Eugene "Gene" Yee

Potentate 2019 About


Master Mason, San Diego Lodge #35, 1981. Life Member.

Consultant, Grand Lodge Film and Creative Projects Committee 1986-1991;

Created a Noble of Al Bahr Shriners 1992. Life Member.
2015 Oriental Guide
2015 Chairman Brawley Cattle Call hospitality
Member--Peace Officers Shrine Club, Islanders, and Yacht Club
Ambassador; President, Peace Officers Shrine Club;
Member, Arch of Steel, Potentate’s Ball 2014
Life Member of Aloha Shriners; affiliated in 1995
Member, Aloha Patrol 1995-96

32° San Diego Valley Scottish Rite 1992. Life Member.
Life Member, San Diego Chapter No. 61, Royal Arch Masons
Life Member, San Diego Council No. 23, Cryptic Masons
Life Member, San Diego Commandery #25, Knights Templar
2015 Captain General
Life Member, San Diego Chapter York Rite College No.148.
Life Member, La Paloma Star # 96, Order of Eastern Star

I have substantial organizational management experience.
Chief Financial Officer of the largest cable TV system in the US at Cox Cable San Diego, and served many years as Vice President.
Director General, where I grew a radio station network from one station to nine stations and a satellite network.
Director of Finance and Administration at a nonprofit TV network of five TV stations.

My extensive nonprofit experience includes
24 years, member of the Board of Directors of two statewide foundations, currently on the Technology Training Foundation of America
Five years, member of the Board of the County Employees pension fund, including a term as Chairman, for 16,000 employees.
Five years on Board of Directors of 22nd District Agricultural Association – Fair Board Del Mar Fair and Racing Meets, interim events, National Horse Show.



Potentate 2019 Message


Hello, Nobles and Ladies. Happy New Year! Thank you all for your confidence in electing me to be your Potentate for Shrine Year 2019! I am humbled by your trust.

Hard work will be my trademark to be of service to you, and to be at your service. I want to present to you now the First Lady of Al Bahr in 2019 – she is, ALL the Ladies of Al Bahr. Potentate’s First Lady is usually accorded special honors. They stand strongly alongside us, and aid and assist us, and with their acquiescence, we are allowed to play in the Shrine Sandbox. So it is only fitting that all of you Ladies in our lives are THE First Lady of Al Bahr. Thank you for your service to all of us Nobles, to Al Bahr Shriners, to all of Shriners International, and most importantly to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

2019 is a year of the celebration of ourselves as part of an introspective year to retrench and prepare to build Al Bahr Shriners stronger for the future. That is why the 2019 theme is “AL BAHR STRONG”. This ties in with my motto for 2019:

AL BAHR SHRINERS – HEROES OF THE CHILDREN. The corollary to that is the motto for the Ladies in 2019: AL BAHR SHRINERS LADIES – HEROINES OF THE CHILDREN. The children look to you as their heroes, and call you their heroes, as do their parents and families.

As we look to rebuild Al Bahr Shriners to be a strong, vibrant organization, the following facets will guide our moving forward with purpose:


S elfless. Al Bahr Nobles are selfless, and take care of others, the children.
T ogether We act together as a Fraternity, along with our ladies and families
R efuel. This is the year for Al Bahr Nobles to refuel to be energized for the next few years.
O utstanding. What we do is and will be outstanding
N ext level – we will take Al Bahr to the next level
G ratitude -- we give thanks to the Supreme Architect of the Universe for all our blessings

Our Imperial Potentate, Imperial Sir Jim Cain and I have had discussions about the future of our fraternity, and he and I had scheduled his coming the Al Bahr so together we will hold one Mass Installation of all the Units and Clubs officers the morning of Saturday, January 12. The Units and Clubs are the backbone of the Shrine, and this is a showing of our unqualified leadership support of the Units and Clubs to the highest levels of our organization together. It will be AL BAHR STRONG.

We are in for a fun and busy time with Nobles, Ladies, friends, and family! AL BAHR STRONG.

All my best wishes to you and your family for the happiest and most successful year of 2019, and with you, for you, all the blessings of the Supreme Architect of the Universe.


Eugene "Gene" Yee
Potentate 2019
Al Bahr Shrine