The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272

 

October 2003
Volume 5, Number 8




From the West ...


It's time for us to get back to the Craft. We have a busy month ahead of us. Brother Jerrel Rowe, our newest Entered Apprentice has learned his proficiency and is ready to receive his Fellowcraft Degree. This is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. Also, if things work out as hoped during our next stated meeting, we should be initiating another brother into the fraternity on October 29th.

Remember brethren, this stated meeting (October 8) is our annual election night for next year's officers. In addition, the stated meeting will be the Official Visit from the Deputy of the Grand Master in District 27, Very Worshipful Brother Douglas E. Tucker.

If the membership of Audubon Park Lodge 272 happens to bestow upon me the honor of serving in the East, I would like to invite all of our Brethren, their wives, family and friends to come to the Installation of Lodge Officers, which will take place on Wednesday, October 22. The evening will start with a Pot Luck dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. followed the Installation upstairs at 7:30. There will be cake and beverages afterwards.

So mark your calendars. We have something happening every Wednesday night this month.

Senior Warden
Bob Good



From the South...

Brethren, this will be my last article "from the South" as elections are going to be held in October and I am very excited at the prospect of being your new Senior Warden. I certainly hope I'm not being presumptuous in any way and I really haven't done any "politicking" but I feel I know the work reasonably well and look forward to serving you all as your Senior Warden for the year to come. Likewise I look forward to assisting Brother Bob Good as he assumes his duties in the East. I want to send best wishes and kindest regards to WM John Smith as he achieves the coveted title of Past Master of Audubon Park Lodge.

Brethren, this will be my last article "from the South" as elections are going to be held in October and I am very excited at the prospect of being your new Senior Warden. I certainly hope I'm not being presumptuous in any way and I really haven't done any "politicking" but I feel I know the work reasonably well and look forward to serving you all as your Senior Warden for the year to come. Likewise I look forward to assisting Brother Bob Good as he assumes his duties in the East. I want to send best wishes and kindest regards to WM John Smith as he achieves the coveted title of Past Master of Audubon Park Lodge.

Now the challenge for all the Brethren is to help Allan Jones in his mentoring of Jerrel. There is a story that says "It Takes a Village to Raise a Child". I think the same can be said for a new Mason. "It Takes a Lodge to Raise a Mason". If we all contribute by helping, encouraging, and mentoring Jerrel, Barry Rettkowski and any other new members, we will have more strong, dedicated, and committed members who will work for the betterment of themselves, Masonry and Audubon Park Lodge.

One final thought - Please plan to attend Stated Meeting on Wednesday October 8 at 7:00 p.m. One of the more important items of business will be to vote on the petition for yet another new applicant for Masonry. We must be doing something right - so let's continue seeking those "good men who want to become better men". Let's find those candidates who will contribute and become better for their becoming Masons and members of our Lodge.

It's been a privilege serving the Brethren as your Junior Warden. I'm confident if given the chance I will be able to serve you as well as your newest Senior Warden. Thanks for your support, guidance, and mentoring.


Charles R. Young

Junior Warden

In Other News...

Bro. Dutch Rotter Honored
On September 15 at Zips Coffee Shop, Bro. Dutch Rotter was made an Honorary Past Master of Audubon Park Lodge 272. Brethren from many other lodges were on hand to applaud as Bro. Rotter received the award and letter of appreciation. For longer than anyone can remember, Bro. Rotter performs grounds keeping chores at Audubon Park Lodge. No matter the job, ...pulling weeds, trimming shrubs or pruning trees, Bro. Dutch does these chores quietly, efficiently and without fanfare. What an asset he has been to our Lodge. Congratulations Dutch on this unique honor!



Sadie Hawkins Day Dance and Baked Potato/Salad Bar

This casual dance set to take place on Friday, November 7, will have a Hillbilly theme. There will be prizes for the best Dogpatch characters (such as Li'l Abner, Daisy Mae, Mammy Yokum). Costumes are optional. A potato and salad bar will be offered and guests may bring "moonshine" of choice. Variety dance music will be provided by Three-Chord Dave. Attendance is limited to 80 people. Ticket cost is $9.00 per person. Advance reservations are requested. The dance is coordinated by Bro. Eric and Lady Anne Berman on behalf of the Audubon park Masonic Foundation. This is a "Fun Raiser" and the net proceeds will be donated to APMF. If a Brother would like to donate to the event it would be appreciated as well. Call Eric for reservations at 328-2910.


New 'Entered Apprentice' Initiated
On September 17, Mr. Jerrel Rowe was initiated as our newest Entered Apprentice. Once again, Audubon Park lived up to its fine reputation for presenting outstanding degree work. Junior Warden Chuck Young conferred the degree, WB Floyd Morse delivered the lecture, and WM John Smith read the Charge. Our thanks to all the Brethren who helped put on this degree. Congratulations Bro. Jerrel and Welcome to Audubon Park Lodge!



Pillars Editor Steps Down
With this issue, I close-out my tenure as editor for the Pillars. Over the past four years, I believe this newsletter has become a dependable and reliable source of information for Audubon Park members. I have enjoyed the experience and I am grateful to all those Brethren who contributed articles to it along the way. I leave the Pillars in the capable hands of your new editor, Senior Warden Bob Good. Congratulations Bob and good luck with this venture. Fraternally, WB Paul J. Vielle.

Masonic One-Day Conferral
Here's another reminder about the upcoming One-Day Conferral set for Saturday, October 25 at the Downtown Masonic Temple. This is a great opportunity for candidates to finish up their degree work. For more information contact one of the following: VWB Doug Tucker 466-0414, VWB Paul Allen 928-7355, VWB Gaylon Arisman 924-8760 or VWB Jerry Schieche 245-3588.

In Memoriam
In the September Pillars, we reported the passing of Brother Nicholas T. Timmers on June 26, 2003. This is a followup to report that a memorial was held in his honor at the stated meeting in September. Bro. Timmers was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason on January 26, 1940 in Malta Lodge 57, Malta, Montana. He was a long time member of Audubon Park 272.

"Twilight and Evening Bell and after that the Dark
And may there be no sadness of farewell when I embark."


Foundation Receives Estate Gift

WB Eric Bowman, Secretary/Treasurer of the Audubon Park Masonic Foundation reported recently the Foundation received a generous donation from the estate of recently deceased Bro. Nicholas T. Timmers. The bequest was in the amount of $10,000.00! On behalf of all Audubon Park members, Brother Berman extends a most heartfelt "Thank You" to his widow Velma and his family.


Election of Lodge Officers for 2004 and OV of District 27 Deputy

Brethren, please make a special effort to attend our next stated meeting October 8. We will elect new Officers for 2004 and receive VWB Doug Tucker, Deputy of the Grand Master for District 27 as he makes his Official Visit to Audubon Park 272. Be on hand to congratulate our new Master and Wardens-elect as well as greet VWB Tucker.


APMF Fall Donation Program gets Underway

WB Eric Berman reports that letters are in the mail for the Audubon Park Masonic Foundation's Fall donation program. (These should arrive before you receive the October Pillars.) This is strictly a Voluntary program. There are many ways to give. One can make a straightforward donation (cash, check or assets) or one can remember the APMF in their will by leaving a bequest to the Foundation. The needs of the Lodge and Temple Building are immediate and great. The Foundation is here to assist and help.


Save Those Aluminum Cans
Here's an easy fundraising idea. Why not save those aluminum cans and donate them to the Foundation? They can be sold to the recycling industry for cash. Recently WB Eric Berman turned in 78 pounds of aluminum cans and received $31.20, -which was donated to the Foundation. Just another idea. But if you are saving cans for APMF, Eric says he'll pick them up. No amount is too small; it all adds up. As of Oct. 1, the total assets of the Foundation stand at a little over $43,000.00!


Famous Masonís Corner

Sir Winston L. Churchill (1874-1958). British statesman, Prime Minister and one of the most outstanding leaders of the 20th Century in both national and international arenas. This feisty orator came to embody the indomitable spirit of all Englishmen during the Second World War. His mother was an American (Jeanette Jerome). Initiated in Studholme Lodge, London 1891 and raised in Rosemary Lodge, 1902.


Masonic Quiz

Q: Who was the foremost naval officer of the American Revolutionary period who was also a Mason?
A: John Paul Jones, father of the American Navy.

Q: Where was George Washington made a Mason?
A. See next month's Pillars!



Calendar of Events




October

7 Bethel 64 of Job's Daughters meeting, 7:00 p.m.
8 Stated Communication. Election of Officers and Official Visit of District 27 Deputy, VWB Doug E. Tucker
15 Fellowcraft Degree for Bro. Jerrel Rowe, 7:00 p.m.
21 Bethel 64 of Job's Daughters meeting, 7:00 p.m.
22 Installation of Lodge Officers for 2004. Pot Luck Dinner 6:30 p.m. with Installation following at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
25 One-Day Conferral, Downtown Masonic Temple
29 Entered Apprentice Degree (Tentative)

November

4 Bethel 64 of Job's Daughters meeting, 7:00 p.m.
12 Stated Meeting (Veterans Theme) 7:00 p.m.
18 Bethel 64 of Job's Daughters meeting, 7:00 p.m.

 

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