The Widows Sons are a group or association connected to Freemasonry, specifically comprised of Master Masons who ride motorcycles. They combine their passion for motorcycling with Masonic principles, often engaging in charitable activities and social events and promoting the values and traditions of Freemasonry. The name “Widows Sons” references the widow’s son in Masonic lore, a symbolic figure representing the care and support extended to the families of Masons, particularly the widows and orphans.

Are the Widows Sons a Motorcycle Club (MC)?

The Widows Sons are often described as a Masonic Motorcycle Riders Association (MRA) rather than a traditional motorcycle club (MC). They are composed of Freemasons who share a passion for motorcycling. While they have many features in common with motorcycle clubs, such as organized rides, social gatherings, and a strong sense of brotherhood, their primary focus is on promoting Masonic values and engaging in charitable activities. They operate within the principles and guidelines of Freemasonry and are not typically affiliated with the traditional motorcycle club culture.

Is hazing allowed?

The Widows Sons, like other Masonic-related organizations, generally adhere to the principles and values of Freemasonry, which emphasize respect, brotherhood, and ethical conduct. Hazing is typically not tolerated in such organizations, as it contradicts these values. Masonic organizations focus on personal development, charitable activities, and fostering a supportive community, and they strive to maintain a positive and respectful environment for all members.

What are the requirements to join?

To join the Widows Sons, an individual typically needs to meet the following requirements:

  1. **Master Mason**: The primary requirement is that the individual must be a Master Mason in good standing with a recognized Masonic lodge. This means they have completed the degrees of Freemasonry and are active members of their lodge.
  2. **Motorcycle Ownership**: Members usually need to own and ride a motorcycle. This is in keeping with the group’s identity as a Masonic motorcycle association.
  3. **Agreement with Principles**: Prospective members must agree to abide by the principles and bylaws of the Widows Sons organization, which align with Masonic values.
  4. **Application Process**: The individual typically needs to go through an application process, which may include filling out forms, attending meetings, and being sponsored by current members.
  5. **Good Character**: Like other Masonic organizations, the Widows Sons place a strong emphasis on the character and conduct of their members. Candidates are often vetted to ensure they uphold the ethical and moral standards of Freemasonry. 

Specific requirements and processes can vary by chapter, so it’s advisable for interested individuals to contact their local Widows Sons chapter for detailed information.

What do the Widows Sons do?

The Widows Sons engage in a variety of activities that combine their passion for motorcycling with Masonic values and charitable efforts. Some of their common activities include:

  1. **Charity Rides**: They organize and participate in motorcycle rides to raise funds for various charitable causes, often focusing on helping widows, orphans, and other individuals in need.
  2. **Community Service**: Members volunteer their time and resources to support community service projects and events, helping improve their local communities’ well-being.
  3. **Masonic Fellowship**: The group fosters camaraderie and brotherhood among its members, providing a social network for Masons who share an interest in motorcycling.
  4. **Support for Masonic Families**: True to their name, they often focus on supporting the families of Masons, particularly widows and orphans, through various means such as financial assistance, emotional support, and organized events.
  5. **Promoting Freemasonry**: They work to promote the principles and values of Freemasonry within the motorcycling community and beyond, raising awareness about the organization and its charitable work.
  6. **Social Events**: The Widows Sons host and participate in social gatherings, including rallies, dinners, and other events that bring members together and strengthen their bonds.

These activities help to fulfill their mission of combining Masonic principles with the enjoyment of motorcycling while making a positive impact on society.