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Sparks girl appointed Nevada leader of Rainbow for Girls
by Ashley Massey
Jun 30, 2008 | 970 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Selena La Rue of Sparks, appointed to lead the state organization Rainbow for Girls, courtesy photo
Selena La Rue of Sparks, appointed to lead the state organization Rainbow for Girls, courtesy photo
After four years serving as a state officer for the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, 19-year-old Selena La Rue of Sparks has been appointed to head the organization in Nevada.

Rainbow for Girls is a nonprofit worldwide organization for girls that teach leadership skills through participation in community service. The organization was founded in 1922 with the aim of furthering the ideas of Freemasonry. Members of the Masonic Lodge subsequently helped form the organization for their daughters and although the group was founded upon Christian foundations, today the organization is accepting of all religions.

The overall purpose of Rainbow for Girls is to shape women into well-rounded future leaders of this country, La Rue said.

"I used to be shy," La Rue said, discussing the leadership skills the organization instills in its members. "But now I can speak in front of a room full of 300 people in a blink of an eye."

La Rue, who is essentially the state president of Nevada's Rainbow for Girls, is a sophomore at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she studies political science and history. Someday La Rue hopes to become a teacher.

In her role as the state's grandworthy advisor, La Rue plans the themes of assembly meetings, she said, since official assembly meetings require members to dress formally and in coordination with each other to instill the importance of presentation in its members.

La Rue also serves as the "point man" for Nevada's Rainbow for Girls' statewide four-year affiliation with the Alzheimer's Association, she said. The group is helping the Alzheimer's Association with promoting awareness, organizing walks and planning events.

Community service has become an important part of her life, La Rue said.

"Giving blood, donating to Salvation Army – it's become a part of my everyday life," La Rue said.

As a head leader, La Rue's responsibilities also include traveling throughout the state to the 11 assemblies – three in Las Vegas, one in Tonopah, and seven in northern Nevada).

La Rue also travels to different chapters throughout the country, which is "really a learning experience," she said.

"The organization is not centralized so all the state organizations are completely different," La Rue said.

La Rue joined Rainbow for girls when she was 8 years old, having learned about the organization through her father, who is a Mason, she said.

Outside of Rainbow for Girls, the college student is active with school and other community activities throughout northern Nevada. She also spent much of the last year working as an intern for the Obama for America campaign prior to the January caucuses.

The upcoming year will be La Rue's last year as a member of Rainbow for Girls – members are usually only a part of the organization until they reach the age of 20 – and although parting ways will be sad, the future will be exciting, she said.
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