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  Volume No. 11               November 2011                    Issue No. 11

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 ,


"I see you've traveled some"


One of the benefits of being a member of the world's largest and oldest fraternity is that no mater where we go, around town, around the state, around the country or around the world, when we least expect it, we meet a Brother.


In my relatively short Masonic journey I have been greeted several times by Brothers as I traveled around our great country.


I had just arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina for a trade show. The weather was hot and humid. I was tired from a flight and a cab ride with several large boxes of show supplies.   As I stood in the lobby of the hotel the bell captain approached me saying "I can see you have had a nasty blow to your forehead". He held out his hand and pointed to my Scottish Rite ball cap. We talked for a few minutes and parted. We didn't exchange names but it really wasn't necessary. We knew each other. We were Brothers.


My wife, granddaughter and I were waiting for the elevator to ride to the top of the observation tower on the city hall in Philadelphia (it's across the street from the Masonic Temple). The cornerstone was laid in 1872. A 27 ton statue of William Penn tops the 547 foot tall building. The door of the four passenger elevator opened and three tourists came out. As the operator came out he looked straight at me and said "I am glad to meet you, Hiram". Before I could respond he turned and went down some stairs and was gone.


Last Spring my family and I were in a local cemetery for the service for my sister-in-law. As I walked behind my car one of the funeral directors said "Hello Hiram" and pointed to the Square and Compasses on the back of my car.


This Summer I was checking into a Detroit area hotel and as I signed the registration form the clerk said "I see you're a traveling man too".


In each encounter few words were spoken but the warm, wonderful feeling of those meetings still lingers.    


While growing up in Birmingham, Michigan my parents listened to a short radio show that was broadcast around noon each weekday. The radio personality was Bud Guest. I might have known that his father was a famous poet but I didn't know he was a Mason. Edgar A Guest was a member of Ashlar Lodge 91 in Detroit. It is said that he wrote a poem a day for 40 years. Hope you enjoy this poem as much as I did.




Frank W. Lutze

Worshipful Master

I See You've Travelled Some

by: Edgar A. Guest

Wherever you may chance to be - wherever you may roam,
Far away in foreign lands; or just at home sweet home;
It always gives you pleasure, it makes your heart strings hum
    Just to hear
    The words of cheer,
    "I see you've travelled some."

When you get a brother's greeting, and he takes you by the hand,
It thrills you with a feeling that you cannot understand,
You feel that bond of brotherhood, that tie that's sure to come
    When you hear him say
    In a friendly way
    "I see you've travelled some."

And if you are a stranger, in strange lands all alone
If fate has left you stranded, dead broke and far from home,
Oh, it's a grand and glorious feeling, it thrills you; makes you numb,
    When he says with a grip
    Of fellowship,
    "I see you've travelled some."

And when your final summons comes, to take a last long trip,
Adorned with Lambskin Apron White and gems of fellowship -
The Tiler at the Golden Gate, with Square and Level and Plumb
    Will size up your pin
    And say "Walk In:
    I see you've travelled some."


None to report. 

Fellowcraft Degree
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Brother Anthony Melville and
Worshipful Master Frank Lutze

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, November 3rd, 2011

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

Master Mason Degree, 7:00 p.m.

Officer's wear tuxedo or dark suit. 


Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Jackson Lodge No. 17, F. & A.M. 

Regular Communication and

Election of 2012 Officer's, 7:30 p.m.

Dinner prior to meeting, 6:30 p.m. 

More information Below


Thursday, November 17th, 2011 

Jackson Lodge No. 17, F. & A.M.   

Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Temple Association

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

Lodge will be Dark.


Thursday, Novenber 24th, 2011

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

Lodge will be Dark


Soup & Chili Dinner







Turkey Noodle Soup and Chili, Bread,

Salad and Brownie 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
Royal Arch Mason's

Michael E. Hicks, H.P.

 Ronald L. Spees, Secretary

Calendar for the month of November 2011

Wednesday, November 9th, 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.  

 #32 TIM

Jackson Council No. 32
Royal and Select Master's
Ronald L. Spees, T.I.M.

Adam W. Wygant, Recorder

Calendar for the month of November 2011

Wednesday, November 9th, 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 and Ladies,


On October 24th Jackson Commandery No 9 knighted Sir Knight Kevin Davis.  Kevin has had his father's sword for many years, but it was an honor to present it to him as a new knight.  It is a special feeling to carry a father's sword, or the sword of a relative or old friend who has gone before.  In addition to all of the nostalgia related to using that sword and the warm thought that the person is with you in some small way, the sword is presented to you with a new lesson, a new purpose, and it becomes your own.  Thank you to all Sir Knights who devoted time and energy in making sure that his knighting was a memorable experience.  For those who stepped in to fill in the roles of Senior and Junior Warden on short notice, thank you for serving.  Thank you Lady JoAnne for repairing the triangle cloth, it looked great.


Looking forward to November 7th, we are anticipating a wonderful Inspection Day.  Please get your reservations into Sir Knight Recorder Mike Hicks as we will be having a catered dinner/reception following inspection.  Come out and support our candidate on inspection day, while we all enjoy the atmosphere of inspection day, the greatest impact on the candidate is to see all of the knights there for his experience.


As a parting thought, I encourage you to remember the history that many prominent Masons and Knights Templar have played in making our country free.  In concluding the ceremony of a knighting, the discussion of the United States Flag is saved for last, I think as a lasting impression to the importance of constitutional government and freedom.  November 11th is Veteran's Day and we wish to thank the veterans of Jackson Commandery No. 9, as well as all veterans for their service and self sacrifice to ensure the liberty and freedom that our beloved flag represents.




Adam Wygant

Eminent Commander


Calendar for the month of

November 2011


Sunday, November 6th, 2011

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


Monday, November 7th, 2011

Annual Inspection, 2:00 p.m.

 followed by Reception and Dinner


Monday, November 14th, 2011 
Drill Corps, 7:00 p.m.
at Klavon's Pizza

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Potluck Dinner with Ladies, 6:30 p..m
Stated Conclave, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Red Cross and Malta Order's, 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.

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 Kevin M. Davis
Order of the Temple on Monday, October 24, 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 2011-2012 

 Next Meeting Date


Friday, January 20th, 2012 

Stated Assembly 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


On Friday, October 21st the Order of York degree was conferred on

Companion Knight's Dale D. Brown, Thomas E. Royce and George M. Otis.  


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 November 2011
Tuesday, November 1st
Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 15th
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 November 2011

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011  

Stated Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 22nd, 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 

Masonic Sale Items 

 Masonic Tail Light Stick On Emblems
Cost is $3.00 per set of Masonic emblems,
$5.00 per set of silver Past Master emblems and
$6.00 per set of gold Past Master emblems.
Contact Brother George Otis P.M.
Phone: 517-262-9862
or email gmotis@sbcglobal.net    
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Tail Light

Masonic Emblem available in Silver only
Past Master Emblem available in Silver or Gold
 Temple Board Contact Information
Temple Board Meetings will be held on:   
Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 27, 2012 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

Weekly Euchre Club
Every Monday evening at 7:00 p.m.


The Euchre Club at the Masonic Center is looking for substitutes for the current card season. If you are interested in filling in just show up on any Monday night and play cards.
The Euchre Club is also looking for card players to form teams for next years Euchre Club. If you are interested you can contact Jason Chalfant at 517-764-4608 or email him at jhchalfant@att.net for more info.   
Masonic Center Fund Raising 
Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Temple Association


The Temple Board would like any input you might have on ideas for fund raising events. If you have any ideas or would like to help we ask that you contact either Jerry Bethel at 517-262-0147 or George Otis at 517-262-9862. 

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