I wrote a piece earlier in the week about the Allied Masonic Degrees, and I got a few emails asking me why I've never written a single word about the Widows Sons... I think it may have been a concerted effort to encourage me to do so. It worked. I'm going to tell you a little bit about one of the most unique groups you'll find in the Masonic Fraternity--our leather-clad Brothers of the open road. The Widows Sons.
The Widows Sons is not a gang or a 1% Club--they are an appendant body of Freemasonry whose membership is made of Master Masons who share a love of riding motorcycles. Founded in 1998 right here in Illinois, they began with a single purpose in mind--to come to the aid of the widows and orphans of Master Masons. And while they have expanded their purpose as their group has grown and chapters have been formed in countries around the world, they still consider offering aid and assistance to widows and orphans as their primary purpose. Some of their other goals include raising Masonic awareness in the motorcycling community, and supporting Masonic Lodges through regular lodge attendance and supporting Lodge events. Some chapters even have degree teams that travel to different lodges and do degree work.
|Alaska Grand Chapter of the Widows Sons after a ride|
During their relatively short existence, they have done a great job of promoting our Masonic Fraternity, raising money for important causes, supporting Blue Lodges and other Masonic groups, and providing a positive image of Freemasonry to the public. If you're a Master Mason, with a love of motorcycles (500cc or more), you can find out more about them, or find a chapter near you at the Widows Sons Website.
So keep your eyes open for them. Next time you see a Widows Sons jacket at a bike show or a rally, go up and talk to them--better yet, give them a donation. I guarantee they'll do some good with it.
And please remember one thing as your traveling this summer:
Todd E. Creason is an author and novelist whose work includes the award-winning non-fiction historical series Famous American Freemasons and the novels One Last Shot (2011) and A Shot After Midnight (2012). He's currently working on the third novel expected to be released in 2014. All of Todd E. Creason's books are sold at major online booksellers like Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble and are available for both Nook and Kindle.