The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272

 

May 2005
Volume 7, Number 5




From the East ...


Brother Bill Wilson, our Senior Warden, did a wonderful job "passing to the Fellow Craft Degree" our Brother Jerel Rowe on Wednesday April 20. Brother Bill opened and closed Lodge and also conferred the degree. What a spectacular job he did. Joining him was VWB Art Putnam, North Hill Lodge #21 giving the Middle Chamber Lecture, and our own WB Floyd Morse, who gave the "G" Lecture. Finally, WB Bob Holler, Master of Medical Lake Lodge did an outstanding job of the charge and also gave the closing charge and prayer when Lodge was closed. It was somewhat of an "ecumenical" evening but Brother Jerel knows he is a Fellow Craft Mason, without a doubt.

For those of you who subscribe to the EW Mason's email system, you may remember that when I posted news of the Second Degree, I listed the wrong date. My error was noted by WB Jason Gordon and also by WB Eric Berman. Thinking I had made the error intentionally, WB Eric offered "One Hundred Grand" candy bars to all who attended. He supplied quite a few. I didn't count, but there were many Masons in attendance when we brought Brother Jerel to more Light in Masonry. Also in attendance was VWB Dean Heinemann, Deputy of the Grand Master in District 27 and Master of Temple Lodge #42. It's always a pleasure to have VWB Dean in our Lodge.

One final comment though I may be "stepping on the Secretary's toes". If you move, change address, go away for a period of time or otherwise won't be receiving The Pillars, PLEASE let us know of the change. Since The Pillars is bulk mail, it is not forwarded. When it's returned, we pay $0.70 for the returned postage. We want you to receive our newsletter so please insure you notify the Lodge when your address changes or when you are going to be away for an extended time. We can save the back issues for you or we can make the address correction and get them to you. That's all for this month."

Chuck Young
Worshipful Master



From the West...

I thought that I had just written one of these only a day or two ago! Time flies when you're having fun ... We have had a busy month of April, what with conferrals, stated meeting, and Family Night! It was my distinct pleasure to confer the second degree upon Bro. Jerel Rowe, with the able assistance of WB Floyd Morse for the "G" lecture, and WB Brace Holler for the charge. Thanks also to MWB Harold Tucker for the sideline prompts, etc. (snicker snicker). To VWB Dean Heineman, I WILL get it right next time, I promise! I get to relax in May. I'll be back in the West again and let WM Chuck Young re-assume his rightful place in the East. It looks so easy from the West; I will guarantee you that it isn't. See you in Lodge Brothers all...



Bill Wilson
Senior Warden


From the South...

I hope everyone that attended the bar-b-que on April 27th had a good time. It was fun "sweating it out" over that hot bar-b-que! We had hamburgers and hotdogs that were grilled to perfection! You would never guess who the "Chef" was would you? Ha ha! There were delicious salads and deserts to accompany the bar-b-que that made for a delicious dinner.

 

This month the Family Potluck will be on 5/25/05 at 6:30. This potluck will be dedicated to the "Mothers" in our lives. Lib and I will be providing beef stroganoff for the main dish and if you would please bring a salad to accompany the meal to complete our evening. We'll be doing something a little different for the door prize this coming month, you'll find out when you come to the dinner. ????

 

Libby and I want each of you to know that we appreciate the support and attendance to the Family Nights. It is a pleasure each month to see and visit with all of you and always "Remember to share your smiles as you never know who might need one".


Bill Queen
Junior Warden


In Other News...


Temple Board Report

The Temple Board met on April 26, at 6 PM. Avista lowered our averaged monthly billing amount from $460 to $339. We received a refund check for the amount over billed, and returned the check so it would be applied to future billings.

The annual insurance has been paid effective May 1, 2005 to April 30, 2006. Our insurance was lowered $60 for the year.

The Temple Board is looking at ways to improve the lodge answering machine, or process, to assure we are responding to messages timely. We are also considering options for promoting and managing the renting of our building to maximize our income.

At our next work party day we hope to paint the ceilings in the Tyler's Room, the cloakroom and upstairs restroom. If enough people come we will prep the walls in the ballroom for painting. The date for the next work party will be announced at the next Lodge meeting.

We are getting bids for painting the ballroom, fireside room, stairwell and entrance area.

Please contact your Temple Board members if you have suggestions to make our Temple better.

To learn more about what is happening in our Lodge visit our webpage at www.audubonpark272.com. The current schedule of activities is posted there.

 

Brother Allan Jones


Happening at the lodge ...


At the April Stated meeting reports and communication were present to the Lodge including a report to Grand Lodge that Audubon Park Lodge member reported $133,000 in donated time and money during the past year. The Lodge approved the new By-laws and Articles of Incorporation for the Northwest Temple Association. Answering the Master's challenge, seven brothers attended the Job's Daughters meeting April 19. The young ladies presented a very good meeting and were appreciate of the brother's support.

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation.


Informing the "Public" is one of the mandatory requirements of regulatory and judicial authorities including: State Of Washington, Internal Revenue Service, Grand Lodge of WA, Audubon Park Lodge 272, and court system. One general criticism of non-profit corporations is the failure to inform its "public" of critical information it is entitled to. Audubon Park Masonic Foundation takes pride in the fact it has always attempted to inform its "Public" of the "who, what, when, where, why, and how much."

As a non-profit corporation it is incumbent upon APMF to appeal for donations and support beyond its general membership and provide benefit (or service) to the public beyond its general membership. APMF has established an asset base in excess of $110,000 because of the generosity of our Lodge brothers, widows, estates, Masonic family, family members, business patrons and support of our fund raising activities by our "public". APMF has raised needed funds for the Temple Building and Lodge. It has distributed, from its earnings, $3,600 to our Building, Lodge, food bank, schools, Job's Daughters, and Rainbow Girls. It has provided "public benefit and service."

APMF Board of Directors established from its inception that it will be a long term investor. It will diversify its investments and will invest as the opportunity permits. The board members believe this is an opportunistic time to invest since the "Market" values are relatively low. APMF requests consideration of donations in order to continue investing and developing an asset base of $250,000. The earnings from the invested assets will be used in meeting our stated "Charitable and Public Benefit" purpose as defined in our Articles of Incorporation and By-laws.

Since 1989 APMF has made many differences. We provide "Public Services." APMF registered in October 1989 with WA State and IRS as a non-profit corporation. Donations received are invested in its permanent fund. The earnings from this fund are used exclusively for charitable, literary, educational and fraternal purposes. Donations are tax deductible subject to status of taxpayer and may be sent to: APMF P.O.B. 18678 Spokane, WA 99228. Ph: 509-328-2910
Email: eeberman@hotmail.com.

Fraternally Yours: WB Eric E. Berman, Sec-Treas. APMF





What is Freemasonry?
If someone asks "What is Freemasonry?" the following is a good answer. Freemasonry is kindness in the home * Honesty in business * Courtesy towards others * Dependability in work * Compassion & concern for the unfortunate * Resistance to evil * Help for the weak * Forgiveness for the Penitent * Love for one another and , above all, Reverence and love for God * Freemasonry is many things but most of all it is: A Way Of Life.



Famous Masons' Corner

Gene Autry, Born 1908, Started as a telegraph operator for the railroad and became our first cowboy singer, actor, writer, and a flight officer in WW2. He was raised in Catoosa Lodge No. 185, Okla. a 32 deg. and Shriner.

Masonic Quiz
Q: Who was the first native born American to become a Freemason?

A: Jonathan Belcher, Governor of Massachusetts and New Jersey.

 

Q: What is the first regular and duly constituted lodge in America?

A: See the June issue of the Pillars for the answer.



Calendar of Events


May 2005

 

5/3 Bethel #64 Job's Daughters Meeting -7:00 p.m.

5/11 May Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m. - Honor Past Masters

5/12 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m.

5/17 Bethel # 64 Meeting - 7:00 p.m.

5/24 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.

5/25 Family Night - 6:30 p.m. - Honoring Mothers & Widows

 

June 2005

6/7 Bethel #64 Job's Daughters Meeting 7:00 p.m.

6/9 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m.

6/9-11 Grand Lodge Communication - Wenatchee WA.

6/15 June Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m.

6/21 Bethel # 64 Meeting - 7:00 p.m.

6/22 Family Night - 6:30 p.m. - Honoring Fathers

6/28 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.

 

Take special note that the June Stated meeting is the third Wednesday of the month.

 



Officers 2004-2005


Worshipful Master       WB Chuck Young
Senior Warden              B Bill Wilson
Junior Warden              B Bill Queen
Treasurer                      VWB Douglas Tucker
Secretary                      WB Floyd Morse
Chaplain                       WB David Ferguson
Marshal                        B Robert McVicker
Senior Deacon              B Allan Jones
Junior Deacon              B Barry Rettkowski
Senior Steward             -------
Junior Steward             WB Eric Bermen
Tyler                             B Rob Queen
Grand Lodge Lecturer VWB Douglas Tucker

 

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