Jim Cain of Nashville, Tennessee, is currently serving his ninth year as a member of the Boards of Directors for Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children. Cain was elected Imperial Assistant Rabban, part of the 12-member body that helps govern the Shriners fraternity, during the Shriners’ 2016 Imperial Session – held in Tampa, Florida, July 3 - July 7.
Cain was raised a Master Mason in John B. Garrett Lodge #711 in Nashville, and is a member of the Scottish Rite, York Rite and Royal Order of Scotland. Cain is a member of Al Menah Shriners in Nashville, and served as the temple’s Potentate in 2006.
Cain held several positions within his temple, including Captain of the Motor Corps, Membership Committee Divan Liaison, and Chairman of both the Ringmasters Club and the Business Owner’s Group. Cain was a member of Al Menah’s Shriners Leadership Team from 2002 to 2006 and assisted in raising more than $5 million for Shriners Hospitals for Children. He was also a charter member of the Tennessee East-West Football Classic Committee.
Cain served as President of the Tennessee Shrine Association in 2006, is a past Rabban of Hillbilly Clan #151 and a life-member of the Cabiri Association. He is an associate member of Rizpah Shriners in Madisonville, Kentucky, El Hasa Shriners in Ashland, Kentucky, and Jericho Shriners in Kingsport, Tennessee. Cain was awarded the Honorary DeMolay Legion of Honor.
A former locomotive engineer, Cain worked for CSX Transportation for more than 42 years. He was a Community Affairs and Safety Officer, and a board member of the Tennessee Railroad Association. Cain spent three years as state coordinator of Tennessee Operation Lifesaver, Inc., and served as chairman of the board for Alabama Operation Lifesaver, Inc. and Tennessee Operation Lifesaver, Inc. Operation Lifesaver is a nationally recognized program that educates the public about dangers at railroad grade crossings and around railroad properties.
Cain and his wife, Patsy, have been married for 49 years. They have two children, Janice and Jim Jr., and two grandchildren, Oakley and Paxton. Cain is also an active member of Tusculum Hills Baptist Church.