The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272

June 2014
Volume 16, Number 2

From the East ... 

    

Greetings Brethren, summer is almost upon us and our thought turn to time with friends and family outdoors.  The garden, the yard, vacations, and all the things we enjoy.  Please remember to check on members of our Masonic family during the time we are dark and not meeting at lodge.  

These past several months have been very busy for us in lodge.  We have several new brothers going through the degrees.  Several other brothers have joined us through affiliation and plural membership.  Before the end of June we will be raising 3 new Master Masons, wow.  The masonic education portion of each meeting has been outstanding thanks to the hard work of many brothers.  If you have not been attending lodge regularly you have missed many great moments. 

As this newsletter is going to press we are preparing for our Bikes for Books fund raiser.  This year, thanks to the hard work of Brothers Richard Hentz and Chet Caskey we are having a spaghetti dinner after the motorcycle ride.  It was announced in the last several Pillars so I hope to see many of you there.  

In this edition of the Pillars Brother Merle makes an excellent point of the need for a separate treasurer in our lodge, I agree.  The time is now to for a brother to step up and take on this role.  Brother Merle, I am sure, will help get you going and provide training so that after the elections in October you are ready to go.  The job is not difficult, but it is very important to the health of the lodge.  Search yourself and find the desire to fill this vital role. 

To all the brothers that attend lodge regularly I say Thank You.  If you have not been attending lodge please consider adding it to your plans.  The brothers are what make the lodge the lodge.  Without you there is something missing.  If you would like a ride to lodge contact me or another brother, we will do everything possible to make it happen.  I hope to see you in lodge.  Remember this month, June, we meet on the third Wednesday instead of the normal second Wednesday due to Grand Lodge. 

 

WB Barry Rettkowski

Worshipful Master




 


From the West...
  

    

As we approach the months of summer when our lodge will be dark, I can’t help but think about the upcoming year and the officer positions that will need to be filled, both elected and appointed. As I understand it, in the “old days,” a lodge had so many good men wanting to go up the chairs that it was difficult to decide who to vote for. This has not been a problem for some time in Audubon Park Lodge, as the choice is often limited to the only man who is willing to stand up after a long pause waiting for others.

The lodge has had a series of unfortunate years when a number of Brethren who were in the line were unable or unwilling to continue for various reasons. Because of this, a small handful of men have been going round and round on the chairs, two and three times each. Since 2005, we have recycled the same five Brethren as Worshipful Master: Chuck Young (2005, 2012 & 2013); Bill Wilson (2006, 2007 & 2011); Bill Queen (2008); Barry Rettkowski (2009 & 2014); and Rich Hentz (2010). They have stood up when no one else would to take on the responsibilities of leading our lodge and keep it going for all of the other Brethren.

Volunteering for Worshipful Master is a big responsibility that doesn’t just entail sitting in the East once a month at our stated meetings: the man must also attend meetings as a member of the Board of Trustees of Audubon Park Masonic Building Association as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Audubon Park Masonic Foundation; he attends the monthly District 27 meeting with the Deputy and leaders of the other lodges in our district; he helps confer degrees; and he attends most of the family nights as well. It is customary, though not required, that sitting masters of lodges also visit other lodges in the area. The generous and devoted men that have sat in the East more than once have given to the fraternity and our Lodge more than any should be asked and they deserve our admiration, praise, and gratitude. Newer Masons to our lodge may think it has always been this way, but this is in fact very unusual. During the entire 81 years of electing Worshipful Masters of our Lodge before 2007, there were only four other repeat Masters: MWB Harold Tucker (1960 & 1996); WB Claude Smith ( 1961 & 1967); VWB Floyd Morse (1985 & 2000); and finally our dear friend and late VWB Gordon Vails ( 1986 & 1995). I am proud to say that in the last four years, I have sat in lodge with three of these fine men and role models.

There were 18 Brethren in lodge during our recent First Degree for our newly obligated Brother Brad Lesourmeau, and once again we enjoyed a great lecture by VWB Floyd Morse. Floyd was first Worshipful Master almost 30 years ago, and has given from memory the First Degree Lecture, as well as other lectures, more times than he can count. Like many of our older Brethren, Floyd has been having health issues and is dealing with them as best he can, and has been an inspiration to us all. As Masons, we look up to him, as well as the other aging Brethren we sit in lodge with, to show us how to grow old gracefully and work for the good of the Craft as best as we can. Look around and ask yourself, “Who can fill Floyd’s shoes?” When will Floyd and the other Brethren of his generation get to stand down with the satisfaction that they have passed on the traditions of Freemasonry to the next generation?

Brethren, we need to take action to end this trend. We are burning out the best we have and soon they will not have the time or energy to carry us any longer. It is time for a commitment from our new brothers to stand up and volunteer to fill these leadership positions and give those men who have work so hard for our lodge over the years a well-deserved break. New members need to learn how to run the lodges now, before we have no one left who knows how and risk forfeiting our charter. Our aging Brethren are weary from carrying our burden and it is our turn to pick up the working tools and take the load from their shoulders. We still have time for these mentors to pass on their knowledge before they are unable to attend lodge anymore. If you are interested in learning one of the positions in our lodge, please let me know. Talk to me at the next lodge meeting, family night, email me or call. Everyone is needed, and everyone can contribute in a meaningful way. 


 

Senior Warden

B Kim Roddy





From the South...

    

    

Brethren – it’s been an exciting couple of months. Bro Justin Haldeman was initiated to the degree of Entered Apprentice Mason, demonstrated his proficiency, was passed to the degree of Fellowcraft Mason, demonstrated his proficiency and is now waiting to be raised to degree of a Master Mason. As Justin’s mentor I must say how pleased and proud I am of him. He is dedicated and motivated and it shows. Bro Justin’s grandfather is a Master Mason and I’m trying to “encourage” him to petition our Lodge.

Wednesday May 21 we initiated another Mason, Bro Brad Lesormeau and we anticipate his demonstrating his proficiency forthwith as well. I can say this because VWB Merle Iverson is his sponsor and will be his mentor. If anyone in the fraternity knows more that VW Merle I haven’t met him yet!!!

We miss you in Lodge and you are missing a lot if you aren’t there. In addition to Brothers Justin and Brad there are two more, Bro Bret Howell and Eric Behlke, who recently demonstrated their Fellowcraft proficiency. I hope I’m not speaking out of turn, but it sure would be great if Brothers Brett, Eric, and Justin could all be raised on the same evening!

Our family night pot lucks on the fourth Friday of each month continue to be a lot of fun for all with much good food. It would be nice if you could be there with your spouse or significant other and kids or grandkids too. Speaking of food, one of the “best” reasons to come to Lodge, after the Education, fellowship etc. are the meals provided by our Senior Steward, Bro Chet Caskey. He’s a “certified” Cajun and his meals reflect that heritage.

Speaking of meals, time for me to take a break and have dinner. See you in Lodge.

Fraternally,

VW Chuck Young

Junior Warden

 

In Other News...


From the Secretary's Desk     
     

As we approach the Grand Lodge Session, there is one issue I am passionate about and needs to be addressed in a positive manner by the Lodge.  The issue is that of having a combined Secretary and Treasurer.  The Washington Masonic Code now allows a Lodge to have a combined Secretary/Treasurer and Audubon Park has chosen to take advantage of that Code provision, but has never included this provision in the Lodge bylaws. 

In the 21st Century, the Lodge needs to recognize good business practices.  Good business practice simply means, he who receives the money, does not write checks and he who writes checks does not balance the check book.  There is a Resolution to be brought to the floor of Grand Lodge to eliminate the opportunity for a Lodge to have a combined Secretary/Treasurer.  I am 100% in favor of that Resolution.  If it passes the issue will be codified and we will need a Secretary and a Treasure.  If the issue does not pass, I believe we should move forward and have an Elected Secretary and an Elected Treasurer.  I am willing to serve in either position, but will not continue to serve in both. 

Our Lodge needs to lead the way with a Treasurer to manage the financial affairs of the Lodge and a Secretary to manage the administrative affairs of the Lodge.  Taking it one step further, the Treasurer should report to the Lodge each month on the financial status of the Lodge and that report should be attached to the minutes of the Lodge Stated meeting.  This protects the Lodge, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the other officers of the Lodge and all the Lodge members.



Fraternally
VWB Merle Iverson, Lodge Secretary/ Treasurer
merlei@comcast.net
509.979.5173




Audubon Park Masonic Building Association     

  

I don’t know about you, but I am sure happy that spring is here!  Now is the time to start thinking about the small projects we can do over the summer. Like painting the front entrance & upstairs bathroom, fix the ceiling in the lower bathroom, cleaning the kitchen, building a closet, etcetera.  I would like to schedule one day to get a lot of work done. Let’s have an old fashion barn razing (work party), where the wife’s, kids, family and friends get together to work and have a potluck on the lawn. The work day date will be announced later. I hope everyone has a safe & fun summer.

Fraternally,

WB Rich Hentz, Chairman

  
      




Happening at the Lodge 


Audubon Park Masonic Foundation
      

  Dear Brothers and Ladies. 
We have traveled to many parts of the great state of Washington.  Many times our paths have crossed with Masons of our and other jurisdictions.  It always amazes me how easily it is to converse, be accepted and develop a report with these brothers, if only for a few moments, or other times a weekend when camping.  Often we discuss our home Lodge and the issues being faced.  Many times it is the aging and declining membership, the physical and financial condition of our Temple Building and Lodge. Sometimes it is various programs our Lodges are supporting and what plans we have in place to resolve these complex issues.  Without question, I report Audubon Park Lodge and Temple Building are very fortunate to have talented and gifted Brothers willing to lead us.  Also we are in substantially better physical and financial condition then many Lodges.
 
In my opinion the major reason our Temple Building and Lodge are in better physical and financial shape than many others is because of our Audubon Park Masonic Foundation.  It was formed to raise funds, invest its capital and provide the income for our Lodge, Temple Building, youth groups and also community charitable programs such as Public Schools Reading program, Rite Care, Food Bank and Toys for Tots.   If it was not for the Foundation, it is questionable if our Lodge and Building would have survived as long as it has. 
 
The success of the Foundation resides in the Officers who have served, the fund raising programs offered and supported and the contributions from our members.  The Foundation has also benefited by investing in the markets and experiencing wonderful growth.  In October we will have achieved a milestone and plan on celebrating our TWENTY FIFTH YEAR.  Furthermore we need to raise only $20,000 to reach our stated goal of invested assets.  The question I pose is will our Brothers be willing to contribute to our Foundation so we can reach our stated and worthy goal and celebrate in October with a wonderful gathering?
 
Please consider donating to your Foundation.  Your contribution can be in the form of a check payable to APMF or in the form of assets which can be converted to cash and invested, or, by transferring shares of stock or bond issues.  There is an advantage to transfer highly appreciated assets to our Foundation and avoid various taxes. 
In closing I add:  "If it is to be, it is up to we".



  W.B. Eric Berman, BOD Member, emeritus
Email  eebspokane@gmail.com  
cell. 509-590-9001




Audubon Park #272 Temple Board


 Rainbow Girls    

  

Rainbow Girls are meeting at Audubon Park Masonic Building the 1st and 3rd Mondays each month at 7 pm, all Masons are invited to attend their meetings. 

Call 710-1879 to find out what is happening at their meetings.



Job’s Daughters

            Job’s Daughters, Bethel #3, are meeting at Audubon Park Masonic Building the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at 7 pm.  The young ladies would love to see Masons attend the meetings.  Please come and support these young ladies.




 

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: merlei@comcast.net. 

Pillars Editor: WB. Barry Rettkowski 509-928-0075 email: brettkow@mindspring.com




Calendar of Events

Jun. 2014

6/17     Foundation Board Meeting – 5:30 p.m.

6/18     June Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

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

6/27     Family Night Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m.

 

Jul. & Aug. 2014

Lodge is dark

7/15     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

8/19     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

 

Sep. 2014

9/10     Sept. Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

9/19     Foundation Board Meeting – 5:30 p.m.

9/22     Family Night Pot Luck –– 6:30 p.m.

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






Officers 2013-2014

Worshipful Master                  WB Barry Rettkowski

Senior Warden                        B Kim Roddy

Junior Warden                         VWB Chuck Young

Secretary                                 VWB Merle Iverson

Treasure                                   VWB Merle Iverson

Chaplain                                  VWB Gaylon Arisman

Marshal                                   WB John Smith

Senior Deacon                         B John Walther

Junior Deacon                         B Rob Humbird

Senior Steward                       B Chet Caskey

Junior Steward                        WB Richard Hentz

Tyler                                        B Robert Stevensen

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

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




 

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