The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272

September 2014
Volume 16, Number 3

From the East ... 

    

Greetings to all.  I want to welcome everyone back from their summer activities and hope that all had a chance to rest and refresh.  Being retired when telling folks that we are taking a vacation they ask “a vacation from what, you are retired.”  That aside, Kathy and I had a wonderful time traveling in Ireland and the UK and I will share our adventures with folks later. 

Fall activities at the Lodge are kicking back into gear.  We have several brothers in the next two months proving up as Master Masons.  We have Masonic education schedule with WB Rich Hentz and Br Chet Caskey over the next two stated meetings.  I can’t wait to hear what they have planned.  September family night September 26th @ 6:30 pm. is our annual Steak cookout and potluck.  Let me know if you are coming so that we have enough steaks.  Bring a dish to share and come and have a great Masonic time. 

On the business side, we will be holding officer elections at our October stated meeting.  Several brothers have made themselves available for office. Come and show your support for these brothers.  We will be electing a separate secretary and treasurer this year.  I want to thank VWB Merle Iverson for his excellent work as Sec/Treasure and in helping to guiding the changes to separate the offices.

Finally, I want to thank everyone that has made my year as master such a wonderful experience.  I have received help and support from so many people that have allowed lodge and masonic family to grow and have success in many areas.  There  are many things left undone and I know that my successor will care on the process of making Audubon Park lodge a great and welcoming place for Masons to meet.

Greetings to all.  I want to welcome everyone back from their summer activities and hope that all had a chance to rest and refresh.  Being retired when telling folks that we are taking a vacation they ask “a vacation from what, you are retired.”  That aside, Kathy and I had a wonderful time traveling in Ireland and the UK and I will share our adventures with folks later. 

Fall activities at the Lodge are kicking back into gear.  We have several brothers in the next two months proving up as Master Masons.  We have Masonic education schedule with WB Rich Hentz and Br Chet Caskey over the next two stated meetings.  I can’t wait to hear what they have planned.  September family night September 26th @ 6:30 pm. is our annual Steak cookout and potluck.  Let me know if you are coming so that we have enough steaks.  Bring a dish to share and come and have a great Masonic time. 

On the business side, we will be holding officer elections at our October stated meeting.  Several brothers have made themselves available for office. Come and show your support for these brothers.  We will be electing a separate secretary and treasurer this year.  I want to thank VWB Merle Iverson for his excellent work as Sec/Treasure and in helping to guiding the changes to separate the offices. 

Finally, I want to thank everyone that has made my year as master such a wonderful experience.  I have received help and support from so many people that have allowed lodge and masonic family to grow and have success in many areas.  There  are many things left undone and I know that my successor will care on the process of making Audubon Park lodge a great and welcoming place for Masons to meet.

 

WB Barry Rettkowski

Worshipful Master




 


From the West...
  

    

Part of our Masonic journey includes traveling to other Lodges, meeting brother Masons from near and far, and enjoying the fraternal aspect of our fine institution. By attending Lodge somewhere new, not only do we make new acquaintances and friends, but we have a wonderful opportunity to learn about our craft and hopefully become better Masons. Whether it is at a Lodge on the other side of town, in a different jurisdiction or country, or even at Grand Lodge or a Masonic conference such as our Wardens’ or Leadership Conference, if we open our eyes and ears, and more especially our minds, it is surprising what we can learn. Another advantage is that we often get the opportunity to compare our Lodge practices with others and remind ourselves that we’re not doing too badly at our Lodge. When you attend another Lodge and see them struggling to open or close their Lodge properly, often because of poor attendance or lack of proficiency, it makes you appreciate your home Lodge even more.

In my experience, Audubon Park Lodge, No. 272, is one of the finest Lodges in the region, and we should be proud of our work, but also be humble in our continuing effort to maintain our reputation. We have an active membership known for quality ritual work and friendly, accommodating members. Every Lodge has its challenges, including membership, participation, finances, and sometimes personality clashes, but Audubon Park Lodge has been working in the quarries for almost 90 years and by all accounts is still going strong.

Our Lodge has had the honor of raising to Master Mason the only father-and-son Grand Masters in our Grand Jurisdiction history, Most Worshipful Brothers Harold and Doug Tucker. The father, MWBr. Harold Tucker, a Past Master of our Lodge in 1960 and Past Grand Master in 1988, still attends Lodge and shares his friendship, brotherhood, and wisdom with us younger Masons. His son, MWBr. Doug Tucker, Past Grand Master in 2008, recently returned from Arizona to reside in Spokane again and we hope to see him in Lodge regularly.

We have a beautiful old Lodge building, the last original Masonic Lodge in northern Spokane, and a competent and active Audubon Park Masonic Building Association (APMBA) and hardworking building manager, WBr. Eric Berman. Like any old structure, there is a lot of tender loving care needed to keep it looking good and maintain its functionality for us in the future. Without proper maintenance and investment in repairs and modifications, the building’s days may be numbered, but there is no reason for that. Our Lodge has the will and the finances to keep our building in good stead as long as we don’t give up on it.

Speaking of finances, we are also fortunate enough to have a well-funded and managed Audubon Park Masonic Foundation (APMF) with enough assets, when properly utilized, to generate the necessary income required to make up for any shortfalls in the Lodge's operating expenses, as well as fund the Lodge's charitable activities. Please continue to support the foundation, now entering its 25th year supporting our Lodge.

Our Lodge continues to support both the inland northwest Masons as well as our local community. The District 27 Deputy of the Grand Master often relies on our Lodge to host district and Grand Lodge events, we are hosts to Spokane Lodge, No. 34, Rainbow for Girls and Job's Daughters youth groups and various community events such as public exercise classes, wedding receptions, and private parties and dances.

 Gentlemen, we have a Lodge to be proud of - keep up the good work and continue to be part of this proud tradition by stepping up when your help is needed.

 

Senior Warden

B Kim Roddy





From the South...

    

    

Brothers – It gives me great pleasure to write this, my last article, for the Pillars. Nancy and I won’t be in town next week, when the September Stated Meeting is held. We will be in Florida visiting my Dad and Step Mom. Dad is in an Assisted Living facility and we want to visit while he still is aware who we are. My step mom also needs a break from all the time she spends with him.

But back to “the South”. This is my fourth consecutive year writing articles for the “Pillars”. This is in addition to the three years I wrote earlier this decade as I rotated through the chairs the first time. It has truly been my pleasure to serve the Brothers of Audubon Park Lodge for seven years as an elected officer. The first time through the chairs I was more than a bit nervous. The second time much less so and the third time in the East I truly had a lot of fun. My years were anything but “perfect” but with your help, persistence, and patience we got done that which needed to be done, including perhaps the most important task – raising several new Masons!!!!!

I am also proud and pleased to let you know that Brother Justin Haldeman is ready to demonstrate his proficiency as a Master Mason. He has elected to wait until the October Stated Meeting so I can be there with him as he “proves up” in Lodge. Brother Justin will be the Junior Deacon next year. This is what we need – more Brothers who are willing to step up and accept responsibility to help make the Lodge even stronger.

I will close by thanking WB Barry for giving me the support as his Junior Warden. I also wish Brother Kim Roddy all the best as he begins his year as our Worshipful Master.

Fraternally,

VW Chuck Young

Junior Warden

 

In Other News...


From the Secretary's Desk     
     

The summer dark period has come and gone.  It is time again to Labor as Masons for the Good of our God, our Country, our neighbors and our families.  There is much that can be accomplished of there is a single goal and all work towards that goal. 

As the time is near, all should remember that we will be electing, appointing and installing new officers.  I will not be a candidate for either Secretary or Treasurer.  As many of you know, I hold an office in the Grand Commandery of Washington.  Those duties are requiring more and more of my time, both administratively and fraternally.  During my tenure I have served as Secretary/Treasurer.  I strongly recommend our Lodge elect a secretary and a separate treasurer. 

It is considered good business practice to assure that the person who receives the money does not write checks and the person who writes checks does not balance the check book.  It’s a Masonic virtue to say, we trust you. It’s a bad business practice to say, we trust you.  We know of ongoing problems around the state, lets separate these functions.  A good audit says he did his job correctly.  No audit says, we do not know how he did his job. 

Thank you for your trust. I have enjoyed the time as Secretary/Treasurer.



Fraternally
VWB Merle Iverson, Lodge Secretary/ Treasurer
merlei@comcast.net
509.979.5173




Audubon Park Masonic Building Association    

If you have been by the Lodge over the summer, you would have notice how nice our lawn is.  Ideal Professional Lawn Service did a great job for us.  On July 19 we had a work party.  WM Barry Rettkowski and I scraped and painted the heat registers.  SW Kim Roddy built two closets, one or both to be use by the Job’s Daughters.  They also did some painting on the exterior entrances.  A big Thank You to Barry & Kim!!

The Temple Board reviewed its Long Range Plan and decided to concentrate on three areas for the years 2014-2015:

1) Renovate the kitchen, floor and counter tops and repaint the areas.  The counters are more cosmetic in nature however the floor has serious breaks in the linoleum and is a safety issue.  Both affect our ability to rent our building to outside renters. 

2) Repaint parts of the Building such as Hillyard Room, Ballroom and other areas.  Again, it is cosmetic in nature but needing to be done to improve the look of our building.

3) Repair the outside of our Building.  The bricks need to be re-pointed and other work needs to be completed.  A must, if not attended to will only get worse. SW Kim got a bid on pointing the bricks on the Lodge. The bid came in at $4,800.00. This is just one of the projects that your Association is working on. We need your input on other projects for the Association to work on in the future. This is your Lodge, participate in any way you can.  If you have a skill that we can use, please let us know.


Fraternally,

WB Rich Hentz, Chairman

  
      




Happening at the Lodge 


Audubon Park Masonic Foundation
      

  

As many of our members and officers, have come to realize there are many moving and inter-related parts to our structure which effects the method and way things are accomplished.  Our Grand Lodge Masonic Code requires complete separation of our Temple Building from our Lodge and same with our Foundation. Very simply stated the Lodge manages the membership affairs and aspect of our fraternal being.  The Temple Building is managed as a "Public Use Facility Building."  The Foundation is charged with raising and managing an asset base sufficient to support our Lodge, Building and Charities.  Lodge Officers sit on the Temple and Foundation Boards and have direct input on the affairs of both. 

Our Foundation will be twenty five-years old in October.  We need to raise less than $15,000 to reach its goal.  We will have our anniversary celebration on March 18, 2015 in conjunction with our annual Foundation meeting and Corned Beef dinner.  Put the date on your calendar now and plan to come and celebrate the foundation success. 

My Brothers, "if it is to be it is up to we" if you have a desire to lend a hand in our labors it would be most welcome.  All of the building projects, youth group support, and Lodge needs all take money to begin and complete.  If you wish to make a donation to the effort it would be greatly appreciated and will make a difference for many years to come.  Your gift can be in the form of check or other asset.  Still wanted and needed are stock and bond issues, silver, gold coins or jewelry or other assets or investments.  A contribution in memory of a friend, family member, or loved one is a significant way to honor them. 


  W.B. Eric Berman, BOD Member, emeritus
Email  eebspokane@gmail.com  
cell. 509-590-9001




Audubon Park #272 Temple Board


 Rainbow Girls    

  

Rainbow Girls are meeting at Audubon Park Masonic Building 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.



Job’s Daughters

            Job’s Daughters, Bethel #3, are meeting at Audubon Park Masonic Building the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at 7 pm.  The young ladies would love to see Masons attend the meetings.  Please come and support these young ladies.




 

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: merlei@comcast.net. 

Pillars Editor: WB. Barry Rettkowski 509-928-0075 email: brettkow@mindspring.com




Calendar of Events 

September 2014

9/3       Temple Board Meeting – 3:00 p.m.

9/10     September Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

9/24     Foundation Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

9/26     Family Night Steak Cookout and Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m.

 

October 2014

10/10   October Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting– 7:30 p.m.

Dinner before the Meeting 6:30-7:30 p.m.

10/17   Officer Installation and Family Night Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m.

10/28   Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

10/31   Halloween Celebration and Open House 6:30-8:30 p.m.

 

November 2014

11/5     Lodge Officers Training – 5:30-7:00 p.m.

11/12   November Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner before the Meeting 6:30-7:30 p.m.

11/21   Family Night Pot Luck –– 6:30 p.m.

11/18   Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

 






Officers 2013-2014

Worshipful Master                  WB Barry Rettkowski

Senior Warden                        B Kim Roddy

Junior Warden                         VWB Chuck Young

Secretary                                 VWB Merle Iverson

Treasure                                   VWB Merle Iverson

Chaplain                                  VWB Gaylon Arisman

Marshal                                   WB John Smith

Senior Deacon                         B John Walther

Junior Deacon                         B Rob Humbird

Senior Steward                       B Chet Caskey

Junior Steward                        WB Richard Hentz

Tyler                                        B Robert Stevensen

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




 

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