As the Grand Chapter for the State of Missouri, we promote and uphold the International by-laws of autonomy. In the past there has been several States that have misinterpreted "AUTONOMY" as meaning they can do as they please as a board and do not have to follow the WSMRA International by-laws. This is the furthest thing from the truth.
"Autonomy" for the state simply means it does not have to follow rules made by another state's Grand Chapter or other outside influence that could corrupt their structure.
It does not mean that the WSMRA International by-laws are to be ignored.
This is very similar to the structure of Freemasonry. For example, each lodge sets their own meeting dates, fund raising events, and make their own financial decisions. Other lodges in the area do not make these decisions for them. In this way they are "Autonomous". They cannot ignore grievance procedures, new member investigation procedures and other specifics set forth by their State Grand Lodge.
Beware of any Widows Sons Charter that states the meaning of "Autonomous" is they do not have to follow the International Widows Sons Riding Associations (WSMRA) by-laws. Though they may modify certain aspects of the by-laws to stay in accordance with their State's Grand Lodge, this does not mean they do not have to follow the procedures and protocals outlined by the WSMRA.
Always Remember, We are Masons First, then Widows Sons.
Remember, Though certain aspects of the by-laws may be modified, they must stay in accordance with their Grand Lodge Law and the International Widows Sons Riding Association (WSMRA) by-laws. There are no international or ruling groups such as alliances. They are in violation of our international by-laws.
New or Existing Chapters