Potentate 2021 About
After a Pandemic shortened year, Rodolfo “Rudy” F. Nobleza has been elected again to serve as the 109th Potentate of Al Bahr Shriners and has selected for his motto “Our Children are Our Mission”
Our Illustrious Sir was born in Manila, Philippines and emigrated to the United States in 1979 and has called San Diego his home since then.
Illustrious Sir Rudy began his Masonic journey in 1986 at South West Lodge #283 in National City while stationed onboard SIMA at the 32nd Street Naval Station, San Diego. He is a charter member of MW Manuel Luis Quezon Lodge #874 and a Past Masster of Black Mountain Lodge #845.
The Illustrious Sir crossed the hot sands of Shrinedom in 2004, during the term of Potentate Jerry Williams. In his time in the Shrine he has been active and involved, serving as a Personal Aide, Past President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Islanders Shrine Club and is a Ritual Member of the Past Masters Shrine Club. Rudy and Paulina have always been supportive of the Units and Clubs of Al Bahr Shrine.
In ascending to the office of Potentate, he served as 2nd Ceremonial Master, Oriental Guide, High Priest and Prophet, Assistant Rabban and Chief Rabban.
A member of the Valley of San Diego Scottish Rite Bodies since 1997, he has been selected to serve as Captain of the Host, Lodge of Perfection in 2020. He is also a member of the National Sojourners, Chapter #45. In 2019 he was made an honorary member of Southern California Chapter, Order of DeMolay.
Rudy enlisted in the Navy as an Electricians Mate and was quickly promoted through the ranks and after 19 years, retired as a First-Class Petty Officer in 1997. Following his Naval career, he worked as an electrical technician in various industries and retired in May of 2019 from the Public Utilities Department, Wastewater and Treatment Disposal, completing 20 years of employment with the City of San Diego.
Our Illustrious Sir is married to his energetic wife Paulina, and they have two children, Jeremy and Toni. Jeremy works as an agent for the Federal Government, currently stationed in San Diego. Toni is a manger for a National clothing chain store, also in San Diego.
With our Potentate and First Lady Paulina eager to lead Al Bahr Shrine in 2020, we can expect an active, exciting year of events and activities, with a continuing dedication to the children in our Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Potentate 2021 Message
“A New Year and a New Beginning”.
Welcome to 2020, and hoping for a Blessed New Year to All, but first, I would like to extend my deepest and sincerest gratitude to God for all the blessings I have received from Him. I also would like to thank the Nobles who have reposed their trust and confidence by electing me Potentate for the ensuing Shrine year. Working together in peace and harmony, we will make great progress towards achieving our universal aims of enlightenment, fraternal affection, charity, and philanthropy.
I wish to thank the officers and their respective ladies who have agreed to serve with me. Their hard work and dedication do them great credit. Their upright zeal and wise insights will serve as light to guide me as I prepare for the year ahead.
I would also like to thank all those outside the Craft, who have made my election possible, my family, and friends, but most especially my Lady Paulina who have supported me with love and indulgence in my pursuit of the Craft, and I cannot thank her enough for her kindness, and sacrifice in doing so.
And to the ladies, for their untiring and unselfish support, both to shrine and their respective nobles, I look forward to continued growth in the amity and concord of our shrine center.
Last but not the least, I wish to extend my gratitude to all the nobles, sisters, family, and friends who extended their generosity, aid, and assistance in the planning, preparation and execution, of installation of officers for the ensuing masonic year. It is truly an honor to be installed Potentate of one of the busiest and productive Shrine Temples in California.
2020 gives us a sense of what it implies, a clear vision, so this year my motto is “Our Children are Our Mission”.
"Within these holy bounds, revenge is unknown, and if a man fails, love leads him back to duty. Then led by friendship, he wanders, joyful and happy into a better land. Within these holy walls, where men love their fellow men, no traitor can lurk, because we forgive our enemies, and he whom such teachings do not please, does not deserve to be a man."
Rodolfo 'Rudy' F. Nobleza
Al Bahr Shriners