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  Volume No. 12               January 2012                    Issue No. 1

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  

Lyman S. Robertson Jr. 
Worshipful Master 

Dear ,


Having stood in the South, I have witnessed the sun in all its glory and beauty. Standing in the West I have watched the sun at the close of the day and shaken the hand of many a Brother as they left for home, satisfied after a good day in the quarry. I have now stood in the East, although briefly, and looked upon my Brethren and I see them in a whole new Light.  

I was told just days before my installation as the 164th Worshipful Master of Jackson #17 that the day was "all about me". Those words had a nice ring to them, after all, who wouldn't like to hear those words a little more often? Yet as I stood there looking around the room I noticed many a thing I would like to share with you now.


I saw the Masonic past as I looked to my father in law and mother in law, both their fathers having been Masons. More of the past was seen when looking upon the advisors of the Jackson Assembly of Rainbow Girls and their first visit to an Installation in many years they said. And with me in the East, the Past Masters in their role as the Grand Installing Officers. Many years of Light radiated from them as well.


I saw the future of Masonry as I looked to my Junior Deacon and Stewards, many of them having been raised in the last 6 months and eager to pick up the tools of our Craft and do the good work. I watched my 3 year old sons playing quietly on the sideline and wondered if someday they too would stand in the East and behold the sight that I was seeing for the first time.


I also saw the breadth and width of Masonry as each visiting Brother stood and wished me well. Brothers from our district and outside as well from the Lodges of Milan, Myrtle and Solomon's Key. Also in attendance were Brothers of Commandery, Royal Arch, Chapter, Council and the Grand Lodge as well.

While I loved hearing the words "it's all about you", it was very obvious to me that it was about something much larger and greater. It was about the Craft and what it meant to all of us. For surely we would not have been there if it hadn't. I was proud to share "my" day with all that were there and wish every one of you reading this a spectacular year of Light and Love!



Lyman S. Robertson Jr.

Worshipful Master

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I recently found myself wandering the Amazon.com website in search of a new book to read. My interest in US history and the history of our Craft drew my eye to two books:  "The Better Angels of Our Nature - Freemasonry in the American Civil War" by Michael A. Halleran and "American Freemasons - Three Centuries of Building Communities" by Mark A. Tabbert.  Having  almost finished reading the latter I decided to pick up "The Better Angels of Our Nature".  Almost from the first page I found a theme that was discussed in both books. The organizational structure of our Craft in the United States begins at the local Lodge and ends one step up at the state Grand Lodge. There is no Grand Lodge of the United States. Almost ever other fraternal organization has a national organization. Many times in US history the lack of national structure, the independence that we passionately defend, resulted in difficulty in presenting a unified respond to significant events such as natural disasters and wars.


In 1863 Confederates attacked Union forces in Galvaston, Texas with infantry, artillery and Navy cotton-clad gunboats. Cotton-clad gun boats were river boats fitted with cannons and protected with cotton bales stacked on the decks.  After a short fierce battle  the Union forces were defeated. Captain Jonathan Mayhew, commander of a Union gun boat was killed in the action. The following day the Masonic Lodge in Galveston convened a special communication and with the knowledge that Mayhew was a Brother, buried him with full Masonic and military honors.  The minutes of that Lodge  reflect the thoughts of the Master.  "It does not conflict with (our) duties as patriotic citizens to respond to the calls of mercy by a prostrate political foe, or to administer the last rite of the Order to the remains of a Mason of moral worth, although yesterday they met as an armed enemy in mortal combat".


Throughout the history of our Craft there are many examples of Masonic mercy, Brother to Brother. The honor afforded to Brother Mayhew was not the result of orders being issued by Lodge or Grand Lodge  but rather were the result of adherence to the basic tenants of our Craft, friendship, morality and brotherly love.


In the following months I will pass along, via the Trestleboard and short talks, interesting anecdotes from these two books.




Frank W. Lutze P.M.


Vangel T. Dimitry


 Born - August 14, 1912 (Alona, Greece)

E.A. Degree - May 19, 1955 (Jackson Lodge #17)

F.C. Degree - June 2, 1955 (Jackson Lodge #17)

M.M. Degree - June 23, 1955 (Jackson Lodge #17)

Life Member - June 23, 1995 (Jackson Lodge #17)

Died - December 8, 2011 (Jackson, MI)

Masonic Degree  Schedule


Entered Apprentice Degree
(None in January)

Fellowcraft Degree

 (None in January)



Master Mason Degree
(Practice on 1/19/2012, 7:00 p.m.)

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






Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

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

Visitation to Addison Lodge No. 157, F. & A.M.

Lodge $3.00 Dinner, 6:00 p.m.

Regular Communication, 7:00 p.m.

Grand Master Frederick E. Kaiser Jr.

will be in attendance this evening.


Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Jackson Lodge No. 17, F. & A.M. 

Regular Communication, 7:30 p.m.

Dinner prior to meeting, 6:30 p.m. 

More information Below


Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Jackson Lodge No. 17, F. & A.M. 

Master Mason Degree Practice, 7:00 p.m.


Thursday, January 26th, 2012

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

Lodge Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Temple Association

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

Chili Dinner







Chili Cook Off

Bread, Salad 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 Richard G. Shea P.M., Junior Warden

517-414-2757 or you can email him at



Hope to see you there! 


2012 Line of Officer's 

      • Lyman S. Robertson Jr, Worshipful Master
      • Adam W. Wygant, Senior Warden
      • Richard G. Shea PM, Junior Warden
      • Dale D. Brown PM, Treasurer
      • Stephen D. Vining PM, Secretary
      • George M. Otis PM, Chaplain
      • David G. Shea PM, Senior Deacon
      • David R. Brown, Junior Deacon
      • Eric J. Cole, Steward
      • Andrew S. Marlow, Steward
      • Jeffrey R. Ohneck, Steward
      • Robert S. Webb Jr, Steward 
      • Frank W. Lutze PM, Marshal
      • Lawrence C. Sanford PM, Tiler
      • Tommy R. Amidon PM, Musician 
      • 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 January 2012

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 
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.  


Jackson Council No. 32
Royal and Select Master's
Michael E. Hicks, T.I.M.

Adam W. Wygant, Recorder

Calendar for the month of January 2012

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Stated Convocation, 7:30 p.m. 

| Will Open and Close in Chapter this month |




Thrice Illustrious Master - Michael E. Hicks

Deputy Master - Dale D. Brown, PTIM

Pr. Conductor of the Work - Marcus U. Blue, Jr., PTIM 

Treasurer - Thomas E. Royce, PTIM

Recorder - Adam W. Wygant
Captain of the Guard - Stephen D. Vining
Conductor of Council - Ronald L. Spees, PTIM
Steward - Vacant
Sentinel - Vacant
Chaplain - Thomas E. Royce
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, Ladies, and Masonic Family all:



Looking back at the month of December, we were indeed busy.  November ended with two companions receiving thier Red Cross and Malta Orders.  I never get tired of the lesson of the almighty force and importance of TRUTH and seeing a new knight of Malta being instructed.  The lessons and scripture within these Orders are beautiful and set the stage for the Order of the Temple. 


We saw a new Knight Templar created in early December.  Sir Knight David assured the Knights of Jackson Commandery that his experience was deep and meaningful.  As always, the rest of us were likewise rewarded by seeing this greatful attitude in our newest Sir Knight.


The Christmas Observance was very nice this year.  It was special being back in our own asylum.  Thank you to Sir Knight Ted Welch and Lady Marge for thier efforts setting up and making the evening so nice.  Having Sir Knight Tommy playing the organ also added so much to the observance of the birth of our blessed redeemer, Jesus Christ. 


Looking forward, there is no rest in sight in the new year.  We will have another Order of the Temple on the fourth Monday, and several other candidates to come later in March of 2012.  Several of us plan to attend York Rite Tri-State events to build relationships as Jackson becomes the home of the Michigan leg, working in cooperation with Ohio and Indiana.  Please contact me if you want to attend so we can coordinate rides and meal reservations.  I am looking forward to new friendships with our neighboring state's companions and sir knights.


As my year as Commander is quickly coming to an end, I can not thank the faithful Sir Knights and Ladies of Jackson Commandery No. 9 enough for your committment, support, and instruction.


If members of Jackson No. 17, and especially surrounding lodges are seeking further Light in Masonry and are interested in the York Rite, please comntact me for additional information.  It is our strong belief that all Christian Masons should be Knight Templars, and the more lodges having Sir Knights, the greater the opportunity for fellowship and expansion of benevolent service.

Yours in Templary;


Adam Wygant

Eminent Commander


Calendar for the month of

January 2012

Monday, January 9th

Drill Corp, 6:30 p.m.

Cross Roads Grill, Leslie

RSVP Commander at 517-745-1699


Monday, January 16th

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


Monday, January 23rd

Order of the Temple, 7:00 pm.

Dress In Full Uniform with Sword



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 David R. Brown
Order of the Temple on Monday, December 5, 2011

 Jackson York Rite College No. 3

York Rite College

Jackson York Rite College No. 3, Y.R.S.C.

Paul M. Tarr Jr., Governor

 Timothy C. Forche, Secretary

Calendar for 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


Fern Leaf Chapter No. 66



Fern Leaf Chapter No. 66, O.E.S.     

Gail Kirk, Worthy Matron

Ellen Yoakam, Secretary


Calendar for the months of
January, February and March 2012
Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
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
January 2012

Tuesday, January 10th

Stated Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, January 24th

| No Meeting This Date |


Friday, January 27th

Rainbow Officer Installation, 7:00 p.m. 

Jackson High Twelve Club No. 16 

Jackson High Twelve Club No. 16

Michael E. Hicks, President
 Darrell G. Kesterson, Secretary
 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, January 26, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
(Annual Meeting & Elections)


Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 22, 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.



To All The Brethren of Jackson Lodge 17 and Masonic Bodies.




Again we find ourselves asking for assistance in paying off the loan that we owe to Jackson Lodge 17.


The loan was made to help pay off what the Temple Board used to

cover the cost of the Massive Clean-up that was done way back in January, 2011.


While we did get some money from the bodies and individuals, it was only $7,400.00 and we still owe more than $72,600.00



PLEASE, contribute as liberally as you can without material injury to yourself or family!


Thank you!


Make your checks out to:

Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Temple Association

355 Napoleon Road

Michigan Center, Michigan 49254-1264


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