Rainbow for Girls
The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls (IORG) is a youth group for girls between the ages of 11 and 20. Local groups (Assemblies) are sponsored by Masonic affiliations. Usually the sponsoring body is either a local Masonic Lodge, Order of the Eastern Star Chapter, or Order of the Amaranth Court. The girls learn about charity, hope, and service through their work and involvement with their annual local and Grand (state or country) service projects. On April 6, 1922, the degrees of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls were first exemplified on a class of one hundred seventy-one girls in the auditorium of the Scottish Rite Temple in McAlester. Oklahoma.
The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is a junior organization for girls BETWEEN the ages of 11 and 20, from Masonic, Eastern Star, Amaranth homes, and the friends of members of Rainbow girls. At the age of 20, or upon marriage, which ever occurs first, girls who are members in good standing are eligible for Majority Membership. A girl must be sponsored by two other girls who are either active members in good standing or a majority member, and at least one adult whom must be a member in good standing of either the Masonic Lodge, Order of the Eastern Star, or Order of the Amaranth.
The Reverend W. Mark Sexson had been asked to make an address before South McAlester Chapter #149. As the DeMolay had come under his close study and observation during his Masonic activities', he became more and more conscious of the fact that an Order for girls setting forth some of the truths of Masonry would be necessary. He asked the regular officers of South McAlester Chapter No. 148, O.E.S., to exemplify the work. The first class of girls that was initiated into the Order consisted of a class of 171 girls, on April 6, 1922, in the auditorium of the Scottish Rite Temple, McAlester, Oklahoma.
The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls has assemblies in 45 states in the United States in addition to assemblies in 8 other countries. Current state which do not have assemblies are: South Dakota, Delaware, Minnesota, Utah, and Wyoming. The countries outside the United States which DO have assemblies are: Australia (both Queensland and New South Wales), Canada, Japan, Germany, Panama, Philippines, and Brazil.