The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272
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.
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
From the West...
“To guard against cowans and eavesdroppers”
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
to denote an outsider”.
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
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!
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
? 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
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...
the Secretary's Desk
REMINDER: Annual dues are due
. If you haven't already sent in your $65.00,
is the time. (Don't forget a little something "extra" for the
Respectfully and Fraternally,
Brother Bill Wendel, Secretary.
Audubon Park Masonic Building Association
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
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.
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
at the Lodge
Audubon Park Masonic Foundation
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
and 2 bikes to
, and have bikes to deliver to
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.
January 27th APMF will hold our 5th Clam Chowder Feed &
Auction. The funds raised will help support the Lodge,
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
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.
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
W.B. Eric E. Berman, Sec-Treas. A.P.M. Foundation.
I bet everyone is full of Thanksgiving goodies and now looking forward
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
January 7, 2010
, with Adelphi Chapter at the
. There will be a practice on
January 3, 2010
. The deputy Instructors for the chapters are
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
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!
Anderson - JP Worthy Matron
Q: What are the primary purposes of Freemasonry?
heart for the answer.
Who do I talk to?
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POB 9575 Spokane WA 99209-9575
Or call or e-mail
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Calendar of Events
Lodge Stated Meeting –
Night Potluck –
Toys for Tots
Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star –
12/25 Christmas Day
1/3Practice for Official Visit 2 Adelphi Chapter -
1/7Official Visit with Adelphi Chapter, Dinner -
Lodge Stated Meeting –
Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star –
Chowder Feed –
Lodge Stated Meeting –
2/18Ivanhoe Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star, honor night for Ada
Anderson, Deputy Instructor– 7:30 p.m.