It is the Grand Master’s responsibility to protect and uphold
the principles and prerogatives of the fraternity. Any club,
association, or group that requires membership in the fraternity
as a pre-requisite falls under the authority of the Grand Lodge.
In 1931, at the March Quarterly Communication, M.W. Herbert W.
Dean put it best when he said “the attitude of this Grand Lodge
towards [clubs] has… been one of neutrality, as long as their
[actions do] not intrude upon [the principles and] prerogatives
[of our] Fraternity, or [that] their conduct in any way bring
discredit to [the Fraternity.]”
The time has now come when it is necessary to protect our
fraternity’s principles and prerogatives. Recent activities in
connection with the Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association have
underscored a divergence between the practices of their
association and the principles and prerogatives of the Most
Worshipful Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts.
By its own rules, the Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association
permits no Chapter to be formed in a Masonic jurisdiction
without the consent of its local Grand Lodge. The Widows Sons
Massachusetts Grand Chapter never requested or received the
permission of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts to
operate in this jurisdiction.
Therefore, it is my edict that no member of the Grand Lodge of
Masons in Massachusetts be a member of any Chapter of the Widows
Sons Masonic Riders Association. Failure to comply with this
edict shall subject the offending member to the disciplinary
action of suspension or expulsion.