The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is a non-profit service organization for girls between the ages of 11 and 20. Reverend W. Mark Sexson founded our order in McAlester, Oklahoma in April of 1922, seeking to develop an organization where young women could build self-confidence and leadership skills, all while serving their community.
Who are members of Rainbow? Rainbow members are between the ages of 11 and 20 years old and we welcome everyone, regardless of race, creed, color or national origin. Parents can be assured that the values promoted by Rainbow are positive and uplifting. The lessons encourage members to be strong in spirit and kind in heart, respectful toward nature and giving toward all humanity.
Can my parents be involved? Absolutely! We want all parents to enjoy Rainbow with their daughter(s). Parents and adults can be as involved in the assembly as they want to be and are invited to attend all meetings and fun activities.
Is Rainbow a secret organization? In today’s world, parents are apprehensive about any activity that may be considered “secret.” But Rainbow is different. Here are a few facts to keep in mind:
Similar to a sorority that brings groups of women together, Rainbow does have some closed meetings that only members attend. However, parents, grandparents and/or legal guardians are always invited to attend all closed meetings.
Families are welcomed and encouraged to participate in many activities and, if they choose, can become involved with Advisory Boards.
No actions will ever be required of members that would be against their personal beliefs or the beliefs of their church or home. Further, members are never asked to make pledges or participate in activities that would be contrary to their moral values or make them feel uncomfortable.
What does Rainbow do? Our Assemblies have business meetings twice a month to make decisions and discuss future plans. There are opportunities for community service by raising money and giving time to charities chosen by the members. We have fun activities, such as sleep-overs, mystery trips, bowling and snow tubing. We also travel all over the state and occasionally to others states visiting other Rainbow Girls.
Do Rainbow Girls have a uniform? Rainbow does have a dress code policy that applies to members and adults, whether attending a local Assembly, Grand Assembly or Supreme Assembly, or when representing Rainbow elsewhere. The dress code specifies formal dresses for special meetings and semi-formal attire for other meetings. Surprisingly, Rainbow Girls enjoy the chance to “dress up” and discover the difference it makes when presenting themselves with grace and self-respect.
What is the Ritual? The formal meetings and open ceremonies of Rainbow can be found in a book called the Ritual. When a member holds an office in the Assembly, she learns her station’s lecture from this book. By presenting a memorized lecture, Rainbow Girls learn about public speaking and leadership.
How can I join? Visit our Contact page to find an Assembly near you or email our Supreme Inspector to help start a Rainbow Assembly in your area. Then, ask if you can attend any upcoming activities so you and your family can meet the other members and adults. If you are ready to join now, then request a application for membership from the Mother Advisor. After you fill it out we begin the process of welcoming you into the assembly.
Are there any requirements to join? The only requirement is that you be ready to make friends and have a lot of fun getting to know the girls of the assembly and helping others in your community.
Are there opportunities for younger girls? Yes! Rainbow Pledge is a group for girls aged 7 - 10 and is sponsored by a local Rainbow Assembly. Pledge Group activities are based on the amount of interest in an area, so if your local Assembly doesn't currently have an active Pledge Group, please contact the Mother Advisor to get one started!
Are Rainbow Girls part of the Shriners or the Masons? Yes and no. Originally the Rainbow Girls were created for Masonic daughters and their friends, but today any girl who is interested in joining Rainbow Girls is welcome. There is a connection between Masons and Shriners. All Shriners have a Masonic heritage, but not all Masons choose to become a Shriner. Today there are over 411,000 Shriners in the world who work to keep the 22 Shriners Hospitals running. To date, Shriners have helped more than 800,000 children facing serious medical problems at no cost to the parent or the child.