Oak Summit Assembly #128, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, recently honored Makena Mendonca, Grand Faith and Representative to Australia and the Orient Pacific, at a reception in Knights Ferry. Her theme was, “Take the Trail Less Traveled,” with colors of pink and blue. Her dress was more on the aqua side and was designed and sewn by her grandmother, Beverly (AKA Grammy). Several Grand Officers were in attendance with many family and friends.
Her speech about taking the trail less traveled was just that. Go into life to make your own decisions and think outside the box. Be a leader in your own ways. She believes that when you go through life things always happen for a reason. Whether it is a positive event or even a negative one. Taking the trail less traveled is a quote Makena truly believes in and will continue to be an intricate part of her life. Makena was honored with a beautiful quilt made by the members and adults of her assembly and sewn together by her grandmother, Beverly. In addition a handmade wooden quilt rack made by her grandfather (AKA Grampy) with a map of Australia, a dove and a plaque with her name and title was presented to her by her Advisory Board. Makena presented each of the girls in the assembly and the district with succulents planted in personalized pots which she designed herself. The day was a dream and highlight for Makena which she will treasure forever.
Her year is winding down, with the next stop Fresno in April, for her and the girls of Oak Summit Assembly, for the annual Grand Assembly. She will truly shine as her year comes to a close. In addition, we have several girls participating in various events at Grand Assembly. Aubrey Mendonca will be serving in Grand Choir. Brianna Clinkenbeard has served on the Service Court for the year and will assist with the Service Award for 2022 at Grand Assembly. She is also a member of the Public Relations team and will have some very exciting information to share. Taylor Witzke will be competing in the ritual competition. Several of the girls are dazzling us with their Sew and Show Projects (Aubrey, Taylor, Brianna and Sky) and the Arts and Crafts competition (Aubrey and Taylor).
Throughout the year we have enjoyed great themed Official Visits learning some interesting trivia along the way. Also some fun competitions between our Grand Worthy Advisor, Katie, and our Supreme Inspector, Mrs. Regier. We have ventured as far south as San Diego and as far north as Paradise. We have learned this state is very long and usually involves an overnight stay along the way. All in all a great time is had by everyone who attends. We have totally enjoyed our time together and love the fact that we are back to holding in-person meetings, serving at our Masonic Lodge, and helping out the community.
This article was contributed on behalf of the Rainbow Girls by Beverly Noe, a member of the Oak Summit Assembly Advisory Board.