The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272


December 2009
Volume 11, Number 4

From the East ...

     I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Day!

     Since becoming Master I have been very busy visiting other Lodges. My first visit was to Newport Lodge #144 for their Lumber Jack Feed, then over to Murray, Idaho to Coeur d’ Alene Lodge, then off to Malden Lodge #188 for their Pie feed and installation of offices for Malden and Rosalia Lodge #84 and last to Deer Park Lodge #133 for their installation.  As you can see I like visiting other Lodge’s and meeting other Brothers.  One of the perks of being a Mason is you can go anywhere in the world and find a Masonic Lodge to visit.  If you would like to visit other Lodge’s with me, just let me know and I will call you when I’m going.

     If you missed the November meeting, you missed out on the drawing for a $25.00 gift certificate to Laguna Restaurant. WB Bill Queen was the lucky winner.  There will be another drawing for a gift certificate at our December meeting.  You also missed out on a great talked on Armistice Day by WB Bill Wilson.

Upcoming events:

            January 27, Clam chowder feed

            February, date not set yet, Wine tasting

            February 24, Taco soup feed

            March 19, Corned Beef Dinner with the Grand Master 

     On November 14, we had a work party at the lodge. The leaking water line coming into the lodge was repaired, rain gutter was installed, the leaves were rake up, the water fountain was remove and the electrical plug to the coffee machine was replace. I want to thank the following brothers: Jerel Rowe , Chuck Young, Bill Wilson, Eric Berman , Barry Rettkowski and Gaylon Arisman for all the work they did.

     Since I will not see some of you before Christmas, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

     I leave you with quotation,  “Free your heart from hate, free your mind from worry, live simply, share more and expect less.” …Unknown


WB Richard Hentz

Worshipful Master

From the West...


“To guard against cowans and eavesdroppers”

     How many times have we heard those words? Has anyone really stopped to think about them? More particularly “cowan”? As defined by Merriam-Webster: “A pretender, interloper, or word used by Masons to denote an outsider”.

     The Tyler is charged to protect us against them, but what do we do if one gets by? Unheard of you say? Well, sad to say, but we have been breached and the cowan is among us as we speak! Who is he? What does he look like? How does he act? Who is he?

     He is a brother, a fraternal member, and carries the aura of Freemasonry. What does he look like? Like any brother you see in Lodge or at fraternal gatherings, except he is never there! He always has excuses for not coming to stated meetings, like he has other engagements, or he just doesn’t say anything.  How does he act? He carries the title of Freemason, whether it is Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, or worst of all a Master Mason! He lets the world know he is a “Mason”! But, he has done nothing to support the fraternity, or his brothers, or his Lodge. He shows this by not being at stated meetings, not helping his Lodge when it is in need of assistance, and not standing by his brothers in solidarity. This shows by the number of members in his Lodge, but the lack of them at the stated meetings and functions!

     Who is he? It could be you! Have you looked in the mirror lately and asked yourself “What have I done for Masonry, and my Lodge and brethren in particular? When was the last stated meeting I went to and enjoyed the company of my fellow Masons ? When was the last time I spent sometime and just talked to any of my brothers in Masonry? WHEN?

Could that cowan Mason be you?


WB Bill Wilson

Senior Warden

From the South...

     Watch this space for future information from our newly elected Junior Warden.  WB Norm Davenport was elected at the November Stated meeting but had to leave to attend to an emergency at home prior to being installed.  Come to the December meeting to see him installed.


Junior Warden Elect

In Other News...

From the Secretary's Desk

REMINDER:  Annual dues are due 1-1-2010 .  If you haven't already sent in your $65.00, NOW is the time.  (Don't forget a little something "extra" for the Foundation.) 


Respectfully and Fraternally,

Brother Bill Wendel, Secretary.

Audubon Park Masonic Building Association

       Audubon Park Masonic Temple Building may end the year with a small net profit.   We will need to pay the insurance bill of $2,000 in April 2010 and will not be able to build a reserve for it by its due date.  The roof of our Temple Building was damaged during the winter storms.  We are waiting for a decision of the Insurance Company on policy coverage, deductibles and repairs.  A.P. Lodge members voted to liquidate $4,500 from its investments to cover our potential liability in the event all or part of the damage is not covered by insurance.

     Contact our Temple Manager Chuck Young at 509-325-0906 if you have any questions about the temple building or if you know someone that is interested in renting the building.

Happening at the Lodge

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation


     Dear Brothers: On behalf of the Board Members of our Foundation, I extend our best wishes to each of you, your family and friends.  Our prayer is all will enjoy the holidays and may the New Year bring to each of you good health, happiness, peace and prosperity.
     Our Foundation has been active with several programs.  In August we completed a very successful Motorcycle Rally; raising over $850.00 for the Public Schools, "Bikes for Books" Program.  We have delivered 2 bikes to Orchard Prairie School and 2 bikes to  Finch School , and have bikes to deliver to Audubon School

     AP Lodge and Foundation participated in collecting funds and food items for " Tom Sherry Turkey Drive " for the Food Bank.  In addition to boxes of food, our District donated over $1100.  We will participate in the US Marines, "Toys for Tots" program chaired by W.B. Bill Wilson.   So consider bringing a toy for the program.

     On January 27th APMF will hold our 5th Clam Chowder Feed & Auction.  The funds raised will help support the Lodge, Temple and youth programs: Demolay, Jobs Daughters, Rainbow Girls and Scottish Rite Speech Center.  We will need items for our Live Auction and sale tables.  So check your closets and let me know of items you would like to donate to our event.

     Finances: APMF: The good news, because of the decision of the Board Directors to diversify its investment into quality assets, we did not experience any "investment defaults."  We are recovering from the effects of the decline. The year past has truly underlined the need for our foundation and its purpose; financially support our charities.

    Summary:  I am informing the Brothers of our overall financial condition.  Donations are not being requested at this time.  At our Stated meeting in December there will be a proposal that a "Fund Raising Letter" be sent to our members identifying specific needs.

When we look on the Trestle Board we know where we are.  We know the direction and path we should follow.  All we need to do is follow the directions and complete the design to obtain Financial Stability!
Fraternally Yours:  

W.B. Eric E. Berman, Sec-Treas. A.P.M. Foundation.

Phone # 509-590-9001


Ivanhoe Chapter No. 80, Order of the Eastern Star


     I bet everyone is full of Thanksgiving goodies and now looking forward to

Christmas time with family and friends!  A very Merry Christmas and Happy

New Year to one and all!  Hope the holiday bring much happiness to everyone.

     Our December meeting on the 17th we will wear our favorite holiday attire and share cookies together.  Wonder if Santa will make a surprise visit to the chapter meeting?  We will just have to wait and see.

     We will be bringing the New Year in with a BANG as our Official Visit is on January 7, 2010 , with Adelphi Chapter at the Manito Masonic Temple .  There will be a practice on January 3, 2010  at 2 pm .  The deputy Instructors for the chapters are Ed Weber for Ivanhoe Chapter and yours truly for Adelphi Chapter.  Adelphi Chapter will be doing the opening and introductions and Ivanhoe Chapter will be doing the work.  A dinner will be served at 6 pm preceding the Official Visit.  Our January 17th stated meeting will be our first for the New Year.

     February 18, 2010 , at our stated meeting we will have an Honor Night for Ivanhoe Chapter's Dresden Star Deputy Instructor, Ada Anderson.  You can bet there will be plenty of the red, white and blue decorations and everyone dressed to match the decorations.  Janice Glidden and Rose Ann McNickle are Co-Chairpersons for this event.

     In closing, let the morning sun embrace you - fill your heart with warmth. Enjoy each day to the fullest and don't forget to laugh! 


Ada Anderson - JP Worthy Matron

Masonic Quiz

Q: What are the primary purposes of Freemasonry?

A:  Search your heart for the answer.

Who do I talk to?

If you want something put into the Pillars :
Audubon Park Masonic Lodge #272
POB 9575 Spokane WA 99209-9575
Or call or e-mail
Pillars Editor: WB Barry Rettkowski 509-928-0075, email:

Calendar of Events

Dec 2009

12/1     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

12/9     December Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

12/16   Family Night Potluck – 6:30 p.m. Toys for Tots

12/17   Ivanhoe Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star – 7:30 p.m.

12/25 Christmas Day


Jan 2010

1/3       Practice for Official Visit 2 Adelphi Chapter - 2 p.m.

1/7       Official Visit with Adelphi Chapter, Dinner - 6 p.m. Visit – 7:30 p.m.

1/13     January Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

1/17     Ivanhoe Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star – 7:30 p.m.

1/27     Clam Chowder Feed – 6:30 p.m.

1/28     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.


Feb 2010

2/10     February Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

2/18     Ivanhoe Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star, honor night for Ada Anderson, Deputy Instructor– 7:30 p.m.

2/24     Family Night Taco Soup Feed – 6:30 p.m.

Officers 2009-2010

Worshipful Master                   WB Richard Hentz

Senior Warden                         WB Bill Wilson

Junior Warden                         WB Norm Davenport

Secretary                                  B Bill Wendel

Treasure                                   VWB Merle Iverson

Chaplain                                   VWB Gaylon Arisman

Marshal                                    WB John Smith

Senior Deacon                          WB Barry Rettkowski

Junior Deacon                          WB Bill Queen

Grand Lodge Grand Master    MWB Gayle Kenney