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  Volume No. 12               April 2012                    Issue No. 4

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 ,


This last month we had the honor of being visited by members of the Grand Lodge for the 3rd month in a row. This time however it was for the purposes of rededicating our Temple for Masonic purpose. After 164 years, Jackson #17 has seen different locations and has consolidated with other Lodges in the area. Having made our most recent move to Michigan Center, we decided it was time to bring it all together and in a way, start things anew. With Brothers from Jackson #17, Liberty #209 and Coolidge #532 participating in the ceremony, we did just that.


Dedicate: to devote (oneself, one's time, etc.) wholly to a special purpose or cause; commit wholeheartedly or unreservedly. I like this definition because it mentions that one can dedicate more than one specific part or aspect of their lives to something special. In this case that something special is Masonry. And I dare say it is also ourselves.


Our Masonic Temple was examined by members of the Grand Lodge and found to be square, level and plumb, constructed properly for Masonic work. The corn of nourishment, wine of refreshment and oil were spilt upon the carpet akin to a ceremony many of you reading this now once were. As I sat watching the dedication ceremony, I couldn't help but feel as though I too was being rededicated to the ideals of Virtue and Universal Benevolence as the structure around me was.


Whether you were fortunate enough to join us on this special evening or not, I ask that you join me in this feeling of renewal. Stretch forth your hands, come see the Temple and be a part of the good things that were are doing for the Craft, the Community and more importantly, ourselves and families. 




Lyman S. Robertson Jr.

Worshipful Master



Frank W. Lutze P.M. 

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


Over the past few articles I have set the stage to discuss some of the Masonic encounters, Brother to Brother,  that occurred during the War Between the States. The year is 1862. Before I begin I would like to introduce you to a 16 year old boy. His name is Llewellyn Woodruff and he is a private in Company E, 107th New York Infantry Volunteers. Two months after he enlisted he fought in his first battle at Antietam Creek in Maryland. A captain in another New York unit, 16th New York Infantry wrote of the following incident that occurred during that battle.  "Lieutenant Best said "Captain, just beyond where I found the one I last brought to the surgeons is a man who plaintively repeats something that I do not understand, except that he said he was the son of a widow.  I will show you where he is". I followed ....and carried to the surgeons a seriously wounded soldier....... The next day, referring to the incident, Lieutenant Best said, "Captain, you took great chances last night bringing off that wounded Confederate. Was he a Mason?  I replied, "I did not ask him but your statement that he was a widow's son caused me to suspect he was".


The second and last battle that Private Woodruff fought in was Chancellorsville. He was wounded in that battle and the Union forces were routed. Captain John Durgin of the 12th New Hampshire recounted that during that battle he was seriously wounded and lay dying on the battlefield. Many rebel soldiers passed him by, ignoring his pleas for water. As a rebel officer drew near Captain Durgin gave a Masonic sign.  The officer immediately stopped and approached him. The rebel officer promised to return with water and true to his word he did. The water provided by a Masonic Brother saved his life.


During the same battle a captain in the 146th New York, was seriously wounded and taken prisoner. He gave a Masonic sign to the Confederate surgeon who was examining him. The surgeon determined he was in danger of bleeding to death and amputated his arm which saved his life.  After surgery the captain was paroled and carried to the Union line where he was released. The Confederate surgeon who saved him was Dr. George Rodgers Clark Todd, Abraham Lincoln's brother in law.


If you are interested in "meeting" Llewellyn Woodruff, learning how I came to know him and seeing some of his historic documents please plan on attending the April Regular Communication.


Chaplain's Corner

George M. Otis P.M. 



A Little Scrap of Paper 

I hold in my hand a little scrap of paper, 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches in size. It is of no intrinsic worth, not a bond, not a check or receipt for values, yet it is one of my priceless possessions. It is my membership card in a Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons. It tells me that I have entered into a spiritual and material kinship with my fellow Masons to practice charity in word and deed: to forgive an forget the faults of my brethren; to hush the tongues of scandal and innuendo; to care for the crippled, the hungry, and the sick, and to be just to all mankind. 

It tells me that no matter where I may travel in the world, I am welcome to visit a place where good fellowship prevails among Brothers and Friends. It tells me that my loved ones, my home, and my household are under the protection of every member of this great Fraternity, who have sworn to protect and defend mine, as I have sworn to protect and defend theirs.

It tells me that should I ever be overtaken by adversity or misfortune, the hands of every Mason on the face of the Earth will be stretched forth to assist me in my necessities.


Freemasonry has always been true to its name, and the real Mason is the builder of the temple of his own character. Its mission is to furnish high ideals for the individual, that may be reflected in his actions towards his fellow men. The Masonic ideal teaches that moral and spiritual attainments are far more important than the material and physical.



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William Skrepnek, P.G.M.

Grand Master of Masons

State of Michigan

1991 - 1992


William Skrepnek of Lennon, age 74, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at McLaren Flint. A Masonic Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Rossell Funeral Home, conducted by W. Don Baugher, Past Grand Master. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clio. Visitation will be Noon-8 p.m. Friday. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Masonic Home.


Bill was born in Toledo, Ohio on June 10, 1937, the son of John and Rose Skrepnek. He married Doris A. (Jeffers) Walkling on February 5, 1983 in Flint. He graduated from Clio High School in 1955. He enlisted into the Michigan National Guard and later served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-1960 as a Radio Repairman. Bill studied Applied Sciences for 2 years at Mott College and Business Management for 2 years at Detroit College of Business. He was a retired Buick Journeyman Machine Repairman.  


Bill was a member and officer of several Masonic organizations. He was a member of Flushing Masonic Lodge #223, F&AM and had served as Worshipful Master for three times, was currently serving as Treasurer, and he was the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Michigan, F. & A.M. in 1991. He was a member of the Flint Rapids Chapter #116 and had served five times as High Priest, Secretary for 22 years, D.D.I. for seven years, and had served as Grand Chaplain of the Royal Arch Masons of Michigan. Bill was a member of Flint Council, #56 and served twice as Thrice Illustrious Master, the Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council of the Royal and Select Masons of Michigan in 1983, the Regional Deputy Grand Master from 1984-87, and awarded the Columbian Medal. He was a member of the Genesee Valley Commandery #15 and served as Commander three times, the R. E. Grand Commander of Knights Templar of Michigan in 2004, awarded the KCT, and was the current treasurer in two Commanderies. Bill was a member of the Ancient Accepted Order of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Bay City and served as Past Most Wise Master, Past Commander-In-Chief, and was a 33rd Degree Mason. He was a member of the Elf Khurafeh Shrine Temple.


Bill is survived by: wife, Doris; five daughters, Julie Bond of Bentley; Kay (Greg) Cherry of Genesee, Mick (Ted) Speers of South Lyon, Barbie (Mark) Benedetti of Howell, Terri (Greg) Green of New Hill, NC; the mother of his daughters, Barbara Skrepnek of Howell; step-son, Rick (Jennifer) Walkling of Durand; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Alex (Lavada) Ewanchuk of Salisbury, MD; niece, Janice Dawson, of Salisbury, MD. He was preceded in death by his parents and a stepson, Greg Walkling. 





Gerald Scott Yeomans


 Born - November 20, 1926 (Durand, MI)

E.A. Degree - March 3, 1971 (Climax-Prairie Lodge #59)

F.C. Degree - March 20, 1971  (Climax-Prairie Lodge #59)

M.M. Degree - April 17, 1971 (Climax-Prairie Lodge #59)

Affiliated - February 10, 1994 (Jackson Lodge #17

Life Member - June 16, 2011 (Jackson Lodge #17)

Died - March 3, 2012 (Jackson, MI)



Masonic Degree  Schedule

Entered Apprentice Degree
E.A. Degree
Thursday, April 19, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Fellowcraft Degree

 (None in April)



Master Mason Degree
(None in April) 


Entered Apprentice Degree

March 21, 2012

EA           EA


Jason Lee Pente - Timothy Matthew Webb - Eric Francis Dwyer





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, April 5th, 2012

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

Lodge Dark This Week


Monday, April 9th, 2012

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

Membership Committee, 7:00 p.m.

P.M.'s meet with two petitioner's


Thursday, April 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, April 19th, 2012 

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

Entered Apprentice Degree, 7:00 p.m.


Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Temple Association

Board of Trustee's Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Jackson Lodge No. 17, F. & A.M.
Fellowcraft Degree Practice, 7:00 p.m.

April Lodge Dinner



Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

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




2012 Line of Officer's 

      • Lyman S. Robertson Jr, Worshipful Master
      • Vacant, 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 April 2012

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
Jackson Chapter #3, R.A.M.
Royal Arch Degree Practice, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
Jackson Chapter #3, R.A.M. &
Ingham Chapter #51, R.A.M.
Joint School of Instruction, 7:30 p.m.
Meeting will be hosted by Ingham Chapter #51 
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 
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.  


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, April 11th, 2012

Stated Convocation, 7:30 p.m. 

| Will Open and Close in Council 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

April 2012

Monday, April 9th

Jackson Commandery #9, K.T.

Visit to Adrian Commandery #4, K.T. 
700 Bishop Reed Drive, Tecumseh, MI  49286
Potluck Dinner, 6:30 p.m.
Stated Conclave and Installation, 7:30 p.m.



Monday, April 16th

Potluck with Ladies, 6:30 p.m. 

Stated Conclave, 7:30 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, May 18th, 2012

Stated Assembly 7:30 p.m.

Potluck with the meat furnished, 6:30 p.m.
Annual Election and Installation of 2012-2013 Officer's
Contact Secretary Tim Forche at 517/676-5157

or email unclegut@netzero.net by Sunday, May 13th

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


Companion Knight Barry L. Chapman


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
April 2012
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 17th, 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
April 2012

Tuesday, April 10th

Stated Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, April 24th

Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


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, April 26, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 28, 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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