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
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
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
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
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
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
Northern or Modern Style Logo
The Widows Sons Story:
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.