....From the Widows Sons Archives
Founded: February 18,1998 at the
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
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
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 didn't last.
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
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.
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 organizations.
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
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
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
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.
In 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
2009: 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 "SCUM"
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 beginning.
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
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
letters to the UK Border Agency
to prevent the founder from returning to England to be with
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.
Andy Reynolds, President of a
non 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
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
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
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.
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 threatened 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.
France will hold its 3rd annual European Gathering in June.
Puerto Rico began organizing a chapter in Puerto Rica.
In June A reassignment of the Grand Chapter Charter was
awarded to the
Masons Chapter of Widows Sons in
Germany's new Grand Chapter will be chartered on October
15th at the
in Paderborn, Germany.
Here's the history of Castle
The Taiwan Chapter was chartered by the Philippines Chapter
in late July or early August.
The first Widows Sons Campground was opened on August
4-6. All Widows Sons were welcomed. Opening Ceremonies were
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. The new Missouri chapter was chartered at the
Campground opening, while the new Virginia and Kentucky
Grand Chapters were not quite ready to be chartered.
They are getting ready.
The Widows Sons Museum was founded at the Campground
ceremonies. The Masons Grand Chapter of Missouri will house
the Widows Sons Museum.
Three other Widows Sons campgrounds are in
discussion to open in other states in 2017.
Several Chapters of the Alliance Breakaway group have
claimed to have denounced 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.
Several brothers in New
Tork are organizing. When they are ready, they will be
recognized as the new Grand Chapter of Widows Sons of