Southwest York Rite Regional Conference Nov 2 & 3rd - Orleans Hotel, Las Vegas

posted Sep 14, 2018, 12:56 PM by Alan Power   [ updated Sep 14, 2018, 12:56 PM ]

Companions & Sir Knights,

We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Southwest Regional/Department Conference to be held at the Orleans Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada November 2-3.

We’ve “labored in the quarries” for many hours to insure this will be the best Regional yet. This year’s conference includes a reduced registration fee, premium quality meals, and an upgraded hospitality room; all for your comfort and enjoyment.

The GG Chapter, GG Council, and Grand Encampment have obtained reduced room rates for you at the Orleans, BUT you must make your reservations by October 2nd or the rates will increase significantly. Go to and use the group code A8YRC10 to book. You can also call the Orleans for your reservation at 1-800-675-3267, however the online process is faster because you avoid hold times. Room rates are $54 per night for Thursday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday and $105 per night for Friday and Saturday. There is a small resort fee and taxes which will be added to those amounts.

The Orleans is located at 4500 W Tropicana Avenue and is only 4 miles from McCarran International Airport. There is ample free parking onsite at the Orleans, and transportation to and from the airport is readily available via taxi, Uber, or Lyft.

The key to us getting affordable meeting space and accommodations is supporting the venue by having plated meals there. A lot of effort has been put forth this year to provide a VERY high quality meal at an affordable price. Not only do our bodies not make money from these meals, but this conference has even subsidized them to some extent to make them affordable for you. So please reserve and plan on eating the 3 plated meals with us. Please also note that the Orleans buffet is extremely busy on Friday and Saturday (due to Senior and Local promotions, etc) and there are very long lines. Please do not plan on having meals there as it is highly unlikely you will be in and out in under an hour.

There are special activities for the ladies planned that will include shuttle transportation. Please refer to the ladies options in your registration packet.

If you have any questions you may contact the Arrangements Chairman, Chadwick Burks, at ChadwickBurks AT gmail DOT com.

Be sure to submit your registration by October 15th to avoid the $15 late fee!

We can’t wait to see you in November.

Take care and God Bless,

Chadwick Burks, KYGCH
Southwest Regional Deputy General Grand High Priest
General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons Internationa

Reaffirmation Sunday 2018

posted Sep 8, 2018, 12:19 PM by Alan Power   [ updated Sep 8, 2018, 12:20 PM ]

August 26, 2018


So that the High Priest of each Chapter may plan a Re-Affirmation Sunday Observance, I do hereby issue the following Proclamation:

General Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons International deems Re-Affirmation Sunday to be the Sunday nearest October 24, the day it was formed. Therefore, it is my order that each Chapter in Nevada hold such observance either individually or in combination with another Chapter. The Colorado River Fall Festival begins on Sunday, October 21, and because there are many activities planned for October, the date for Re-Affirmation Sunday will be Sunday, October 28, 2018, or the closest date that meets your Obligation.

A report of this observance and attendance shall be transmitted by the Chapter Chaplain to the Excellent Grand Chaplain, Thomas A. Collins, 429 West Plumb Lane, Reno, Nevada, 89509 to be included in his report at the 2019 Grand Sessions. The report should list any Grand Chapter Officers attending your Observance.


Billy J. Barbie                              Michael E. Reinhardt
Grand High Priest                          Grand Secretary

A Synopsis of the 67th Grand Encampment Triennial Conclave

posted Aug 26, 2018, 1:42 PM by Alan Power   [ updated Aug 26, 2018, 1:42 PM ]

Elected Grand Encampment Officers for the 68th Triennium:
  • Jeffrey N. Nelson, Most Eminent Grand Master
  • Michael Burke Johnson, Right Eminent Deputy Grand Master
  • David J. Kussman, Right Eminent Grand Generalissimo
  • Jeff Bolstad, Right Eminent Grand Captain General
  • Bobby Simmons, Right Eminent Grand Treasurer
  • Larry Tucker, Right Eminent Grand Recorder
  • Dean Rein, Right Eminent SW Department Commander(appointed)
The 68th Triennial Conclave is tentatively scheduled to be held on August 14th thru August 18th, 2021 in Minneapolis, MN. Mark your calendars.

Master Ritual: Unbeknownst to me, a Master Ritual (word for word, no single letter) has been produced in the past and one copy is supposed to be in the possession of each Grand Commandery (Grand Recorder). A standing resolution was passed at this Triennial that will allow the Grand Encampment to republish it with updates and make it available to all Sir Knights sometime after the first of the year.

Holy Land Pilgrimage: There will be two Pilgrimages scheduled in 2019, instead of the usual one. The dates are: February 4th thru February 14th and February 18th thru February 28th. As a Grand Commandery, if we have an Ordained Minister we would like to send on this trip of a lifetime, the Constituent Commandery(s) need to get the paperwork completed and submitted to the proper Committee for their review and then they forward it to Grand Encampment.

The Grand Lodge of Louisiana: An issue has arisen within the Grand Lodge of Louisiana where they have withdrawn recognition of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America. They have expelled a member under their Grand Lodge and now demand that the GEKTUSA do the same for this member. The Constitution of the GEKTUSA does not allow the Grand Master such power. The Constituent Commandery must charge and try him under the grounds of not maintaining the prerequisite memberships to be a Knight Templar. This has been relayed to the Grand Lodge of Louisiana. As of this Triennial, no action was taken by the GEKTUSA. Beware, if you visit a Commandery in Louisiana, you will not be able to sit in the meeting as we are members of the GEKTUSA.


1. Templar Expansion – Passed.
2. Name Change. Drop “of the USA” – Failed. Amend to International – Failed.
3. Enter Concordat with France to possibly expand in their territory – Failed.
4. Reduce the quorum for a Commandery – Failed.
5. Allow Grand Commanderies to set quorum for Constituent Commanderies, no limit – Passed. Amend for quorum of not less than 5 – Passed.
6. Purple Cords – Withdrawn.
7. Purple Cords – Withdrawn.
8. Purple Cords – Withdrawn.
9. Allow Purple Cords to be worn by PGC – Passed. Amend to state no length requirement – Passed.
10. Minor wording change for description of Commander insignia – Passed.
11. Withdrawn.
12. Payment of mileage and per diem for G.E. Officers & Committees – Passed.

August 24, 2018


SK Kevin McCans, KTCH
R.E. Grand Comman

Western States Easter Observance 2019

posted Aug 26, 2018, 1:33 PM by Alan Power   [ updated Aug 26, 2018, 1:33 PM ]

Sir Knights,

While I was at Grand Encampment, information was made available for the Western States Easter Observance for 2019. Below you will find the current information. Please place these dates on your calendars. A good showing from the Knights Templar of Nevada would be most impressive and appreciated.

The Easter Sunrise Service will be held at the Denver Scottish Rite Consistory. Lodging will be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Denver. There will be a banquet on Saturday evening.

Registration forms can be found at after September 1, 2018.

When: April 18th thru April 21st, 2019

Where: Denver, Colorado

August 24, 2018


SK Kevin McCans, KTCH
R. E. Grand Commander

Colorado River Fall Festival - 2018

posted Aug 20, 2018, 2:08 PM by Alan Power   [ updated Sep 3, 2018, 11:58 AM ]

2018 October 21, 22, 23, 2018

Riverside Hotel - Laughlin, Nevada


Royal Arch Magazine

posted Mar 7, 2018, 9:09 AM by Alan Power

To: All Royal Arch Masons of Nevada
From: Nevada Grand Scribe James D. Phelps

As Grand Scribe it is my duty to promote the Royal Arch Mason magazine, and I encourage you to
subscribe by sending your name, address, email, and payment to:

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as well as ideas for membership, Royal Arch Research Assistance philanthropy news, and what
they are achieving medically. They keep you informed about the stem cell research, and RAM
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Having been present in Portland, OR, at the installation of the triennial team for the General
Grand Chapter RAM International, I can attest that our organization is in excellent hands.
In the RAM publication you can learn more about our General Grand High Priest James H.
Hodge from Indiana and how our leaders are seriously trying to maximize communication efforts.

The subscription form is attached below. Please subscribe today and be in the know.

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