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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WIDOWS SONS

The February 18, 1998 Meeting

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. 

MIRAGE RESTAURANT

THE NORTHEAST SECTION OF THE MIRAGE

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.

 

 

 

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