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  Volume No. 11               September 2011                    Issue No. 9

George M. Otis P.M., Publisher
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 ,


Earlier the week, as I headed for work, I noticed that the temperature was hovering around 50 degrees. Two thoughts came to mind in rapid succession: Fall is in the air and the September Regular is just around the corner. I sure seems like only yesterday that we were in Lodge the first week in July raising five Brothers to the sublime degree of Master Mason.   The September calendar is already filling up. We have the Regular Communication on September 8th. Jackson Lodge #17 will be hosting the election to fill the open Board of General Purposes seat on September 15th and on September 22nd we will pass two brothers to the degree of Fellowcraft.


For those of you who were present at the Master Mason degrees on July 6th the memory of the funeral dirge in the 2nd Section of the Master Mason degree sung by Most Worshipful Frederick E. Kaiser, Grand Master of Michigan, should be fresh in your minds. During the Summer I researched the history and origin of the dirge and here is what I learned:


The melody of the dirge is Pleyel's Hymn. It was written in 1791 by Ignace Joseph Pleyel (b. 1757 d. 1831), an Austrian born French composer. He was reported to be the 24th of 38 children born to a schoolmaster. He studied under Brother Joseph Hydan and records indicate in 1784 he was a Fellowcraft in a Lodge in Eberau, Hungary. He was a prolific composer with 41 symphonies, and 70 string quartets to his credit.


The lyrics of the dirge were written by Brother David Vinton in 1813. Little is known about Brother David other than that he was an itinerant American Masonic lecturer who traveled in North Carolina and Georgia. He died in 1833 and was buried in Shakertown, Kentucky.


The original lyrics included six verses, Michigan Masonic ritual uses four and other Grand Lodges use from six to as few as two.




Frank W. Lutze

Worshipful Master


"Masonic Dirge"

Solemn strikes the funeral chime.

Notes of our departing time,

As we journey here below

Through a pilgrimage of woe.


Mortals now indulge a tear;

For mortality is here!

See how wide her trophies wave

O'er the slumbers of the grave.


Calm, the good man meets his fate;

Guards celestial 'round him wait.

See! he bursts these mortal chains,

And o'er Death the vict'ry gains.


Here another guest we bring;

Seraph of Celestial wing,

To our funeral altar come,

Waft this friend and brother home.


There enlarged, thy soul shall see,

What was veiled in mystery;

Heavenly glories of the place

Show his maker face to face.


Lord of all! below - above-
Fill our hearts with truth and love;
When dissolves our earthly tie,
Take us to Thy Lodge on High.

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.    


W.M. East

Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Center
Lodge Blue Room

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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, September 1st, 2011

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

Officer's Meeting, 7:00 p.m. 


Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Jackson Lodge No. 17, F. & A.M. 

Regular Communication, 7:30 p.m.

Non Payment of Dues Trials

Picnic Dinner prior to meeting, 6:30 p.m. 


Thursday, September 15th, 2011 

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

District 46 BGP Election, 7:30 p.m.

Master's, Warden's & Past Master's Vote

Jackson Lodge 17

Excelsior Lodge 116

Addison Lodge 157

Brooklyn Lodge 169 

Napoleon Lodge 301

Cement City 435


Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

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

Fellowcraft Degree, 7:00 p.m. 


Thursday, September 29th, 2011

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

Lodge will be Dark


 Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Temple Association

Board of Trustee's Meeting, 6:00 p.m.  

Lodge Picnic Dinner




hotdog   grill       burger


Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Potato Salad,

Beans, Chips and Dessert.


Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. prior to the Regular Communication.

Come to lodge and enjoy the fellowship, dinner and meeting.


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



Hope to see you there! 


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 September 2011

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
Stated Convocation, 7:30 p.m. 

| Will Open and Close in Chapter 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.  

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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 September 2011

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Stated Convocation, 7:30 p.m. 

| Will Open and Close in Chapter 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, Brothers and Ladies,


We are back to work with our first practice already past. We will practice the Order of the Temple at Drill Corps on September 12th at 7:00 p.m., but plan to join us at 6:30 p.m. for chicken dinner. This will be our last practice before conferring the Order of the Temple on September 26th. Whether officer or not, come out and support your Commandery and our candidates this fall.


On September 19th we will have potluck dinner with the ladies at 6:30 p.m., with our regular at 7:30 pm. This will be a full form opening, one of three prior to inspection.


Adam Wygant, E.C.


Calendar for the months of September,

October and November 2011


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.

Monday, October 3rd, 2011
Red Cross and Malta Orders, 7:00 p.m.

Monday, October 10th, 2011 
Drill Corps Chicken Dinner
and Full Form Practice, 7:00 p.m.

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Dinner with ladies at restaurant, 6:30 p.m.
Stated Conclave with Full Form, 7:30 p.m.


Monday, October 24th, 2011

Order of the Temple, 7:00 p.m.


Monday, October 31st, 2011

Halloween Trick or Treat - Dark


Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Set up for Inspection, 3:00 p.m.


Monday, November 7th, 2011

Annual Inspection, 2:00 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, Y.R.C.N.A.

Paul M. Tarr Jr., Governor

 Timothy C. Forche, Secretary

Calendar for 2011  


Friday, September 16th

Stated Meeting 7:30 p.m.

Please wear tuxedo.


Friday, October  21st

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

Please wear tuxedo.



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 September 2011
Tuesday, September 6th
Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 20th
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 September 2011

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 

Stated Meeting
, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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

Chart of York Rite Masonic Degrees

York Rite

Contact Masonic Bodies 

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Cost is $3.00 per set of emblems 
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Phone: 517-262-9862
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 Temple Board Contact Information
Temple Board Meetings will be held on:   
Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 17, 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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