The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272
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
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:
Theme: Temperance &
Historic Lecture: Historical Temperance & Prudence in Freemasonry
Practical Lecture: Temperance & Prudence in Daily Life
Concordant Body Presentation: High Twelve
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
Theme: Youth & First
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
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
From the South...
As professional fundraiser, the first
degree’s lecture has a special place in my heart because of its mention of
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!
B John Rivera
In Other News...
From the Secretary's Desk
In Other News...
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:
Licking, MO. 65542
B. Chet Caskey
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
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
WB Rich Hentz, Chairman
at the Lodge
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
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.
Audubon Park #272 Temple Board
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, 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.
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.
Or call or e-mail
Secretary: B. Chet Caskey, Lodge Secretary (509) 863-2519
Pillars Editor: WB. Barry Rettkowski 509-928-0075 email: email@example.com
Calendar of Events
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.
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.
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.
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
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