The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272

March 2014
Volume 16, Number 1

From the East ... 


Greetings Brethren…Our March Stated meeting is on March 12th the same evening as the Corned Beef dinner.  We are in for a treat this evening as the Grand Chaplin, VWB Jim Kendall will present a talk on “The Holy Saints John: Who are they and why are they Patron Saints of Masons.”  In addition the Grand Master will be with us for dinner and the Lodge meeting. 

     We have been busy over the last several months receiving several new members and preforming degree work.  It is a joy to make a new brother or to see a brother demonstrate proficiency in the degree.  Later this month we will be passing several brothers to the second degree and soon we will have the joy of raising a new Master Mason.

     Our own Senior Warden Kim Roddy participated in the SW competition March 1st held at Temple Lodge in Cheney.  He did a great job and will represent our district at the regional competition to be held later this year.  Congratulation to Brother Kim for a job well done.  I want to offer my thanks to VWB Chuck Young for assisting Brother Kim at the competition. 

     Masonry is a personal journey and three of our Brothers are continuing their Masonic journey by joining the Scottish Rite.  They received their 14th degree on March 1 and will continue through the remainder of the degrees over the next few months.  Their continuing Masonic education reminds all of us that what we get out of Masonry is up to each of us.  The decision to come to Lodge and taking an active part in working as Masons is up to each of us to make it happen.  I hope each of you will join us at our upcoming State meeting and be a part of this Lodge. 

     I want to invite everyone to our family night on March 28th.  The evening will begin with a potluck dinner at 6:30 followed by pictures of my wife and my recent trip to China.  It is a great opportunity to visit with each other and experience the wonderful fraternal joy of our Masonic family.  I hope to see you there.


WB Barry Rettkowski

Worshipful Master


From the West...

     This has been a busy year so far at Audubon Park Lodge, and under the leadership of Worshipful Brother Barry, we have worked, as Masons, for the good of our lodge (and humanity!). Our stated communications have been time well spent as we improve in our craft, listen to interesting lectures by our Brethren, continue to understand the Washington Masonic Code, and enjoy each other’s company.

     In December we held a home beer brewing class for those interested and it was well received. Each person that came learned the basics of this new craft and even took home a bottle for sampling later. If you are interested in attending one of these classes, let any of the officers of the Lodge know and we’ll get you on the invite list.

     The New Year brought a new experiment with dinner at 6:00 PM, before our monthly meeting, instead of after. For now, we usually have to take the meal in the Hillyard Room due to the Zumba class at the same time, but we hope to have that conflict resolved in a few months. Of course our Senior Steward, Br. Chet “the Younger” continues to provide well planned and delicious meals for our enjoyment, as well as light dessert after the meetings.

     We have a number of younger, new Brothers, not only taking the degrees and proving up in Lodge, but also stepping into officer and leadership positions in both the Lodge and Foundation.

    At the end of February we welcomed another new man into our Fraternity, the grandson of one of our own members. It was a real joy to see the look on his grandfather’s face as he presented him with his new apron during his Entered Apprentice work.

     What does all this mean to you? Hopefully you will see that our Lodge is thriving and growing and if you haven’t been coming to lodge lately, you should give it a try again. There is a lot going on and we’re having fun as we continue the rich Masonic heritage at Audubon Park Lodge.


Senior Warden

B Kim Roddy

From the South...


     Brothers – here it is early March and we’re STILL getting snow. Matter of fact, we had so much last Monday February 24 we cancelled the rehearsal for the Entered Apprentice Degree slated for Wednesday February 26. The weather was still a factor on that Wednesday as the Junior Steward couldn’t get “off the mountain” and the Secretary/Treasurer was ill. The Senior Steward was otherwise committed and I told him I DIDN’T want him to cancel the dance class with his wife. I trust you will agree that was a good decision on my part!! We were very fortunate to have sufficient Brothers in each place on that Wednesday to conduct the initiation.

     I want to take this opportunity to thank those Brothers who helped initiate Brother Justin Ray Haldeman Wednesday, February 26: Bro Kim Roddy as Senior Warden; VWB Dave Ferguson as Junior Warden and Prompter; Bro John Walther as Senior Deacon; WB Bill Queen as Junior Deacon; WB Terry Smith of Boyer Mountain Lodge as Senior Steward; WB Dave Campanella of Boyer Mountain Lodge as Junior Steward; WB Eric Berman as Treasurer; VWB Gaylon Arisman as Chaplain, Secretary, and performing the circumambulation; WB Bill Wilson as Tyler; Bro John Rivera as Marshall; Bro Ray Haldeman, Justin’s grandfather, who presented his apron; and Bro Brett Howell, who gave the Charge.  WB Floyd Morse did an excellent job giving the lecture, as he always does.

    I am disappointed to have to report that Bro Chris Baker, one of our newest members will be leaving Spokane to take a new job with Masonic Rite Care in Seattle. He’ll still be involved with Masonry, just in a different way. We will miss him as he has been a great addition to the Lodge and to his efforts fund raising for the Inland Northwest Chapter of the Boy Scouts.

     The last Friday of the month, February 28, we had our monthly Family Night potluck. Although attendance was a bit sparse, Bro Ray Haldeman joined us and brought an excellent cherry cream cheese pie, made by his wife. He told us he was sent by her to “scout out” the event. He told me he had a nice time and will encourage his wife to attend in March, when we have our annual corned beef dinner. Our newest Brother, Justin Haldeman, was also there and had a good time as well. If you haven’t attended one of our family nights please plan to come. There is always plenty of good food and drink and we have a great time.

     We have twelve new round tables and used them Friday for the first time. They are really nice and the round tables encourage more socializing.  That’s all for this edition. Hope to see you in Lodge soon. Remember, our March Stated Meeting the Grand Master will visit, as well as some of the candidates for the Grand South.


VW Chuck Young

Junior Warden


In Other News...

From the Secretary's Desk     

Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner, together with honoring our senior Master Masons is always a great treat for me. Do you have any idea what Masonry was about 60 & 65 years ago at Audubon Park Lodge 272.  It would make for an interesting research project to interview some of our older Brethren, perhaps even record the interview, and get their perceptions about Masonry then and now.  My perception thru my Father and Grandfather’s eyes shows me the fraternal aspect is little changed, but the social aspect is much changed.  Keeping in mind that society has changed, I challenge each of us to aid in bringing ourselves, our Brother Masons and all of mankind to more light.

     As some of you know I am fortunate to have been elected to serve in the Grand Line for the Knights Templar of Washington, one of four York Rite Bodies.  In this regard, I get to travel to various Lodges in Washington, but outside the Greater Spokane Area.  I mentally compare those visited facilities to Audubon Park’s building.  Brethren Audubon Park’s building is outstanding in almost all aspects.  Two things we struggle with is lack of sufficient parking and a split entrance to our building. Short of winning the Lotto, there is little that can be done about either as a fix for each is very expensive and from a business sense we would question whether to update a facility with declining membership.  Our Building Association is doing a good job of updating and maintaining our facility.  Our current membership is now below 100 members and 80% of those are life members.  Without outside rentals we cannot support the maintenance of this building.  I challenge each of you to put on your thinking caps and give the Temple Board ideas on improving the use of our facility by other groups willing to pay a fair rental value.

VWB Merle Iverson, Lodge Secretary/ Treasurer

Audubon Park Masonic Building Association     


     In the last Pillars I reported that Bill the Fauceteer was going to fix our plumbing problems. I am happy to report that all of our leaks have been repaired and a new drinking fountain has been installed.  I also reported that the Building Association was trying to raise money to buy new round tables.  With the money we raise from the Clam Chowder, donations and a grant from the Audubon Park Masonic Foundation we were able to buy 12, 60 inch round tables.  Sign up for the Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner on March 12th and check out the new tables. 

     The Building Association has decided to sell many of the old rectangular tables as we have limited storage.  If you have an interest in any of them please email or call Eric Berman or one of the lodge officers.

     We have changed the date of the Building Association meetings. They will be on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm at the Lodge.  Everyone is welcome to attend and help make our temple the best it can be.
Think Spring!!


WB Rich Hentz, Chairman


Happening at the Lodge 

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation


The Clam Chowder Dinner held on Jan. 24, 2014, over forty attended the dinner.  W.B. Bill Wilson, our chef, again prepared at wonderful dinner, assisted by Lady Anne and good brothers, ladies, youth and advisers of Rainbow, Jobies, and Demolay.  We netted $222.00 from the dinner and received donations of $610.00 for the Table Replacement Fund.  Our event was very successful raising a total of $832.00.

     The Foundation has committed to the funding the purchase of 12 round tables a second cart and table cloths.  The tables are lighter and one person can easily handle them.  We are interested in assisting in acquiring lighter weight fold-able chairs to eliminate the need to carry heavier chairs up and down the stairs for wedding and receptions as the next step. Contributions to complete the funding for our tables and chairs are always welcome. We intend to engrave the names of our donors on a plaque to be mounted in a prominent place.  

     March 12th is the date for our 21st annual Corned Beef Dinner and Appreciation Evening.  The cost is $15.00 for all the corned beef you can eat as well as all of the fixings.  There will be an alternate meal available, just let us know.  The evening kicks off at 5:45 p.m. with a social time followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.  The Grand Master, various elected or appointed Officers and committeemen will be in attendance.  It is our chance to meet these candidates who aspire to the Grand South.  Consider coming and asking penitent questions.  A number of our Brothers will be recognized for being members for 50 to 65 years.  Our donors will be recognized and be presented with a Certificate of Appreciation.  Please consider attending this fun-filled evening.  We also will present grants to our charities.

     October 16, 1989 our Foundation was incorporated.  The Corned Beef Dinner will be the kick off for the final push to fund our Foundation.  With the donations received over the years and investment growth of our asset base we are within $20,000 of our goal. Since inception, the Foundation has presented over $25,000 in grants to our selected charities: Audubon Park Lodge, Temple Building, Jobies, Rainbow, DeMolay, Food Bank and Speech Center.  Our Foundation and donors have made a difference.


In closing remember "If it is to be, it is up to we!"  Always feel free to email or call me.

  W.B. Eric Berman, BOD Member, emeritus
cell. 509-590-9001

Audubon Park #272 Temple Board

 Rainbow Girls    


Rainbow Girls are meeting at Audubon Park Masonic Building 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.

Job’s Daughters

            Job’s Daughters, Bethel #3, are meeting at Audubon Park Masonic Building the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at 7 pm.  The young ladies would love to see Masons attend the meetings.  Please come and support these young ladies.


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

Mar. 2014

3/12     March Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

3/18     Foundation Board Meeting – 5:30 p.m.

3/25     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

3/28     Family Night Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m. – China Pictures


Apr. 2014

4/9       April Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

4/15     Foundation Board Meeting – 5:30 p.m.

4/22     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

4/25     Family Night Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m.


May 2014

5/13     May Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

5/19     Foundation Board Meeting – 5:30 p.m.

5/22     Family Night Pot Luck –– 6:30 p.m.

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

Officers 2013-2014

Worshipful Master                  WB Barry Rettkowski

Senior Warden                        B Kim Roddy

Junior Warden                         VWB Chuck Young

Secretary                                 VWB Merle Iverson

Treasure                                   VWB Merle Iverson

Chaplain                                  VWB Gaylon Arisman

Marshal                                   WB John Smith

Senior Deacon                         B John Walther

Junior Deacon                         B Rob Humbird

Senior Steward                       B Chet Caskey

Junior Steward                        WB Richard Hentz

Tyler                                        B Robert Stevensen

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