The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272

December 2014
Volume 16, Number 4

From the East ... 

    

Here we are starting a new Masonic year with new officers in all positions in our wonderful lodge. I am excited and honored to be your new Worshipful Master and hope I don’t disappoint you. I know I can speak for all of the newly installed officers when I say we are working hard on improving our ritual and executing our duties for these new positions, but we know we can’t do it alone. I value the mentorship and kind words of advice that our more experienced Brethren have for us, but please remember the old leadership adage, “Praise in public, chastise in private.” I appreciate the help provided to our new officers when they lose their words during ritual work, and hopefully none of us new officers will need that help for long. Lodge Officer Training is held on the first Wednesday of the month right after work, at 5:30 PM at the Audubon Park Masonic Building. Right now we are focusing on floor work and ritual, but later I hope to transition to Proficiency in Lodge Management. You don’t have to be an elected or installed officer to attend, but be prepared to work if you decide to join us for the 60-90 minutes we are there.

 

For those kind Brethren that attended the November stated meeting, you know that I had planned on an ambitious education program for the year, but quickly learned at my first meeting as Master that time is not my friend. I ran quite late, especially with all of the other business that needed to be attended to, and I apologize to all. I will endeavor to modify my plans and keep the meetings less than 2 hours in the future, while still providing for an interesting and enlightening program. I will stick with my idea of organizing the education program around themes for each month, but scale back the depth of treatment, as well as eliminate less important aspects of the program. The themes for the next three months are as follows:

 

Dec 2014

Theme: Faith, Hope & Charity

Historic Lecture: Mackey - Unity of God; Feast of St. John the Evangelist

Practical Lecture: Freemasonry and Religion

Concordant Body: York Rite

 

Jan 2015

Theme: Travel in Foreign Countries

Historic Lecture: Burns, Kipling, Clemens

Practical Lecture: Tips and Advice for Traveling Masons

Concordant Body: Scottish Rite

 

Feb 2015

Theme: Tolerance & Justice

Historic Lecture: Historical Tolerance & Justice in Freemasonry

Practical Lecture: Tolerance & Justice Applied in Daily Life

Concordant Body: Prince Hall

 

 

Our lodge continues to experience growth in numbers, and the lodge building itself is supporting more and more additional Masonic activities. We read three new petitions for degrees in lodge in November, and two of our visiting sojourners are well on their way to petition for plural membership and have volunteered for appointed officer positons. While this is good news for the future health of our lodge, we will need to roll up our sleeves and get to work as we investigate these men, and hopefully have a number of degrees to confer in the near future.

I hope to see you all in lodge in December at our next stated meeting.

 

WB Kim Roddy

Worshipful Master





A Recent Passing to Report

On Friday, November 28th our lodge hosted a Masonic funeral and celebration of life for WB Floyd Morse a very active member of our lodge and the entire Masonic community.  Floyd, born November 22, 1941 in Wichita, Kansas, entered the celestial lodge November 20, 2014 in Spokane, Washington.  Officiating at the service was MWB Harold Tucker assisted by the Eastern Washington Service Bureau.

Floyd served 4 years in the Air Force as a training instructor. After which he worked for several companies before being hired by Safeway in 1974.  He spent the next 25 years working there, retiring as the variety department manager in 1999. 

Floyd was married to Dorolea, known as Dee, in 1966.  The union lasted for 40 years until Dee passed away.  They had 2 daughters; Karen Postelwait, and Nancy Morse both of Spokane.  Floyd is survived at home by his wife Sandra, married in 2007.  He is also survived by a sister, Colleen Goatkey and a brother Fred L. Morse both from Kennewick, WA.

            Floyd’s masonic journey began in 1962 when he petitioned and was initiated in Richland Lodge #283.  He was Passed and Raised in courtesy work at Faith Lodge #1158 in Wichita Falls TX. in 1963.  He petitioned and was admitted to Audubon Park lodge in 1981.  He served as master of Audubon Park lodge twice and received his 50 year pin on 2013.  Floyd was also a member of several other lodges concordant bodies.  He was a proud member of Malden Lodge #188, North Hill Lodge #210, and EWLR #310.  He was a former member of El Katif Shriners and the Grotto.  He was very proud to be a Senior DeMoley.  Floyd received the Grand Master’s award not once but twice, once for district 26 and again in district 27.  Floyd held leadership positions in every organization he served.  He will be missed by everyone that knew him.


 


From the West...
  

    

It seems strange and yet very familiar to once again be sitting it the West.  I would like to thank the lodge for electing me to the West.  It is a pleasure to help our new Worshipful Master serve the brethren of Audubon Park lodge.  It is with great joy I look ahead to a special year.
 

WB John Smith

Senior Warden





From the South...

    

    


I want to thank the brethren of the lodge for electing me to the South.  I will work very hard to live up to your expectations.  I plan to send out reminders to the local brothers of upcoming events to help encourage you to attend.

           VWB Chuck Young our previous JW passed along these thoughts. “We have a Toys for Tots drop off box at the Lodge. Christmas is coming soon. Please consider bringing at least one new and unwrapped toy to the Lodge any time over the next couple weeks. Perhaps the best time would be Stated meeting. WB Bill Wilson will take care of picking them up and delivering them to the Marine Corps Reserve, who will deliver them.  While toys for any age group are welcome, toys for boys from ages 10 to 15 are especially welcome.”  If you’re able, please bring an unwrapped toy and drop it off at our lodge’s Toys for Tots collection box downstairs.
 

Junior Warden

B John Rivera

In Other News...


From the Secretary's Desk     
     

Brothers, it is annual dues time and your invoices are either in the mail or will be soon. Because of the change of officers, the dues notices are a bit on the late side, but please get them to me as soon as possible and I will send out your cards. Technically, we can't attend lodge if our dues statement for the year is outstanding after the turn of the year- but please call me if there is a problem or complication. To save postage for the Lodge I am not sending out self-addressed stamped invoices for the return payment.

B. Chet Caskey

Lodge Secretary

(509) 863-2519




Audubon Park Masonic Building Association    

I have some good news. Audubon Park Masonic Building has become the hub for Masonic activity on the north side of Spokane. Audubon Park Lodge #272, North Hill Lodge #210, Eastern Washington Lodge of Research #310, and Spokane Lodge #34 are now meeting in our lodge building.  Also meeting at the Audubon Park building are youth groups Rainbow Girls and Job’s Daughters. & Audubon Park Lodge 272.

 

On behalf of Audubon Park Building Association –

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!! 


Fraternally,

WB Rich Hentz, Chairman

  
      




Happening at the Lodge 


Audubon Park Masonic Foundation
      

  

During this holiday season, I am very thankful for the many blessings bestowed upon me, my family and friends.  I am thankful for our good health, happiness and prosperity we enjoy.  I am especially thankful and grateful for the role the Audubon Park Masonic Foundation is providing in securing the financial future of our Lodge and Temple Building.  It is the contributions from our donors (members and non-members) through the years who have made a difference.   When these contributions are combined with capital gains of our invested funds, the results are very positive.   

The Board of Directors outlined an investment policy which was adopted by the members of our lodge. This investment policy has been followed closely.  Additionally a special fund was created for the contributions for Honorariums, Memorials and Bequests.  Our Lodge brothers voted to transfer these assets to the Foundation for management to benefit the Temple Building.  These assets are invested in a specific mutual fund and the earnings can be distributed only for the Temple Building maintenance, repair and or improvements.  

Over the years the Memorial, Honorarium and Bequest fund has received over $23,000 in contributions from many donors including my family members.  I have personally honored many Masons and non-Masons believing it is always appropriate to honor a family member or friend with a donation in their name. Our Lodge has recently lost a long time and very active member or our Lodge.  It is my intention to so honor him with a Memorial contribution and invite others to join me.   

It is the time of the year for those of us invested in the markets to review our holdings. In some circumstances we may want to sell a stock or holding, but instead, we could consider transferring the issues to the Foundation.  In doing so, the donation would qualify as a charitable donation and thereby be tax deductible.   

Our Audubon Park Masonic Foundation was incorporated on October 19, 1989 and is celebrating its twenty-fifth year. We have had an impressive year of donations and growth and are now within $10,000 of our goal.  On March 18, 2015 our Grand Master, MWB Sam Roberts, will be our honored guest to celebrate these two occasions at our 21st Annual Corned Beef Dinner.  He will celebrate with us and present Certificates of Appreciation to our donors.  Be sure and mark your calendar and join us!

If you would like to make a voluntary donation to the Foundation, it would be appreciated and promptly acknowledged.  Checks should be made payable to Audubon Park Masonic Foundation and sent to:  2527 W. Dell Dr. Spokane WA 99208, care of Eric Berman.  If you have questions or comments don’t hesitate to contact me.


  W.B. Eric Berman, BOD Member, emeritus
Email  eebspokane@gmail.com  
cell. 509-590-9001




Audubon Park #272 Temple Board


 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: B. Chet Caskey, Lodge Secretary (509) 863-2519

Pillars Editor: WB. Barry Rettkowski 509-928-0075 email: brettkow@mindspring.com




Calendar of Events 

December 2014

12/5     Lodge Officers practice – 5:30 p.m.

12/10   December Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner before the Meeting 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

12/19   Family Night Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m.

 

January 2014

1/7       Lodge Officers practice – 5:30 p.m.

1/13     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

1/14     January Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner before the Meeting 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

1/16     Clam Chowder Feed – 6:30 p.m.

 

February 2014

2/4       Lodge Officers Training – 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

2/11     February Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner before the Meeting 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

2/20     Family Night Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m.

2/24     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 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




 

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