The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272

December 2013
Volume 15, Number 4

From the East ... 


Greetings…I want to thank the Brothers for trusting the East to me for the upcoming year.  Being master of the lodge for the second time I hope to do a better job.  How often do we learn how to do a job just before we move on to the next thing? Maybe this time I will get closer to doing things right.

I am excited to be beginning this new year in Masonry.  There are many challenges facing us along with many opportunities.  We have several new Brothers currently working on their proficiency.  We have Brothers that are actively completing affiliation or plural membership.  Last month at our stated meeting we were able to share the joy of Masonry with many visitors.  As our Grand Secretary is fond of saying “It a great day to be a Mason” and I agree.

I think fraternalism is an important part of Masonry.  Visiting other lodges is one of the privileges of being a Mason and a great way to build the brotherhood of our fraternity.  During the upcoming year one of my goals is to visit all of the lodges in our district and then as many other lodges as possible.  I will also include in these visits our youth groups.  Last month I attended the Jobie’s special meeting that celebrated their Masonic family.  It was a wonderful meeting these young ladies and watching them preform their rituals with great care.

Education is another important part of our masonic journey.  As such, each month we will be having Masonic education as a part of our stated meetings.  Let me know if there is a subject or area that you would like to see covered or if there is something you would like to present.  Our senior warden did a great job kicking this off with his presentation at our stated meeting last month.  If you did not attend you missed a great session.

There are many other areas that I hope to cover in the coming year.  Please make sure to attend and be a part of this great experience.  If you need a ride to lodge contact one of our Brothers for a ride.  Help our lodge to become better and make a difference in our community by participating each month you are able.


WB Barry Rettkowski

Worshipful Master


From the West...

This month, I want to talk about the “constancy of change.” This phrase is especially true in our Masonic life. When I gave a short talk about beer and Freemasonry during our November stated meeting, I talked about how our founding fathers that were Masons met in taverns in Boston and Philadelphia during the mid- and late-18th century. By the time Audubon Park Lodge #272 received our charter in 1926, not only were we not allowed to meet in a pub, but petitions from men associated with the production and selling of intoxicating beverages, including beer, were rejected. Thank goodness that rule was changed by our Grand Lodge in 1962! Even though most of our Masonic landmarks have remained relatively constant over centuries, each of our Blue Lodges have had to adapt to changing times and changing norms in the societies around us.  Our passage through the Prohibition years attests to that.

Many have already heard the news that the beautiful downtown Masonic Temple has finally sold and in the coming months, the lodges and Masonic organizations that meet there will be looking for new homes. Earlier this year our neighbors at North Hill Lodge #210 sold their building. Like the other lodges, Audubon Park Lodge is feeling the pain of attempting to own and operate an 85-year-old building with dwindling resources (we only have 19 dues paying members!) and rising bills. I have volunteered to chair a Strategic Review Committee for the Temple Association to evaluate the future or our cherished building and make recommendations for the good of our Lodge members. The committee consists of 5 active Brethren from our lodge, both young and old. We are working diligently and objectively to analyze our current situation and attempt to predict our future needs and resources, and make recommendations for the best uses of the same. If you have thoughts or ideas on our buildings future, I encourage you to contact me so that I can bring it to the attention of our committee.

Just like the changing and tumultuous times our Masonic fore-fathers lived in, we too are living in changing times in Spokane. Regardless of the decisions being made around us regarding the buildings that we meet in, our Landmarks, our teachings, and our Fraternity will continue on, as strong as the day it was formed.


Senior Warden

B Kim Roddy

From the South...


Brethren - I don't have much to include in this edition of "The Pillars". That's because just a couple days after assuming the position as your Junior Warden Nancy and I departed for a month in the sunny and WARM climes of Palm Springs!!! I know you don't want to hear much about that now but I'll be talking about it when we return in early December. We've been checking the Spokane temps and those in Palm Springs are about 40 degrees higher and we are really enjoying ourselves.  Nancy just told me the Spokane forecast for today is 32. The Palm Springs forecast is a "cool" 62!!

I've played quite a bit of golf. One day the Brother I played with, from Toronto, asked if I was a member of the Craft. I wondered why he asked. I had told him I was formally the Administrator of Shriners Hospital! Seems he's been a Mason for over 35 years. I also visited the Palm Springs Lodge. First time I had to be examined since none of the Brothers could vouch for me. Glad I boned up a bit so I could properly answer the questions. I will share with you the differences in their floor work. It is really interesting in many ways.  That's enough rambling for now. We are looking forward to our return, even though we are enjoying our stay in the desert.


VW Chuck Young

Junior Warden


In Other News...

From the Secretary's Desk     

Brethren:  My special thanks for your prompt response to the dues/assessment notices.  For those few of you that have not gotten around to it, please take the time to remit, so the notice does not get lost in the Holiday shuffle.  Our overall membership continues to decline, but the good news the percentage of those attending Lodge increasing.  The newly installed WM is bound and determined that we will have meaningful education programs at every stated meeting.  If you have a topic you would like to present or even a topic you would like to hear more about, contact us with you suggestions.

It is exciting to the increasing number of young men joining Audubon Park 272 Lodge.  A fellow Mason likened what is happening to an hour glass.  Fully 75% of all Masons in Washington are over the age of 65.There is another 20% under the age of 35.  If you look at those numbers closely you will see that before membership can grow, we need more good men.  Young men bring in young men.  They need our support to pass on as much of the tradition as possible.  That way the can be comfortable in learning Masonic tradition and know that change happens, but in our beloved fraternity change is slow and from within.  You cannot be involved in change unless you attend meeting.

VWB Merle Iverson, Lodge Secretary/ Treasurer

Audubon Park Masonic Building Association     

    Work continues on the maintenance and repairs of the lodge building.  Work parties are held as needed. 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 and Ladies: "Throw another log on the fire ...” Oh!  My! 

         When I first became a member of A.P. Lodge I was asked to serve on the Temple Board, soon becoming its President.  The most immediate concern was the lack of cash since we did not have enough to pay the bills.  Immediate steps were taken to do a "fund raising letter."  Upon resolving this crisis, Phoenix - out of the ashes, the Foundation was created on October 16, 1989.  The purpose of the Foundation is to preserve and ensure Audubon Park Lodge and the Masonic Temple Building will be around for generations to come.  This can only be accomplished by having sufficient income to meet expenses.  A.P. Lodge does not have the resources to pay the building expenses.  Its income is derived from rental fees and donations from our Brothers and also grants from the Foundation which help pay the bills, keep the lights and water on as well as its maintenance and repairs.

         Our Foundation will celebrate its 25th year next October.  We need to raise less than $34,000 to reach our goal and I believe we can accomplish the task with the help of our Brothers.  Donations in the form of cash, checks, securities, vehicles, jewelry, silver coins, collections and items which can be converted to cash are all welcome.  You also may donate by naming the Foundation in your will.  Funds donate directly from your IRA to our charity allows you to avoid paying income tax on the distribution. 

        January 24th at 6:00 pm. will be our annual Clam Chowder Dinner.  An alternate meal will also be available.  Our Lodge has a great reputation regarding the high quality of our dinners.  Also, there will be a live auction.  Let me know if you are able to attend or have an item for our auction.  I will send out a flyer regarding the dinner in the near future.    March 12, 2014 will be our 21st Corned Beef Dinner and Appreciation Night.   MWB Bruce E. Vesper, Grand Master, will be our honored guest.  We will recognize and honor our donors.  As the date approaches, I will send you more information.

  W.B. Eric Berman, BOD Member, emeritus
cell. 509-590-9001

Audubon Park #272 Temple Board

It is the day before Thanksgiving and Audubon Park Building Association has a lot to be thankful for.  Thank you to all the brothers that help out with the lawn mowing this last summer, to WM Barry Rettkowski & SW Kim Roddy for raking up all the leaves this fall, WM Barry for fixing the leak in the dishwasher & installing a new faucet in the kitchen, SW Kim Roddy for power washing the outside of the building, WB Eric Berman for being our Building Manager, Ann Berman for keeping our lodge clean and to all the board members & brothers of Audubon Park Lodge.   THANK YOU ALL!!!!

The Building Association has hired Bill the Fauceteer to fix the upstairs men’s restroom toilet, replace the flush valve in the women’s bathroom and install a new stainless steel drinking fountain downstairs.  They already fix the upstairs drinking fountain. The Building Association also had installed a crash bar on the front door and will be installing smoke & CO detectors upstairs and downstairs.

Our next project is to replace the dining room tables.  The proceeds from the Clam Chowder Dinner on January 24, 2014 will go to this project. Also, please consider making a donation.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!


Audubon Park Masonic Building Association


W. B. Rich Hentz, Chairman

 Rainbow Girls    


Rainbow Girls are meeting at Audubon Park Masonic Building the 1st and 3rd Mondays each month at 7 pm, all Masons are invited to attend their meetings. 

Call 710-1879 to find out what is happening at their meetings.

Job’s Daughters

            Job’s Daughters, Bethel #3, are meeting at Audubon Park Masonic Building the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at 7 pm.  The young ladies would love to see Masons attend the meetings.  Please come and support these young ladies.


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

Dec. 2013

12/11   Dec. Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

12/17   Temple Board Meeting – 1:00 p.m.

12/20   Family Night Pot Luck – Toys for Tots – 6:30 p.m.


Jan. 2014

1/8       Jan. Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

1/21     Temple Board Meeting – 1:00 p.m.

1/24     Clam Chowder Dinner –– 6:00 p.m.


Feb. 2014

2/12     Feb. Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

2/18     Temple Board Meeting – 1:00 p.m.

2/28     Family Night Pot Luck –– 6:30 p.m.

Officers 2013-2014

Worshipful Master                  WB Barry Rettkowski

Senior Warden                        B Kim Roddy

Junior Warden                         VWB Chuck Young

Secretary                                 VWB Merle Iverson

Treasure                                   VWB Merle Iverson

Chaplain                                  VWB Gaylon Arisman

Marshal                                   WB John Smith

Senior Deacon                         B John Walther

Junior Deacon                         B Rob Humbird

Senior Steward                       B Chet Caskey

Junior Steward                        WB Richard Hentz

Tyler                                        B Robert Stevensen

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