The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272


April 2007
Volume 9, Number 5



From the East ...


The days are getting longer, and the temperatures are heading for near record highs. Must be time for Grand Lodge! If it is time for Grand Lodge, then it is also nearing that time we go dark. June 20th will be our last stated meeting until September 12th. September's stated meeting will be "Step Up" night. I'll be able to sit back and let someone else have the "fun" in the East! I look forward to everyone being there the 12th, to give the "new" Brothers a hand at trying out their new chairs.

As the dog days of summer approach, and we go our separate ways until September, forget not the Brethren nor duties we have worked with and for. It can be easy to lay aside Lodge work, to relax our guard and forget what we have strived for all year long. It is not necessary that you constantly think about our Lodge and Brethren, just a passing thought or gesture is all that's needed. A call, an email, or even just a quick visit will serve to remind those that we have worked with in Lodge that they matter.

Be diligent, prudent, temperate, discrete; but most of all enjoy your summer with family and friends. I look forward to seeing all of you June 20th, in Lodge, after Grand Lodge, and again September 12th after we come out of the dark. Have a safe and enjoyable summer!


See you in Lodge,

Bill Wilson
Worshipful Master


From the West...

April Fools Day!!

Well my fellow Brothers, summer is fast approaching us which means fall is coming up on me faster than I realize! Any "words of wisdom" or "pearls of wisdom" that you would like to offer for the up coming year, please do not hesitate to share them with me. I have some ideas of things that I would like to do, but also would like input from you all as what you would like to see accomplished in the upcoming year. There are still chairs that need to be "occupied" and I would really appreciate you considering taking a chair for the 2007-2008 year. I would welcome and strongly support any volunteers that would like to hold an office. Just a little preview of what I have in mind is including more activities with the concordant bodies of our Fraternal Order and also the Demolay, Job's Daughters and Rainbow for Girls. I am considering honoring different concordant bodies at our meetings with programs, demonstrations of their work or a speaker. Like I said in last years Pillars, have a wonderful summer and find a Road Less Traveled and you may meet a new friend or have an adventure you hadn't ever thought of! See you this fall!!

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

Bill Queen
Senior Warden

From the South...

Greetings from the South…Last month if you missed Lodge you missed seeing Gary Syme prove up his 3rd degree. You also missed the friendship and fellowship of our time together. On a sad note we had a memorial for Jack Junior Smith, another brother has left us. Also Brother Bob Hutchinson lost his wife Julie, suddenly last month. He and their 5 daughters would like to hear from any brother. Bob's e-mail is or write him at 11714 N. Wall Ct. Spokane, 99218.
We will have our family night potluck dinner June 27 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bring your favorite dish to share with everyone. Please plan to attend Lodge this month; you don't know what you are missing. I hope to see everyone at the June Stated meeting.

Br. Barry Rettkowski

Junior Warden

In Other News...

From the Secretary's Desk

As Masons we are taught to seek light. During the process we spread light. One of the virtues I consider coming from light is knowledge. As your Secretary, I attempt to seek and diffuse light, knowledge, to the Lodge Master, Officers and Members regarding the "Three M's"; Money, Membership and Management. There is light, coming through the tunnel. The light, knowledge may not always be what we want it to be; and yet we are informed. By being informed, we move forward!

For an extended period the Secretary has reported on the status of the Lodge and Temple Building funds as each experience periods of insufficient income and inability to pay our obligations in a timely manner. When necessary our members are informed and they are asked to ballot on the issues. Generally the Worshipful Master, Secretary and Treasurer huddle, formulate and then execute a plan.

We know the issues. We also have in place an answer and that is the Foundation and what it was designed and is capable of doing - providing income. We just need to fully fund it. The Lodge Officers will continue efforts to reduce expense and the Foundation will assist as needed.

Audubon Park Lodge, Temple and Foundation will continue meeting and planning. If you wish to join us please consider doing so. Also if able to assist us with funding one or more of these projects please let us know.

Fraternally Yours:

W.Br. Eric E. Berman

Audubon Park Masonic Building Association

The building association didn't have a meeting in May due to scheduling conflicts, but there wasn't a whole lot on our trestle board. We are seeing a fair amount of "wear and tear" of the building, which we attribute to the young people of the church using the building for their personal playground. We have spoken with the church leaders on at least two occasions so may need to do so once again. The rental income from the church is very nice and so far the damage has not been extensive, but when you have so many people in the building every week you have to expect a certain amount of scuffs, broken items etc.

Most of you are aware we also rented the building to the City Parks and Recreation Dept for an exercise class Tuesday and Thursday evenings. So far the only "conflict" has been with Ivanhoe Chapter Eastern Star on their Thursday meeting nights. We hope we have worked out the kinks in that arrangement too, as the extra rental income has been very nice.

We will hopefully schedule some work parties over the summer to get scraping, patching, painting, and overall heavy duty cleaning accomplished. Stay tuned and come to help if you have the time.

Have a wonderful summer.

VWB Chuck Young

Temple Board Secretary

Happening at the Lodge


Bro Sam Atwood is currently in New York attending Grad School .His email address is



Audubon Park Masonic Foundation

I am happy to report that on May 31 the asset base reached $161,726. We are within striking distance of reaching our goal of $250,000. "Borrowing a phrase that is very appropriate "If it is to be, it is up to we." By reaching our goal the Foundation will be in better position to fund Lodge and Temple programs and projects.
For those of us who have IRA's, we could directly donate the Required Minimum Distribution to the foundation. By doing so you may achieve a better tax advantage. The reason; a required minimum distribution donation directly to the foundation is a non recognition event, the donation is not taxed.

My hobby is metal detecting! A number of Masons enjoy the sport. I do find a number of coins. When I do, I donate the value to the Audubon Park Masonic Foundation serendipity fund.

Memorial & Honorarium contributions are always welcome as are regular donations. Consider adding a provision in your will for a bequest. Also if a person desires Memorial Contribution to be made in their name to the foundation, please write it down and inform those who will be in charge of the arrangements. It would be wonderful if more long time member of our Masonic Lodge made this request.

Anne and I are planning a "Ball Room Theme Dance" benefit for the foundation on October 6, 2007. We are putting together a dance committee to help decide on theme, budget and etc. If you wish to serve on the committee and or give your input, it would be most welcome. If you choose to make a donation, it would be appreciated as well.
I hope all of you have a very safe and enjoyable summer. I look forward to hearing from you.

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?

We want to know.…Did you notice that there wasn’t a Pillars last month? The Lodge voted to send out the newsletter quarterly; March, June, September, and December. If there is a need to communicate in-between Pillars a post card will be sent out.
Is quarterly often enough for you?Do you want the Pillars monthly? Please let the secretary know. Email or write or call him.

Famous Masons' Corner
Tom Mix, 1880-1940, cowboy, adventurer, soldier, and movie actor. He was raised in Utopia Lodge No. 537, California , in 1925.

Masonic Quiz

Q: How many Vice Presidents have been Masons?

A: Sixteen, proven as Masons.


Q: What is the Latin name for the Holy of Holies?

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:


Wanted Ads

The lodge is looking for a commercial floor buffer.If you have one or know of one please contact WB Floyd Morse at 509-328-9570.


Anyone interested in joining a long range financial planning committee for the Temple board or the Lodge contact WM Bill Wilson at 509-327-6627.


The Lodge is looking for someone for sprinkler maintenance, turn on, etc.  Contact WB Floyd Morse at 509-328-9570.




Calendar of Events


June 2007

6/14 Grand Lodge Communication begins

6/20 June Stated Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

6/21 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star – 7:30 p.m.

6/27 Family Night Potluck – 6:30 p.m.

6/28 Temple Board Meeting – 5:30 p.m.


July 2007 – Lodge is Dark

7/20 Table Lodge at Deer Park Lodge – 6:30 p.m.

7/26 Temple Board Meeting – 5:30 p.m.


August 2007 – Lodge is Dark

8/23 Temple Board Meeting – 5:30 p.m.



Officers 2006-2007

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                          B Gary Syme

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