The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272


April 2006
Volume 8, Number 4

From the East ...

"As visions of sugar plums danced in their heads" may seem a little off the wall, but visions of friendship and corned beef still remain in my head! Another example of Brotherhood and Friendship has been laid up in the archives of our Lodge, with the passing of our annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner. It was awe inspiring to see all the brethren and their families Wednesday the 15th at the Lodge! There were the "Old Guard", the new Entered Apprentices, and Brothers I have never met at Lodge. This was truly a night of that will last in the memories of all that attended!

The MWB Al Jorgenson and his Lady were there, along with VWB Dean Heinemann, and our own RWB Doug Tucker; along with other members of the Grand Lodge team. The Grand Master was there awarding numerous service pins for years of dedicated service to the fraternity. Thanks to WB Eric Berman, the Grand Master was quite busy for awhile handing out pins for service to the fraternity; some for 25 years, all the way up to 60 year pins! A "Hiram" award was presented to WB Chuck Young for his hard work and dedicated service in the restoration and "remodeling" of the Lodge!

WB Dean Whittier and WB Floyd Morse came through with flying colors for "whipping up" the main menu, and seeing that it was ready right on time. The Jobies were there, doing another awesome job of serving and attending to the tables and cleaning up. This brethren is what is meant by Brotherly Love and Friendship! So many pulling together for the betterment and good of all! My hat is off to all that helped and attended!

See you in Lodge,

Bill Wilson
Worshipful Master


From the West...

Spring forward in time......!! Recently we turn our clocks forward....wouldn't it be interesting if we could all do that in our personal lives. "Spring forward" to see what is ahead of us....?? Personally, I am not sure I would want to know what was "ahead" of me. I would rather take the lessons from the past and learn and improve on them and then move "ahead". Most of us, I am sure have had good and bad lessons that we can draw upon for future experience. As Master Masons the past that we have established is well worth passing to the future "ahead" of us. It was so wonderful to see and visit with our two new members at the Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner. These two young men represent our "Ahead." May we continue to bring into our fold, bright young men so the work of Free and Accepted Masons continues to "Spring Forward" into the next generation and that our Fellowship and Commitment to our Lodge ever "Springs Forward".

I am looking forward to seeing you all in Lodge, Family Night and at the various concordant organizations that makeup our Fraternal Family Relationships. On that note, Jobs Daughters are having an initiation of 2 new members April 24, 2006 at 7:00 at North Hill Lodge. I would like to see as many as possible attend to support our youth. I would like to send prayers and well wishes to Worshipful Brother Chuck Young for a speedy recovery.

"Remember to share your smiles as you never know who might need one".

Bill Queen
Senior Warden

From the South...

This month's family night will be held Wednesday night April 26, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. It will be a true pot luck dinner. Please bring your favorite dish to share with all. Hope to see everyone there.

In Other News...

From the Secretary's Desk ...

Spring and daylight savings time is now upon us. As mother natures cycle of life continues and renews its life forces to the land, so does the cycle of the Masonic Fraternity continue.

As Secretary I recognized it was my obligation to clean up and organize the Secretary's office and storage areas. In the past six months I came to the conclusion that we Masons tend to hold onto important and unimportant things past the point of meaningful reasoning. I found bank statements and checks dating back to 1952, Grand Lodge monthly reports, cash registers, correspondence, petitions, demits dating back to 1928. I have disposed of some items such as the Bank Statements, checks and meaningless correspondence more than 10 years old. When I asked how long to keep some items, for example petitions, the response was "forever." I did keep these things.

I noticed the monthly cycle of events and paperwork required: agenda, minutes, reports, etc. leading to monthly and annual reports to Grand Lodge reporting summary of the number of degrees and summary of new members gained versus the number of members lost. Audubon Park Lodge 272's ending numbers for 2005 will be 134 members. Some Lodges have considerably less and others more. What the ending number will be for 2006 will be up to us and the Grand Architect. We must continue adding meaningful numbers to our membership roll for we don't know when the Grand Architect will seek one or more of our members.

Is there interest in a group RV, camping or picnic experience? If so please call or email me and let me know your thoughts; if there is enough interest we will try to plan one.

Fraternally Yours:

W.Br. Eric E. Berman

Audubon Park Masonic Building Association

Have you noticed the new window coverings in the Dining Room? Please be sure to thank the members of the Audubon Park Masonic Foundation for their very generous donation to insure the coverings were purchased and installed. I want to add my personal thanks to WB Eric Berman, who encouraged me to get custom made curtains. I wasn't looking forward to installing them!

It's my sad duty to inform the Brethren that for the second time in less than a month some one has thought it was "fun" to shoot out the lamps on the main entrance to the Lodge. I found them shot out on Sunday March 5 and replaced the globes and lamps. I filed a police report but we have no idea who did the damage. Then this past Sunday, March 26, when I was at Lodge to work on EAM proficiency with Brothers Sam Atwood and Ray Lader I noted the lamps had been damaged again. I can't tell for sure if they were shot out or just broken. It is vandalism pure and simple and I'm not sure what we can do to prevent it from happening again. If you have any ideas be sure to share them with a member of the Temple Board.

We had a work party on Saturday March 18 but I had to eat all the donuts as WM Bill Wilson didn't want any. Even though there were just the two of us, we managed to get a few projects completed. There is still much to be done and we will be scheduling more work parties in the months ahead. We will try to give sufficient notice and if you can find the time to give a couple hours it would be appreciated if you could come down and help a bit.

If you notice the large "bulletin board" in the dining room I am told by WB Chet Echelbarger that he is going to be installing it in strips around the walls of the dining room. This will give our renters something they can use when they want to hang decorations.


WB Chuck Young

Happening at the Lodge

Masonic Service Awards were presented to many members of our lodge at the Corned Beef dinner.

25 Years: Monte Allen, John Angeli, Willard Davenport, Grady Garmon, Larry Keller, Fred Krewson, Donald Mandersheid, James McAllister, Frank Rotter, Richard Sayre, Gordon Vails and Dean Whittier.
40 Year: Daws Black, Donald De Feyter, Earl Elkins, James Howland, Richard Moon, Charles Perkins, Howard Petheram, Philip Rhea, Ronald Smith, Donald Wiley, John Willkinson.
50 Years: Edward Barton, Arthur Bishop, Richard Bixby, John Gowdey, William Jensen, John Kaye, Robert Patience, Kenneth Rector, Robert Webb.
55 Years: Henry Anderson, Warren Batters, Richard Hubbard, Orin Johnson, Joseph Perdue, William Sadesk, Wesley Shuford.
60 Years: Arthur LaTurner, John Semoni

Thank you to all these Brothers for their long service to the Fraternity.

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation.

Board of Directors Annual Report & Invitation… I would like to say "Thank You" to all of our past and current board members for serving on the Foundation Board. All have given of their time, talent and financially supported the effort to achieve the goals of the Foundations. I also extend "Thanks" to all who have lent "helping hands" to assist and insure our "Fun Raising Efforts" are successful. It would not be possible to have the success we enjoy without each and every one of our board members, donors, supporters and volunteers!

Corned Beef Dinner: Seventy-four Masons and friends attended our annual meeting. The Jobies, leaders and parents did a suburb job in assisting with setup, serving and clean up. Audubon Park Masonic Foundation cleared $638.00 from the dinner, donations and raffle.

The Foundation is doing what it was conceived of doing, "Fun Raising," and building an asset base, then using a portion of the income to support our Charities. W. Br. Bill Wilson, assisted by M.W.Br. Alvin Jorgensen, Grand Master, presented checks to our charities: Job's Daughters, Scottish Rite Language Speech Center, Audubon Park Lodge "Books for Kids Program," and Audubon Park Temple for new blinds.

Our asset base is over $138,000, and growing. Your "Fun Raising Director" established a goal of $160,000 by Dec.31, representing a 25% increase. The goal is reasonable and attainable! If the asset base goal is reached prior to Dec 31, 06, Anne & I will host the donors to a "Prime Rib Dinner & Celebration." I would personally encourage and invite each and every one of "us" to contribute to a most worthy cause: Our Audubon Park Masonic Foundation

Fraternally Yours:
WB Eric E. Berman, Sec-Treas. APMF


The Pillars

Do you find them interesting? Are they relevant? Is there too little or too much information? Would you like to see something different? Should they be sent less often? Is email an option for you? Would just a post card listing the upcoming activities be adequate?

For many years the Lodge officers have struggled with the question of how we keep our Brothers informed in relation to the expense incurred doing so. Reviewing the budget and bring expenses in line with projected revenue, one of the items being discussed is the expense of printing and mailing the Pillars. W.M. Bill Wilson has taken under consideration several proposals. He may choose to change nothing or he may make minor or major changes. The Pillars are prepared and bulk mailed to some 200 addresses 10 times a year at a cost of about $141.00 an issue. The expense is approx one-fifth of the budget. The Lodge officers are very sensitive to the fact that many of our Brothers live miles from us. It may have been years since a Brother has had the opportunity to visit his Lodge, and the Pillars is the only contact he may have with us in Spokane. We want to make sure everyone still feels welcome and connected to our Lodge. Please take a moment and give us your opinion.

Famous Masons' Corner
Thomas J. Watson (1874-1956). He started his business career with the National Cash Register as branch manager and rose to Chairman of the Board of I.B.M. Raised in Valley Lodge No. 109, N.Y., 1901

Masonic Quiz

Q: What is the Symbolic meaning of "Darkness"?
A: Ignorance. Freemasonry seeks to enlighten the candidate and thus rescue him from a darkened world.

Q: What symbolizes the "Perfect Ashlar"?
A: See the May issue of the Pillars for the answer

Who do I talk to?
If you want something put into the Pillars or to contact the Lodge secretary:
Audubon Park Masonic Lodge #272
POB 9575
Spokane, WA 99209-9575

Secretary: W.Br. Eric E. Berman 509-328-2910 email:
Pillars Editor: Br. Barry Rettkowski 509-928-0075 email:


Calendar of Events

April 2006
4/12 April Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
4/13 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m.
4/25 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.
4/26 Family Night - 6:30 p.m.

May 2006
5/10 May Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
5/11 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m.
5/23 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.
5/24 Family Night - 6:30 p.m. Honoring Mothers and Widows



Officers 2005-2006

Worshipful Master     WB Bill Wilson

Senior Warden           B Bill Queen

Junior Warden           B Allan Jones

Treasure                    WB Floyd Morse

Secretary                   WB Eric Berman

Chaplain                    WB Chuck Young

Marshal                      B Robert McVicker

Senior Deacon            B Barry Rettkowski

Junior Deacon            B Rob Queen

Senior Steward -------

Junior Steward -------

Tyler                           B Bob Shives
Grand Junior Warden   RWB Douglas Tucker