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  Volume No. 11               August 2011                    Issue No. 8

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Stephen D. Vining P.M., Webmaster

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

WM 17

Frank W. Lutze
Worshipful Master

Dear ,


July is usually a quiet month as far a Jackson Lodge #17 is concerned. The June Regular Communication and Strawberry Festival are "in the book" and the Lodge is Dark. Not so this year. Five Fellowcrafts were Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on July 6th and 7th. On July 6th we were honored by a visit by Most Worshipful Frederick E. Kaiser Jr. Grand Master of Masons in Michigan. Most Worshipful Brother Kaiser asked if I would like him to sing the funeral dirge in the Second Section of the Master Mason Degree. When I responded "Yes" I must admit that I was unaware of the significance. I soon learned that the Officers and Brothers of the Lodge, several of who had been Masons for forty years or more had never heard the dirge sung. It made a special evening more so.


Even though it was Summer and time for vacations and other family commitments the Officers and Brothers were there for the Work. Why? Because of the last working tool of our Craft, the one I presented during the Degree. The Trowel. The Trowel that spreads the cement of brotherly love and affection. That cement that units us in one sacred band or society of friends and Brothers. The Brothers were there to Raise the five Fellowcrafts for love of the Brothers and love of the Craft.


Sometimes the working tools of our Craft may, due to lack of concentration or distraction, slip from our grasp. As soon as we become aware of this we must pick them up and continue our work where we left off. Only through the diligent practice of our Craft will we here those welcome words. Well done good and faithful servant . . . . 




Frank W. Lutze

Worshipful Master


"The Trowel"

Written by Michael N. Salmore


The tools of a true Master Mason-
A man who has proven his skill-
Are any or all that he chooses,
His task to correctly fulfill.
Foremost of these is the Trowel,
Which practical builders all class
As the tool for spreading of mortar
Uniting the house in one mass.


But we as Freemasons would use it
For purpose more noble and grand,
As craftsmen have faithfully taught us,
As Masonry's ritual's command,
To spread the cement of affection,
Devotion and brotherly love,
To bring peace, good will and contentment
On earth as in Heaven above.


Yea; this is the cement that unites us
In one sacred union of friends-
Brothers 'mongst whom no contention,
Nor discord nor diff'rence portends,
Except that most noble contention
By Masons Accepted and Free;
Or rather that fine emulation
Of who can best work and agree.


"The modest description of the trowel may sometimes understate its importance to the fraternity. I desire to share with you this poem and a rendition of a favorite piece of early Masonic art which appears above (and on this site's home page:


Remember the trowel Brothers. The square and compasses perfect the individual, but the trowel unites the Brother with the Brotherhood."


From The Secretary's Desk 


If you have not yet paid your 2011 Lodge Dues your payment should be made as soon as possible to avoid the possibility of suspension for non payment of dues. The Delinquent Dues Committee was activated at the June Regular to investigate those brothers who have not paid and to report back to the lodge in September. Please contact the Secretary for more information if necessary. Thank you.    

Temple News 


Liberty Stone from Liberty Lodge No. 209, F. & A.M.
New signs at Masonic Temple entrance.
Worshipful Brother Herb Howell PM receives his
60 Year Membership Pin and Certificate at his home.


Christopher West PM, Roger Herman PM, Jerry Bethel PM & John Consolino PM



George Otis PM and Herb Howell PM 


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.
South Central Scottish Rite Club



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, August 4th, 2011

Jackson Lodge No. 17

| Lodge Dark this week | 


Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Jackson Lodge No. 17 

| Lodge Dark this week |


Thursday, August 18th, 2011 

Jackson Lodge No. 17

| Lodge Dark this week |


Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Jackson Lodge No. 17

| Lodge Dark this week |



Most Worshipful Brother

Frederick E. Kaiser Jr. P.M.

Grand Master of Masons

State of Michigan


Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Master Mason Degree

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


Grand Master Frederick E. Kaiser Jr. P.M. greeted

at the Altar by Worshipful Master Frank W. Lutze
and Senior Warden Lyman S. Robertson Jr. with
Senior Deacon Richard G. Shea P.M. in background. 


 Grand Master Frederick E. Kaiser Jr. P.M. with Master Masons

Scot B. Harvey, David R. Brown and Randal T. Lee

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.

Michael E. Hicks, H.P.

 Ronald L. Spees, Secretary

Calendar for the month of August 2011

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

| Chapter is Dark this month |


High Priest - Michael E. Hicks

King - Adam W. Wygant

Scribe - Marcus U. Blue, Jr., P.H.P

Treasurer - Dale D. Brown, P.H.P  

Secretary - Ronald L. Spees, P.H.P. 

Captain of the Host - Stephen D. Vining 

Principal Sojourner - Thomas E. Royce, P.H.P 

Royal Arch Captain - Dale D. Brown, P.H.P

Master of the 3rd Veil - R. Todd Rubert 

Master of the 2nd Veil - Joe R. Poston 

Master of the 1st Veil - Eric J. Cole
- George M. Otis

 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 August 2011

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

| Council is Dark this month |


Thrice Illustrious Master - Ronald L. Spees

Deputy Master - Dale D. Brown, P.T.I.M.

Pr. Conductor of the Work - Marcus U. Blue, Jr., P.T.I.M. 

Treasurer - Thomas E. Royce, P.T.I.M.

Recorder - Adam W. Wygant
Captain of the Guard - Eric J. Cole
Conductor of Council - Michael E. Hicks
Steward - Stephen D. Vining
Sentinel - Vacant
Chaplain - Thomas E. Royce
, P.T.I.M.
Marshall - Vacant


 Jackson Commandery No. 9, K.T. 

Jackson Commandery No. 9, K.T.


Adam W. Wygant, Eminent Commander



 Michael E. Hicks, Recorder


Commander's Corner



Greetings Sir Knights, Companions and Brothers:


I trust that your summer has been enjoyable thus far and that you are finding ways to stay cool.  As we begin to turn our thoughts toward the fall, we have a busy schedule and the privilege to see several new knights created.  As far as new and exciting news, please mark your calender for the first Saturday in March 2013.  You heard that right, 2013.  As many of you know we have been working out details of Jackson becoming the Michigan leg of the York Rite Tri-State Communication.  The other legs are Bryan, Ohio and Angola, Indiana.  The Michigan leg has been absent for several years with York Rite leaving Hillsdale.  In 2013, Jackson Commandery No. 9 will have the honor of conferring th Order of the Temple upon many new knights from Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.  Re-establishment of the third leg in Jackson will bring much regional York Rite Cooperation, which will strengthen old connections and build new ones.  In 2013 The Yoeman of York will be conferring the Order of Malta and Red Cross.  Next March the communication is in Angola and we will plan to attend to begin these new friendships and see how the details work.  How the rotation works is every two out of three years something will be in Jackson.


Work has begun to schedule a tour of the Detroit Masonic Temple with John Snyder who apparently does a great tour complete with all the history you may want.  Please contact me if you have interest, but we hope to take a group of masons from Jackson for a special tour and time of fellowship some weekday perhaps in Late August or this fall.


Please continue to hold those among us that are sick or have recently experienced loss of loved ones up in prayer.  I look forward to seeing everyone soon.


E.C. Adam


Calendar for the months of August & September 2011

Monday, August 1st, 2011 

| Commandery Dark This Week |


Monday, August 8th, 2011


| Commandery Dark This Week |

Monday, August 15th
, 2011
| Commandery Dark This Week |

Monday, August 22nd, 2011
| Commandery Dark This Week |

Monday, August 29th, 2011
Order of The Temple 
practice, 7:00 p.m.
Monday, September 12th, 2011
Drill Corps Chicken Dinner 
Order of The Temple 
, 7:00 p.m.

Monday, September 19th, 2011
Potluck Dinner, 6:30 p.m.
Stated Conclave with Full Form Opening, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, September 26th, 2011
Order of The Temple
, 7:00 p.m.

Commander:  Adam W. Wygant 

Generalisimo:  James H. Blauvelt, P.C.
Captain General:  Lloyd A. Darling, P.C.

Sr. Warden:  Paul M. Tarr
Jr., P.C.
Jr. Warden:  Cortland C. Rule, P.C.

Prelate:  Stephen D. Vining

Treasurer:  Harry E. Green, P.C.

Recorder:  Michael E. Hicks

Standard Bearer:  Richard E. Ward, P.C.

Sword Bearer:  Theodore E. Welch, P.C.

Warder:  Kenneth D. Chandler, P.C.

Sentinel:  Lewis M. Woodard
, P.C.
1 Guard:  Marcus U. Blue, P.C.

2 Guard:  Barry L. Chapman

3 Guard:  Kenneth L. Sheffer, P.C.
1 Hermit:  Thomas E. Royce

2 Hermit:  Dale D. Brown

3 Hermit:  Theodore E. Welch, P.C. 


 Jackson York Rite College No. 3

York Rite College

Jackson York Rite College No. 3

Paul M. Tarr Jr., Governor

 Timothy C. Forche, Secretary
Calendar for 2011  


Friday, September 16th

Stated Meeting 7:30 p.m.


Friday, October  21st

Order of the York Degree 7:30 p.m.


2011-2012 Officers


Governor - Paul M. Tarr, Jr.

Deputy Governor - William B. Kesterson

Chancellor - Michael E. Hicks

Treasurer - Theodore E. Welch

Secretary - Timothy C. Forche

Primate - Stephen D. Vining

Preceptor - William Leonard

Seneschal - Lloyd A. Darling

Marshall - Lewis M. Woodard

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 Auguat 2011
Tuesday, August 2nd
Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 16th
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 August 2011

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011


Installation of Officer's, 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

PartyLite Fundraiser, 6:30 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

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 Temple Board Contact Information
Temple Board Meetings will be held on:   

Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 27, 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

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