AMBUCS National Conference

Plan now to join us for National Conference – get the training and ideas you need and the fun and inspiration you deserve.

Volunteer Opportunities: Great Reno Bike Build, Reno Ramp Build or The Great Amtryke Giveaway (Veterans Ride and Amtryke Rodeo). Sign up to volunteer at one or all three!

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Join us for this unparalleled training and inspiration opportunity! A fun and instructional night of Gambling 101, a sock hop, an amazing guest speaker, a bike build, the Great Amtryke Giveaway, educational sessions and so much more. All special events are on-site.

While you’re in Reno, don’t miss the Automobile Museum, Lake Tahoe, Aces Ballpark, the Bowling Stadium, Montreux Golf Course and the downtown Riverwalk.

Online Registration Now Closed

Other Registration Options
Weekend Registration Closed
Day Registration Closed

Conference Registration Costs

$209, Early Bird Member Full Registration closed Sept. 7
$289, On-Site Member Full Registration (October 3 – 6)
$25, Guest Registration (For guests accompanying a member registrant. All meals are ticketed and must be purchased separately.)

Please Note: You must Register for the National Conference and reserve a hotel room separately. To reserve a room you will need to contact the hotel directly – see contact info below. (Conference registration does not include the cost of your room nor does it save a room for you.)

2018 National Conference Schedule.

2018 Educational Sessions Schedule.

Golf Outing – Thursday, October 4 @ Lakeridge Golf Course – $105

  • Cost MUST be paid in advance via this credit card authorization form returned to the course (email and fax on form).
  • If you would like to also rent clubs, make note on the form and pay when you get there.
  • Fee includes transportation, golf, cart, range balls and unlimited drinks (non-alcoholic and alcoholic – but not top shelf)
  • Transportation leaves the Peppermill at 11:45 am
  • Lunch will be served at the golf course upon arrival
  • 1:00 pm shotgun start
  • Return transportation will be provided upon completion

Hotel Information

Peppermill Resort, Spa, Casino
2707 S Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89502

Online Reservations

Group code: AAMB918

Room block closes: September 7

Room Rates:
North or West Wing Room*: $89/night (one king or two doubles)
Peppermill Tower Room: $109/night (one king or two queens)
Tuscany Tower Room*: $129/night (one king or two kings)
* Availability will be limited.

The Peppermill tells us that some nights are sold out in the North wing. All other options still have some availability at the time of this posting. Note: To get from the West wing to the Tuscany Ballroom you will need to go outside via a covered walkway.

Amenities include: Free Wi-Fi Property Wide, 10 min from the Airport, Free Airport Shuttle, Free Valet and Parking, 23 Restaurants, Bars & Lounges, Luxurious beds and linen, ADA Accessible, 24-hour room service, In-room safe, Refrigerator, Connecting hotel rooms available, Keurig Coffee Machines with coffee, 42″ LCD high-def television, Pay-to-view movies, Alarm clock with USB ports and power, and High-speed internet access. (No Resort Fee)

The Fine Print: Room Rates do not include the county-wide 13% Hotel Room Tax (subject to change). The Peppermill’s resort fee of $25 per room, per night will be waived for attendees of this group. There will a $2 Tourism Surcharge added to each paid room per night.

“Experience the eco-conscious Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Reno’s Premier AAA Four Diamond resort, boasting 1,621 luxurious guest rooms including the all-suite Tuscany Tower. Embark on a pampered journey at the remarkable three-story, 33,000-square-foot Spa & Salon Toscana. Enjoy slots, table games and poker in the 82,000-square-foot casino. Resort amenities include a posh fitness center; two beautiful pools and three outdoor jetted spas, heated with on-site geothermal energy; designer boutique shopping, free WiFi Internet access for all guests; Reno’s hottest nightclub, EDGE; 15 bars and lounges, including the iconic Fireside Lounge; and 10 award-winning restaurants offering authentic Chinese, inspired Italian, steaks and chops, seafood, buffet, deli and café dining.” – Peppermill Resort

Travel Information

Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RTO) is less than 10 minutes from the resort.

The Peppermill Resort offers a free shuttle. It leaves from the airport at quarter after and quarter till each hour.

Donate Trykes

Line up of AmtrykesFor The Great Amtryke Giveaway (Veterans Ride and Amtryke Rodeo) in Reno!

Chapters, individuals or businesses! Anyone can donate a tryke for the Great Amtryke Giveaway (Veteran Ride and Amtryke Rodeo) on Saturday, October 6 during our 2018 AMBUCS National Conference!

It’s simple, fill out the Amtryke Rodeo and Veteran Donation Form and return to the Resource Center (submission methods detailed on bottom of form).

To make chapter budgeting easier, we have set a dollar amount for each level. You will still be covering the cost of a specific veteran or child’s bike but you will not be asked to pay more than the amount shown. Form due September 7.

Questions? Contact Jessica Wall, Director of Development and Programs, at (800) 838-1845 x113 or

Pre-Conference Event – Gambling 101

Tuesday, October 2, 7 PM – Until
Ticketed Event: $30

Calling all high rollers…and the rest of us who would just get rolled! Join all the other early birds and the National Board for this fun and instructional night; learn how to gamble in a consequence-free environment.

Desserts, a cash bar and fake money will keep the evening high fun and low stakes. If you’re already an expert, you can help teach!

The Great Reno Bike Build

mechanic building an AmtrykeWednesday, October 3, from 8 – 11 AM
Sign up to Volunteer!

We need your help! If you will be at the Peppermill a bit early would you help us build out trykes for our child and Veteran recipients?

No experience, no problem! Everyone welcome, from expert to never-held-a-wrench. This year’s build will be shorter but still a valuable learning opportunity! In fact, it will be the only opportunity at conference to build bikes.

Just click on Sign Up to Volunteer near the top. If for some reason your plans change after sign up, don’t worry, just let us know as soon as possible so we can find more helpers.

Reno Ramp Build

Wednesday, October 3, 8 AM – 2 PM
Sign up to Volunteer!

Join the Longview, Texas guys in building a home access ramp for a needy local family. (Yep, that means you have to choose between building trykes or a ramp but, either way, you’ll be helping someone and having a great time!)

A box lunch will be provided for those who RSVP!

Everyone is welcome from expert ramp builders to those who are just ramp-curious and want to see if wielding a hammer is right for you! Total beginners very welcome but this will be a hands-on experience. This could be especially helpful if you think you might want to add a ramp building program to your chapter’s charitable efforts.

Opening Night Sock Hop Reception & Dance

Wednesday, October 3, 7 – 10 PM

You’re gonna have a blast at this bash.

Are you a greaser, beatnik or a cube? Come chrome-plated (dressed up) or as you are.

Cool cats and hot mommas welcome. It’ll be a gas.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and keen sounds will keep the on-site EDGE Nightclub jiving.

Dance competition and costume contest also on tap.

Big Hat Auction & Dinner

Friday, October 5, 7 – 10 PMBig Hat Club Logo
Ticketed: $45

An evening with all your Big Hatter friends! Nothing to rush off to so you can concentrate on the important things:  fun, fundraising and fellowship. The event will also feature the election of the new National Big Hat officer.

Note: Big Hat Executive meeting for all Black Hatters, BH Officers, and Regional BH Chairs only will take place on Wednesday, October 3 from 4 – 5 pm.

Big Hat Business meeting, open to all Big Hatters, will take place on Thursday, October 4  from 7:30 – 8:30 am.

The Great Amtryke Giveaway

Saturday, October 6, 1:30 – 5 PM
Sign up to Volunteer!

In celebration of our mission to create mobility and independence for people with disabilities, AMBUCS combined the Veteran’s Ride and Amtryke Rodeo into one life-changing event!

Many local children and veterans will receive free Amtrykes – donated by chapters and members – at this one blockbuster event. You won’t want to miss patriotic veterans and superhero kiddos zooming around on Amtrykes – all on the same day, in the same venue!

Amtrykes have the power to change riders’ lives in many ways including increased strength, coordination, confidence, mobility and positive peer interaction.

Bring out your best red, white and blue or wear a superhero costume! Just think, there are lots of superheros who sport red, white and blue colors…

AMBUCS chapters from all over the nation are encouraged to donate bikes to provide mobility and independence for our recipients. Sign up to donate a tryke today!

13th Annual Trek 4 Trykes

Saturday, October 6, 8 – 9 AM (registration at 7:30 AM)

Ready to walk to get riders rolling?

The 13th Annual Trek 4 Trykes will be a fun walk around the lovely Virginia Lake Park a block and a half from the Peppermill on Saturday, October 6 during our 2018 AMBUCS National Conference! Help raise funds to provide Amtrykes for riders on the national wish list. It is simple! View the Trek 4 Trykes Handbook.

Be sure to visit the awesome Trek 4 Trykes fundraising page! You can set up your own fundraising page or to donate on someone else’s.

We will cover the cost of processing and credit card fees. All donations given through Crowdrise will be credited in the full amount. Be sure to tell your donors they do not need to pay the fees. If they do, we cannot reimburse them.

2018 Walker’s Handbook.

Questions? Contact us at (800) 838-1845 or

Shana Anderson – Keynote Speaker

Thursday, October 4, General Business Session

Shana is a marketing consultant, military wife, and mother to three energetic boys.  When her son Reeve was born with Down syndrome, she realized that the public perception of the condition is often negative, but family members who have a loved one with Down syndrome often describe the overall experience as positive.  Parenting Reeve inspired her to use her marketing background to try to “rebrand” Down syndrome.

She launched Reeve’s Tees and the Homies with Extra Chromies® brand of Down syndrome awareness clothing in 2014.  Reeve’s Tees uses a blend of humor and love to inspire new conversations about Down syndrome and other chromosomal conditions. All shirts come beautifully packaged by adults who have Down syndrome.  The packaging process has become part of their special trademark that showcases the employ-ability and competence of those with intellectual disabilities.

Shana frequently presents about her personal journey as a special needs mother, employer, and Down syndrome advocate to help reshape public perceptions about those born with special differences.


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National Conference Recap

The 95th Annual AMBUCS National Conference took place in Lake of the Ozarks, Osage Beach, MO; at the beautiful Tan-Tar-A Resort.

Our Pre-Conference Event was a ride on a boat around the lake and a dinner in the hotel’s parasol ballroom. The ceiling of the ballroom looked like the inside structure of an umbrella and the windows overlooked the lake.

Wednesday was a busy day. Starting at 9 am was the Great Ozarks Bike Build where volunteers put together 49 Amtrykes, a crew of 5+ volunteers broke down boxes and picked up trash and another team assembled license plates. At the same time, other volunteers were off building a home access wheelchair ramp for a needy person in MO. Then, starting at Noon, was the golf outing at the Tan-Tar-A Oaks Course. The day finished with a Celebration Roast for Joe and Dannell Copeland who retired from service this year. What a fun evening that was!

Thursday started with the first business session, where the new executive director, Jay Laurens, did the traditional roll call to much hilarity.

Our keynote speaker, comedian David Harrell, was born without a right hand. He told us many stories about dealing with life differently. His father desperately wanted a son who could play baseball; he quickly changed his disappointment to a determination that his son could just be a lefty. Dave even showed us how he learned to pitch and catch by switching the glove from his left hand to his right arm so that he could throw. He also gave us a new perspective on how the best meaning people, like doctors and nurses, sometimes treat children with disabilities, and it wasn’t all kindness. Despite dealing with kids scared of his hook, and swimming with a prosthetic, Dave thrived with good support from his parents and has a great career as an actor, comedian and motivational speaker.

After lunch on our own Thursday, we heard from Patrick Ibarra, who gave us some good ideas for reaching younger people in today’s technology-driven world. Younger members are essential to an organization’s survival but it’s hard to get and keep their attention with traditional methods. We must change from a “know it all” mindset to a “learn it all” mindset. We need to be open to new ideas and make newer, younger members feel a part of our chapters, feel like they have a say in what’s going on. When we do what we’ve always done, we get what we’ve always got, no growth, nothing new. Change is not easy but it’s essential. It’s not an event it’s a process and all processes need a beginning, so instead of saying, “Volunteers needed” how about, “Adventurers wanted! Help us change lives!”? Visit here to see Patrick’s PowerPoint.

Friday began with the Regional Caucuses where each chapter received their awards, we heard from candidates for national office and region business was conducted.

At the Foundation Program, we named the National Therapist of the Year: Shannon Wyle! She is an Occupational Therapist and a member of the St. Louis-based Gateway Tykes on Trykes Chapter. We couldn’t do what we do without great therapists like Shannon! We also heard that the national organization gave out $196,400 in scholarship money to 265 students this year. With this year’s gifts, we have given out $8,791,390 to over 15,000 students since 1955!

Educational Session topics included running a chapter scholarship program, raising community awareness of your chapter, a new fundraising option, navigating the AMBUCS website, a panel about some of the awesome missions our chapters have taken on and a new technology option coming to chapters. After the break outs, we all came back together to hear from Linda Garbe about the importance of storytelling. She instructed us on what stories to tell and how to most effectively tell them to get our desired results – awareness, new members and donations.

The Big Hat Luncheon & Auction once again featured the talents of professional auctioneer and Pekin chapter member David Craig. The event raised a total of $9,747. The Big Hat Lip Sync Video Contest was won by Mountain Metro and in total raised $12,442. The Grand Total between the two: $22,189!

Saturday, the final day of the conference, featured The Great Amtryke Giveaway, (they save the best for last), the final dinner and the installation of the new National Officers.

But the morning started out with Trek 4 Trykes. Here’s a note from Jan Ferris, this year’s committee chairperson. What she didn’t mention is that she hand made those gorgeous trophies!

It was a beautiful morning for the Trek 4 Trykes at this year’s National Conference at Tan-Tar-A. The course was a bit more challenging than in year’s past but it was as fun as ever.

The 1st Place Fundraiser was Heike Anderson, raising $698, and in 2nd Place was Donna Patocka with $535. Over forty people walked, ran or fundraised.

I would like to thank the Trek 4 Tryke Sponsors for their generosity and all the Trek participants for their fundraising efforts. This year’s total was $10,235 – the proceeds of which will all go to take riders off the National Wish List!

I would also like to thank my Trek Committee:  Donna Carlton-Vish and Kisha Horne.

What a great 2017 Conference!!! Please take the time to thank the National office employees for all their hard work and dedication. See you next year in Reno.

Jan Ferris,
2017 Trek 4 Trykes Chair
Decatur Lincolnland Chapter

At the second business session we heard the Annual Report, several awards were given and eighteen new life memberships were sold.

There were 52 trykes given away Saturday’s The Great Amtryke Giveaway: sixteen went to veterans and the rest to children of various ages. The veterans moved so fast around the indoor track that it was hard to get their pictures but this man (top right) was captured riding our latest model, the Tadpole. The bottom left picture was one of the cutest little girls who came in with a huge pink flower in her hair and she wouldn’t take it off even to put her helmet on. She couldn’t have been happier!

The President’s Dinner began with the President-Elect’s Reception followed by the parade of national officers. It’s a dressy affair so AMBUCS decked themselves out. The three highest AMBUCS awards were given out. Past officers were thanked and new officers were sworn in.

Kevin Sheehan (left) and Eric Oschwald

Eric Oschwald became the Immediate Past National President and Kevin Sheehan of the Savannah, GA, chapter became National President. Randy Cloud of the Oklahoma City Chapter became National President-Elect.

In his acceptance speech, National President Kevin Sheehan unveiled the tagline for his year “It Begins with You” and then sent out the national officers and staff with a pen for everyone while Tina Turner told us “You are the Best, Around!”

What a great conference!

Greenebucs #1 Chapter

-Adapted and expanded, with permission, from Sally Denhart’s
Greater Champaign County Chapter Newsletter.