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About the Widows Sons
CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF THE WIDOWS SONS


The Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association is an International Association which is open to Masons from Grand Lodges  who are recognized by

1. The Commission for Information for Recognition,
2. The United Grand Lodge of England,
3. Conference of Grand Masters in North America


to enjoy the sport of motorcycling and have a desire to ride with and associate with their regular fraternal brothers. The goals of the Widows Sons is to contribute to the aid and relief of our Widows & Orphans, raise Masonic Awareness in the world of  motorcycling,  introduce the sport of motorcycling to Freemasonry while introducing Freemasonry to the world of motorcycling.

While we wear identifying patches or regalia, the Widows Sons are not a gang, MC, or a 1% Club. We are a Masonic Riders Association and  represent the Masonic fraternity in a most positive light at all times. The Widows Sons raise Masonic Awareness while we attend public motorcycling events, and we support our Lodges in whatever capacity we are able. The Widows Sons have helped to increase Masonic membership through our public presence and visibility. We are a billboard for Freemasonry and must govern ourselves accordingly at all times.

The Widows Sons have proven themselves to be a positive asset to the fraternity around the world. Many of our chapters are proud to have current and Past Grand Masters as members. We regularly attract new members to the fraternity, and several of our chapters have Degree Teams who volunteer in doing Masonic work for many Masonic Lodges whenever possible.

The Widows Sons was conceived of and founded by Brother Carl Davenport PM, on February 18, 1998. Today we have active chapters throughout many States in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Israel, Russia, Europe, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand.

We welcome you if you are interested in joining the Widows Sons, we would be very happy to hear from you. Please see our page on Joining to find out how to join.

To learn more about our purpose, history, & goals, please visit our Founder's Site by clicking here.

Administration & Chapter Support

The International Association is comprised of individual Grand Chapters and their constituent chapters. Each Grand Chapter is autonomous or governs themselves within compliance to their Grand Lodge jurisdictional rules. Each Grand Chapter is responsible for the formation of constituent chapters within their Masonic Jurisdiction. They also determine what the policies are in regards to membership requirements, dues (if any), and all matters pertaining to the Widows Sons in their area. We have modeled ourselves in a similar fashion to Masonic Grand Lodges who determine the rules and By Laws of their jurisdictions, membership requirements, etc.

Each Grand Chapter is required to adhere to our Landmarks or the original purpose & spirit of the Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association. Association-wide policy was set during our formation, and any future adjustments would come only if approved by the unanimous consent of our Grand Chapter representatives or by a Grand Lodge order.

To form a new Grand Chapter, interested brethren may apply to an established Grand Chapter who may choose to sponsor you, or you may submit an application to our Founder, Brother Carl Davenport and he will find a Grand Chapter to charter you.

Brethren wishing to start a Grand Chapter may submit a request by using the contact form on our "Joining the Widows Sons" page.

Those who wish to become members where we already have established chapters must seek membership through the respective jurisdiction on our "Chapters" page. If there is no link for the jurisdiction where you wish to become a members, please use our Contact form and we will forward your inquiry to the proper representative.

Note: The Chapters page lists all States, Provinces, and countries where we have established chapters but not all chapters or jurisdictions have a website or link. If the jurisdiction listed (or their constituent chapters) do not have a link, you may contact us through this site for further information.

Our Patch or Logo

Our original patch or logo is the "Widows Logo" which was designed by Brother Carl Davenport. The original logo is no longer promoted as it has been replaced by the Winged pyramid.

The Symbolism and explanation behind the Logo: Northern or Modern Style Logo
The Widows Sons Story:
wsstory.htm

The important thing to note is that it is NOT the patch or logo we wear that unites us,  what unites us is the fact that we are Masons first, then Widows Sons.