Chesapeake Bay Day

Posted in Blog on August 28th, 2017 by Webmaster

On Sunday, August 7, 2017, Virginia Rainbow held our first statewide fun event. We visited The Brock Environmental Center, girls in attendance from Manassas were: Gigi, Katie, Dalanie, Zoey W, Joella, Sami, Isabella, Alyssa, and myself. We started with an introduction where we met our guides and then we each got a partner and had to introduce them to the whole group. After that we split into groups and each group had to answer questions or think of questions about The Center, after everyone had their answers each group presented what they had learned. Some cool things about The Center are that they have compost toilets, they recycle rainwater as drinking water, and that a lot of the materials used as floors came from a school. Next, we went to an area at the edge of the water where we saw some snails and a baby turtle. After that we played a game where a “bay saver” had to try to catch everyone. After that, we went seining, which is catching fish, crabs, and jellyfish. We caught same very cool jellyfish and some pretty big blue crabs. Finally, we ate lunch and headed home. It was a fun day!

In Rainbow Love and Service,
Zoe N

 

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The Brock Environmental Center: by Kaitlyn

Posted in Blog on August 20th, 2017 by Webmaster

Did you know that the Chesapeake Bay has an effect on every Assembly in the state of Virginia? On August 6th, we had our fun event of the Brock Environmental Center with our Grand Worthy Advisor, Libby.  Right at the beginning, we played a game where we had to ask someone what their name was, where they were from, and what their favorite Bay animal is.  When I was partnered with my friend Sami, I found out that her favorite Bay animal is a crab.  When we finished with that game, the instructors, Kayla and Molly, put us into four groups and we did a scavenger hunt around the center.  We got to find out how they use their energy, electricity, and water differently from ours.  I thought it was very interesting to see and hear how they generate their power and save water here.  I found out that the water they use there is all rainwater and it is totally drinkable and very efficient to use just like the water that comes out of your very own sink.  Next, we all went out on a walk to explore the Bay.  On the way, we found a Night Herring, an Egret, some snails, and even a baby turtle.  We also got to learn what the marsh soil is made of and why it is important to the bay and its creatures.  When we started heading back, we stopped and talked about what pollutes our bay.  The Rainbow Girls learned that nutrients were the number one cause of the pollution in our bay.  Some nutrients are good but too much could be very unhealthy to the bay and all the animals.  To help us understand what they do at the BEC to stop some of these nutrients, they showed us a very fun game.  What we had to do was try to get from one side to another without getting tagged by the Bay Saver.  It was such a fun game and we had a hard time getting to the other side with that Bay Saver stopping us.  After we played that very fun game, we headed down to the beach to learn how to catch sea animals and how to study them.  They showed us how to use a special net to catch the sea creatures and how to pick them up without hurting them.  All the girls got to test it out and we got to learn about some of the animals.  When we finished catching them, we released them all back into the water.  Then, we headed right back to the center and ate our sandwiches from Taste Unlimited.  After we ate, we finished off the day with painting on post cards.  On my post card, I made a beach and put Libby’s theme on it.  Overall, I had so much fun at the BEC learning about the Bay and being able to hang out with my Rainbow Sisters.  

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Pia’s Installation: by Kaitlyn

Posted in Blog on August 18th, 2017 by Webmaster

On August 5th, Norfolk Assembly had their Installation of officers.  Pia was installed as our new Worthy Advisor.  I was excited to be her Installing Chaplain for her Installation.  To tell you a little bit about Pia’s term, her theme is “Life is a Journey, Enjoy the Detours.”  Her motto is, “You were Given this Life because You are Strong Enough to Live it.”  Pia’s honor stations are Hope and Service.  Her colors are baby blue, pear green, cantaloupe orange, and daffodil yellow, along with her mascot being a Koala Bear.  Pia’s service project is the PIN Ministry and her charity projects are Hope for Life and Supreme 2018.  Before the Installation started, Pia’s cousin and our pledge, Joie, carried in the Bible.  Also, Pia was crowned by our Grand Worthy Advisor, Olivia, and her gavel was presented by Hampton’s Worthy Advisor, Brittany.  We had the ribbon ceremony given by our pledges, Sarah and Joie.  We also got our Merit Bars and Service Bars by our Mother Advisor, Christi.  She also announced who won the “Friendliest of the Term” and who is the next Rainbow Dad.  Haylee won the Friendliest and Dad Brian won the Rainbow Dad.  Pia’s Installation went so beautifully and I was so proud of how amazing she did on Saturday.  When we went downstairs for spaghetti, I gave a prayer before we ate.  Everyone enjoyed the food and we had so much fun with our Rainbow, Jobie, and DeMolay family.  Overall, our Installation was beautifully done and I can’t wait to see what Pia has in store for our Assembly.

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Lodge Dinner: by Kaitlyn

Posted in Blog on August 17th, 2017 by Webmaster

On August 1st, South Norfolk had their Lodge Dinner.  Pia, Alyssa, Kayla, Haylee, our pledge Sarah, and I were very happy to attend.  Before we had our dinner, our Mother Advisor, Christi, gave Dad Boyd his third place award for the Lambskin Apron Lecture Competition.  He was not able to attend our Grand Assembly, so we took it home with us to present it to him in front of all the Masons to show them how hard he works for this Assembly.  For dinner, we had Dad Chum’s famous cornbread, pork, potatoes, butter beans, and cake.  When the Norfolk Girls finished their meals, we served all the men their desserts and picked up their empty plates and bowls.  Overall, the Norfolk Girls and I had a very great time seeing all our Masonic Fathers and we can’t wait for the next Lodge Dinner.

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