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On December 11, 2017, Urban Explorers of Atlanta celebrated its third anniversary. Starting a new business is always exciting but this one has been extra special for me. In addition to serving as my encore career, Urban Explorers of Atlanta has allowed me to fulfill three of my lifelong passions -- EXPLORING, LEARNING and TEACHING. It has also allowed me to meet some extraordinary people. I am humbled by the caliber of individuals who find their way to our club. When I formulated my vision for UXATL in December 2014, I hoped we could use this club to make a difference in the community. To have a greater impact than I could have on my own. From Day One, the club's mission has been to Have fun and make a difference. If you look through these photos from our 300+ events, you can see that we have definitely fulfilled the first part of our mission. We have done a decent job with the second part but I know we can do better. And we will.
Our new event program seeks to achieve three main goals:
Several months ago, I was inspired by Krista Tippett to form the Atlanta Civil Conversations Project. To help us get that off the ground, I have arranged to have her speak to our members via video conference on Jan 11. In 2018, you can expect to hear and be part of better conversations at all of our events. Our new Facebook group is open to members and non-members.
Since the club was formed in December 2014, I have personally led hundreds of tours throughout Atlanta. Most of these were walking tours, which is really the best way see and learn about a city. In 2018, I plan to take what I have learned to deliver a dynamic tour program that is FUN and EDUCATIONAL. Specific tours will begin to appear on our Tour Calendar by 12/31/17. Our primary tours will include:
REMINDER: The last day to join as an Epicurean or Magellan Club member is 12/31/17. If you would like to become a member and attend our culinary events PLEASE JOIN as soon as possible.
The Magellan Club membership was created for those who seek exclusive experiences. Ferdinand's surname was chosen because we envisioned this to be the TRAVEL group within Urban Explorers of Atlanta. Our first expedition will take place in April 2018 when we set sail, literally and figuratively, for the Crescent City to experience the Tall Ships & Tricentennial celebrations. Later in the year, we have a Hudson River Art Trail expedition and Asheville Autumn Escape on the calendar.
As you may have read, the last day to join as a NEW Magellan Club member is 12/31/17. After that, the only way to access the Magellan Club will be to upgrade from another membership level. Once we reach 100 Magellan Club members we will be closing this membership level all together. So, if you would like to be part of this unique group please join as soon as possible. If you have questions about this or anything else, you can book a phone appointment.