Sister Amanda Herzog – Grand Worthy Advisor 2017-2018
Hello, my name is Amanda Herzog. I have been an active member of PA Rainbow for nine years. I was initiated in 2008, as one of the first members of Beaver Valley Assembly #187. I have since been a Grand Representative to Michigan and Alabama, followed by Grand Immortality, Grand Recorder, Grand Religion, and Grand Charity. I adored my last office because we worked so closely with all the girls, and accomplish our goal of raising $3,000.
I am going to be a Junior at Elizabethtown College, where I’m studying Environmental Sciences, and currently conducting research on invasive species of crayfish. I volunteer with the 2nd chance 4 Life dog rescue in Elizabethtown, and I own a dog, Duke, and two cats. I work several jobs, as a dog walker, an aquarium manager, and as an office assistant at the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation.
This year, I am looking forward to working even closer with each of the girls, the assemblies, and our dedicated adult workers. I am also excited to help each girl accomplish whatever goals they set their minds too. I thought long and hard about a theme that I thought represented me. I wanted to relate to a heroine, and I wanted to be proud of the year. ‘And then I realized how many stupid times a day I use the word ‘I.’ And probably all I ever do is think about myself. And how lame is that when there’s like seven billion other people out there on the planet and… sorry, I’m going too fast. But then I thought, if I cared about the other seven billion out there, instead of just me, that’s probably a much better use of my time.’ I will now introduce the term for the year. In case you didn’t get the reference, our theme for the year is the Princess Diaries. But it is much bigger than the movies. The motto for the year is “Find Your Princess.” Each one of us, including the dads, possess some of the qualities, skills, and values that it takes to be a princess. It is so much more than just being a member of the royal blood line. A princess must have courage, strength, confidence, and poise. Their actions affect others in a way that they may never even realize. So, I relate to Princess Mia as the awkward, gawky, strong, and intelligent princess. You may not, but that doesn’t mean this theme doesn’t apply to you. Pocahontas was fierce, and loved her land. Tiana worked for everything she has, and nothing could stop her. Each princess has her defining qualities, and so do each of you.
And so, this year, our colors are Royal Purple and Emerald Green. Our symbols are heels and tiaras. The bible verse is Isaiah 32:17 “The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever” The flower is the daffodil, as there is beauty in ubiquity. The song is ‘Miracles Happen’ by Myra. Our mascot is the pet cat in the Princess Diaries, Fat Louie. The charity is the Animal Rescue League, which is based in Pittsburgh, but has other shelters throughout Pennsylvania. It is an animal shelter, and a wildlife rehabilitation center. Beyond raising money for this specific charity, every assembly is encouraged to donate to their local shelters. Not only monetarily, but also in time and effort. Many local shelters often need supplies such as blankets and toys that can be crafted as a group project.
Another part of the theme is to encourage that there be more princesses in the world. The membership incentives for this year are as follows. Any princess who first line signs 1 petition will receive a daffodil pen. Any princess who signs 2 or more petitions will receive their very own Fat Louie. Finally, any princess who signs more than 5 petitions will receive their very own tiara.
This year will be rewarding, empowering, and meaningful. I’m so excited to grow with PA Rainbow, wearing our heels and tiaras, as together we all Find Your Princess.