The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272

 

March 2003
Volume 4, Number 5



From the South...

Our "Family Night" on February 26 was not as well planned as these events normally are. Although from speaking with several of those few who attended it was still a nice evening of Masonic fun and fellowship. By way of explanation - I had a previous commitment involving the Imperial Potentate of the Shrine, who was in town for a visit at Shriners Hospital for Children. There was a bit of a mix-up on getting the invitations out and coordinating the event.

Suffice it to say, we will do much better this month. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday March 19 for the Tenth Annual Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner. The Grand Master will make his annual visit. WB Eric Berman is accepting reservations so please call him as soon as possible as this wonderful "feed" fills up fast.

One final comment. We have a new Master Mason in our Lodge. We raised Bro. Allan Jones to the sublime degree of a Master Mason on my birthday - Saturday, March 1. Many thanks to all the brethren who helped make this a memorable day for Bro. Allan. That's all from the South for this month.

Charles R. Young

Junior Warden

In Other News...

Brother Allan Roy Jones receives 3rd Degree. On Saturday March 1, Bro. Jones was raised as a Master Mason. We had a good turn-out with nearly 30 brethren in attendance for this event. We had many visitors from the El Katif Shrine. Junior Warden Chuck Young conferred the degree and WB Floyd Morse delivered the Lecture. Participants in the drama section gave inspired performances, imparting the lesson of the 3rd degree in a most meaningful way. A hearty "Thank You" to everyone who came and especially to those who helped directly in putting on this fine piece of Masonic work. Congratulations Brother Allen!!

Brother Rob Queen joins us at last. Brother Rob Queen from Whitman Lodge has affiliated with Audubon Park 272. Welcome Brother Rob! As most of you know, Bro. Rob is the son of our current Junior Deacon, Bro. Bill Queen. Nice to have a father and son team on board. Soon after the balloting on Bro. Rob completed, he was installed as Marshall for the remainder of this year. Well done Rob and thank you for picking up the baton.

In Memoriam...

We announce with sadness the passing of another brother from our ranks. Brother Andrew J. Petfish passed away February 12, 2003. He was raised in Audubon Park 272 on January 30, 1952. Last year at the Corned-Beef & Cabbage Dinner, he received his 50 year membership pin! A memorial was held in his honor at our Stated Meeting in February.

Improvements to Dining Room Tables...

Take a look at the dinning room tables! Gone are those pitiful tables with rickety legs and torn tops. VWB Chester Echelbarger and Brother Bill Queen undertook to re-laminate the tops and otherwise improve the appearance and stability of our tables. What an improvement! I'm sure you'll agree they did an outstanding job. Next time you see these brethren, take a moment to thank them for their efforts.

News from the Foundation...

WB Eric Berman passed along the following information about the Audubon Park Masonic Foundation (APMF):

Foundation Receives Estate Funds. APMF received from the Estate of Fred Schoch, Common Shares of Callon Petroleum Corporation, and they have been placed in our Pershing Brokerage Account. A very heartfelt "Thank You" was extended to his wife, Clara, and his two daughters Diane Russell and Pam Amsbury. If any other Lodge Brothers would like to donate securities to APMF, please consider doing so. Please call me at the numbers below.

Classic Car for Sale...

The Foundation has received a "1985 TOYOTA, MR2CP" 2 seater coupe. I have been told in the world of cars, this is a "hottie" (meaning hot collectable). To me, the interior looks like a airplane cockpit! It is in the process of having its engine repaired (head milled and gaskets) and detailed. It is Silver and Gray. Offers will be entertained and we will sell it to the highest and best bidder. I have been told it should sell easily in the $2900 plus range. We would like to have it sold by March 14. If you have an interest please call me.

Donating and Gifting to the APMF...

A number of years ago APMF established the "Memorial and Living Gift Program" as a permanent program and fund. Gifts of money (or other suitable assets) can be made in memory of a loved one or friend. Or, gifts can be made in living tribute to honor someone who you care about. An acknowledgment will be sent to the donor and to the family or person so remembered or honored. Gifts or donations received are invested for the long term and the income made available to the Lodge or Temple Building.

Old Business...

"Windows Program". We would like to bring this very successful program to a conclusion. There remains 1/2 window to be dedicated. One member can make a donation in the amount of $250.00 or more. Or a number of brothers could make donations totaling $250.00 more. A permanent plaque would be engraved with the donor(s) name and placed on the window edge for all to view. One suggestion was made to donate the plaque to all explorers: past, present, future. Or to all Space explorers: past, present or future. Especially all that have dedicated and devoted their lives to Space exploration. And in a number of cases given their lives. I will leave it to the members to decide. I will donate to either of the above proposals. We would like to unveil the plaque at our Annual Meeting.

Annual Meeting of APMF...

The By-Laws of APMF require us to present an Annual Report to the members of Audubon Park Masonic Lodge. I am pleased to announce the Annual Meeting of the Audubon Park Masonic Foundation is set for March 19 at 6:30 p.m. This will coincide with our 10th Annual Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner and Appreciation Night. All members and friends are invited and encouraged to attend. We will have a very short meeting, dinner and more. Also there will be door prizes, raffle prizes, give-aways, mini-auction, and perhaps a silent auction. Grand Master James Reid, Jr. (and officers) will be with us and will present certificates of appreciation to those who have made contributions in any form or amount to APMF, the Lodge or the Temple Association. Please join us in our celebrations!! If you have an item you would like to donate, please call me.

Planning for Spring Dance Underway...

Mark your calendars. The Third Annual Spring Dance "Fandango Fiesta & Burrito Bar" will take place on Friday, May 2, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. This dance is sponsored by Anne and Eric Berman. The dance will feature live music from 3 Cord Dave , back by popular demand. More information to follow. If you have any questions about any of the above items, your may reach WB Eric Berman (who is Sec.-Treas. of APMF) at either (509) 455-4308 or (509) 328-2910.

Planning for Spring Dance Underway...

Mark your calendars. The Third Annual Spring Dance "Fandango Fiesta & Burrito Bar" will take place on Friday, May 2, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. This dance is sponsored by Anne and Eric Berman. The dance will feature live music from 3 Chord Dave , back by popular demand. More information to follow. If you have any questions about any of the above items, your may reach WB Eric Berman (who is Sec.-Treas. of APMF) at either (509) 455-4308 or (509) 328-2910.

Famous Masonís Corner

Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee (1756-1818) Governor of Virginia. President Washington appointed him a general in 1794 and gave him 15,000 troops to break up the "Whiskey Rebellion." He is credited with coining the phrase "First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen." He was a member of Hiram Lodge No. 59, Virginia. He was also the father of General Robert E. Lee, Commander of the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

Masonic Quiz

Q: Why are cornerstones laid in the northeast corner?

A: Because the northeast is the point of beginning, midway between the darkness of the North and the light of the East.

Q: There are many interpretations of the symbolism of the Third degree. What are some of them?

A: See next month's Pillars


Calendar of Events

March

4 Bethel 64 meeting of Job's Daughters, 7:00 p.m.

12 Regular Stated Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

18 Bethel 64 meeting of Job's Daughters, 7:00 p.m.

19 Corn Beef n' Cabbage Dinner with Grand Master's Visit

 

April

1 Bethel 64 meeting of Job's Daughters, 7:00 p.m.

9 Stated Communication, 7:00 p.m.

15 Bethel 64 meeting of Job's Daughters, 7:00 p.m.

 

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