The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272
Volume 7, Number 7
Summer Time Edition
From the East ...
It hardly seems possible here it is the end of June and I'm writing my column for inclusion in this month's Pillars. I was told by "those who know" that my year would go by very fast. Little did I realize just how fast it would go. By the time you read this we should have another Fellowcraft Mason in the Lodge. Cliff Miller is slated to be passed to the Fellowcraft Degree on Thursday June 23. We chose Thursday, which is not a normal night for degree work, because all the Wednesdays in the month were busy with other activities. I'm confident we will do another fine job of passing Cliff - as the Brethren of this Lodge do in all our degree work.
Speaking of Degree work, we had two petitions read in Lodge this month. One, Terry Fossum, was a petition to rejoin the Lodge. Terry has been inactive for several years and it will be good to have him back. The other, from Mel Frank, is to become a Master Mason. Mel's grandfather is a Mason in California and wanted to help "sponsor" his grandson. I met Mel before Stated Meeting and he seems a fine young man, who will be a great addition to the Lodge. Investigation committees have been formed and they will report on these two individuals at our September meeting.
If you have been by the Lodge anytime recently you can't help but notice the fine job of painting that was accomplished in the Tyler's Room, cloakroom, and bathroom on the main floor. The ceiling in the Fireside (Hillyard) Room has also been painted and is ready to have the walls done. There has also been a lot of patching and scraping done in the ballroom in preparation for painting there. I would like to offer many thanks to Brothers Dick Hawley, Chet Echelbarger, Allan Jones, Bill Wilson, Jerel Rowe, and Cliff Miller for all their help in getting this painting a preparation done. Brother Allan Jones got an estimate for the balance of the painting. Suffice it to say the brethren will be asked to do a lot more before we hire a contractor to do any of the work!!
Speaking of which, Temple Board will continue to meet during July and August. In addition to meeting we will be working to get the remainder of the repairs and painting done. When you are notified of a "work detail" please try to make the time to come by for at least a couple hours to help. You know the old story; more hands make less work - so please try to help us out Brothers, as your time permits.
I'll keep this brief this month and close by wishing you all a safe and happy summer. I look forward to seeing you all in Lodge come September. It's a great time to be a Mason and especially a member of Audubon Park Lodge #272.
From the West...
Another enjoyable evening has passed into the history of Audubon Park Lodge! Thursday, June 23rd, will mark the beginning of a new era and a new Fellow Craft Mason. Br. Cliff Miller is now our newest Fellow Craft Mason. Congratulations upon your new conferral.
With Lodge about to go dark for the summer, we managed to put together a great conferral team on short notice; special thanks to WM Chuck Young for his preserving on filling the spots. Kudos go out to RWB Doug Tucker, our "Official Prompter" for when I go brain-dead; to VWB Dean Heinemann for sitting in for our JW who he was tending to his family, and WB John Smith for covering the Secretary's place. I would also like to thank WB Jack Fulks for Tyling the Lodge, the only one that got to cool off outside of the Blue Room!
A warm thank you also to WB Brace Hollar for the exquisite job he did on the Charge, and the closing Charge! WB Tony Hollaway did an awesome and animated job on the Middle Chamber lecture; along with WB Dean Whittier and his "G" lecture.
We had 19 Brothers in attendance, so I know I missed a few. So thank you Brothers, one and all for helping this be a special night for Bro. Cliff Miller. If things work out "right" it looks like I will be helping raise Bro. Cliff to the sublime degree of a Master Mason this fall, along with help from all the other great Brothers of Audubon Park Lodge.
Have a safe and enjoyable summer, one and all!
In Other News...
In Other News...
The Temple Board met Tuesday, June 28. The Board reviewed the Temple Board Association finances, projected income and budget. For May the Temple Association had monthly expenses of $1,343, monthly income of $1,600, and an account balance of $17,103.
Just a reminder: to learn more about what is happening in our Lodge visit our webpage at www.audubonpark272.com. The current schedule of activities is posted there.
The Lodge is rented every weekend but one throughout the summer. This is welcome news. But we still have some dates available so please contact Floyd or Chuck if you have a party or some other need for the building.
Beginning July 14 will have a work party every Thursday evening from around 4:30 PM to later than 9 PM. We need as many of you to help us as are possible. We have curtains to hang, insulation to remove from the ceiling vents in the lodge, more wall preparation, light sanding, and lots of painting to do. I know there is something there for everyone!
We got a bid from a contractor to do the wall preparation, light sanding and painting. The bid was for $6800 so the Temple Board felt it best to complete as much of this work with our members (and any volunteers you wish to bring) as possible. And, thanks to everyone who has already spent considerable time working on the lodge to accomplish what has already been done.
Your Temple Board will continue to meet through the summer months and will continue to work to improve our lodge. Any recommendations you may have are always welcome.
Enjoy your summer and we hope to see all of you on a few Thursday evenings this summer.
Greetings Brethren I have two things to tell you about - please spread the word to those Brothers who don't have email or who don't read The Pillars.
First - in order to try and get as much of the interior painting and decorating accomplished, the Temple Association has declared every Thursday evening in July and August beginning July 14 will be a "work party". Beginning around 5:00 p.m. and going until NLT than 9:00 p.m. we will be at the Lodge cleaning, scraping, painting, and otherwise helping beautify the Lodge. You are all cordially invited to come as often as you can to help with this very important work. The estimate to have only a part of this work done is nearly $7,000. We feel the Brothers; by putting our minds and backs to it can get most of it done ourselves for far less cost. PLEASE plan to come as often as you can to help.
Second - Although the Lodge is "dark" during July and August, I felt it would be a good idea to have at least one social get together over the summer. So please mark your calendars - Wednesday August 24 will be our summer pot luck family night, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thank you to JW Bill Queen and Lady Libby for "stepping up" and agreeing to host this additional event. Hope to see a good representation from the Brethren and their families at this pot luck.
Have a GREAT SUMMER!
WM Chuck Young
Audubon Park Masonic Foundation.
We have all read of stories regarding individuals saving their change over extended periods of time: "in coffee cans, buried in the back yard, under the flat rock, near the barn, between the willow tree and the dog house." At some point an event occurs and a decision is made to do something with the "collection." The news media has reported on several such stories. On one occasion a gentleman passed away and the heirs had to lug buckets of coins to the bank and try to exchange them. In another example "Mason Jars of change" were given to a charity and the coins were sorted and sold.
A recent news story comes to us from California. A gentleman saved his pennies until he retired. He turned in one million, three hundred thousand pennies. Ok, are you a whiz at math? The answer: $13,000.00. A little higher math reveals the enormity of his accomplishment. He would need to have saved 26,000 pennies a year or 43.33 rolls a month which was banked, which is great!! Or, was it?
Consider the following: if he would have invested the pennies saved at $21.67 a month for 50 years at 4%. The miracle of compound interest would have been put to work and the value would have compounded into a whopping $41,375.75, more than 3 times his $13,000. The morale of the exercise is: it is good to save, even better to save and invest smart!
Do you have loose change sitting on your dresser in a jar looking for a place to be deposited? Consider our foundation. APMF first Fund Raising project was the "Serendipity Fund". We have made available and passed out our special "Serendipity Jars" and we receive "found or spare change" i.e.: pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and occasionally $1.00's. The "Serendipity Fund collection" has grown to $531.00. We wisely invest the change as we receive it to make it grow.
Memorials: We received memorial contributions honoring the lives of: Lula Roark, Mother of W.B. Dick Roark, Br. William T. Lowry good friend of W.B. Justin Quackenbush and Br. Victor Hall, uncle of W.B. Eric Berman. APMF Board of Directors voted to hold a major raffle. If anyone has a major prize they would consider offering to us, please let me know. Any suggestions will be welcome.
I would like to wish one and all a wonderful summer.
Yours: WB Eric E. Berman, Sec-Treas. APMF
Famous Masons' Corner
General Jonathan Wainwright, (1883-1953). He was the hero of Bataan in the Philippine fight for which he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945. He was raised in Union Lodge No. 7, Kan., 1946. He received the SR degrees and was also a Shriner.
Fraternally Yours: WB Eric E. Berman, Sec-Treas. APMF
Famous Masons' Corner
Q: What is the first regular and duly constituted lodge in America?
A: St. John's Lodge, Boston, Massachusetts, July 30, 1733
Q: How many American Generals of the Revolutionary Army were Masons?
A: See the September issue of the Pillars for the answer.
Calendar of Events
The Lodge is "Dark"
7/26 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.
The Lodge is "Dark"
8/23 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.
8/24 Summer Pot Luck - 6:30 p.m.
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 Junior Warden RWB Douglas Tucker