Over the Memorial Day weekend, 20 young women from Shawnee Assembly No. 2 of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls attended the annual Oklahoma Grand Assembly held at the University of Oklahoma campus.

At the event, several members were honored with new state officer positions. These include Cloe Serre, Grand Religion; Gayle Blackwell, Grand Cross Keeper of the Book; and, Tori Hale, Grand Representative to Michigan and Grand Personal Page to Vonda Epperly. Breeanna Lee, Cami Serre, Hanaa Saidi and Ashley Lyon were appointed to the Oklahoma Memorial Team.

Serre and Blackwell currently attend Prague High School.

Saidi, a Shawnee High School student, was honored to be appointed to the Oklahoma Memorial Team, she said.

“I am very excited to serve on the memorial team this year and our Grand Worthy Advisor's upcoming term,” Saidi said. “Also, I am very proud of the girls who received grand appointments and became grand officers.”

Other girls attending the assembly from Shawnee Assembly were Kaylee Hacker, Skyy Hilbun, Josie Palmer, Brittany Jones, Lacie Moon, Caryington Mason, Marie Wilson, Isabella Cosby, Regan Demarest, Angelina Giovanni, Angelina Lumpkins, Kristen Hull and Ashton Yardy.

While there, Shawnee Assembly participated in several competitions. The group placed second in the state in new membership and third in the march competition. As an individual competitor, Lacie Moon placed third in the essay contest.

“I was satisfied with our third place in the march competition, Saidi said. “The other two groups that won were very established and have done these competitions before. Overall I was very pleased with our group's performance and effort.”

According to their website, Rainbow was founded in 1922 for young women whose fathers were members of the Masonic Lodge, and their friends. Although a Christian minister named W. Mark Sexson founded the organization, today the leaders of Rainbow Girls respect and welcome all girls from every religion. Their main focus is more on the spiritual principles of being a kind and caring person. While the Rainbow practices and programs continue to evolve, the basic teachings of faith, hope, and charity remain a cornerstone of this dynamic girl’s youth group.

Today, there are more than 850 assemblies across the world that have bimonthly meetings.

For more information, visit the Oklahoma IORG at okiorg.org.