The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272


June 2006
Volume 8, Number 6

From the East ...

As another summer draws nigh, we have thoughts of vacations (for those of us not so lucky the have to work for a living), yard work, put-off projects, and innumerable "round to-its". In the months that we are dark, "do not forget the duties we have heard so frequently inculcated and forcefully recommended." We may not be in touch with other brothers for that 3 months, and may get into the habit of not having to go to Lodge each month, but remember every day what Masonry has done for you, and what you have done for Masonry.


The June Stated meeting will be the 14th, due to Grand Lodge being held at the same time as our regular meeting night. It will be a busy night, we will be voting on a new candidate for Masonry, if the Investigation Committee returns a favorable report. Two of our newer Brothers have been declared proficient in the 2nd degree, so we will be having a 3rd degree to raise these 2 brothers to the sublime degree of a Master Mason! Depending on dates, there may be a chance that this will be done on a weekend, due to there being 2 conferrals. That will have to be talked over at the stated meeting. We will also being having a 1st degree to welcome our new candidate (if a favorable vote is cast for him) into the ranks of Masonry!


Whew! Going to be a busy month to go dark on! We will also have an idea brought up about Good News that is separate from regular Lodge business. There is too much negative or bad news these days, so Good News would be a "welcome breath of fresh air."


Please mark your calendars, the District 27 Meeting will be Friday September 29 at the Commons at Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute.  The evening activities will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will include live entertainment (Celtic and Blue grass music), dinner, Grand Lodge awards, and remarks from the new Grand Master. Don't forget - this will be a great time to meet and socialize with other brothers and their ladies.


See you in Lodge!

Bill Wilson
Worshipful Master


From the West...

Happy summer..? As I sit here writing and watching the rain and rain and rain...I wonder if this is the month that summer is suppose to start?  But that is what is so wonderful about the Great Northwest, if you don't like the weather now wait a minute and it will change!


I saw a note just a little while ago that was interesting and made me think of our lives today. (Dangerous when I start thinking.) It was titled "100 Years in Retrospect".

It speaks of what a difference a 100 years makes; the average life span was 47 years old!!! The majority of us are certainly glad that "fact" has changed since we are over 47. Only 14% of the homes had bathtubs, 8% of the homes had telephones and there were only 8000 cars in the United States with only 144 miles of paved roads! The article continues on wages, prices and the speed of communication "then and now".


Today, we live well into our 80's, and 90's and still have an active life, and thank goodness they do build homes today with bathtubs. From there, we have evolved to practically a phone in every ear, a car that has trouble staying at 60 miles an hour and an unpaved road is a rarity.


What if one day, we took an unpaved road without our cell phones beeping and drove 30 miles an hour and just absorbed the beauty around us. Maybe stopped and had a cup of coffee at a small cafe and chatted with someone we didn't know. We may make a new friend, see some beauty we hadn't noticed before or simply restock our souls with peace because we slowed down for just a little while in our lives.


As we approach our summer months, I hope each one of us takes some time to go down an "unpaved road" and possibly meet a new friend, share our story or just absorb some of the beauty around us each day! Have a wonderful summer and I am really looking forward to seeing each of you at different events thru the summer and the upcoming fall.

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

Bill Queen
Senior Warden

From the South...

Many thanks to all who attended last month’s family night.  We were small in numbers but all had a good time. The selection of food was great. This month’s family night will be held Wednesday night June 28, 2006 at 6:30 p.m.  It will be a true pot luck dinner.  Please bring your favorite dish to share with all.  Hope to see everyone there.

In Other News...

From the Secretary's Desk ...

I will be sending dues notice reminders next week.  Please join us at lodge and help congratulate some of our Lodge Brothers who were elected to the Grand Lodge line or received Grand Lodge Appointments. 


I have thought about an idea for a number of years and recently presented it to W.M. Bill Wilson.  Lodge meeting’s have many agenda items we cover but there really is not an agenda item pertaining to "Good News."  Good news could and does come under good of the order. 


My suggestion is start a very simple "Good News" report.  And if the reporter desires to share a coin or two for our charities, he and our charities will be better for the program.  The Secretary would be more than pleased to include a very brief "Good News Report" as part of his column.


There are many reasons not to do the program.  One is "we have never done it that way before."  My response: "and why haven't we?"  Let’s try the program starting in June for a while and see how it will work.  We should have many "Good News" reports from those returning from Grand Lodge. 


I would like to wish you a wonderful summer.  And look for our Pillars in September. 

Fraternally Yours:

W.Br. Eric E. Berman

Audubon Park Masonic Building Association

Brethren, there isn't much to report from your Temple Board this month.  We had to cancel our May meeting due to lack of a quorum.  Unfortunately, this makes two meetings in a row we had to cancel.  The May meeting was cancelled because too many members couldn't be there.  I know WM Bill Wilson had a very good excuse - he took his Lady Kathy out to celebrate their 24th wedding anniversary.  Brother Jerel Rowe had an evening class and couldn't make it.  Since we cancelled the meeting we decided not to waste the time, so WB Floyd Morse treated Brother Bob McVicker and me to ice cream.  He used the money he won at a recent Lodge 50/50 raffle!  Thanks Brother Floyd.


I hope to have a couple work parties over the summer months and will give as much notice as I can to as many as I can so we can get some more things done that need doing.  I also plan to spend a little more time at the Lodge working on smaller projects as my knee recovers and I am able to bend, twist, and climb.


The Lodge looks really nice but it does require regular and ongoing tender loving care to keep it looking that way.  We want it to look its best at all times especially when brides hope to use it for their weddings and receptions.  That is a nice source of income for the Lodge.


Since this is the last Pillars before the Lodge goes dark I want to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for a safe and enjoyable summer."

That's all for this month.


WB Chuck Young

Happening at the Lodge

We had a very busy lodge meeting last month. In addition to the regular reports a memorial to Brother T. Woodrow "Woody" Wilson was presented, who was WM Bill Wilson's uncle. VWB Dean Heinemann announced the new deputy for District 27 will be our own WB Chuck Young. WB Bill Wilson will be a member of the credential committee. WB Dean Whitter was presented with his 25 year pin. GP Doug Morgan talked about the Shrine and the Scottish Rite and the programs each are involved in. Don't let another lodge meeting go by without you.

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation.

The purpose of the Audubon Park Masonic Foundation Memorial and Honorarium Fund is to provide a method to honor the memory of our Brothers, family members and friends: Masons or non Masons. 


Audubon Park Lodge also had created the Lodge Memorial Fund.  The Brothers choose to honor the memory of departed brothers by having the Lodge donate to the fund in lieu of flowers.  It became apparent the two funds should be merged into a single memorial fund.  


The monies received become principle and are invested in long term securities.  The principle is restricted.  Only the income can be used for repair, maintenance or improvement of the Temple Building.   


The Memorial Fund has received donations honoring nine individuals this year.  Since inception the fund has received donations for 183 individuals for a total of $3098.83.  I will be making another memorial donation in the name of a brother in-law who passed away the first week of June.  The foundation has made grants to the Temple Building totaling $1927.  With the repairing of the walls, repainting, new blinds and floors resurfaced the rooms are a real knock out.  The "ole girl" is beginning to look mighty fine!  The Board Members wish we had more funds to make additional grants to continue the Temple Building Improvement Plan. 


How can we as Masons help?  Keep our Foundation in mind.  Using any of the programs of gifting will continue long after our passing. 


Until September, my keyboard will be silent!  Please keep in mind the purpose of the Foundation.  It is to sustain and improve our Temple and Lodge.  If you care to drop a check into the mail during the summer months, it would be greatly appreciated. 


On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Foundation I extend best wishes for a fun filled and safe summer.  Hope to hear from many of you.  If not before, I will be writing to you in the fall.


I now close with a quote and I wish I knew the name of the author:  "Life may not be the party we hoped to be invited too ... as long as we are here we might as well dance."

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
Irving Berlin – Composer of “God Bless America, White Christmas” and hundreds of other songs.  He had only two years of formal education in N.Y.C. public schools.  Raised in Munn Lodge No. 190, N.Y., 1910.

Masonic Quiz

Q:  What are the ornaments of a lodge?

A:  The Mosaic Pavement, the Indented Tessel, and the Blazing Star.


Q:  What are the five orders of architecture?

A:  See the September 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

June 2006
6/08    Grand Lodge Communication - Wenatchee, WA
6/08    Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m.
6/14    June Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
6/24    Family Night - 6:30 p.m. Honoring Fathers
6/27    Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.
6/28     Family Night – 6:30 p.m. Honoring Fathers


July 2006 – The lodge is dark

7/25     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.


August 2006 – The lodge is dark

8/22     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.


September 2006

9/07     Ivanhoe Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star – 7:30 p.m.

9/13     September Stated Meeting – “Move Up Night” - 7:00 p.m.

9/26     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

9/27     Family Night – 6:30 p.m. Steak Feed (Cook your own)




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
Senior Grand Warden   RWB Douglas Tucker