The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272

March 2017
Volume 19, Number 1

From the East

As I look out my window, I see my lawn for the first time in several months. That not only means time to mow it soon, but that spring and a new growing season is soon to be upon us. It also heralds the possibility of growing our Lodge numbers stronger. Now that people are coming out of their winter mode, they are also looking forward to things to do and get involved in. Maybe you know someone that would like to get involved in our Brotherhood and labors. If so, there is a worthy event coming up to invite them to so that they can see who, and what, we are. I am speaking of the Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on March 15th, at 6:30 p.m., social hour at 5:30 p.m. This is just one of the ways you can get a prospective member to take a look at us.
In the upcoming month we have a petition to consider, also some more conferrals of our brethren as they strive for the degree of a Master Mason. The next stated meeting is at 7:30 p.m., March 8th.

WB Bill Wilson
Worshipful Master



From the West

Greeting brothers
The SNOW IS MELTING! Well at least it’s getting thinner! Our ritual is getting better every month, with luck we can plan on another 2nd Degree and a 3rd in the very near future!
Our Corned Beef & Cabbage repast will be graced by our Grand Master, which might allow us the opportunity to show off a bit as well?  I am actually looking forward to the Foundation meeting this month
Our own training efforts are continuing, Mr. Verhoff and I are meeting weekly and he has shown great progress!

To a bigger and brighter remainder of this year!

Yours in Masonry

Robert Stevenson

Senior Warden


From the South

Let's Go To Lodge Tonight

My brother, let's go to Lodge tonight;
You haven't been for years.

 Let's don our Lambskin Apron white

 And sit among our peers.

 I feel a kind of longing, see,
 to climb those creaky stairs;

 I know it'll be a thrill for me

 to lay aside my cares.

 We'll meet the Tyler at the door
 and though he'll hesitate,

 we'll hear him say just as before,

 "Come in or you'll be late."

 I'd like to get out on the floor--
 Come on, let's get in line;

 I want to face the East once more

 And give the same old sign.

 I want to hear the gavel rap
 the Craftsmen to attention

 and see the Master don his cap;

 a night without dissention.

 So come! Pass up that picture show,
 or your wrestling bout or fight;

 Switch off that TV set! Let's go!

 Let's go to Lodge tonight.

(Author unknown)



From the Secretary's Desk

Brethren: I have been busy during the last two months on a complete internal audit and re-construction of the Lodge Secretary's files, some of which were quite dusty and literally dating from the last Century!  Recently we received an excellent rating from our yearly audit by the Grand Lodge, and all of our books and records are in first class shape.

In March, the Temple Board will be discussing ways that we can insure information safety of our members' information and records - and that's an exciting development. If you have sent in payment for your 2017 Lodge dues and/or assessments and I neglected to send you your dues card for 2017, please e-mail me at or call me at (509) 863-2519 and leave a message, and I will correct that oversight. As a reminder, if you still have your plastic semi-permanent dues card I sent out last year - don't throw it away. Grand Lodge is still working out all of the details on that new system that will - someday - make those cards workable.


Chet Caskey, Secretary
(509) 863-2519


From the ‘Bank’ and Treasurer’s files!!

Not much to report this issue. We still have money in our checking account and our investments are doing OK. We’re able to pay the Temple Association our rent and they take care of all our utilities. Working closely with the Secretary and having the rent paid automatically makes things so much simpler and easier.
Speaking of having money in the bank I’m pleased to report we haven’t had any checks “bounce – so far”!!  Any questions about Lodge finances please give me a call.

Hope to see you all at Stated Communication Wednesday March 8. Remember dinner provided by our CIA trained pro tem Steward starts at 6:30 pm with Lodge beginning at 7:30 pm.

VWB Charles Young



Audubon Park Masonic Building Association

Work continues painting the lower level of the Lodge.  The kitchen has been painted and looks great, the best in many years.  More areas are to be painted as time permits.Our lodge building continues to be heavily used 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:   You can also get to the Lodge calendar by going to our web site at:



Audubon Park Masonic Foundation

Dear Brothers and Ladies.  Foundation BOD members extend our best fraternal greetings to you.  Hope you will have a great year.  And enjoy many cookies with your coffee!

The Foundation BOD met in December and reviewed the investment portfolio and made changes. We also reviewed the donations, income received and grants made during the year.  In March the BOD will review and make final decisions on grants to be awarded, estimated to be $4,000.  

The Clam Chowder Feed was a success, we cleared $458. Our youth groups, advisors, parents and volunteers did a wonderful job in helping out.  Special thanks to WB Bill Wilson, chef, WB Barry Rettkowski, and Kevin Conrad who assisted.  Also to everyone who helped make the dinner enjoyable and a success.  Special Thanks to Lady Anne Berman who's eagle eye for detail and direction enhanced the event.

Radiator covers were completed and installed.  They are very attractive and draw everything together.  We received $950.00 from our donors and cost was $921.00.  Thank you to all of our donors. In the process of having plaques with donors names made and installed in time for our Annual meeting.

The corned beef dinner will be March 15. MWB Jim Mendoza, Grand Master, will be our special guest. He will participate in the evening program.  He will assist in presenting Masonic Service Awards and assist in presenting certificates of appreciation to our many donors.  I hope you will attend.  The net proceeds from this event and any additional donations will be invested for the future of A.P. Lodge #272, Temple Bldg. and our charities.

In closing I hope you will consider attending Lodge and our events to see for yourself the spruced up facility.  Through everyone’s combined efforts we are making a success of the Foundation.  Please call me if you have questions or concerns.  I am always glad to hear from you.

Fraternally yours in service.

WB Eric E. Berman
Cell:  509-590-9001



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.


Who do I talk to?

Contact WB Eric Berman at 509-590-9001 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 (509) 863-2519 email:

Pillars Editor: WB. Barry Rettkowski 509-928-0075 email:



Calendar of Events


March 2017

3/8       March Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

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

3/15     Corned Beef Dinner – 6:30 p.m. – Social Hour @ 5:30 p.m.

           Because of the Corned Beef Dinner there will be no family night.

3/20     Temple Board Meeting – 7:00 p.m.


April 2017

4/12     April Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

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

4/17     Temple Board Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

4/21     Family Night Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m.


May 2017

5/10     May Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

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

5/15     Temple Board Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

5/19      Family Night Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m.

Foundation Board Meeting Date TBD

Officers 2016-2017

Worshipful Master                  WB Bill Wilson

Senior Warden                        B Robert Stevenson

Junior Warden                        B Justin Haldeman

Secretary                                 B Chet Caskey

Treasurer                                 VWB Chuck Young

Chaplain                                  B Rob Humbird

Marshal                                   B Eric Behlke

Senior Deacon                         B Michael Staley

Junior Deacon                         B Ivan Beliaev

Senior Steward                        TBD

Junior Steward                        TBD

Tyler                                        WB Barry Rettkowski

MWB Harold Tucker past Grandmaster of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Washington

MWB Douglas Tucker past Grandmaster of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Washington