From the Commander (June, 2009)

posted May 15, 2015, 1:47 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 15, 2015, 1:47 PM ]

Rainbow for Girls

The rainbow, the first visible sign God gave His people, had never been used as a basis for ritual until the Reverend Mark Sexson of McAlester, Oklahoma, in April 1922 chose the name Rainbow for Girls. 
Today the International Order has a membership of 275,000 with 850,000 majority members (alumnae) who have attained the age of 20.
The ritual is based upon Faith, Hope and Charity and the 9th Chapter of Genesis, “And God said…’I set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.’” The colors of the rainbow are symbolic in ritual work, representing love, religion, nature, immortality, fidelity, patriotism and service. 
the ritual teaches belief in a Supreme’ Being, great truths of the Bible, dignity of character, conception of higher things in life, effective leadership, church membership, cooperation with equals, patriotism, love of home and service to humanity. Membership is open to girls recommended by an Eastern Star or a Mason, but a girl does not have to belong to a Masonic or Eastern Star family. Rainbow Girls may invite friends to belong and enter into the work 
Rainbow Girls help in hospitals, look after needy families, help care for the aged. support Masonic benevolences and other charitable activities. They sponsor benefits and conduct numerous projects to help finance their activities and to teach responsibilities. 
A Rainbow Girl becomes so imbued with dignity of character and service to humanity that she soon becomes a gracious, lovely young lady. 
“Where I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant which is between you and me and every living creature of all flesh.’’ 

Ross Fuller  
Commander — Council of Kadosh