Friday, June 14, 2013

Rainbow Is More Than Just Colors

There is hope. I assure you there is hope. I saw it first hand on Wednesday night in Norristown. Yes, you can find hope in Norristown. Norristown Lodge No. 620 to be specific.

It was on that night that I, along with many of my fellow brothers from the sixth Masonic district, observed a meeting of the Penn Valley Assembly No. 153, Order of the Rainbow for Girls. It was during this “Shadow Night” that we bore witness to the outstanding girls and young women that truly demonstrate the promise of the next generation and epitomize the great beauty that exists in the strength of our youth. Plus, when are you ever going to have the opportunity to see the District Deputy Grand Master in a tiara again?

For those of you that are unfamiliar with the organization, The International Order Of The Rainbow for Girls is a character building organization for girls between 11 and 20 years old. It also offers a “Pledge” Group for younger girls. Its purpose is to promote skills related to leadership, effective communication and service to others.

Founded in 1922, Rainbow teaches faith, hope and charity, in a ritual written by founder Reverend W. Mark Sexson, a Past Grand Master of Masons in Oklahoma, using the seven colors of the Rainbow as symbols of character building virtues. The Rainbow program teaches benevolence and service through a program of fun, fulfilling and fraternal activities.

Going into the event, I was unfamiliar with the organization and familiar by name only. Having witnessed the growth demonstrated in this youth organization, with members ranging from 2 weeks of service to 8 years, it drove home how important it is for us to support this youth organization to help young girls develop into assertive and strong leaders. Obviously the same applies to DeMolay to assist in the development of young boys.

If you ever had a fleeting thought to learn more about these organizations do yourself a favor, and your children a favor, and learn more about them for yourself. Not doing so is to commit a tremendous disservice to your children (or grandchildren). I am glad that I have the information to carry forward for the day when my wife and I have our own children.

It just goes to show that when a man becomes a Mason it doesn’t just make him a better man, it turns sons into promising young men, daughters into strong young women, and wives into great women. And the bonds that are forged within the home and within the greater Masonic family are unparalleled in any other group or organization. The power of Masonry is in the bond of family. This is why we consider one another brother.