Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Trestleboard

Volume No. 15          January 2015             Issue No. 1

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.
Frank W. Lutze P.M.
Worshipful Master

Greetings Brothers and a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.  I hope the holiday season was enjoyable and safe for you and your families.


For those of you who attended our Installation you experienced an especially memorable event. Right Worshipful Brother William R. Finkel, Grand Senior Warden of Masons in Michigan installed all of our officers totally from memory. Right Worshipful Brother Bill brought his own team with him which gave our hard working traveling installation team a much deserved night off. 


As I reflect back to my first time as Worshipful Master the seat in the East seemed to be a hot seat but the second time around it feels pretty cool. I am looking forward to identifying goals for the year and working with the officers and Brothers to achieve them.


One significant goal is to sell the 1,000 raffle tickets for the first fund raising activity we have undertaken in many years. To date 600 tickets have been distributed for sale. 400 tickets must be sold to cover the prize money. If you would like to sell tickets please contact the Junior Past Master, Rick Shea at 517-414-2757 for a packet. Individual tickets can be also purchased from him.


For those who missed my short talk during the December regular communication I combined two previous talks. The common gavel, symbol of authority of the Worshipful Master and the Acacia, symbol of immortality of the soul. As promised, I revealed the connection of these two topics at our December installation. If you weren't able to attend, here it is. We as Free and Accepted Masons are taught that the Acacia is a symbol of the immortality of the soul. The acacia is an evergreen and, due to the density, the wood is long lasting, making it a perfect symbol for immortality. Ancient Egyptians fabricated mummy cases from the wood of the Acacia. Moses chose the wood of the acacia, with its longevity and beauty of the fine grain, for several wood working projects (the Tabernacle, the Arch of the Covenant, a table and an altar) documented in the Book of Exodus.


For all of these reasons I fabricated the head of my gavel from the wood of the Acacia. The hardness and grain of the wood challenged my planner and carbide saw blade. 


I look forward to seeing each of you at the January regular communication. If you cannot attend the regular communication, come for dinner. If you cannot attend the dinner, come for the regular communication. 




Let's Go To Lodge Tonight

(author unknown)


My brother, let's go to Lodge tonight;
You haven't been for years.
Let's don our Lambskin Apron white
And sit among our peers.

I feel a kind of longing, see,
to climb those creaky stairs;
I know it'll be a thrill for me
to lay aside my cares.

We'll meet the Tyler at the door
and though he'll hesitate,
we'll hear him say just as before,
"Come in or you'll be late."

I'd like to get out on the floor--
Come on, let's get in line;
I want to face the East once more
And give the same old sign.

I want to hear the gavel rap
the Craftsmen to attention
and see the Master don his cap; 
a night without dissention.

So come!  Pass up that picture show,
or your wrestling bout or fight;
Switch off that TV set! Let's go!
Let's go to Lodge tonight.



Wor. Bro. Stephen D. Vining P.M., Secretary

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


Regional Grand Lecturer

Grand Lodge Region No. 6

Districts 14, 20 & 21

Grand Lodge of Michigan

(517) 914-8400





Thursday, January 1st

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



Thursday, January 8th

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

Regular Communication, 7:30 p.m.

Monthly Lodge Dinner, 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, January 15th

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

Officer Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, January 20th

Region #6 Regional Grand Lecturer

District #21 School of Instruction, 7:00 p.m.

Hosted by Jackson Lodge No. 17 
Lodges Summoned to Attend

Jackson Lodge #17, Michigan Lodge #50,

Excelsior Lodge #116, Addison Lodge #157,

Brooklyn Lodge #169, Napoleon Lodge #301

and Cement City Lodge #435


Thursday, January 22nd

Jackson-Coolidge Masonic Temple Association

Board of Trustee's Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Annual Meeting & Election of Officer's

Tuesday, January 27th

Region #6 Regional Grand Lecturer

District #21 School of Instruction, 7:00 p.m. 

Hosted by Tecumseh Lodge No. 69

Lodges Summoned to Attend

Tecumseh Lodge #69, Fairfield Lodge #125,

Manchester Lodge #148, Clinton Lodge #175

and Palmyra Lodge #184 


Thursday, January 29th
Jackson Lodge No. 17, F. & A.M.
Membership Committee Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Lodge Dinner


| Monthly Lodge Dinner |




Monthly Lodge Dinner's


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., Senior Warden

at 517-315-5982

2015 Lodge Officer's

      • Worshipful Master - Frank W. Lutze P.M.
      • Senior Warden - David G. Shea P.M.
      • Junior Warden - Garry L. Gooldy Jr.
      • Treasurer - Dale D. Brown P.M.
      • Secretary - Stephen D. Vining P.M.
      • Chaplain - George M. Otis P.M.
      • Senior Deacon - Ricky P. Woods 
      • Junior Deacon - Jeffrey R. Ohneck
      • Senior Steward - Brian M. Shealy
      • Junior Steward - Conroy L. Smith Jr.
      • Junior Steward - Andre J. Cochrane
      • Junior Steward - Jason M. Wright
      • Junior Steward - James W. Spink
      • Marshal - Richard G. Shea P.M.
      • Tiler - Lawrence C. Sanford Jr. P.M.

Installation of Michigan Lodge No. 50, F. & A.M.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Lawrence G. McGowen P.M.
Worshipful Master

(From left to Right)
Excellent Companion George Otis of Jackson Chapter #3, R.A.M.
Worshipful Brother Richard Shea of Jackson Lodge #17, F. & A.M.
Martha Glover, Coordinator of Michigan Center Food Bank
Worshipful Brother Lawrence McGowen of Michigan Lodge #50, F. & A.M.
Illustrious Companion Stephen Vining of Jackson Council #32, R. & S.M.
Donation of $2,400.00 by the listed Masonic Bodies to
Martha Glover of the Michigan Center Food Bank and Pantry

Right Worshipful Brother William R. Finkel
Grand Senior Warden of Grand Lodge of Michigan
and his installation staff with W.M. Frank W. Lutze P.M.
at the Installation of Jackson Lodge No. 17, F. & A.M.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Installation of Napoleon Lodge No. 301, F. & A.M.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Matthew Snowden
Worshipful Master

Installation of Brooklyn Lodge No. 169, F. & A.M.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
William D. Weaver
Worshipful Master



And so it has come to pass, a Brother Master Mason having completed all the design's laid down on the Trestleboard of Life, has answered the summons of the Grand Warden of Heaven and Earth and has entered into the Grand Lodge over which the Supreme Grand Master of the Universe presides.


Although our beloved and respected Brother has passed through the portals of Eternity, his passing memory will forever remain to inspire all who mourn His passing to live life as he did, respected and depart this life regretted.  As one by one, the autumn leaves fade in the forest deep, So one by one, in each of us must come the touch of sleep.  As one by one, the roses burst into the morning light, So one by one, our soul will wake again beyond the night.

Soft and safe be the earthly bed of our Brother; may our Heavenly Father protect him and enfold him in his arms with love. Until then, dear friend and Brother , Until then - - - Farewell! 


Wayne Lee Hartman


Born - April 2, 1933 (Ypsilanti, Michigan)

Died - August 6, 2012 (Au Gres, Michigan)

Initiated - October 17, 1957 (Jackson Lodge #17)

Passed - November 7, 1957 (Jackson Lodge #17)

Raised - December 5, 1957 (Jackson Lodge #17)

Transfer Out - September 12, 1963 (Liberty Lodge #209)

Lodge Merged - November 4, 1999 (Jackson Lodge #17)

Life Time Member - December 17, 2000 (Jackson Lodge #17)



Masonic Degree  Schedule

Entered Apprentice Degree 
Fellowcraft Degree
Master Mason Degree

Michigan Lodge No. 50,  F. & A.M. 




Michigan Lodge No. 50, F. & A.M.



Worshipful Brother Lawrence G. McGowen P.M.

Worshipful Master



Worshipful Brother Stephen D. Vining P.M.








Wednesday, January 7th

Michigan Lodge No. 50, F. & A.M.

Lodge Will Be Dark This Month

| No Meeting Scheduled |


Wednesday, January 21st

Michigan Lodge No. 50, F. & A.M.
| No Meeting This Week |

    • Worshipful Master - Lawrence G. McGowen P.M.
    • Senior Warden - Tommie Beasley P.M.
    • Junior Warden - Jonathan R. Griffis
    • Treasurer - Kenneth W. Strobel
    • Secretary - Stephen D. Vining P.M.
    • Chaplain - George M. Otis P.M.
    • Senior Deacon - Brent K. McCourtie
    • Junior Deacon - Vacant                           
    • Senior Steward - Zachery G. Hazard
    • Junior Steward - Denman H. Griffith
    • Marshal - Vacant
    • Tiler - Garry L. Gooldy Jr.


 Jackson Chapter No. 3, R.A.M. 



Jackson Chapter No. 3 
Royal Arch Mason's


Excellent Companion George M. Otis E.H.P.
Excellent High Priest
 Excellent Companion Stephen D. Vining P.H.P.


Calendar for January 2015
Wednesday, January 14th
Jackson Chapter No. 3, R.A.M.
Stated Convocation, 7:30 p.m.
High Priest - George M. Otis, EHP
King - Michael E. Hicks, PHP
Scribe - Marcus U. Blue Jr., PHP
Treasurer - Dale D. Brown, PHP
Secretary - Stephen D. Vining, PHP
Chaplain - Dale D. Brown, PHP
Captain of the Host - Michael J. Conn, PHP
Principle Sojourner - Thomas E. Royce, PHP
Royal Arch Captain - Frank W. Lutze
Master of the 3rd Veil - Gary K. Klein
Master of the 2nd Veil - Jeffrey R. Ohneck
Master of the 1st Veil - Robert S. Webb
Sentinel - Dale D. Brown, PHP

 Jackson Council No. 32, R. & S.M.  


Jackson Council No. 32 
Royal and Select Mason's
Illustrious Companion George M. Otis T.I.M.
Thrice Illustrious Master 

Illustrious Companion Stephen D. Vining P.T.I.M.
Calendar for January 2015
Wednesday, January 14th
Jackson Council No. 32, R. & S.M.
Stated Assembly, 7:30 p.m.
Thrice Illustrious Master - George M. Otis, TIM

Deputy Master - Dale D. Brown PTIM

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

Treasurer - Thomas E. Royce, PTIM

Recorder - Stephen D. Vining, PTIM
Captain of the Guard - Michael E. Hicks, PTIM
Conductor of Council - Thomas E. Royce, PTIM
Steward - Eric J. Cole
Sentinel - Frank W. Lutze
Chaplain Dale D. Brown, PTIM

Marshall - Vacant

 Jackson Commandery No. 9, K.T. 


Jackson Commandery No. 9
Knights Templar


Sir Knight Ronald L. Spees

Eminent Commander



Sir Knight Michael E. Hicks

Calendar for January 2015


Monday, January 12th

Jackson Commandery No. 9, K.T.

Drill Corp, 6:30 p.m.

Crossroads Restaurant in Leslie

" Weather Permitting "


Monday, January 19th

Jackson Commandery No. 9, K.T.

Stated Conclave, 7:30 p.m.

Dinner with Lady's, 6:00 p.m.

at Steaks Eatery


Monday, January 26th

Jackson Commandery No. 9, K.T.

| No Meeting Scheduled |




2014 - 2015 OFFICERS


Commander - S.K. Ronald L. Spees

Generalisimo - S.K. Paul M. Tarr, P.C.

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

Senior Warden - S.K. Theodore E. Welch, 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. George M. Otis

Sword Bearer - S.K. Stephen D. Vining

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

Sentinel - S.K. Richard E. Ward, P.C.

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

2nd Guard - S.K. Robert C. Cunningham Jr.

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, KTCH, P.C.

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

 Jackson York Rite College No. 3

Jackson College No. 3
York Rite Sovereign College
 Stephen D. Vining 
Preeminent Governor

 Timothy C. Forche P.G.

Calendar for 2015


Next Meeting Date


Friday, January 16, 2015

Stated Assembly, 7:30 p.m.

Please wear tuxedo.


2014-2015 Officers


Stephen D. Vining - Governor
Thomas E. Royce - Deputy Governor
George M. Otis - Chancellor
Theodore R. Welch - Treasurer
Timothy C. Forche - Secretary
Barry L. Chapman - Primate
Ronald L. Spees - Preceptor
Lloyd A. Darling - Seneschal
Dale D. Brown - Marshall
Michael E. Hicks - Sentinel
 Calendar for 2015
Friday, January 16th, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 20th, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 15th, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 18th, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.

Fern Leaf Chapter No. 66


Fern Leaf Chapter No. 66, O.E.S.

Renee Tivy-Scott
Worthy Matron

Ellen Yoakam



Calendar for the month of
January 2015
Tuesday, January 6th
No Meeting Scheduled - Dark January & February
Tuesday, January 20th
No Meeting Scheduled - Dark January & February

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
January 2015

Tuesday, January 13th

Stated Meeting, 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, January 27th

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 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.

4th Thursday, January 22, 2015
(Annual Meeting and Officer Election)

4th Thursday, February 26, 2015

4th Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 W. Bro. Frank W. Lutze PM, President
Representing Jackson Lodge #17, F. & A.M.

phone: 517-212-1857


W. Bro. George M. Otis PM, Secretary
Representing Michigan Lodge #50, F. & A.M.
phone: 517-262-9862
W. Bro. Stephen D. Vining PM, Vice President
Representing Jackson Council #32, R. & S.M.
W. Bro. Jason H. Chalfant PM, Treasurer
Representing Fernleaf Chapter #66, O.E.S.
W. Bro. Jerry L. Bethel PM, Trustee
Representing Jackson Lodge #17, F. & A.M.
W. Bro. Dale D. Brown PM, Trustee
Representing Jackson Chapter #3, R.A.M.
W. Bro. Michael E. Hicks PM, Trustee
Representing Jackson Commandery #9, K.T.
Bro. Garry L. Gooldy Jr., Trustee
Representing Jackson Lodge #17, F. & A.M.
W. Bro. Lyman S. Robertson Jr. PM, Trustee
Representing Jackson Lodge #17, F. & A.M.
W. Bro. Lawrence C. Sanford Jr. PM, Trustee
Representing Jackson Lodge #17, F. & A.M.
W. Bro. Richard G. Shea PM, Trustee
Representing Jackson Lodge #17, F. & A.M.
W. Bro. Jimmie H. Snyder PM, Trustee
Representing Jackson Lodge #17, F. & A.M.
Weekly Euchre Club
Every Monday evening at 7:00 p.m.
October thru April 

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 to 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 Frank Lutze at 517-212-1857 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 membership we still owe more.



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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