Welcome to the Official Homepage of the Grand Jurisdiction of Missouri International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. This web page acknowledges allegiance to the Supreme Assembly, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, whose seat of authority is in McAlester, Oklahoma, of which Reverend W. Mark Sexson was the founder, Cora Ellen Moody, Maine, is Supreme Worthy Advisor.
History of the Rainbow
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, or Order of the White Shrine. 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. If you would like to know more about the history of the Order, the Supreme Temple or the founder, visit the Supreme Assembly website at www.gorainbow.org.
The first Assembly in our state was Webb City No. 1 and our first Supreme Deputy was Chris L. Stange. The first Grand Assembly was held in 1927 in St. Louis where Ida Bell Corley Menke was the first Grand Worthy Advisor.