The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272


November 2004
Volume 6, Number9

From the East ...

This is my first "column" as your Worshipful Master. I am humbled and honored at the faith and trust you have put in me to lead this wonderful Lodge for the coming year. I wish I felt worthy and ready - but I know with your support and assistance WE will have a GREAT YEAR.

The Open Installation was a grand event and I want to thank all those who helped to make it a success. It was a privilege to have PGM MWB Harold Tucker as Installing Officer. Don't you agree it was special to have the young men of Empire Chapter Order of DeMolay and the young ladies of Job's Daughters Bethel #64 participate? When I see these young people involved with the Masonic affiliated organizations I feel so proud and so convinced there is hope for our future.

I want to especially thank the Ladies who helped with the reception. My wife Nancy, Pat Smith, and Kathy Wilson did such a grand job of helping to make the event special for us all.

You have shown your support for our elected and appointed officers. These "good men" stood up and said they were willing to accept the mantle of their new office. I know together we will be able to good - and perhaps even great things this coming year. We ask that you support us as we move forward this next year.

I have put together and published a calendar of events - if you didn't get one at the Open Installation and want one - let me know and I'll get one to you. I've published all the scheduled events and several tentative ones for the entire year. It is subject to change but will allow all the Brethren the opportunity to plan their personal schedules around Lodge activities.

One final comment - if you didn't get the chance to purchase an Audubon Park Lodge golf shirt last year - please let me know. I'm compiling a list of those who want one and will get the order placed as soon as all who want a shirt have ordered one.

Brethren - thanks once again for the faith you have put in me and the other officers. We sincerely hope we will be able to live up to your expectations. We will be able to do it - with your help and support.

Chuck Young
Worshipful Master

From the West...

Brothers, I only hope I can fill the shoes of the former Senior Warden, now our Worshipful Master Chuck Young. I would like to thank all the Brothers and wives and family members that came to the Installation and made it such a special night for our new Worshipful Master. Kudos to the DeMolay and to the Jobies for their assistance and escorts.

I would also like to thank Doc and Poppy, my fellow clowns from North Idaho for their trip to make it special for our new Worshipful Master. Aren't those rocket balloons a hoot? I'm not too sure I will be wearing my nose to all the stated meetings, but you never know!

As the outgoing (outgone ?) Junior Warden I wish to thanks all that made it to our Steak Feed, all 35 of you! Quite the turn-out; and no complaints on how the steaks were cooked! Good luck in the new seat Brother Bill Queen, and I hope you have as much help as I had while I was there.

Bill Wilson
Senior Warden

From the South…

I want to thank everyone for attending the Installation of Officers last Wednesday the 20th. Your presence enhanced the experience of the evening. I will try to serve the Brethren this year with Dignity and Honor. I am looking forward to seeing you throughout this coming year.

I thought it might be fun this year to have a "theme" at each of our potlucks. Example, one month Mexican another Italian and another German etc. So we could dig deep in our cookbooks and enjoy different dishes each month. I will be sure and let all of you know in plenty of time so you can "dust off those cookbooks"…ha ha. As we are having "Dean's Famous Tortilla Soup" for November's potluck, possibly we could have some Mexican cornbread and some Mexican desserts. I'm even going to have to use my imagination and cook book on this one! Hope to see you ALL on November 17, 2004 at 6:30 for Mexican Night!! "Remember to share your smiles as you never know who might need one"

Bill Queen
Junior Warden

In Other News...

From the Secretary's desk …

Thank you for your vote of confidence. I look forward to another year as secretary. The 2005 membership cards have been mailed to the life members and a statement of dues to our dues paying members. If you have not received either please contact me. It is important to the financial stability of the Lodge that you return your dues as soon as possible-they are due January 1. The dues this next year have been reduced to $65.00. This reflects our increase in membership and will only work if ALL the dues are remitted.

I continue to get mail to some brother returned because the Post office cannot forward it or I have an incorrect address. Please, Brothers, if you move, or change mailing address, or pass away-inform the lodge secretary. It is important that we have an. accurate and up-to-date roster.

With best wishes for a New Year and kindest regards…

Floyd A. Morse
Secretary Audubon Park Lodge No. 272

Renovation Project

It has been a busy summer identifying what was needed for outside improvements of our building, getting the bids for the work and working with our selected contractors.

First, the concrete contactor replaced the sidewalk along NW Blvd., the sidewalk in-front of the lodge (along with leveling the walk with the front steps) and extending almost out to the curb, installed an apron along the front of the building and pads near the building corners to direct water runoff away from the foundation, and installed a patio across the back of the lodge.

Second, the painting contractor painted everything outside that had been previously painted. We changed the color of the entrances from white and brown to all white and painted the handrail at the steps white so it was more visible.

Third, a contractor is replacing the windows with vinyl wrapped windows and wrapping the soffit with aluminum. Our lodge should be easy to maintain in the future with maintenance free windows and soffit.

The contractors have substantially completed the work, and plan to finish by November 5, with no unforeseen problems causing delays. Thanks to Brother Bill Wilson for installing new light fixtures at the entrance.

Brother Allan Jones

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation, investment experience, reflected the general trends of the financial markets: beginning and ending the period of April thru Oct. with a balance of a little over $100,000.00. We have not conducted fund raising events since March and thus have not received additional contributions over the summer break. We will continue fund raising with our semi-annual letter, several ball room dances and our annual Corned Beef Dinner in March 2005.

Yes we are very thankful and fortunate to have $100,000 asset base at this time. And yet our long term goal is $250,000.00 and is greatly needed to meet the future needs of our Temple Building. Elsewhere please find the action our officers have taken to do needed repairs, maintenance and improvements. And, more needs to be done!

You will be receiving the semi-annual voluntary donation and or pledge form and if you are so inclined to contribute, please consider doing so. The letter is self explanatory as to the purpose of this letter and or options.

APMF is issuing a "Challenge" to all of you to match or beat a brothers challenge. A brother is willing to donate his shares of Avista Common Stock, if one or more brother(s) will donate their Stock, or Bond issues (having value). APMF is willing to hold, for the long term, issues in its brokerage account. And, generally the transfer can be made without cost. Please contact Eric Berman for more information.

BUCKAROO BALL DANCE AND DESSERT: November 13, 2004 (Sat Eve) 7 to 9 pm. Sponsored by W.B. Eric Berman and Lady Anne. The "theme" is "Country Western" and there will be C & W music as part of the theme. However the Dance and music will be variety. A number of C & W songs lend themselves very well to Foxtrot, Waltz, Polka, Swing, Cha-Cha, and etc. The purpose is to give our Lodge members and community members an activity to enjoy. Dessert will be "ole fashion pie and ice cream." The net proceeds will benefit our permanent fund.

Please consider joining us for a "fun filled" evening or consider making a donation in lieu of. Please email, call or write for information to: W.B. Eric E. Berman. or 509-328-2910 or POB 18678 Spokane WA 99228.

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

Famous Masons' Corner
Richard Byrd (1888-1957) Rear Admiral. Polar explorer and pioneer aviator. Flew over the North Pole in 1926. Member of Federal Lodge No. 1, Wash., D.C., 1921. He and his pilot, Brent Balchen, q.v. dropped Masonic flags on the two Poles. In the Antarctic expedition of 1933-35, sixty of the eighty-two members were Freemasons and on Feb. 5, 1935 established First Antarctic Lodge No. 777 of New Zealand constitution.

Masonic Quiz
Q: What symbolizes the "Rough Ashlar"?
A: The member as yet unpracticed in the arts which he is expected to pursue.

Q: What two Saint John's Days are celebrated by Freemasons?
A: See the December Pillars issue for the answer.

Calendar of Events

November 2004
11/2 Bethel #64 Job's Daughters Meeting 6:00 p.m.
11/10 November Stated Meeting - Honoring Veterans - 7:00 p.m.
11/11 Ivanhoe Chapter #80 - Order of Eastern Star - 7:30 p.m.
11/13 Buckaroo Ball - 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. 11/16 Bethel # 64 Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
11/17 Family Night - " Dean's Famous Tortilla Soup" - 6:30 p.m.
11/23 Temple Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m.

December 2004
12/7 Bethel #64 Job's Daughters Meeting - 7:00 p.m.
12/8 December Stated Meeting - 7:00 p.m.

Officers 2004-2005

Worshipful Master WB Chuck Young
Senior Warden B Bill Wilson
Junior Warden B Bill Queen
Treasure 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
Tyler B Rob Queen