This last weekend, False Prophet Ronald Weinland returned from appendicitis in Australia to hold a conference with his evangelists and senior elders, and also the Silent Witness. Twenty people were in attendance, who included: Ron, Laura, Audra, Johnny and Myrtle Harrell, Terry Wrozek, Wayne and Chris Matthews, Dave Conley, Ron’s brother-in-law Scott Cameron, Jimmy Carlisle, Lori Williams, Ralph Dowd, Jim Jamieson, and Steve who’s looking for a job since PKG doesn’t need his full-time services any more.
The venue chosen for this meeting was the Venetian Resort, Hotel, & Casino in Las Vegas. The cheapest suite in this five-star hotel is $199 per night on weekends. I wonder if Ron and Laura showed their humility by sleeping in such humble digs (pictured here). Or maybe they showed even more humility by taking a better suite, maybe even the penthouse suite?
Assuming they doubled up, 10 hotel rooms for two nights cost $4000 plus room tax. This cost was dwarfed by the airfare required to fly 20 people in for the weekend. None of the attendees live near Las Vegas. Assuming an average of $400 per person for airfare, travel expenses were $8,000, or more (Wayne and Chris came from overseas). Add to that the costs to eat in a five-star hotel, taxes, a conference room, etc we’re looking at around $15,000 for this cozy little party in Sin City.
Those PKG members who dug deep or even borrowed money for the special offerings this holy day season can take comfort that they received good value for their money, as their senior elders, evangelists, and prophets slept on Egyptian cotton sheets under 400-count wool throws in their suites. After all, Herbert Armstrong taught quality. (But then that was for Herbie himself and his evangelists. Not for lay families like mine which was clothed through Mom’s careful shopping at garage sales, which meant that my sisters were teased in school for wearing out-of-date clothes.) Perhaps the senior elders, evangelists, and prophets had time to see the Blue Man Group or to drop a few chips in the casino, particularly the ones who continued their stay through Monday.
And we have a video tour of one of the suites: