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Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Trestleboard

  Volume No. 12               June 2012                    Issue No. 6

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 ,


As a teacher, I have always looked forward to summer vacation as a means to recharge battery, get reacquainted with my family and of course, rest. This summer my family has two great vacations planned, one of which to go celebrate the 80th birthday of my great uncle who I have not seen in more than 15 years. My sons will get their first bikes this summer and while it may not be restful, it will be awesome to watch their excitement as they master a new skill. My daughter and I have vowed to go to at least one concert together this summer, something we haven't done in years. And my wife and I are always hoping to get one or two date nights in during the summer as well.


As the Worshipful Master of my Lodge, I feel very much the same way about going dark for the summer months. These months are a great time to do as suggested in the Entered Apprentice charge and improve ourselves in Masonry during our leisure hours. Also, to converse with well informed Brethren. The Fellowcraft charge likewise recommends for our consideration additional studies to polish and adorn our minds. What better time could there be for these things then in the summer?


This summer I plan to sit on the deck and discuss Masonic books with a few Brothers, visit a new Lodge or two, have a cookout with my officers and maybe even hold an event at our Secretary's park. I encourage you all to seek out a new book and share the light with your brothers. Try and learn a new part in the ritual book and break it down for its meaning and connection to modern day Mason's. Recharge your Masonic battery and come back in the fall excited and ready to pick up the working tools and continue the great work we've been doing for years. This has been an awesome year so far and the second half will only get better! Walk Light my Brothers, walk Light!


Lyman S. Robertson Jr. 
Worshipful Master 



Frank W. Lutze P.M. 

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If possible please include the following in the June Trestleboard:
Last year I gave a short talk about Freemasonry and the Holocaust. Since then several Brothers have mentioned that they missed the talk and would like to hear it. Others indicated that they would like to hear it again. In response I will present this short talk again at the June Regular. I will have a Forget-Me-Not lapel pin for each Brother attending the talk for the first time. 

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


( None in June )

Fellowcraft Degree


( None in June )


Master Mason Degree


Thursday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 21st at 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







Grand Lodge of Michigan

Annual Communication

Friday, June 1st & Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Troy, Michigan Marriott Inn




Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

2012 Rose Parade, 1:00 p.m.

Staging starts at 11:00 a.m.


Thursday, June 7th, 2012

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

Master Mason Degree, 7:00 p.m.


Thursday, June 14th, 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, June 15th, 2012 

Kids' Fest, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

American 1 Event Center

Jackson County Fairgrounds


Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Carp Carnival Lioness Parade

Parade Begins at 11:00 a.m.
Parade lineup starts at 9:00 a.m.
at Arnold School on Page Avenue  


Thursday, June 21st, 2012 

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


Strawberry Festival Dinner, 6:00 p.m.

Master Mason Degree, 7:00 p.m.




Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Temple Association

Board of Trustee's Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 6th, 2012
Jackson Lodge No.17, F, & A.M.
Officer's Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Lodge will be Dark during July and August


Picnic Lodge Dinner



hotdog     grill     hotdog 


Hot Dog

Picnic 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

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 
Stated Convocation, 7:30 p.m. 

| Will Open and Close in Council 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



Chapter will be Dark

in July and August



 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

Wednesday, June 13th, 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


Council will be Dark

in July and August


 Jackson Commandery No. 9, K.T. 


Jackson Commandery No. 9, K.T.


Lloyd C. Darling PC, Eminent Commander



 Michael E. Hicks, Recorder


Monday, June 11th

Jackson Commandery #9, K.T.

Will travel to Adrian Commandery #4

Dinner, 6:30 p.m.

Stated Conclave, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, June 18th

Jackson Commandery #9, K.T.

Potluck with Ladies, 6:30 p.m.

Stated Conclave, 7:30 p.m.


Monday, May 25th

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.



 Commandery will be Dark

in July and August 


 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, September 21st, 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 month of
June 2012
Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, June 19th, 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
June 2012

Tuesday, June 12th

Stated Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, June 26th

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, June 28, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 23, 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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