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  Volume No. 12               May 2012                    Issue No. 5

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 ,


Every month I become more and more amazed at how large the Masonic family truly is. Even more so, I am in awe of how awesome it is too. Here are just a few examples of things that have happened to me recently. Take them as encouragement to reach out and shake a hand. Or better yet, lend one.


Traveling with my family to Florida over spring break I had the pleasure of going through security with a group of 6 which included a double wide stroller, two 4 year olds and two 6 year olds. At the moment where most people stress out and wonder if they will be asked to "step over here" being chosen as the  "random" passenger for a more thorough search (which I almost always am) I instead was asked "Are you a traveling man?". And upon replying "why yes I am and I currently enjoying a year in the East" the security guard handed me back my families documents, extended his hand and greeted me as a Brother Mason.


While attending a conference in Detroit  I happened across another Brother from the Zion Lodge in Detroit. Despite his old age and his need to use a walker, this Brother walked with a "Light" and happy grace that many others at the conference didn't. I had a very nice lunch with Brother Bill and look forward to the conference next year!


Most recently I had a call on my cell phone from Gardnerville, Nevada that ended before I could answer it and there was no message left. Typically I don't put much thought into it but this time I decided to call the number back after a little while and see who it was. The woman on the other end was the Treasurer for Esther #3 Order of the Eastern Star. She was trying to locate the Chapter from which a lady who had very recently passed away was from. All she knew was that it was Chapter #66. The recently deceased woman had mentioned before passing that there no one in her family left that she felt cared about her. Determined to find the woman's OES Chapter, she was calling any contact she could find from a state that had a Chapter #66. Seeing that I was the WM in a temple where Fern Leaf #66 meets, she gave me a call. By the time I reached her she had already found the #66 she was looking for which turned out to be in California and got the word to them that their Sister had departed for the heavens.


Does hearing these stories, especially the last one, make you smile with pride that you belong to an organization with kind and caring people such as the people I've had the pleasure to meet? Look around you as you travel be it across the city or across the country. Look for the chances to introduce yourself to Brothers and Sisters and share the Light that you've been given. I believe us all to be a part of the "coming Light" that is referenced in the apron presentation of the EA degree. I also believe that there is not only knowledge contained within that Light but also further examples of the Jewels of a Master Mason. Examples that we should all strive to be in our daily walk. Walk Light Brothers!


Lyman S. Robertson Jr. 
Worshipful Master 



Frank W. Lutze P.M. 

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No article this month.


Chaplain's Corner


George M. Otis P.M. 




Brother, Masonry means much more
Than a wearing of a pin,
Or carrying a paid up dues receipt
So that the Lodge will let you in.

You can wear an emblem in your coat,
From your finger flash a ring,
But if you are not sincere at heart
This doesn't mean a thing.

It is merely an outward sign
To show the world that you belong,
To that great fraternal brotherhood
That teaches right from wrong.

What really counts lies buried deep
Within the human breast,
Till Masonic teaching brings it out
And puts it to the test.

If you practice out of Lodge
The things you learn within,
Be just and upright to yourself
And to your fellowmen.

Console a brother when he's sick,
Assist him when in need,
Without a thought of personal reward
For any act or deed.

Walk and act in such a way
The world without will see,
That only the best can meet the test
Laid down by Masonry.

Be always faithful to your trust
And do the best you can,
Then you can proudly tell the world
You're a Mason and a man.




None to report this month.



Masonic Degree  Schedule

Entered Apprentice Degree


Thursday, May 3, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Fellowcraft Degree


Thursday, May 17, 2012, 7:00 p.m.


Master Mason Degree


(None in May) 

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, May 3rd, 2012

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

Entered Apprentice Degree, 7:00 p.m.


Thursday, May 10th, 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, May 17th, 2012 

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

Fellowcraft Degree, 7:00 p.m.


Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Temple Association

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


Thursday, May 31st, 2012
Jackson Lodge No. 17, F. & A.M. will be Dark
Friday, June 1, 2012 and Saturday, June 2, 2012
Grand Lodge Annual Communication 
in Troy, Michigan

Mexican Lodge Dinner





Taco's and Burrito's

Mexican Meal


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
      • 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

Adam W. Wygant, E.H.P.

 Ronald L. Spees, Secretary

Calendar for the month of May 2012

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 
Stated Convocation, 7:30 p.m. 

| Will Open and Close in Chapter this month |




High Priest - Adam W. Wygant

King - Dale D. Brown PHP

Scribe - Marcus U. Blue, Jr

Treasurer - Dale D. Brown PHP

Secretary - Ronald L. Spees PHP

Captain of the Host - Stephen D. Vining

Principle Sojourner - Thomas E. Royce PHP

Royal Arch Captain - Michael E. Hicks PHP

Master of the 3rd Veil - Frank W. Lutze

Master of the 2nd Veil - David R. Brown

Master of the 1st Veil - Robert S. Webb

Sentinel - 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 May 2012

Wednesday, May 9th, 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.


Lloyd C. Darling PC, Eminent Commander



 Michael E. Hicks, Recorder


Calendar for the month of

May 2012

Monday, May 14th

Jackson Commandery #9, K.T.

Meeting at Crossroads Grill

in Leslie, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, May 21st

Jackson Commandery #9, K.T.

Potluck with Ladies, 6:30 p.m.

Stated Conclave, 7:30 p.m.


Monday, May 28th

Jackson Commandery #9, K.T.





Commander - SK Lloyd A. Darling,KTCH, P.C.

Generalisimo - SK James H. Blauvelt, KTCH, P.C.
Captain General - SK Adam W. Wygant, P.C.
Sr. Warden - SK Paul M. Tarr Jr., P.C.
Jr. Warden - SK Ronald L. Spees
Prelate - SK Tommy R. Amidon, KTCH, P.G.C.
Treasurer - SK Harry E. Green, P.C.
Recorder - SK Michael E. Hicks
Standard Bearer - SK Richard E. Ward, P.C.
Sword Bearer - SK Stephen D. Vining
Warder - SK Kenneth D. Chandler, P.C.
Sentinel - SK Lewis M. Woodard, P.C.
1 Guard - SK Kenneth L. Sheffer, P.C.
2 Guard - SK David R. Brown

3 Guard - SK Marcus U. Blue, P.C.
1 Hermit - SK Thomas E. Royce
2 Hermit - SK Lloyd A. Darling,KTCH, P.C.
3 Hermit - SK Theodore E. Welch, P.C.

Director of Orders - SK Cortland C. Rule, G.D.C., P.C.

Director of Orders - SK Richard E. Ward, P.C.



 Captain General's Corner


Sir Knights and Ladies,
I want to thank you all for your support over the past year, It has been an honor to be Commander of Jackson Commandery No. 9. Looking forward to the new year I look forward to serving as Captain General under Eminent Commander Lloyd Darling. Under his leadership Jackson will have another great year in preparation for our annual inspection and the 2013 Tri-State York Rite Festival to be hosted in Jackson. Additionally this is a special year for us as one of our members is inline to be Right Eminent Grand Commander of Knights Templar of Michigan. Come out and support your commandery and enjoy the fellowship of the Sir Knights and Ladies.

Adam Wygant, P.C.
Captain General


 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



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
May 2012
Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
Stated Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 26th, 2012
Barn Dance, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 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
May 2012

Tuesday, May 8th

Stated Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, May 22nd

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, May 24, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 26, 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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