....From the Widows Sons Archives
February 18,1998 at the
Mirage Restaurant in Schiller Park, Illinois by Carl Davenport.
Originally just called “The Widows Sons” the first chapter and its
members were all members of El Jaala Grotto and the El Jaala Motor
Patrol. Here are the
Widows Sons White Papers written one month after the founding of the
Widows Sons, and the
founding minutes of the meeting that started it all.
In 1998 Brother Davenport had been working on a site “MasonicBiker.com” and then the "Mastermason.com/widows
sons" website to reach out on the
Internet to see if others might be interested in forming chapters of the
Widows Sons in their area.
The second chapter of Widows Sons was formed
in the Netherlands, in June of 1998.
of the meeting approving the second chapter of Widows Sons.
1999-2000: Connecticut, and Florida formed
chapters a couple weeks apart, and many new potential members who were
waiting to start chapters began
discussions about the Widows Sons being organized internationally. Some of these
brethren were involved with the efforts of transforming the Widows
Sons into an International Association were: Nico Lulofs of the
Netherlands, Bill Zimmerman of Connecticut, Rich Greenberg of California, Anthony Harper of
Georgia/Florida, Jeffrey Rosenberg of Boston, Gerard Cannoo of Capetown
South Africa, Richard Prina of Arizona and Armando
Nunez of Florida, It should be noted that not
all of those mentioned above were successful in creating chapters but
were making an active effort to do so. Three other chapters were chartered
in 1998, but dropped
out a month or so later, Illinois and the Netherlands are the only
chapters and some remain today as a founding state/country of the
association. Original chapters that remain today that were chartered in
1998. Four chapters are still standing today are located in:
Illinois Feb 1998, Netherlands June 1998, Connecticut in Dec 1999 and Florida
in Jan 2000.The Netherlands were the second, making the Widows
Sons an international organization in June of 1998, and about two years later
Connecticut, and then a week later, Florida. Wisconsin, Indiana,
Michigan and Ohio formed chapters after the Netherlands and Before
Connectcut asnd Florida, but those four dissapated. Then about two
months before Conneciicut , Indiana and Ohio started a second group but
2000: When Florida was chartered, with four
chapters now chartered, a need for a logo became necessary. So the
"Widows patch" was designed, and sent to Florida to be made. They were
made in Florida and hand delivered to Chicago by Armando Nunez.
2002: The domain, " WidowsSons.com" was
purchased on January 18, 2002 and a website was revised and
uploaded to the domain. Requests started flowing in. Several interested brethren responded and
work began on forming an association.
2004: A significant year: In
February 2004 shortly after Brother Davenport was forced into a hiatus
due to a serious illness, Armando Nunez was serving as an organizer for the
association and due to Brother Carl’s unavailability, crafted a plan to
“administratively” divide the Widows Sons into 2 jurisdictions, the
Northern & Southern Jurisdiction. Each jurisdiction would be charged
with geographical assignments giving them the duty of chartering new
chapters in their respective states and countries. Brother Fred Broecker,
the secretary of the Illinois Grand Chapter, was appointed as the head of
the Northern Jurisdiction and Brother Armando appointed as the head of the
Southern Jurisdiction. This was announced to the membership in February
2004, and a month later by mutual agreement of Brother’s Broecker & Nunez,
the New England Jurisdiction was formed, putting Brother Bill Zimmerman
as its head. The Widows Sons operated under 3 National Jurisdictions
from 2004 through September of 2008 when the jurisdictions were combined
back into one in order to offset perceptions of disunity or separate
In May of 2004 the
alternate/modern logo (winged logo) was introduced in order to appease
concerns regarding the ‘Masonic relevance” of the original Widows logo.
The modern logo was first regarded as the Northern Jurisdiction logo but
was later adopted by some states in the Southern Jurisdiction
(Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky).
The UK Chapter of the Widows Sons introduced their own alternative
logo, and separated themselves from the Masonic Riders Association by
calling themselves the Masonic Bikers Association. The original Widows
logo was copyrighted in 2003 and the winged logo was copyrighted in
2004. The UK logo was never copyrighted because it was not an original
design and it did not promote the exclusive identity of the Widows Sons.
2005: Brother Armando Nunez resigned
from his position as a national organizer and active member of the
Widows Sons in 2005. His chosen replacement was Brother Karl Seigal of
the Knights of the East chapter of Florida.
2006: In 2006, Brother
Bill Zimmerman left the Widows Sons and his replacement for the director
of the New England Jurisdiction was Brother Frank DeFeo who was
appointed by Brother Broecker in 2006. In 2006 Brother Seigal resigned
as a national organizer due to the death of his father and Scott Frum was appointed as his replacement by the Florida State Board.
2007: The state of Alabama adopted
the winged logo.
The first Widows Sons Degree
and “Branding” was held at the Hawg Valley Bike Rally in Madisonville
Kentucky in 2007. The degree was written by Brother’s Jeff Wilson,
Robert Lee Curtis, and Ken Sarver of the Traveling Gavel Grand Chapter
of Kentucky. Brothers in attendance were from the states of Kentucky,
Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Virginia. Brother Mark
Sawyer the Grand Chapter President of Virginia came up with the idea of
branding our vests and the practice was incorporated as a traditional
part of the degree.
The first Grand Gathering was
held in 2007 in Newport Beach Virginia. The 2nd Grand
Gathering was held in 2009 in Kentucky, the 3rd Grand
Gathering was held in 2011 in Ontario Canada, and the 4th
Grand Gathering was held in Maine.
In 2007 the Widows Sons of
Texas applied for recognition as a Masonic organization during their
Grand Lodge Communication. The ballot was passed in their favor but a
motion was placed on the floor for more discussion and a re-vote. During
the subsequent re-vote, acceptance was denied by a failing vote in favor
of their application. In 2008 the new Grand Master of Texas issued an
edict banning all Texas Masons from being members of the WSMRA. The
edict affected over 300 brethren in the state of Texas.
2008: The first Regional Gathering
was held in Bentonville Arkansas in 2008, the 2nd Regional
was held in Indianapolis Indiana in 2010, and the 3rd
Regional was held in Connecticut in 2012.
September of 2008 Brother Broecker resigned as a national organizer for
the Northern Jurisdiction and conducted an election at a regional
gathering to select Brother
David Adams as his replacement. This occurred at the Regional Rally in
Arkansas and during a meeting of Brother Broecker, Armando Nunez, Lynn
Graham of Texas, Scott Frum of Florida, and David Adams, it was decided
to eliminate the jurisdictions and have the 3 coordinators/organizers
(Brothers DeFeo, Frum, and Adams) share chartering responsibilities
without geographical assignments.
In 2009, a clandestine website named widowssonsinternational was
uploaded by Big John of Virginia, keeping the owners identity
a secret, and a forum was added. They claim to this day that it is
owned by the members, which is not true. They named the forum, the
2010: In September of 2010 the 3
brothers serving as coordinators or organizers were retired from those
positions by Brother Davenport. Chartering was now to be done by
sponsoring Grand Chapters in the Association. The first state to charter
a new Grand Chapter was Montana which had chartered the state of
Wyoming. Wyoming subsequently chartered the Grand Chapter of Mexico.
Later in 2012 the state of Kentucky sponsored and chartered the Grand
Chapter of West Virginia.
Upon the retiring of the Coordinators, the clandestine forum at
widowssonsinternational.com website became a vocal point for
restoring the coordinators. They named themselves the SCUM forum. This
forum was used by former Coordinators Scott Frum, David Adams, and
James Mowel of CT, Mike Wade of Alabama, Alan "Habbie" Patterson
of Scotland, and Big John of Virginia to create confusion among
the craft in their agenda of if they can't have Coordinators, they would
destroy the Widows Sons from within. They began using the forum to cause
disharmony and a split within the Widows Sons by attacking the founder's
reputation, and the brothers who helped build the Widows Sons from the
2011: Brother Davenport married and moved
to England. He immediately asked the President and Vice President of the
Northumberland chapter to aid and assist widows and orphans first before
any other charity, and to change their name and logos back to match the
rest of the organization. They refused.
2012: In January Brother Davenport
founded the Widows Sons Magazine (aka WSMag). The mag was created to
publish Widows Sons and Masonic information. Here's the
Brother Davenport asked the
Northumberland PGB President to drop the national governing board , to
aid and assist widows and orphans first before any other charity, and to
change their name and logos back to match the rest of the organization.
They again refused.
On July 10, 2012, Brother
Fred Broecker the logo copyright holder received an unusual request from the
Presidents board in Illinois. It was a request that he turn over his
rights to the copyright of the Widows Sons Logo to the Presidents board.
This same board held a meeting a few weeks later to remove the founder
and Fred from the Illinois Widows Sons. It later became known this board
was elected and acted illegally and all their damages were restored.
Here's the letter.
2013: A new
15th Anniversary patch was introduced for the 15th year of the
Widows Sons. Several other anniversary items such as two different
anniversary coins, wood carvings, a Widows Sons Clock and a few other
Brother Davenport asked the UK widows Sons to drop the national
governing board , to aid and assist widows and orphans as a first
priority before any other charity, and to change their name and logos
back to match the rest of the organization. They again refused.
As a result, all WSMBA charters in England,
Scotland and Ireland were revoked from all Widows Sons Masonic Biker
Association chapters in England, Scotland and Ireland. A new WSMRA
chapter, the Sentinels, was chartered in Suffolk, England. The England
Scotland and Ireland chapters were invited to become a part of the
Masonic Riders Association.
On February 13, 2013 Alan "Habbie"
Patterson, from Scotland and member of the
Widowssonsinternational SCUM forum used the forum and began a letter
campaign. He asked members of the group to write
to the UK Border Agency to prevent the founder from returning to England
to be with is family.
In November of 2013 the
Founder Brother Davenport initiated the incorporation of the WSMRA as a
national Not-For-Profit Association, based in the State of Illinois.
Upon receiving its own legal identity, Brother Broecker transferred
ownership of the winged logo copyright to the WSMRA. Carl appointed the
first Executive Council and began looking for a piece of land to
start a Widows Sons Campground where the Widows Sons could hold
bi-annual conventions for the elections of the Executive Council
Officers and to propose and vote on bylaws changes to be
voted upon by the entire membership at the bi-annual conventions.
November 21, 2013,
Andy Reynolds, President of a
recognized chapter in Rochester, New York, registered a trademark
application for the artwork of the Widows Sons logo, which was
done and copyrighted in 2004 by Fred Broecker and the
WSMRA. Mr. Reynolds was claiming under oath that he did the
artwork for the logo.
It was either 2012 or 2013 when Mike "Stickman" Wade of the Dixie
Travelers of Alabama, and Armando Nunez teamed up to write their own
undocumented version of the history of the Widows Sons. They copyrighted
and published a cd of the undocumented history of the Widows Sons.
The WSMRA denies any truth in this video as it was made by one suspended
member and one retired member who, Neither of them, were present when the Widows Sons were founded. Armando
joined two years after the Widows Sons were founded, missing a lot of
activity in the early history. Armando quit the Widows Sons in
2005, losing all communication, only to resurface in 2013. Mike "Stickman" Wade was made a
nomad member in the mid 2000's as a favor, was allowed to join
before a chapter was formed in Alabama.
On December 12, 2013, the Grand Master of Massachusetts, Richard
Stewart, issued an edict against the Massachusetts Widows Sons barring
any member of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts from being a member of
the Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association. The
2014: France regained recognition from
mainstream Freemasonry and a the Pathmos Eagle Grand Chapter of France
was chartered by President Forrest McCracken, of the Sentinel Suffolk, England
Grand Chapter, with the Special Guest of the Widows Sons of
France, Worshipful Brother Carl Davenport, present to obligate the
Pathmos Eagle Grand Chapter President and begin the chartering ceremony.
At this ceremony, Italy was given the ok to begin forming the Grand
Chapter of Italy.
Minnesota began forming a Grand Chapter. All the paperwork has
been approved and they are waiting to be chartered.
Germany is approved and are waiting to be chartered.
The WSMRA is negotiating with several other Masonic Riding Associations
to become integrated into the WSMRA.
Two new groups will be subsidiaries of the Widows Sons Masonic Riders
Association. They are formed and are waiting approval of the Executive
Council to join the Widows Sons and serve Masonry in a larger capacity
by performing the responsibilities of serving other Masonic functions
and bringing motorcycle awareness internationally.
The Widows Sons European Union was formed to help the European Countries
organize and remain within the founding intentions.
France held it's second annual gathering with members from Italy,
Belgium, California, and England attending.
A new chapter was formed in South France.
A new Grand Chapter has began forming in Brazil.
After the Kentucky State Rally, Kentucky, due to a an Alliance breakaway
group division in the state, lost two chapters, one joining the
Low Twelve Riders, one going independent.
Three Widows Sons chapters waiting to be chartered joined the Low Twelve
Riders in Florida.
Illinois One Five chapter received a award for aiding and assisting
widows and orphans of Master Masons in Illinois.
The Grand Guard International, a hobby based group, was introduced to
Freemasonry. Its purpose is to assist Masonic Districts in putting on
funeral rituals under the supervision of the Masonic Districs. This will
be accomplished by bringing together brothers who have similar hobbies
into hobby groups, and forming Funeral Ritual Teams in Masonic Districts
from those hobby groups. Interested parties can contact the Grand Guard
International through the Widows Sons websites.
The Kings Guard chapter was chartered by the Grand Chapter of Widows
Sons in Long Island New York and immediately began to disrupt the Widows
Sons and form a hostile
takeover of the state. Due to an illness, Lee Thompson was unable to
keep control of his state, and the Kings Guard coerced his members to
join their team. This is a violation of the founding landmarks. There is
one Grand Chapter per masonic jurisdiction.
Shortly after, Andy began organizing other states to rebel against the
Founder with a smear campaign against the Founder and the International
Secretary and what the Widows Sons were founded to be. They claimed Army
Nunez was the founder. (letter
Founding Meeting Minutes )
Andy Reynold's entire campaign is based on the myth in Masonic thinking,
that one Mason will not lie to
another Mason. This is far from the truth. No fact or rumor should be
passed on to another brother until they are proven and verified to be
true by checking with all sources and targets of the fact or rumor.
Anyone who receives facts and passes them on without verifying them is a
tool for those who begin the rumors or facts. Several chapters have left the Widows Sons because of the
atmosphere Andy Reynolds and his cohorts created with the unverifyable
facts and false rumors they have spread. Check the facts with all
sources and tergets before you believe or distribute them.
Andy Reynolds then falsified Trademark documents saying he didn't know
of anyone using the Widows Sons logo at that time other than the Kings
Guard chapter. Documentation shows otherwise. Andy had sent
letters to the Grand Chapter of New York asking to be chartered by them
previous to his trademarking the Widows Sons logo. The state trade mark was issued for the State of New York and
is only enforceable for violations in the state of New York.
After the issue of the tardemark, Andy began selling "trademark
protection" to other Chapters of Widows Sons. Andy knew his trademark is
only good in the state of New York, but fraudulently sold "trademark
protection" to chapters, for $2 per member. Andy didn't inform
these chapters that his "trademark protection" was only enforceable in
the State of New York. Like many other of his claims, Andy's trademark
has become another fraud to enable him to profit off the WSMRA
members who have not been properly informed.
The Kings Guard and the alliance is not recogized by the Widows Sons
Masonic Riders Association. The alliance is a breakaway group, organized
by Andy Reynolds, and supported by James Mowel, Army Nunez, Scott Frum,
Mike Stickman Wade, Big John Pawlowski, Stan Hubbard, Dan Akers, and a few others. The
alliance does not follow the founding goals and intentions of the Widows
Sons, although they use our exact verbiage on their website. The
alliance is a radical group within the Widows Sons trying to overthrow
the foundation of the Widows Sons and install themselves as national or
In 2016, the alliance began a harassment campaign threatening a law suit
against the Low Twelve Masonic Bikers Association and the claiming the
logo of the Low Twelve was too similar to the Widows Sons logo. The Low
Twelve was given permission to use their logo by the copyright holder
several years before Andy Reynolds fraudulently tradmarked the logos and
claiming that the Widows Sons Official website was using their
Then the alliance wrote a warning that if it wasn't removed the WSMRA
would be charged $10k a day. The letter
The Widows Sons logo, was copyrighted by
its designer, Fred Broecker, in the early 2000's, and after it was used for years by the
Widows Sons. Andy claimed on the affidavit that he created the logo, and
did not know of anyone else using the logo. The Grand Chapter of
Long Island, New York was supplanted by Andy Reynolds and his Kings
Guard chapter because the Long Island Grand Chapter was already in place in Long
Island, New York. (See
New York clarification letter).
The alliance fraudulently claims it was formed to "protect" chapters from the Widows
Sons International Executive Committee. The executive committee was
formed to comply with the law reguarding corporations when the Widows
Sons were incorporated. The alliance spread the riumor that the Executive Committee
was going to take the patches away from anyone who didn't comply with
their demands. Another falsehood. The alliance made this claim to
advance their own agenda of international officers, (themselves as
officers). The Executive Committee's only demand was that the Widows
Sons follow their purpose of the founding in 1998. (see
On May 5th, our founder, Worshipful Brother Carl A Davenport received an
email from a person claiming to be a Professor Larry Adams of the
spurious alliance group. The letter attempted to threaten
Worshipful Brother Carl. It was demanded that Worshipful Brother
Davenport remove the Widows Sons logo from the international website
within 5 days or the alliance would file a Trademark infringement
complaint seeking $10k per day if it was continued to be used.. The letter
Puerto Rico began organizing a chapter in Puerto Rica.
A reassignment of the Grand Chapter Charter was awarded to the
Chapter of Widows Sons in Missouri.
France held its 3rd annual European Gathering in June.
In September, As
the first step in reclaiming the logo, the Executive Committee of the
Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association issued a fraud alert on the
international website after the newly rechartered Grand Chapter of
Missouri was threatened by Andy Reynolds, of the unrecognized Kings
Guard Chapter of New York. The Fraud Alert first lays out the fraudulent
act by Andy Reynolds, and then states the US Copyright Office's
penalties for fraud in a copyright infringement. The fraud
notice can be viewed at
http://widowssons.com on the lower right column of the page. This
page will be updated as more information becomes available.
The new Grand Chapter of Germany was chartered on October 15th at the
in Paderborn, Germany, in spite of several attempted
interferences from the alliance's Andy Reynolds to try and force the
Grand Chapter President to join the alliance. Recognized Widows
Sons chapters from France, Belgium, and Italy attended. Visitors
included the Masonic Bikers of Denmark, The Low Twelve Riders of
Germany, the Masonic Bikers of Austria, and several independent Bikers
of Europe. Several of independent Riders present expressed interest in
beginning Widows Sons chapters across Europe after seeing the chartering
ceremony. The Chartering was performed by the Widows Sons of
France, with Founder WB Carl A Davenport obligating the new Grand
Chapter President and presenting him his vest.
Here's the history of Castle WEWELSBURG. Photos of the event are
available on the Widows Sons International Facebook page the France
Widows Sons page and several other pages of the friends of the European
Widows Sons Facebook pages.
The first Widows Sons Campground
will be opened on August 4-6. All
Widows Sons are welcome. Opening Ceremonies will be held at the
Campground in Galena, Missouri, with Founder, Carl A Davenport, holding
a ceremony to christen the campground and kick off the August 4-6 Widows
Sons celebrations. Three other Widows Sons campgrounds are in discussion
to open in other states in 2017.
Several Chapters of the Alliance Breakaway group have decided to
denounce the Alliance, and what it stands for, and several more are
waiting to vote to leave and rejoin the WSMRS. We welcome them back.
Several new chapters are forming in Europe and in the U..S. will be
chartered in 2017.