The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272


February 2006
Volume 8, Number 2

From the East ...

Brethren, it is my intent to carry on the work that has been laid out by our previous Worshipful Masters. WB Chuck has been spearheading the work on the Lodge with help from a multitude of others. WB Eric has been doing the thing he is THE best at, and that is raising money any chance he can for the Foundation and the Lodge. Brother Allen has been up to his ears in paperwork for the Temple Board and he assures me he can see over the top now.

So, on that note, the February stated meeting will be about our finances. There will be a complete explanation of the 3 bodies involved, (the Lodge, the Temple Board, and the Temple Foundation), the monies invested, and the monies that have been spent to date. I for one was a bit fuzzy on the exact lay-out of the finances, and I'm sure that there are others that are in the same boat. Maybe not as fuzzy, or maybe a lot fuzzier, but we are going to lay it all out so that everyone can see what we are doing with the money.

This way there are no questions, doubts, rumors, or fuzzy areas. We all need to know what is being done and how it is done. Some may be enlightened, and then some may not, but we all will be on the same page as far as the finances are concerned. February is also the Official Visit of the Deputy of the Grand Master, VWB Dean Heineman. Come and visit and get more information in regards to the Grand Lodge and the Grand Master's wishes and plans. See you in Lodge,

Bill Wilson
Worshipful Master


From the West...

Happy Valentines Day to our Ladies! Speaking of Ladies, Libby and I want to thank you for the cards and well wishes during Lib's surgery and recovery. As I have spent most of the month of January taking care of my "Lady" I don't have a lot of input for this months Pillar. But we both wanted to make sure that you all knew your prayers and well wishes are greatly appreciated.

I am looking forward to seeing you all in Lodge, Family Night and Temple Board this coming month of February and upcoming events of 2006.

"Remember to share your smiles as you never know who might need one".

Bill Queen
Senior Warden

From the South...

Thanks to all of you for the great turnout for our January potluck. I give special thanks to W. Br. Eric and Lady Anne, Chef Larry and his wife, Eric's assistant Dee, members of Jobs Daughters, Eric's family and our brothers and their wives who helped with this special event. Chef Larry did an outstanding job preparing the Clam Chowder. There were salads, breads and desserts too.

We will get back to our original schedule for Family Night Potlucks in February, the 4th Wednesday. Our next Family Night will be February 22, at 6:30 PM. We will have an Italian theme (not special decorations, but food). So, bring your favorite Italian dishes, salads, breads and desserts. Irene and I will provide lasagna, pop, and milk; the lodge will provide the coffee. I hope we see you all there.

Allan Jones
Junior Warden

In Other News...

From the Secretary's Desk ...

The Lodge received a number of comments regarding the Pillars. The sentiment expressed by our Brothers was no matter what form used, the Brothers want a timely publication. Many members do not have computers nor use email on a regular basis.

The cost is approximately $140.00 for 200 copies. The dilemma is that the US Postal Service requires 200 or more pieces to be mailed in order to qualify for the bulk mail rate. If under 200 then the cost would be at regular $.39 rate. In order to save on postage more then 100 Brothers would need to receive the Pillars by email. This realistically will not happen. We pay a $.39 fee for each returned piece for address correction so correct addresses are very important.

Dues: Thank you to the Brothers who have remitted their dues. The Lodge needs these funds to pay our bills. If you have not yet sent your dues, please do so. Brothers, thank you for your courtesy in dealing with the new Secretary. It is appreciated.

Fraternally Yours:

W.Br. Eric E. Berman

Audubon Park Masonic Building Association

A very successful work party was held on Saturday morning January 14. It was timed so everyone could get home in time to cheer the Seattle Seahawks on to victory! Those who helped were RWB Doug Tucker, WBs Eric Berman and Chet Echelbarger and Brothers Allan Jones, Barry Rettkowski, Cliff Miller, Mel Frank and yours truly. We got mini blinds hung, radiators painted, door knobs tightened, pictures hung in both the Tyler's and Hillyard Rooms, some kitchen and closet cleaning and straightening, and also made significant progress in the Secretary's office for the transition. Many thanks, Brethren for all your wonderful help.

The two most important issues decided this month by the board were: Election of officers for the ensuing year:

Chairman, Bro Jerel Rowe             WM, WB Bill Wilson
Vice Chair, Bro Bob McVicker      SW, Bro Bill Queen
Treasurer, WB Floyd Morse          JW, Bro Allan Jones
Secretary, WB Chuck Young        Ex Officio, WB Eric Berman

Change to By Laws -The By-Laws were revised last year, but the board is recommending that they be changed again to make the administrative year and annual meeting coincide more closely with the installation of Lodge officers. The board is recommending the language be changed to indicate the annual meeting takes place in the month immediately following installation of officers. The Board has respectfully requested the Worshipful Master present this to the Brethren for approval at the Feb 8 Stated meeting.

The next work party will be sometime in February, after Seattle wins the Super Bowl. I hope many of you will be able to join us. There is still much to do, but as the old saying goes, "We'll be successful if we eat this elephant one bite at a time."

Just a reminder: to learn more about what is happening in our Lodge visit our webpage at The current schedule of activities is posted there.


WB Chuck Young

Happening at the Lodge

The January Stated meeting was conducted as a "stop and go" session with VWB Dean Heinemann providing the control. This was requested by WM Bill Wilson to improve the lodge's floor work. Several reports and communications were presented. Up coming events were discussed and several votes were taken. Sickness and distress reports were given. The evening's Masonic education titled "14 Reasons to attend lodge on a stormy night" was presented by WB Chuck Young. You don't know what you are missing. Come to the next Stated meeting, February 8th.

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation.

The "Clam Chowder & Salad Feed" was a success. The tables were decorated with candles, abalone shells & assorted sea shells. Chef Larry prepared a delicious clam chowder which every one enjoyed. Lady Anne and helpers prepared the salad, breads and deserts. The foundation extends a thank you to the many helping hands for setup, cleanup, kitchen help, dish washers, donors and participants. The Foundation netted $116.00.

Temple Board requested funds to purchase blinds for the Hillyard Room (Fireside room). The Foundation approved of the purchase. W.Br. Chuck Young was able to purchase and install the blinds for less then half of the estimates. The Temple board was reimbursed $98.00 for the blinds. The Hillyard Room looks really nice. Thanks to W.Br. Young and the volunteer work crew. Hope all of you will have a chance to view the area on your next visit to our Lodge.

Valentines dinner and dance is fast approaching. It will be held Feb 12, at 5pm. We are offering four favorite entrees from Olive Garden with salad, bread sticks, desserts and coffee. You may bring a beverage of your choice. There will be live music for your listening and dancing pleasure by Spokane's favorite, Dianne Copeland. The dinner alone is worth more than the $25.00 per person, requested donation. Please consider joining us.

Please join us for our annual "Corned Beef & Cabbage Appreciation Dinner" on March 15, 2006 at 6:30 pm. This is the required annual meeting of Audubon Park Masonic Foundation. Certificates of Appreciation will be handed out to our members by Al Jorgensen, Grand Master, who will be with us for the evening.

I am a notary and will gladly, without charge, notarize your documents. For all notary services, please be sure you have adequate identification and documentation. Not all Brothers are able to come to my office. In those circumstances, if at all possible, I will come to your residence.

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation has an asset base of $130,000 and has over half of its goal of $250,000. The board of directors will meet in February to consider how much of its income from assets will be distribute to its beneficiaries.

Fraternally Yours:
WB Eric E. Berman, Sec-Treas. APMF


The Pillars
Do you find them interesting? Are they relevant? Is there too little or too much information? Would you like to see something different? Should they be sent less often? Is email an option for you? Would just a post card listing the upcoming activities be adequate?

For many years the Lodge officers have struggled with the question of how we keep our Brothers informed in relation to the expense incurred doing so. Reviewing the budget and bring expenses in line with projected revenue, one of the items being discussed is the expense of printing and mailing the Pillars. W.M. Bill Wilson has taken under consideration several proposals. He may choose to change nothing or he may make minor or major changes. The Pillars are prepared and bulk mailed to some 200 addresses 10 times a year at a cost of about $141.00 an issue. The expense is approx one-fifth of the budget. The Lodge officers are very sensitive to the fact that many of our Brothers live miles from us. It may have been years since a Brother has had the opportunity to visit his Lodge, and the Pillars is the only contact he may have with us in Spokane. We want to make sure everyone still feels welcome and connected to our Lodge. Please take a moment and give us your opinion.

Famous Masons' Corner
Roy Rogers - Popular radio, movie and TV actor and singer. He was raised in Hollywood Lodge No 355, California.
He was a member of the Scottish Rite and Shrine.


Masonic Quiz
Q: Who compiled the first Lexicon of Freemasonry in the United States?
A: Albert G. Mackey of South Carolina, in 1845. He drew heavily from a German edition from 1822.

Q: What bible was used when George Washington was sworn in as President, 1789?
A: See the March issue of the Pillars for the answer.

Who do I talk to?
If you want something put into the Pillars or to contact the Lodge secretary:
Audubon Park Masonic Lodge #272
POB 9575
Spokane, WA 99209-9575

Secretary: W.Br. Eric E. Berman 509-328-2910 email:
Pillars Editor: Br. Barry Rettkowski 509-928-0075 email:


Calendar of Events

February 2006

2/08 February Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
2/09 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m.
2/21 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.
2/22 Family Night - "Valentine's Celebration" - 6:30 p.m.

March 2006

3/08 March Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
3/09 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m.
3/15 Corned Beef and Cabbage Feed - Visit by Grand Master
3/21 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.



Officers 2005-2006

Worshipful Master     WB Bill Wilson

Senior Warden           B Bill Queen

Junior Warden           B Allan Jones

Treasure                    WB Floyd Morse

Secretary                   WB Eric Berman

Chaplain                    WB Chuck Young

Marshal                      B Robert McVicker

Senior Deacon            B Barry Rettkowski

Junior Deacon            B Rob Queen

Senior Steward -------

Junior Steward -------

Tyler                           B Bob Shives
Grand Junior Warden   RWB Douglas Tucker