Amaranth Diabetes Foundation



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.

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


Amaranth Diabetes Foundation, Inc.
Board of Directors

Elected Members

Office Name Jurisdiction Term Ends
President HL Janet St. Jacques Florida 2023
Vice President HL Charlene Tucker Oregon 2025
Treasurer HL Hillary Johnson New York 2024
Secretary HL Tiffany St. John Georgia 2024
Assistant Secretary HL Susan McKinney Illinois 2025
Member HL Lorie Johnson Arizona 2023
Member SK Doug Reece Missouri 2025
Member HL Gwen Rochette Connecticut 2023
Member HL Anne Beaton Washington 2024
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 Stella Joyner Georgia
Supreme Royal Patron SK Allan Potts Tennessee
Supreme Associate Matron HL Susan Patchin New York
Supreme Associate Patron SK Mel Fossell Missouri
Supreme Conductress HL Elizabeth “Bizzy” Herbolsheimer Massachusetts/Arizona
Supreme Associate Conductress HL Theresa Nichols Ohio

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