In this fast-paced day and age, club managers are hard pressed to find time for substantive, casual conversation with fellow club managers. These stressed out professionals need the Chautauqua Experience. Chautauquas were developed in the mid-nineteenth century as “mobile universities” that moved across America offering popular talks intended to bring insight and entertainment to rural areas. The Bicycle Chautauqua has updated the concept by creating a reflective opportunity for working professionals to escape from the trenches; to bond and connect with ideas and people; and to think deeply about club management in a physically stimulating, social setting.
Throughout the three days of bicycling will be three, two-hour debriefs focusing on issues raised during the day’s ride. Each debrief will be preceded and followed by hours of discussion during breaks, maintenance periods and dinner.
The Chautauqua will start at a hotel in Healdsburg in the Sonoma Valley wine country and will, using “hub and spokes tactics” (leaving from and returning to the same hotel each day), head into the Northern California countryside for three days of riding and reflecting. Each day’s ride will begin with a morning Upbrief and a review of the “Ponder Questions” for that afternoon’s debrief. During the rides, clubs and businesses of interest will be visited and hidden byways will be explored.
The evening before the first day of the ride will involve a picnic dinner at the hotel and a two-hour upbrief; the second night will feature dinner at an area restaurant; the third night will feature another in-hotel picnic/debrief experience; and the last day will finish by 12:00 noon so that managers can head back to San Francisco for the start of the World Conference.
If needed, bicycles can be rented at a pre-approved bicycle shop near the Chautauqua hotel. All dinners and accommodations will be paid for separately by each rider. The seminars and debriefs will be free. The ride is limited to 30 managers, and all riders must be registered through CMAA. The Chautauqua Experience will be worth a total of six credits toward the CCM.