The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272


December 2008
Volume 10, Number 5

From the East ...

Thank you to all the brothers for my election to the east. I will do my best to validate your expectations. I feel learning is an important part of masonry. Each month, at our stated meetings, there will be education on the agenda. The topic for December is the Legion of Honor.

Last month at our stated meeting, Grandmaster, MW Doug Tucker joined us. I was an honor to sit in the east with him. I would like to thank him for the visit and the wonderful words he shared with the lodge.

The Grand Lodge team made at trip to Alexandria, Virginia on 12/1 to open Grand Lodge at the George Washington Memorial commemorating the 150th year anniversary of Washington Grand Lodge. Come hear what happened there at our January stated meeting.

The bikes for books program is going very well. The kids are excited about winning one of the bikes and the teachers are happy the kids are reading. The drawing for Finch Elementary is scheduled for December 19 at 9:30 and 10:15 am.

I have been visiting lodges in our area over the last 2 months and have enjoyed it very much. Visiting other lodges and brothers is a wonderful part of our fraternity. I invite all of you to join me in making these visitations.

The lodge is just a building without you. If you are able to attend please come and share this special fraternity with your Masonic brothers.

WB Barry Rettkowski
Worshipful Master

From the West...

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Day. Now we only have three weeks to get our shopping done before Christmas. Most of my shopping is done, but there are always few people that are hard to buy for. I hope to have all my shopping done by Dec. 5. No matter what I give to my family and friends, a $5 or $100 present, the best gift anyone can give is their love and friendship. It is family and friends that really counts.

Remember the closing charge, do good to all; be all of one mine; live in peace; and may the God of Love and Peace delight to dwell with you and bless you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Fraternally Yours,

WB Rich Hentz
Senior Warden

From the South...

Where did summer go? It seems like it was just yesterday when I received the June Pillars and Barry Rettkowski, Senior Warren said "I can't believe that summer is here already." I hope all by brothers and their families had a great summer.

Wow! Déjà vu all over again! Seems like just the other year I was doing this article. Guess I didn't learn it correctly last time, so have to try again. One nice codicil is that this year we have 2 Stewards officially. After our regular Stated meeting there will be something a little different each time. Thanks to WB's Floyd Morse and Bill Queen we had some sausages to go along with other snacks. Come to the Stated meetings and see what else "pops" up!

December Family Night, December 17th, will be the Famous Taco Soup Night, so bring some fixings to go along with a Mexican themed soup. It will also be our Toys for Tots Night. Please bring a new unwrapped toy, or a small cash donation that I will hand deliver to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots center. At present they can get almost $2 in toys for every $1 they get. Several large companies have given them great discounts to help in this time of Christmas spirit.

The January Family Night will be our Annual Clam Chowder Feed, January 28th, 2009, "ram-rodded" by WB Eric Berman and his Lady Anne. I may even be coaxed into trying to do a decent scorch on the "clam chowdah". Please let WB Eric know if you are coming for the head count. For the non-clammers, there will be a ham and potato chowder in its stead.

February Family Night, February 25th, 2009. Might even find some left over chocolate and hearts from Valentines Day laying around... hint hint …..

If there is anything different or special you would like to see for Family Night, or for refreshments after the Stated meeting, please let me know and I will endeavor to see that it happens… If you have trouble getting out to the Family Night, let one of the Brothers know and we will try to figure a way to get you there and back home in one piece! That is what the Masons are about, so don't be shy or reticent about asking for a ride or help to get there! We want to see everyone there!

WB Bill Wilson
Junior Warden

In Other News...

From the Secretary's Desk

Greetings my Brothers; Hope you will have a most wonderful holiday season, Thanksgiving, Christmas and best wishes into the New Year.

In October I mailed the 2009 dues notices. If you have not mailed in your dues, please do so at your earliest convenience. Our Lodge relies on the dues to assist with the operating costs.

As previously reported to our members the Lodge expenses are nearly $2,000 a year more than revenue. Lodge therefore relies on donations from members and grants from our Foundation. The letter sent to you in October generated nearly $1000 and hopefully we will receive a few more checks before the end of the year. The donations received will "buy us time" into early spring. Thank you one and all!

Fraternally Yours:
W. Br Eric E. Berman, Secretary.

Audubon Park Masonic Building Association

It's been quite busy around the Lodge these past couple months. We've had a number of rentals, in addition to the Marshallese Church of God on Sundays. Unfortunately the Brotherhood of Friends decided they couldn't attract enough dancers so cancelled their weekly arrangement after only two months.

However, we rented the building for two receptions in October plus a wedding reception and birthday party in November. Looking ahead to December it's going to be quiet, but we have a reception scheduled for January. If you know of someone looking for a nice, reasonably priced venue, have them contact us.

As you can imagine, there were LOTS of leaves to be raked this fall. After about 25 bags I "lost count" but want to THANK WB Richard Hentz and WM Barry Rettkowski both for helping rake and also for helping us to dispose of the bags of leaves. The place looks pretty good after everyone's efforts but I'd still like to do a bit more raking and sweeping before the snow comes to bury the remaining leaves.

Speaking of THANKS, I want to thank VWB Chet Echelbarger and WB Bill Queen for fixing the drinking fountain upstairs so one can now actually use it. Also, the urinal in the downstairs toilet room was "spraying" when flushed. WB Bill fixed it as well, so thanks again to both these Brothers for their help.

You may have noticed that some of the "bare spots" and "rough spots" in the dining room, Hillyard Room and entrance hallway are no longer there. The kids from the church are pretty "rough" on the walls and I've addressed these concerns to the Pastor. However, many of the spots are just from "fair wear and tear". Now the weather is not conducive to golfing, I'll have more time to spend at the Lodge.

Still needed is some SERIOUS CLEANING of the windows, kitchen, and storage cupboards and closest. It's AMAZING how dirty they get but on the other hand I know some of those spaces haven't seen anything resembling a cleaning cloth in years. If any of you are simply ANXIOUS to help be sure to contact me and I'll coordinate a time so we can do some "bonding" along with the necessary cleaning.

A final thought - if you notice something "out of order", such as a burnt out light bulb, a leaky fixture, or in general, something that needs attention, be sure to let someone know.

Finally - any of you who might be interested in "taking over" the responsibilities of Building Manager, please let WM Barry Rettkowski know of your interest."

VWB Chuck Young
Temple Board Secretary (for the time being!)

Happening at the Lodge

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation

The tax law has extended into 2008 and 2009 the right to make donation of your Mandatory Distribution directly to a charity. The benefit to tax payer is 1) The required distribution is taken. 2) The distribution is not reportable on the tax return. 3) You do not pay federal or state income tax on the distribution. 4) You do not need to itemize the deduction. 5) The Charity receives 100% of the intended donation. Our Foundation being a qualified charity would gladly assist you in receiving your contribution.

The Clams are coming! The Clams are coming! They will be here on January 28, 2009. We will hold our Annual Clam Chowder Feed and silent & live auction. I hope you will consider joining us for the event. We will have door & raffle prizes as well. If you have anything you would like to donate for the auction let me know. Please also tell your friends.

Please contact me with your comments or question by email, or phone. 509-328-2910

Fraternally Yours:

W.Br. Eric E. Berman
Secretary, Audubon Park Masonic Foundation


Ivanhoe Chapter No. 80, Order of the Eastern Star

Welcome to fall everyone. A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all! Hope they holidays bring much happiness to everyone.

This year for Ivanhoe Chapter has been a busy one for money-making projects. Our next event will be on December 6, 2008, from 9 am to 3 pm. It will be held at Center Pointe and will be a big event. This is there "Breakfast with Santa" program. There will be many craft tables featuring many items for Christmas giving. Santa will be there and everyone can have their picture taken with him and the prints will be available soon after they are taken. Breakfast is served for a very reasonable price of $5.00. We invite everyone to come and see what Ivanhoe Chapter has to offer for the holidays. We have many talented women who make great gifts for Christmas. Last year Janice Glidden made adorable baby gifts which included booties, gown and hat. Rose Ann McNickle makes colorful hot pads and they are in just about any color you would want. This year we will have coasters made by Ada Anderson depicting the Christmas theme with such things as snowflakes and Christmas trees. Hope to see you there. The address for Center Pointe is 1410 North Washington, on the corner of Sharp and Washington just across from Rockpoint.

In December we will celebrate Christmas with members bringing their favorite Christmas cookies and favorite holiday dress. On February 28, 2009 - we will have an honor day for Karen Speicher, Grand Representative to Kansas in Washington. This is a Saturday and it will start at 2 pm at Audubon Masonic Center.

My year as Worthy Matron will soon come to a close. Libby and Bill Queen will be in East next. Come out on April 4, 2008, at 2 pm and see the new officers installed.

Happy New Year to all!
Ada Anderson, Worthy Matron

Famous Masons' Corner

Thomas E. Dewey, (1902-1971), was Governor of N.Y. for 3 terms and twice Republican nominee for President of the U.S. A member of Kane Lodge No. 454, N.Y.

Masonic Quiz

Q: What American Grand Master held the office the longest?
A: Thomas J. Shryock of Maryland, who held the office for nearly 33 years. He died in office.

Q: What was the first Masonic book printed in America?
A: See the March 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
Or call or e-mail
Secretary: W.Br. Eric E. Berman 509-328-2910 email:
Pillars Editor: Br. Barry Rettkowski 509-928-0075 email:

Calendar of Events

December 2008
12/2 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.
12/6 Easter Star Bazaar at Center Pointe from 9 am to 3 pm - 1410 North Washington
12/10 December Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
12/17 Family Night Potluck - 6:30 p.m.- Toys for Tots
12/18 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m. - Celebrate Christmas
12/19 Bike drawing at Finch Elementary - 9:30 & 10:15 a.m.

January 2009
1/14 January Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
1/15 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m.
1/22 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.
1/28 Family Night Potluck - 6:30 p.m.

February 2009
2/11 February Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
2/19 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m.
2/25 Family Night Potluck - 6:30 p.m.
2/26 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.
2/28 Honor Day for Karen Speicher, Grand Rep. to Kansas in Washington - 2 pm

Officers 2008-2009

Worshipful Master    WB Barry Rettkowski
Senior Warden    WB Richard Hentz
Junior Warden    WB Bill Wilson
Secretary    WB Eric Berman
Treasurer    VWB Merle Iverson
Chaplain    VWB Gaylon Arisman
Marshal    WB John Smith
Senior Deacon ------  
Junior Deacon -------  
Senior Steward    WB Floyd Morse
Junior Steward    WB Bill Queen
Tyler       B William Wendel

Grand Lodge Grand Master    MWB Douglas E. Tucker