A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WIDOWS
The February 18, 1998
From 1996 - 1998 a group of Grotto Motor Patrol members
gathered for membership meetings at the Mirage on Irving
Park Road in Schiller Park, Illinois. They sat at a special
table in the northeast section of the restaurant. They were
a fun-loving group of motorcyclists who met regularly. Among
the membership were Carl A Davenport, Robert Blixt, Scott
Pisani, Jeff Burbridge, Tony and Keith Coleman, and John
Hammond. Carl had an idea about starting a new fraternity
for Masons – a fraternity within the fraternity that would
be centered on aiding and assisting widows and orphans of
master masons while riding, and having fun and fellowship,
without having to memorize any ritual. Carl Davenport took
this idea seriously enough to do something about it.
|Carl Davenport met an
Ambassador from the Philippines at a Scottish Rite event
held for Philippine Masons. Their discussion included
setting a purpose for the new fraternity within the
fraternity. A picture of a woman was implanted in Carl’s
mind. The discussion with the Philippine Ambassador inspired
Carl as he suggested several themes for the new fraternity.
A few months later, Carl, a devoted fraternity brother,
combined the Philippine brother’s suggestions and the
suggestions of others using his knowledge of the fraternity
to transform the concept of the Widows Sons into an
organization with a theme of aiding and assisting widows and
orphans of Master Masons.
THE BYLAWS WERE WRITTEN AND A MEETING WAS HELD ON February
18, 1998 at the Mirage Restaurant. The bylaws were ratified
and the Widows Sons were founded.
Today the Widows sons
are a presence in almost every state of the US, almost every
providence of Canada, Europe, Mexico, Japan, Korea, New
Zealand and chapters are being formed in every part of
the Free world
The first meeting of Widows Sons was held, and the first chapter
of Widows Sons was established in the United States, in Schiller Park,
Illinois at the Mirage Restaurant on April 18, 1998.
Today, the Widows Sons International Masonic Riders Association
welcomes Master Masons and Masonic Motorcycle groups to join the WSMRA
and help us promote our goals. The requirements are; all
members are Master Masons; All members have a goal to aid and
assist widows and orphans of Master Masons, and all members
must have a good time doing it. Contact us on the approved
International website at http://widowssons.com if you
are interested in becoming a part of the world’s largest
Masonic Riders Association.