The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272


September 2011
Volume 13, Number 3

From the East ... 


Another summer is coming to an end, and we are about to begin our labors again! Several of the Brothers have been busy during the summer, working in and around the Lodge. The men’s bathroom downstairs is in the process of being remodeled and updating of some of the fixtures. There was some water damage from the weather, and as such, a portion of the lath and plaster wall has been removed. The stall divider has also been removed, making it roomier and brighter. What is behind the wall is an insight to what construction techniques were like 80 years ago!

The Temple Board has moved forward with its plans for some renovation/updates to the Lodge. On the 18th of August new carpeting was laid down in the Blue Room! It is hoped that this carpet will last 30 or more years, like the last carpet did. The old carpet was getting thread-bare in several places, and had a tear in it at the door to Preparation Room. This way, those brown mats can now be removed and not look so tacky. The main floor was re-carpeted, as the elevated sections by the walls were in extremely good condition.

The cost for this carpet came to a little over $4,000. The Temple Board proceeded with the installation, as the materials and labor were not going to go down and it needed to be done in a timely manner. We will have a discussion in Lodge at the September Stated meeting about reimbursing the Temple Board funds. Also, if any Brothers want to make a donation, to help defray the costs, it will be gladly accepted and applied to the account. At last count, approximately $1,600 has already been received to be put into the Temple Board’s reimbursement! Way to go Brethren!

The WM’s steak cook-out will be Thursday, September 22nd, starting at 6 p.m. The Master will provide the steaks, while the remainder of the meal will be pot luck. I will need to know an approximate head count so I can purchase the steaks. Please let me know if you are going to be able to attend, at the Stated meeting, or call me at 327-6627, please. Due to Lodge rentals on every Wednesday through December, it has been moved to that Thursday.

Time also to be thinking about Lodge Officers and positions, as elections are coming for the new term. VWB Chuck Young is looking / talking with Brothers for the positions while he is Master of the Lodge. If you would like to participate, please contact him.

WB Bill Wilson

Worshipful Master


From the West...


Brethren, I’m pleased to invite you to attend our September Stated Meeting on Wednesday September 14. You will be very pleased to see what has been accomplished over the summer months by a team of Brethren, led by WM Bill Wilson and Senior Deacon Barry Rettkowski, with the aid of many others.

As many of you are aware, the Temple Board, Foundation and Lodge committed to replacing the carpet in the Lodge room that has been in place for forty-seven years!!! Past Master Richard Hentz did some carpet shopping then WM Bill Wilson, Past Master Richard and I made a recommendation to the Temple Board and on Thursday August 18 the old carpet was removed and replaced with new. The change is dramatic. The cost was reasonable, but we are still asking all members to make a contribution to help defray the cost. Please consider making a contribution to the Foundation.

Another project that was undertaken was to find the leak in the downstairs men’s’ rest room. At present the room is in a state of demolition and is not in use. An estimate for completion is unknown. You may use either of the other restrooms, just be sure to “knock and lock”.

Perhaps WM Bill has reported in his remarks the Marshallese Church is no longer using our building for their Sunday services. That is a “mixed blessing” as the rental income was nice but the cost of damage to the building on a regular basis almost was more than the rent.

I’m also saddened to report that Past Grand Master Doug Tucker and his Lady Glynnis have “left the area” and are in Arizona searching for a home. Their place here sold and they have departed for warmer climes. We wish them all the very best and hope the summers there are to their liking.

May God bless you all until we meet again.

VWB Chuck Young

Senior Warden

From the South...


Make sure you mark your calendar and join us each month at our stated meetings and at our Family nights.  Come and join in the friendship and fellowship that makes our fraternity special.  You are what make our Lodge a special place and your absence is noticed.  The secretary article contains some important information about dues and some very necessary increases.  Come to the next stated meeting to express your thoughts.  Help guide the Lodge to make the right decisions.  

WB Herb Davenport
Junior Warden

In Other News...

From the Secretary's Desk


     One or two have not paid their 2011 dues.  Check you dues card, if it does not have 2011 on it you are in arrears.  This year we paid $15 to Grand Lodge for all enrolled Master Masons.  The return on the life membership fund was about $400 short of paying the enrolled Master Mason assessment.  If the financial resolutions at Grand Lodge were successful the assessment will jump to $27 per enrolled Master Mason.  You can predict the shortfall as the return on the life membership fund will be significantly short of paying next years assessment.

     The underwriting of the life membership fund is seriously behind the realities of the 21st century.  There are potential solutions that the Lodge can consider.

     The truly good news is that we are slowly increasing the membership in Audubon Park Lodge 272.  It is good to see Masonry growing in Eastern Washington and know that Audubon Park 272 is contributing to that growth.


VWB Merle Iverson


Audubon Park Masonic Building Association     


Work continues on the maintenance and repairs of the lodge building.  Work parties are held as needed.  The men’s bathroom down stairs and painting the stairs and landing are two projects currently underway.  Keep your ears open for upcoming dates for work parties.   If anyone is interested in becoming the building manager please contact Worshipful master WB Bill Wilson or the Lodge secretary. 


Happening at the Lodge 

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation

Hope the summer has been treating you well.  For those of us who remained invested in the stock market we have had a roller coaster ride.  The assets of our Foundation have been affected by the action in the Markets.  We are participating in the recovery and believe over time will experience further growth as we are invested for the long term.  Our account values have been in the $150k to $160k range.

The Foundation reserved funds from investment income over several years for the benefit of the Temple Bldg.  We fulfilled that obligation by donating the funds to the Temple Building for the carpet replacement. The Foundation, Temple Bldg. and Lodge sent a joint letter to help raise funds for the project.  The letter has raised to date approx. $2,000.

You may have stocks that have declined to the point that you no longer want to hold them or, wait for them to recover over the next few years.  If you want to rid your portfolio of them, consider transferring them to our Foundation.  There could be tax advantages for doing so.  The Foundation will consider holding them for a long period of time and thereby experience income and potential for growth.   There may be some comfort to know your assets did not go to the market to be slaughtered.

November 11, 11 Veterans Day and Celebration.  We are planning to have a Social, Dance, and food and of some sort of a toast at 11:11 pm.  If you have an interest in volunteering to help plan or participate please let me know.  Of course donations will always be acceptable and will benefit our Foundation and future of our Temple and Lodge.

If our Foundation Assets were at the $250,000 level and generate the income the Temple and Lodge require it would off set some of the expenses our Lodge Secretary will cover in this Pillars and present to Lodge for consideration.  Because of actions passed in Grand Lodge, we have little choice.  I support the action of our Lodge Secretary, because at this point we do not have any alternative. 

It is up to us to fund our Foundation for the long term benefit of our Temple Bldg and Lodge. Please call or email me if you have any questions, advice, or suggestions.


W.B. Eric E. Berman, Secretary, APMF  

 Cell 509-590-9001


Ivanhoe Chapter No. 80, Order of the Eastern Star


Welcome back from summer everyone!  Hope you all enjoyed yourselves doing fun things with family and friends.  We are off and running here in the month of September with our first meeting of the fall on September 15th.  We will be welcoming our new Deputy Instructor, Rowena Sargent of Adelphi Chapter, who will conduct Education Night and tell us what is new for this next year.  We will also have Grand Chapter reports and a report from Karen Speicher, our Worthy Matron, on her visit to Grand Chapter in Yakima, Washington this past June. Plans will also be discussed for the reception honoring the station of Grand Ruth, and Ivanhoe Chapter's Janice Glidden.

October will be a very busy month for Ivanhoe Chapter.  On October 8 at 2:30 pm, we will host the reception at Corbin Senior Center for Janice Glidden, Grand Ruth in the "Pacesetter Grand Family."  Guests from all over the state will be present to honor Janice for this great honor she has received.  Worthy Grand Matron Gloria Schwartz and Worthy Grand Patron Frank Pascoe will also be present.  Janice will be in her Grand Office until June of 2012.  To quote her:  "She is having a fantastic time and loving every minute of it."

October 13 at 7:30 pm will be Ivanhoe Chapter's Official Visit to be held at the Audubon Park Masonic Center.  We will have dinner at 6 pm so come on down to the roundup and chow down on Biscuits and Beans.  Wear your favorite western attire and come visit with Worthy Grand Matron Gloria Schwartz and Worthy Grand Patron Frank Pascoe and the Grand Officers of the “Pacesetter Grand Family.”

November 17 at our stated meeting we will honor our veterans with a special poem and thank them for their service to this great land we live in.  We will be honoring Janice Glidden, Robert McNickle, Everett Miller, Bill Queen, James DeLano, Lewis DeLano, Gaylon Arisman, Howard Glidden, and yours truly.  All branches of the Armed Services are represented by the aforementioned members. We will be wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Until next time, everyone take care and happy memories!

Ada Anderson, PM


Masonic Fact

“We represent a fraternity which believes in justice and truth and honorable action in your community…men who are endeavoring to be better citizens… and to make a great country greater.  This is the only institution in the world where we can meet on the level all sorts of people who want to live rightly.”  Harry Truman President of the United States – source: Center for Masonic Information

From Grand Lodge 


It was with great sadness that Grand Lodge reported the death of RW brother Jerald K. Lingle, Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Washington F&AM.  He passed away on Aug. 20 at the age of 57.


Who do I talk to?

Contact the Worshipful Master, Lodge Secretary, or WB Eric Berman 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: .VWB. Merle Iverson 509-467-7255 email: 

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

Calendar of Events

September 2011

9/6       Ivanhoe Auxiliary at 3818 North Cook - 11:30 am

9/14     September Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

9/15     Ivanhoe Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star Stated Meeting  – 7:30 p.m.

9/15     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

9/17     Bikes for Books Motorcycle rally – 8 a.m.

9/22     Family Night Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m.

October 2011

10/4     Ivanhoe Auxiliary at The Gathering Place – 11:30 am

10/8     Reception at 2:30 pm at Corbin Senior Center honoring Janice Glidden, Grand Ruth

10/12   October Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

10/13   Eastern Star Official Visit at Audubon Park Lodge – 7:30 pm

10/20   Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

10/20   Ivanhoe Chapter Stated Meeting at 7:30 pm

10/27   Audubon Park Family Night Potluck – 6:30 p.m.



November 2011

11/8     Ivanhoe Auxiliary at the Gathering Place – 11:30 am

11/9     November Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:00 p.m.

11/16   Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

11/17   Ivanhoe Chapter #80 – Order of Eastern Star – 7:30 p.m. honoring Veterans



Officers 2010-2011

Worshipful Master                  WB Bill Wilson

Senior Warden                        VWB Chuck Young

Junior Warden                         WB Norm Davenport

Secretary /Treasurer               VWB Merle Iverson

Chaplain                                  VWB Gaylon Arisman

Marshal                                   WB John Smith

Senior Deacon                         WB Barry Rettkowski

Junior Deacon                         B Kim Roddy

Senior Steward                       WB Floyd Morris

Junior Steward                        B Robert Stephenson

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

Grand Lodge Grand Master    MWB Michael L. Sanders