The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272


March 2012
Volume 14, Number 1

From the East ... 


Brothers - It has been a very exciting time at your Lodge these past few months and I'm sure it will continue as such into the spring and summer. We have two brand new Fellowcraft Brethren, Brothers James Grapes and Chet (the younger) Caskey. Both are very excited about being Masons and are anxious to learn more. I anticipate both will demonstrate their proficiency before the end of March and we will have the enjoyable task of preparing to raise them to the Sublime Degree of Master Masons.

We will be voting upon the recent petition of a young man at our March Stated meeting. I have heard from a member of the investigating committee, who reports favorably and it's possible we may be able to initiate him prior to the end of March.

There is also a Master Mason from North Hill Lodge, who has petitioned to join Audubon Park Lodge mainly because the stated meeting date and time at North Hill doesn't suit his work schedule. We are anxious for that petition's approval.

            Finally, we have another Brother, who was initiated in Ohio and would like to join Audubon Park Lodge. After quite a bit of "challenge" we were able to get his Lodge to contact the Grand Lodge of Ohio, which in turn contacted the Grand Lodge of Washington, which finally contacted us. He is currently being mentored and we expect he will demonstrate his proficiency soon.

We had another very successful Foundation Fund raiser in January with our Clam Chowder Feed and are looking forward to our St Patrick's Corned Beef and Cabbage Feed on Friday March 23. The Grand Master will be in attendance and we expect several Grand Lodge candidates to be in attendance as well. Our Secretary has identified and contacted a number of Brethren who are eligible for good time awards and we are hopeful many of them can attend so the Grand Master can recognize them for their long time membership.

Grand Lodge will be in Vancouver WA June 8 & 9 this year. The Master, Junior Warden and Senior Steward plan to attend. There are a number of items that will need to be discussed and voted upon so we are glad to be well represented.

I'm enjoying my second year in the East. I like to think I'm doing a better job than the first time. Please accept my personal invitation to come on the second Wednesday of each month except June, when it's the Wednesday after Grand Lodge. We meet at 7:30 p.m. and would love to see you.

VWB Chuck Young

Worshipful Master


From the West...

     Part of the Senior Warden’s job is to pay the wages.

            Some of you know we have had problems with our Lodge boiler. The condensate tank needed to be replaced.  B Jerel Rowe did the repairs on Feb. 18 with the help of WM Chuck Young, WB Bill Wilson, VWB Merle Iverson, WB Rich Hentz, B John Walther and B Kim Roddy.  Brother Kim Roddy also replace the remote controls in the fans upstairs. On Feb 27 another problem was found that needed fix on the boiler.  B Jerel Rowe and WB Bill Wilson fix the problem.  Just the parts to replace the condensate tank were $1,465.28. All labor was donated. So a BIG THANKS to B Jerel Rowe for all of his assistances. If you would like to help with the cost of the boiler repair it would be greatly appreciated.

WB Rich Hentz

Senior Warden

From the South...


Greetings Brothers, things are happening at the lodge.  We have been busy doing degree work, welcoming new brothers and having some very good education sessions about Masonry.  Our family nights have been well attended and the entertainment during the dinners has been fun.  Our next family night is the Corned Beef dinner on March 23rd.  Our April May and June family nights will be potluck dinners starting at 6:30 p.m. and everyone is invited to attend. 

Grand Lodge is in Vancouver WA. this year and it is just around the corner.  Due to the untimely passing of RW Brother Jerald K. Lingle we will be electing both a Junior and a Senior Grand Warden.  The resolutions to be decided are important to the future of Masonry.  There will be many things decided at Grand Lodge and your input is important.  Please attend Lodge to find out what is going on and to make your preferences known.

WB Barry Rettkowski

Junior Warden

In Other News...

From the Secretary's Desk

Greetings from the Secretary

Brethren, we are seeing a resurgence of Masonry in the Greater Spokane Area.  All Lodges are doing degree work.  We are rediscovering one of the old wisdoms, bring a young man into the fold and you bring his friends as well.  Bring an old man into the fold and you bring in one man.  Come, visit your Lodge and see the new Master Masons work vigor.

On another note, the dues are almost complete.  We have a few who have not paid their 2011 dues and a few (some of the same) who have not paid their 2012 dues.  Remember the 2012 dues were payable on January 1, 2012.  Technically you cannot be admitted into any Blue Lodge without a 2012 dues card. We strongly believe that Masonic charity begins in the Lodge.  If you are having a financial problem, a simple call to the secretary can solve your Masonic problems.  If you need more than dues help, a call to the secretary can help with those problems as well.  I would love to collect all the dues so I can close those books on 2012.  Don’t be shy, call me!


VWB Merle Iverson


Audubon Park Masonic Building Association     


Work continues on the maintenance and repairs of the lodge building.  Work parties are held as needed.  The men’s bathroom down stairs and painting the stairs and landing are two projects currently underway.  Keep your ears open for upcoming dates for work parties.   If anyone is interested in becoming the building manager please contact Worshipful master WB Bill Wilson or the Lodge secretary. 


Happening at the Lodge 

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation

Our Foundation remained invested and experienced the market value fluctuating over the past three years.  As in the past, the success of our investment program is to invest for the long term. Invest often, and diversify.  The Board of Directors, (BOD) strives to increase our asset base to support Audubon Park Lodge, Audubon Park Masonic Temple Bldg. and charities.  Reaching the asset base goal can only come from three sources, increased value of invested assets, return on those assets, and donations.   The BOD has been very diligent in retaining its holdings, yet providing grants to its charities even in these challanging times.

Revenues and Grants for the year 2011.  The Foundation revenue totaled $6,555.12 which includes:  Assets transfers,  $2,708; Clam Chowder Feed, $704.50;  Corned Beef Dinner, $930; Veterans Day Dance, $177.50; and donations $2,035.12.   Grants made in 2011 totaled $3,324.32: Audubon Park Masonic Temple Building, $1,925;  Bikes For Books, $295.80; Demolay, $100;  Rainbow, $100;  Jobs Daughters (serving 2 dinners) $400;  Scottish Rite Speech Center,  $250;  and Tom Sherry Turkey Drive-Food Bank, $125.  Our net revenue for the year equaled $3,324. 

Year 2012: Our revenue to date is $770.31; Clam Chowder Feed, $526; and donations $244.  Donations for the Corned Beef Dinner are currently being received.  Grants awarded this year total $800:  Audubon Park Lodge, G.L. Wardens Conference Tuition for our Officers, $200; and $600 to repair boiler.  We anticipate receiving grant requests from our Lodge, Temple Building, and charities of approximately $6,000.  

The continuing financial support of our Brothers is needed to continue our charitable endeavors.  The Temple Building annual rental revenue decreased by $10,000 when the Church (our major tenant) moved out of our Bldg.  Our Lodge would have difficulty sustaining the rental fee of $800 a month.   The other revenue source for the Temple Building is the Parks Dept. exercise classes.  In the past we relied on other outside rentals i.e. weddings, receptions, funerals, dances and parties.  These have been difficult to book because of the economy.  I anticipate we will be able to secure more in the second quarter.  The Temple Building had to repair part of the boiler at a cost of $1,500 just for the parts. Labor was donated.  A week later we had to do a second repair for another $600 for the parts and again the labor was donated.  In addition the Insurance will be due in April for anticipated bill of $2,000.   A number of us have indicated we would voluntarily donate to offset these expenses. 

Brothers, over the years we have just given you the facts as we are now.    A number of us have labored diligently for over 20 years in building the asset base of our Foundation.  Our donors have been a very important aspect of our success.  Another fact is the total expense to our Foundation in all of these years has been $75.00 (which was the initial incorporation fee).  Many of us have underwritten the expenses of "fund raising."  Very few charities can match this record.

The 19th Annual Corned Beef Dinner will be held on March 23, 2012. Our Grand Master will be with us as well as a number of elected and appointed officers and committeemen.  We will have an awards ceremony for the Masonic Good Time Awards and recognition of our contributors.  Grants for the year will be announced.  Please plan on attending if at all possible.


W.B. Eric E. Berman, Secretary, APMF  

 Cell 509-590-9001


Ivanhoe Chapter No. 80, Order of the Eastern Star


We ride out of the west into Springtime and a new core of officers for Ivanhoe Chapter.  We welcome to the East a first-time Worthy Matron Mary Clements and her Worthy Patron James DeLano.  Mary is a fifty-two year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and we look forward to her and James' leadership for 2012/2013 Eastern Star year.  Our installation will be held on April 7, 2012 at 2 pm at the Audubon Park Masonic Center and we welcome all visitors and friends to attend.  Their first stated meeting will be held on April 19, 2012 and at that time we will honor our Junior Past Worthy Matron Karen Speicher and Junior Past Worthy Patron Robert McNickle as well as the Easter Bunny.  So come out for a fun time and see what kind of candy there is to eat!

Ivanhoe Chapter will have their first money-making project on April 20, 2012.  We will be at the Sprague Lake Rest Stop Eastbound side handing out coffee and other goodies.  So if out that way stop by and say HELLO to the workers. Pets are especially welcome too as we will have "People Crackers" for them to enjoy.  Not just your average "doggy treat." 

May brings May flowers and this goes well with the current them of the Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron.  The colors are pastels and this brings a rainbow of colors to every one of our meetings.  It will be springtime all year at Ivanhoe Chapter!  This month we will honor our Mothers with a special verse and a surprise for all.  Our May meeting will be on May17, 2012 so come out and see what surprises are in store for all members and visitors.  We will be busy with another money-making project in May too. 

On May 6, 2012, along with Spokane Chapter we will be hosting the Past Deputy Instructor Club Luncheon honoring the Pace Setter Grand Family and Worthy Grand Matron Gloria Schwartz.  We will be holding this luncheon at the North Hill Masonic Center at 1 pm.  Ivanhoe Chapter is honored to have Janice Glidden as part of the Pace Setter Grand Family.  She is Grand Ruth this year and has been traveling throughout the state representing Ivanhoe Chapter and having a great time!

June's stated meeting will be held on June 21, 2012.  At this time we will honor all Fathers and the American Flag.  We will all be getting ready to attend Grand Chapter in Yakima, Washington at the Sundome.  Grand Chapter will be from June 24th through June 27th.  Hope the weather is not too hot in Yakima.   In years past, it has reached over a 100 degrees.  Several years ago the air conditioning at the Sundome did not work and boy was it warm.

Best wishes to all for a safe and happy summer!

Ada Anderson, PM


Masonic Fact

“We represent a fraternity which believes in justice and truth and honorable action in your community…men who are endeavoring to be better citizens… and to make a great country greater.  This is the only institution in the world where we can meet on the level all sorts of people who want to live rightly.”  Harry Truman President of the United States – source: Center for Masonic Information

Who do I talk to?

Contact the Worshipful Master, Lodge Secretary, or WB Eric Berman if you know someone that is interested in renting the building. 

If you want something put into the Pillars contact the Lodge secretary:

Audubon Park Masonic Lodge #272

POB 9575    Spokane WA 99209-9575

Or call or e-mail

Secretary: .VWB. Merle Iverson 509-467-7255 email: 

Pillars Editor: WB. Barry Rettkowski 509-928-0075 email:

Calendar of Events

March 2012

3/6       Ivanhoe Auxiliary will meet at the Gathering Place @ 11:30 a.m.

3/14     March Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m. NOTE NEW TIME.

3/15     Ivanhoe Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

3/22     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

3/23     Corned Beef Dinner – 6:30 p.m.

3/24     Regional Meeting at Downtown Masonic Temple @ 11:00 a.m.


April 2012

4/3       Ivanhoe Auxiliary at the Gathering Place - 11:30 am

4/7       Ivanhoe Chapter installation at 2 p.m. - Audubon Park Masonic Center

4/11     April Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

4/19     Ivanhoe Chapter Stated Meeting at 7:30 p.m.

4/20     Eastern Star Fund Raiser @ Sprague Lake Rest Area 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

4/26     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

4/27     Audubon Park Family Night – Pot luck – 6:30 p.m.


May 2012

5/1       Ivanhoe Chapter Auxiliary at the Gathering Place – 11:30 a.m.

5/6       Past Deputy Instructors Luncheon for Pace Setter Grand Family Eastern Star

1 p.m. @ North Hill Masonic Center

5/9       May Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

5/17     Ivanhoe Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star – 7:30 p.m.

5/24     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

5/25     Family Night Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m.



Officers 2010-2011

Worshipful Master                  VWB Chuck Young

Senior Warden                        WB Richard Hentz

Junior Warden                         WB Barry Rettkowski

Secretary                                 VWB Merle Iverson

Treasurer                                 VWB Merle Iverson

Chaplain                                  VWB Gaylon Arisman

Marshal                                   WB John Smith

Senior Deacon                         B Kim Roddy

Junior Deacon                         B Robert Stevenson

Senior Steward                       WB Floyd Morris

Junior Steward             

Tyler                                        WB Bill Wilson

MWB Harold Tucker past Grandmaster of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Washington

MWB Douglas Tucker past Grandmaster of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Washington

Grand Lodge Grand Master    MWB Michael L. Sanders