The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272
Volume 17, Number 2
From the East ...
Greetings from the East! It is unbelievable how fast time is flying by – it seems that I was only recently elected and installed as Worshipful Master, and now summer is almost upon us. I am so proud of the new officers this year and how well they are serving and learning their ritual. It is clear that our new group of Masons will continue to provide their service and leadership well into the future. We continue to attract new men to our lodge, both fresh to our fraternity as well as Masons coming to us from other lodges. I am pleased to say that while we continue to grow and see greater attendance at stated and special communications, we are continuing to carry on the traditions of Audubon Park Lodge of sharp ritual and meaningful and interesting programs.
In March, our lodge sent our Junior Warden, Br John Rivera, and Senior Deacon, Br Robert Stevenson, to the Grand Lodge Leadership Retreat (previously known as the “Warden’s Conference). They came back full of energy and good ideas, some of which we will try to implement in the coming months. Thank you to the Audubon Park Masonic Foundation for paying all of their fees, including lodging expenses in the Tri-Cities.
The Deputy of the Grand Master for District 27 conducted his official visit in April and I am happy to report our Lodge is in good standing, passing our administrative review with flying colors. We also received outstanding presentations from Job’s Daughters Bethel #3 and DeMolay Empire Chapter and I wish to thank them publically for coming to our fellowship dinner and joining us for pizza before our meeting. What a great turnout!
At our May stated communication, we held the first “Move-Up Night” the Lodge has had in at least 5 years. Not only did it provide fun entertainment and education, but it allowed the men in our Lodge to demonstrate their proficiency and preparedness for their next step in line for Lodge leadership. Well done to all who came and provided encouragement, support, and assistance!
Our theme-based education program is still intact, although much shorter than originally intended, and I am continually re-evaluating and modifying my plans. Based on feedback from the Brethren, I think I have finally hit my stride and found a happy compromise between the required business of the Lodge and quality education and entertaining topics.
I hope to see you in lodge soon,
WB Kim Roddy
From the West...
Memories -- How soon they seem to disappear. At one time, I used to pride myself on what I could remember after reading or examining a book or object. Now I find that after months of study, I still have trouble remembering the proper word sequence to the Opening and Closing of Lodge Ritual.
Don't get me wrong, brothers. It's not that I can't remember; my tongue just won't get the words in the right order.
However, my message to the Brothers isn't about my trouble with my memory, but just to remind everyone that our Lodge has initiated 3 new Masons into our Lodge recently, and the new Brothers need people to be there prepared to deliver the Fellowcraft and Master Mason degrees to them. Our Lodge has a history of doing most of the floorwork (in-house).
I will be doing my very best to see that the West will be able to fulfill the duties required of me. No excuses!!
I hope that my Brothers will strive to honor our history and turn out in order to show the world what we can do!
WB John Smith
From the South...
Shakespeare, Star Trek, and the Secrets of Freemasonry.
You have not experienced Freemasonry until have read it in the original Klingon.
“…that undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns.” Sound familiar? It should, it’s in one of our degrees and it’s actually from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The line comes from Hamlet’s soliloquy in Act I, scene ii and what Hamlet was speaking of was the uncertainly and fear associated with death, or the “undiscovered country.” He suggests that we endure all the pains of life because we don’t know and fear what comes afterwards. Hamlet was a bit dramatic and I’d like to think that Masonry made better use of the line.
Masonry is far less gloomy in what it asks us to think upon when we hear this line. The undiscovered country’s reference in our degree work is not about uncertainty and fear of death. Rather Masonry simply reminds us to do good and be good because our time on earth is limited. If you think about this long enough, you’ll also appreciate that we are given this reminder through the same working tools every time we close our lodge.
This line is also found in Star Trek VI: The “Undiscovered Country,” but I wouldn’t overthink this particular reference, unless you’re Klingon. All the main actors of the Starship Enterprise returned from their adventure during this movie and hence did not venture to the undiscovered country, so it probably doesn’t count. If you're not convinced that Shakespeare found his way into Star Trek, I invite you to watch Star Trek VI. You'll find quotes from the Merchant of Venice, the Tempest, Julius Caeser, and of course, Hamlet.
Our degree work is deep and meaningful, and if you pay attention enough, you'll catch some literary gems tht sometimes resemble Easter eggs. Be attentive to our degrees, but try to also have fun with them when you can.
B John Rivera
In Other News...
From the Secretary's Desk
In Other News...
Sandy Morse wanted to thank all of the Brethen for the wonderful Masonic service, reception, and celebration of life for WB Floyd. She said it was exactly what Floyd wanted and that she appreciates all of the support and love she is getting from everyone.
Her new address:
Licking, MO. 65542
B. Chet Caskey
At our annual meeting on January 13, 2015, the following officers were elected to serve for the ensuring year:
Chairman: WB Richard Hentz
Vice Chairman: VWB Charles Young
Secretary: VWB Charles Young
Treasurer: WB Eric Berman
WM Kim Roddy
SW John Smith
JW John Rivera
WB Barry Rettkowski
VWB Gaylon Arisman
Well I hope everyone has been enjoining the beautiful spring we have been having? It was a little wet, but not too bad. Since the last Pillars the board has approved replacing the sign on the front lawn and relocating it to a better location for all traffic on NW Blvd. can see it. WM Kim Roddy has taken on the project along with replacing the sign above the door. VWB Chuck Young will be installing a new rain gutter over the back door. WB Barry Rettkowski will be installing LED lights in the lodge room. We will also be having a spruce up day for the kitchen in July or Augusts. .
If you would like to help with any of the upcoming projects please let one of the board members know.
On behalf of the board we wish you a fun and safe summer.
Our lodge building has been really put to use this year and I would like to encourage everyone who has access to the Internet to bookmark the Audubon Park Masonic Building Calendar, found at this link: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=audubonparkmasonicbuilding%40gmail.com&ctz=America/Los_Angeles
You can also get to the Lodge calendar by going to our web site at: www.audubonpark272.com
WB Rich Hentz, Chairman
at the Lodge
Happenings at the Lodge
Audubon Park Masonic Foundation
Your Foundation had a busy January and March with the Clam Chowder Feed and the Corned Beef Dinner. Both were very successful events. I want to offer many Thanks to our MWB. Sam Roberts, Grand Master, who not only participated in performing the various duties for our Annual Meeting of the Foundation, but also rolled up his sleeves to assist us in setting up for the Corned Beef Dinner. The way he carried on one would think he even enjoyed the sharing of the labor with his brothers. I know we did and very appreciated of him doing so!!
Once again I want to give a great big Masonic Thank You to W.B. Bill Wilson who performed his culinary skills in a yeoman manner. All of us were very pleased with the set up and take down, the preparation and serving of the dinner.
Under the watchful eye of Anne Berman all of us helped, even Grand Master MWB Sam Roberts and MWB Doug Tucker (APMF President). Also helping were W.M. Kim Roddy, W.B. Barry Rettkowski, W.B. John Smith, Br. Mel Neil and many others. Anne we cannot thank you enough for all you do!
Our Demolay, Job's Daughters and Rainbow youth groups helped serve, clean up and take down and store the various items needed for a big dinner. They were assisted by their advisors, parents and family members. Each group was presented a grant check as a way to thank them and assist them financially.
Checks were presented to Rite Care and to MWB Sam Roberts' charity which is designed to respectfully retire Masonic Aprons. Also this past year we supported the food bank and toys for tots.
It has been 25 year since the establishment of our Foundation. We also had reason to celebrate as we were nearing our stated goal and when the wind blows in the right direction we reach that goal. All we need now is a gentle push over the top with a few more donations. The Board of Directors will meet in the near future to evaluate our current standing and strategic planning for the future. We cannot just sit on our laurels and play it comfy, we need to continue striving for the betterment of our Lodge and Temple Building.
Our Lodge and Temple building still face economic challenges and need financial assistance. The Foundation was formed to assist and it has. The Foundation, as of yet, does not have assets to fully fund what is needed.
You were informed W.B. Floyd Morse passed away several months ago. His widow, Sandy, has since moved to Licking MO and she contacts me and several other Brothers often. Most recently she again asked we say hello to all of the Brothers who knew Floyd. She has sent four contributions to the Foundation Memorial Fund to honor Floyd. Several of us have also made a donation. She has asked that I "tell the Brothers how much Floyd loved Audubon Park (Lodge)" and if desire to remember Floyd, as she has, with a gift to the Memorial Fund which will keep on giving.
Have a great and wonderful summer.
Audubon Park #272 Temple Board
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, 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.
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.
Or call or e-mail
Secretary: B. Chet Caskey, Lodge Secretary (509) 863-2519
Pillars Editor: WB. Barry Rettkowski 509-928-0075 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Calendar of Events
6/3 Lodge Officers practice – 5:30 p.m.
6/12 Grand Lodge of Washington Opens in Kennewick WA
6/17 June Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.
Dinner before the Meeting 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
6/19 Family Night Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m.
July / Aug 2015
Audubon Park Lodge Dark
8/25 Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.
9/2 Lodge Officers Training – 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
9/9 Sept Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.
Dinner before the Meeting 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
9/18 Family Night Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m.
9/22 Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.
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
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