The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272


January 2006
Volume 8, Number 1

From the East ...

Brethren, Another Christmas has come and gone. The hustle and bustle of preparing for the special day is over, and we can all sit back and count our blessings. Blessings of the company of our loved ones, of the smiles we have seen and given others in this season of giving, and the freedom to be able to do it. Now that the season is over, forget not those that allowed us to celebrate the season in freedom. We all thought and prayed for them as Christmas "loomed" on the horizon, but they are still there in harm's way at this very moment. The men and women of our Armed Forces. So before bed tonight, think back as a child and your bedtime prayers, and remember them in your prayers tonight!

The Christmas Pot Luck and Toys for Tots dinner was a great success! I won't steal the Junior Warden's thunder, and will instead thank all of you that brought toys for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. I delivered them the next morning and the Marines, 19 years old to a retired Marine 85 years old, were still busy packing toys and delivering them. No one was turned away, and there were still a few left for "seed" next year. Twenty-three to be exact!

Thank you again for your generosity

"Have a Safe and Happy New Years!"

Bill Wilson
Worshipful Master


From the West...

Happy 2006 from the West. Hope your New Years was safe and happy. For the most part ours was quiet due to the seasonal bug going around. We enjoyed a good dinner with our neighbor, ran into Brother Tucker and His Lady, exchanged greetings and well wishes and we were home and tucked in by 7:30 It was a nice evening of Friendship and the anticipation of the coming year.

I mention this encounter to accent the joy and friendship of our Brotherhood. In the coming year I am looking forward to watching and participating in the growth of Audubon Park Lodge. Through Masonry we can contribute something to our community and with membership growth we can be of stronger influence and help to our community and to the Brotherhood. Let's work together to increase Audubon Park's membership and our visibility in the Spokane community as a symbol of help and philanthropy.

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

Bill Queen
Senior Warden

From the South...

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope everyone truly enjoyed the holidays, renewing old friendships and sharing good times with your families. Our last Family Pot Luck of the year was well attended and we truly enjoyed the variety of dishes. Everyone brought toys for Toys-for-Tots and exchanged gifts. We had a little word test for a gift won by WB John Smith. Of course everyone won something. A good time was had by all. Again, I want to thank Bro. Cliff for helping get everything setup, WB Floyd for brewing the coffee, and everyone who helped with the cleanup - especially WB Chuck and Nancy.

January 18th, at 6:30, WB Eric and his brother will prepare Clam Chowder for our Family Night. This is one week earlier than our regular Family Nights, so remember to mark you calendars accordingly. WB Eric requests we RSVP so he knows how much chowder to make. If you may RSVP me at 744-1237 (days - wk) or 466-1788 (evenings - home), or RSVP with WB Eric at 328-2910. We are looking forward to seeing you the 18th.

Allan Jones
Junior Warden

In Other News...

From the Secretary's Desk ...

Audubon Park Lodge experienced many activities which are discussed in the Officers reports. Membership: The Lodge Roll for December 2005 is at 137 members. We had one demit and no deaths. We approved one petition for the Degrees and, read another. All of our Brothers paid their 2005 dues; no members were dropped for Non Payment of Dues. Also we had 2 Brothers purchase Grand Lodge Life Memberships.

Grand Lodge Life Membership: Lodge Brothers, their friends or family, may purchase a Grand Lodge Life Membership. The membership can be purchased by a Mason during his lifetime; it can be purchased, by others, as an Honorarium or Memorial to him. The funds are forwarded to Grand Lodge for investing and managing. The principal amount for Audubon Park Lodge is now in excess of $45,000, the Lodge benefits by receiving the interest (about $2,400.00) on an annual basis. We now have 165 members enrolled in the program. For more information please contact me and I will be pleased to answer your questions.

Dues 2006: If you have not paid your 2006 dues please remitting as soon as possible. Please inform me of any address changes so we may keep the Lodge and Grand Lodge records current. Please provide an email address if possible.

Fraternally Yours:

W.Br. Eric E. Berman

Audubon Park Masonic Building Association

We had a productive work party Saturday December 10. Brothers Larry Neil, Chet Echelbarger, Eric Berman, and WM Bill Wilson joined me at the Lodge on a cold but sunny day. We did stop for "refreshments" but got the following accomplished.

Interior windows in the Tyler's room, Cloakroom and restroom, Ladies room, Hillyard room and dining room were cleaned. The broken drapery rod in the dining room was repaired and correct drape hung. Loose doorknobs were tightened. Cloakroom closet and memorabilia room were thoroughly cleaned. OES rug was permanently fixed to the floor. Other rooms were vacuumed. The snow thrower was fixed and returned. The new walk off mat was installed at main entrance. Sidewalks were cleared of ice. Door stop was installed at entrance to Hillyard Room. Tyler's Room drapes removed for cleaning. Radiator in Memorabilia Room was fixed.

There is still much to do, but we made a lot of progress. I hope more of you can make the next work day, which will be some time after New Years.

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

At the December Stated meeting the Lodge opened and conducted a lot of business. Several reports and communications were presented. A petition for a new member was read and ballot was conducted and approved for Mr. Raymond Lader. Plans were discussed for the upcoming December Family Night as well as several events coming this spring.

Effective December 18, Bethel, #64 will cease to exist. "Our" bethel merged with Bethel #3 at North Hill Lodge. Bethel #3 meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7:00 p.m. Come to Lodge to see and be a part of what is going on.

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation.

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation has invested and diversified its assets into nine Mutual Funds; a number of individual stock issues have been donated. The assets are invested for "Long Term Growth and Capital Gain. The foundation enjoys the benefits of investing in Mutual Funds with international flavor. The risk is diversified and enhances the possibility of higher returns with less volatility. At the present time the asset base was slightly over $130,000.00!!

In December the Board of Directors met and decided no changes were necessary in its investment policy or holdings. By increasing the investment base to $250,000.00 the foundation will have adequate annual revenue to assist the Lodge and Temple in balancing their budgets. The foundation asset base is now over half of its goal! The Board of Directors would greatly appreciate receiving donations to begin a great new year!! All of us have and will continue to make a difference!!

The Couples Dance Club held its last dance on December 10th. The dance club members donated gift items and cash to Cross Walk. The dance raised and donated $25.00 to Cross Walk. The Cross Walk Program is designed to primarily assist children living on the streets.

January 18th the foundation will host a "Clam Chowder & Salad Dinner" for "Family & Friends Night," everyone is invited. Proceeds will benefit the foundation. Please RSVP as Chef Larry needs to purchase the "fixens" in advance and preparing the clam chowder is an all day process.

"Valentines Dinner & Dance" will be held on February 12. Dinner will be catered from Olive Garden and Live Music by Diane Copeland. Buffet dinner is 5:00 to 6:30 pm and dancing is from 6 pm to 10 pm. The Ballroom and tables will be decorated and the event will be an "experience" to be enjoyed and remembered. Please contact me for information or to RSVP.

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
Luther Burbank (1849-1926). He was a world renowned plant scientist. Raised in Santa Rosa Lodge No. 57, 1921 and 33 degree in 1925.


Masonic Quiz
Q: What was the first Masonic magazine published in the United States?
A: The Freemason's Magazine and General Miscellany, in 1811.


Q: Who compiled the first Lexicon of Freemasonry in the United States?
A: See the February 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

January 2006
1/11 January Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
1/12 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m.
1/18 Family Night - "Honoring Concordant Bodies" - 6:30 p.m.
        "Clam Chowder and Salad Feed."
        Please RSVP Eric 328-2910
1/24 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.

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.



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