The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272

March 2015
Volume 17, Number 1

From the East ... 

    

Greetings and happy March! This is a special month for me because it was 5 years ago on St. Patrick’s Day that I was made a Mason, receiving my initiation as an Entered Apprentice on 17 March, 2010. It has been quite a ride the last five years, and while I have learned a lot about Freemasonry and the fine traditions of our Lodge, I have also discovered that I have a lot more to learn still. A number of the new Brethren I came up with have joined either the Scottish Rite or York Rite and have encouraged me to consider following their lead. They report there are many more lessons in Freemasonry given and explained, and are certain I would enjoy the experience. My response to them has been, and will continue to be, “Blue Lodge First!” I want to make sure I concentrate on our lodge and my obligations before I continue down those other paths of discovery. My year as Worshipful Master, for instance, has been a never-ending learning experience as I attempt to discover the secrets of leading and motivating an all-volunteer group of men. I also have a lot to learn regarding presiding over stated communications, meeting all of the requirements of initiations, installations, investigations, balloting, and so on, while still providing an informative, entertaining and enlightening education program. Let me tell you, the ritual is the easy part! I felt I finally reached a significant milestone in January when I was able to keep the meeting to less than two hours. 

Over the last three months we have entered three new members, elected two new plural members, and have another investigation underway. More than one of our new Brethren are tearing through their proficiency and we will be conducting Fellow Craft degrees soon. While I wasn’t able to install all of my appointed officers on schedule, I am pleased to report that they are all installed now. Please see the list of officers on the back sheet of this newsletter to get to know them – you will see that only three are Past Masters of our Lodge, which was one of my stated goals last year. 

I plan to continue with my theme-based education program, but in a trimmed-down form, and I look forward to volunteers to help spread the labor and reduce the time the Brethren have to listen to me talk. I know a few of you are getting a little tired of my voice! 

The themes for the next three months are as follows: 

Mar 2015                                             Theme: Temperance & Prudence
Historic Lecture:                                 Historical Temperance & Prudence in Freemasonry
Practical Lecture:                                Temperance & Prudence in Daily Life
Concordant Body Presentation:         High Twelve
 

Apr 2015                                             Theme: Immortal Soul
Historic Lecture:                                 Mackey on The Immortal Soul
Practical Lecture:                                How Knowing We Have an Immortal Soul Changes
                                                           The Way we Think and Act
Concordant Body Presentation:         El Katif Shrine & The Grotto
 

May 2015                                            Theme: Youth & First Degree Symbolism
Historic Lecture:                                 Evolution & Symbolism of the First Degree
Practical Lecture:                                Using Lessons Learned in the First Degree to be a
Better Parent, Mentor & Friend

Concordant Body Presentation:         Masonic Youth Groups

 

Our next meeting should be interesting as I have been informed that the Deputy of the Grand Master for District 27 intends to conduct his official visit in March. I have also been told that MWB Sam Roberts, the Grand Master of our Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons may also be in attendance.

May meeting will be a “Move-Up Night,” where each officer will move up one chair and get to experience what next year might feel like in the lodge. We will have a shorter program in May, and allow some time for “stop-and-go” ritual. It will also be a night that some of our Masonic Youth Groups may make presentations, if they are available.

I hope to see you in lodge soon,
 

WB Kim Roddy

Worshipful Master




From the West...  

Memories -- How soon they seem to disappear.  At one time, I used to pride myself on what I could remember after reading or examining a book or object.  Now I find that after months of study, I still have trouble remembering the proper word sequence to the Opening and Closing of Lodge Ritual.

Don't get me wrong, brothers. It's not that I can't remember; my tongue just won't get the words in the right order.

However, my message to the Brothers isn't about my trouble with my memory, but just to remind everyone that our Lodge has initiated 3 new Masons into our Lodge recently, and the new Brothers need people to be there prepared to deliver the Fellowcraft and Master Mason degrees to them.  Our Lodge has a history of doing most of the floorwork (in-house).

I will be doing my very best to see that the West will be able to fulfill the duties required of me. No excuses!!

I hope that my Brothers will strive to honor our history and turn out in order to show the world what we can do!

WB John Smith

Senior Warden





From the South...

    

As professional fundraiser, the first degree’s lecture has a special place in my heart because of its mention of Jacob’s ladder.
For those of you who are familiar with the Bible, Jacob’s ladder appears in Genesis 28 but the mention that actually catches our ears is actually in 1 Corinthians 13, “…and now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

Charity in biblical context literally means love, but I believe both words in our time go hand-in-hand.  Genuine charity is made out of love and we are charitable to our fellow earth-bound fellows because we love them.

I always enjoy this portion of the first degree, not because I believe it’s a good reminder to our brethren to be charitable, but because it’s a reminder to our brethren to be charitable for the right reason—love.  Find a cause you genuinely love and give what you can often.  I can assure you, you’ll feel happier and you’ll be a round higher on Jacob’s ladder.

If you haven’t found a cause you genuinely love yet, have I got a masonic charity for you! 

Junior Warden

B John Rivera

In Other News...


From the Secretary's Desk     
     

Sandy Morse wanted to thank all of the Brethen for the wonderful Masonic service, reception, and celebration of life for WB Floyd.  She said it was exactly what Floyd wanted and that she appreciates all of the support and love she is getting from everyone. 

 

Her new address:

            Sandy Morse

            203 Cassi

            Licking, MO. 65542

 

B. Chet Caskey

Lodge Secretary

(509) 863-2519

 



Audubon Park Masonic Building Association    

 At our annual meeting on January 13, 2015, the following officers were elected to serve for the ensuring year:

                        Chairman:                    WB Richard Hentz

                        Vice Chairman:           VWB Charles Young

                        Secretary:                    VWB Charles Young

                        Treasurer:                    WB Eric Berman

Other members;

                                    WM Kim Roddy

                                    SW   John Smith

                                    JW    John Rivera

                                    WB Barry Rettkowski

                                    VWB  Gaylon Arisman
           

At our January meeting it was approved to get three bids to replace the old kitchen Counter tops.  Bids were received from: Joe Kawalec Construction, Lowe’s and Great Floors.

At our February meeting Joe Kawalec Construction bid was accepted.  Work should begin in two to three weeks. 

Our lodge building has been really put to use this year and I would like to encourage everyone who has access to the Internet to bookmark the Audubon Park Masonic Building Calendar, found at this link: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=audubonparkmasonicbuilding%40gmail.com&ctz=America/Los_Angeles

You can also get to the Lodge calendar by going to our web site at: www.audubonpark272.com


Fraternally,

WB Rich Hentz, Chairman

  
      




Happenings at the Lodge 


Audubon Park Masonic Foundation
      

  

There are two very significant occurrences: The first, APMF was established twenty five years ago.  The second, we are nearing our base goal.  We will celebrate both milestones on Wed. March 18, 2015 during APMF Annual Membership meeting. 

At our Annual Membership Meeting MW Br. Sam Roberts, Grand Master, will be our special guest.  We will honor and present Service Awards to our donors.  We will host the customary reception at 6:00 and dinner at 6:30.  We will have several raffle prizes and also door prizes.  Our foundation will present Grant Checks to our various charities.  I hope you will be able to attend our very special evening.   

This all started because the Temple building and Lodge were financially strapped and did not have the money to pay its utilities or real estate taxes.  The Temple Board decided to send an appeal letter to the Audubon Park Lodge and Eastern Star Chapter Members.  Sufficient donations were received to meet these expenses and bank a few dollars.  What followed was a number of Brothers at a Temple Board Meeting discussing establishing a permanent fund creating the Serendipity Fund - unexpected treasure. We found a "Mason Jar" and passed it around collecting our change and cash. Soon other Brothers added to the fund.  Br. Richard Sayre communicated with our Grand Secretary, R.W. Br. Wally Tongsted, and over time the By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation were submitted to Grand Lodge, being approved on October 19, 1989. MWB Harold E. Tucker was Grand Master.   

"Fun Raising" has been a priority over these past 25 years and have included various letters, dances, Clam Chowder and Corned Beef dinners, Spaghetti Feeds, and donated assets.  Honorarium, Memorial and Bequest Fund now exceed $23,000 in donations.  These funds are invested and the income can only be used to support the Temple Building.  If there is a loved one, friend or a Brother whom you would like to honor or have remembered please consider this fund.   

 The annual audit of the records of the APMF has been completed and all has been found to be in good order.  Also there has been a change in Leadership with MWB Doug Tucker being elected President and agreed to serve as Treasurer. Br. Robert Stevenson was elected Secretary. 

Our Foundation annual meeting, Corned Beef dinner and activities occur during the spring season.  If you are willing to contribute, voluntarily, to our "Pot of Gold" your donation will be greatly appreciated and thus we will spring ahead. And what a grand celebration we will enjoy. 


  W.B. Eric Berman, BOD Member, emeritus
Email  eebspokane@gmail.com  
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: B. Chet Caskey, Lodge Secretary (509) 863-2519

Pillars Editor: WB. Barry Rettkowski 509-928-0075 email: brettkow@mindspring.com




Calendar of Events 

March 2015

3/4       Lodge Officers practice – 5:30 p.m.

3/11     March Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner before the Meeting 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

3/18     Corned Beef Dinner – 6:00 p.m.

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

 

April 2014

4/1       Lodge Officers practice – 5:30 p.m.

4/8       April Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner before the Meeting 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

4/17     Family Night Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m.

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

 

May 2014

5/6       Lodge Officers Training – 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

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

Dinner before the Meeting 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

5/15     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




 

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