The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272
Volume 15, Number 3
From the East ...
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
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
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.
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.
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
In Other News...
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
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
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
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
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
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
W.B. Eric Berman, BOD Member,
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 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
“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
Park Masonic Lodge #272
POB 9575 Spokane WA 99209-9575
Or call or e-mail
Secretary: .VWB. Merle Iverson 509-467-7255 email: email@example.com.
Pillars Editor: WB. Barry Rettkowski 509-928-0075 email:
Calendar of Events
Sept 20139/11 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 201310/9 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. –
10/25 District 27 Meeting w/Grand Master -
Nov 201311/13 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.
Worshipful Master VWB Chuck Young
Chaplain VWB Gaylon Arisman
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