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Volume No. 13                  May 2013                  Issue No. 5

George M. Otis P.M., Publisher
Stephen D. Vining P.M., Webmaster

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Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Center

Lodge Blue Room 


Jackson Lodge No. 17, F. & A.M.
Adam W. Wygant
Worshipful Master
Greetings from the East


Greetings Brother's,

I think spring may finally be here, but not positive.  At least buds are opening and grass is greening up.  In April we saw 4 brothers receive their Fellowcraft degree, and are looking forward to receiving the 3rd degree in Masonry in the near future.

May is Grand Lodge month, so come to this month's regular communication for a great meal and to get an update on some proposed amendments.

The Happy Bucket continues to be a fun and proud tradition at lodge.  We raised nearly $800 last year for our needy children's fund.  This fund is used to help needy families at Christmas time.  On your next visit I think you will enjoy this event.  Come prepared with a buck ready to share what you are happy about.

Brother's we enjoy seeing and hearing from you.  If it has been a while, please come back to visit or drop us a line so we know how you are doing.

Please keep the June Strawberry Festival on your radar and stay tuned for opportunities to help with summer children's events.
Fraternal regards,
Adam W. Wygant
Worshipful Master
Jackson Lodge No. 17, F. & A.M.



Frank W. Lutze P.M.


"It's Masons Tonight"


During several of my short talks I spoke of growing up as a son of an 'old school' Mason who never spoke of the Craft to me.  I knew my father was a Mason.  I had no idea what that meant or what they did but I knew he went to Lodge.  As I was reading Masonic poetry I found this poem by Brother Edgar Guest that explains it all   

"The Lambskin" 


By:  Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)  


It is not ornamental, the cost is not great, 

There are other things far more useful, yet truly I state,
Though of all my possessions, there's none can compare,
With that white leather apron, which all Masons wear.

As a young lad I wondered just what it all meant,
When Dad hustled around, and so much time was spent
On shaving and dressing and looking just right,
Until Mother would say: "It's the Masons tonight."

And some winter nights she said: "What makes you go,
Way up there tonight thru the sleet and the snow?
You see the same things every month of the year."
Then Dad would reply: "Yes, I know it, my dear."

"Forty years I have seen the same things, it is true.
And though they are old, they always seem new,
For the hands that I clasp, and the friends that I greet,
Seem a little bit closer each time that we meet."

Years later I stood at that very same door,
With good men and true who had entered before,
I knelt at the altar, and there I was taught
That virtue and honor can never be bought.

That the spotless white lambskin all Masons revere,
If worthily worn grows more precious each year,
That service to others brings blessings untold,
That man may be poor tho surrounded by gold.

I learned that true brotherhood flourishes there,
That enmities fade 'neath the compass and square,
That wealth and position are all thrust aside,
As there on the level men meet and abide.

So, honor the lambskin, may it always remain
Forever unblemished, and free from all stain,
And when we are called to the Great Father's love,
May we all take our place in that Lodge up above.




George M. Otis P.M. 

British Freemasons . .


In almost all of the Jurisdictions of the United States the Volume of the Sacred Law is open at the 133rd Psalm in the First Degree, at the Seventh Chapter of Amos in the second degree and at the Twelfth Chapter of Ecclesiastes in the third degree.


British Freemasons open their Bible in the first degree at Ruth iv:7: "Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbor; and this was the testimony in Israel."


In the second degree, the English use Judges xii:6: "Then said they unto him, Say Now Shibboleth; and he said Sibboleth; for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan; and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand."


In the third degree the Masons of the British Jurisdiction open the Bible at I Kings vii:13-14: "And King Solomon sent forth and fetched Hiram out of Tyre. He was a Widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass; and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and came to King Solomon, and wrought all his work." Various other passages have been used at different times; the account of Abraham's intended sacrifice of Isaac in the first degree; I Kings vi:8, and again at II Chronicles iii:17 in the second degree; and Amos v:25,26 and II Chronicles vi:14,15 (the prayer of King Solomon at the dedication of the Temple) during the third degree.

Part 1 of 3 - The Three Scripture Readings


Vol.9 December, 1931 No.12



The Entered Apprentice Degree:


In almost all of the Jurisdictions of the United States the Volume of the Sacred Law is open at the 133rd Psalm in the First Degree, at the Seventh Chapter of Amos in the second degree and at the Twelfth Chapter of Ecclesiastes in the third degree.


Whether any of these passage are more appropriate than those almost universally in use in this country is a matter of opinion. Ours have to us the sanctity of long use, the sacredness of the familiar, and he would be a bold man indeed, who would try to change them. Alas, many who would fight vigorously for their retention understand them not; the grasshopper and the almond tree, the plumb line of the Lord and dew of Herman are still sealed mysteries to many Masons, although their interpretation is as beautiful as it is simple.


The 133rd Psalm used in an Entered Apprentice's lodge reads as follows:

"Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard; that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord Commanded the Blessing, even life for evermore."


Unity is an essential in a Masonic Lodge; unity of thought, of intention and of execution. It is but another word for harmony, which Freemasons are taught "is the strength and support of all well regulated institutions, especially this of ours." Dew is nature's blessing where rain is little in quantity, and the dew of Hermon is proverbially heavy. Israel poured precious ointments on the heads of those people honored; that which "went down to skirts of his garments" was evidently great in quantity, significant of the honor paid to Aaron, personification of the high priesthood, representative of the solidity of his group. The whole passage is a glorification of the beauty of brotherly love, which is why it is a part of the entered

Apprentice's Degree, in which the initiate is first introduced to that principle tenet of the Fraternity.



Stephen D. Vining P.M., Secretary

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

Grand Lodge Region No. 4

Regional Grand Lecturer

Grand Lodge of Michigan

(517) 914-8400






Thursday, May 2nd

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

~ No Meeting - Lodge Dark ~


 Thursday, May 9th

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

Regular Communication, 7:30 p.m.

Lodge Dinner, 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, May 16th

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

 ~ No Meeting - Lodge Dark ~


Monday, May 20th and Tuesday, May 21st

Annual Grand Lodge Session

Soaring Eagle Resort

Mt. Pleasant, MI


Thursday, May 23rd 

Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Temple Association

Board of Trustee's Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
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Jackson Lodge No. 17, F. & A.M.
~ No Meeting - Lodge Dark ~
Grand Lodge Week
Thursday, May 30th
Jackson Lodge No. 17, F. & A.M.
M.M. Degree Practice, 7:00 p.m.

Lodge Dinner




Menu To Be Announced


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 David G. Shea P.M., Junior Warden

at 517-315-5982

2013 Lodge Officer's

      • Worshipful Master - Adam W. Wygant
      • Senior Warden - Richard G. Shea P.M.
      • Junior Warden - David G. Shea P.M.
      • Treasurer - Dale D. Brown P.M.
      • Secretary - Stephen D. Vining P.M.
      • Chaplain - George M. Otis P.M.
      • Senior Deacon - Frank W. Lutze P.M.
      • Junior Deacon - Garry L. Gooldy Jr.
      • Senior Steward - Eric J. Cole
      • Senior Steward - Jeffrey R. Ohneck
      • Junior Steward - Robert S. Webb Jr.
      • Junior Steward - Andrew S. Marlow
      • Steward/Conductor - Eric F. Dwyer
      • Steward/Conductor - Martin A. Hemry
      • Steward/Conductor - James W. Spink
      • Marshal - Lyman S. Robertson Jr. P.M.
      • Musician - Tommy R. Amidon P.M.
      • Tiler - Lawrence C. Sanford Jr. P.M.
      • Education Officer - Lyman S. Robertson Jr. P.M.
      • Publisher - George M. Otis P.M.
      • Webmaster - Stephen D. Vining P.M. 




Roy Gordon Fink


May 17, 1928 - Born, West Farmington, Ohio

January 2, 1953 - Initiated Ohio Lodge #507

January 30, 1953 - Passed Ohio Lodge #507

March 13, 1953 - Raised Ohio Lodge #507

February 7, 1978 - Affiliated Liberty Lodge #209

December 7, 1995 - Life Membership Liberty Lodge #209

November 4, 1999 - Merged with Jackson Lodge #17

March 13, 2013 - 60 Year Membership Award Jackson #17

April 25, 2013 - Died, Toledo, Ohio



John H. Dolsen 


July 5, 1924 - Born, Pontiac, Michigan

January 22, 1958 - Initiated Michigan Lodge #50

April 23, 1958 - Passed Michigan Lodge #50

June 25, 1958 - Raised Michigan Lodge #50

August 8, 1963 - Affiliated Coolidge Lodge #532

May 20, 1998 - Affiliated Metamora-Hadley Lodge #210

May 24, 2004 - Lou B. Windsor Award

July 23, 2009 - 50 Year Membership Award

April 24, 2013 - Died, Jackson, Michigan


Masonic Degree  Schedule

Entered Apprentice Degree
( None Scheduled )

Fellowcraft Degree

( None Scheduled ) 


Master Mason Degree


 ( None Scheduled )

 Jackson Chapter No. 3, R.A.M. 



Jackson Chapter No. 3
Royal Arch Mason's

Stephen D. Vining, E.H.P.

 Ronald L. Spees, Secretary



It is a great honor to have been elected and installed as the 166th High Priest of Jackson Chapter No. 3, Royal Arch Masons for the ensuing year.


(Historical note of Jackson Chapter No. 3, R.A.M.)


In point of continuous existence, Jackson Chapter is the oldest Masonic organization in the city of Jackson, having originated under a dispensation granted by Deputy Grand High Priest Jos. K. Stapleton, of Baltimore, Md., on February 8, 1847, with Czar Jones, High Priest, Paul B. Ring, King, and Benj. Porter, Scribe. The first meeting for work was held March 31, 1847. On Sept. 10, 1847, the Grand Chapter of Ohio granted a charter. This foreign charter was superseded by one granted by the Michigan Grand Chapter in 1874. Jackson Chapter, No. 3, united with No. 1, of Detroit, and No. 2, of Niles, to form the Grand Chapter of Michigan in January, 1848.


Yours in Capitular Masonry,

Stephen D. Vining
Excellent High Priest 
Jackson Chapter No. 3, R.A.M.
Calendar for May 2013
Wednesday, May 8th
Jackson Chapter No. 3, R.A.M.


Stated Convocation, 7:30 p.m.
| Will Open & Close In Council This Month |


High Priest - Stephen D. Vining
King - Michael E. Hicks, PHP
Scribe - Marcus U. Blue, Jr
Treasurer - Dale D. Brown, PHP
Secretary - Ronald L. Spees, PHP
Captain of the Host - George M. Otis
Principle Sojourner - Thomas E. Royce, PHP
Royal Arch Captain - Michael J. Conn, PHP
Master of the 3rd Veil - Frank W. Lutze
Master of the 2nd Veil - Jeffrey R. Ohneck
Master of the 1st Veil - Robert S. Webb
Sentinel - Adam W. Wygant, PHP

 Jackson Council No. 32, R. & S.M.  


Jackson Council No. 32
Royal and Select Master's
Adam W. Wygant
Thrice Illustrious Master 

Adam W. Wygant
Calendar for May 2013
Wednesday, May 8th
Jackson Council No. 32, R. & S.M.
Stated Assembly, 7:30 p.m.
| Will Open & Close In Council This Month | 



Thrice Illustrious Master - Adam W. Wygant, TIM

Deputy Master - Stephen D. Vining

Pr. Conductor of the Work - Marcus U. Blue, Jr., PTIM 

Treasurer - Thomas E. Royce, PTIM

Recorder - Adam W. Wygant
Captain of the Guard - George M. Otis
Conductor of Council - Michael E. Hicks, PTIM
Steward - Michael J. Conn, PTIM
Sentinel - Ronald L. Spees, PTIM
Chaplain Dale D. Brown, PTIM

Marshall - Vacant

 Jackson Commandery No. 9, K.T. 


Jackson Commandery No. 9, K.T.


S.K. Ronald L. Spees, Eminent Commander



S.K. Michael E. Hicks, Recorder


Hail All Sir Knights,


Thank you for electing me Commander of Jackson Commandery #9 for the next year.  I appreciate the confidence you have shown in me by electing me to the office of Commander. I pledge to do my best in learning the ritual and tactics of my office. I will also do my best to be gracious and humble.


Thank you to each and every Sir Knight who was elected or appointed to an office for the next year. I appreciate that you have made the commitment to hold an office. We have excellent Sir Knight holding offices.  As a result, I am sure we will have a good year.


Thank you to the Grand Installing Staff composed of Lloyd A Darling, KYCH, PC (Grd Installing Officer), Cortland C Rule, GC, PC (Grd Marshall), Tommy A Amidon, PGC (Grd Prelate) and Michael E Hicks (Grd Recorder). The Grand Installing Staff performed the installation with distinction.


As you know, Jackson Commandery #9 is your Commandery.  I hope all Sir Knights who attend a Commandery Drill Corps or Conclave finds value in their attendance.  At our Drill Corps Meeting on Monday 13 May 2013, I would like to discuss our goals and develop a calendar for the next year.  Please come ready for such discussion.


Yours in Brotherly Love,


Sir Knight Ron


Calendar for May 2013


Monday, May 13th

Jackson Commandery No. 9, K.T.

Drill Corp, 7:00 p.m.


Monday, May 20th

Jackson Commandery No. 9, K.T.

Stated Conclave, 7:30 p.m.

Potluck with Ladies, 6:30 p.m.


Monday, May 27th

Jackson Commandery No. 9, K.T.

| Memorial Day - No Meeting |







2013 - 2014 OFFICERS


Commander - S.K. Ronald L. Spees

Generalisimo - S.K. Theodore E. Welch, P.C.

Captain General - S.K. Lloyd A. Darling, P.C.

Senior Warden - S.K. Paul M. Tarr Jr., P.C.

Junior Warden - S.K. Adam W. Wygant, P.C.

Prelate - S.K. Tommy R. Amidon, P.G.C.

Treasurer - S.K. Harry E. Green, P.C.

Recorder - S.K. Michael E. Hicks

Standard Bearer - S.K. Dale D. Brown

Sword Bearer - S.K. Stephen D. Vining

Warder - S.K. Michael J. Conn, P.C.

Sentinel - S.K. Lewis M. Woodard, P.C.

1st Guard - S.K. Thomas E. Royce

2nd Guard - S.K. George M. Otis

3rd Guard - S.K. Marcus U. Blue, P.C.

1st Hermit - S.K. Thomas E. Royce

2nd Hermit - S.K. Theodore E. Welch, P.C.

3rd Hermit - S.K. Lloyd A. Darling, P.C.

Director of Orders - S.K. Cortland C. Rule, G.C., P.C.  


 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 2013


Next Meeting Date


Friday, May 17th, 2013

Stated Assembly, 7:30 p.m.

Order of York Degree

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
 Calendar for 2013
Friday, January 18th, 2013 @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 15th, 2013 @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 17th, 2013 @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 20th, 2013 @ 7:30 p.m.

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 2013
Tuesday, May 7th
Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21st
Stated Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


Jackson Assembly No. 7, I.O.R.G. 

Jackson Assembly No. 7, I.O.R.G.  

Renee Brock, Mother Advisor

Calendar for the month of
May 2013

Tuesday, May 14th

Stated Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, May 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 the
fourth Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m.:


Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. 
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 Frank W. Lutze, President 

phone: 517-212-1857


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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