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  Volume No. 12               August 2012                    Issue No. 8

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



Even in the DARKness, there is LIGHT! This is how I feel as I look back since my last letter in June when I spoke to you of my plans while our Lodge went Dark for the summer months. Since that time we have held two separate Master Mason Degree nights, one of which was along with our Brethren from Brooklyn Lodge #169. What a GREAT night this was working side by side with another Lodge on one of the most important nights in a Brothers progress! Once again I was reminded of how applicable the ritual is to our daily lives as I presented the working tools to 5 newly obligated Master Masons with Brethren from not only our two Lodges but visitors from far and wide in attendance. A society of friends and Brothers INDEED!


As I look back on this year so far and all of the things our Lodge has accomplished, I can't help but smile. I am surrounded by such a supportive, hard working group of men whom none of this would be possible if it weren't for them. And I feel we are only getting warmed up! This is something that has been years in the making, the designs laid out on the Trestleboard years before I myself stood for the first time in the Northeast Corner.


Along the way, we have lost some of our fellow travelers. For some, we have laid a sprig of acacia down on the altar, for others it was time to attend to their obligations outside of the Lodge. There's a group still out there though that we have lost touch with and know not why. Something is keeping them from their Blue Lodge and from their friends and Brothers. It is to them that I want to dedicate the remainder of this year to. Perhaps you might be one of those Brothers yourself reading this right now. I urge you to contact myself or someone that you were close to when you were more active and let us know what we can do for you. This has been an exciting time to be a Mason and we'd love to have you come back and be a part of it! So Mote it Be!

Lyman S. Robertson Jr.
Worshipful Master



Frank W. Lutze P.M. 

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"I see you've traveled some"


As I stood in the lobby of a hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina the doorman approached me and said, "I've traveled a rough and rugged path and was set upon by three roughens."  I began to respond and he pointed to the Scottish Rite ball cap that I wore and smiled.  We spoke for a few minutes and parted.


As I checked into a hotel in Urbana, Illinois the young woman behind the counter said, "My uncle is a Mason too."


As I met a vendor in my lobby his handshake revealed that he was a Brother.  Our hands separated and my eye caught a ring that identified him as a Noble of the Shrine.   


As checked into a hotel in Troy, Michigan the young man behind the counter said, "I see you're a traveling man too." 


As I turned in the keys to my rental car in Albany, New York the young man behind the counter said, "I see you are a Mason.  How do I join?"


As the elevator doors opened to take me to the top of William Penn's statue above the city hall building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the operator looked at me and said, "Hello Hiram."   Before I could respond he was gone.


As I shook hands with a steel supplier that I had done business with for several years he said, "Hello Brother."  On his right hand was a Square and Compasses ring.


As I entered my car after the graveside service for my wife's sister, the funeral director approached me, pointed to the Square and Compasses on the back of my car and said, "I see you've traveled some."


I have many special memories of my Masonic journey but the memories of these greetings by an unknown Brother, when I least expected it, warms my heart.



I See You've Traveled Some

Wherever you may chance to be;
wherever you may roam:
far away in foreign lands
or just at Home, Sweet Home;
It always gives you pleasure,
it makes your heart strings hum
just to hear the words of cheer -
"I see you've traveled some."

When you get the brother's greeting
and he takes you by the hand,
it thrills you with a feeling
you cannot understand.
You feel that bond of brotherhood;
that tie that's sure to come
when you hear him say in a friendly way,
"I see you've traveled some."

And if you are a stranger
in a strange land, all alone
If fate has left you stranded,
dead broke and far from home,
if a stranger stops and takes your hand,
it thrills you - makes you dumb,
when he says with a grip of fellowship,
"I see you've traveled some."

And when your final summons comes
to take a last long trip.
Adorned with Lambskin Apron white
and gems of fellowship.
The Tiler at the Golden Gate
with square and rule and plumb
will size up your deeds and say "Walk in,
I see you've traveled some."

(author unknown)

Chaplain's Corner


George M. Otis P.M. 



What makes a Masonic Brother? Someone who cares for his Blue Lodge first and foremost.


Someone who cares for his Brothers and is always willing to help him with his work, especially if he desires to proceed through the Line of Officers.


Someone who pays attention to a Brother and makes an effort to get to know him for the man that he is when he first walks through our doors. What he cares about, his work, his ambitions, his home, his family, etc.


Someone who cares enough to try to memorize his parts that he is assigned, he might not always succeed but he makes the effort.


Someone who stays in contact with the Brothers, and keeps up with the Brothers welfare who cannot attend because of illness or age.


Someone who will vindicate another Brothers character behind his back as well as before his face. This is one a lot of Brothers forget about. Remember this was part of your obligation that you took at the altar when you became a Master Mason.

Someone who CARES, Someone LIKE YOU, Brother!







Worshipful Brother Donald J. French P.M.

Born on August 23, 1925

Durand, Michigan

Died on July 14, 2012

Jackson, Michigan

Entered Apprentice Degree - March 8, 1955

Pleasant Lake Lodge #185


Fellowcraft Degree - March 15, 1955

Pleasant Lake Lodge #185


Master Mason Degree - April 12, 1955

Pleasant Lake Lodge #185


Worshipful Master - Pleasant Lake Lodge #185

Life Membership -
September 1, 1996

Pleasant Lake Lodge #185


Secretary - 1997 to 2001

Pleasant Lake Lodge #185


Merged - April 12, 2001

Springport Lodge #284


Affiliated - April 7, 2003

Jackson Lodge #17 



Masonic Degree  Schedule

Entered Apprentice Degree


( None in August )

Fellowcraft Degree


( None in August )


Master Mason Degree


 (None in August)
Master Mason Degree

Thursday, July 26, 2012
Jackson Lodge No. 17, F. & A.M.
Brooklyn Lodge No. 169, F. & A.M.

(Back Row)
Bro. Robert Mitchell, Brooklyn Lodge No. 169
Bro. Martin Hemry, Jackson Lodge No. 17
Wor. Bro. Lyman Robertson Jr. W.M., Jackson Lodge No. 17
(Front Row)
Bro. David Kennedy, Brooklyn Lodge No. 169
Bro. James Spink, Jackson Lodge No. 17
Bro. Eric Dwyer, Jackson Lodge No. 17

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, August 2nd, 2012

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

Lodge is Dark


Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

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

will visit

Napoleon Lodge No. 301, F. & A.M.

Dinner, 6:00 p.m.

Stated Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


Thursday, August 9th, 2012

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

Lodge is Dark


 Thursday, August 16th, 2012

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

Lodge is Dark


Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Temple Association

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


Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

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

Officer Meeting following MTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


Thursday, August 30th, 2012
Jackson Lodge No. 17, F. & A.M. 
Lodge is Dark
Lodge will be Dark during July and August

Lodge Dinner




No Meals Scheduled

In July & August


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




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



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





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.

William B. Kesterson, Governor

 Timothy C. Forche, Secretary

Calendar for 2012 

 Next Meeting Date


Friday, September 21st, 2012

Stated Assembly 7:30 p.m.

Please wear tuxedo.


2012-2013 Officers


William B. Kesterson - Governor
Michael E. Hicks - Deputy Governor
Stephen D. Vining - Chancellor
Theodore R. Welch - Treasurer
Timothy C. Forche - Secretary
Thomas E. Royce - Primate
William L. Leonard - Preceptor
Lloyd A. Darling - Seneschal
Paul M. Tarr, Jr. - Marshall
Barry L. Chapman - Sentinel

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
August 2012
Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, August 21st, 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
August 2012

Tuesday, August 14th

Stated Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, August 28th

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, August 23, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 25, 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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