The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272


December 2011
Volume 13, Number 4

From the East ... 


     Fraternal Greetings Brothers - WB Barry has been "gently" reminding me I need to get this piece written so he can publish this edition of The Pillars. As I sit at the computer drafting this I've watched a couple really good football games. I just watched Oregon State knock off the University of Washington, while Washington State is tied at half time against the University of Utah. The "really big game" is the one in about an hour, Oregon against University of Southern California. I ALWAYS root for whoever is playing USC!!!

     Enough about football for now. For those who missed our November Family night, I'm here to tell you it was a feast for all the senses. Not only was the food selection outstanding, but Bro Kim Roddy brought nearly his entire family, which was a delight for us all. He also brought the two exchange students staying with them, one from Thailand, and one from the Republic of Georgia. One of our newest Masons, Chet (the younger) Caskey was there too with his wife and some very good gumbo for all to enjoy. Although by his calculation it was somewhat "emasculated" since he made it without a lot of the typical spices used in that wonderful Cajun dish.

      What really made the evening special was the slide presentation given by WB Barry Rettkowski of the trip he and his lady Kathy took to Russia in September. The photos, accompanied by Barry's narrative were simply splendid. Many thanks Barry and Kathy for all the work you put into that wonderful presentation.

     TOYS FOR TOTS - I confirmed with WB Bill Wilson, the US Marine Corps will once again be collecting Toys for Tots this year. There are so many needy families and especially kids at this special time of year. We want to be sure we have plenty of them early enough for Christmas celebration, so December's Family Night will be Friday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m. I realize that is a bit early, but we want to allow sufficient time for the toys collected to be distributed in time for Christmas. So if you plan to attend Family Night please bring a toy or two, in addition to your covered dish.

     Be sure to mark your 2012 calendars for the annual Clam Chowder Feed on Friday January 20. Right now the annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Feed is slated for Wednesday March 21 but WB Eric has asked the Grand Master if it would be more convenient for him to schedule it for Friday March 23.

     Congrats to Bro Rob Humbird for his most excellent work in "proving up" for the Fellow Craft degree and welcome to Brothers Chet (the younger) Caskey and James Grapes for achieving the Entered Apprentice Degree and joining our Lodge. We are glad to have you.

     I want to wish all a most Happy Thanksgiving and hope to see you in Lodge - soon and also at one of our Family Nights.

VWB Chuck Young

Worshipful Master


From the West...


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I know it’s a little early, but I also know I will not see some of you before then.  We only have one meeting left before Christmas and the New Year.  I would like to see all of the Brethren at our next meeting so I could till you in person Happy Holidays.  If you can’t drive at night, or don’t drive at all, or just need a ride, please call one of the officers and we will find someone to pick you up and take you home.  We would love to have you join us at your Lodge meetings.

From the Washing Masonic Code Sec. 13.08 B.L.

             Public Appearance as Masons.  A Lodge or Mason may appear in public in Masonic clothing to attend a Masonic funeral service, when escorting the Masonic Float in parades, at meetings of the International Order of Job’s Daughters, the International Order of Rainbow for Girls, or the Order of DeMolay.   A Lodge of Masons may not otherwise appear publicly in Masonic clothing without the consent of the Grand Master.

            The occasions for which the Grand Master may consider granting a dispensation for Masons or Lodge to appear in Masonic clothing are:

1. A strictly Masonic occasion,

2. To attend divine services,

3. The performance of Masonic duty, ceremony, or custom

4. To take part in a community patriotic, historical, or educational event, and

5. To take part in a community parade.

WB Richard Hentz

Senior Warden

From the South...


     Greetings to all from the South.  We survived the first stated meeting of the year with our new officers in place.  All officers are working hard to make this the best year ever.  Last month we had two first degrees and a third degree.  With several new Masons progressing through the degrees there is a lot of new vitality in the Lodge.  We had quite a crowd at the family night last month, in no small part because of the new members and their families.  The friendship and fellowship lasted long into the evening.  Come join us at the December stated meeting to see for yourself.  The December 16th family night is a potluck starting at 6:30.  This is the third week instead of the usual forth week.  This is your lodge, be a part of it.

WB Barry Rettkowski

Junior Warden

In Other News...

Youngest Past Master

As I slowly fade into the West, and out the door, to the Tyler’s post, as the Junior Past Master, I look back at the last year and wonder where the time went! It doesn’t seem like a year that I was in the East, but at other times it seemed like an eternity. We had challenges, we had troubles, we had fun, but most importantly we had Brotherhood. We may not have agreed on everything, but what we did was always for the good of Audubon Park Lodge and our Brothers. We worked for the betterment of our Lodge, ourselves and our community.

I was asked a long time ago how many Masons it takes to change a light bulb. I was told none; because things don’t change in Masonry. But, as we have seen with the changes this year, we DO change! Only time will tell if the changes were for the better or not. I feel they were and hope that all the Brethren will see and feel the same way that I do. Times change and so must we to keep pace with the world around us. We cannot, and will not, let Audubon Park Lodge fade into history because some did not want to change the status quo. We are on a new path and now must follow those that lead us into the future of our Lodge.

Thank you again for the support and help during the past year I was in the East, and I look forward to many more years of Masonry and Brotherhood with all of you…..


WB Bill Wilson

From the Secretary's Desk


Greetings from the Secretary

     By now you have received your dues/assessment notices.  I have attempted to identify those of you who owe only the assessment.  This is the amount Audubon Park 272 must pay to Grand Lodge on your behalf.  I want all to understand that the Washington Masonic Code (Sec 17.18 B.L.) allows members to be placed NPD for failure to pay a lawfully levied Assessment.  Brethren, we did not take this assessment lightly, but the return on the Grand Lodge Life Membership Fund will pay less than 2% this year, thus the Lodge would need to dip into the savings significantly to offset the $17 fee for duly enrolled Master Masons.

     On a more positive note, we are making new Masons and yes they are even young Masons.  Come out and see this Young Masons due their posting lectures, exactly like most of us did many years ago.  It is an exciting time in the life span of Audubon Park 272.  If the trend continues, we will make more Master Masons in 2011 than were taken to that building not made with hands.  To date this year we have lost two very fine Master Masons, while we will make at least four new Master Masons. 


VWB Merle Iverson


Audubon Park Masonic Building Association        

Temple Board Members have met on regular basis, addressing and resolving challenges. The Temple Bldg lost $10.000 of income when the church relocated. The BOD reduced its expenses by cancelling contracts and asking volunteers to assist in duties whenever possible.  Also the Lodge voted to prefund the fourth quarter of operations to offset the loss of rent.  Thus the Temple has been able to stay current on its obligations.  Every bill has been paid on time and is our intent to continue doing so.  We have two rentals in December and also have signed contracts with the Parks Department to continue exercise classes.  We will need to secure ten to twelve additional rentals in 2012. 
     The Lodge, Temple Bldg and Foundation jointly agreed to pay for the replacement of the Blue Carpet in the Lodge Room.  The stairs and landing at the front door of the lodge have been painted.  Be sure to take a look next time you are at the lodge.   Work continues on the maintenance and repairs of the lodge building.  The men’s bathroom down stairs is currently underway.  We have a fund established and donations to this project would be greatly appreciated. 

     Wanted are volunteers who can donate a few hours for "labor parties" to continue cleaning and improving our building.  Work parties are low key and a fun way to socialize with brothers and know at the end of the day each of us has made a difference.  These can be rewarding experiences.  Please contact me regarding future parties or keep your ears open for upcoming dates.


Happening at the Lodge 

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation

Our Foundation remains strong because APMF Board adopted the philosophy of long term investing, diversifying, and investing when funds are available.  The Foundation has been active this year.  It has raised $6,510 in donations and proceeds from events.  The Veterans Day Celebration and dance cleared $177.50.  APMF has given grants of $3,400 to The Temple, Bikes for Books, Food Bank, Jobs Daughters, Rainbow Girls, DeMolay and Scottish Rite Speech Clinic.  A grants of $1,925 was given to assist the Temple Bldg and Lodge to help pay for the carpet in the Blue Lodge Room.
      Audubon Park Masonic Foundation was conceived to alleviate the "Financial Challenges" A.P. Lodge 272 and Temple Building faced in 1989 and in the future.  It has stood the test of time and has willingly accepted more responsibility as funding for various programs has shifted from the Lodge to the Foundation.  Passing time brings changes and challenges because of the impact of inflation, loss of members, low return on Grand Lodge Endowment Fund, Grand Lodge Assessment, and loss of rental income ($10,000 annually when church moved out).     
     Year End Planning: Tis the season to review your investments, decide which are jolly and which are not.  An investment which has gained in value can be donated and the donor is able to take a charitable deduction of the appreciated value and not pay capital gains tax.  If an investment has lost value the amount will qualify for charitable donation.  IRA with a required minimum distribution age 70 1/2 or older can transfer the asset directly to APMF and without paying federal income tax.  Wow, being able to take a tax free withdrawal and pass 100% onto our Foundation.  Of course all other donations would be greatly appreciated and help us achieve our goal.  
     Future events:  January 20, 2012 Clam Chowder Feed and White Elephant Auction.  Donations requested.  March 21 Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner, check the March 2012 Pillars for more details.
Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions. 


W.B. Eric E. Berman, Secretary, APMF  

 Cell 509-590-9001


Ivanhoe Chapter No. 80, Order of the Eastern Star


     As I write this article the white, fluffy stuff is falling outside the window. I guess winter is upon us and with winter comes the holidays and great family gatherings around an open fire.   

     Ivanhoe Chapter will be celebrating Christmas at our stated meeting on December 15. 

You never know if Santa Claus may appear and bring gifts to all members.  This is a great time to wear your favorite holiday attire and bring your favorite cookies to share for after the meeting.

     January 19, 2012 will be our first stated meeting of the new year.  We plan to start the year off with a BANG AND WELCOME in the New Year with some fun at our meeting.    So bring along your favorite noise maker and join the fun and fellowship.

     On February 16, 2012 we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day and look forward to a visit from Cupid with chocolates and other things good for the waistline.  We will also be having special refreshments to help the ESTARL PROGRAM OF GRAND CHAPTER.  We all are 100 years old for this one time.  The money goes for scholarships in the field of religion and associated programs.  We will also file for elected offices at this meeting for the 2012/2013 Star year.  It will be a very busy meeting, but we will have lots of fun getting it done. 

     From the members of Ivanhoe Chapter we wish each and everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Ada Anderson, PM


Masonic Fact

“We represent a fraternity which believes in justice and truth and honorable action in your community…men who are endeavoring to be better citizens… and to make a great country greater.  This is the only institution in the world where we can meet on the level all sorts of people who want to live rightly.”  Harry Truman President of the United States – source: Center for Masonic Information

From Grand Lodge 


It was with great sadness that Grand Lodge reported the death of RW brother Jerald K. Lingle, Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Washington F&AM.  He passed away on Aug. 20 at the age of 57.


Who do I talk to?

Contact VWB Chuck Young at 509-325-0906 or WB Eric Berman at 509-590-9001 if you know someone that is interested in renting the building.

If you want something put into the Pillars contact the Lodge secretary:

Audubon Park Masonic Lodge #272

POB 9575    Spokane WA 99209-9575

Or call or e-mail

Secretary: .VWB. Merle Iverson 509-467-7255 email: 

Pillars Editor: WB Barry Rettkowski  509-928-0075   email

Calendar of Events

December 2011

12/6     Ivanhoe Auxiliary will meet at Black Jacks @ 11:30 am

12/12   Zumba fund raiser event at Lodge - 5:45pm-6:45pm

12/14   December Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

12/15   Ivanhoe Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

12/16   Family Night Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m.

12/22   Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.



January 2012

1/11     January Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

1/19     Ivanhoe Chapter Stated Meeting at 7:30 pm

1/20     Audubon Park Family Night - Clam Chowder Feed – 6:30 p.m.

1/26     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.




February 2012

2/7       Ivanhoe Auxiliary at the Gathering Place – 11:30 am

2/8       February Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

2/16     Ivanhoe Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star – 7:30 p.m.

2/23     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

2/24     Family Night Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m.



Officers 2010-2011

Worshipful Master                  VWB Chuck Young

Senior Warden                        WB Richard Hentz

Junior Warden                         WB Barry Rettkowski

Secretary                                 VWB Merle Iverson

Treasure                                   VWB Merle Iverson

Chaplain                                  VWB Gaylon Arisman

Marshal                                   WB John Smith

Senior Deacon                         B Kim Roddy

Junior Deacon                         B Robert Stevenson

Senior Steward                       WB Floyd Morris

Junior Steward                       Br. E.C. Plasm

Tyler                                        WB Bill Wilson

MWB Harold Tucker past Grandmaster of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Washington

MWB Douglas Tucker past Grandmaster of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Washington

Grand Lodge Grand Master    MWB Michael L. Sanders