The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272


December 2012
Volume 14, Number 4

From the East ... 




     As I write this we have just finished a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with our son in town. That holiday is for celebrating all the wonderful things with which God has blessed us. Family is perhaps the most important.

     Not sure when this issue is going to be printed and distributed, but we've been informed the December 12 Stated meeting will be the official visit by the Deputy to the Grand Master, VW Jim Tourtilotte. We are looking forward to his official visit and to showing him how well we conduct our Lodge business. Sure hope you can make it.

     Elsewhere in this edition you will note WB Eric Berman reports on the impending move of Spokane Lodge #34 to our building. They have met for many years in the downtown Masonic Center, which is now for sale. They needed to find another location in which to meet and they wanted to be in our building.

     Our Temple Board met several times with the Worshipful Master of Spokane Lodge #34 and a number of Brothers. A proposed rental agreement was drafted, amended, and approved unanimously. The next step is to obtain Grand Lodge approval, which should be fairly straight forward.

     We anticipate their moving into our building sometime around the end of the year, about when Eastern Star moves out. This will be a much needed regular source of revenue too. They will meet on Tuesdays, so there won't be any conflict with our Stated Meetings and degree work.

     Speaking of the Temple Board, I want to commend Bro John Walther and the other members of the Temple Board. They are working diligently to identify things that need repair and set priorities for fixing them. They are also trying to find ways to increase revenue and decrease expenses.

     I also want to commend our new Senior Steward, Bro Chet, "the Younger", Caskey. His culinary skills are incredible. You need to come to Stated Meetings for the Fellowship of course, but the meals he provides are simply wonderful. He is a talented cook and it shows when you enjoy what he has prepared.

     That brings me to the "Mason Jar" at our events. We are asking for donations, to help defray the expenses incurred in food preparation as well as to purchase the plates, glasses, flatware, paper ware, etc. necessary to providing a nice meal, whether after Stated Meeting or a Family Night Pot Luck.

     Finally - be sure to mark your calendars for our annual Clam Chowder Dinner January 25. It is a fund and fun raiser and WB Bill Wilson can be counted on to prepare his "award winning" chowder.

     Brethren - hope to see you in Lodge. If you need a ride, please let someone know. We will find someone to pick you up and take you home.

VWB Chuck Young

Worshipful Master


From the West...


Greetings from the West and Merry Christmas to all. 

     It doesn’t seem possible that another year has come and gone.  This year has been very busy and enjoyable here in our lodge.  We have had several new Mason join our lodge and have had very successful degree work.  Our masonic family has grown in other ways as two of our brothers’ wives gave birth this year. 

     I want to pay the wages and thank everyone that has worked so hard for the good of our lodge, the clean ups, the grass mowing and all the time spent in many small ways.  A special thanks to Br. Roddy for the ongoing repairing of the officer chairs in the lodge.

     The lodge is about you.  If you have not been to lodge recently, you have been missed.  Please plan to join us at the next stated meeting.  If you would like a ride to the meeting please give someone a call.  Family nights have been moved to the fourth Friday of each month.  We would love to see you and your family at the next dinner, January 25th.

     I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones.

WB Rich Hentz
Senior Warden

From the South...


First and foremost, I want to express my sincere appreciation for the faith and confidence the Brethren have shown by electing me Junior Warden. As a relatively new member of the lodge, I will endeavor to live up to your expectations by being ever ready to assist the Worshipful Master as required and by continuing to learn and improve my understanding and execution of both ritual and lodge management.

Part of my responsibilities of the lodge is to oversee the Stewards and superintend the Craft during the hours of refreshment. Our outgoing Senior Steward, WB. Floyd Morse, has set the bar high and we owe him a heart-felt thank you for a job well done over the last few years. Fortunately for me, this year’s Senior Steward, Br. Chet Caskey (“Chet the Younger”), also requires no oversight and is pushing the culinary bar even higher as he continues to provide outstanding refreshments for all of our meetings. Please make a point of joining us during our next stated meeting and see for yourself!

As I consider my new position in the lodge and attendant responsibilities, I find myself reflecting on the meaning of the jewel I now wear in the South. We are told that the plumb teaches rectitude of conduct and admonishes us to walk uprightly in our several stations before God and man, but without understanding these words, they lose much of their significance. Rectitude is defined as the quality or state of being straight; moral integrity; of being correct in judgment or procedure. While each of us strives to make good decisions and perform our duties in lodge to the best of our abilities, it is inevitable that we may make mistakes. Recently, the Worshipful Master reminded us to save our comments and criticisms of our floor work for private instruction after lodge. He reinforced the charge we hear every night to be diligent, prudent, temperate, and discreet, and to remind a Brother in the friendliest manner of his fault so that he may improve. This harkens back to the long-standing leadership adage, “Praise in public, chastise in private.” During our collective Masonic journey this year, let us continue to walk straight with each other and use good judgment and the “friendliest manner” as each one of us strives for understanding, growth and mastery of the Craft.

B Kim Roddy
Junior Warden

In Other News...

From the Secretary's Desk

     Happy Holidays to you and your family.  As we prepare to enjoy the holidays and move forward to the New Year, please keep, several Audubon Park 272 dates in mind.

     The Washington Masonic Code tells us our 2013 dues are payable by January 1st, 2013.  This means you must have your 2013 dues card to visit another Masonic Lodge, especially if you are visiting a Lodge where you are not known and may need to show your dues card to gain admittance.

    For life members, things have changed over the past 2-3 years.  The fee (called enrolled Master Mason fee) that Audubon Park Lodge pays to the Grand Lodge on your behalf has risen from $12 to $19.  The interest on your life membership fund contribution will amount to about $2.  The Washington Masonic Code now allows the Lodge to collect this enrolled Master Mason fee from Life Members and that is why Life Members see the $19 charge on their dues statement.  Non-payment of assessments is treated in the Washington Code and the Audubon Park 272 bylaws exactly like non-payment of dues.

     We do not want to place any member in a NPD status.  If you have problems paying the assessment, you should let us/me know.  I cannot read your mind and if you ignore the dues statements and the follow up letter, we can only assume you really do not care.

The Lodge cannot afford to care Brethren who do not care.


VWB Merle Iverson


Audubon Park Masonic Building Association     


Work continues on the maintenance and repairs of the lodge building.  Work parties are held as needed.  The men’s bathroom down stairs and painting the stairs and landing are two projects currently underway.  Keep your ears open for upcoming dates for work parties.   If anyone is interested in becoming the building manager please contact Worshipful Master Chuck Young or the Lodge secretary. 


Happening at the Lodge 

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation

Dear Brothers, Ladies, Families and Friends. We Hope the Good Lord will bless each and every one of you during this holiday season and in the new year you will enjoy peace and love.  
     Year summary: In January we held our Clam Chowder Feed and in March the Corned Beef Dinner.  WE topped off our activities in October with the Buckaroo Ball.  Over 50 dancers attended.  The net from the event was donated to the Temple Building.  During the year we also received quite a few cash donations.  In November, the Foundation received a donation of two Natural Gas limited Partnerships.  

     Tis the season for review:  In the few days remaining of 2012, it may be time for us to review various important aspects of our lives. One such review should be our investments.  The markets are betting in 2013 there will be changes in the tax code regulations, regardless of any compromises.  With this in mind, it may be time to decide if there are investments to remove from our portfolios by selling, or gifting.  Kenny Rogers, sang "You gotta know when to hold them ... know when to fold them ... know when to walk away."  The Foundation would welcome such gifts and you would enjoy knowing the Foundation will honor your request and retain the cherished investment for the long term.

    Clam Chowder Dinner: On January 25th will have the annual Clam Chowder Dinner and auction.  Donations of items for our famous raffle and especially items for our auction are needed.  Goal of event is raise funds to benefit our Charities including our Temple Building, Lodge and youth.
     In closing:  These past two years have been financially difficult for many families, businesses and charities.  Audubon Park Lodge and Audubon Park Masonic Temple Building are still financially viable, many thanks to our members and donors to our Foundation.  We have been able to support our Youth Groups and Grade Schools with our Bikes for Books Program.  We also donated to the Spokane Food Bank. Without the Foundation, doubt if any of this would have been possible.  Without the donors and volunteers we would not have the success enjoyed.  We invite you to donate to your Foundation this holiday season.


With Fraternal Love this holiday season on behalf of the Board of Directors,

Thank you. 


Audubon Park Masonic Foundation, 

W.B. Eric E. Berman.  509-590-9001

Audubon Park #272 Temple Board

     It is with great pride that I can announce that the Temple Board has completed a major part of the agreement for Spokane Masonic Lodge #34 to occupy our Audubon Park Masonic Building on Tuesdays for their regular meetings and degree work. This move comes because of the closing of the downtown Masonic Center. Some minor details will be addressed but the joint agreement has passed Spokane #34 membership at their last meeting and they will be moving soon. I want to give thanks to the brothers who worked diligently and professionally with members of Spokane #34 for an agreement that was mutually beneficial.

     This is a giant leap for the financial health of the AP Temple, but more importantly it provides a home for our Masonic brothers. Please continue to give Spokane #34 our warmest welcome and make their transition as smooth as possible.  Your brothers on the APTB have continued to monitor accounts in both costs and revenues and have made progress in both areas.

     A special thanks to everyone who has stepped up and volunteered to help with the many chores and repairs to the building that have resulted in a savings that otherwise would have to be paid. Spokane #34 members have also expressed a desire to lend their talents and skills to the building repairs and improvements in the future.

     Many have heard me say that “with every Mason comes a free brain”. Ask your brothers what they think.


Bro. John Walther

Temple Board President

Ivanhoe Chapter No. 80, Order of the Eastern Star    


The holidays are upon us and hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends.  The Christmas season is now here and Santa Claus is in town for the little kids and big kids alike.

     December's stated meeting we will celebrate Christmas by wearing our favorite Christmas attire and wishing all good cheer for the New Year and 2013.  Merry Christmas to all the Masonic family from the members of Ivanhoe chapter!

     January's stated meeting will come in with a "BANG" as we celebrate the new year and discuss all those resolutions we try to keep.  A new year is always full of fun and excitement!  The January meeting will be held on January 17th at 7:30 pm. Happy New Year to All.  

     As soon as February gets here, we start to think of candy and Valentine's Day.  I wonder if Cupid passes Santa Claus as they travel about.  Our stated meeting will be held on February 17th at the Audubon Park Masonic Center.  Happy Valentine's Day All!  

Best wishes to all for a safe and happy summer!

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

Who do I talk to?

Contact the Worshipful Master, Lodge Secretary, or WB Eric Berman 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 2012

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

12/12   Dec. Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

12/20   Ivanhoe Chapter #80 Stated Meeting– Order of Eastern Star – 7:30 p.m.

12/28   No Pot luck this month  



January 2012

1/9       Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

1/9       Jan. Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

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

1/25     Clam Chowder Dinner– 6:30 p.m.




February 2012

2/13     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

2/13     Feb. Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

2/17     Ivanhoe Chapter #80 Stated Meeting– Order of Eastern Star – 7:30 p.m.

2/22     Family Night Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m.



Officers 2010-2011

Worshipful Master                  VWB Chuck Young

Senior Warden                        WB Barry Rettkowski

Junior Warden                         B Kim Roddy

Secretary                                 VWB Merle Iverson

Treasurer                                 VWB Merle Iverson

Chaplain                                  VWB Gaylon Arisman

Marshal                                   WB John Smith

Senior Deacon                         WB Richard Hentz

Junior Deacon                         B John Walther

Senior Steward                        B Chet Caskey

Junior Steward                        B Rob Humbird

Tyler                                        WB Bill Wilson

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

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