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Tennessee’s first Rainbow Assembly, Memphis Assembly #1, Memphis, Tennessee, was Instituted June 13, 1923 and Constituted March 13, 1924.  Memphis Assembly #1 is still very active today.  The first Grand Assembly was held in the Cumberland Lodge Building, Nashville, Tennessee, on June 26 and 27, 1930, with Dorothy Whitten from Memphis Assembly #1 serving as the first Grand Worthy Advisor.

Tennessee Rainbow has had five Supreme Deputies appointed in its history.  The first Supreme Deputy was Mrs. Frances Haun serving from November 9, 1927 until her resignation on January 13, 1931.  Mrs. Haun served as Most Worthy Grand Matron of General Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star from 1934 until 1937. 

Mrs. Louise Krauth was appointed as the next Supreme Deputy on February 11, 1931 and served until her resignation on October 17, 1935. 

Our next Supreme Deputy was Mrs. Adda Dinsmore who was appointed on January 10, 1936 and served until her death on September 27, 1960.  At the time of her death, she was serving Supreme Assembly as Supreme Charity. 

Following the death of Mrs. Dinsmore, Mrs. Eleanor O’Rear was appointed Supreme Deputy in 1960 and served until her resignation in 1993.  Mom O’Rear served Supreme Assembly as Supreme Drill Leader and Supreme Service from 1992-1996.  She died in 1998 while serving in the House of Gold. 

Mrs. Judy Fortenberry was appointed Supreme Deputy on October 1, 1993 and became a member of the House of Gold in July, 2000.  She has been fortunate to serve in several Supreme Offices including Supreme Hope, Supreme Faith, Supreme Immortality, Supreme Fidelity, Supreme Nature, and Supreme Love and is the current Supreme Charity.  Her dedication is evident toward all Rainbow Girls and Advisors and we are happy to call her our Supreme Inspector of Tennessee.

Tennessee has had the following Acting Supreme Officers: 

1937-1938 Marcelle Bunch Acting Supreme Charity
1949-1950 Jane Wright Acting Supreme Worthy Advisor
1964-1965 Janis Beard Acting Supreme Confidential Observer
1972-1973 Debbie Eidson Acting Supreme Love
1976-1977 Debbie Bright Acting Supreme Confidential Observer
1988-1989 Dora Hirlston Acting Supreme Drill Leader
1990-1991 Allison Hartline Acting Supreme Service
1996-1997 Ashley Witt Acting Supreme Choir Director
2000-2001 Beverly Lawless Acting Supreme Hope
2003-2004 Brandi Wagner Acting Supreme Outer Observer
2007-2008 Rachel Williams Acting Supreme Recorder
2009-2010 Samantha Woodin Sister of Vision, Grand Cross of Color
2011-2012 Teena Zullick Acting Supreme Patriotism
2013-2014 Whitney Whitaker Acting Supreme Worthy Advisor
2015-2016 Sarah Belcher Acting Supreme Nature

Jane Wright, who served as the Acting Supreme Worthy Advisor in 1949-1950, also had the great privilege of having Rev. W. Mark Sexson attend Tennessee’s Grand Assembly during her term as Grand Worthy Advisor.

We have been very fortunate to have had several Supreme Pages over the years also.  We have Past Grand Officers who are Doctors, Nurses, Ministers, Engineers, numerous Educators in all levels of Education, Missionary Workers, Business Managers, and one was Miss Tennessee.

Eastern Star Our Eastern Star Heritage    

Although we have always had terrific support from both the Order of the Eastern Star and the masonic Lodge, we will truly remember the Drill we were asked to perform by the Most Worthy Grand Matron, General Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Sister Virginia Painter and Tennessee’s own Brother Ray G. Osborne.  In October, 1994, twenty-five Rainbow Girls and the Grand Worthy Advisors of Tennessee and Connecticut were honored to do the drill, knowing that they were representing Rainbow Girls all over the world.  A standing ovation was given to the young ladies as they left the General Grand Chapter floor after a fantastic performance.  Brother Ray has always been very supportive of Rainbow Girls, and we thank him for his many contributions to our Organization.

Our Masonic Support

Tennessee Master Masons are very active supporters of Rainbow Girls too. We have been a part of the Long Range Planning Committee, formerly called Vision 2013, since its Inception. Tennessee Rainbow Girls always enjoy serving at the Grand Master’s banquet at Grand Lodge each year.  This has been a time-honored tradition and the girls look forward to it every Spring.

We couldn’t do without the support we receive from our local Masonic lodges either.  They are always ready to offer us a place to hold our regular meetings, installations, installations, and social events.  Master Masons also serve on our Advisory Boards and help at most of our functions.

This web site acknowledges allegiance to the Supreme Assembly, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, whose seat is in McAlester, Oklahoma, of which late Rev. W. Mark Sexson was the
founder, Mrs. Susan Rennagel is Supreme Worthy Advisor and to the Grand Jurisdiction of Tennessee of which Mrs. Judy Fortenberry is Supreme Inspector.