The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272


March 2008
Volume 10, Number 1

From the East ...

WOW...Greetings from the East, that sounds so unreal to me. But it is true and so far I haven't passed out, threw up or given up!! So hang in there with me!!

I have been doing quite a bit of visiting and in my travels I have noticed a "syndrome" that occurs once in a while. That syndrome being "Outside Man".... For the most part people are very friendly and cordial, but there have been times when I have felt very much like an outsider. In today's world when we are struggling to keep membership growing we all need to be more aware of visitors and make them feel welcome and wanting to return. I don't see it in our Lodge, but just want us to be aware that it is out there and can easily occur. We may not be aware of it when we are attending to all of the pre-meeting business.

We have several things coming up in the near future. The next one is our "Taco Soup Dinner" for everyone, Brothers, Ladies, and Friends before our stated meeting on the 12th of this month. The Demolay will be giving their "Flower Talk" and this is open to everyone. I am hoping that each of you will bring your "Lady" to this beautiful presentation, it is well worth seeing. We will be serving taco soup for everyone at 6:00 and then open Lodge at 7:00. We will then go off session for the presentation. The boys have been working on this, so please everyone attend and have a wonderful evening. If any of the Ladies need a ride home, please let us know and it will be provided.

The one day conferral on the 15th of March is at the downtown Temple and Audubon Park Lodge is putting on the 2nd degree. If you can help, let us know, if you would like to attend, we would appreciate the support. Please attend March 19th for our annual corned beef and cabbage dinner. The 22nd of March is our visitation to the Shrine Hospital; this begins at 3:00 pm. This visitation is scheduled during the "Shrine Hospital Appreciation Month". April's stated meeting will be the 9th and I plan on having something come in on that...please stay tuned for those headlines. Wanted to let you know that on April 5th the Eastern Star are having their Installation and Lib & I are going in as Associate Matron & Patron and would love to have you attend.

I would like to throw an idea about having a pancake feed at the lodge hall one weekend this coming spring. It would be just your old fashioned pancake, meats, juices and fellowship to raise a few dollars for the Lodge. Please think about it before the next meeting and let me know you thoughts. I have attended a couple in the past few months and they've been fun and I thought we could put one together for the good of the Lodge. Keep in mind Grand Lodge is coming up soon...

Please share a smile, as you never know who made need one!!

Bill Queen
Worshipful Master

From the West...

Greeting Brothers, winter seems to be on the way out and spring is just around the corner. I hope everyone faired well. With better weather on the way I hope to see more brothers at Lodge. Friendship and fellowship are important parts of our fraternity and only work when we all work together. VWB Chet Echelbarger is on the mend, we all wish him a speedy recovery. As WM Bill stated, the Demolay youth will present a special program at this months stated meeting let's make sure all their work is rewarded and have a good turn out. Join us for dinner at 6:00 pm that night before the Stated meeting. I will be attending the Wardens seminar at Yakima next month with the Junior Warden. We will be working hard to make the future of our Lodge successful. I hope to all of you at Lodge this month.

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...

On Feb. 23, I attended Lodge Leadership Training with WM Bill Queen and SW Barry Rettkowski. It was an all day workshop and one of the best I have been too. I would recommend this workshop to all brethren. If you would like to known more come to the meeting on March 12.

Snow, snow, snow, we had more snow at our home this winter than any other. That is why I couldn't make it to the Jan. & Feb. meetings. I hired a logging company to plow, my one mile drive, four times. Thank you to the brethren who sat in the south for me.

I was looking through my Masonic material and I found a card I used to hand out to the members, be an Active Member. Be an active member, the kind that would be missed; don't be just contented that your name is on the list. Do attend the meetings and mingle with the crowd; don't stay at home and crab both long and loud. Don't leave the work for just a few and gripe about the clique. And take time out to visit a member who is sick. There is quite a program scheduled that means success, if done, and it can be accomplished with the help of everyone. So attend the meetings regularly and help with hand and heart, be an active member and take an active part. Think this over, Member. Am I right? Be an active member, please don't just belong.

Rich Hentz
Junior Warden

In Other News...

From the Secretary's Desk

The year end report to Grand Lodge has been made. We received a check from the Grand Lodge Life Membership for $2300.00 as our portion of the income from the investment pool. We will pay per-capita on 100 of our members nearly $1400.00. We have 121 members listed on the roles. 21 are dues paying members, 91 are Grand Lodge Life Members and 9 are fifty year members. Only 5 members have not paid their current dues. Recently several of our members entered the Celestial Lodge: Wes Shuford, John Odette, and Richard Hubbard.

I'm waiting on four petitions to be returned for Degrees of Masonry. Also, I received 2 petitions for Affiliation and waiting and I'm waiting for additional paperwork, Demits or letters of good standing. Our March Stated Meeting will be here very soon. If any one has additional petitions or paperwork for my desk, please remit ASAP.

I had email correspondence this past week with a Brother from Spokane traveling out of state. This sojourner, visiting a lodge in Nevada, met one of our former brothers, whom we lost contact with many years ago. PLEASE, notify the Secretary if you move, or the Post Office changes your address or zip code! This is important because bulk mail generally is not forward able. If the piece is returned the Lodge is charged an additional 41 cents. Eventually with the passing of time the members name may be dropped from the rolls.

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 met in February for the first time since November 2007. We elected not to meet in December, due to the holidays and inclement weather (lots of snow) caused the January meeting to be cancelled as well. Not to worry, your Temple Board is hard at work with the best interests of all in mind. Here are a few items of interest.

The Lodge continues to be rented every Sunday by the Marshallese Assembly of God Church. We have increased the rent slightly and are working closely with their Deacons to insure they respect the building. Many children contribute to the wear and tear, but we are holding them accountable and have improved our communication & gave them a copy of the Rules for Use of the Building.

We are also seeing a good deal of interest and activity regarding Lodge rentals for special occasions. As of this writing we have five confirmed rentals so far this year. WB Eric developed a rental brochure, which will be very helpful as potential renters seek us for their special events. We also increased our daily rental rates slightly, based on a survey of comparable facilities in the area. We are in the range for similar facilities but want to insure we are pricing our rent attractively.

The Fire Marshall tells us that lighted EXIT signs and EMERGENCY LIGHTING will need to be installed. We will be seeking estimates for these two important safety features. We were also told the Maximum Occupancy of the building is 125 upstairs and the same downstairs. We added two new fire extinguishers in the kitchen to insure we are up to code requirements.

We will be getting approximately twenty of the dining room chairs recovered, due to wear and tear. This may be an ongoing effort to keep the chairs nice looking and functional for our functions and rental use.

We need a Board Vice Chairman and Secretary. If any are interested please contact WM Bill Queen. If you would like to know what the positions entail, you can speak with one of the current Board members.

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

Happening at the Lodge

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation

Dear Brothers, I hope your 2007 year closed in good order for you and 2008 will be an even more wonderful year. Your Foundation Board of Directors have had a busy period and made a number of decisions.

The Foundation had 19 investment positions. The Board reviewed these positions and make changes in the portfolio. Six very small positions (total value less than $500.00) were closed out. Several smaller funds were merged into one, creating a fund with a minimum balance of $10,000, and invest in a new management company Aim Capital, Energy Fund. The Portfolio now holds nine investments and a money market fund and is more easily managed.

The up and downs of the markets are not new to the investment community. The Foundation is invested for the long term. Market Down turns are an opportunity for us to buy in. We just wished we had more to invest. Over the past 5 months the current assets have fluctuated around $140,000 to $150,000.

The Foundation Board of Directors will be meeting to review our year end and Feb to Feb values. We then will make a decision on funding the grant requests we have received. The Foundation has already donated $600.00 to the Temple to assist in replacing the outdated computer system and printer. $600.00 was also donated to Audubon Park Lodge to pay for the Senior and Junior Wardens to attend the Wardens Seminar. Also, we assisted in buying the bikes for the schools Bikes for Books Program. We are investing in our future leadership and have received requests from Jobbies, Rainbow Girls and Demolay Boys for their annual conventions.

The funds raised through the Annual Pledge drive and the Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner are vital to the growth of the Foundation. I encourage those of you who are in the area to try to attend this Dinner. Grand Master, M.W. Br. Wayne I. Smith, will be our special guest as will R.W. Br. Doug Tucker, Deputy Grand Master. Another special guest will be Spokane mayor Mary Verner. A very brief report will be given as well as certificates to our donors and award grants. We will welcome comments from M.W. Br. Smith, R.W. Br. Tucker and Mayor Verner. It is the grants from the Foundation which assists and makes a difference in the funding of the Temple building and Lodge.

Please send your request for this years Corned Beef Dinner ASAP.

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


Ivanhoe Chapter No. 80, Order of the Eastern Star

On behalf of Ivanhoe Chapter No. 80, Order of the Eastern Star, I would like to invite the members of Audubon Park Lodge No. 272 and their ladies and family, to the installation of officers for 2008-2009 on April 5, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Audubon Masonic Temple. Refreshments will follow the installation.

We look forward to getting more of our Eastern Star members to come to your Family Night Dinners and get better acquainted with each of you. Ivanhoe Chapter No. 80 is very glad to be able to hold their meetings here at Audubon. We invite all your members to join us for our fund-raising events this year and we in-turn wish to support your events.

See the calendar for upcoming events during March through May. June 19, 2008 - Stated meeting for Ivanhoe Chapter @ 7:30 p.m. June 29 to July 2, 2008 - Grand Chapter of Washington, OES, Yakima
Ada Anderson, PM

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: Where do we find the following line: "The singing Mason building roofs of gold"?
A: Shakespeare's Henry V.

Q: In 1943 Hollywood made a Masonic picture. What was the name of it?
A: See the June 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

March 2008
3/12 March Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
3/19 Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner - 6:30 p.m.
3/20 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m.
3/25 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.
3/29 Practice for Eastern Star installation - 2:00 p.m. at Audubon Masonic Temple

April 2008
4/5 Installation of Officers for Ivanhoe Chapter No. 80 - 2:00 p.m.
4/9 April Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
4/17 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m.
4/22 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.
4/23 Family Night Potluck - 6:30 p.m.

May 2008
5/4 Past Deputy Instructor Luncheon honoring WGM Marjoe Richards and WGP Phil Green at North Hill Masonic Temple, 706 West Garland Avenue, at Noon.
5/14 May Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
5/15 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m.
5/27 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.
5/28 Family Night Potluck - 6:30 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    B Gary Syme
Senior Steward -------
Junior Steward -------
Tyler -------
Grand Lodge Deputy Grand Master    RWB Douglas E. Tucker
Deputy of District 27    VWB Chuck Young