The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272


March 2011
Volume 13, Number 1

From the East ... 


Brethren; as many of you may have seen by now, the Dining Room floor has been refinished and looks outstanding! A crew of Brothers showed up on Friday morning, February 18th to do the deed. MW Doug Tucker was head mop jockey, with relief by Br. Robert Stevenson, VWB Gaylon Arisman, WB Eric Berman and WB Barry Rettkowski. They divided the floor up in quarters and went at laying the finish down. In all, there were 4 coats needed, and they were finished about 1:30 p.m. Very good job Brethren, and we thank you very much for your efforts to help make our Lodge nicer!

     WB Floyd Morse, in cahoots with WB Eric Berman, did a bang-up job on the Taco Soup Family Night. Considering the snowstorm that started around noon, the “Kitchen Wizard” prevailed and did an excellent job! The quantity was planned out to a tee, as the last Brother and his Lady came in the got the last of the offerings. Thanks to those that brought desserts and chips for added consumption and color!

    On a more serious note, our March 16th Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner is a go. At present, though, it appears that the Grand Master won’t be able to make it due to a conflict in his schedule. Myself, I will be having surgery the day before, and am not too sure how I will feel the next day. I will try to be there, but if not, there will be capable hands to carry on. That is the way of our Brotherhood, and what makes it so special!

WB Bill Wilson

Worshipful Master


From the West...


     As I sit here at the ole computer trying to come up with something "meaningful" to write we've just enjoyed the annual taco soup night at the Lodge. WB Floyd was our chef again, using WB Dean Whittier's recipe. WB Dean - the only thing that would have made the evening any better was if you had been there with us to enjoy it.

     The weather was so bad that many who normally would have attended chose to stay home. Rumor had it that WB Rich Hentz was yet again stuck on top of the mountain!!!! When you look at Mt Spokane on a clear day you can see all the snow accumulation and you just KNOW WB Rich is going to be plowing!!!  WB Bill Queen and Lady Lib said they almost didn't come due to slick roads. It was a small group but all who attended enjoyed a good meal and good fellowship.

     It sure was good to see WB Chet Echelbarger too. As usual, he downplayed his surgery and said he was doing just fine. I confirmed this with his lady, who stated he truly was doing quite well on the road to recovery.

     Nancy and I depart on our latest junket to Mexico. We leave this Saturday, Feb 26 for two weeks in Puerto Vallarta. We've visited Mexico a number of times but this will be our first stay in Puerto Vallarta. We are really looking forward to the trip and have checked with the US State Dept regarding any travelers’ warnings for the area. There are none so we are anticipating a wonderful time.

     All for now. Won't see you in Lodge in March but I'll be back in the West in April.  Have a great month and God bless.

VWB Chuck Young

Senior Warden

From the South...

     Make sure you mark your calendar and join us each month at our stated meetings and at our Family nights.  Come and join in the friendship and fellowship that makes our fraternity special

WB Herb Davenport
Junior Warden

In Other News...

From the Secretary's Desk

Is there any good news that comes from a Secretary? Dues for 2011 became past due on January 1, 2011. Most have paid their dues. If you are one of the few who have not paid, be aware that you are not authorized to participate in any Masonic activity until your dues are current. Checks should be made payable to Audubon Park Lodge. Dues are $65 plus the Grand Lodge assessment of $15.

     Grand Lodge is rapidly approaching. Consider attending Lodge and find out what is being proposed as changes. Permanent change in Washington can only occur at Grand Lodge. All past Masters and current presiding Master, Senior Warden and Junior Warden are members of Grand Lodge. You certainly have the opportunity to influence what happens by talking to these Brethren. They can not read your mind.

     As I look around in Eastern Washington, Masonry is beginning to grow again. Most Lodges are doing some work; some are doing a lot of work. Ask yourself why you became a Mason. If that interest is not being fulfilled, you need to communicate your desires to the Master. We would love to move chairs into the Lodge room to accommodate all members and visitors. If you need transportation to or from Lodge, let us know.

Finally Brethren, keep WB Dean in your prayers. If you get the chance visit him in the Hospice Ward of the Spokane VA Hospital, do it. I am certain your visit will be appreciated.


VWB Merle Iverson


Audubon Park Masonic Building Association


     The carpet in our Blue Lodge room has served beyond its expected life and coming apart. A service company was asked to clean it but indicated they would not clean it as they would not assume the liability. We are checking on its replacement. The initial replacement costs have been in the range of $6,000 to $8,000. As of yet we have not located a suitable replacement, nor do we have the funds to do so. 

It has been suggested we replace we replace the 8 foot tables used in the dinning room. They have been repaired several times and during one of our events one table completely collapsed. Luckily no one was injured. If funds were available, we would purchase 20 plastic tables which have the advantage of being half the weight of our old wooden tables. Both of these projects are being looked at. Funding these projects will need support from our Foundation and from all of us.

     Contact Sonja Duffy at 509-624-2728 if you know someone that is interested in renting the building.  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


     What a wonderful dinner and auction at the Clam Chowder feed. Between donations, baked goods sale and dinner tickets we cleared $704. Thank you to one and all who assisted us in all aspects of what it takes to carry out a successful dinner. A special Thank you to W.M. Bill Wilson who again served as our Chef, Jobs Daughters helped with serving and clean up and Lady Anne who assisted with shopping, set up, decorations and overseeing every thing including yours truly. 

Our investment value has recovered from previous lows. We are closing out February with investment asset base of $165,500. Additionally one of our supporters donated 500 units of a Natural Gas Limited Partnership. The Foundation will receive monthly checks for the remaining life of the Trust. The real benefit will come when the trust is dissolved and remaining value distributed in cash. If you have an asset of value and willing to donate, please let me know. Our long term Foundation goal remains the same: To raise an asset base of $250,000 to support our Lodge, Temple Bldg and charities. Our short term goal is to have an asset base of $175,000 by Dec 31. Your contribution will help us reach this milestone.

 The Foundation Annual Meeting/Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner will be held on March 16 at 6:30 pm. We will report on our activities, provide financial reports, and present Service Awards to our members who will have completed 25, 40 and 50 years of membership. We will also present Certificates of Appreciation to our donors and present grants to our Lodge, Temple Bldg and charities. Please join us for this occasion. 

Several Brothers suggested we form a "dance group" to plan and hold dances periodically. Would you like to participate in further exploring the concept? If so please contact me. I hope you will have a wonderful spring filed with fun, love, laughter and dance.  

Fraternally Yours:  

W.B. Eric E. Berman, Sec-Treas. A.P.M. Foundation.

Phone # 509-590-9001


Ivanhoe Chapter No. 80, Order of the Eastern Star

     Our March 17, 2011 stated meeting will start at 7:30 pm and we will have the "wearing of the green" to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! A Leprechaun may come by and reveal a hidden treasure! We will also be having election of officers for the Eastern Star year 2011/2012. It should be a very busy meeting with goodies to follow the meeting in the fellowship hall. 

April will be a very busy month for Ivanhoe Chapter. We will have installation of Officers on Saturday, April 16, 2011, at 2 pm. Our stated meeting will be April 21, 2011, at 7:30 pm with our new core of officers at the helm. Ivanhoe Chapter officers for 2010/2011, led by Worthy Matron Karen Speicher and Worthy Patron James DeLano, are to be thanked for their continued support of our chapter. We will also honor our Junior Past Matron and Junior Past Patron at this meeting. 

May brings us flowers and Bloomsday! A few hardy souls will be walking in Bloomsday and we wish them well! Our stated meeting will be on May 19, 2011, at 7:30 pm and we will be honoring our Mother's with flowers and poems. "A Mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make learning unnecessary."

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

From Grand Lodge 

All Masons and Masonic-affiliated member and their families are invited to attend a family-oriented Masonic Family Celebration on Saturday, May 21. The event will be held at the Masonic Retirement Center, 23660 Marine View Drive South, Des Moines, WA. Tickets can be purchased from your District Deputy of the Grand Master. For more information contact Vickie Roberts at

Special News Note 

The WSU College of Nursing will be holding a free Health Fair at Audubon Park Lodge on March 26th from 10 am to 4 pm. They will be having blood sugar checks, blood pressure checks, bone density checks, stroke risk assessment, foot care, hand care with the paraffin baths, education and massage therapy. All Masons, Eastern Stars and families are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Who do I talk to?

Contact Sonja Duffy at 509-624-2728 if you know someone that is interested in renting the building. 

Audubon Park Masonic Lodge #272
POB 9575 Spokane WA 99209-9575

If you want something put into the Pillars :

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

Or call or e-mail 

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

Calendar of Events

March 2011

 3/9 March Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m.

 3/16 Audubon Park Foundation Corned Beef Dinner - 6:30 p.m.

3/17 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m.

3/24 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.

April 2011

 4/2 District 27 meeting at Downtown temple - 12 noon

4/5 Ivanhoe Chapter Auxiliary - The Gathering Place -11:30 am

4/13 April Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m.

4/16 Installation of Ivanhoe Officers at 2 pm 

4/21 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m.

 4/27 Family Night Pot Luck - 6:30 p.m.

 4/28 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.

May 2011

 5/3 Ivanhoe Chapter Auxiliary - The Gathering Place-11:30 am

 5/11 May Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m.

5/19 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m.

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

5/26 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.



Officers 2010-2011

Worshipful Master                  WB Bill Wilson

Senior Warden                        VWB Chuck Young

Junior Warden                         WB Norm Davenport

Secretary /Treasurer               VWB Merle Iverson

Chaplain                                  VWB Gaylon Arisman

Marshal                                   WB John Smith

Senior Deacon                         WB Barry Rettkowski

Junior Deacon                         B Kim Roddy

Senior Steward                       WB Floyd Morris

Junior Steward                        B Robert Stephenson

Grand Lodge Grand Master    MWB
G. Santy Lascano