The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272

September 2013
Volume 15, Number 3

From the East ... 


Brethren, summer is “officially” ending soon and we will be about Masonic work once again. You probably won’t receive this before our September 11 Stated meeting but would like to see you at our meetings whenever you can. Should you need a ride to meetings please let one of us know. We would be please to arrange transportation. We need you in Lodge and miss you when you aren’t there.
The prospective slate of officers for the coming year is pretty well lined up. I was speaking with WB Barry last weekend and there were only a couple officers from whom he was waiting to speak to.
If you’ve had the chance to drive past the Lodge this summer you will note how very nice the lawn looks. That is due to the extra efforts of several Brothers who have once again taken on the task of mowing and trimming. We took it on as a way to save money but it really is fun to spend an hour riding the mower while contemplating!! Yes we’re careful while doing so.
Thanks also to the Brothers who have been working on the downstairs men’s restroom. While not yet ready for use it looks really nice. Hopefully it will be open soon.
We will be discussing in the next couple months the financial condition of the Lodge. Elsewhere in this edition of the Pillars is the Secretary/Treasurer’s report. I fully support and concur with his proposal to drop members as NPD those who have not paid the Grand Lodge assessment. Audubon Park simply can’t continue to pay the assessment for these members. Brethren, we don’t have the money. It’s as simple as that.
We will also be discussing the need for the Secretary/Treasurer to have access to the ING checking account for paying necessary bills. It promises to be an “interesting” September Stated Meeting. Yet again this is something we need to seriously discuss and hopefully approve.
We have several members who are going thru the Degrees. At the September Stated meeting we’ll get reports on their progress. Several Brothers met with another candidate and I’m expecting his petition so we can read it in Lodge in September.
I suspect by now you all know North Hill Lodge sold and vacated its building. I’m not sure where they will be meeting until a permanent location can be found. This may be the “future” of Masonry in Spokane. Only time will tell.
That’s all for this issue – I’ll be looking forward to seeing you.  

VW Chuck Young
Worshipful Master


From the West...

Over the summer the Lodge maybe dark but the Brothers continue to work for the good of Masons and all of mankind.  Several of our Brothers are preparing for weddings of family members, work to do all that will make this day a special day.  Brothers have attended and honored the memory of several Brothers that passed on over this time. 


          One of the duties of the Senior Warden is to pay the wages if they are due and I have a great many wages to pay.  First, to all of the Brothers that have toiled through the summer to keep the yard and building looking great my thanks.  To the Brothers that have over the summer continued to spread Masonic goodwill again I say thanks.  And finally, to our families that help us serve as Masons I offer a big thank you. 


          With September comes a time of renewal to our lodge functions.  The next stated meeting is September 11 at 7:30 p.m.  Family night is the 27th and the master is providing steaks for all that come.  Also coming up is the District 27 meeting and dinner at the Lodge Oct. 25th.  At the October meeting we will be electing new officers and that needs your input.  The youth groups are busy with their meetings and events and would love to see Brothers there.  All this adds up to a busy time for all of us.  Please put the Lodge calendar on your schedule and attend and participate in as many of these functions as you can, you are a big part of our Masonic family.

Barry Rettkowski
Senior Warden

From the South...


As I sit down to write my input for this quarter's Pillars, my mind is focused on my eldest daughter's wedding happening tomorrow, 29 August. I can't help but think about her and how quickly the years have gone by. She will be saying her vows tomorrow and starting her life fresh with her new husband.  She will have new opportunities, as well as new challenges, but together, I have no doubt this young couple will succeed and flourish.
As our lodge enters another year of labor, we too will have new opportunities and new challenges. If we maintain a common goal and stay true to our Masonic teachings, we too will succeed and flourish. Let us as Masons take this opportunity to revisit our obligations and move forward together in the spirit of brotherly love and friendship, whatever our future might bring us.

B Kim Roddy   
Junior Warden


In Other News...

From the Secretary's Desk     

As the Secretary/Treasurer I am becoming more concerned about the financial viability of Audubon Park 272. Several years ago the Grand Lodge of Washington approved an increase in the Enrolled Master Mason Fee payable to Grand Lodge for each Master Mason member of the Lodge.  This includes Life Members and non-Life Members.  The fee jumped from $12 to 17, then to $19 and in 2014 it will jump to $21.  It will increase in 2015 to $23 and again in 2016 to $25.

I will use round numbers for the remainder of this article.  With 100 Enrolled Master Masons that means a fee of $2,100 payable to Grand Lodge in April 2014.  Last year, we received only a 2% return on our life membership fund, and that only after Grand Lodge waived its 1% management fee.  Eighty members of Audubon Park are Life Members, so we will pay $21 for each of them and get a return of about $4 for each of them.  Recognizing this we changed our bylaws in 2011 to allow assessments to all members for the Enrolled Master Mason Fee, YES including life members. We have some 30 Life members who have not paid that assessment for 2012 or 2013.  That is $36 (each) or a total of $1,080. The dues for the 20 non-Life Members are $65 or a total of $1,300.  Paying $21 for the Life Members will be $1,600.

Brethren the rent is $650 a month.  You can see we are rapidly eating into the savings of the Lodge.  To decrease the drastic outflow of cash, I have no alternative but to recommend that Life members who have not paid the assessment for the Enrolled Master Fee be placed in NPD status.  Yes, the Lodge Bylaws allow this and the Grand Lodge allows this.  It will drastically reduce the number of members of Audubon Park Lodge #272, but maybe we can keep our head above water financially.

If you are in doubt about whether you are one who has not paid, check you Membership Card.  If it does not say 2013, you have not paid.  If it says 2011, you have not paid for two years.

VWB Merle Iverson, Lodge Secretary/ Treasurer

Audubon Park Masonic Building Association     

    Work continues on the maintenance and repairs of the lodge building.  Work parties are held as needed. Keep your ears open for upcoming dates for work parties.   If anyone is interested in becoming the building manager please contact Worshipful Master Chuck Young or the Lodge secretary. 


Happening at the Lodge 

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation

          I am writing this article while on a family camping trip at Lake Wenatchee, N.W. of Leavenworth.  I have noticed the warmer summer evenings are giving away to fall coolness and the leaves are beginning to change color.  I hope you have enjoyed being with family and friends throughout the summer.

Most of us have favorite past times or hobbies, one of mine is metal detecting.  While in Leavenworth I was approached by a family and was asked if my detector would detect a ring.  The young man explained his wife washed her hands in the river and when flipped her hands the wedding ring flew off into the sand and they were unable to locate it.  After a few minutes the beautiful wedding ring appeared in my sand scoop.  They were thrilled I found it for them.  I declined any reward and explained this is what we do as Masons. Her husband wanted to know about this and I gave them the web site for a look see.

We never know how or when we are able to spread a little Masonic Cement of good will.  Most of us do so without even thinking about it or an award.  I remind my "kiddies" to do a kindness for someone every day and this serves as a reminder for yours truly.
This brings me to the point of this article.  We can use our interests and hobbies to spread Masonic Cement and create good will between Masons and others.  Our Foundation is an example in its cementing us Masons and more importantly non-masons. By supporting our Charities we are reaching into the community and many receive the benefit our activities.
Our Foundation is supporting our Lodge ($1,500 a quarter) and Temple Building, Jobies, Rainbow, Demolay, Food Bank, Bikes for Books, etc.  We are trying to make lasting memories for ourselves and more importantly others.

  Our Foundation is an example of good which can be accomplished when our Brothers come together for a good cause.
Our Foundation has reached four-fifths of its goal.  We are at the brink of where we need to be and with another push or two we will achieve the goal.  In the weeks ahead all of us will receive multitude of requests seeking funding.  Please consider Audubon Park Masonic Foundation If you are inclined to donate funds or assets to our Foundation, Temple building or Lodge.  All donations will be greatly appreciated and we will promptly acknowledge your donation.  To paraphrase a famous quote:  If it is to be, it is up to “WE”. On behalf of the Temple Board Members I thank one and all for being our supporters.
  W.B. Eric Berman, BOD Member, emeritus
cell. 509-590-9001

Audubon Park #272 Temple Board

Brothers - summer is all most over and we hope that you had a fun and safe summer.  Over the summer W. B. Barry Rettkowski and W. B. Rich Hentz have been working on the lower bathroom. Don’t forget to check it out on our meeting night Sept. 12. Thanks to all who help on the bathroom.  Also, I want to offer a big thank you to all that help out on the lawn mowing this summer. If you would like to help out at the lodge call me, WB Rich @ 509-999-1556. By the way that is my new phone number.
Over the summer W. B. Eric Berman has found us a new renter, ACT 2 (formerly seniors program), Community Colleges of Spokane. The ACT 2 offers a wide variety of enrichment courses each quarter for those of retirement age throughout the Greater Spokane area. For more information, call 509-279-6027.

I leave you with a quote ~
Brother, I, too own a television set, but that does not keep me home on Lodge night. I have never yet had one of the characters on television come off the screen and shake my hand. They have never offered me the warm friendship that my Lodge Brothers do. They have never handed me a cup of coffee or a doughnut. NO! NEVER! Author Unknown

W. B. Rich Hentz, Chairman

 Rainbow Girls    


Rainbow Girls are meeting at Audubon Park 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.
We are having our official visit from our Grand Worthy Advisor at Audubon Park Lodge on Saturday, September 28th.  It starts at 1pm, lunch is provided at noon.  There is a Wild West theme, so western attire versus formal is the dress.  We would love to have Masons attend.


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

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

Sept 2013

9/11   Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.
9/11   Sept. Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.
9/27   Family Night Pot Luck – Steak Night – 6:30 p.m.
9/28   Rainbow Grand Worthy Advisor meeting – 1:00 p.m.

Oct 2013

10/9   Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.
10/9   Oct. Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.
10/18 Family Night Pot Luck –– 6:30 p.m. – Tentative
10/25 District 27 Meeting w/Grand Master - 7:30 p.m.

Nov 2013

11/13 Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.
11/13 Nov. Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.
11/22 Family Night Pot Luck –– 6:30 p.m.

Officers 2012-2013

Worshipful Master                  VWB Chuck Young

Senior Warden                        WB Barry Rettkowski

Junior Warden                         B Kim Roddy

Secretary                                 VWB Merle Iverson

Treasurer                                 VWB Merle Iverson

Chaplain                                  VWB Gaylon Arisman

Marshal                                   WB John Smith

Senior Deacon                         WB Richard Hentz

Junior Deacon                         B John Walther

Senior Steward                        B Chet Caskey

Junior Steward                        B Rob Humbird

Tyler                                        WB Bill Wilson

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

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