The Official Publication of the Audubon Park Lodge #272

September 2015
Volume 17, Number 3

From the East ... 


As this edition of "The Pillars" is going to press, I am reminded that fall is coming, and with it comes officer elections at Audubon Park Lodge #272 and the start of a new "Masonic year."  It is amazing how fast the year has gone by and it has been my honor to serve you all as Worshipful Master this year. I have learned so much more about The Craft, as well as the challenges and rewards of leading such a great group of Brethren.  

The best parts of this position were the pleasure to confer degrees and present longevity and other awards. This summer we caught up on a number of awards that were long overdue and well deserved. 

For those that haven't taken the journey up the chairs to the East, I highly recommend it. Our lodge needs more Brethren to stand up and make themselves available for election or appointment so we don't have the same men doing all the work over and over again. It is a great experience for the new officer, good for the lodge, and a nice break for the "usual suspects" who have been doing all the heavy lifting for the lodge, temple, and foundation for so long. 

Speaking of journeys, I am writing this article from the Anchorage airport waiting for our flight back to Washington. My wife, Sharon, and I just finished a 10-day cruise-tour to Alaska and the Denali National Park. We were very lucky in that we were able to see BOTH Mt. McKinley AND Mt. Denali (due to the name change while we were here)! If you haven't taken one of these cruise-tours yet, don't delay! This was one of the better cruise and travel experiences we've done. 

See you in lodge,

WB Kim Roddy

Worshipful Master

From the West...  

It has been an honor for me to serve as your Senior Warden for this past year.  It made me realize that what I thought I knew once; I had to relearn when put to the test.  As a result, it has reaffirmed my decision to not run for Master of this great lodge of ours.  I would not be able to do it the justice that the office deserves.

This has proven to be a year of mixed blessings for me. After bladder surgery last year and all the problems that came with the recovery of health and strength that advancing age has visited upon me and my wife, there just isn't any bottom left for me to draw upon that would allow me to serve as WM for the coming year.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the respect that you have extended to me this past year. May God bless the lodge and all of my brothers for the kindness shown to us.  Thank you.

WB John Smith

Senior Warden

From the South...


Don’t Forget Your Twenty-Four Inch Gauge 

In my line of work I often have to prioritize.  Every day I devote a small amount of time to figuring out what I need to do that day, transpose each of those tasks in order of importance, and then begin my work day.  I do the same type of planning on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual basis.  In the past, these processes were both timely and difficult to appreciate, and I often felt it was a waste of time.  Gradually though, I begin to notice that I was accomplishing, and often exceeding, my most important goals—fundraising money, recruiting volunteers for critical roles, executing successful large events, and networking with people who could share my vision and mission.

There is a minor price to be paid to for deliberate focus.  Small and seemingly irrelevant tasks go undone—I didn’t always read all my emails, I didn’t always respond to all my phone calls, I didn’t worry about the font size on an invitation, I didn’t spend any time worrying about what kinds of soda to serve a training event, or just those million and one little things that are easy and would be “nice” but not constructive to do.  There’s no way to avoid this, hundreds of small tasks that take “just a few minutes” over a month will eventually deny you days of productive work.

Perhaps it’s time that we consider doing something similar for the benefit of our craft and ourselves? There are a finite number of brothers in our lodge, each with a finite amount of individual capital, but a seemingly infinite number of tasks.  We’ve all been given twenty-four inch gauges, let us measure our time, prioritize our tasks on a regular basis, and apply our labor to the most important tasks that Freemasonry asks of us.

Junior Warden

B John Rivera

In Other News...

From the Secretary's Desk     

Greetings, My Fraternal Brothers!  Welcome back to lodge after our long, hot and unfortunately fiery summer.  Hats off to our Lodge Treasurer, Brother Bret Anderson, and his fire-fighting colleagues for their great and heroic efforts displayed in battling the blazing infernos in our State. Despite being dark in July and August, our degree work has continued and we have petitions “in the works” to greet us when we return to Lodge.  Sadly, our dear brothers and friends, Worshipful Brother Chester Echelbarger (died July 31, 2015) and Worshipful Brother Edward Barton, Jr. (died August 29, 2015) have proceeded to the Celestial Lodge over the summer.

 In the fall of each year we have the opportunity to re-communicate with some of our brothers who we have lost track of, by virtue of their unpaid dues and assessments for the last year remaining outstanding. The Washington Masonic Code reminds us to locate these brothers, re-establish contact with them, and see if some problem, distress or incapacity is the reason they are out of communication with the Lodge.  I can personally attest that re-connecting with these fraternal brothers can be very rewarding for both parties.  Just last month I had the privilege of tracking down in North Spokane  a 65-year Mason with whom the Grand Lodge of Oregon had lost contact for some years – and present him with his 65 Year Service Pin. The brother was elderly and a bit disabled, but expressed a desire to attend a lodge or lodges in the Spokane area occasionally to re-charge his Masonic batteries “if only” some brothers could arrange to pick him up. It was very gratifying to sit with this brother, if only in the” lodge of our fraternal friendship” and chat a while. 

All this summer, Worshipful Master Kim Roddy has been driving around the area delivering service pins we authorized this spring and chatting with Masons similarly situated to re-connect them with our lodge. Of our 91 active lodge members, we currently have 14 brothers who have not yet paid their 2015 dues and assessments.  Worshipful Master Roddy will be calling on volunteers to contact these brothers and check out their situations.  Some may have deteriorating health or have been moved to nursing facilities.  Some may be financially pressed to pay dues and assessments – and we can take care of that and keep those brothers in good standing.  Please be generous in donating your time in this important work of trying to make sure that none of our brothers “slip through the cracks” and lose communication with their lodge.


B. Chet Caskey

Lodge Secretary

(509) 863-2519


Audubon Park Masonic Building Association    


2015 Officers and members of the building association:

Chairman:                    WB Richard Hentz

Vice Chairman:           VWB Charles Young

Secretary:                    VWB Charles Young

Treasurer:                    WB Eric Berman


I am happy to report that the kitchen counter tops have been installed and they look great.

Other projects that were completed over the summer; VWB Chuck Young installed a rain gutter over the back door. WB Barry Rettkowski and WM Kim Roddy installed LED lights in the lodge room. WM Kim Roddy and WB Barry Rettkowski relocated the sprinkler line in front of the lodge building. B Ivan Beliaez, WM Kim Roddy, VWB Chuck Young, MWB Doug Tucker, WB Barry Rettkowski and I, did a deep cleaning of the kitchen.  WB Barry Rettkowski and I painted the kitchen cabinets.

There are more projects to come and if you would like to help with any of the upcoming projects please let one of the board members know. 


Our lodge building has been really put to use this year and I would like to encourage everyone who has access to the Internet to bookmark the Audubon Park Masonic Building Calendar, found at this link:

You can also get to the Lodge calendar by going to our web site at:


On behalf of the board we wish you a fun and safe summer.


WB Rich Hentz, Chairman


Happenings at the Lodge 

Audubon Park Masonic Foundation


Greetings to all.

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of two more distinguished Audubon Park Lodge Brothers: V.W. Br. Chet Echelbarger and V.W. Br. Ed Barton.  Both were very dedicated Masons having served as Master and as Deputy to the Grand Master; and on various committees and appointed positions.  Both honorably served our Lodge, Temple and Foundation Board of Directors.  They both financially contributed many times to all three.

To honor their memory I will send a contribution to our Foundation and invite all Brothers to do the same. These donations will be invested in our permanent fund and income will benefit Temple for many years.

In following political and financial events of the world we realize changes have and will continue to happen. There always will be financial cycles.  The current cycle consist of mini cycles.  What is one to do? 

The best course of action is to review ones holdings and continue investing systematically as one can.  By dollar cost averaging ones return should be greater than always investing in a high market.  So say the gurus.

Our Foundation will continue accepting contributions and grow.  By doing so, we will continue to meet the many financial challenges ahead of us.  Please consider donating to our Foundation. 

  W.B. Eric Berman, BOD Member, emeritus
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: B. Chet Caskey, Lodge Secretary (509) 863-2519

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

Calendar of Events 

Sept 2015

9/2       Lodge Officers Training – 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

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

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

9/18     Family Night Steak Night – 6:30 p.m.

9/22     Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.


October 2015

10/7     Lodge Officers Training – 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

10/14   October Audubon Park Lodge Stated Meeting – 7:30 p.m.

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

10/16   Family Night Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m.

10/16   Lodge Officers Installation – 7:15 p.m. (Tentative)

10/27   Temple Board Meeting – 6:00 p.m.


November 2015

11/4     Lodge Officers Training – 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

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

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

11/20   Family Night Pot Luck – 6:30 p.m.

11/24   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