The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272
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.
From the West...
WB Rich Hentz
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
In Other News...
From the Secretary's Desk
In Other News...
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.
Lodge cannot afford to care Brethren who do not care.
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.
at the Lodge
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.
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,
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.
Best wishes to all for a safe and happy summer!
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.
Or call or e-mail
Secretary: .VWB. Merle Iverson 509-467-7255 email: email@example.com.
Pillars Editor: WB. Barry Rettkowski 509-928-0075 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Calendar of Events
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
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.
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.
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