Kora Shriners elect Turner man potentate


LEWISTON – Kora Shriners elected Thomas A. Nason of Turner as illustrious potentate for 2007 on Jan. 13.

Nason’s Masonic career began in Asylum Lodge 133 of Wayne, where he was raised a master Mason on Dec. 10, 1980. Nason belongs to the Scottish and York Rite bodies.

In June of 1982, he joined Kora Temple at Kents Hill during Potentate Tieche Shelton’s summer ceremonial. Nason joined the Kora Highlanders in 1983 and held many positions, including secretary, treasurer, president and scribe.

He said his proudest accomplishment was that of becoming pipe sergeant, a position he held until being appointed to Kora Temple’s divan in 1998 by Paul D. Sherman.

Nason is a past president of the Androscoggin County Shrine Club and is a member of every Shrine Club in Kora. While on the Divan, he has chaired each event in Kora and has also served as membership chairman and is in his eighth year as co-editor of the Kora Sands.

Nason is a member and officer of Put Stevens Court 107, Royal Order of Jesters. He is a project manager for E.S. Boulos Co. in Westbrook. Nason manages electrical construction projects throughout Maine. He resides in Turner with his wife, Judy, and their pets.

Appointed to the position of marshal and scheduled to be Kora Temple’s potentate in 2014 is Noble John R. Knox of Windham.

His Masonic connection began as a member of Bradford Chapter, Order of DeMolay, serving as master councilor. In 1968 he was elected master councilor for Maine DeMolay and was awarded the DeMolay Degree of Chevalier. Knox was raised to the Sublime Degree of a master Mason in Saco Lodge in 1972 and served as lodge master in 1979.

He joined Annette Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, in 1972, serving as worthy patron in 1975. He is a member of the Portland Valley of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and is a participant in several degrees. He is a member of the York Rite – Eagle Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Maine Council and Portland/St. Albans Commandery 2 and is an active member of the Portland Commandery Band.

From 1993 to 1998 Knox served as executive officer for Maine DeMolay. During that time, he received the Grand Masters Award for jurisdictional membership growth and the Adult Leaders Award from the General Grand Council, Cryptic Masons. He has served on the advisory board of Windham Assembly, Order of Rainbow for Girls, and on the Mabel J. DeShon Scholarship Committee for Maine Rainbow, and is a recipient of Rainbow’s Grand Cross of Color.

Knox joined Kora Shriners in 1986 and has been an active member and officer of the Kora Band since joining. He is serving as chairman of the Donor Relations Committee and is an officer of the Northeast Shrine Band Association. He is a member and officer of Put Stevens Court 107, Royal Order of Jesters.

Knox has worked in the manufacturing sector as a human resources manager since 1979 with employers in southern Maine.

He and his wife, Becky, have three children and four grandchildren and reside in Windham.

Elected to office for the year at Kora Temple are the following: Glen Lalumiere, Portland, chief rabban; Karl Finnimore, Bath, assistant rabban; Leonard Carr, Athens, high priest and prophet; Brian Ingalls, Alfred, oriental guide; Barry Gates, Turner, treasurer; and Paul Sherman, Winthrop, recorder.

Appointed to office are David Lidstone, Auburn, first ceremonial master; Gordon Wentworth, Wells, second ceremonial master; Walter Longley, Woolwich, director; Matt Ferris, Sanford, captain of the guard; and Rick Hersom, Pittston, outer guard.

Kora Shrine Temple, 11 Sabattus St., along with the other 190 Shrine Temples across North America, supports Shriners Hospitals for Children. There are 22 hospitals in the United States and Canada. They offer free care to children who suffer from burns and orthopedic diseases. The closest hospitals are the Orthopedic Center in Springfield, Mass., and the Burns Unit in Boston. Call Kora Shriners for more information at 800-782-5672 or visit www.korashriners.org.