The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272


September 2004
Volume 6, Number 7

From the East ...

Where has the summer gone? As Chuck will let you know below, we have been busy over the summer.

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We will be voting on a proposal to amend the Lodge by-laws by reducing member dues.

Next month our own Bethel 64 of Job's Daughters will be having a "special" dessert auction after our stated meeting. Please be ready to help lighten the girls' trip home. Find out how you may have a chance to throw a pie at V.W.B. Doug Tucker.

Bob Good

Worshipful Master

From the West...

It's been a very busy summer for many of the Brethren, even though we haven't had a stated meeting since June. Many of us have been very busy planning for renovations to the Lodge. Most of the credit goes to Brother Allan Jones for lining up contractors, getting bids, meeting with contractors, reminding and following up with contractors, etc. The Temple Board has met several times to review and approve the bids and recommendations made by Allan for the work that needs to be done.

We are going to use some of the money received from sale of the Hillyard Lodge building to repair and improve our Audubon Park Lodge building. What will be done in the next couple months will be to: relocate several sprinklers, pour concrete along the north & sought sides of the building to deflect rainwater from the foundation, replace the sidewalk in the front of the building and insure it is level with the bottom step in the stairs, replace the street sidewalk along Northwest Blvd, paint the exposed exterior wood areas, put metal trim along the eves and replace all the old windows on the main floor.

We are optimistic that much of this work can be accomplished before our September stated meeting. So if you see construction vehicles and activities around the Lodge that explains what they are doing. Once we get these major renovations complete we will be looking at some assistance from the Brethren for the more routine maintenance and repair on the inside of the building. This will include patching and painting the interior walls and woodwork, cleaning and painting the entry and basement floors, & replacing some of the window coverings. We are also looking at repairing leaky faucets, upgrading the bathrooms on both floors, replacing tile, permanently fastening the "theatre seats" in the Lodge to the floor, and many other things to make the Lodge more comfortable for all of us who care so much for the building.

We are fortunate to finally have the financial resources to accomplish many of these much needed and long overdue repairs. Be sure to come to Stated Meeting September 8th to hear more about these and other planned activities for the next year at YOUR Audubon Park Lodge.

Chuck R. Young

Senior Warden

From the South...


Well, I see the light at the end of the tunnel ... we're dark no more! I hope everyone survived the blistering Dog Days of August.

In keeping with the "tradition" of the past, we will be having a BBQ on Sept. 22 nd at 6:30 p.m. Hopefully we will have a new patio to try out in the back. This will be an R.S.V.P. function, so you MUST let me or WB Floyd know if you are coming and how many will be there.

The Lodge will be supplying the steaks! All you need to do is bring something like a salad, dessert or whatever to go along with the steaks. Let us now as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly!

You may contact me at 509-327-6627, or WB Floyd at 509-328-9570.

Bill Wilson

Junior Warden

In Other News...

Notice: We will be voting on an amendment to the By-Laws of Audubon Park Lodge # 272. The proposed change is to reduce the current annual dues from $85.00 to $65.00. If approved, this change will become effective January 2005.

One person's view of Masonry…

Those men who help my dad each day,
They wear those mason rings.
A Square and Compass set in gold,
The praise of which I sing.

My dad, he hurt his back you know,
One cold and wintery day.
He slipped and fell upon the ice,
The insurance would not pay.

And since that time those rings I see,
On hands that help us much.
With mowing lawns and hauling trash,
Each day my heart they touch.

They even built a house for me,
Amid our backyard tree.
Where all the neighbor kids,
Would play with laughter full of glee.

My Mom she cried from happiness,
The time the Masons came.
To aid our family in distress,
Without a thought of gain.

And when I'm big, just like my dad,
Of this it must be told.
I want to wear a ring like his,
A Square and Compass gold.

Long years have passed since when
My dad was in that plaster cast.
And since I swore that Solemn Oath,
Which unites us to the last.

But more than that I'm proud to say,
I wear his Mason ring.
The one dad wore for many years,
Until his death this spring.

And one last time his comrades came,
To aid my weeping mother.
They praised and bid a fond farewell,
To our fallen Brother.

And after which MY son did ask,
About their Aprons white.
And of the rings upon their hands.
Of gold so shiny bright.

With tearful eyes I said with pride,
They're men of spirit pure.
Those men who wear those Mason rings,
Of that you can be sure.

And before he went to bed that night,
The family he foretold.
Someday I'll wear a ring like dad's,
A Square and Compass gold.

Author Unknown

Famous Mason’s Corner

Daniel Carter Beard (1850-1941) - Known as "Dan." Organizer of the Boy Scout movement in the U.S. A painter and illustrator. Awarded the Golden Eagle by the B.S.A. Wrote many books on scouting. Raised in Mariners' Lodge No. 67, N.Y., 1917.

Masonic Quiz

Q: What is the symbolism of the "step" in Masonry?

A. Respect for the alter from which Masonic light emanates. It teaches symbolically that the passage from darkness and ignorance of life is through death to light and knowledge of the eternal life.


Q: What is the symbolic history of the Pillars of the Porch?

A: See next month's Pillars!

Calendar of Events


7 Bethel 64 of Job's Daughters meeting, 7:00 p.m.
8 Stated Meeting - Vote on Lodge Dues, 7:00 p.m.
15 Second Degree for James Mathias, 7:00 p.m.
21 Bethel 64 of Job's Daughters meeting, 7:00 p.m.
22 Family Night - Back Yard Bar-B-Que, 6:30 p.m.

5 Bethel 64 of Job's Daughters meeting, 7:00 p.m.
13 Stated Meeting - Election of 2005 Officers, 7:00 p.m. The Bethel 64 of Job's Daughters will have a special Dessert auction held immediately after the stated meeting.
19 Bethel 64 of Job's Daughters meeting, 7:00 p.m.
27 Tentative Installation of 2005 officers, 7:00 p.m.
30 District 27 meeting in Cheney, Grand Master in attendance, 6:30 p.m.


WB Bob Good, Worshipful Master

B Check Young, Senior Warden

B Bill Wilson, Junior Warden

VWB Doug Tucker, Treasurer

WB Floyd Morse, Secretary

B Bill Queen, Senior Deacon

B Alan Jones Junior Deacon

WB John Smith, Junior Steward

B Rob Queen, Tyler