Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Trestleboard

  Volume No. 11               April 2011                    Issue No. 4

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,


The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan has left more than 20,000 dead and missing and nearly 500,000 people homeless. The images of devastation from the Katrina hurricane years ago are still fresh in our minds yet pale in comparison to the recent disaster in Japan. Our Craft is active in Japan.An internet search yielded information on the Grand Lodge of Japan and several Lodges. This disaster provides an opportunity to put our Masonic tenants into practice. Contributions to the relief effort can be sent through the American Red Cross, which is only a click away on your internet browser. "A quarter of a dollar, a dime, a penny?"


March came in like a lion as far as lodge activity was concerned.The Regular Communication was preceded by a Saint Patrick's dinner of corned beef and cabbage.  Six of our Entered Apprentices demonstrated their proficiency during the Regular.


On March 24 our Lodge hosted the District 46 elections for District Deputy Instructor and Board of General Purposes representative.Thanks to the Brothers and Officers who participated.We should all be proud of how well our Lodge was represented.


A Fellowcraft degree practice is scheduled for March 31 at 7:00 PM.All brothers interested in being a member of the degree team or supporting the team are encouraged to attend.


Our schedule for April begins with a Fellowcraft degree on April 7 for seven Brothers. The regular on April 14 will include a spaghetti dinner.


Practice for the Master Mason degree is scheduled for April 21.


Plan on attending Lodge in April. The ice and snow is gone.Spring is here.Attend the Regular Communication or the Fellowcraft degree, or both. When was the last time you had a opportunity to see seven Brothers passed? Come out, share a meal and the brotherhood of our ancient fraternity.If you need a ride please contact a lodge officer.

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


Frank W. Lutze

Worshipful Master

What Makes A Mason?


George H. Free


What makes you a Mason, O brother of mine?

It isn't the dueguard, nor is it the sign,

It isn't the jewel which hangs on your breast,

It isn't the apron in which you are dressed,

It isn't the step, nor the token, nor grip,

Nor lectures that fluently flow from the lip,

Nor yet the possession of that mystic word,

On five points of fellowship duly conferred.

Though these are essential, desirable, fine,

They don't make a Mason, O brother of mine.

 That you to your sworn obligation are true-

"Tis, that, brother mine, makes a Mason of you.

Secure in your heart you must safeguard your trust,

With lodge and with brother be honest and just,

Assist the deserving who cry in their need,

Be chaste in thought, in your word and deed,

Support him who falters, with hope banish fear,

And whisper advice in an erring one's ear.

Then will the Great Lights on your path brightly shine,

And you'll be a Mason, O brother of mine.


Your use of life's hours by the gauge you must try,

The gavel to vices with courage apply;

Your walk must be upright, as shown by the plumb,

On the level, to bourn whence no travelers come;

The book of your faith be the rule and the guide,

The compass your passions shut safely inside;

The stone which the Architect placed in your care

Must pass the strict test of His unerring square,

And then you will meet with approval divine,

And you'll be a Mason, O brother of mine.


From the Secretary's Desk 





At the March 24th, 2011 meeting to elect a District 46 Board of General Purposes Representative and District Deputy Instructor, the results were as follows:


  • Board of General Purposes - George M. Otis, P.M. of Jackson Lodge No. 17
  • District Deputy Instructor - Dale R. Hedy, P.M. of Addison Lodge No. 157
  • District Mason of the Year - Gary D. Bolton, P.M. of Addison Lodge No. 157
    If you see Worshipful Brother Bolton in your travels congratulate him as he is well deserving of this honor by both his lodge and the district.   

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, 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.


Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Master Mason Degree, 7:00 p.m. 


Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Lodge Dinner, 6:30 p.m.

Regular Communication, 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Temple Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m.


Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Grand Lodge of Michigan Annual Communication

Soaring Eagle Resort at Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 


Thursday, May 26th, 2011

| Jackson Lodge 17 will be Dark |

Lodge Dinner

| Prior to the stated meeting


Thursday, April 14th, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

Spaghetti, Garlic Bread,

Salad 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 April 2011

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
Stated Convocation, 7:30 p.m.

(Will Open & Close In Council This Month)

 Jackson Council No. 32, R. & S.M. 

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Jackson Council No. 32, R. & S.M.
Ronald L. Spees, T.I.M.

Adam W. Wygant, Recorder

Calendar for the month of April 2011 

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Stated Convocation, 7:30 p.m.

| Will Open & Council In Chapter This Month | 

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Strawberry Festival All Council Degree Day

will be conferred by Leslie Council No. 50, R. & S.M.

at the Mason Masonic Center at 1:00 p.m.

on four candidates of Jackson Chapter No. 3, R. & S.M.

Dinner to follow all degree day.

Please try to make it to show your support.


| John F. Ohneck | Jason R. Kenworthy | Gary K. Klein | Kevin M. Davis |

Scheduled to receive Royal Master Degree, Select Master Degree

and the Super Excellent Master Degree

on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

97th Annual Strawberry Festival


840 E. Columbia St.

Mason 48854

Invites all Companions to attend their

Annual Strawberry Festival

All Council Degree Day

Saturday, April 23rd

opening at 1:00 p.m.  

Royal Master Degree

Select Master Degree


Super Excellent Masters Degree

put on by your

Grand Council Officers  

Contact Tim Forche


or at


for dinner reservations

 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 April 2011   

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

Monday, April 4th, 2011 
Commandery will be DARK this week.

Monday, April 11th, 2011
Commandery Drill Corp, 7:00 p.m.
Dinner, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, April 18th, 2011
Installation of 2011-2012 Officer's
Stated Conclave, 7:30 p.m.
Potluck with Ladies, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, April 25th, 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, May 20th - Annual Meeting, 7:30 p.m. 

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 April 2011
Tuesday, April 5th
Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 19th
Stated 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 April 2011
Saturday, April 2nd - 1:00 p.m.
PartyLite Candle Fundraiser at Temple


Tuesday, April 12th -
Stated Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 26th - Rainbow Meeting, 7:00 p.m. 

Jackson High Twelve Club No. 16 


Jackson High Twelve Club No. 16

Michael E. Hicks, 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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Tail Light

Masonic Emblem
 Temple Board Contact Information
Temple Board Meetings will be held on: 
Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. 
Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. 

Thursday, June 23, 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
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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.