Alaska’s Rainbow Girls selected a Thunder Mountain High School graduate and current student at the University of Alaska Southeast as their statewide leader for the 2013-14 year.
Sorcha Hazelton became Alaska’s 52nd Grand Worthy Advisor at the Rainbow Girls’ annual convention in Anchorage in late June. She previously served in three state-level positions and twice held the top office in Juneau’s Rainbow Girls chapter — that of Worthy Advisor. She continues to hold a local office.
Hazelton joined Rainbow Girls at the Alaska state convention in 2005 and has since traveled on behalf of Alaska Rainbow Girls to conventions in Washington, California, Nebraska, Oregon, Michigan and Oklahoma. In 2011, Hazelton was awarded the elite Grand Cross of Color in recognition of her dedication and long-term commitment to service in the community and the organization.
She will represent Alaska at the international convention in Baltimore and end her year at the annual convention in Juneau in June 2014.
Her service project for the year will be to support of the Scottish RiteCare Foundation. Under Hazelton’s leadership, Alaska’s Rainbow Girls will support the Foundation’s mission of providing clinical support to children with language disorders, creating educational programs relating to childhood language disorders for the benefit of affected individuals and for the education of the general public and supporting the RiteCare Foundation research programs in their efforts to solve the problems associated with language disorders in children. For more information on the RiteCare Foundation, visit www.alaskascottishrite.org/foundation.html.
“I took American Sign Language,” Hazelton said. “As well as being a beautiful language, it opened my eyes to many things surrounding the deaf and hard of hearing cultures and the way they live their lives. Hearing loss is something that each of us encounters, whether it’s the hearing loss of our grandparents or even our adult advisers.”
Other state officers from Juneau are Megan Clough, Virginia Roldan, Holly Rose, Teresa Rose and Mikayla Stiner.
Founded in 1922, The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is a nonprofit youth service group for teenage girls aged 11-20, sponsored by the Shriners. Rainbow teaches growth and strength of character through service to others. In addition to Alaska and other U.S. states, Rainbow has assemblies located in Aruba, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Germany Italy, Japan and the Philippines. For more information, visit www.gorainbow.org.