Why I joined
the Order of the Amaranth
became involved with things Masonic when my daughter joined
Jobís Daughters in 1992 and then my son joined DeMolay after his
13th birthday in March 1993. I was Mom G to a whole
bunch of young people, young people who were confident, involved
and busy. I was a fan.
And then my friend told me about a Masonic organization she had
joined. It was called the Order of the Amaranth, which I had
never heard of. A new ďCourtĒ had been started. I was
intrigued. Would it provide an adult with the same confidence
and sense of belonging as the IOJD and DeMolay had done for my
can safely say that it did and still does. The order of the
Amaranth is ritualistic with ceremonies of initiation,
installation, memorials, funerals and the accompanying memory
work. What a great way to keep your mind active. They say that
memory work, crossword puzzles and other word or number games
help to keep dementia at bay. Iím for anything that keeps my
We do good things. We fund raise! Diabetes research is our main
focus but we have raised funds for Juvenile Epilepsy, Heart and
Stroke, Cancer Research and a whole host of other worthy causes.
We have cooked many meals for theme dinners, sold pies and
chocolates, had garage sales, hotdog sales, teas, fashion
shows, jewellery parties, Tupperware parties, the list goes on
and on. We have used the Jobies at our fund raising events and
made a donation for their good works.
We socialize! At all the fund raising events, at pot luck
dinners, pub nights, travelling to other jurisdictions for their
fund raising events and meetings. Again, the list goes on and
We form friendships! What started out as a casual mom meeting
mom at a DeMolay or Jobie event has become a true friendship;
what started out as a member helping another member has become a
true friendship. Friends of all ages, walks of life, different
stages of lifeÖthereís no end to how or where a new friendship
begins. And who in this life doesnít need another friend.
laugh to myself when someone says to a prospective new member
ďitís only one meeting a month. Youíve got the time.Ē Well, yes,
it can be only one meeting or evening a month and that may be
how you start out, but you soon find that isnít enough. To make
it meaningful, to make those friends, to help out a fellow
member, it takes more time. If youíre not prepared to make new
friends, spend time for a worthy cause, and become a better
person then the Order of the Amaranth isnít for you. I think
itís worth the time for what Iíve gained in the last 16 years
and Iím sure you will too.
know that Iím not the only member who, early in her membership,
has declared ďIíll work at fund raisers and come to all the
meetings but youíll never get me to be Royal MatronĒ. Famous
last words!!! Here I am, having served a term as Royal Matron, a
term as Grand Royal Matron, presently serving as Royal Matron of
one Court and Conductress in another.
Remember this ďYou only get out of something what you put inĒ
and that holds especially true of any service organization.
Petitions are available from any present member.