The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272


April 2007
Volume 9, Number 4



From the East ...


Brethren, I was very pleased to see so many at the Corned Beef and Cabbage Night! We had quite the turn-out. Copious thanks go out to WB Eric Berman for all his work in Ram-Roding the event! As usual, WB Floyd Morse and WB Dean Whittier did an awesome job on the corned beef and accoutrements! A vote of thanks goes to the Jobies for the great service they provided us in setting up, serving, and cleaning up after the soirée'. We had over 80 attendees this year, so it appears that it is still well received and liked as an event!

Gotcha! That's all I can say about the three Hiram awards that were given that evening! Every one that received one well deserved it! MWB Harold Tucker for all the time and effort he has put in supporting our Lodge, and being there when we needed him! WB Eric for all his work in seeing us to the point we are at in our Temple funding. Br. Berry Rettkowski for stepping in and doing a yeoman's job covering as Senior Deacon and Junior Warden when we most needed the help. Kudos to all, and THANK YOU again!

Remember that April 18th will be the night of our Rusty Mason Degree. If you know of anyone, from any Lodge, that is rusty would like to receive the "Oil" of Brotherly Love and Friendship let them know about our degree that night. We will start at 7 p.m. sharp, the Lodge will be tyled, but no regular or special communications will be held. It will be an evening of re-acquaintance and remembering with refreshments to follow. It will all be informal, but informative, so come dressed appropriately. It should take about an hour or so to do, leaving lots of time for getting reacquainted with absent Brothers and members!


See you in Lodge,

Bill Wilson
Worshipful Master


From the West...

April Fools Day!!

I haven't been able to pull any good jokes on Lib as she usually catches on, but that won't stop me from trying! One thing for sure, last weekend was no joke!! I am so glad that Barry and I attended the Warden's Conference in Yakima together. It was enjoyable, informative and enlightening. I learned a lot and met lots of new friends. I gained ideas from some and traded experiences with others. I want to express how much I took away from the conference and thank you for sending me. I look forward to my up coming year with more excitement and knowledge. DON'T worry; I still need your help and guidance as there were some pretty "awesome" shoes to follow at this conference. None the least is our own Right Worshipful Brother Doug Tucker and his Lady Glynis they represent us with grace and dignity.

The main speaker was from Brewster Lodge, MW Billy Bob Wood, an amazing gentleman that has been through a lot in his life and still has the most positive and encouraging outlook about life! I hope to be able to have him speak at our Lodge sometime in the future. I am sure everyone would enjoy him tremendously. I took a lot of inspiration from him and what he had to say. The theme of his talk was it is not only membership that the Lodges need to be concerned about; it is also attendance of the present members of the respected Lodges. In a nut shell, he emphasized putting the "Fire" back into the Lodge.

Barry and I had a wonderful weekend; I want to thank Barry for helping me in some of the sessions as my "note taking" skills are not what his are and I really appreciate his help and guidance! I look forward to working together with him and Audubon Park Lodge.

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

Bill Queen
Senior Warden

From the South...

The Wardens conference was a wonderful experience. The Masonic fellowship, education and connections will help me and our Lodge now and in the future. Thank you for sending me there. WM Bill Wilson and WB Eric Breman delivered the bikes for the Bikes for Books program to Audubon Elementary school. The kids are very excited and the encouragement to read is a wonderful thing. We will have our family night potluck dinner again April 25 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bring your favorite dish to share with everyone. Please plan to attend Lodge this month; you don't know what you are missing. Come for the friendship and fellowship. I hope to see everyone at the April Stated meeting.

Br. Barry Rettkowski

Junior Warden

In Other News...

From the Secretary's Desk

I have been asked to "take point" and report to you on the initial discussion that occurred at our March Stated meeting and dealt with reducing Lodge expenditures with the Pillars and if there is a more economical way to communicate with our brethren. Concern was expressed in communicating with our brothers who are out of the Spokane area. Alternatives were mentioned; however no decisions were made, and may not be made before summer break.

The Temple Board has an extensive "To Do List." Items on the list can be categorized as needing attention: now, tomorrow, and some day. The items on the tomorrow and some day lists are categorized as short term and long term items. Audubon Park Masonic Foundation has played a critical role in helping to provide the funding for the now and many of the tomorrow lists. Items such as window coverings, painting and cleaning repair of the red drapes in our Lodge room.

Temple Board recently met and discussed projects on the "Long Term Wish List" such as remodeling of the kitchen, remodeling of the bathrooms, air conditioning for the building, and an elevator for our members and guests. Many do not attend functions because of their concern regarding negotiating stairs. A number of potential renters did not rent our facilities because of their guest not able to climb the stairs. Stairs are a real issue to the elderly and handicapped.

Audubon Park Lodge, Temple and Foundation will continue meeting and planning. If you wish to join us please consider doing so. Also if able to assist us with funding one or more of these projects please let us know.

Fraternally Yours:

W.Br. Eric E. Berman

Audubon Park Masonic Building Association

Audubon Park Masonic Temple Association - aka the Temple Board - held its first meeting in several months Thursday March 29, 2007. I assure you the business of the Temple has been well in hand in spite of our not meeting.

Bro Jerel Rowe, Temple Board Chairman, corrected most of the deficiencies identified by the Fire Marshal in the recent inspection. Most of these had to do with wiring in the boiler room and rear exit vestibule. WB Eric Berman will coordinate the annual fire extinguisher inspection. We must insure all fire extinguishers are fully operational and they must be inspected annually to be sure they are ready should they be needed.

WB Eric and WM Bill Wilson removed the red drapes from the Lodge room for cleaning and repair. WB Eric reports they have been cleaned and are in the process of being pleated and relined. He hopes to have them reinstalled within a few days. Brother Gary Syme has been asked to join the Temple Board and has agreed. His assignment to the Board will be voted upon at our next Stated Meeting. We welcome Bro Gary with his enthusiasm, skills, and talents.

We are looking for someone to assume responsibility for maintaining and operating our lawn sprinkler system this year. Hopefully Bro Bob McVicker will be willing to do it again, but just in case, anyone interested in doing so should contact WB Floyd Morse to express your interest.

We had a lengthy discussion about remodeling the Lodge kitchen. VWB Chuck Young will contact design firms to get some ideas about what we can do to make the kitchen more functional and useful. The Board members agreed a kitchen remodel would be good for improving Lodge rentals and also for use by members of the fraternity and affiliated bodies. If you have any ideas about what we should do and how to do it please contact VWB Chuck.

We certainly hope all who use the Lodge are aware of how nice and clean it is. We asked our "cleaning ladies" to begin cleaning every week, due to the weekly rental by the church. This has made the cleaning easier for the ladies and has helped insure the building is clean, neat, and well stocked with all necessary supplies.

Finally, due to other summer commitments, we decided to begin meeting on the fourth Thursday of each month through October. Any member of Audubon Park Masonic Lodge is invited and encouraged to attend any meeting. We appreciate your interest and input into the upkeep and ongoing maintenance of your Lodge.

VWB Chuck Young

Temple Board Secretary

Happening at the Lodge


Bro Sam Atwood is currently in New York attending Grad School .  His email address is



Audubon Park Masonic Foundation

Your Foundation has had a very busy year. Clam Chowder Feed followed by the annual meeting and Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner. Grand Master M.W. Br. Charles W. McQuery was our very special guest. It was a pleasure having him present as he was very positive in the results of the Foundation, its support for our Masonic Fraternity, Building and our Charities and programs.

What a great turn out. We had 75 paid dinners and feed over 100 Brothers, Ladies, Jobies and guests. The Foundation cleared $913.48 for our permanent fund. We donated $400.00 to Job's Daughters for their training program. We also donated $100.00 to the Scottish Rite Speech Center. We made grants of $1,400 to the Temple Building and an additional $200 to the Master for the Bikes for Books reading program.

I want to thank every one who donated funds and all of our volunteers: W.B. Floyd Morse, our Chef, assisted by W.B. Dean Whitier, W.M. Bill Wilson, Br. Gary Syme, Jennifer, Emma and Grant Gollehon. Also, thanks to Tami and Ray Opfer, Dick Roark, our board of directors, Job's Daughters, and Anne Berman who helps in all the planning and selection of menu items, set up and decorations. Thank you one and all. This was a wonderful program and evening.

Our Foundation assets are at $151,500, and growing. Our goal is to raise only another $98,500. If you are so inclined to donate funds, it would be my pleasure to accept them. I hope you have a great April.

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 approximately 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
William McKinley, The twenty-fifth President of the United States , Hiram, Lodge No 21, Virginia.

Masonic Quiz

Q:  What formerly governed the time of opening of a lodge?

A:   They were opened around the time of the full moon.


Q:  How many Vice Presidents have been Masons?

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:


Wanted Ads

The lodge is looking for a commercial floor buffer.  If you have one or know of one please contact WB Floyd Morse at 509-328-9570.


Anyone interested in joining a long range financial planning committee for the Temple board or the Lodge contact WM Bill Wilson at 509-327-6627.


The Lodge is looking for someone for sprinkler maintenance, turn on, etc.  Contact WB Floyd Morse at 509-328-9570.




Calendar of Events


April 2007

4/11     April Stated Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

4/18     Rusty Nail Session

4/19     Ivanhoe Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star – 7:30 p.m.

4/24     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

4/25     Family Night Potluck – 6:30 p.m.


May 2007

5/9       May Stated Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

5/17     Ivanhoe Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star – 7:30 p.m.

5/23     Family Night Potluck – 6:30 p.m.

5/24     Temple Board Meeting – 5:30 p.m.



Officers 2006-2007

Worshipful Master     WB Bill Wilson

Senior Warden            B Bill Queen

Junior Warden            B Barry Rettkowski

Secretary                     WB Eric Berman

Treasurer                      WB Floyd Morse

Chaplain                        VWB Gaylon Arisman

Marshal                          B Gary Syme

Senior Deacon                -------

Junior Deacon                B Rob Queen

Senior Steward               -------

Junior Steward               -------

Tyler                            Br. Bob Shive

Senior Grand Warden    RWB Douglas E. Tucker

Deputy of District 27       VWB Chuck Young