AMBUCS National Conference

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August 11th!

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Registration/Room Reservation Deadline:
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

  • CHECK HERE FOR UPDATES: Check this page regularly, as new information will be added right up to the beginning of our event!
  • COVID GUIDELINES: In the interest of your own safety and that of others…
    • Please bring a mask. We will also have disposable masks available. As of this writing, masks are not currently required by the Galt House Hotel or in surrounding restaurants, etc. Masks must be worn, however, by any person riding on planes, trains, buses or other forms of public transportation. Though this restriction may be lifted before our event, it currently includes the Belle of Louisville Riverboat Cruise. Masks must be worn when boarding and may be removed when eating or drinking. Keep in mind, if you leave the hotel, certain businesses and venues may require masks, so it’s best to have one with you at all times.
    • Be respectful of conference attendees who, for health or personal reasons, prefer to wear a mask at all times and/or socially distance.  
    • If you have not yet received an FDA approved COVID vaccine, please consider doing so before traveling to Louisville,. We plan to provide a special identification sticker or ribbon for those who have been vaccinated.
  • AMTRYKE GIVEAWAY: Unfortunately, we will not be having a large Amtryke Giveaway at this year’s conference, due to health and safety concerns, budgetary and time constraints, and limited inventory. We do hope to present a handful of Amtrykes to select recipients  in the Louisville area. We will work with the families of those recipients to determine the safest and most effective way to present each tryke.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Many of you will be driving to Louisville, and others will be flying in. Certainly, Uber and Lyft are available in the area, but if you have a larger group that needs transportation to and from the airport or elsewhere, you may want to contact: Miller Transportation (, 800-544-2383 or 502-368-5644), Xtreme Transportation (, 502-795-3525), or Pegasus Transportation (, 502-212-5500).
  • PARKING: Self-parking is available for all National Conference attendees in covered garage attached to the hotel, at a discounted rate of $15 per day. Please note that valet parking is not discounted and will cost $32 per day.
  • MOBILITY NEEDS/SCOOTERS: The vast majority of our events and meetings will be held in the West Tower of the Galt House. If you have mobility concerns, you may want to book a guest room in the West Tower near the elevator. We will provide limited shuttle service to the Belle of Louisville Riverboat Cruise for those who are unable to make the short walk. If you are in need of a personal scooter to use during National Conference, please contact Gould’s Discount Medical in Louisville (, 502-491-2000).


Show up a few days early and stay late, to enjoy all that Louisville has to offer! Discounted room rates of $139 (Deluxe Guest Room) and $159 (Executive Suite) run from Sunday, August 22 – Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Grab a group of AMBUCS friends and check out these attractions during your free time!

  • Louisville Slugger Museum (Ph: 877-775-8443) Behind the scenes tour of America’s most famous bat factory with amazing artifacts, interactive exhibits, and a souvenir bat! Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday – 9 am to 5 pm, Closed Wednesday, Sunday – 10 am – 4 pm. Adults $16, Seniors $15, Children $9, Under 5 Free.
  • Muhammad Ali Center (Ph: 502-584-9254) Visit this award-winning, multi-cultural center dedicated to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. Filled with interactive exhibits, artifacts, and multi-media presentations. Sunday, Wednesday & Saturday 12 pm – 5 pm, Closed Monday & Tuesday. Adults $14, Seniors $13, Children $9.
  • Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour (Ph: 502-753-1699) Book in advance for your own small group tour of Kentucky’s famous bourbon distilleries, where 95% of the world’s bourbon is made! Visit a few of the distilleries or all 38…but please taste responsibly. Transportation for the tour also includes pick-up and drop off at the hotel. Prices vary depending on your customized tour.
  • Kentucky Derby Museum (Ph: 502-637-1111) A quick car or bus ride takes you to two floors of interactive exhibits, including “The Greatest Race” (A 360°, 18-minute experience that will make your heart race and emotions soar!) and a walking tour of historic Churchill Downs. Unfortunately, there are no races scheduled at Churchill Downs in August, but the museum is open Monday – Saturday 8 am – 5 pm, Sunday 11 am – 5 pm. Adults $16, Seniors $14, Children $10, Under 5 Free.
  • Louisville Mega Cavern (Ph: 877-614-6342) Travel 10 stories underground and explore 17 miles of passageways at Trip Advisor’s #1 attraction in Louisville, which features the world’s only fully underground zip line adventure tour! If swinging from cables is not your thing…walking, biking and tram tours are also available. Prices and times vary, so book in advance.
  • Frazier History Museum (Ph: 502-753-5663) Features a wide array of historically significant American, Native American, Asian and European artifacts, including Teddy Roosevelt’s “Big Stick,” Custer’s pistols, Geronimo’s bow and arrows, a first edition of copy of Uncle Tom’s cabin and an arrest warrant for Mary Todd Lincoln. Monday 10 am – 5 pm, Closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm. Adults $14, Seniors $12, Children $10, Under 4 Free. (Note: The museum is also the official Welcome Center and starting point for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.)
  • Louisville Zoo (Ph: 502-547-1764) Every day is a wild adventure at the 134-acre Louisville Zoo. See more than 1,700 animals in naturalistic settings. Enjoy the special, limited-time exhibit, Butterflies and Blooms. Open every day of the week from 10 am – 6:00 pm. Ticket prices range from $9 to $24.95, depending on the visitor’s age, weather conditions, park capacity and demand.
  • The Main Ticket (Ph: 888-568-4784) Visit six attractions in downtown Louisville for one great price! This discount ticket bundles admission to six downtown Louisville attractions: the Frazier History Museum, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Kentucky Science Center, KentuckyShow!, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and the Muhammad Ali Center.  Adults $45.99, Children $29.99, Under 5 Free. The Main Ticket can used once at each attraction within a year of the original purchase date.


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

  • 8:00 am – 8:30 am          Breakfast for National AMBUCS Board of Directors
  • 8:30 am – 12:00 pm       National AMBUCS Board of Directors Meeting
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm       Lunch on your own for National AMBUCS Board of Directors and Amtryke Advisory Board
  • 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm         Amtryke Advisory Board Meeting
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm         First Timers Meeting (If it’s your first time to experience our National Conference in person, come join us!)
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm         National Big Hat Club Executive Committee Meeting (Black Hatters, National Big Hat Officers and Region Big Hat Chairs Only)
  • 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm          Opening Event! Buffet Dinner at Galt House Hotel


  • 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm          BOARDING CALL: Begin boarding the Belle of Louisville Riverboat for the riverboat cruise.
  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm          Riverboat Cruise on the Belle of Louisville – To board the Belle of Louisville is to do more than to see Louisville and the Ohio River from a unique perspective — it’s also quite literally stepping into a piece of American history. Belle of Louisville Riverboat presents history through a variety of engaging cruise and dockside events—entertaining and educating over 12 million passengers since 1963. A National Historic Landmark and an icon of the Louisville Waterfront, the Belle is the only remaining authentic steamboat from the great American packet boat era on America’s waterways. At 105 years old and counting, the Belle remains purely steam-powered and paddlewheel-propelled. The vessel features a full-service cash bar, concession stand, outdoor observation decks, indoor, climate-controlled decks and wheelchair accessibility to portions of the vessel.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

  • 7:30 am – 8:30 am         National Big Hat Club Business Meeting
  • 9:00 am – 11:30 am      General Business Session
  • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm      Lunch on Your Own
  • 1:00 pm – Until               Louisville Ramp Build   OR  Golf Outing (Fuzzy Zoeller’s Champions’ Point Golf Club – Includes: 18 holes with cart, range balls and box lunch. Cash bar and beverage cart available. Transportation is not included, but we should have enough attendees who drive to Louisville to work out carpooling.)  OR  Free Afternoon/Evening
  • 7:00 pm – Until              Past National Presidents’ Dinner with Cash Bar (PNP’s and Spouses/Guests Only.)

Friday, August 27, 2021

  • 8:30 – 9:45 am                  Regional Caucuses
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm     Foundation Program (Open to all attendees.)
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm       Special William L. White and Amtryke Ambassadors Luncheon. (For individuals or chapters who have supported the permanent fund. Chapters should be represented by Chapter President or designee only.) 
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm       Lunch for General Attendees
  • 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm         Educational Sessions
  • 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm         Educational Sessions
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm          Awards Program (Merit Awards)
  • 7:00 pm – Until                National Big Hat Club Dinner & Auction featuring the Ladies For Liberty, a singing troupe dedicated to preforming the Andrews Sisters style of music through their own rendition of vocals, costumes, hairstyles and the spirit of patriotism reminiscent of the 1940s. (Dinner is open to all attendees, but is not included in the cost of registration. You may purchase a Big Hat dinner ticket in the Conference Add-on Events section during registration.) OR Dinner on Your Own

Saturday, August 28, 2021

  • 7:30 am – 9:00 am        16th Annual Trek for Trykes Walk-A-Thon
  • 9:30 am – 11:30 am      General Business Session
  • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm      Lunch on your own
  • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm        Educational Sessions
  • 2:45 pm – 4:15 pm        Educational Sessions
  • 6:00 pm – 6:50 pm        National President-Elect’s Reception (Cash Bar)
  • 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm     National President’s Dinner with Cash Bar (Achievement Awards and Officer Installation)

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Time to go home! See you next year!

2021 National Conference – Education Sessions (Tentative)

  1. “Dollars for Scholars!” –Ensure that your chapter’s scholarship efforts – both local and national – are effective and efficient.
  2. “From Phobia to Friend” – One silver lining of the COVID experience has been that more chapters are making friends with technology. Learn how you can use Zoom, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, PayPal, Venmo and more!
  3. “Not the Only Game in Town” – AMBUCS is so much more than just the Amtryke program. Explore ideas for rounding out the mission with accessibility ramps, universal playgrounds, scholarships, challenger/miracle leagues and more.
  4. “What’s the Score? Tracking Chapter Activities with iMIS” – Come learn and share ideas for our soon-to-be introduced, new and improved Chapter Scorecard and membership database..
  5. “Tinkering with Trykes” – Learn the “tricks of the trade” for assembling, repairing and recycling Amtrykes. Review necessary tryke adjustments and adaptations and learn how to coordinate a successful Amtryke recycling program.
  6. “Special Thanks to Our Sponsors” – Our panel members will share how they’ve to secured sponsorships from local businesses and regional/national corporations to help fuel the AMBUCS mission.
  7. “Protecting the Piggy Bank” – As members of a nonprofit charitable organization, we have a fiduciary responsibility to manage funds wisely and spend them for the intended purpose. We’ll explore best practices and safeguards chapters can implement to ensure this happens.
  8. “Show Me the Money!” – Where and how do we find the funds to support the AMBUCS mission? Grant writing, fundraising and more!
  9. “Happy 100th!” – We’re planning and big party next year, and we need your help! Come share ideas for celebrating our organization’s 100th AMBUCS history buffs are strongly encouraged to attend.
  10. “Grow as We Go” – Learn how to start new chapters and expand the “footprint of AMBUCS,” from Road Show Captains, Spark Plugs and more!
  11. “Moving Up the Ladder” – Have you considered serving in an AMBUCS leadership position at the chapter, district, region, or national level? Maybe you’ve served in one or more positions, but you feel called to do more? If either of these things are true, this is your session.
  12. “We’re Here for You, Shoulders Together.” – Come join our National Officers to brainstorm productive solutions for these challenging times to help us better serve you in accomplishing our mission of inspiring mobility and independence.

2021 National Conference – Meals & Menus

(Note: Vegetarian, diabetic/sugar-free and gluten-free options available for each meal. Please indicate dietary restrictions when registering for conference. Thank you!)

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
5:15 PM – 6:15 PM
Opening Night Dinner – BBQ Buffet

  • Shaved Beef Brisket w/ BBQ Sauce and Carolina Slaw
  • Char Grilled Marinated Chicken Quarters
  • Chopped Vegetable Salad (Grilled Corn, Carrots, Celery, Marinated Red Onions, Green Beans, Grilled Raddicchio, Tomatoes and Cherry Vinaigrette)
  • Molasses Baked Beans
  • Macaroni and Cheese with Roasted Poblanos and Pepper Jack
  • Green Bean Casserole with Corn Bread and Chives
  • Warm Yeast Rolls with Butter
  • Chef’s Selection of Assorted Desserts
  • Fresh Brewed Iced Tea and Coffee (Regular and Decaf), Water

Friday, August 27, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch for William L. White, Amtryke Ambassadors, and Cornerstone Founding Gift and Advocates
Custom Lunch Buffet

  • Field Greens Salad
  • Buttermilk Pecan Chicken
  • Five Peppercorn Rubbed Hanger Steak
  • Chef’s Selection of Side Accompaniments
  • Fresh Baked Artisan Rolls with Butter
  •  Chef’s Selection of Desserts
  • Iced Tea, Coffee, Water

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch for General Attendees
Executive Deli Buffet

  • Tuna Salad and Egg Salad
  • Smoked Turkey, Shaved Honey Ham, Roast Beef
  • American, Swiss and Cheddar Cheeses
  • Leaf Lettuce, Sliced Tomatoes, Red Onions
  • Pickle Spears and Assorted Condiments
  • Wedge Salad, Pasta Salad, Potato Salad, Seasonal Fruit Salad
  • Assorted Deli Breads and Rolls
  • Chef’s Selection of Desserts
  • Iced Tea, Coffee, Water

7:00 PM – Until
Big Hat Dinner and Auction
Italian Buffet

  • Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast with Trebbiano Wine and Cipollini Onions
  • Lasagna Al Forno, Bolognese, Bechamel, Ricotta and Tomato
  • Caprese Salad (Local Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Torn Basil, Aged Balsamic, Virgin Olive Oil, Sea Salt)
  • Eggplant Caponata with Fried Capers and Preserved Lemon
  • Roasted Garlic Whipped Potatoes, Herb Butter and Asiago
  • Caramelized Brussels Sprouts, Aged Balsamic and Pomegranate
  • Garlic Bread Sticks
  • Chef’s Selection of Assorted Desserts
  • Iced Tea, Coffee, Water
  • Cash Bar

Saturday, August 28, 2021
6:00 PM – 6:50 PM
National President-Elect’s Reception

  • Cash Bar

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
National President’s Dinner

  • Composed Wedge Salad
    (Iceberg Lettuce, Radish, Grape Tomatoes, Bacon, Bleu Cheese Goddess Dressing)


  • Braised Short Ribs, Whipped Sweet Potatoes, Velvet Chili Sauce, Root Vegetables and Scallions
  • Grilled Salmon, Creamy Corn Polenta, Grilled Barbeque Onions, Asparagus, Cherry Tomatoes, Chive Oil


  • Fresh Baked Artisan Rolls with Butter
  • Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake
  • Iced Tea, Coffee, Water
  • Cash Bar

Click here to book your hotel room today!

Registration/Room Reservation Deadline:
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Or call (888) 838-8306 and use code “082320AMBUCS” to reserve your room via phone.

The Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky is now accepting room reservations for the 2021 AMBUCS National Conference. Conference will run Wednesday, August 25 – Saturday, August 28.

The discounted room rates are being honored three days before and after conference from Monday, August 23 – Monday, August 30. Come early and stay late to check out all Louisville has to offer!

We hope to have conference registration up by June 1 – more info to come.

*Our host venue will adhere to all local and state COVID related restrictions and guidelines. Due to budget constraints and concern for safety, our schedule of activities may be modified.

Conference Archives:

2020 AMBUCS National Conference Recap – Virtual

2019 AMBUCS National Conference Recap – Pittsburgh, PA

2018 AMBUCS National Conference Recap – Reno, NV

2017 AMBUCS National Conference Recap – Lake of the Ozarks, MO