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  Volume No. 12               March 2012                    Issue No. 3

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 ,


Indeed it was good to dwell together in unity this last month with Brethren from not only Jackson #17 but many other lodges from in and around Jackson county! We are starting to see a resurgence in lodge visitations and the extending of a hand from one lodge to another to assist in degree work. Truly the speculative work of a well honed trowel!


Our month began with a visit to Excelsior Lodge #116 in Grass Lake for their regular communication. As with our other visitations, our Brothers showed up in big numbers once again proving to me that their zeal for the craft and for dwelling in harmony with their brothers is very important to them. I am very lucky to be stationed in the East and observe the awesome sight! Our regular communication was again, well attended and had visitors from around the county and 2 from Grand Lodge!


This month's degree night consisted of Raising 3 Brothers to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. Again I was in awe at the turnout for the degree from not just our own lodge, but from around the county. 37 Brothers in all including 4 Worshipful Masters and 1 Grand Lodge Officer! It makes me proud of our fraternity to see such support and to assist in what is truly the beginning of our newly made Master Mason's journey in the Craft. Next month, we begin 3 EA degrees of the 5 we have currently awaiting initiation. I believe that all these newly made Brothers and steady flow of incoming petitions is due to the positive things we as individuals do around the workplace, community  and amongst friends.


In this next month we have the opportunity to do a few positive things for ourselves as well. Our temple will be rededicated by Officers from the Grand Lodge of Michigan. I personally have not seen a dedication done but I can only imagine how powerful and moving it will be. I personally see it as a chance to rededicate myself as well to the Craft and to the further transformation of myself towards that perfect ashlar. I urge and hope to see many of you there to be a part of this very special evening!




Lyman S. Robertson Jr.

Worshipful Master

Frank W. Lutze P.M. 

scribe                  YR


"I will aid and assist all poor distressed ......"

"I will not knowingly strike ........."

I will immediately go to his relief ..........."


In this day and age seldom are we presented with an opportunity to put into practice the obligations that we solemnly swore to uphold.  Sure, there may be a chance to help a Brother stranded along the highway or contribute to a food bank.  Few opportunities, however, are life and death.  This was not the case a century and a half ago.  The War Between the States had just begun.  Lodges and Grand Lodges were deeply troubled with the prospect of a war pitting Brother against Brother.  Members of a Lodge in Missouri found themselves divided. Some Brothers supported the Union and some supported the Confederacy.  When it was obvious that it was impossible for them to dwell in peace and harmony they passed a resolution to surrender their charter and jewels to the Grand Lodge. Many a Lodge and Grand Lodge wrestled with the specter of this conflict.   Throughout the first half of the war more than one Lodge and Grand Lodge held out hope that the tenants of the Craft would lead to a peace and harmony and the war would end.


We all have heard or read of the interactions of Brothers during the battles of this tragic war.  One fact that I found interesting was the percentage of men that were members of our Craft.  The author of "The Better Angels of Our Nature" researched the records of Grand Lodges from 1858 to determine how many men from each state were Freemasons.  These records were presented at a national convention of Grand Lodges in 1859.  This convention, held in Chicago, explored the concept of forming a national organization. The convention failed to achieve its goal however the records remain.  The United States census of 1860 provides the population of men for each state.  The percentages Freemasons by state ranged from a low of 2% to a high of 14% with an average of 5%.  Approximately 165,000 troops met at the Battle of Gettysburg.  Of these 8,300 could have been Freemasons. For every 20 men 1 was a Freemason.  In Michigan today there are approximately 40,000 Freemasons, 1% of the male population. 


I'll describe several thought provoking interactions in future Trestleboards.


A fact to ponder:  


Today 1% of the male population of Michigan

are members of our Craft. 


One Freemason in every one hundred men. 

The average age of the citizens of Michigan is 39.

I am told the average age of Freemasons in Michigan is 69.



When Are You A Mason? 

Wilbur D. Nesbit


When are you a Mason?

When you go to Lodge
If there is a meeting
That you cannot dodge?
When you wear your button?
When still up you climb?
The way to be a Mason
Is to be one all the time.


When are you a Mason?
When there's fun and feast,
Or when you can bolster
With a word at least
Some poor devil's spirits!
The real help you give.
The way to be a Mason
Is to be one as you live.


When are you a Mason?
When some gossip spreads
Of another brother,
Are you the one who heads
Off the hurtful babble,
And helps make things right?
The way to be a Mason
Is to be one day and night.


When are you a Mason?
Brother, you and I
Can make great the Order
As the days go by,
Through each word and action,
Through each song and smile:
The way to be a Mason  

Is to be one all the while!




Merlyn P. Maloney


 Born - September 22, 1936 (Flint, MI)

E.A. Degree - October 16, 1958 (Jackson Lodge #17)

F.C. Degree - November 6, 1958 (Jackson Lodge #17)

M.M. Degree - December 4, 1958 (Jackson Lodge #17)

Life Member - December 4, 1998 (Jackson Lodge #17)

Died - February 1, 2012 (Jackson, MI)



Herbert L. Howell P.M.


 Born - November 20, 1919 (Lynnbrook, NY)

E.A. Degree - December 13, 1949 (Fidelity Lodge #513)

F.C. Degree - December 27, 1949 (Fidelity Lodge #513)

M.M. Degree - January 17, 1950 (Fidelity Lodge #513)

Affiliated - January 1, 1974 (Liberty Lodge #209)

Worshipful Master - 1979 (Liberty Lodge #209)

Life Member - January 17, 1990 (Liberty Lodge #209)

Merged Lodges - November 4, 1999 (Jackson Lodge #17)

Lodge Organist - 2001 to 2005 (Jackson Lodge #17)

Died - January 19, 2012 (Jackson, MI)


Ralph A. Boos


 Born - May 13, 1912 (Jackson, MI)

E.A. Degree - February 2, 1944 (Jackson Lodge #17)

F.C. Degree - April 6, 1944 (Jackson Lodge #17)

M.M. Degree - April 27, 1950 (Jackson Lodge #17)

Life Member - May 10, 1984 (Jackson Lodge #17)

Died - December 9, 2011 (Indian Harbour, FL)





Masonic Degree  Schedule

Entered Apprentice Degree
E.A. Practice
Thursday, March 15, 2012, 7:00 p.m. 
E.A. Degree 
Thursday, March 22, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Fellowcraft Degree

 (None in March)


Master Mason Degree
(None in March)

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, March 1st, 2012

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

Master's Table, 6:30 p.m.

Rocky Top BBQ, 1900 Lansing Ave, Jackson


Thursday, March 8th, 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)


Friday, March 9th, 2012

Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Center

Re-Dedication of Masonic Temple

Frederick E. Kaiser Jr. Grand Master

Grand Lodge of Michigan

(More information below)


Thursday, March 15th, 2012

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

E. A. Degree Practice, 7:00 p.m.


Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 

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

Entered Apprentice Degree, 7:00 p.m.


Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 

Joint Chili Cook Off

Jackson Lodge #17 & Michigan Lodge #50

Michigan Center Temple, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Temple Association

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

St. Patrick's Day Lodge Dinner






Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner

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
      • Garry L. Gooldy Jr, Conductor
      • 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 March 2012

Wednesday, March 14th, 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 March 2012

Wednesday, March 14th, 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 - George M. Otis
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


Calendar for the month of

March 2012


Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

 Tri-State York Rite Festival

at Angola, Indiana, 9:00 a.m.

All Chivalric Order's

will be conferred this day.

RSVP Adam Wygant at 517-745-1699

Monday, March 12th

Drill Corp, 6:30 p.m.

Crossroads Grill in Leslie


Monday, March 19th

Potluck with Ladies, 6:30 p.m. 

Stated Conclave, 7:30 p.m.


Monday, March 26th
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.

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. 


 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, March 16th, 2012 

Stated Assembly 7:30 p.m.

and Order of York Degree

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
March 2012
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
Potluck and Planning
Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
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
March 2012

Tuesday, March 13th

Stated Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


Saturday, March 24th

Rehearsal, 9:30 a.m.

 Lunch, 12:00 p.m.

Grand Assembly Exemplification 2:0 p.m.


Tuesday, March 27th

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
 Effective March 1st, 2012
The Jackson High Twelve Club No. 16, which was chartered in 1935, was left with no choice but to turn in it's charter to High Twelve International due to lack of membership and lack of attendance at the weekly meetings.
We would at this time like to thank all brother's who have supported the Jackson High Twelve Club No. 16 for the past 75 plus years.

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, March 29, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. 


Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 24, 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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