Most Illustrious Companion Frederick James “Tiny” Potter, Past Most Illustrious Grand Master, Grand Council of California
April 8, 1945 to August 4, 2021
PMIGM, Grand Council of California
Frederick James Potter was born on April 8, 1945, in Portland, Maine to Elizabeth L. Potter and Damase F. Potter. He was educated in the Portland Public School system and attended Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in South Portland and received an A.A. degree in Marine Technology. In June 1967 he came to California with 4 school friends.
Employed by the Department of the Navy for 33 years, retiring on January 2, 2001
He married Donna on November 19, 1982. They have no children.
Chapter Dad in 1971 until 1975 in Camarillo Chapter Order of DeMolay, and served as Chairman of the Advisory Council from 1976 through 1978. Received the Cross of Honor. He is a Charter Life Member of the DeMolay Alumni Association.
Raised a Master Mason 1-6-67 in Corner Stone Lodge No. 216 A.F. & A.M. of Maine
Scottish Rite – Valley of Portland 1967
Kora Shrine Temple, Lewiston, ME 1967
Affiliated with Camarillo Lodge No. 824. Master in 1976 and again in 2005 when that lodge consolidated with Channel Islands Lodge No. 214. While Master in 1976 he started the Camarillo Lodge Maine Lobster and Steak Picnic which ran for 29 years. He was the first Hiram Award recipient in Ventura County in 1979.
Member of the Grand Lodge of CA Masonic Homes Endowment Board from 1977 through 1986 and 1998-2003
Life Member of Santa Barbara Scottish Rite. Served as Commander of the Council of Kadosh in 1995.
Charter Member of Valley of Ventura County Scottish Rite. Served as Commander of the Council of Kadosh in 1982, Master of the Kadosh of the Consistory in 1995, and Venerable Master in 1997. Recipient of the Meritorious Service Award in 1996.
He was invested with the Knight Commander of the Court of Honor (KCCH) on 10-21-85. He was coronated as an Honorary Inspector General of the 33° in 1995. He has serviced as the Personal Representative of the S.G.I.G. and Deputy of CA since 1998.
Oxnard Chapter No. 86 Royal Arch Masons 4-8-78. Served as Chaplain. Life member.
Ventura Council No. 15 Cryptic Masons 4-8-78. Illustrious Master in 2001. Life Member
San Diego Commandery No. 25 Knight Templar 1-31-81. Life Member
He is a Rob Morris recipient and Past Patron of Camarillo Chapter No. 649 and a member of Channel Island Chapter No. 96, Order of the Eastern Star.
Pacifica Conclave Red Cross of Constantine. Puissant Sovereign 2003
Royal Order of Scotland. Life member of Robert the Bruce Assn. and Clan
Kilbrannan which he is Secretary/Treasurer from 1996 to the present.
Past President of National Sojourner’s Chapter No. 494
Past Commander of West Point Camp (200), Hero’s of ‘76
Past Sovereign Master (2005) of Channel Coast Council No. 114, AMD
Past Governor of St. Alban York Rite College No. 130, Sovereign York Rite College of North America
Brian Boru Council No. 38, Knight Masons. Currently serving as an Officer.
Past President of Ventura Shrine Club 1981
Appointed Grand Sentinel of the Grand Council Cryptic Masons of California on April 28, 2003.