An Adventure

Joining the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls has been one of my most pleasant memories. It has taken me on a journey of highs and lows. I have learned to deal with some of the most unfortunate circumstances with grace and dignity. My journey through Rainbow has truly been so special to me. I will start from the beginning, highlighting big events, and work my way to the most recent happenings. Get ready for a long roller coaster!

Truthfully, I joined Rainbow because a dear friend at the time called my crying, begging me to join. I did it, I went through the process and thought “I’ll give it a few months and see if I like it.” Those few months flew by and I was in love. My first trip was going to Frontier City with our entire district, it still is one of my favorite memories. I discovered I had a love for learning parts and competing. I was told I could go to the large competition and do one of the parts I learned, this was a complete lie which lead to a large heart break. This made my sassy self-decide I had to prove everyone wrong, I could’ve done it. So that is exactly what I did.

There was a smaller competition coming up, I knew I had to prove them wrong here. Well. I walked out of the room and started bawling, I knew I blew it. I asked my mom to call my dad so I could tell him I couldn’t do it anymore. I was word perfect and placed first! Then on to the large competition, I was told I wouldn’t win (this seems to be one of my life motto’s.) I once again placed first. I competed in our state competition, scared to death. I ended up placing first, and winning overall, which lead me to my next journey.

I became a very young Grand Officer, which just meant I was now on the state level. Looking back, I’m so proud of myself for being able to do this, but I am not sure it was what was best for my future. I was 14 at the time, I still had some much to learn and so much I needed to work on. I will explain, keep reading.

I have been able to serve my local assembly in many ways. I served as our Worthy Advisor, twice. The girls and I raised over $3000 for Joy in the Cause while I was Worthy Advisor. This isn’t what I am most proud of, I am most proud of the way the girls in my assembly look to me. They all know, even though I am moving to college, they can call me at any point for help, guidance, or just to chat. I will always be so proud of them, they are super heroes. Rainbow has brought my parents and I so much closer, I will ALWAYS be so thankful for that.

I have continued my journey as a Grand Officer, and it has been a blast. I was on our international teams, twice. Both times our teams placed first. These two trips, the first one to Baltimore and the second one to Providence, are memories I will never forget.

These highlights bring us to the most recent journey! I decided to run for Grand Charity, the start of a three-year journey to lead the state. I had DREAMED of doing this for years, I wanted to give back to Rainbow what it has given to me. In May, I found out it wasn’t going to be me. I sat on the stage, where people were staring at me to see how I’d react and with as much grace as I could manage I accepted another office, Grand Chaplain. I now have the honor of praying over my sisters, every time we meet. I’m so thankful for this. I have been so blessed since May, I have been given opportunities I wouldn’t have been able to accept otherwise. I have learned more about myself than I thought was possible. I wouldn’t say my dreams were crushed, I would say I was protected. I will be able to focus on my education and get more involved at my college. I am so incredibly thankful I had the opportunity to run for Grand Charity. It brought me closer to the people who really matter, and taught me I have the greatest support system.

Rainbow will always hold one of the most special places in my heart. Without Rainbow, I may have never learned to love myself, or do my hair and makeup. I have met some of the most outstanding friends, and made some amazing connections. I could spend hours explaining all the amazing things I have learned thought Rainbow.  I only have a few short years left, and I can’t wait to see where they take me!

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Thank you for reading!

xo,

Alyssa Ebersole

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