The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272
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.
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.
Past Worshipful Master
From the West
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
From the South
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
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: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=audubonparkmasonicbuilding%40gmail.com&ctz=America/Los_Angeles You can also get to the Lodge calendar by going to our web site at: www.audubonpark272.com
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
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, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pillars Editor: WB. Barry Rettkowski 509-928-0075 email: email@example.com
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.
Calendar of Events
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.
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,
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.
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