THE WIDOWS SONS WERE
FEBRUARY 18TH, 1998 AT THE MIRAGE
RESTAURANT, 10255 W IRVING PARK ROAD,
SHILLER PARK, ILLINOIS 60176
BACK TO THE WIDOWS SONS BASICS
The Widows Sons have come a long way since
1998, and they still have a long way to go. Like any other
large fast growing organization, the Widows Sons has a few
chapters that are not in line with the founding purposes and
landmarks because of the fast growth. During the early
stages of fast growth, those who were chartering were very
busy and lost track of the Landmarks and bylaws . When this
happened, the newly chartered Grand Chapters were not
founded on the Landmarks of the Widows Sons and the founding
bylaws. They were founded on what the organizers believed
they should be. As Widows Sons we need to work
together as a team to bring all chapters back into line with
the Landmarks and bylaws. The Landmarks and bylaws are what
defines us as Widows Sons.
The Widows Sons are not a motorcycle club or a gang. We are
not the Sons of Anarchy. That is a make believe television
show made in movie land to create an image of a motorcycle
We were founded to aid and assist widows and orphans of
master masons. There was no other reason to found the Widows
Sons. We were founded in 1998 and operated with 4 chapters
until 2001. We then added the second and third purposes of
the Widows Sons. During our explosion of growth. three
coordinators were appointed on a temporary basis to help
manage the growth. That was in 2002.
In 2011, the coordinators were retired in favor of the
original founding way of chartering new chapters. Grand
Chapters will be doing all chartering from 2011.
Anyone who calls themselves a national coordinator is not.
There are none. The position has been retired. Do not
be deceived when someone calls themselves any kind of
In the original bylaws for the Widows Sons, it is clearly
stated that there are no national officers. Due to the
autonomy clause in the bylaws, the practice of having
national or international officers cause a conflict in the
founding bylaws. If a chapter is a Grand Chapter of a
country there will be national officers. In the United
States all states are autonomous of one another.
We need to get back to the basics of the Widows Sons. The
basics are the Founding Landmarks and Bylaws. These bylaws
will not allow any person or group to force national offices
on chapters within the Widows Sons . Please read the
Founding bylaws and Landmarks and you will see what the
original wordage says about national offices inside the
Widows Sons. The Widows Sons were founded on these bylaws.
The Widows Sons have not changed since 1998. Only those who
push for national officers within the Widows Sons are
attempting to make the Widows Sons what they want them to
be, rather than what they were founded to be. They claim we
have outgrown the founding bylaws. They feel a
national ruling committee is needed. Guess who will be on
the national ruling committee? If you said "them".
you are right.
National Committees are always introduced as a vehicle
for the good of the organization, but after a short time in
existence, someone starts building an empire within the
committee and begins lining up his ducks. Once the ducks are
lined up a ruling group will be formed. TO RULE...There will
be chapters who are not part of the inner circle and they
will suffer as result. It is better to NOT have any national
rule and let the Grand Chapters govern their state. That
gives all Grand Chapters a level playing field. Do not give
up your autonomy because with it goes your authority to rule
your own state.
When we follow the founding landmarks and bylaws each state
will have all authority in its state and will govern itself.
We do not need a small group making decisions for the entity
of Widows Sons. I am certain you do not want to be ruled by
a group of outsiders who do not have your interests at