Murat's Divan (Leadership)
Timothy Lee Whitaker
Murat Shrine is pleased to welcome our 2021 Potentate Noble Timothy Lee Whitaker as our 110th Potentate.
Tim is a lifelong resident of the Indianapolis area, and is a graduate of Arsenal Tech High School in Indianapolis and the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Tim was employed by the Indianapolis Fire Department as a Firefighter from 1969 to January of 1995. There, he rose through the ranks to become a Division Chief of Fire Prevention. After his retirement from IFD, he was hired as Fire Chief of the Washington Township Fire Department, serving in that leadership position from 1995 until his retirement in 1999. Although he is retired he has managed properties in both Indianapolis and Florida.
Tim is married to his wife of 42 years, Colleen, and they reside in Brown County, Indiana. He is the father of two daughters, Pamela Moore (Noble Ted Moore) and Patricia Blazek. He and Colleen have four grandchildren; Latasha Bandelier, Timothy Blazek, Noble Edward Moore IV, and Noble Nicholas Moore; and three Great Grandchildren, Hazel Mae Bandelier, Landry John Bandelier and Mercy Ann Bandelier.
Tim was appointed an Aide in 2008 and then served as Chief Aide in 2013 & 2014. In 2013 he served as an Imperial Aide for Imperial Sir, John Cinotto before being appointed to the Divan Line in 2015 by Past Potentate Timothy J. Murphy. Tim has been an active leader of Murat, having served on the Murat Safety Committee, Golf Chairman and most recently Co-Chairman of the Murat Sportsman’s Raffle and Chairman of the Reverse Raffle. He has served as the Firemen’s Club Secretary, Treasurer, and is three-time President in 1980, 2009 and 2010; and has been named its “Man of the Year”. Tim was also selected as Shriner of the Year in 2009 and again in 2014. He was coordinator of “Public Safety Night” at the Murat Shrine Circus. Tim is also a member of The Order of Quetzalcoatl, the Murat Patrol, Indianapolis Horse Patrol, Past President of El Ameen Nabeel, Kowad ‘Al Sabikin, Past Director of ROJ Court #15, Murat Yacht Club and its Knights of the Sea, Murat Police Club, Corvette Club, Hillbilly Clan #14, Johnson County Shrine Club, Logansport Shrine Club, Murpah Shrine Club, Reception Unit, and is an Honorary member of La-Or-Ma Shrine Club, Highlanders and Chanters.
Always community and civic-minded, Tim is currently President and a 30 year member of the Indianapolis Exchange Club, a service organization that is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse; a member of the Arsenal Tech Alumni Association, and was an inductee into the Red Cross Hall of Fame on two different occasions. Professionally, he is a member of Firefighters Local 416, the International Association of Firefighters, the Indianapolis Retired Firefighters Club, and Life Member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He also served for 20 years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Firefighters Credit Union, serving as Secretary. In addition, he has also volunteered for the past 17 years as a wheelchair guide for Sunday services at the Chapel of the Indiana Masonic Home.
For the past 3 years he has served as Associate Member of the Board of Governor’s – Shriner’s Lexington Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky.
Tim Whitaker was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason in 1973 in North Park Lodge # 646, which is the same Lodge that his Father was a member. He then transferred to Nineveh Lodge # 317 upon his move to Brown County, Indiana in 2000. He is also a Charter Member of Noble Lodge #772 and is an honorary member of Ellettsville Lodge #245 F. & A.M. He became a Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret, 32° Degree, at the Indianapolis Valley of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, also in 1973. (At the Scottish Rite, he served for 20 years on the Scottish Rite Safety Committee.) Later in that same year, he was created a Noble of the Mystic Shrine at Murat.
Tim’s Legacy in Murat is quite extensive. His Father John L. Whitaker (Deceased), Brother James “Jerry Whitaker (Deceased), Brother John D. Whitaker, Nephew Robin Whitaker, Nephew Jerry Allen Whitaker (Deceased), Nephew Colburn Williamson, Son-In-Law Ted Moore, Grandson Eddie Moore IV, and Grandson Nicholas Moore are all Shriners that are in Tim’s family.
With Tim’s extensive leadership and governance experience in his profession as well as his community, he will no doubt be a great leader for Murat as we continue to prosper and be a positive force in the lives of our fellow Nobles.