Saturday, June 27, 2009

Rainbow Grand Assembly

The Forty-Seventh Session of the Grand Assembly of Alaska, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls was held at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks, AK, June 24 -27. Grand Worthy Advisor, Miss Tabbitha Cobb led the ceremonies for this four day event.

During the informal opening on Thursday evening, several distinguished guests from the Fairbanks community were invited to speak. These guests included:

Terry Strle, Mayor of the City of Fairbanks
Doug Isaacson, Mayor of the City of North Pole
Dr. Nancy Wagner, Superintendent, Fairbanks North Star Borough Schools
John Coghill, Jr., Representative, State of Alaska Legislature

Dr. Wagner gave a very inspiring speech, telling the Rainbow Girls that education is the key to “Breaking the Glass Ceiling for Women”. She recounted her own experiences and advised the young women that the subjects of math, science, and engineering were excellent pursuits, which would advance their potential for success.

There are three active Rainbow Assemblies (Fairbanks #1, Juneau #3, and Nugget #13) remaining in Alaska, and the girls are very enthusiastic and have a lot of fun while learning leadership, confidence, and citizenship. The Alaska Rainbow Girls are a key member of the Alaska Masonic Family and have the potential for explosive growth, as new and younger families join the fraternity of Freemasonry. If anyone has an interest in participating with the Rainbow Girls in Alaska, contact Ms Gabrielle Hazelton (

Beth and I traveled from Palmer to Fairbanks on Thursday to participate in a portion of Grand Assembly. We really enjoyed visiting with Grand Worthy Advisor Tabbitha, Supreme Deputy Ms Hazelton, the girls, and many adult supporters who we hadn’t seen in a few years. Beth is a majority member of Rainbow Girls, as I am a senior DeMolay. In fact, we first met at a Rainbow Installation ceremony 40 years ago. Although, we were more active, as our daughter Megan went through the chairs in Palmer Assembly #7, our hearts remain with the Rainbow Girls and we wish them all the best.

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