The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272
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
WB Bill Wilson
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
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
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
In Other News...
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
at the Lodge
Audubon Park Masonic Foundation
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
“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
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 VickieAndSam@comcast.net.
Special News Note
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call or e-mail
Secretary: .VWB. Merle Iverson 509-467-7255 email: email@example.com
Calendar of Events
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.
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.
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.
Secretary /Treasurer VWB
Chaplain VWB Gaylon Arisman
Junior Steward B Robert Stephenson
Grand Lodge Grand Master MWB G. Santy Lascano