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March 19, 2020

Great News from the Widows Sons family in Bulgaria
 

Dear Brothers,

It is our great pleasure to inform you that Widows Sons Bulgaria has become an official representative of Indian Motorcycles and Polaris. Our awesome showroom and "Bar 333 / Road to the light,"  is set to open on April 25, 2020, if the situation with Corona Virus does not cancel it. All Brethren can benefit from preferential prices and conditions for purchasing motorcycles, spare parts, equipment, clothing and accessories.

Everyone who buys a motorcycle from us becomes a lifetime member of the Indian Club using the preferences in all the services we offer. For more information:

WIDOWS SONS GRAND CHAPTER OF BULGARIA


sales@indianmotorcycle.bg 

TELEPHONE +359876866778  


Coming soon -
www.indianmotorcycle.bg

 

 



UPDATE March 10, 2020

The first requirement to become a Widows Son is that you are a member of a recognized Grand Lodge. This "rule” has been in the bylaws since February 18,1998. We use two groups to decide recognition: First, the United Grand Lodge of England, and the Commission for Information on Recognition of the Grand Masters of North America as our guides as to what Grand lodges are regular or irregular.

The Grand Chapters that were revoked in January of 2020 will be reinstated at the time they submit verification that they are members of recognized Grand Lodges according to these two sources.




 

Hello Brethren,
We will be bringing back the WSMag this year and we are looking for our chapters to participate by finding one or more of their members to write articles about what is going on in their jurisdiction, what their chapter of Widows Sons is doing in their community, and what the Widows Sons are doing to promote Masonic awareness, and other Widows Sons and Masonic related topics. We will also continue the “Bike of the Month” feature promotion.

In order to expedite the restarting of the WSMag, we have opened the “WSMag Operations Forum” on the Widows Sons International Forum in the Members Only section to hold a discussions on how we are going to operate the WSMag online mag and set up guidelines.  

Anyone interested contact me by email, carladavenport@hotmail.com and go to the forum at http://international.widowssons.com/ and Register yourself.  




 


NOTICE TO ALL CHAPTERS
 

On January 20, 2020, it was determined by the Widows Sons International Masonic Riders Association that we have had four Grand Chapters operating in our European Executive Council who are not members of recognized Grand Lodges.  Therefore, effective immediately, the charters of The Grand Chapters of France, Belgium, Italy and Switzerland are no longer valid, and we no longer recognize them as a part of our organization.

Therefore, anyone desiring to communicate with them should do so through the Secretary of your lodge and your Grand Secretary.

Also. The European Executive Council is no longer operating under the umbrella of the Widows Sons International Masonic Riders Association.

Here is the notifications we have posted for all recognized grand Chapters.

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Dennis Kaktusz
Greetings Brothers & Those who are among us that have no place here.

We have been in communication with almost four dozen Grand Lodges throughout the world and we have come to the conclusion some of the Widows Sons Chapters have been made by Lodges that are not recognized by The Commission on Information for Recognition (The Conference of Grand Masters of Masons of North America) Nor found recognized by U.G.L.E or any regular Grand Lodges within the lists of Recognized Lodges.

For those of You who belong to an Unrecognized Lodge like the Grand Orient etc We ask You to please remove Yourself without any drama.

Most U.S. WS Chapters are made by Brothers who hail from a Recognized Lodge. Most the chapters popping up in Latin america are from unrecognized lodges or clandestine groups. Some of the chapters in Western Europe are from unrecognized lodges. Some of the chapters popping up in Asia are also from Unrecognized Lodges that were chartered by misc chapters from the USA. We will add a list in comments as we weed them out.

Please help us keep things in order. Lets keep comments drama free.

I look forward to working together, along with all such true and lawful Brethren as may be permitted to associate with them operating always in full accordance with Masonic code of The Grand Lodge.

S&F

~D~

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January 23, 2020 10:02 am by Carl A Davenport

Here is Article 3 Section 3.02 of the original bylaws of the Widows Sons (1998)

Section 3.02

Upon approval of the Widows Sons Illinois Founding Grand Chapter petitions for membership in the Widows Sons can be accepted from those who have successfully petitioned a blue lodge recognized by The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of the State of Illinois, upon the Lodge’s acceptance of their petition. EA and FC Masons accepted into the Widows Sons can not vote or hold office or, in the future, wear any future trademarks, patches or items identifying them as a Widows Son until they have completed their Master Mason Degree.

This rule was applied from the beginning to all new Grand Chapters. The first was the Netherlands who also stated in their bylaws that a member of the Widows Sons must be a member of a recognized lodge recognized by the Recognized Grand Chapter in the Netherlands.

The following Grand Chapters chartered in the United States and worldwide were also required to be members of a recognized Grand Lodge.

Being a member of a Grand Lodge recognized by mainstream Freemasonry has been required standard for the Widows Sons since the beginning.

In 2014, the UGLE re-recognized the
Grande Loge Nationale Française and a Grand Chapter claiming to be recognized by the Grande Loge Nationale Française was chartered by Forrest McCrackin the President of the Grand Chapter of Suffolk, England.

A few months later the Grand Chapter who were chartered By the Grand Chapter of Suffolk were removed and replaced by the present day Widows Sons Grand Chapter of France, who are members of an unrecognized Grand Lodge in France.

Three (3) new Grand Chapters were chartered by this second grand Chapter of France, one (1) in Belgium, one (1) in Italy and one (1) in Switzerland have expanded the investigation to determine whether these three (3) chapters consist of members from recognized Grand Chapters.  Over a few years of inquiring of these Grand Lodges by the Widows Sons Executive Council, it has been determined the Grand Chapters of France, Belguim, Italy and Switzerland are recognized by Grand Orient Grand Lodges who are not recognized by Mainstream Freemasonry. 

Therefore, on the morning of the 20th of January, 2020, the Widows Sons International Masonic Riders Association has withdrawn recognition of the Grand Chapters of France, Belguim, Italy and Switzerland, and these four (4) Grand Chapters are no longer Widows Sons Grand Chapters because the Grand Lodges they are affiliated with are not recognized by The Commission on Information for Recognition, The Conference of Grand Masters of Masons of North America, nor by U.G.L.E,  nor any regular Grand Lodges within the lists of Recognized Lodges.

A letter was posted on the Widows Sons Facebook group,
https://www.facebook.com/groups/widwossons/  and was posted in the email chain of the Europa Widows Sons Executive Committee on January 21, 2020 to notify all Grand Chapters of non recognized Grand Lodges to remove themselves from the Widows Sons rank and file.


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NOTICE TO ALL GRAND CHAPTERS These are two letters that were posted on Facebook and in the Europa email chain.

Dear Brothers,
In accordance to the January 2020 findings of the Widows Sons International Masonic Riders Association, the Executive Council of Europe is no longer a workable body of the Widows Sons International Masonic Riders Association due to four Executive Council Grand Chapters being members of the European Executive Committee, and not being members of recognized Grand Lodges. These chapters are France, Belgium, Italy and Switzerland.

Due to this finding, we no longer have any Masonic purpose to be a part of or be in communications with the members of the European Executive Council. As of January 30, 2020, the European Council is no longer and entity of the Widows Sons International Masonic Riders Association. It is no longer operating under the auspices of the Widows Sons International Masonic Riders Association.

Therefore, anyone desiring to communicate with them should do so through the Secretary of your lodge and your Grand Secretary.


Please take due notice and govern yourselves accordingly.


Questions or comments, Please use the Widows Sons Forum.