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  Volume No. 11               October 2011                    Issue No. 10

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 ,


Sometimes an unexpected change in plans yields unexpected results. Thursday. September 22, 2011 was a good example. That evening had been scheduled as a degree night with two Brothers to be Passed to the degree of Fellowcraft. On Wednesday we learned that one of the Brothers had just started a 2nd shift job and would not be available that evening. The degree night was rescheduled and Thursday was hastily changed to a social night with pizza and the viewing of two short movies. Although I had heard about movie night from several Brothers from a northern Illinois Lodge, the concept of a movie night was a new one for Jackson Lodge. Eleven Brothers, including two from Parma Lodge gathered Thursday for an evening of fellowship. The two movies were ones that I had purchased when I visited the Philadelphia Masonic Temple, home of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, with my wife Ellen and granddaughter Cassie (ref: May 2011 Trestleboard for more information). The 10 ton cornerstone of this magnificent temple was laid on St. John the Baptist's day in 1868. The gavel used in the ceremony was the same gavel used by Brother George Washington to level the cornerstone of the United States Capital in 1793. The first movie was a tour of the Philadelphia Temple (http://www.pagrandlodge.org). The lodge rooms were spectacular, with themes including Egyptian, Oriental, Norman, Renaissance, Ionic, Corinthian, and Gothic. Throughout the movie the Brothers expressed awe at the beauty and splendor of this temple.


The 2nd movie was "The Freemasons - The Mystery, Myth and Truth". We heard of the riches of the Knights Templar and how jealousy by rivals ultimately resulted the arrest, torture and murder of many of them on Friday the 13th . The movie stated what we all know: That we trace our heritage to the builders of King Solomon's temple. The movie speculated that the tenants of Brotherly love, Relief and Truth is why tyrants fear and despise Masonry or more to the point is this why so many men have made Masonry the focus of their lives. We heard about Masonic charity that ranges from the Shrine Children's Hospital to a Lodge preparing dinner for the homeless.


The movie concluded with John J. Robinson, author of "Born in Blood", stating that during his research he leaned that Freemasonry is "men in brotherhood protecting each other, fighting for individual freedom, fighting for freedom of religion, fighting for a philosophy and attitude that could produce documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, a body of men who had proven that it was possible for men of different stations in life, different religious beliefs to sit together in brotherhood and work together for the good of everyone." He added, "So I developed my own personal attitude toward Freemasonry which is best summed up by the simple words "Thank you"."





Frank W. Lutze

Worshipful Master




By Bro. R. J. McLaughlin


The ciders of our ancient art

 Built Temples, high and fair,

And never stone was laid in place

     And never column rose in grace,

Untested by the Square.


Our elders left a heritage,

Up reared in wood and stone,

That we, who follow, might behold

     The craft of these, the men of old,

Thus, through their works, made known.


Oh, let us do our work as well,

Though never dome we raise,

With brain untutored, hand unskilled,

A square-set Temple may we build,

Of simple nights and days.


The Square of Virtue for our acts

     Wherewith to set them true,

Can make a building, standing quite

As worthy in our children's sight,

And in the Master's, too.


Thus may we, too, great builders be

As any ancient race;

Our Temple is the square-set mind,

Wherein the Master's Self may find

A fitting dwelling-place.


Clifford L. Boylan


INITIATED (04/30/1953) Jackson Lodge No. 17, Jackson, MI

PASSED (05/21/1953) Jackson Lodge No. 17, Jackson, MI

RAISED (06/04/1953) Jackson Lodge No. 17, Jackson, MI
LIFE MEMBERSHIP (06/04/1993) Jackson Lodge No. 17, Jackson, MI
DIED (09/23/2011) Ballwin, MO



W.M. East

Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Center
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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, October 6th, 2011

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

Fellowcraft Degree, 7:00 p.m.

Officer's wear tuxedo or dark suit. 


Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Jackson Lodge No. 17, F. & A.M. 

Regular Communication, 7:30 p.m.

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

More information Below


Thursday, October 20th, 2011 

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

Entered Apprentice Degree, 7:00 p.m.

Officer's wear tuxedo or dark suit.


Thursday, October 27th, 2011

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

Lodge will be Dark


 Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Temple Association

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

Lodge Spaghetti Dinner






Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, Salad

and Pumpkin Pie 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 October 2011

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
Stated Convocation, 7:30 p.m. 

| Will Open and Close in Council 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 October 2011

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Stated Convocation, 7:30 p.m. 

| Will Open and Close in Council 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 and Ladies,


We had the privilege of knighting Sir Knight John on Monday September 26th. The Order of the Temple always impresses those in attendance and is considered by many to be some of the most beautiful work in Masonry. Thank you to all of the Sir Knights who were in attendance to make this a special night for him. The new knight saw self sacrifice with a great number in attendance devoted to his experience.


Masonry's tenets and ideals are high indeed and I am always stopped in my tracks when studying for "putting on a degree." I realize that I am the one who is learning during the preparation process for someone else. Many masons utter the words to the new guy, "masonry is something that you get out of it what you put into it" and "there is no end to it." I can see, just like the study of the Holy Bible, this is true. That you can spend countless hours in pursuit of what lessons are available, what wisdom there is to be attained therein. It is truly a journey, a pilgrimage and the lessons learned are so directly useful for giving direction in our travels.


From the Entered Apprentice to the Order of the Temple the themes, wisdom, admonitions, and encouragements beg to be discovered. There is no way while "taking" degrees that the full impression of the lessons can be absorbed. The masons statement that "you get out of it what you put into it" is so true. As a parting thought, I can't help but wonder how many new brothers, companions, or Sir Knights "took the degrees" with great enthusiasm to discover the secrets of masonry only to think "that was nice, but is that all there is to it?" Not at all, go back and begin the journey all over for yourself. The older masons who utter those words about more to learn, have a lot more to share, ask them, learn from them, and see what else remains.


Yours in Templary and the Great Captain of our Salvation,


Adam Wygant

Eminent Commander

Calendar for the months of

October and November 2011


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

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Dinner with ladies at the Bone Island Grill, 6:00 p.m.
RSVP to E.C. Adam Wygant 517-745-1699
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.

Theodore E. Welch, P.C.
Treasurer:  Harry E. Green, P.C.

Recorder:  Michael E. Hicks

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

Sword Bearer: 
Stephen D. Vining
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. 



Eminent Commander Adam W. Wygant and Sir Knight John F. Ohneck
Order of the Temple on Monday, September 26, 2011

 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, 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 October 2011
Tuesday, October 4th
Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 18th
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 October 2011

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 

Stated Meeting
, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 25th, 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

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Cost is $3.00 per set of emblems 
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 Temple Board Contact Information
Temple Board Meetings will be held on:   
Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.  
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phone: 517-262-0147 

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

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