Phoebus came together and had a Holiday Illumination that Hampton Assembly went to and helped serve hot chocolate and hot apple cider. Up and down the streets, buildings were lit up and The Pointe restaurant even had fake snow, the Sarah’s Pub had Irish dancers, and at 8:30, everyone stood around the Christmas tree to watch the lighting of it. It was the first annual Phoebus Illumination and I can’t wait to go again next year for even more lights and fun.
On November 16, we went to Panera and all ordered the same thing. We used our bread loaves and literally broke it as we celebrated the Grand Cross. We didn’t talk about Rainbow very much. We talked about school, color guard, band, instruments…basically everything outside of our Rainbow lives.
We had fun! It was cold outside. We had plans to go to the mall afterwards, but got lost and separated from each other. We’ll have to do that another time.
We had a good time reconnecting, just the four of us! And we’d love to do it again sometime…hopefully before the next Grand Cross Observance!
On Saturday, November 30th, Manassas Assembly went bowling! This was my first activity as a Rainbow Girl. Sydney, Gigi, Sami, and I, along with several advisors, parents and siblings attended this activity. Thank goodness we had the bumper guards up or else our scores would have been a lot lower! We were a little worried when our pledge member, Sami, got a strike in the first frame of the first game. Just about everybody’s scores improved during the second game…..except Mom Nancy’s. A highlight was that all the girls’ scores were just about equal to or higher than our Mother Advisors! And Gigi had the Most Improved Score. Some bowled better than others…..but we all had a fun time!
On Friday November 22 some Rainbow Girls from Hampton, Fairfax, and I went to Occoquan Chapter Order of Demolay Installation of Officers. It was the first Demolay Installation I had ever been to and I was very impressed. They held it in the George Washington Masonic Memorial which was gorgeous, the lodge room was huge with two floors. Most of the visiting members sat in the nose bleed section but some of the others girls and I got front row seats! The installing team did a fantastic job with their ritual work. My favorite part of their ritual is that they explain a little bit about what Demolay is before they install the officers. Brother Alex Hite was installed as Master Counselor. It was very cool to see our brother organization in action. I am looking forward to my next visit to a Demolay event.
Grand Worthy Associate Advisor
After the Grand Visitation, we went to the Ball. The Ball was really fun. We had snacks and drinks. They were good. We danced to some funky music. We all were in our formals. Sydney was escorted by Selena. After everybody was escorted that needed to be, we went to Denny’s and got milkshakes. Then we went to Sydney’s house for a sleepover. We had an amazing weekend and I think we’ll do it again.
Taylor, Sister Chaplain
The 20th Anniversary of Virginia Grand Assembly
The 20th Anniversary of Virginia Grand Assembly was….pretty grand! The night’s festivities included a slideshow, food, a raffle, performances, and amazing speeches. The Daughters of the Nile provided delicious food, and anyone who went could tell you how amazing the performances were. I, for one, had no idea we had so much talent in our Rainbow family! I was surprised and excited when a very brave pledge sister opened the night’s festivities with a beautiful piano performance. The last act of the night really blew everyone away. A bunch of Rainbow Girls took the time to find the dresses of the last 20 years and have a talent show. I had the privilege of sitting next to Mrs. Abigale Costis who had tears of joy in her eyes as she watched the girls walking across the stage. After the talent show we had a raffle which was really cool, except for the fact that I lost to Mom Dunn! The prizes were cupcakes and small trinkets any Rainbow Girl could find a use for. The night came to a close after some heartwarming speeches. Overall it was a pretty great night with my Rainbow family. I love you all.
By: Gigi, Sister of Hope
Manassas Assembly #13
On Saturday morning, I woke up really early to go make sandwiches for the homeless. After making those sandwiches, we drove to the homeless shelter to hand them out along with clothes. I remember this really nice man with a hopeful spirit, who was only wearing a short-sleeved jersey. I thought it was very kind when a member of Hampton Assembly, Kensley, went to her car and grabbed her old jacket and ran down the street to give it to the man. On Sunday, Kensley and I went to Hampton University for the P.A.B. 1,000 Youth March Against Bullying. It was neat to see all those people show up. They had kids singing, tumbling, and dancing. And the mom who started ‘Parents Against Bullying’ had a very moving story about why she created the organization and her daughters that were bullied in middle school. They also had a guest speaker who was the aunt of the kid who got killed at the Carnival at the Hampton Coliseum a few months back; She said since he can no longer speak out against bullying, she is his voice.
Hampton Assembly #2
On October 6th, Meagan and I had the chance to be guests at a DeMolay Installation and the Reinstitution of a Chapter that died down years ago. This being my first time going to a DeMolay event, I thought it was amazing to see some of the meaning of DeMolay and learn some more about my Masonic brothers. Starting with a dinner that was catered by an outside business, the food was pretty good I must say. When it came time for the service, the State Master Councilor of Virginia DeMolay, Darren, arrived from previous commitments. One of the most important guests since Darren was the one to Reinstitute the Chapter and install all the new members.“It is amazing to see this Chapter grow from being a club with two members to opening the Chapter back up with 15 members.” Darren mentioned during all the remarks of the program. Needless to say, it was worth the two hour drive. The picture below is Meagan and I with Darren SMC, Derrick the Deputy State Master Councilor in Virginia, and Joseph the Master Councilor of George W. Farley Chapter.
Congratulations on the Reinstitution of the George William Farley DeMolay Chapter and congratulations to Joseph for being installed as the Master Councilor!
Hampton Assembly #2
Even though the rain hadn’t been too nice to us with Masonic Family Day our Rainbow still shown through; that night Rainbow hosted a murder mystery dinner. There was jousting, fair ladies, glorious kings, huge turkey legs, and……. murder. Everyone had a part to play in figuring out who was the murderer and possibly being the murderer themselves. It was a night of mystery, suspicions, and just good fun. It started with all the characters getting to know each other and then tragedy struck the manor when one of the guests was killed. The rest of the night everyone was asking questions trying to figure out who the murderer was. Not only was it fun to get into character and try and solve the mystery but it was awesome spending time with our Masonic family. We had a great turn out from not only the Rainbow Girls, but the DeMolay and Job’s Daughters as well. It was great to see the youth groups coming together for some food and fun.
Grand Worthy Associate Advisor
Richmond Assembly #10