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INTERNATIONAL MASONIC RIDERS ASSOCIATIOn

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How To Join the Widows Sons
CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF THE WIDOWS SONS

 

Start a Grand Chapter         Join a Grand Chapter

 

Starting a new Grand Chapter:

A Grand Chapter is the authoritative chapter in each Masonic Jurisdiction. The Grand Chapters oversee and approve the formation of constituent chapters within their jurisdiction, and may also opt to sponsor a new Grand Chapter in a Jurisdiction of the WSMRA where no Grand Chapter exists. Where we have no existing Grand Chapter, one can be easily started by any Master Mason along with 6 brothers who are interested in doing so. Your group must contact the founder, Carl Davenport carl@widowssons.ws to receive the proper paperwork for founding a new Grand Chapter. The paperwork will guide you through the process. Your sponsoring Grand Chapter will then guide you further through the process. If you need a sponsoring Grand Chapter, please contact the Founder, Carl Davenport carl@widowssons.ws.ws and will forward your request to a Grand Chapter who will sponsor you.

The next step is to go to http://widowssons.ws/WSFB.htm and download the Founding Bylaws and Landmarks. Where they stipulate Illinois, you change Illinois to your jurisdiction's name. Do not make any other changes unless what you are changing something that conflicts with your Grand Lodge Bylaws, rules, or edicts. No other changes are acceptable and a charter will not be issued. Once you have made only these changes to your Bylaws, a copy must be sent to our Founder, Carl Davenport carl@widowssons.ws along with a list of your officers and their contact info. Your contact information must include a physical mailing address, a current email address, and a current phone number and Carl will arrange a Sponsoring Grand Chapter for you.
Bylaws and contact info may be sent via email, fax, or postal mail.

Once the previous step has been completed, your group must contact your Grand Lodge to inform them of your intentions  to form a chapter of the Widows Sons within their Masonic jurisdiction and ask for their consent. You may not form a chapter without the consent of your Grand Lodge.

The final step before becoming chartered is to meet with the dominant MC or COC in your area to introduce yourselves and make them aware you are about to form and operate a chapter of the Widows Sons in their territory.

According to the founding bylaws, only one Widows Sons Grand Chapter can be issued in a Masonic Jurisdiction. In the case of a Prince Hall Grand Chapter, it can be issued under the Prince Hall Grand Lodge where an AF&AM or F&AM Widows Sons Grand Chapter already exists.   

 

Joining a Chapter:

To join an existing chapter or Grand Chapter, you must contact that chapter directly. We have a list of all of our Grand Chapters and their constituent chapters on our Chapters page. Where there is no link available on our Chapters list, you may use our Contact Form where we will be able to put you in touch with the respective chapter or jurisdiction. Note: We often receive inquiries on becoming a member-at-large. This was a temporary program intended to introduce the Widows Sons in areas where we had no chapters. This program is no longer available! In order to become a member you must contact a chapter in your state, province, or country. When there is none available, the only other option is to contact the Founder Carl Davenport carl@widowssons.ws.ws in order to be put in touch with a sponsoring Grand Chapter who will assist you in the formation of your own Grand Chapter.