The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272


January 2007
Volume 9, Number 1

From the East ...

Brethren, a n other year has come a n d go n e, a n d we have survived the trials a n d tribulatio n s of it! There have bee n good times, a n d some n ot so good times, i n our Lodge. But the Gra n d Architect will n ever burde n us with somethi n g that we could n ever work through with Brotherly Love a n d Frie n dship!

We have see n n ew Brothers joi n , others travel to n ew Lodges i n the East ( New York ), a n d some dear Brothers travel to that house n ot made with ha n ds, eter n al i n Heave n . Our Lodge has bee n tested, a n d has bee n fou n d to be safe a n d steadfast! All thi n gs ca n be overcome as lo n g as we work as a ba n d of Brothers, a n d have faith i n each other a n d their abilities! May the New Year fi n d you a n d your’s i n safe a n d steadfast ha n ds, a n d may the New Year be prosperous a n d happy to all that that come withi n the protective folds of Maso n ry!


A Happy a n d Prosperous New Year to all Brethre n a n d families of

Audubon Park Lodge #272!

See you in Lodge,

Bill Wilson
Worshipful Master


From the West...

2007 Ri n gs I n ....!!!
 A clea n slate, a n empty page, a bla n k scree n or a bra n d n ew Baby the New Year of 2007 offers us the opportu n ities of a n ew begi n n i n g!!  Let's seize this opportu n ity for re n ewal a n d growth to co n ti n ue to move Audubo n Park Lodge forward a n d upward.  Let’s do this with membership growth, visitatio n a n d visibility i n the commu n ity. A n d last but n ot least a commitme n t to o n e a n other to work together for this commo n goal. 


Myself, this comi n g year bri n gs challe n ges. I am looki n g forward to this comi n g fall, as I am looki n g forward to accepti n g the Ho n or of bei n g your Worshipful Master.  I also want to e n list the help of my Brothers to prepare me for a year that will ho n or Audubo n Park Lodge a n d do the Brotherhood justice.  I am treadi n g i n to waters that I have n ever navigated before a n d I’m looki n g to you all for guida n ce a n d directio n .

Libby a n d I wa n t to wish each of you a very "Happy New Year," may it be filled with good times a n d good health. We are looking forward to 2007 with each of you a n d all the activities of Audubo n Park Lodge.

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

Bill Queen
Senior Warden

From the South...

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.  December’s family night was a lot of fun for all who attended.  The food was wonderful and all enjoyed the gift exchange that was led by our Worshipful Master.  Thank you from the kids at Toys for Tots for all the donations that were collected during December’s family night.  

Our family night in January will be on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 6:30 pm .  The Lodge will provide every thing for this meal.  This will be the second annual Clam Chowder, Salad and Dessert feed.   The entire meal will be prepared by Chef Larry Berman.  Last year the soup was wonderful and everyone enjoyed the dinner. For those who do not like clam chowder, potato and ham soup will be available.  Please come and join us for this evening of family and fellowship. The cost for this great meal is $8.00 per person.  Please RSVP W.Br. Eric E. Berman 509-328-2910 email: as soon as possible.

Barry Rettkowski

Junior Warden

In Other News...

From the Secretary's Desk ...

Greetings to o n e a n d all.  The New Year bri n gs us a clea n slate to write upo n .  Let our writings be the best that is possible.  I promise I will try my best as your secretary. 


Most of our dues are i n .  We have received a n umber of letters, cards,  n otes a n d greeti n gs from Br. Wil liam Castle, W.Br. Phil Rhea, Br. R.C. Webb, W.Br. Justi n Quacke n bush, W.Br. Phil Harris, Br. George Bieber, Mrs. Earl Elki n s, Mrs. Al MacGregor a n d a n umber of others.   If you have a n i n terest i n locati n g a Brother please feel free to ask. 


I will be completi n g the required annual Gra n d Lodge report a n d will share with you i n February the importa n t year e n d figures.  December we had o n e plural member a n d o n e n ew Third Degree Maso n .  O n e reported death, Howard Clifford. 


Mark your schedule for the upcomi n g A n n ual Cor n ed Beef a n d Cabbage Di n n er o n  March 21.  More o n the Cor n ed Beef Di n n er will be in February’s Pillars. 

Fraternally Yours:

W.Br. Eric E. Berman

Audubon Park Masonic Building Association

Brethren, because of the Holiday a n d that there were n o particularly pressi n g issues; it was decided n ot to have our regular meeting i n December.  However, as freque n tly happe n s, we needed to have a special meeti n g with represe n tatives from the Church of God , who have bee n re n ti n g the buildi n g for several mo n ths.  A n umber of issues needed to be iro n ed out if the Church is goi n g to co n ti n ue re n ti n g. Brother Jerel Rowe , WM Bill Wil so n , Bro Bill Quee n , WB Floyd Morse, a n d I met with three members of the congregation.


The meeti n g was to discuss some problems that have occurred a n d to i n sure the church members u n derstood our co n cer n s. Hours of use, they i n te n ded to use the building all day Su n day, i n cludi n g meals being one of these issues.  We also had several weeks whe n there was a lot of extra trash ge n erated, as a result of meals a n d holiday celebratio n s.


The meeti n g we n t well.  All agreed to co n ti n ue the re n tal agreeme n t. It will be n efit both groups. The Church has a very suitable locatio n for their Su n day services. We have a regular source of re n tal i n come. With the regular use we will n eed to have the buildi n g clea n ed thoroughly every week. We will have higher expe n ses for utilities a n d other items. We told the Church members these additio n al expe n ses would have to be passed o n to them - n ecessitati n g a higher mo n thly re n t. Brother Jerel Rowe , Temple Board Preside n t, also i n sisted o n a substa n tial damage deposit.  All these items seemed to be acceptable to the Church members. Hopeful we ca n reach a n agreeme n t that is acceptable to all parties.


We had our a n n ual i n spectio n by the Spoka n e Fire Marshal. I am pleased to report he fou n d n o defects that he formally n oted. However, he did poi n t out a few thi n gs that n eed to be corrected.  These items will be o n our project list for correctio n as soo n as possible.


I certai n ly hope you all had a blessed Christmas a n d wo n derful Holiday . My wish for you is a joyous a n d peaceful 2007.


WB Chuck Young

Happening at the Lodge

The December lodge meeting was challenging due to the sickness of several brothers.  We had visitors sitting in several chairs to open lodge.  Plan to attend the next Stated meeting   Jan. 10, 2007 at 7 PM .  We need your support to do the work of Masons.  It was reported that Audubon Park lodge donated $400 to Tom’s Turkey Drive .  Hope to see in Lodge…

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation.

I want to extend many, "Tha n ks" to our do n ors.  Our success has been because of your ki n d ge n erosity.  I would like to also extend a very special "Tha n k You" to the members of the Board of Directors who have bee n very supportive to the foundation.  Each has served without compe n satio n a n d volu n tarily incurs ma n y of the fu n d raisi n g expenses. The board members are: WBr. Richard Roark, Pres.  WBr. Joh n Smith, Vice Pres., WBr. Wil liam Wil so n , AP L 272 Master, VW Br. Chuck Young, VW Br. Ed Barton, WBr. Richard Hentz, Br. Larry Neil, a n d WBr. Eric E. Berma n , Sec-Treas. 


Year 2006 i n review:  We bega n 2006 with a n asset base of $128,400, and closed 2006 with a n asset base of $145,930. The gains came through several means.  $1144.23 was raised through various Activities, Donations, $4,717.58; Dividends; $501.67; Capital Gains, $10,503.95.


 ASSET TRANSFERS: I am i n the process of completi n g the paper work to coordi n ate the tra n sfer of several stock issues to the foundation.  The process is relatively easy but requires paperwork, signatures a n d coordi n atio n amo n g the fi n a n cial i n stitutio n s involved.  If you have stock issues you wish to co n sider do n ati n g please email or call me a n d let’s discuss it. 


CLAM CHOWDER, SALAD AND DESSERT:   Wednesday, Jan 24, 2007 at 6:30 pm. Audubon Park Masonic Foundation will host its annual Clam Chowder Feed (alter n ate Potato a n d Ham).  Chef Larry will prepare the chowders usi n g fresh i n gredie n ts, from scratch. The i n gredie n ts will  n eed to be purchased i n adva n ce a n d it will take all day to prepare the di n n er.   It is importa n t we have a n  accurate head cou n t.  We will limit the n umber of tickets to 60.  The price will be $8.00 per perso n .  Please RSVP, or if you have questio n s, please email or call me.  Donations would be helpful a n d greatly appreciated.  


I wish you a most wo n derful 2007 a n d good health, peace, happi n ess a n d prosperity.

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 approxiamately 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
Henry Clay, (1777-1852), A leader in Masonry as well as in his country’s affairs.  Born in VA., moved to KY, Grand Master in 1820.  Member of Lexington Lodge No. 1 KY.


Masonic Quiz

Q:  What is the symbolism of the “step” in Masonry?

A:   Respect for the altar from which Masonic light emanates.  It teaches symbolically that the passage from darkness and ignorance of life is through death to light and knowledge of the eternal life.


Q:  What are the names of the seven Liberal Arts and Sciences?

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


December 2006

January 2007

1/10     January Stated Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

1/11     Ivanhoe Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star – 7:30 p.m.

1/23     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

1/24     Family Night – Honoring Concordant Bodies - 6:30 p.m.

            Family night is the Clam Chowder Feed – Please RSVP


February 2007

2/14     February Stated Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

2/15     Ivanhoe Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star – 7:30 p.m.

2/27     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

2/28     Family Night Potluck –Valentine Celebration - 6:30 p.m.



Officers 2005-2006

Worshipful Master     WB Bill Wilson

Senior Warden            B Bill Queen

Junior Warden            B Barry Rettkowski

Secretary                     WB Eric Berman

Treasurer                      WB Floyd Morse

Chaplain                        VWB Gaylon Arisman

Marshal                          -------

Senior Deacon                -------

Junior Deacon                B Rob Queen

Senior Steward               -------

Junior Steward               -------

Tyler                            Br. Bob Shive

Senior Grand Warden    RWB Douglas E. Tucker

Deputy of District 27              VWB Chuck Young