Spotlight on Masonic Youth – The Young Ladies of the Suffolk District
In this Spotlight on Masonic Youth, we take a look at the Associated groups of The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls and The Organization of Triangles. The young people who make up these organizations are truly a gift and of course need our support and assistance. Please take a moment to get to know these organizations and these bright & lovely young ladies.
It seems today, more than ever, organization like these are just as or even more important than they have ever been. So take a moment to read the stories and what these young ladies have to say and support these youth organizations.
What follows is a brief description and history of these organizations and then some Q & A with a few of these bright young ladies.
The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls
In 1922, Rainbow was created 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. This is how the members learn standard meeting protocol and parliamentary procedure.
Adults are always present to provide support, guidance, and help interpret the rules. Members also learn to memorize meaningful lectures and to be prepared for extemporaneous speeches. Some meetings conclude with a presentation or unique entertainment.
Quotes and passages from the Worthy Advisor of Suwassett Assembly #38:
Q:Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about yourself.
A: “Haley D. and I am the Worthy Advisor of Suwassett Assembly #38. I am a junior at North Babylon High School. I participate in competitive club gymnastics but I also participated in varsity gymnastics at my school.”
Q: When did you join Rainbow?
“I joined Rainbow in June 2013 because my mother who was a former Rainbow girl encouraged me to join Rainbow.”
Q: Who got you involved? How did you learn about Rainbow Girls?
“My sister was already a member of Rainbow.”
Q: What did you like about it, what interested you the most?
A: “I love learning leadership skills and I love meeting sisters from all over New York as well as around the US. When I went to Supreme Assembly last summer I met girls from Australia, Romania and Canada.”
Q: If you had to pick one thing, what would you want other young ladies to know about Rainbow?
“We are service oriented. We pick our charity projects and we raise money for the charities or we help out at group homes, or animal shelters. We also plan our own term plans. These skills are important for future leaders.”
Q: What are your plans for the future, college, career?
“My plans are to go to college to study to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Right now I am looking at various colleges to see what would be a good fit for me.”
“Suwassett meets the 1st and 3rd Fridays at Connetquot Lodge in Sayville. We welcome our Masonic family to join us at our meetings. If you need help from us please reach out to us.”
The Order of the Triangle for Girls
1925, while serving as most Worthy Grand Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Mrs. Rose E. Scherer often heard members say how nice it would be if we had an organization for our young people who could be trained toward becoming Eastern Star members. Her own little girl had been playing “Chapter” almost all her life because she was practically born into it and pleaded with her to start an Eastern Star for little girls so that they too could have meetings like their mothers.
She talked about it with her line officers and the Grand Secretary of the Eastern Star, all of whom were very enthusiastic about the idea. They decided that Mrs. Scherer should present the thought to the Grand Chapter at the Annual Session and she did so, including a suggestion for the name to be “Daughters of the Eastern Star”. It was unanimously and enthusiastically adopted and in addition voted to instruct the next following Grand Matron to appoint a committee to further develop the idea, make up a Constitution and a ritual, all of which to be presented at the following Grand Chapter session. This was done and Mrs. Scherer was appointed chairman of this committee. They made up the Constitution, but could not seem to come through with a satisfactory idea for a ritual until Mrs. Starkweather from Rochester sent Mrs. Scherer a manuscript containing the idea of three points of a triangle with duties for each roughly outlined adaptation to a fraternal order. When she read it, she felt that here was what they had been looking for and accepted this to be accepted for approval. This was easily achieved.
In the interim, the Grand Matron had instructed her District Deputy Grand Matrons to organize groups in their districts which were to be named Junior Eastern Stars. About 35 of these were organized and after the Grand Chapter had accepted and approved the report of the Committee, Mrs. Abbie Murray of Utica, NY was appointed to constitute the groups into Triangles. It seems that in choosing the numbers which were allotted, Queens was the first group organized as a Club in April 1926, so the number 8 was allotted to them instead of number 1 as it should have been. Number 1 was given to Irondequoit Triangle in Rochester where Mrs. Starkweather, the lady who gave us triangle idea for the ritual lived. The Triangle was organized in June 1927.
This past February the Truth Triangle held a unique Paint Night event and it was a success. The Senior Suffolk District Advisor, Mrs Deborah Boesch O’Toole, left a nice message for the Brothers that came out in support of the Truth Triangle.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those Brothers who came out to support Truth Triangle #31 in their first “Paint Night” event despite the fact that it was Super Bowl Sunday. A special thanks to Brother Jim Stork for lending us his very talented wife Patricia as our instructor, you are the best! It looked like all had a good time and we even were able to wrap it up so all could be home for kick off time. Thanks to Ms. Debbie Schulbaum, Junior Deputy, for her dedication to these young women and all her efforts.
Deborah Boesch O’Toole
Senior Advisor Suffolk District Triangles
In their own words. Quotes and passages from local Triangle Girls around the Suffolk District:
Some questions and answers with Triangle Girls randomly selected.
When asked to Introduce yourself and tell us a little about you, Tia E stated:
Hello I am Tia E. and I’m 19 and I’ve been in Triangles for 9-10 years.I’ve been in 2 Triangles, one in Suffolk and one in Nassau. I’m a freshman in college and I’m majoring in Japanese and English Education.
When asked When did you join Triangles, Erica H. stated:
2 years ago.
Erica H. also added when asked about Triangle girls, “What did you like about it, what interested you the most?”
“I like Friends in Triangles”.
Brittany V. responded when asked what she liked about Triangle girls;
“I liked the closeness of the girls and the values Triangle held. I also liked the organization of the floor-work”
Krista R. responded, when asked “If you had to pick one thing, what would you want other young ladies to know about Triangle?”
“I would say that it is a group of girls 10-21 that have fun together and we are like sisters to each other.”
Lilyonna M. responded when asked; “Who got you involved, how did you learn about Triangle Girls?”
“My mother she told me all the stories when she was here”
When asked “what are your plans for the future/career?”, Kristina R. responded;
“I plan to go to medical school in Florida and become a neurosurgeon”.
Erica H. responded to the same question above;
“To be a Vet”
Finally as a final thought the girls were asked to write any comments or remarks they wished, some follow:
Tia E. writes; “Honestly I just love Triangles and with time within the membership you’ll end up with never ending bonds with anybody within the masonic order.”
Brittany V. writes; “Even if we have our fights and differences; we all love each other. That is my own personal catch-phrase, “We all love each other.””
If you would like to read their full answers to all the questions please see the images below.
I know I was thoroughly impressed and enjoyed reading the responses from these fine young ladies.