How To Join the Widows Sons


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Starting a Grand Chapter    Joining a Chapter


Starting a new Grand Chapter:

A Grand Chapter is the authoritative chapter in each state, province, or country. The Grand Chapters oversee and approve the formation of constituent chapters within their jurisdiction, and may also opt to sponsor a new Grand Chapter or Jurisdiction of the WSMRA. To form a new Grand Chapter, please contact the Founder, Carl Davenport who will forward your request to a Grand Chapter who will sponsor you.
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 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.

The next step is to go to and download the Founding Bylaws and Landmarks. Where they stipulate Illinois, you change Illinois to your state. Do not make any other changes unless what you are changing 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 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 and to receive their permission to form a chapter of the Widows Sons within their Masonic jurisdiction. You may not form a chapter without the implied 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 receive permission to operate a chapter of the Widows Sons in their territory.


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 in order to be put in touch with a sponsoring Grand Chapter who will assist you in the formation of your own Grand Chapter.


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