. Other Grand Officers present included Sis. Lisa Walker, Grand Worthy Associate Advisor representing Sis. Kathryn Webster, Grand Worthy Advisor.
For the event, the group attended the Assembly’s Divine Church Service at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chicora. Following the worship service we went to the Argyle Masonic Lodge in Chicora for a delicious Italian Luncheon. Worthy Advisor Rachel Rauschenberger enlightened us with interesting trivia about Italy plus teaching us some fun Italian phrases. The girls then played board games until time to depart.
On March 29, 2014, New Castle Assembly No. 1 hosted its annual Official Visit for Sis. Kathryn Webster, Grand Worthy Advisor, and Mrs. Helen Snedden, Supreme Deputy. The dance was held to raise money for Sis. Kathryn’s charity, 4 Paws for Ability. Grand Officers present included Sis Lisa Walker, Grand Worthy Associate Advisor representing Kathryn Webster; Sis. Stephanie Rickert, Grand Recorder; Sis. Amanda Herzog, Grand Immortality, Sis. Tara Miller, Grand Choir Director; and Sis. Kayce Kushma, Grand Representative to West Virginia.
The event was enjoyed by all, with good fellowship and plenty of food to go around. The dance had followed a combined Initiation with officers from New Castle No.1, Martha No.11, Faith No. 150, Ohio Valley No. 157, and Beaver Valley No. 187. It was a great way to end the day and welcome the two new Sisters from Ohio Valley and Beaver Valley!
On March 1, 2014, Morrisville Assembly was host to Sis. Kathryn Webster, Grand Worthy Advisor of Pennsylvania Rainbow, at a Testimonial Luncheon. It was a lovely day full of sunshine, good food and fellowship with numerous Masonic Organizations.
As the guesst arrived to check in there were tables set up with crafts for the girls and adults to make which are being taken to the Warminster Masonic Village to hang on the residents doors, to follow in the GWA’s commitment to service. Once you walked thru an arbor of greens and birds of paradise, the dining room was elegantly decorated with red table clothes and lace with accents of purple and red flowers, bows and balloons throughout the room. The tables numbered by Lion King Animals were topped with birds of paradise centerpieces. The aroma of a wonderful assorted pasta and salad bar filled the room.
To the delight and fun of all, four members of a Philadelphia Mummers String band provided the entertainment. Everyone got to see the GWA Kathryn as well as Mrs. Sneeden perform the mummers strut. In fact numerous times most in attendance were up strutting and enjoying the music.
The crowd was inspired and humored with Mr.s Snedden’s remarks as well as receiving pleasing remarks from the fraternal bodies. Kathryn left everyone with a simple message “that even a smile can make a difference in someone’s life- so make the difference”
It was a wonderful day to share and honor Kathryn, with almost 120 in attendance, the committee thanks all for their support and help in making this a wonderful memory.