The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272

December 2016
Volume 18, Number 3

From the East

Another year is about to start, one that I never imagined I would be experiencing from the East, again. The Lodge has some up and coming members that will be a great asset to our Lodge. I stepped in so that those Brethren could continue their experience-gathering journey towards the East. As I sit and look out over the Lodge, I see a great future for our Lodge and membership. The numbers are increasing of Brothers attending Stated meetings and getting involved in the functions of our Brotherhood. We are starting to do an increasing number of degrees, which always helps the Lodge; and the Brethren with their floor work and memory work.
Remember that December 16th, at 6:30 p.m. is our December Potluck dinner and Toys for Tots pick-up. We are collecting new, unwrapped toys for all ages and/or coin of the realm (money) to help buy more toys.


WB Bill Wilson
Worshipful Master

From the Youngest Past Master

            As this is my last Pillars as master, I would again like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has helped to make this last year a very special year.  You have supported me and provided growth and a great experience.  My thanks to WB Bill Wilson for stepping up to the East for a fourth time to make sure our younger Brothers are ready to fill the chairs in our lodge. 

See you in Lodge.

WB Barry Rettkowski
Past Worshipful Master


From the West

Greeting Brethren,

We are off to great start this year, a 3rd degree and a 2nd degree in the same month.  With several new candidates coming along there will be a need for more degrees in the near future.  As the weather is getting colder, we need to remember to start the boiler at least an hour before lodge meets.  Normally I would enjoy getting to the Lodge early, starting the “thawing” process, and setting up the room.  However, my work is getting rather greedy about keeping me busy until at least 6:00 pm.  So, I am pushing to get our Jr. Warden equipped and up to speed so we aren’t getting chilled while working.

Speaking of getting warmer and growing, my daughter’s term as Honored queen of Bethel 44 is coming to a close.  Her last meeting (and step down) will be the installation of the new term’s Queen on 17 Dec. at 6:00 pm at Concordia Lodge.  Our presence there would be a witness to our commitment to supporting our youth groups as well as repaying several of the Brothers from there who have helped us out this year.

Bethel 44, the DeMolay, and our own Bethel 3 are growing and we should try to make a showing of support and encouragement especially in the Holiday season.  My own training is continuing and is getting better.

To a bigger and brighter new year!

Yours in Masonry

Robert Stevenson

Senior Warden

From the South

A Craft for All Generations

There is an adage that nearly all Freemasons have heard at some point during their Masonic careers, “You’re a Freemason? My grandfather was a Freemason!”  The exact parlance of the phrase may vary slightly in each instance, but the messages follow that same general format.  

There is indeed a stigma that masonry is merely a fraternity that consists solely of retirees and other men who have already made their impact upon the world and have given significant contributions to their fellow men. Younger, inexperienced generations surely don’t have a place within a Masonic Lodge – or do they? Audubon Park Lodge No. 272 recently held a rehearsal for an upcoming conferral of the 3rd degree. As I was sitting in the South, observing each thespian recite his lines with the utmost care, I noticed something rather peculiar: the brethren of this Lodge cover an extremely broad range of generations. The brethren’s age cohorts range from the Greatest Generation, to Baby Boomers and to my own notorious (and at times, loathsome) generation: millennials.  We quite literally have brethren with ages that range from their late teens and into their 90s.

But this Lodge isn’t the only one in the nation to have such a diverse age group amongst its brethren. In early April of 2016, I attended the Scottish Rite’s VMAP Conference near Phoenix, Arizona. Several speakers entertained us at this conference, but one Master Mason in particular stood out to me the most: a 19-year-old college freshman who also happened to be in the process of receiving his Scottish Rite degrees. Talk about ambition! He confidently stood at the podium, in front of dozens of other brethren from across the country, and gave an exemplary presentation on how The Craft could effectively use its resources to inform younger generations about Freemasonry. There are indeed a growing number of young men who are coming into the Lodges. These are men who (prior to petitioning) have heard about Freemasonry, have researched the tenets of the fraternity, and desire to improve themselves morally, intellectually and spiritually by pursuing Masonic Light. With them, they will bring in an entire generation of new knowledge and perspectives that will refresh and benefit the fraternity. And they will greatly benefit in both knowledge and character from their interactions with the older members of their Lodges (I know that I certainly have!). The Masonic liturgy and its teachings will continue to thrive well into the future, and the fraternity will continue the noble work of making good men better. Knowing these facts, and having seen them first-hand, I can happily say that the sun is rising brilliantly on the Eastern horizon!

So, while we listen to the age-old adage “My grandfather was a Freemason!” perhaps we should keep our ears perked and eagerly await new adages such as, “My son is a Freemason!” or “My nephew is a Freemason!” or even (God forbid): “My banker is a Freemason!”         


Justin Haldeman
Junior Warden

From the Secretary's Desk

Our Lodge mourns the passing of two of our longstanding and faithful brothers, Marion Coleman McElroy who died on June 24, 2016 and Donald Clyde Wiley who died on October 20, 2016.  We will formally memorialize these brothers at our stated meeting on December 14.  Last year we were all issued plastic dues cards with instructions from Grand Lodge that they were to be good for five years and carry electronic notations of current status, dues payments, and the like.  Something delayed the technical progress in getting all of the cards functional and in sync with Grand Lodge, and I am sure most of you who have received your new cards in the mail have noticed that I sent you the old standard cardboard issue for 2017.  We are told this is temporary, which may or may not be worked out by 2018 - but nevertheless please do not throw away your plastic and electronic dues cards that were issued last year.  Our lodge was charged a pretty penny for the cards, and if Grand Lodge works out the computer kinks we don't want to have to order and pay for new plastic cards for all of us.


Chet Caskey, Secretary

(509) 863-2519

From the Treasurer's Accounts

Brethren I am pleased to report the Lodge is in good financial shape as reported at the November Stated Meeting.  If any of you want more detail, be sure to come to the next Stated Meeting on December 14.

I have it on good authority the Junior Warden has summoned a Brother with training and experience as a chef.  I can hardly wait to see what we’ll have for dinner. Remember, dinner at 6:30 pm with Stated Meeting to begin immediately following at 7:30 pm.

Speaking of Stated Meeting, I changed the clock in the Lodge room so for the Secretary’s Minutes we will start and end at the “correct” time.  As approved by the Brethren at the November meeting I have set up electronic transfer of Lodge rent payments to the Audubon Park Masonic Building Association. That will make it easier to insure our rent is paid on time. The Treasurer will still need to insure the transfers are recorded accurately and in timely manner!

I want to “publicly” thank Bro Brett Anderson for his two years of faithful service as Treasurer.  Because of his diligent efforts I was able to “assume” my duties with virtually no extra effort.  Everything he showed me how to do went just fine including recommending the electronic funds transfer for rent.  Thanks again Bro Brett.

That’s all for this issue except to wish you all a very Masonic Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday.

VWB Charles Young, Treasurer

Audubon Park Masonic Building Association

Work continues painting the lower level of the Lodge.  The stairs and the dining room are looking the best they have in many years.  More areas are to be painted as time permits.

Our lodge building has been really put to use this year and I would like to encourage everyone who has access to the Internet to bookmark the Audubon Park Masonic Building Calendar, found at this link:   You can also get to the Lodge calendar by going to our web site at:


Audubon Park Masonic Foundation

The members of the APMF Board of directors hope all of our Brothers, Sisters and families had a good Thanksgiving.  We paused, and gave thanks, for the many blessings we have received and included a special prayer for all of those who have served or are currently serving to protect us and our freedom. ...  Amen! 

Your Foundation has experienced a fabulous year of growth.  Over the months the markets retreated, then rebounded, in turn increasing the value of our asset base.  The good news is the value is above our initial goal. Every brother in good standing is entitled to the financials.  I will gladly provide them if asked.

The Foundation is committed to assisting our charities which includes youth groups, public education, food bank, Lodge and the Temple building.  The Foundation is working to relieving our Lodge of the monthly rent expense payable to the Temple Building. Remarkable progress has been made using funds which were available over the years. There are a number of projects needing to be completed in the near future.  Where will funding come from?

We have two future events to raise awareness and support our charities.  January 18, 2017 is our Annual Clam Chowder Dinner and Auction.  Any items for the auction and all donations will be greatly appreciated.  March 15, 2017 is our annual Corned Beef Dinner and Membership Meeting.  Everyone is invited to come.  Donors will be honored by our Lodge Brothers and our Grand Master.  

Volunteers are needed to serve on our BOD and to assist in the labor of our various events.  Neither of these requires a lot of time and you will be provided training if needed.  It is enjoyable and rewarding to labor in the quarry together and do excellent work.

All participation in assisting the Foundation is on a strictly volunteer basis.  No Brother (or anyone else) is under any obligation to assist in any manner, per our Masonic Code.  Any and all donations will be welcomed and put to good work.

Fraternally yours in service.

WB Eric E. Berman

Cell:  509-590-9001


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.


Who do I talk to?

Contact 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: .B. Chet Caskey (509) 863-2519 email:

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


Upcoming Event


So you can get this on your calendars, Robbie Burns Night in Trail, BC, will be on Tuesday - January 24, 2017 (the 4th Tuesday).  Let me know if you are interested in going.  More details will follow.

John Wyman

(509) 467-1871

Calendar of Events


December 2016

12/7     2nd Degree – 7:00 p.m.

12/14   December Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

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

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

12/19   Temple Board Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

12/28   APML Foundation Meeting – 7:00 p.m.


January 2017

1/11     January Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

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

1/16     Temple Board Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

1/18     Clam Chowder Dinner – 6:30 p.m.

1/24     Robbie Burns Night in Trail, BC,


February 2017

2/8       February Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

            DGM Official Visit

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

2/17     Family Night Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m.

2/20     Temple Board Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

Officers 2016-2017

Worshipful Master                  WB Bill Wilson

Senior Warden                        B Robert Stevenson

Junior Warden                        B Justin Haldeman

Secretary                                 B Chet Caskey

Treasurer                                 VWB Chuck Young

Chaplain                                  B Rob Humbird

Marshal                                   B Eric Behlke

Senior Deacon                         B Michael Staley

Junior Deacon                         B Ivan Beliaev

Senior Steward                        TBD

Junior Steward                        TBD

Tyler                                        WB Barry Rettkowski

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