How does a girl become a member?
Any girl between the ages of 6 and 10 may become a Pledge to the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls upon being recommended by one girl and one adult from the following: current Rainbow Pledge, current Rainbow Girl, Master Mason, Eastern Star Member, Amaranth Member, Majority Rainbow Member.
What will each girl gain from being a Rainbow Pledge?
A Rainbow Pledge will learn the importance of being of service to others, to accept responsibility, and to develop her own leadership abilities. She will also have the opportunity to meet and develop friendships among girls her own age.
When and where do the Pledges meet?
Most Pledge Groups meet once a month in the Rainbow Assembly room, at a date and time set by the Rainbow Assembly and the Advisory Board. They usually meet in conjunction with the sponsoring Rainbow Assembly in order for the Rainbow Girls and Pledges to interact and be with each other.
Who may attend Pledge meetings?
The meetings are open to the Pledge members' family and invited guests. There are no restrictions due to fraternal affiliation. Prospective members and their parents are welcome to come and observe.
What do they do at a Business Meeting?
They have a very short opening ceremony, read minutes, report on activities, perform Initiations, and special ceremonies. They have a short closing ceremony and minimal floor work. A regular meeting without initiation is only 20 minutes long or less. Then they usually retire for crafts and refreshments.
What activities are involved in addition to meetings?
Every group should have at least one service project per term. Most service projects involve service hours and are not fund-raisers. Because the Pledges are future Rainbow Girls, at least one fun activity per term should be planned with the Rainbow Girls. It is also important that the girls have at least two fun activities during their term of office.
Who is in charge of the local Pledge Group?
The Rainbow Pledge program is sponsored by the local Rainbow Assembly, whose Advisory Board appoints a Pledge Mother and Assistant Pledge Mother. The Advisory Board has no other responsibilities for the Pledge Group. The Pledge Mother and Assistant Pledge Mother are responsible for the operation of the Pledge Group and report directly to the State Pledge Director and the Supreme Deputy in Ohio. As a courtesy, it is important for the Pledge Mother to keep the Rainbow Advisory Board or Mother Advisor informed of the Pledge activities. She should also coordinate joint activities between the Rainbow Girls and Pledges with the Mother Advisor.
Is it a Religion?
No! The Rainbow Pledge program, however, does require the belief in the existence of a Supreme Being and encourages each Pledge to attend the place of worship of her choice.
What does being a Rainbow Pledge cost?
There are no initiation fees or dues and any donations are strictly voluntary. We may ask occasionally for assistance with an activity to act as a chaperone or to provide transportation or refreshments.