Amaranth Diabetes Foundation

Give to the Amaranth Diabetes Foundation, Inc. for Research

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Leaving a Legacy to the Amaranth Diabetes Foundation

Individual Distinguished Service Award Letter

Individual Distinguished Service Award Nomination Form



All the members of the Amaranth are aware of the “age-old” concept, that “That Charity is truest and noblest which treads in silence and secrecy all of its ways, not letting the left hand know what the right hand doeth.” To this end, the Order founded the AMARANTH DIABETES FOUNDATION, INC. to raise funds for diabetes research. All money raised is passed directly to the American Diabetes Association for specific research projects. No overhead charges are applied by the AMARANTH DIABETES FOUNDATION, INC.


The Foundation was started by Past Supreme Royal Matron, Honored Lady Marie Waters, of Connecticut. It was her goal to give the Order a specific charity with which it could be associated and work for throughout the year. At the Supreme Assembly of 1979 the Supreme Council adopted the AMARANTH DIABETES FOUNDATION, INC. and established an irrevocable Trust Fund for the purpose of using one voluntary charity project. ALL Members of the Order are automatically members of this Foundation. This action was discussed and finally taken after several years of legal research on the establishment of such a single voluntary charitable project. It being the belief that by so doing the Order would obtain greater recognition for its charitable efforts and donations. Each Subordinate Court and Grand Court was encouraged to continue to support, additionally, local and national organizations or charities of their choice. The Order of the Amaranth is a fraternal organization composed of Master Masons, their female relatives, and majority members of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls and the Jobs Daughters International.


In 1979 the Amaranth Diabetes Foundation, Inc. was established and in the 40 years since then the Foundation has donated over 16 million dollars to the American Diabetes Associate (ADA).

The ADA presented the Supreme Council Order of the Amaranth the “Charles H. Best” Medal in 1996 for distinguished service in fight to find a cure for diabetes. Supreme Royal Matron, Honored Lady Sara Ann Seibert and Supreme Royal Patron, Sir Knight Richard D. “Ned” Kelly were honored to accept the award on the behalf of Supreme Council.

The ADA has recognized several Grand Courts for the stellar effort of their members in raising funds to find a cure for diabetes.


The following Grand Courts have been recognized by ADA for the stellar effort of their members in raising funds to find a cure for diabetes.

$2,000,000 Pennsylvania 2022
$1,750,000 Pennsylvania 2018
$1,500,000 Pennsylvania 2013
$1,250,000 Georgia 2022
Pennsylvania 2008
$1,000,000 Georgia 2017
Pennsylvania 2005
$750,000 Georgia 2011
Pennsylvania 2002
Washington 2019
$500,000 Alaska 2022
Arizona 2016
California 2020
Florida 2010
Georgia 2007
New York 2008
North Carolina 2015
Oregon 2022
Pennsylvania 1998
Virginia 2012
Washington 2009
$250,000 Alaska 2007
Arizona 2005
California 2003
Colorado 2009
Florida 2000
Georgia 2001
Illinois 2020
Indiana 2012
Kentucky 2006
Missouri 2012
New Jersey 2022
New York 1996
North Carolina 2005
Ohio 2016
Oklahoma 2021
Oregon 2007
Pennsylvania 1992
South Carolina 2012
Virginia 2004
Washington 2002



Elected Members

Office Name Jurisdiction Term Ends
President HL Charlene Tucker Oregon 2025
Vice President HL Susan McKinney Illinois 2025
Treasurer HL Hillary Johnson New York 2024
Secretary HL Tiffany St. John Georgia 2024
Assistant Secretary SK Karl Forsberg Pennsylvania 2026
Member HL Dee Barger Alabama 2026
Member HL Anne Beaton Washington 2024
Member SK Doug Reece Missouri 2025
Member HL Gwen Rochette Connecticut 2026
President Emeritus HL Marie Loeffler Waters, PSRM Florida Emeritus
Secretary Emeritus HL Mary Virginia Robertson Virginia Emeritus

Members by virtue of their Supreme Office

Supreme Royal Matron HL Susan Patchin New York
Supreme Royal Patron SK Mel Fossell Missouri
Supreme Associate Matron HL Elizabeth “Bizzy” Herbolsheimer Massachusetts/Arizona
Supreme Associate Patron SK Richard Marsh California
Supreme Conductress HL Marsha Weidinger Georgia
Supreme Associate Conductress HL Emily Moyer Pennsylvania

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