Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Trestleboard

  Volume No. 11                 March 2011                     Issue No. 3

George M. Otis P.M., Publisher

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Jackson Lodge No. 17, F. & A.M.
Greeting's From The East  

WM 17

Frank W. Lutze
Worshipful Master

Dear ,


Greeting's Brethren,


February was truly a busy month for the brethren of Jackson Lodge #17.  The Regular Communication included a dinner in recognition of the anniversary of the birth of Worshipful Brother George Washington.  Desert featured a cake decorated with a picture of the father of our great country in his Masonic regalia.  The dinner was so well attended that more dinners are being planned. 


The last two weeks of the month saw three degree nights with seven candidates initiated as Entered Apprentices.  Four brothers (Worshipful Bothers George Otis, Stephen Vining, Brother Lyman Robertson and I) shared the duties of Worshipful Master in the First Section.  The excellent work of degree team was supported by brothers on the sidelines making the degree a memorable experience for the newly made brothers.


March promises to be a busy month too with the Regular Communication with a Saint Patrick's Day dinner. The short talks that were well received in January and February will be continued in the months to come.  Jackson Lodge #17 will also be hosting the District #46 election of District Deputy Instructor and member to the Board of General Purposed on March 24.  


This winter has been a harsh one with the ice storm of last week knocking out electricity to many in the southern counties.  These power outages, together with a slow to recover economy and unemployment hovering around 10 percent have caused hardships many of our brothers, family, friends and neighbors.  This would be a perfect time to contribute to the local food banks and shelters.We have available in the parlor a container that we need to fill to take to our local food  bank in Michigan Center (which we helped start with a $3,000.00 donation). Bring something to the Regular Communication and deposit it in the container on March 10th.

I am looking forward to greeting each of you in Lodge.


Frank W. Lutze

Worshipful Master

They All Came Just For Me


Something big is going on here.

Or so I thought that night,

As the Masons came to gather round

the Great and lesser lights.

One from here and one from there
From places far and wide,
They came to do, I knew not what,
As they gathered there inside.

But from each man I was greeted
With a smile and voice of cheer.
One said, "so you're the candidate.
The reason that we're here."

I scarcely knew just what he meant,
For this was my "first degree."
There must be much for them to do
Before they got to me.

Surely these guys would not travel
for the sake of just one man.
Yes, there must be much for them to do,
Before my part began.

The "Brother Tiler" was my company
As I waited at the door
To step into this brand new realm
I had not known before.

They shared with me the three Great Lights
and some tools of the trade,
That I might learn a thing or two
of how a man be better made.

When at last I had been seated
In this brotherhood of men
The Master then began to bring
The meeting to an end.

And with all things then completed,
They stayed a little more,
To eat and drink and share a laugh
Before heading toward the door.

But as we left I understood
And then began to see.
That they all came for one reason.
They all came just for me.

Dear brothers I pray every lodge
Will make new ones like me,
Feel as welcome as these brothers did,
When they held my First Degree.


W.M. East

Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Center
Lodge Blue Room

Table of Contents
Jackson Chapter No. 3, R.A.M.
Jackson Council No. 32, R. & S.M.
Jackson Commandery No. 9, K.T.
Jackson York Rite College No. 3
Jackson Fern Leaf Chapter No. 66, O.E.S.
Jackson Chapter No. 7, I.O.R.G.
Jackson High Twelve Club No. 16
South Central Scottish Rite Club

Jackson Lodge No. 17, F. & A.M. 



Stephen D. Vining P.M., Secretary

Jackson Lodge No. 17, F. & A.M.

Region No. 4 Grand Lecturer

Grand Lodge of Michigan

(517) 914-8400





Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Lodge DARK


Thursday, March 10th, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Dinner, 6:30 p.m.

Regular Communication, 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Lodge DARK


Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Temple Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, March 24th, 2011

District 46 Elections, 7:30 p.m.

Board of General Purposes

& District Deputy Instructor

Jackson 17, Excelsior 116, Addison 157,

Brooklyn 169, Napoleon 301 & Cement City 435 

Officer's must wear tuxedo or dark suit


Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Fellowcraft Degree Practice, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 7th, 2011 

Fellowcraft Degree, 7:00 p.m.

Seven candidates this evening.

Officer's must wear tuxedo or dark suit


Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Lodge Dinner, 6:30 p.m.

Regular Communication, 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, April 21st, 2011 

Master Mason Degree Practice, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 28th, 2011 

Temple Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day Dinner

(Prior to the stated meeting



Thursday, March 10th, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

Corned Beef, Cabbage and Dessert.

All for a $5.00 donation to the Stewards Fund

Contact Adam W. Wygant, Junior Warden

517-745-1699 or you can email him at


Come and join us for St. Patrick's Day!

2011 Line of Officer's

      • Frank W. Lutze, Worshipful Master
      • Lyman S. Robertson Jr, Senior Warden
      • Adam W. Wygant, Junior Warden
      • Dale D. Brown PM, Treasurer
      • Stephen D. Vining PM, Secretary
      • George M. Otis PM, Chaplain
      • Richard G. Shea PM, Senior Deacon
      • David G. Shea PM, Junior Deacon
      • Eric J. Cole, Senior Steward
      • Andrew S. Marlow, Junior Steward
      • R. Todd Rubert PM, Marshal
      • Thomas E. Royce PM, Tiler
      • George M. Otis PM, Publisher
      • Stephen D. Vining PM, Webmaster

 Jackson Chapter No. 3, R.A.M. 



Jackson Chapter No. 3, R.A.M.

Dale D. Brown, H.P.

 Ronald L. Spees, Secretary

Calendar for the month of March 2011:

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
Stated Convocation, 7:30 p.m.

(Will Open & Close In Chapter This Month)

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
Royal Arch Mason Degree
will be conferred by Ingham Chapter No. 51
at the Mason Masonic Center at 7:00 p.m.
on four candidates of Jackson Chapter No. 3
Please try to make it to show your support.

| John F. Ohneck | Jason R. Kenworthy | Gary K. Klein | Kevin M. Davis |
Received Most Excellent Master Degree
on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011


 Jackson Council No. 32, R. & S.M. 

#32 TIM 
Jackson Council No. 32, R. & S.M.
Ronald L. Spees, T.I.M.
Adam W. Wygant, Recorder

Calendar for the month of March 2011:
Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
Stated Convocation, 7:30 p.m.
(Will Open & Close In Chapter This Month)

 Jackson Commandery No. 9, K.T. 

Jackson Commandery No. 9, K.T.
James H. Blauvelt, Emminent Commander

 Michael E. Hicks, Recorder

Calendar for the month of March 2011:  

 (All meetings are at the Masonic Temple unless otherwise indicated)


Monday, March 7th, 2011

Commandery will be DARK this week.

Monday, March 14th, 2011
Commandery Drill Corp, 7:30 p.m.
Dinner, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, March 21st, 2011
Stated Conclave, 7:30 p.m.
Potluck with Ladies, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, March 28th, 2011
To be announced later  

 Jackson York Rite College No. 3

York Rite College

Jackson York Rite College No. 3  
Robert C. Cunningham, Governor

 Timothy C. Forche, Secretary
Calendar for 2011:
Friday, March 18th - Meeting, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 20th - Annual Meeting, 7:30 p.m. 
 (Dates are subject to change)

Fern Leaf Chapter No. 66



Fern Leaf Chapter No. 66, O.E.S.    

Gail Kirk, Worthy Matron

Ellen Yoakam, Secretary


Calendar for the month of March 2011:
Tuesday, March 1st
No Meeting, Dark
Tuesday, March 15th
Regular Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Jackson Assembly No. 7, I.O.R.G. 

Jackson Assembly No. 7, I.O.R.G.  
Brandy Kuhl, Mother Advisor

Calendar for the month of March 2011:
Tuesday, March 8th - Rainbow Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 22nd - Rainbow Meeting, 7:00 p.m. 

Jackson High Twelve Club No. 16 


Jackson High Twelve Club No. 16

Roger A. Farmer, President 
 Darrell G. Kesterson, Secretary

Calendar 2011:

 Meetings are held every Monday
of the month at 12:00 noon at the
Cascades Manor House
1970 Kibby Road
Jackson, MI  49203

Cost for meal is $10.00 per person 

South Central Scottish Rite Club 


South Central Scottish Rite Club

Michael E. Hicks, President 

  No meeting information available.

Chart of York Rite Masonic Degrees

York Rite

Contact Masonic Bodies 



Brothers of Jackson Lodge No. 17, F. & A.M.

Companions of Jackson Chapter No. 3, R.A.M.

Companions of Jackson Council No. 32, R. & S.M.

Sir Knights of Jackson Commandery No. 9, K.T.

Companion Sir Knights of Jackson York Rite College No. 3

Sisters of Fern Leaf Chapter No. 66, O.E.S.


We have just completed a massive project at our Masonic Center in Michigan Center. We had to do the following:

  • Clean the entire building and replace the furnaces. Install new  rooftop heating and air conditioning units with new air ducts.
  • Throw away a lot of items that are of little use to us anymore.
  •  New Hanging Sign out front and in the very near future a new Masonic/York Rite/Eastern Star lighted sign on the building.

We now have a more efficient building that we all can be proud of.

PLEASE, contribute as liberally as you can
without material injury to yourself or family!

Thank you for your support!
Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Temple Association

Make your checks out to:
Jackson-Coolidge M.T.A.
355 Napoleon Rd.
Michigan Center, Michigan 49254-1264

Masonic Sale Items 

 Masonic Tail Light Stick On Emblems
Cost is $3.00 per set of emblems 
Contact Brother George Otis P.M.
Phone: 517-262-9862
or email gmotis@sbcglobal.net 
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Masonic Emblem
 Temple Board Contact Information
Temple Board Meetings will be held on: 
 Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. 
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 Jerry L. Bethel, President  

phone: 517-262-0147  

George M. Otis, Secretary
phone: 517-262-9862

 Special Note To The Brethren
 Member's of all Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Bodies
We are in need of your email address for transmitting the electronic version of the Jackson/Coolidge MTA Trestleboard on a monthly basis. It is becoming more expensive to produce the Trestleboard due to rising postal rates and the cost to make the printed copies. (We usually print about 300 copies). If you would still like to receive it by mail that is fine too.
Just let us know your preference.
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Stephen D.  Vining, P.M.
phone 517-914-8400
George M. Otis, P.M.
phone 517-262-9862
Thank you!

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We are still in need of donations for the banquet tables.
Please contribute if you are able. Make check payable to:
Jackson Lodge No. 17
and send to
Jackson Lodge #17 MTA Fund 
P.O. Box 1309
Jackson  MI 49204-1309

                                 Your Help Is Needed and Appreciated. Thank you.