Rainbow Gets Girls Ready for Life!

Our Jan 7, 2017 meeting is cancelled due to the predicted Snow.  Enjoy your day off.  Our next meeting is Friday, January 20 at 7:00 pm and our Installation of Officers is Saturday January 21 at 2:00 pm.

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Things are going great with Concord Assembly.

Congratulations to our new Worthy Advisor, Nicole.  We are looking forward to everything she has planned for her “Raising the Flag with Concord Assembly No. 53” term!

Congratulations to our new Grand Officers and Grand Representatives — Alison – Grand Chaplain, Erica – Grand Outer Observer, Katie – Grand Christian Flag Bearer, and Nicole – Grand Rep to Maryland and Brazil.  At Grand Assembly, Erica received an award for visiting over 60 meetings at other Assemblies and Nicole won Worthy Ritualist in the ritual competition.

Next up is Founder’s Day on July 12 at Rainbow Camp – where we’ll kick off Grand Worthy Advisor Emma’s fun Rainbow Camp themed year with fun camp activities and s’mores.  Lots of our girls will be attending Rainbow Camp this summer, including Ashlee, who received a campership for a free week at camp. And some of us are headed to Baltimore later this month to attend Supreme Assembly.

Before we know it, September will be upon us and it will be time to start up our regular meetings once again.  In the meantime, enjoy the summer!

Breakfast with the
Easter Bunny!

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8-10 AM

Easter Bunny Photo

Join us for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny!

Corinthian Lodge Breakfast Buffet

58 Monument Square, Concord, MA

(Free Parking & Entrance in Rear)

All You Can Eat!

$7 Adults, $5 Children 6-12, Free Under 6

Buffet-style menu includes Coffee, Juice, Milk, Scrambled Eggs (or made to order), Bacon, Sausage, Pancakes, French Toast, Home Fries

Get ready to hop into spring!  All ages welcome.

Free photos with the Easter Bunny from 8-10 AM, or take your own!

We will have girls and advisors available to provide information about Rainbow, so this would be a great opportunity to bring girls who might be interested in joining a Rainbow Assembly (ages 11-20) or Rainbow Pledge Group (ages 8-10).

Please help spread the word!

Download Flyer Here: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny 04-05-2014

Concord Assembly’s Installation of Officers will be held on Saturday, January 18 at 1:30 PM or a little later.  (We had to move it back from 1:00 due to a scheduling conflict.)  All are welcome, including friends and family of our members, past or Majority Rainbow members, members of our sponsoring orders (Masons, Eastern Star, Amaranth & White Shrine), or anyone interested in learning more about our organization.  Bring prospective members if you know a girl between 11 and 20 who would enjoy meeting new friends, having fun, serving her community, and developing confidence, leadership and citizenship skills.  We’d love to see you there!

(The requested dress code is skirts/dresses for ladies and jackets and ties for gentlemen.)

Hello ladies! October’s going to be a busy month, filled with fun activities, so get excited. Here are a few highlights:  We start October with a cotton candy sale followed by exemplification of degrees, so make sure that you learn your ritual! The next weekend is the first Grand Officer’s Night of the year. October 25th is our Halloween Dance. Come in costume prepared to have some fun (and bring your friends!).  We finish up the month with Teamwork Day. I hope to see you at as many events as possible, and remember to share Rainbow with all of your friends so we can keep the assembly strong!

In Rainbow Love,

Katie

Concord Assembly is pleased to announce that several of our members received awards and recognition at the Grand Assembly sessions held in Plymouth, MA on June 28 and 29.

Katie was elected as Grand Worthy Associate Advisor, the second highest office in the state.  Alison was appointed as Grand Patriotism and Erica was appointed as Grand Choir Director.  All three are Past Worthy Advisors of Concord Assembly No. 53.  Nicole was appointed as Grand Representative to Alaska and Ashley, also a Past Worthy Advisor of Concord Assembly, was appointed as Grand Representative to New York.  As Grand Representatives, these girls will correspond with their counterparts and share information about Rainbow in other jurisdictions around the country and the world.  The Grand Officers and Grand Representatives will be participating in the new Grand Worthy Advisor’s service project to collect food to support the Greater Boston Food Bank and local food pantries.

Each of these girls has developed leadership skills in our local Assembly, and they will now have the opportunity to apply those skills as they participate in Rainbow at the state level.  Being appointed as a Grand Officer or Grand Representative not only is important recognition for these young women, but also gives them the opportunity to travel, meet new people, and form friendships with members of other Assemblies across the state.

Several girls also received awards and recognition for their accomplishments during the year.  Ashley received a scholarship from the Grand Assembly of Massachusetts. Erica was a finalist in the “Miss Service” competition, won a gold award for her “elevator speech” about Rainbow, and received awards for inviting five new members to join Rainbow and for visiting more than 20 meetings of other Assemblies in 2012.  Nicole was recognized for her participation as the Assembly’s Rainbow magazine editor and for participating in the Grand Choir throughout the year.

Concord Assembly was recognized for increasing our total membership in 2012 and for participating in the Grand Worthy Advisor’s service project to collect games, toys, soda can tabs, and other items to support the Shriners Hospitals in Springfield and Boston.

“The Advisory Board and I are very proud of all of these girls,” said Mrs. Deborah A. Kenny, Mother Advisor.  “They have all worked hard, and these awards recognize their achievements this year.”

The Assembly’s adult workers were also recognized for their continued support of the organization.  Mom Willie, a Past Worthy Advisor and Past Mother Advisor of Concord Assembly, was appointed as a Grand Deputy, Mom Janice was appointed chairman of the state Scholarship Committee, and Mom Debbie was reappointed to the state Membership Committee.

On June 2, 6 members of Concord Assembly, 3 guests, and  6 adults headed to Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, MA to wrap up Erica’s Curious George-themed term with a visit to see the monkeys and other animals.  It was a beautiful day, and the girls had a great time.  Highlights of the day included petting the goats, feeding the deer in the deer park, the peacock show, camel rides (yes, on real camels) and a fun bear ride (no, of course not on a real bear!).

On April 19, four members of Concord Assembly traveled to Worcester to put on a puppet show for the children at Why Me, a Worcester-based non-profit organization created to help Central New England families cope with childhood cancer.  The Rainbow Girls planned the puppet show and made 13 sock puppets, including a dragon, a princess, a knight, and a horse, to use for the show.   They presented their show to 5 young children and invited them to sing along with favorite Disney songs.  The children had also made their own paper bag puppets that day, and they got a chance to come up and present their puppets in the puppet theatre.  After the show, the Rainbow Girls invited each child to pick a sock puppet to keep as their own, and they gave the rest of the puppets to Why Me for other children served by the organization.

Photo of girls in fron of Why Me building.

Girls at Why Me

As of right now, our regular meeting on Friday 4/19 is still on because none of our members is in a lock down area and we have had no advice to stay away from Concord.  If that changes, so will our plans.

I hope that everyone in our Concord Assembly extended family is safe and well after the terrible bombings that occurred in Boston yesterday.  I know that Taylor and her family had some trouble getting home from the Red Sox game yesterday, but eventually made it.  And Bea let me know that, although she lives in Boston and was volunteering at the Marathon, she is OK.  We are all thinking about and praying for those who were injured and killed, and outraged that anyone could or would want to harm innocent people like this.

Patriot’s Day is an important day for our Assembly.  Because we are from Concord, we may be a little closer than most to the true meaning of the holiday and the brave men, many of them undoubtedly Masons, who risked and lost their lives in Lexington and Concord so that we could live free.  Patriot’s Day is about fighting for our freedom and not being afraid to stand up for what is right.  This senseless tragedy just shows how important that lesson still is today.

What’s important to remember on a day like today is that most people are good and kind and brave, and the good people will always prevail over bad people who want to hurt others.  If you need proof, just look at all of the people who rushed towards the explosions yesterday to try to help those who were injured.  I know that we will also hear many stories in the days to come of ordinary people who went out of their way to help the runners and the people who were displaced and separated from their families when the race was ended and cell phone service was shut off.

Our Rainbow family is strong.   We are here to support each other and provide service to those affected by this incident.  Mom Torrey has already heard from many Rainbow jurisdictions worried about all of us in Massachusetts and offering their support and help. We will continue to be here for each other.

This is not the first tragedy that we have been through together, and it will not be the last, but being with other people is a good way to start feeling better about something like this.  We had a lovely morning selling cotton candy at the Patriot’s Day parade yesterday, and we missed all those who could not be with us.  I hope to see many of our active girls tonight in Bedford as we serve dinner for the Mason and the veterans they have invited as their guests this evening, or maybe I will see you on Friday at our service project for the children at Why Me? or our regular meeting.  In any case, I am thinking about all of you and hope you are doing well.

In Rainbow Love & Service,

Mom Kenny