The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272


March 2008
Volume 10, Number 2

From the East ...

This being June the month of "Fathers Day" I looked up the definition of "Father" in Webster's: 1a: a man who has begotten a child b: the first person of the Trinity c: one related to another in a way suggesting that of father to child d: an old man--used as a respectful form of address (Webster said that not me) and one that originates or institutes...that is Webster's version.

Let us in this month celebrate the "Founding Fathers" of Masonry in a manner that would make them proud to see who we are today. I hope by being an example of a good Father and a good Mason that it will show and encourage the younger generation to follow in our footsteps. I am hoping as "Fathers, Grandfathers, and Great-Grandfathers that we can all pull together and help our "Child" (our Lodge) out of its situation and get it set on a path for the future. As Worshipful Master I am open to any ideas and or ways that we can make some monies for our Lodge. In September I would like to try the 50/50 drawing at each meeting. The winner gets 50% of the pot and the Lodge gets the other 50%. I know it won't be a lot of monies, but each and every $1 counts and it will be fun!

I am looking forward to Grand Lodge this month, it will be my first time attending and am excited about seeing everyone, meeting new people and getting new ideas to bring back to our Lodge. I feel so fortunate to be able to be in attendance to support our Deputy Grand Master, Right Worshipful Doug Tucker and his Lady Glennis.
Please share a smile, as you never know who made need one!!

Bill Queen
Worshipful Master

From the West...

I can't believe that summer is here already. The year has been a very busy one and has gone by so quickly. It is a joy to see my brothers at lodge each month I only wish more brothers could attend regularly. The friendship and fellowship is a vital part to this fraternity. It is important to remember that harmony is the strength of our family. Please support the lodge and the concordant bodies in every way you can.

I will be attending Grand Lodge this month and I'm looking forward the seeing some of the distant brothers I have met at different functions. The sharing of ideas and joys is a big part of attending. This year is very special as our own brother RW Doug Tucker will be standing for election as Grand Master. I understand that MW Harold Tucker will be installing his son. Two Grand Masters from Audubon Park lodge what a great day to celebrate.

I hope to see all of you at the next stated meeting, June 18th. This is one week later than typical due to Grand Lodge. See everyone there at 7:00 p.m.

There are still several chairs open in the lodge. We still need a Tyler and two Stewards to fill all of the positions. Come to lodge and volunteer to share the joy of a full lodge.

Barry Rettkowski
Senior Warden

From the South...


1. Members - It's our Lodge and we have a responsibility to help develop successful programs to keep Lodge members interest and enthusiasm as well as provide a program that will attract new members.
2. The Secretary and Treasurer - these officers represent long-term continuity of the Lodge. They should be concerned with the upcoming plans of the lodge and should keep in mind the members and financial requirements necessary to carry these plans out.
3. Junior Warden - should evaluate the strengths and shortcomings of the plans, so that he can learn from them.
4. Senior Warden - has an interest because he will be the next Master. He should be concerned over the planning in the current term, as it will affect his term.
5. The Worshipful Master - has the major responsibility since he is responsible for the successful programming of the Lodge during his term.

Rich Hentz
Junior Warden

In Other News...

From the Secretary's Desk

Thank you, Dear Brothers, for financially supporting our Lodge, Temple and Foundation. Because of your response to our Appeal letter of April 20 we raised the capital to cover the current expenses. The Brothers personal notes expressed their love, support and caring for our Lodge and Temple Bldg.

The message we have delivered since the 1980's is recognized by our members. Every summer the Lodge and Temple enters a period of limited cash flow and are unable to meet their obligations. Reasons are: 1) income from member's dues and Grand Lodge Life Memberships is not sufficient to meet Lodge expenses. 2) Lodge Investments do not produce enough revenue to support Lodge and Temple. 3) Rental income is not sufficient to manage the Temple Building. 4) Foundation does not generate enough income to fully support the Lodge and Temple. The Foundation has assisted tremendously, and it is my opinion if it was not for our Foundation the doors of our Temple would have been closed for the last time years ago. Grand Lodge has indicated our Lodge is unique in that we are the only Lodge with a Foundation!

Membership 120 members: Another Brother has been enrolled on the roster of the Celestial Lodge. W.B. Frank "Dutch" Rotter passed away on May 24th. Remembering Dutch as a "crusty ole friend" greeting one with a crushing hand shake and friendly wide smile, knowing he gotcha again; full of stories of life he loved to share. A memorial service will be held at our June Stated Meeting. I will donate to the Memorial Fund of A. P.M. Foundation. Income from the Memorial Fund can only be used for Temple Bldg.

"Grand Master Honor Night" August 08, 2008. Reception, Dinner and Dance. Mark your calendars and please plan on attending to welcome home, following his election and installation as G.M., our Br. Douglas E. Tucker and Lady Glynis. Net proceeds donated to Foundation as an Honorarium for Br. Doug. Details will be forthcoming in future mailing. Tickets are available $15.00 each.

Have a great spring and summer.

Please feel free to email or call me. I do want your input.

Fraternally Yours:
W.Br Eric E. Berman, Secretary.

Audubon Park Masonic Building Association

Brethren, your Temple Board has been busy. I hope you have noticed the interior painting of the entry hallway both up and down, both downstairs bathrooms and the hallway leading to the Men's Room downstairs. We got a very good price estimate for the work and elected to have it done professionally. The plan is to paint the entry floors sometime this spring, when the weather is warm enough to have the windows open when painting.

Speaking of painting, the Dining and Hillyard Rooms need to be touched up. It's a combination of fair wear and tear plus damp on the walls. In spite of the concrete aprons installed around the building a couple years ago we are still getting damp in the walls. The cost to combat that is high, so we will have to wait for any of that work.

The Marshallese Church of God continues to rent the building every Sunday. The Parks Dept has not had much luck with classes, so we are seeing less revenue from them but will keep the doors open. We are showing the building regularly and have some weddings and receptions confirmed for later in the summer. That is an excellent source of revenue for us, when the building is rented.

The walk behind and riding mowers have been repaired and we will begin our own lawn mowing again this month. You have probably noted our "excellent crop" of dandelions. It seems they thrive on the "weed and feed" but we will continue with applications in an attempt to reduce the number of the little yellow weeds.

That's about all for this Pillars. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to give us your input, please contact any member of the Temple Board. A final thought - we are still seeking one more member for the Board. Please let WM Bill know if you are interested in serving."

VWB Chuck Young
Temple Board Secretary (for the time being!)

Happening at the Lodge

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation

APMF donated 2 bikes to the Bikes for Books program. W.B. Queen and W.B. Eric were present for the drawing of the bikes. Three hundred children sat on the gym floor. The principal, W.M. Bill and I were cheered as we carried in the 2 boxes stuffed with reading slips. As the stage curtain was opened, the room overflowed with the sounds of cheering and clapping kids as the bikes were revealed. Eric drew the names which the principal announced. Cheers again were heard as the names were announced. The principal told us the kids are reading more; test scores are increasing, reflecting same. When kids were asked if they wanted us to continue the program, they cheered again. One young lady ran up and gave me a hug! These precious moments made the "Fun Raising" and support for the program by the Foundation and Lodge well worth the effort.

Foundation Asset Base is $151,000. This base has been built on several hundred donations of $'s: 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, and a number of $300, $500's and one $750. A number of donations of $1,000 to $10,000 have also been received. Our past, current and future effort will continue to focus on our "Bread and Butter" donations of $10's, 25's, $100's, etc, to $1,000's. We recognize donations of any amount are material to the donor and the Foundation. As "Fun Raising Director," I will continue to welcome all.

A.P. Lodge Officers and Lodge Members have been involved in discussions regarding Lodge and Temple finances. Members of the Temple Board met with Lodge and Foundation Officers in April and May. The success of the Foundation has been acknowledged, and more importantly how to fully fund our Foundation Asset Base to desired level of $250,000.

Big Bucks wanted & needed: I see no sense in attempting to sugar coat the issue! W.M. Bill Queen, Temple Pres. Jerel Rowe and Manager V.W. Br. Chuck Young have asked me to address our membership on Planning & Implementing programs to attract larger donations (like the big boys do). Now in place are Memorial, Honorarium, and Wills & Bequest Programs. Desired, is a methodology "to appeal and recruit larger donations" for our Foundation. Up to 20 special projects need funding, i.e.: bathrooms remodeling (three), kitchen updating, and new furniture for the Hillyard Room. It is our hope a number of Brothers would volunteer to help as we develop a plan.

G.M. Honor and Recognition night: Planned are a reception, dinner and dance. The theme is "Summertime Fun" and patriotic, casual or western dress. Extravaganza tickets are available and are only $15.00. Net proceeds of the event and Honorarium Donations (tax deductible) will be given to our Foundation, the income used to support our Temple Building and projects.

Fraternally Yours:
W.Br. Eric E. Berman, Secretary Audubon Park Masonic Foundation


Ivanhoe Chapter No. 80, Order of the Eastern Star

Thanks again for the opportunity to update each of you on the activities of Ivanhoe chapter No 80. Our first money making project was a success due in part of your Worshipful master Bill Queen and his lady Libby! They were co-chairmen of the event and went all out on decorations and table setup. Several of our members enjoyed your family night dinners and will be back again! Ivanhoe chapter will be very busy this summer with money-making activities. We will be working the rice bowl at the ball park, have a rest stop in July, and take part in Garland days and some will participate in the Hillyard parade in August. Hope you all have a great summer and look forward to getting to know everyone.

Ada Anderson, Worthy Matron

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

Thomas E. Dewey, (1902-1971), was Governor of N.Y. for 3 terms and twice Republican nominee for President of the U.S. A member of Kane Lodge No. 454, N.Y.

Masonic Quiz

Q: 1943 Hollywood made a Masonic picture. What was the name of it?
A: "Your Son is my Brother."

Q: What famous church in Paris, in imitation of a Roman basilica, was the work of Operative Masons?
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
Or call or e-mail
Secretary: W.Br. Eric E. Berman 509-328-2910 email:
Pillars Editor: Br. Barry Rettkowski 509-928-0075 email:

Calendar of Events

June 2008

6/18 June Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
6/19 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m.
6/21 Easter Star Grand Chapter in Yakima, Washington
6/25 Family Night Potluck - 6:30 p.m.
6/26 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.

July 2008

Audubon Park Lodge is dark, No meeting.
7/7 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Rest stop fund raiser at Sprague Lake
7/24 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.

August 2008

Audubon Park Lodge is dark, no meeting.
8/2 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Hillyard Parade and Breakfast
8/9 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Garland Days
8/28 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.

September 2008

9/10 September Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
9/13 Easter Star Antique car show, Luncheon & Bazaar at Manito Temple with Victory Chapter.
9/18 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m.
9/24 Family Night Potluck - 6:30 p.m.
6/25 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.

Officers 2007-2008

Worshipful Master    WB Bill Queen
Senior Warden    B Barry Rettkowski
Junior Warden    WB Richard Hentz
Secretary    WB Eric Berman
Treasurer    VWB Merle Iverson
Chaplain    VWB Gaylon Arisman
Marshal    WB John Smith
Senior Deacon    B Bob Hutchinson
Junior Deacon -------  
Senior Steward -------
Junior Steward -------
Tyler       WB Bill Wilson
Grand Lodge Deputy Grand Master    RWB Douglas E. Tucker
Deputy of District 27    VWB Chuck Young