For newer members who aren't
aware, the Massachusetts Grand Chapter was being run by miscreants
who aligned themselves with the malcontents who were trying to form
a schism or Anti-Carl faction in the WSMRA. Andy got them to sponsor
his Kings Guard Chapter and issue them a Grand Chapter charter when
they did their hostile takeover of the NY Grand Chapter in Long
Several months later the GL of Mass issued an edict against the WS
in their jurisdiction. I saw that as Karma in action for getting
into bed with the KG chapter and helping them to supplant the
recognized Grand Chapter in NY. Before Massachusetts meddled in NY's
business the Long Island chapter was willing to turn over leadership
as long as Lee Thompson and his guys could continue to wear their
Grand Chapter rockers but Andy wouldn't compromise. It was his way
or the highway.
After the edict against the WS in Massachusetts they changed their
name to Branded Brothers and took out 'Masonic" Riders Association
and made it "Motorcycle" Association as a workaround to the edict.
The GL wasn't pleased but chose not to charge anyone for disobeying
the edict because they started behaving themselves better.
When the edict came out against the WS in NY, Andy did the same
thing. He took out the requirement for being a MM and referred to
them as a Motorcycle Association and not a Masonic Association. It's
only my opinion, but I think that WS chapters being insubordinate to
their Grand Lodges played a role in the Anti-WS sentiment among the
Canadian Grand Lodges, in addition to the "Biker Mentality" and
rebellious attitudes that has worked its way into the membership
under the so-called leadership of the Alliance. Brothers fail to
realize that GL's do talk to each other and compare notes. When they
see insubordination toward their governance of the Craft, disunity,
and schisms within this Association it reflects badly on everyone.
We understood this years ago which is why Carl started promoting the
slogan: "Masons first, Widows Sons second". Despite our best efforts
to change a growing culture where our members were putting the WS
above their Masonic membership, it fell on too many deaf ears and
now we're paying the price.
We have a plan for repairing the damage to this organization and
bringing it back to the days when the WS was an asset to our
fraternity and not a liability. If the brethren were willing to go
along with it, it would allow Carl & myself to fully retire
peacefully and I would be willing & able to surrender my copyright
to the Association. But the guys who control the Alliance want no
part of it and prefer to maintain a competing sub-organization
within the organization. As long as the schism exists we'll only
continue to decline and lose more of our jurisdictions to GL edicts
and our bad reputation will only get worse.
If the brethren ever decide to abandon this course of disunity and
engage in a true restoration of the WSMRA, we're willing to do
everything we can to make it happen. Then once the future of our
association is safe from the never-ending internal threats from
malcontents and power-seekers, we can lay down our working tools and
turn things over to an elected body that can guide our future
progress & success.