Wednesday, February 22-Friday, February 24, 2023
The Bicycle Chautauqua “Does” Orlando-Riding, Reflecting and Pursuing the CCM Mission
In this fast-paced day and age, club management professionals are hard pressed to find time for substantive, casual conversation with fellow club managers. These stressed-out professionals need the Chautauqua Experience because it engages physical, mental, and emotional health, in a way that’s fun, interesting, and communal.
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 America. 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.
Interspersed amongst three days of bicycling will be three, one-hour pre-ride up-briefs and three, two-hour post-ride debriefs focusing on that day’s issues of consequence. In addition to these organized up-briefs and debriefs, each day’s ride will be filled with hours of discussion during breakfasts, rest stops, maintenance periods, and dinner.
Led by Gregg Patterson, the bicycle Chautauqua will start and end at a hotel near the conference hotel in Orlando and will, using “hub and spokes tactics” (that is, leaving from and returning to the same hotel each day), head into the Florida scenery for three days of riding and reflecting. During the rides, clubs and “businesses of interest” will be visited, and hidden byways will be explored.
The Chautauqua starts on the evening before the first day of the ride with orientation and ends at 12:00 noon on the last day. 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.