Shriners International Imperial Divan
Nick Thomas of Fontana, Calif., became the Imperial Recorder of Shriners International during the Shriners’ 2009 Imperial Council Session held in San Antonio, Texas, July 5-9. He served as Imperial Potentate (president and CEO of Shriners of North America) in 2006-2007.
Thomas was the owner of Thomas Furniture Mart for 20 years before retiring in 1992. He was a teacher for 10 years at Fontana High School, where he coached football, basketball and baseball. Thomas was a founding director of Secure Savings Bank and a six-year member of the San Bernardino County Assessment Appeals Board. Thomas also served as a 10-year member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He holds a master’s degree from Azusa Pacific College and a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Redlands.
Thomas was raised a Master Mason at Fontana Lodge #653 in 1964. He joined Al Malaikah Shriners, the Los Angeles chapter of Shriners International, in 1966 and served as Potentate in 1993. He was chairman for the Imperial Membership Committee from 2001-2006, and he also served as chairman for the Imperial Athletic Committee from 1996-2006.
Thomas is a member of the Royal Order of Jesters, Royal Order of Scotland, Red Cross of Constantine, National Sojourners and Order of Quetzalcoatl. He is a Past Master of Fontana Lodge, having served in the position in 1971, and is a 2000 Hiram Award winner. He is a member of the Scottish Rite and York Rite bodies and holds the honorary 33rd degree from the Scottish Rite. Thomas is Past Master Councilor of the Fontana Chapter of the Order of DeMolay, and he was awarded the Legion of Honor and Chevalier Degree from DeMolay.
Thomas is a member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Christian Church. He is a skier, golfer and an avid boater.