The Washington State Society Daughters of the American Revolution will be recognizing a community volunteer on Sat., Feb. 9th at noon at the Black Diamond Masonic Lodge. Tina O’Shields was nominated for this DAR Distinguished Citizen award by the Black Diamond Chapter several months ago. Her writeup for this award was sent to the DAR headquarters in Washington D.C. and the submittal was recently approved. She will be recognized at the Feb. 9th meeting in Black Diamond, as the outstanding youth leader of our community, teaching girls the importance of service above self.
Tina has been dedicated continuously for the last ten years to the youth of our community and is an inspiration to all who work with her, as the Mother Advisor for the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, Laurel Assembly, Black Diamond, WA. She has been influencing and inspiring numerous young ladies. The leadership, organization and communication skills that the girls learn in Rainbow are not found in any other organization serving young women today.
Tina is known to love camping, and in Rainbow there are many opportunities. She is alongside the girls every year, for each of these Rainbow events. Every year the Washington state Rainbow for Girls have a “Walk for Charity” where the girls solicit sponsors for the number of miles they will walk. In the past five years alone, chapters across Washington have raised tens of thousands of dollars for charity. Tina attends, and tirelessly drives the girls to every one of these functions.
The girls of each Assembly plan events, establish budgets, and run their own business meetings. Girls are elected by their peers to lead the organization at the local and state level, giving girls the opportunity to run a non-profit organization. The Mother Advisor is the overseer, guide, and mentor.
For over 40 years the Rainbow Dad’s Scholarship committee has been able to assist deserving girls from all over Washington achieve their dreams. In the past as much as $20,000 has been given out in a single year. Tina supports and encourages girls to apply for these college scholarships, and many young ladies have achieved their academic dreams due to her support.
Tina is respected by both the adults (Advisory Board members), and the girls. Her responsibilities are tremendous, and she handles them with grace and dignity. She spends countless hours sewing Rainbow dresses (gowns with big hoop skirts), transporting girls to various official visits and functions. She works alongside the girls as they volunteer to assist at the neighborhood food banks, serve meals to seniors, and bake pies for the Masonic Lodge pie auction. She has always supported and encouraged the girls to participate in their community Labor Day parade, where the girls march in their beautiful formals. She assists as the girls sell cotton candy to raise funds for charity, also an event to involve the youth in the community. As a result, Rainbow is known throughout the City of Black Diamond as an outstanding service organization. Tina works diligently to find new activities that will create new interests and unselfishly encouraging the youth to grow, and especially to get the girls “ready for life”, as the Rainbow slogan says.