The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272


February 2005
Volume7, Number 2

From the East ...

It's been quite a month - literally! First we had loads of snow, then temperatures below zero for a couple days - followed by record setting high temperatures. Mother Nature is sure keeping us guessing. I thought I might be able to get a round of golf in there the temperatures were so balmy.

We had a great work party on Saturday January 15, coordinated by Temple Board President Chet Echelbarger and Treasurer Allan Jones. We planned to clean out the east stairwell and we did. We sorted and cleaned and tossed a lot of items that had found a home in the Lodge which no one could find a good use for. Thanks to Brother Allan for hauling all the excess "stuff" to the transfer station. Many of the records and the old kneelers were donated to the Eastern Washington Lodge of Research. Several members of Eastern Star joined us to sort out and try to consolidate their items as well. Thanks to all of you for all your hard work.

When the group showed up Saturday morning they found no heat and frozen pipes in the boiler room. Thanks to some quick thinking by Brother Allan a portable heater was purchased and used to thaw the pipes. A very special thank you to Brother Jerel Rowe and his colleague, after nearly 12 hours work they got our boiler up and running with plenty of heat. We are confident the boiler is going to work as it should thanks to all their work. It was sure nice to have heat when I was in the building to allow the City Water Department to replace the meter. There is still plenty more work that needs doing. Please watch for announcements and if you can help out - we'd be glad to have you lend a hand.

Brother Allan presented a Petition for Membership at January Stated meeting. I've appointed a team to investigate the candidate and hopefully we will receive their report in February. If you know of a good man who seeks to become a better man, invite him to one of our pot luck family nights so he can meet the Brethren and their Ladies. To paraphrase the US Marines, "we're looking for a few good men."

I visited with WB Paul Vielle the other day and I'm pleased to report he is looking forward to coming back to Lodge and getting more involved again. Nancy and I also had a chance to visit with WB Dick Hawley and his Lady Carol recently. We hope to see all of them at our Family Nights. I know you all will join me in welcoming Paul & Dick back "into the fold".

That's enough for this month. See you in Lodge - call a Brother and invite him to come with you. It's always much more fun and fulfilling when we have a good crowd at Stated meetings."

Chuck Young
Worshipful Master

From the West...

"And pay the craft their wages, if ought be due" A very big Thank You goes to B. Jerel Rowe. On the day of our work party it was noticed that the Lodge was a "bit" cool. It appears that the boiler had some frozen pipes and was not working. After 11 hours work, with the assistance of one of his men, we have in essence a reconditioned boiler! New pipes, controllers and a new digital thermostat were installed bringing us into the 21st century. More work will be done in the Spring when it can be shut down and not have to worry about freezing the pipes. The thermostat is programmed and there is no need to mess with it. It has a 3 hour bypass, so that the temperature can be raised on it for meetings, and then it will reset to the original programmed temperature! Once again, Thank you very much B. Rowe! Also, thanks too to all the Brothers that showed up on Saturday to clean out the Northeast stairway. It's nice to be able to move in the stairway and not have to run an obstacle course doing so! Job well done!

Bill Wilson
Senior Warden

From the South...


I want to thank everyone for attending the Family Night on 01/26/05. We all enjoyed a Chinese New Year feast fit for an "Emperor" it was delicious! We had lots of wonderful oriental dishes and of course the "chopsticks" to eat it all with. The attendance was good and fellowship even better. We were joined by the Honored Queen of Bethal #64. The Lodge presented her with a check for $250 for scholarships. She invited us to attend their meetings, said they would love to have us visit.

The "door prize" was won by Brother Barry Rettkowski's wife, Kathy. It was tea light candles, sesame cookies and "Lucky Candy" for the Year of the Rooster. Kathy graciously donated the tea lights to the Lodge/Star/Foundation for their use in the various activities of each group. The "Lucky Candy" was passed around so let's hope 2005 and the Year of the Rooster is good for all of us.

We are looking forward to seeing you at next months Family Night on 2/23/05 at 6:30 PM. This evening will be dedicated to our Sweethearts with an evening of "Sweets for the Sweet" in honor of Valentines Day. Now dig deep for your favorite, sinnnnfully good recipe. Calories DO NOT count on this day. Gourmet coffees and teas will be served by candle light and soft music.

Libby and I want to thank each of you for making the potlucks a success and as always "Remember to share your smiles as you never know who might need one".

Bill Queen
Junior Warden

In Other News...

Temple Board Report

The Temple Board met Tuesday, January 25. The meeting was very productive and long. The Board finalized the Building Rental Agreement and Rules for Use documents. A building use schedule will be posted so we all can know at a glance when the building will be use and when it will be available. This will help with renting the building, scheduling meetings and maintenance. Speaking of maintenance, on Saturday, January 15, several members of the lodge came to the lodge workday. We accomplished what we set out to do, including a trip to the dump. We were fortunate to have come to the lodge that morning (very cold), and we found the boiler off and frozen. Brother Jerel Rowe came to our rescue. Jerel spent eleven and a half hours repairing the boiler. We now have a boiler like new and a new thermostat. We got our vacuum cleaners repaired, and are planning to have drywall installed on the ceilings in the Fireside, Tyler's Room, Cloak Room and upstairs restroom. The bids are in and the contractor approved. We are continuing to define the duties of a Building Manager. We have interviewed one brother, but we are still writing the job description. If you have any lodge keys please provide Chet, Bob McVickers, Chuck or Allan a list of the keys. We are working with Brother Eric Berman to have our extra funds invested so we receive a good interest rate. And, finally, we will have another workday in the near future. The lodge needs lots of tender love and care and your Temple Board is trying to do as much of the work with members as we can to save money. If we get a good turnout no one person has to do too much work. The lodge is scheduled most Saturdays throughout February; so, while not ideal, our next workday is scheduled for a Sunday afternoon, February 20. We hope to see you all there.

Happening at the lodge

Attending lodge last month were 13 Brothers. The Worshipful Master read the Vision Statement for our lodge. MWB Harold Tucker was represented his 50 year pin. The temple board audit was completed and everything was in good shape. The proficiency team reported that all brothers are all making progress. The Worshipful Master reminded the lodge to attend any youth installation that they can. WB Eric Berman was installed as the Junior Steward. Many other announcements and communication were made to the lodge. Come see what you are missing.

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation.

This past summer our family completed a journey, near the Canadian border, into the Cascade Mountains. We began and ended our journey on paved roads. More interesting however were the side trips, the detours, we took from the "relative safety" of the paved roads. We ventured onto gravel, then dirt roads. We came across posted signs along the way stating we were leaving the highway. We came across signs which read "improved road" then giving way to signs reading "unimproved road. Further on a number of sign posts indicated: "proceed at your own risk!" Many of these roads ended as animal trails and we could proceed no further.

Our journey down the mountain seemed as spectacular with its many twists and turns, ups and downs, as we retraced our way. We re-crossed the little streamlets just beginning their decent, merging into creeks and rivers. Our path, unimproved, improved, dirt, gravel roads each in turn gave way to the next and then the safety and comfort of the highways.

I have reflected on this wonderful experience, and the parallel journey of our Audubon Park Masonic Foundation. Many journeys start as an idea. The idea takes form and a plan is designed. The reality test is applied by hitting the road and implementation. Once a plan is implemented it may encounter many twists and turns and experience ups and downs. On occasion it will be necessary to draw new designs on the trestle board and make detours. APMF plan journey began as an idea and as we made progress, it became improved and, with many little successes along the way, the light became brighter, giving way to reality. APMF experienced its share of ups and downs, twists and turns, bridges to cross as well as detours and yes, SUCCESS.

We are now on the last leg of our journey and maybe the most exciting, our destination is in sight. Because of the generosity of many donors (Masons and non Masons) our Foundation assets have reached the first plateau. We are now striving to reach the destination of our journey by having an asset base of $250,000.00.

I am pleased to report the Foundation is doing what it is designed to do. It has raised and is now managing an asset base of $110,000 and has made its first distribution. Job's Daughters submitted a request for APMF to assist with the petition fee of 3 young ladies and to assist in the expense of a number of Jobies to attend a Jobies Weekend in Moses Lake. The Temple Board and Lodge reviewed the request and unanimously voted to grant a substantial part of the request. At the January 26 Family Night APMF proudly presented to the Honored Queen of Job's Daughter (Bethel 64) a check in the amount of $250.00. At our February 8th Board of Directors Meeting we will review plans for improvements and requests for funding from the Temple Association Board.

As a gentle reminder, if you are so inclined to donate to our Masonic Foundation and keep the dream alive please consider doing so. We will have our Twelfth Corned Beef Dinner and Appreciation Night on March 16th at 6:30 pm. Grand Master, Sat Tashiro, will be our honored guest. We will send an announcement to you in the near future.
Phone 509-328-2910 Email:
Fraternally Yours: WB Eric E. Berman, Sec-Treas. APMF

Thank You

A thank you to all the brothers who helped at the lodge clean-up Jan. 15.
VWB Chet Echelbarger Temple Board President

Famous Masons' Corner
Daniel Carter Beard (1850-1941) Known as "Uncle Dan" he was one of the organizers of the Boy Scouts of America. He was a painter and illustrator and author. He was raised in the Mariners' Lodge No 67, N.Y., 1917.

Masonic Quiz
Q: Who published the first Masonic monitor?
A: William Preston, London England, in 1772

Q: How many Masons signed the Constitution of the United States?
A: See the Marchissue of the Pillars for the answer.

Calendar of Events

February 2005
2/1 Bethel #64 Job's Daughters Meeting 7:00 p.m.
2/9 February Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
2/10 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m.
2/15 Bethel # 64 Meeting - 6:00 p.m.
2/22 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.
2/23 Family Night - "Valentine Celebration" - 6:30 p.m.
2/24 EA Initiaion 7 P.M.

March 2005
3/1 Bethel #64 Job's Daughters Meeting 7:00 p.m.
3/9 February Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
3/10 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m.
3/15 Bethel # 64 Meeting - 6:00 p.m.
3/16 Corned Beef and Cabbage Feed - 6:30 p.m.
3/22 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.

Officers 2004-2005

Worshipful Master       WB Chuck Young
Senior Warden              B Bill Wilson
Junior Warden              B Bill Queen
Treasurer                      VWB Douglas Tucker
Secretary                      WB Floyd Morse
Chaplain                       WB David Ferguson
Marshal                        B Robert McVicker
Senior Deacon              B Allan Jones
Junior Deacon              B Barry Rettkowski
Senior Steward             -------
Junior Steward             WB Eric Bermen
Tyler                             B Rob Queen
Grand Lodge Lecturer VWB Douglas Tucker