The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272
Volume 11, Number 3
From the East ...
Greetings Brothers, for being dark for the last 2 months it
has been a very busy time.It was very
special attending Grand Lodge here in Spokane
and watching MW Brother Doug Tucker and our
Grand Lodge work.The election of VWB
Dean Heinemann to the Grand South was exciting.RWB Dean attended our June Stated meeting the following week and spoke
about the experience and the future.
I have very much enjoyed visiting
other lodges during this last year including two visits to Easter Washington
Lodge of Research.They presented two
very interesting papers.I have been to
all of the lodges in our district and several in other districts during the
year.Visiting is a special and important
part of Masonry.
On Aug 29th our lodge sponsored a
motorcycle rally with the Christian Motorcycle Club as a fund raiser for Bikes
for Books.We are providing bikes for
three schools this year.The event was a
great success and everyone had a great time.A special thanks to WB Richard Hentz
and WB Eric Berman for organizing this
event.Thanks to all of the brothers
that helped, this is what masonry is all about.
September 9th is our
next stated meeting.We will be electing
officers for the coming year at this meeting.We need everyone there supporting our lodge.Let me know if you are ready to fill a chair,
it takes all of us to make it work.
There is a special event coming up
at our October stated meeting on 10/14.Grandmaster Gale Kenney will be
visiting our lodge.There will be a
dinner prior to the meeting; details will be provided at the September stated
meeting.I hope to see everyone at this
Finally I would like to thank all
who have made my year in the East an enjoyable and memorable time. This Lodge
is a special place and serving as master has been a humbling experience.Again thank you.
WB Barry Rettkowski
From the West...
On August 29, Audubon Park Lodge
272 held its first Motorcycle Charity Run for Bike for Books.It was a great success and a full report will
be given at the September meeting. Special thanks to W.B. Eric
Berman, W.M Barry Rettkowski,
W.B. John Smith, V.W.B. Gaylon
Arisman, V.W.B. Charles Young and W.B. Dean Whittier for all
the help and support.
Brethren, a great mason and man
pass into the Celestial Lodge this summer. Some of you have met this Mason when
he attended lodge and some of you heard me speak of him.That man and
Mason is my farther, Andrew
Peter Hentz, Jr. The dust has returned
to the earth as it was, and his spirit has returned to God who gave it.Brethren, take the time to
tell the people
you love that YOU LOVE them and care for them.
WB Rich Hentz
As summer draws to an end (finally)
it is time to turn our thoughts and labors back to our Lodge and our Brothers.
Several of the Brothers repaired all the torn seat covers, and I have heard
that there are still some sore fingers after that! Another Brother donated a
sign to replace the one stolen by some low-lives that have no idea about
brotherly love and friendship. Several other Brothers got together and
conducted a motorcycle run to help raise funds for our Books to Bikes program.
Do you see a common thread? A few, several,
some, not most or all Brothers. If we are to survive in these economic
hard-times, most, if not all Brothers must band together and help when and
where they can to make our Lodge a viable and surviving entity. We can’t let it
go the way of other Lodges and let it slip into oblivion and disuse. I am not
asking for monies (that would be nice) but your time and effort in anyway to
help they Lodge in its endeavors. You have some expertise that can be put to
good use at the Lodge, so why not volunteer it or offer it when needed? Let
someone know ahead of time what you can and will be able to do. If you need
transportation, let us know there are lots of us that can pick people up that
want to help!
There are still several things that
have to be done at the Lodge, that won’t cost anyone anything except a little
time and effort. Things as simple as running the burnisher on the downstairs
floor, figuring out what and how to take care of the fountain at the bottom of
I know as Junior Warden I am to
take care of the refreshments, but by pitching in and helping the Lodge you
will be refreshing your commitment to the Lodge and Brethren, and giving your
self-esteem a bit of refreshment. There is no need for excess, just a little
bit here and there and a lot will get done!
WB Bill Wilson
In Other News...
the Secretary's Desk
Greetings my Brothers;
Dear Brethren: From my heart
I say Thank you for your support these past three years. It has
been my privilege to faithfully serve our Worshipful
Master, Officers, A.P. Lodge and all of our members. My tour of duty
as your Lodge Secretary will be ending with the installation of a new
Lodge Secretary. This was a very
difficult decision and not made lightly. For, several
nights, I did not sleep at all.
In June I informed the
Officers of the Lodge, TempleBldg
and Foundation that the company I work for adopted a new policy to prevent the
appearance of undue influence or conflict of interest. After several
meetings and counseling with the Officers we found a Brother with previous
Secretarial experience and willing to serve. Upon his election and
installation, I will assist him in what he may ask of me.
Our membership has declined primarily
due to deaths. The average age of our member is in the 70's.
When our income and expenses are compared: the Lodge expenses are about $2000 a
year more than our revenue. I issue a challenge to our Lodge
Officers to design a financial plan, and; the members to support
the implementation of that plan.
The alternative is the continuation
of "Fund Raising Letters" or events to meet the financial needs of
the Lodge. It has been my experience, using "Fun Raising
Letters" to: tell the Brothers what the needs are and "Let the
Brothers vote by their check book". It is a democratic way for the
Brother who chooses to donate to do so. Those who choose not do donate
are not required to do so.
W. Br Eric E. Berman, Secretary.
Audubon Park Masonic Building Association
has been an "interesting summer" in many respects. The Marshall
Islands Church of God continues to rent every Sunday -
, which is good from an income standpoint, but you've probably noted they can be
a little "hard" on the building. They have also rented quite a
few days for early morning Bible study, for which they pay extra rent.
commercial rentals: We had only two in June as one cancelled. July also only had
two as two others cancelled. Please note to reserve a date a renter must provide
a NON REFUNDABLE $100 DEPOSIT, so we did receive modest income from these
cancellations. There were NO rentals slated or held in August.
fall months are looking better. We have a wedding/reception slated for September
and two for October. I've also had quite a few enquiries from prospective
renters for into the fall and even into next year.
for the pamphlets he provides. Thanks to WB Bill Wilson for keeping our web
site current and special thanks to WB
for making a replacement RENTAL sign to hang out front.
fall is soon upon us be prepared for an invitation to a "leaf raking
party" at some point!!!
VWB Chuck Young
Temple Board Secretary (for the time being!)
at the Lodge
Audubon Park Masonic Foundation
The purpose of the Foundation was
and still is MONEY: The purpose is to develop an asset base of
$250,000 to generate sufficient income to support our TempleBldg, Lodge, its programs and
charities. We are half way there and we can complete this task only
by 1) holding Fund Raising Events and 2) Donations through our various
appeals to our members. Our members’ donating is the fastest and
most cost effective way to raise funds for our current needs.
Simple Truth: Funds are needed to
pay upcoming obligation of the Lodge the balance of the year. Why, the Lodge
revenue is depleted and do not expect income until late fall or early next
year. One solution is to continue supporting the funding of our Foundation so
it can generate the income required to offset the rising expenses of the Lodge.
If you are able to remit a donation for the benefit of the Lodge, it
would be gratefully appreciated. If you have any concerns or comments
please call or send an email to me.
W.Br. Eric E. Berman
Secretary, Audubon Park Masonic Foundation
Welcome back from the hot summer
weather we had and are having now. Hope all is well with everyone and not
too many have sunburns. Ivanhoe Chapter was represented at Grand Chapter
in Yakima by WM and WP Libby
and Bill Queen, Grand Representative Karen
Speicher and Ada Anderson, Deputy Instructor. During the Parade of
State Flags, I had the honor to carry Karen's state flag of Kansas.
It was lots of fun!
Our September 17th meeting will be
an Education Night with our new Deputy Instructor Ed Weber
of Adelphi Chapter. He will be telling us all the new things that will
happen in Star this year. We welcome Ed and will be working closely with
him. Reports of Grand Chapter and other surprises will take place.
October brings candy, Halloween and
other surprises! Our October meeting will take place at on the 15th. October is a very
busy month in the Star Family. We will have the Grand Family here
for two Official Visits, Dinners and Luncheons. On Saturday October 17th
we will have the reception for the Grand Chaplain, Brother John Chamberlain of
Magnolia Chapter, Millwood.
November brings out the thought of
good food, family and friendship. Our meeting on November 19, 2009, will bring us
together to celebrate Veterans Day and honor our service members
and Thanksgiving. Ivanhoe Chapter has members that served in various
branches of our Armed Services.Members Bill
Queen, Everett Miller, Bob McNickle, Janice Glidden and yours
truly. Thanks to all who have served to protect our freedom.
December brings the thought of
snow - last year we had to cancel our meeting due to the three feet
of white stuff that came from above. Our December
17th meeting will bring us together to celebrate Christmas and warm
thoughts of family and friends. One of Ivanhoe's traditions is to bring
our favorite cookies to share and the recipes too.
JR PM of Ivanhoe Chapter
Q: Who has charge of preparing the lodge room for the
Who do I talk to?
If you want something put into the Pillars or to contact the Lodge secretary:
Audubon Park Masonic Lodge #272
POB 9575 Spokane WA 99209-9575
Or call or e-mail
Secretary: W.Br. Eric E. Berman 509-328-2910 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pillars Editor: Br. Barry Rettkowski 509-928-0075 email: email@example.com
Calendar of Events
Lodge Stated Meeting –
Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star –
9/27TempleBoard Meeting –
Visit at White Rose Chapter lunch
and OV at
Visit at Spokane Chapter and Martha
Lodge Stated Meeting –
#80 – Order of Eastern Star –
Matrons/Past Patrons Dinner at
- downtown temple
Instructor Training at
for Grand Chaplain at
10/22TempleBoard Meeting –
Lodge officer installation
Lodge Stated Meeting –
#80 – Order of Eastern Star –
Worshipful Master WB Barry Rettkowski
Senior Warden WB Richard Hentz
Junior Warden WB Bill Wilson
Secretary WB Eric Berman
Treasurer VWB Merle Iverson
Chaplain VWB Gaylon Arisman
Marshal WB John Smith
Senior Deacon ------
Junior Deacon -------
Senior Steward WB Floyd Morse
Junior Steward WB Bill Queen
Tyler B William Wendel