Austin Assembly will have a silent auction at our Potato dinner fundraiser on June 12th at 6:30. We received a donation of two (2) orchestra level seats ($90 value each) for the Broadway musical Cats at the Bass Concert Hall as well as a parking pass for the showing on Friday, May 10, 2019.
We will accept bids until May 6th and you can post your name below along with your bid - highest bid wins!
Thanks to all of the families for their support - we had the equivalent to 2 IKEA bags full (a ton of product!) of hygiene products to donate from the summer's collections. Knowing that the shelters in the Houston area have a great need, we are sending our donations to that area. With the assistance of Support the Girls-Austin, the products will go where they are most needed. Keep spreading the word girls - the next drop off will be in November.
Austin #5 and Ladybird Pledge decided to start a new program aimed at assisting girls and women at the shelters in our areas by donating feminine hygiene products.
A tough part of being homeless and female, besides the more obvious struggles of staying safe and fed, is how to handle your period. We read about how desperate that time of the month can be for homeless women.
Shelters are perpetually short on the basics that get women through their periods. When donating toiletries, most people opt for staples like toothbrushes and toilet paper and don’t think to donate pads and tampons. The basic act of staying clean, a major key to feeling human while confronting the struggles of homelessness, requires a draining amount of resourcefulness for women Since menstruation is rarely talked about to begin with, these needs surrounding it go unnoticed. If you’d like to help ladies get through their periods with a little more dignity, consider aiding us in our collections. Our next donation will be in February - thanks for your support.
Mimi Cecil, Grand American Flag Bearer, joined Anson Jones #507, National Sojourners, in presenting a program honoring our American Flag and Veterans at Hill City Lodge #456's meeting on Tuesday, November 15. A dinner was held before the meeting with friends and family who joined the officers in the Lodge room for the programs. After presenting a tribute to the American Flag, Mimi spoke on reaching out to our Veteran's; getting to know them and showing our support to both the service personnel and their families with a small but simple act of kindness - taking a moment to listen.
Thank you to both Hill City Lodge for their invitation and support and to Anson Jones #507, National Sojourners, for their educational history of our flag. I know everyone enjoyed the evening.
I am so excited for our Prospect Party today! The older girls planned a Bowling party and we hope to see everyone there - friends are welcome! Want to meet our girls and missed our event last month - you are welcome to attend. Contact the MA if you need directions.
Tonight is the last meeting of our Fall term. Thank you to Mimi for serving in the east again - we have been very busy sharing laughs along the way. Who can forget the "movie quote' themed Introductions or the new march music, and that a Narwals are so difficult to find - I am so proud of the girls. Their ritual work is constantly improving as they mentor each other and in completing their goals this last year they have shown their love for Rainbow and a life of service. I know that we will have another FABULOUS term with Madison leading the way. The officers are already learning their work for the new term and I see new adventures on the horizon. Join us at our Installation on February 6th at 3pm!
We are kicking off the holiday season with an Initiation on Saturday, November 28th at 121pm. Help us build our membership! Lunch will be served at 11am and desserts after the meeting. Please join us! We would love to have some girls help fill our stations. Contact our Mother Advisor for more information.
For our Service project in August we are collecting a few things for the residents at the TMRC (Texas Masonic Retirement Center). They are looking for the following (and it is brand specific...)
Kleenex Tissue (on sale for back to school)
Dove Bar Soap
Solid Room Deodorizer (Glade, Renuzit or Airwick)
Bring your donations to our August meetings and turn in to Madison - she will be tracking participation for your service.
It was a great year for Austin #5 during GWA Allison's term of "Paradise in Rainbow." Mimi (Gr. Service), Sierra (Gr, Conf. Obs./Rep. to AZ/NM) and Taylor (Gr. Outer Obs.) did wonderful in their ritual work!! Ivy and Madison served as Personal Pages to Sierra and Taylor. Ivy and Samantha dressed up for the Cavalcade of Flags representing Arizona and New Mexico - great costumes! Makayla lead us with a prayer at the Awards luncheon. Mimi, Taylor, Sierra, Madison and Ivy earned their A/B, Makayla earned her Obligation (first timer) and Samantha did all (even the questions) but a few sentences at the end of traditional - so close!
We had a few surprises at appointments and are excited for the upcoming year! Mimi was elected Grand Hope, Sierra was appointed Grand Immortality, Mrs. Cecil was appointed to the Grand Committee, Mr, Hall is returning as a Grand COW and Mrs. Hall remains our Grand Deputy - we are so excited to begin our year "On the Road with Texas Rainbow" under our new GWA Emily from Waco #18.