The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272


March 2013
Volume 15, Number 1

From the East ... 


Brothers - The calendar tells us spring is just around the corner, but with the cool rainy days and cold nights, it's still a bit further off!! I was getting excited to get my golf clubs out, and then I saw the first day of a tournament in Tucson had to be postponed because of snow!! Same thing happened in Spokane. 

We had a very successful Foundation Clam Chowder Dinner in late January. It was very well attended, proceeds for the Foundation from the dinner and auction were appreciated and WB Eric and wife Ann Berman deserve a great deal of credit for their efforts. The chef, WB Bill Wilson deserves another "well done". His recipe and hard work in the kitchen were appreciated by all. The youth groups helped with set up, serving and take down this year too. 

Our upcoming Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner on March 20 is yet another fund raiser. As has been the case in past years the Grand Master, Most Worshipful Dean Heinneman, of Temple Lodge #42 in Cheney will visit. Eastern Washington Lodge of Research #310 will again host a candidates’ forum for all those who are standing for the position of Junior Grand Warden. You are all invited to the dinner and forum. The forum will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Lodge with social hour in the dining room and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost is a very reasonable $15 per person for the best corned beef & cabbage you have ever tasted. Chef will be WB Bill Wilson again. His skill is noteworthy!! 

On a negative note, we've experience a number of thefts in the Lodge these past few weeks. I've been told a member of one of the exercise classes had her purse stolen while she was in class. Her car keys were in her purse and her car was stolen. Six or seven prints plus the railroad drills and hammer in the Hillyard Room were stolen. A police report was filed, and as of this writing I have been told where the prints may be found. I will report what I find. 

WB Bill Wilson and Bro Kim Roddy have been working on renovating the downstairs men's bathroom. If you've been to Lodge this past year you have probably noticed it's been locked. Once the work is complete you will be pleasantly surprised.

Many who have not been to Lodge in some time can expect calls from Brothers as we attempt to learn why you have not been in attendance. We are planning to conduct a "rusty nail" degree to help bring you up to speed. We also want to know if transportation is a reason. Brothers, this is YOUR Lodge and we would love to see you in attendance. We are having fun in Lodge meetings and we also meet the fourth Friday for "family night" when the ladies join us for food and fun.


That's all for this time.

VWB Chuck Young

Worshipful Master


From the West...


One thing about change is that it is constant and boy have we had a lot of change here at Audubon Park recently.  Eastern Star has moved out and Spokane 34 and the Rainbow Girls have moved in.  Members of the Temple board and the Foundation have changed and repair work on the bathroom has started.  Faces at our meetings have changed as brothers MW Harold Tucker and WB Floyd Morse are on the mend and very much missed, we welcome Brothers Rob Stevenson, Rob Humbird back after family necessities.  Brother Chris Baker is about to wrap up his degree proficiency and several petitions are underway.  Change happens and it seems to be happening faster and faster.  As Masons change is sometimes foreign to us but it is really a naturally part of our fraternity.  Make sure you are a part of all this change, come to Lodge and see what is happening.  On another note don’t forget to put Grand Lodge on your calendars.  It will be held right here in the Spokane Valley June 14-15, at the Mirabeau Park Hotel. Note here is another change Grand Lodge is only 2 days long instead of 3.  Come to Lodge.

WB Barry Rettkowski
Senior Warden

From the South...


It seems that this lodge year has only just started, but we already find ourselves thawing out from winter and spring seems just around the corner. With only a few months before Grand Lodge and the “dark” months of summer, it is appropriate to look back for a moment, but then focus our sights on the future.

During the last few meetings, we have all worked hard at improving our ritual and continuing refining our craft. We’ve had the opportunity to open on different degrees and even call from labor to refreshment and back during one of our meetings. I appreciate the opportunity to work on these less frequent parts of our ritual and, while continuing to strive for perfection, I realize that I have a long way to go. I’ve missed seeing our Senior Stewart in lodge as well, but true to form, he has continued to provide tasty snacks after our meeting, even in his absence, thanks in no small part to our Worshipful Master delivering the food and drink, and often times setting it up as well.

Looking forward to the few months ahead before summer, I want to encourage our Brethren who we haven’t seen at lodge in a while to stop by for one of the stated meetings and see what’s going on. Of the almost 100 Master Masons in our lodge, we typically only see about 10%. Many of our newest members have never met these men who have gone before us and we would cherish the opportunity to meet and learn from any one of you. If you need a ride, contact any of the officers and we would be happy to arrange a ride. My number is (509) 312-0461.

Don’t forget the family pot-luck nights are also a great way to ease back into the group. I hope to see you all at the Corn Beef and Cabbage Dinner!

B Kim Roddy 
Junior Warden


In Other News...

From the Secretary's Desk     

Greetings from the Secretary

As we move from snow to wind and rain let’s review a few ideas concerning Masons.

The Washington Masonic Code tells us our 2013 dues and assessments are payable by January 1st, 2013.

For life members, things have changed over the past 2-3 years.  The fee (called enrolled Master Mason fee) that Audubon Park Lodge pays to the Grand Lodge on your behalf has risen from $12 to $19.  The interest on your life membership fund contribution will amount to about $2.  The Washington Masonic Code now allows the Lodge to collect this enrolled Master Mason fee from Life Members and that is why Life Members see the $19 charge on their dues statement.  Non-payment of assessments is treated in the Washington Code and the Audubon Park 272 bylaws exactly like non-payment of dues.  Many Lodges are now checking for current dues cards prior to entry into the Lodge.

We are reluctant to place any member in a NPD status.  If you have problems paying the assessment, you should let us/me know.  Arrangements can be made to help distressed brethren.  Masonic Charity begins with our Masons. 

The Lodge does not have the financial resources to pay $19 for each life member.


VWB Merle Iverson


Audubon Park Masonic Building Association     

    Work continues on the maintenance and repairs of the lodge building.  Work parties are held as needed.  The men’s bathroom down stairs and painting the stairs and landing are two projects currently underway.  Keep your ears open for upcoming dates for work parties.   If anyone is interested in becoming the building manager please contact Worshipful Master Chuck Young or the Lodge secretary. 


Happening at the Lodge 

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation

Dear Brothers & Ladies: As winter fades and spring sun brings forth the beautiful colors of nature, hope you will rejoice in the light.
M.W. Br. Dean W. Heinemann, Grand Master, will be our special guest for our Twentieth Annual Corned Beef Dinner on March 20.  Our donors will be recognized and honored by presenting to them Certificates of Appreciation; and, we will report on the success of this past year.  Approximately one third of our members made donations to the Foundation these past 12 months, ranging from a few dollars to several hundred.  We received as donations, interests in two oil and natural gas partnerships with a market value approaching $5,000.  Each and every donation, no matter large or small is greatly appreciated - when grouped together they all add up to a lot.  

Additionally, our Grand Master will present to our Lodge Brothers "Years of Service" Certificates, lapel pins and dues cards reflecting 25 to 60 years of membership.  Please plan on attending and congratulate our donors and brothers.  

Update on Programs and Activities:

Clam Chowder Chowdown: We had a very good turnout, serving 72 dinners and the net proceeds of $1,006.  The raffle brought in $51.00; auction, $290.00; donations, $410.00; Eric's junk table cleared $31.00, and the dinner, $224.00.   There were great bargains acquired from the auction and junk table.  The Social Hall and table decorations were wonderful as well as the dinner.  Thank you to all. 

Recycle:  We continue to recycle batteries, cans, electric wire, copper and other metals.  I am willing to collect any items you may have to further support our Fun Raising experience.   The recyclables have brought in money which helps support our events. 

A.P.M.F. Board of Directors changes The Officers of the Foundation have been realigned:  President, Jerel Rowe; Vice President, John Smith; Treasurer, Cliff Miller; and Secretary, Chet Caskey.   The Directors are:  W.M., Chuck Young; Sr. Warden, Barry Rettkowski; and Jr. Warden, Kim Roddy.  Lodge Members are always encouraged to attend the meetings and welcome to volunteer for our events. 

On a Personal Note, I have reluctantly stepped down from the Board of Directors of A.P.M. Foundation because of requirements as a broker. The Foundation Board honored him with the status "Emeritus Board Member" and will continue serving in an advisory capacity and as the "Fun Raising Events Chairman".  It is impossible to relate to you the importance the Foundation has been in my life for all of these years, firmly believing the A.P.M.F. will continue serving the financial needs of our Temple Bldg. and Lodge.  

When the question was posed, he expressed the best tribute that can be paid is the continuing financial support of our foundation and attaining the investment goal of $250,000 to fund the current and future financial needs of Audubon Park Lodge 272 and Temple Building. 

Closing thoughts:  It is a pleasure and rewarding experience to labor in the quarry one loves with all my heart.  Please consider supporting our Foundation Fun Raising and achievement of the financial goal.  Our Lodge and Temple Bldg. are financially challenged and the one bright light is the Foundation and its ability to financially serve both.  If choose to, please consider donating when you can.

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation, 

W.B. Eric E. Berman.  509-590-9001

Audubon Park #272 Temple Board

Work continues on our temple building trying to improve it for all that are using the building.  As WM Chuck Young mentioned in his article work is progressing in the men’s bathroom on the lower level.  Spokane 34 is now meeting here and we are glad to have them.  Masons using this place that was designed for a lodge is a good thing.  In addition to Spokane 34 the Rainbow Girls are now holding their meeting here as well.  The Grandmaster has said repeatedly the need to support our youth organizations so please come and show them your support.

Order of the Eastern Star / Rainbow Girls    

   The Ivanhoe Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star merged with the chapter that meets at Manito Lodge.  We were sorry that Eastern Star will no longer be a part of the Audubon Park family.  We wish the former members of Ivanhoe the best going forward. 

As the Eastern Star move on the Rainbow Girls are meeting at Audubon Park 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.


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

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. 

If you want something put into the Pillars contact the Lodge secretary:

Audubon Park Masonic Lodge #272

POB 9575    Spokane WA 99209-9575

Or call or e-mail

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

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

Calendar of Events

March 2013

3/13     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

3/13     Mar. Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

3/20     Grand South Candidates Form -4 p.m.

3/20     Corned Beef Dinner -6:30p.m.


Apr 2013

4/10     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

4/10     Apr. Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

4/26     Family Night Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m.


May 2013

5/8       Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

5/8       Feb. Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

5/24     Family Night Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m.

Officers 2012-2013

Worshipful Master                  VWB Chuck Young

Senior Warden                        WB Barry Rettkowski

Junior Warden                         B Kim Roddy

Secretary                                 VWB Merle Iverson

Treasurer                                 VWB Merle Iverson

Chaplain                                  VWB Gaylon Arisman

Marshal                                   WB John Smith

Senior Deacon                         WB Richard Hentz

Junior Deacon                         B John Walther

Senior Steward                        B Chet Caskey

Junior Steward                        B Rob Humbird

Tyler                                        WB Bill Wilson

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