1996 Grand Session

Grand Worthy Advisor

Elaine Ambrose

GWA Elaine

34th Annual Grand Assembly

Motto: "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to find only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach. And not, when I came to die, discover hat I had not lived." -excerpt from Walden, Henry David Thoreau

Colors: Hunter Green & Cream

Flower: Daisies & Sunflowers

Mascot: Frog

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:10-11 "For he that would love life and see good days, must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech; Let him seek peace and pursue it."

Service Project: Improving the Environment

GWA Elaine's first trip as Grand Worthy Advisor was to Japan's Grand Assembly, where her parents were living. During her term, her father, Phillip Ambrose, was appointed Supreme Deputy of Japan and was installed at the 1996 Supreme Assembly Session in Seattle, while Margaret Kenrick, formerly Supreme Deputy of WA/ID/AK, was Supreme Worthy Advisor.

Grand Officers

Grand "Froggie Family" Officers

GWA Elaine, GWAA LeAnn, Grand Charity Dana, Grand Hope Tanya, Grand Faith Susan, Grand Recorder Liesl, Grand Historian Jessica, Grand Lecturer protem Heidi, Grand Chaplain Carolyn, Grand Drill Leader Heather, Grand Love Suzanne, Grand Religion protem Ms. Morris, Grand Nature Amy, Grand Immortality Autumn, Grand Fidelity Lisa, Grand Patriotism Kristy, Grand Service Stephanie, Grand Confidential Observer Emily, Grand Outer Observer Maria, Grand Soloist Aurora, Grand Choir Director Brenda

Grand Pages:

Adella, GWA; Christine, Supreme Deputy; Jessica, Grand Recorder; Sunshine, North; Shea, South; Chelsea, West.

Jr. Grand Executive Board Members:

Elizabeth, Autumn, Kristy, Lisa, Courtney

Grand Mother Advisor Mrs. Dee Benner


Polynesian Dancers for opening entertainment

GWA Signs the bible

JPGWA Elaine signs the bible

Miss Rainbow 1996

Miss Rainbow Katie Bender and Princess Jennifer Bayer

March Commentary

The Grand Choir has formed a tree. The tree represents the significance nature has on our lives. We must take steps to preserve our environment not only for future generations to enjoy but also ensure the longevity of our planet.

The Grand Officers and the Grand Choir have joined together to form a daisy. When the daisy begins to grow it's the first sign of spring, the time of year when all life begins again. Suddenly the earth begins to awaken after its long winter slumber and the zephyrs sweetly blow, the morning is filled with happily singing birds and the colorful flowers of nature begin to bloom and grow.

The Grand Officers have formed a lily pad to remind us that the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is more than poise and solemn teaching. It's also fun, laughter, fellowship, and even occasional silliness.

The Grand Officers are now forming the Friendship Chain. This chain of friendship is not only for those attending this Grand Session but also girls and adults throughout this state, our nation, and the world. May this chain of friendship weave among us throughout this weekend to rekindle old friendships and build new ones. Take a moment as the Grand Officers complete this chain to greet new friends as well as familiar ones, remembering that with each and every person in this room you share the bond of friendship.

The Grand Officers have formed a conjure character which donates life. The motto of this Grand Assembly is an excerpt from Walden by Henry David Thoreau. "I went to the woods because I wanted to live life deliberately, to find only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach. And not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." As we go forth from this Grand Assembly, let us remember to live life deliberately, enjoying every moment we have been given, so when you look back on this time our hearts will be filled with the peace and joy knowing we have lived life to its fullest. Let us seize the day.

Majority recipients

Majority Recipients


Dazzling Daisy Adults; GWA Elaine dedicated her assembly to our hard-working majority.


As we begin the 34th annual celebration of Alaska Rainbow, the Grand Officers stand before you with heartfelt admiration, respect, and love for a unique and wonderful group of women who have given of their time and their talent to this resplendent organization. These women have made a promise to give their earnest support and to redouble their zeal in the cause of this order. As Advisory Board Members, Mother Advisors, and Associate Mother Advisors, sisters and friends, fully accomplish the pledge they made so long ago, their guidance and support warrant our deepest gratitude, in an effort to venerate and distinguish these women for their unfailing devoted work, that it is with great honor and love that I dedicate this 34th Grand Assembly to majority members. If you are a majority member, will you please stand? ... On behalf of everyone here, I would like to thank you! Alaska Rainbow could not stand without you, so please continue to support us, and guide us through the arduous, testing years of our youth.

There is a particular woman that has touched my own life and she has been a constant through this year and all the years I have been privileged to know her. She has been important to me since I met her over five years ago and has been very much like an older sister. She has given me extraordinary guidance; she has directed me with her positive and thoughtful influences and she has also given too as a majority member of Alaska Rainbow. Seeking recognition has never been her intention and I would like to thank her in a manner most fitting. I would like to dedicate the 1996 Grand Assembly of Alaska to Mrs. Melody Schneider.