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Sister Steffanie Barth – Grand Worthy Advisor 2020-2021

Good evening everyone! Thank you all for taking the time to tune in and join Pennsylvania Rainbow for our Grand Sessions and for supporting the girls. It is so heartwarming to know that we are all able to be together, even though we may be far apart.

I am Steffanie Barth, from Irwin Assembly #42. I am also a junior Counseling Psychology major at Robert Morris University, where I am striving towards achieving my goal of working in an inpatient psychiatric unit.

My Rainbow journey started when I joined Crystal Hearts Pledge group in 2008. I come from a Masonic family, so I knew from a very young age that I was destined to be a Rainbow Girl. Like many others who began their Rainbow roots at a young age, I remember excitedly waiting outside the assembly room door, dreaming of the day that I, too, would be a Rainbow Girl. In the spring of 2011, that day finally came, and with it, a ton of older sisters that were strong, confident, determined, and everything that I wanted to be. I thought that I would have some BIG shoes to fill. But I soon realized, their shoes could never be filled. Rainbow is not a one-size-fits-all. Every girl is unique and different. The special thing about Rainbows is that it needs each individual color to shine true in order to make it a complete Rainbow. And, so, I began my own Rainbow journey.

My first station was love, and I then progressed through the chairs to Worthy Advisor. From there, I went on to be honored as Pennsylvania Rainbow’s Grand Representative to Texas, Grand Standard Bearer to the Pennsylvania Flag, Grand Love, Grand Patriotism, Grand Chaplain, and Grand Faith.
Rainbow has given me so much. It paved the path from a shy, awkward young girl, who would never dare speak in public, to someone who is confident, determined, and strives to make an extraordinary impact on the world. Rainbow gave me a lot of sisters, which means a lot to me as an only child. Rainbow gave me a place to belong, a place where I can unapologetically be me. It has taught me the importance of service and giving back to the community. One of my all-time favorite quotes is “Be the change you wish to see in the world” by Ghandi. So, what is the change I wish to see in the world? Well, I believe that a good place to start is by sharing happiness and positivity wherever we go. All it takes is one smile, one positive gesture, one small act of generosity, to brighten someone’s day. Kindness is contagious, and who better to start a revolution than the Pennsylvania Rainbow girls?

That is why this year Pennsylvania Rainbow’s motto is Spread Some Sunshine. I know that even on the cloudiest of days, rainbow girls have sunshine within them that can brighten anyone’s day. Along with our state charity, “My Stuff Bags,” the charity I have chosen is the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The Muscular Dystrophy Association funds research, provides medical and community services, and educates health professionals and the general public for those affected with muscular dystrophy. Being as my grandfather is a Tall Cedar, I have been involved with contributing to MDA since I was a little girl and have met many, many families who are affected. Therefore, I am so excited to continue working with MDA and Spread Some Sunshine into their lives. With that said, this year’s colors are “Golden Sunshine Yellow” and “Bright, Clear Sky Blue.” My bible verse is Proverbs 31:26 “When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule for everything she says.” My mascots are ladybugs and bumble bees, and my symbols are a picnic basket and the sun. My flower is the sunflower. Fun fact, did you know that when there isn’t enough sunlight, sunflowers look to each other as a source of light? My song is “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles.

A very important part of our kindness revolution is getting others to join in! Like me, you probably have a best friend. My best friend is Madison Byers, and our friendship has continued grown stronger since I asked her to join Rainbow in 2013. Therefore, for our petition incentives this year, every girl who first-line signs a petition will get their name on a Sunflower from our own Pennsylvania Rainbow Sunflower field at next year’s Grand Assembly. Any girl who first-line signs three petitions will get either a lady bug or bumble bee inspired pinwheel. The girl who first-line signs the most petitions will receive a picnic basket full of everything necessary for the most extraordinary sunny picnic of all time.
I am so blessed to be where I am today and I have so many people to thank for helping me get here. First of all, I would like to thank the Senior Grand Executives for their faith in me and for this life-changing opportunity. All through my time as a Grand Officer, you have played a large role in inspiring me to become the best version of myself that I could possibly be.

I’d like to thank my assembly. Through all of my ups and downs in life, you have been my go-to support system. No matter how many or how crazy my ideas were, you always encouraged me and supported me. You are more than an assembly to me. You are my family. I am so grateful for each and every one of you. Thank you.

You can’t have an assembly without an Advisory Board, which is why the Irwin Assembly Advisory Board and all other Rainbow adults deserve a big thank you for putting up with us crazy kids. I know it’s definitely not always easy, but we all are so grateful. No matter what my vision, you are always right there to make it a reality. Thank you.

I also need to thank the 30th Masonic District. Irwin Assembly is so lucky to have such great sponsoring bodies, and your support has been endless. No matter our needs, no matter the events, no matter the circumstances, you have not only always been there to promote and aid the youth organizations, but you have always supported and promoted me. Thank you.

Next is my family. Since day one you have been my rock. No matter what I wanted to do in life you were always on board, excited to see where we went next. Our journeys together will never end. Thank you.

Mom, my biggest fan, the most selfless and kind person I know, I have so much to thank you for. Without you, I know I would never be standing where I am today. Life is not easy. It never will be. I believe is not supposed to be. But thank you for never allowing me to give up.

Calista, I have had so much fun with you this year. I know the end wasn’t what you imagined, but what you have done for Pennsylvania Rainbow is so much better. You showed us that our Rainbow connections are so much stronger than the distance between us. You have provided us with a family and support system during a time where it would have been so easy to give up. You believed in Pennsylvania Rainbow, and taught us to truly believe we can. I am so glad I had the opportunity to get to know you more this year, and will always remember our trip to Wawa for some chocolate milk at Grand Communications, even though I still think Sheetz is better. Thank you.

Mrs. Snedden, you have been one of my biggest role models since I joined Rainbow. You have watched me grow from “Little Steffie Barth” to who I am today. I cannot wait for all of our adventures and to see what this upcoming year will bring.

Grand Officers for the 2020-2021 year, I am so excited to work with each and every one of you. I know that whatever this upcoming year has in store for us, it is going to be amazing.

And to Pennsylvania Rainbow, thank you for giving me so much. No matter where I go, I always am proud of my Rainbow Roots and to say that I am a Pennsylvania Rainbow Girl. I know you are the reason I am here tonight and the reason I am who I am today. My Rainbow sisters have always been such an amazing support system, and I absolutely cannot wait to see where our journey takes us next. You have given me endless sunshine. So, this year, lets show each other and the world the kind of positivity we exhibit. Let’s do our part to be the change we want to see in the world. Pennsylvania Rainbow, it’s time to get busy, lets Spread Some Sunshine.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steffanie Barth
Grand Worthy Advisor 2020-2021