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James R. "Jim" Smith

James R.

James Smith of Georgetown, Texas, is currently serving his ninth year as a member of the Boards of Directors for Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children. He was elected Imperial Chief Rabban, part of the 12-member body that helps govern the Shriners fraternity, during the Shriners’ 2019 Imperial Session – held in Nashville, Tennessee, June 30 – July 4.

Smith was raised a Master Mason in Phillips Lodge #225 in Phillips, Wisconsin. He is a member of Eau Claire Commandery #8, Chippewa Falls 25 Council in Wisconsin, and the Valley of Austin, Orient of Texas Scottish Rite. Smith originally became a member of Zor Shriners in Madison, Wisconsin. After moving to Georgetown, he became a member of San Gabriel Lodge #89 and Ben Hur Shriners in Austin, Texas, in 2004.

In 2009, Smith served as Potentate of Ben Hur Shriners. While he served in that role, the temple achieved a balanced budget for the first time in many years and was awarded the Gold Membership Award for a net gain in membership. It was the first time Ben Hur Shriners had achieved gold status in 38 years.

In addition, Smith served on the Imperial Donor Relations committee from 2005 to 2011 and was President of the Sun City Shriners in 2005. He has been a member of the Transporters, Provost Guard, and Highlanders. In 2005, Smith was made an “Honorary Texan” by Governor Rick Perry.

Smith is originally from Racine, Wisconsin, and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin. He studied for his MBA at the Keller School of Management in Chicago.

For more than 30 years, Smith worked in the material handling business and was also part owner of Smith’s Shamrock Oil Company in Phillips, Wisconsin.

Smith and his wife, Alice, have been married for 47 years. They have a daughter, Abigail, a son, Jason, and five grandchildren. Smith’s hobbies include traveling, barbequing and visiting with his grandkids.