The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272


September 2009
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 important event. 

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
Worshipful Master

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.

Fraternally Yours,

WB Rich Hentz
Senior Warden

From the South...

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 the stairs.

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
Junior Warden

In Other News...

From 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, Temple Bldg 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. 

Fraternally Yours:
W. Br Eric E. Berman, Secretary.

Audubon Park Masonic Building Association

     This has been an "interesting summer" in many respects. The Marshall Islands Church of God continues to rent every Sunday - ALL DAY , 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.

Regarding 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.

The 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.

Thanks to WB Eric Berman for the pamphlets he provides. Thanks to WB Bill Wilson for keeping our web site current and special thanks to WB Richard Hentz for making a replacement RENTAL sign to hang out front.

Since 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!)

Happening 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 Temple Bldg, 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. 

Fraternally Yours:

W.Br. Eric E. Berman
Secretary, Audubon Park Masonic Foundation


Ivanhoe Chapter No. 80, Order of the Eastern Star

    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 7:30 pm 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.

Ada Anderson,
JR PM of Ivanhoe Chapter

Masonic Quiz

Q: Who has charge of preparing the lodge room for the communication?

A:  The Tyler

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

Calendar of Events

Sept 2009

9/13     September Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

6/18     Ivanhoe Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star – 7:30 p.m.

9/27     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

Oct 2009

10/12   Start-Official Visit at White Rose Chapter lunch 11:30 am and OV at 1 pm

10/13   Star-Official Visit at Spokane Chapter and Martha Chapter 7:30 pm

10/14   October Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

10/15   Ivanhoe Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star – 7:30 p.m.

10/16   IE Past Matrons/Past Patrons Dinner at 6 pm - downtown temple

10/17   Star-Deputy Instructor Training at 10 am

10/17   Star-Reception for Grand Chaplain at 3 pm

10/22   Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

10/28   Family Night Potluck – 6:30 p.m.

10/28   Audubon Park Lodge officer installation

Nov 2009

11/11   November Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

11/18   Family Night Potluck – 6:30 p.m.

11/19   Ivanhoe Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star – 7:30 p.m.

Officers 2008-2009

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

Grand Lodge Grand Master    MWB Gayle Kenney