Cruising for the Cause!

The Widows Sons Big Easy is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit whose Mission is to promote Freemasonry within the motorcycling community and introduce motorcycling to our non-riding Masonic Brethren while encouraging charity, benevolence and education. The Widows Sons Big Easy Chapter has chosen the Masonic Learning Center of Louisiana, Inc. Dyslexia Training Center as our 2019 charitable focus.

A staggering 5 to 15 percent of Americans—14.5 to 43.5 million children and adults—have dyslexia, a learning disability that makes it difficult to read, write, and spell, no matter how hard the person tries or how intelligent he or she is.

The Dyslexia Training Program is a multi-sensory program of instruction that emphasizes phonics and is taught by a teacher/facilitator to classes of limited size using a number of teaching aids including video recordings, workbooks, writing frames, linkage paper, three-dimensional letters, flash cards, wall charts, dictionaries, and other items.

The average cost per student in a training period is $2,368. Please note that services are provided to the student at ZERO COST to the parent or guardian for testing, materials, or instruction.

Our first planned fundraiser this year for the Masonic Learning Center of Louisiana, Inc. Dyslexia Training Center is Cruising for the Cause! Any Widows Sons Big Easy Chapter Member can sell you one of the 1,000 available tickets for $10 per ticket for a chance to win a Carnival Cruise Line voucher for $1,200!

Click here to learn more about the Masonic Learning Center of Louisiana, Inc. Dyslexia Training Center.


KOTS Poker Run

The Widows Sons Knights of The Sun Chapter held their 5th Annual Poker Run on June 9th, 2018. Here’s the scoop.

The 5 stops on the Poker Run included Lumberton Lodge, Carriere Lodge, Steep Hollow Lodge, JL Powers Lodge and Wiggins Masonic Lodge where the riders were fed an awesome meal, prizes were given out and great fellowship was shared by all.

It was a great event and we couldn’t have asked for better weather. In addition to the Knights of The Sun Chapter, riders came from Louisiana including the Widows Sons Ben King Chapter and the Widows Sons Big Easy Chapter, Alabama Widows Sons Level Riders Chapter, Temple Guard MC and The Jerusalem Shriners.

It was an honor to ride with all of these Brothers and to bring awareness to Masonry and the great Masonic Lodges that made the event possible.

Respect to the KOTS for another great event and we look forward to next year!


Mid South Widows Sons Gathering 2018

2018 will see the exciting introduction of a new Regional Widows Sons Rally, as Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma unite to combine their individual State Rallies into the 1st Annual Mid-South Widows Sons Gathering!! Of course ALL WS Brothers and Ladies are most surely welcome!

This 3 day Rally will be held on April 26-29th, 2018 at the Biltmore Hotel & Convention Center in Oklahoma City.


Louisiana Widows Sons Raise $4,200 for Louisiana Veterans

The anticipation grew on October 13th as the raffle ticket basket began to spin. The 2006 Harley Davidson FLSTCI Heritage Softail Classic was just washed and on display for everyone to see as if teasing us as we wondered who the winner would be. As the ticket was pulled a pin drop could be heard. Finally, what we have all been waiting for. . . Brother P.J. Demarie.

Proceeds were donated to The Disposable Heroes Project. Their mission is to support wounded, former, fallen and active duty troops and we were proud to partner with them this year to assist in their mission success.

Many consider Brother P.J. Demarie a lucky man, others consider those Veterans receiving assistance from the DHP the lucky ones. I have decided it is the Widows Sons of Louisiana who are the lucky ones for having the opportunity to contribute to such a great cause. Our goal is to contribute to the relief of our Widows & Orphans and raise Masonic Awareness in the world of motorcycling but assisting our Veterans certainly aligns with our philanthropic ideals and this particular charity will forever be branded in our hearts and minds.


Widows Sons Big Easy Chapter Helps Restore Dignity One Grave at a Time

Carrollton Cemetery No. 1 has over 330 Veterans and Masons buried in the indignant section that has fallen into deplorable condition. U.S. Navy Veteran Doug Thomas and former Commander of VFW Post 8973 has taken on the daunting task of restoring dignity to the indignant section of Carrollton Cemetary No. 1 where we know he will deliver success.

The Widows Sons Big Easy Chapter’s mission is to contribute to the relief of our Widows & Orphans and raise Masonic Awareness in the world of motorcycling. Our philanthropy doesn’t end there though. The Widows Sons Big Easy Chapter has gained much recognition for our work in the community, most especially with our Veterans. The Widows Sons Big Easy Chapter was honored to donate over 10 yards of gravel which will cover approximately 40 grave sites.

Carrollton Cemetary has seen much progress and many have contributed to the success experienced thus far. Special thanks are owed to Doug Thomas, VFW Post 8973, Wounded Warrior Project, JCFA-East High School, Lusher HS Troop 56 Boy Scouts, Boy Scout Troop 263 and the Central Carrollton Association. If you would like to find out how you can contribute to the efforts at Carrollton Cemetary No.1 contact Doug Thomas through the projects Facebook page.

 

 


Louisiana Widows Sons hold 1st Rally in the Big Easy!

The first Louisiana State Widows Sons Rally coined the ‘Big Easy Branding’ brought together over 200 Masons and and family members in New Orleans from all over the country and beyond.

The events kicked off on Friday the 13th to include jewelery sales, patch sales and T-shirt giveaways. We were honored to do a memorial presentation for the Widow of a fallen Brother followed by issuing a new Charter to the Atchafalaya Chapter. In Big Easy fashion, we ate a lot and the day was ended by raffling off a Harley Davidson Heritage Softail whereby proceeds went to the Disposable Heroes Project and the Widows fund. The Disposable Heroes Project’s mission is to support wounded, former, fallen and active duty troops and we were proud to partner with them this year to assist in their mission success.

Saturday got kicked off with a Big Easy Cemetary Ride and Masonic Cemetary tour. Brother Michael Poll, Owner of Cornerstone Book Publishers, hosted the tour which was followed by motorcycle games, Hiram and Solomon Cigar tastings, tattoo contests, raffles auctions and awards. The kids had scavenger hunts and Shriner clowns amongst many other activities. Notably, the 2017 Veterans Memorial Ride sponsored by the Big Easy Chapter of the Widows Sons raised $ 2,500 and was able to award the check to the VFW Post 8973. The day was closed with live music and of course, great food!

A Jazz Brunch closed out the festivities on Sunday. We couldn’t have hoped for a more successful rally and it couldn’t have been accomplished without our Vendors who included Outlaw Cycles, Medusas Art and Soul Tattoo Studio, La Habana Hemingway Cigar Bar, The Blake Marks Studio, Knives by David Guidroz, PapaBears Emporium, Patchman and Stormy’s Creations.


Outlaw Cycles Sponsors Motorcycle Raffle at the Louisiana Rally

Outlaw Cycles is a proud sponsor of the Louisiana Widows Sons and will be at the Big Easy Branding with a 2006 Harley Davidson FLSTCI Heritage Softail Classic which he will be raffled on Friday the 13th! Proceeds will go to the Disposable Heroes Project. The Disposable Heroes Project’s mission is to support wounded, former, fallen and active duty troops and we were proud to partner with them this year to assist in their mission success.

Outlaw Cycles specializes in American V-Twin motorcycle sales. They carry clean, high quality V-Twin used bikes at a cost that can’t be beat. To see their ever-changing inventory of Big Dog, American IronHorse, bobbers, baggers, custom choppers, Harley Davidson, pro street, trikes, and all those in-between check out their website at www.OutlawCyclesinc.com.


The Blake Marks Studio Created a one-of-a-kind Widows Sons Guitar for the Louisiana Rally

 

The Blake Marks Studio Created a one-of-a-kind Widows Sons Guitar to be auctioned off at the Louisiana Rally on October 14th. The Blake Mark Studio is known for customized burning or carving any wood into a work of art on gems such as gun stocks, knives and guitars.

 

The logo on the guitar was carved instead of Woodburnd and the pick Guard is custom “tooled leather”.


Hiram & Solomon Cigars joins the Big Easy Branding with their 300th Anniversary Special Edition Cigar

Hiram & Solomon Cigars will be featured at the Big Easy Branding on October 14th with their full line of premium award winning cigars sponsored by La Habana Hemingway Cigar Bar.

 

 

Created by WB Kashouty, Brother George Dakrat and Brother David Blanco who together pursued the idea of a top quality cigar geared towards Freemasons, friends, and supporters. Together they created amazingly blended lines that cater to the most sophisticated smokers.

 

Charity being one of the most fundamental aspects of Freemason Teachings, a way to incorporate charity into such a meaningful company was a must. Part of the proceeds are donated to several Masonic or Community Charities and educational groups.

 


Widows Sons Big Easy Ride Again!

This was an awesome weekend full of fellowship amongst brothers and sisters, good food and a lot of riding!

Saturday we were able to support our local firefighters by joining the 13th annual 9-11 Poker run. Stops included St. Rose Volunteer Fire Department, New Orleans Harley Davidson, The Kamp, Stevie Ray’s and Transportation Revolution in NOLA Sports Park followed by a police escorted parade.

 

 

Sunday we started with good food (a running theme in the Big Easy) followed by a ride to Jean Laffitte State Park which is a destination during the Widows Sons Big Easy Branding. Next we went to Pontchartrain Landing where the Rally is being held on October 13th, 14th and 15th and finally we ended and parted ways at the Mid-City Masonic Cemetary, another destination during the rally.

 


2017 Veterans Memorial Ride

On September 9th, 2017 two men will depart from the American Legion in Yorkville, IL on an epic journey. Dawid Jacobs and Morris Cox will ride 11,286 miles to visit 50 memorial sites in 48 states in 15 days in a effort to raise funds for veterans and active duty military personnel and their families. All funds raised will be donated to each riders chosen charity. Dawid is sponsored by Ensono and will be riding to benefit Operation Homefront and Help for Heroes. Morris is sponsored by the Big Easy chapter of the Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association and riding to benefit the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8973. For more information during the ride including updated progress on a Spotwalla map as well as a daily travel log go to the mototravellor.com. If you would like to sponsor or donate please see our donation page.