Potentate 2018 About
Dr. Oscar O. Cañedo was born and raised in San Diego, California. Noble Oscar is one of five siblings born to Manuel G. Cañedo and Leonor Castro Green who both emigrated from Mexico in search of a better life in our United States of America.
Dr. Cañedo received his A.A. Degree from San Diego City College and B.A. and M.A. Degrees from San Diego State University. In 1972 he was awarded with the Doctoral Degree from U.S. International University (now Alliant University) in Human Behavior/Communications. The title of his Doctoral Dissertation is Performance of Mexican American Students on a Measure of Verbal Intelligence. Dr. Cañedo is Professor Emeritus from Southwestern Community College, Chula Vista, California where he taught English as a Second Language and Spanish. In addition to his thirty five years in education serving as high school teacher, elementary school administrator, university and college instructor, Dr. Cañedo was elected and reelected to the National City City Elementary School District Board of Education where he served eleven years from 1969-1980.
Noble Oscar O. Cañedo, Ph.D. was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in March 1967 at Normal Heights Lodge #632 F&AM now Unity Lodge #632 F&AM. Noble Oscar is a Life Member of Silver Gate Three Stars Lodge #296 F&AM. In the year 2000, he became a proud member of the San Diego Scottish Rite and the Al Bahr Shriners. Dr. Cañedo is also a Life Member of San Diego Scottish Rite and a Life Member of the Al Bahr Shriners.
Noble Oscar has served Al Bahr Shriners as Vice-President and President of the South Bay Shrine Club (2004), Second Lt. Commander, First Lt. Commander, and Commander of the Legion of Honor (2005). He has served on the Appointed Divan as Outer Guard (2007, 2013) and Second Ceremonial Master (2008). In addition, he was named Ambassador (2011, 2012). Dr. Cañedo was elected Oriental Guide (2014), High Priest and Prophet (2015), and Assistant Rabban (2016). Other Al Bahr Shriners Honors and Unit and Club memberships are as follows: Life Member of the Legion of Honor, Order of Quetzalcoatl, Islanders, Hill Billy Club, and Sons of the Desert.
Potentate 2018 Message
It is an honor, and I am very humbled to have been elected Potentate of Al Bahr Shrine by our Nobility for 2018. As your Potentate-Elect, I am very proud of
the fact that I am a Life Member of Al Bahr, Life Member of the Scottish Rite,
and Life Member of Silver Gate Three Stars Lodge. At my Lodge in 2017,
I received my Golden Veterans Award (50 Year Anniversary) as a Master Mason during a
very impressive Ceremony. It was a moving moment for me to have my Lady Sarah pin on
my lapel my 50 Year Pin. At the Ceremony, it was an honor to have present that evening
Most Worshipful John Heisner and Most Worshipful Mel Stein along with my many brother
Masons, family, and friends. I promise that I will endeavor to do my best and seek the wise
council and assistance of the Al Bahr Shrine Nobility, Board of Directors, and Past Potentates when it comes to making important decisions for the betterment of Al Bahr Shrine with our mission to help children be children with loving care.
We had an outstanding showing of representatives from our Units and Clubs during the Chief Rabban Calendar Meeting. The representatives gave us their mportant event dates, and I am thankful for their participation. Our Units and Clubs are a very vital part of Al Bahr Shriners, and I intend on communicating with them throughout the year. I also feel that we (Potentate, Divan members, Ambassadors, etc.) need to communicate with our Nobles who, for certain reasons such as health, work scheduling, etc. have not been able to attend Shrine functions. We can communicate with these fellow Nobles to say hello and see how they are doing. My sincere hope is that we all tackle the challenges of new membership and retention, fundraising, Masonic relations, and public relations by working together in a harmonious fashion as Shrine Masons. I am also thankful for the contributions of our Ladies' organizations such as the Honored Ladies, Ladies Oriental Shrine, and the Daughters of the Nile.
We will begin the Al Bahr Shrine Year with our Friday, January 12, 2018 Annual Meeting and Installation. On Friday, January 19th, we will have our Units and Clubs Open House at the Shrine Center Chaired by Noble Dan Smith. On Saturday, January 20th, will be our Potentate/Nobility Gala Reception at the Shrine Center, Chaired by Noble Steve Walker. Our Stated Meeting dates are Friday, April 20th, honoring Scottish Rite; Friday, August 10th, honoring York Rite; Friday, October 12th, Chief Rabban Night; and Thursday, December 13th, Shrine Election Meeting.
We are scheduled to have our traditional Fundraisers or "Fun Raisers," and I hope you, your family, and friends can be present. The Fundraisers are, to name a few, the following: (1) Saturday, March 17th, St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef & Cabbage; (2) Saturday, May 12th, Potentate's Brunch; (3) Saturday, June 23rd, First Lady's Luncheon; (4) Saturday, September 29th, Ladies Tea; and (5) December 15th, Al Bahr Holiday Party. We are continuing to investigate future fundraisers or "Fun Raisers" where the general public would attend. Your ideas for future fundraisers would be appreciated. In closing, my sincere gratitude and thanks to our Nobles and Ladies of Al Bahr for your continued service, dedication, and love in fulfilling our mission here at Al Bahr. That mission is to help children be children with our twenty-two Shriners Hospitals for Children. That is why I chose my motto to be "Children: Our Mission With Loving Care.
Oscar O. Cañedo, Ph.D
Al Bahr Shrine