AGC Members Go to Central Oregon for 2014 Management Conference

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Located in the year-round recreational wonderland of Central Oregon, Sunriver Resort is the setting for AGC’s 2014 Management Conference. Whether you crave relaxation or excitement, world-renowned golf courses, luxurious spas, fine cuisine, or a vast array of outdoor activities encouraged by the Northwest’s climate, Sunriver Resort has enough to satisfy a broad range of tastes and expectations. Coupled with an informative panel of legislators and state and federal regulatory experts, the conference will prove to be a worthwhile escape from the Texas summer.

Interestingly, Sunriver’s origins are a far cry from the well-appointed environs we will enjoy this year. In March of 1943, the property was first realized as a WWII Army base named Camp Abbot.

Nestled at the foot of the Cascade Mountains, the property was developed as a U.S. Engineer Replacement Training Center. It was selected for both its isolation and its unique similarity to the European theater where American troops confronted Nazi and Fascist forces. Where the 10th tee of the Sunriver northern golf course is now located, soldiers once learned how to dodge bullets in an obstacle course. Where families now reside in cozy mountain lodges, men once lived in foxholes dug out of snow. And what is now a modern recreation haven with swimming pool, tennis courts, and bicycle paths, was then a military installation fully equipped with anti-tank demolition facilities, bayonet courts, as well as rifle and grenade ranges.

While the excitement of the resort is admittedly less death-defying than in years past, the property still hosts plenty of fun and excitement. The resort boasts 63 holes of championship golf and a nine-hole putting course, 28 tennis courts, a marina with kayak and canoe rentals, horse stables, bike rentals and 35 miles of paved bike paths, a private airport for noncommercial flights, three swimming pools, a waterslide and children’s pool, five restaurants and lounges, a full-service spa and fitness center, an observatory and nature center, childcare services and youth programs, and a complimentary intra-resort shuttle to take you around the 3,800-acre grounds.

AGC of Texas staff has put together a well-balanced conference peppered with group activities and individual exploration time, an ambitious conference lineup, along with several dinners, receptions, and entertainment.

The golf tournament is scheduled for Tuesday, June 24th with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. at the Meadows Golf Course at Sunriver Resort. If pampered relaxation is more your speed, the Sage Springs Club and Spa is offering a 25-percent discount to AGC attendees. If your children crave some activities designed for them, the resort offers Fort Funnigan, designed for children ages 3-10 for full day, half day, and evening programs.

In addition to the golf tournament, AGC has scheduled additional group activities. Monday afternoon is the “Big Eddy” whitewater rafting trip on the Deshutes River, which will include three miles of river and a class-four rapid. Tuesday includes a half-day fly fishing adventure, and a two-hour trail ride.

Conference speakers are selected closer to the event date in order to get the most relevant topics included. At this time, Representatives Darby, Harless, Otto, Miller, Kuempel and Larson have all confirmed their attendance, along with Senators Whitmire and Hegar. The following is a preliminary schedule of events for attendees:

2014 Management Conference Sunriver Resort, Oregon

Preliminary Schedule

Sunday, June 22, 2014
1 pm - 5 pm: Conference registration
6:30 pm - 9 pm: Welcome Night Reception and fly-fishing demonstration by Cascade Guides
9 pm - midnight: Hospitality Suite

Monday, June 23, 2014
7-10 am: Continental breakfast
8:30 am - noon: Business meeting
9:45 am: Spouse orientation
Review area infrastructure
12:30 pm - 4pm: Whitewater rafting (optional event)
Dinner on your own
9 pm - midnight: Hospitality Suite

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
8 am: Shotgun start at the Meadows Golf Course
8 am - 2 pm: Fly-fishing (optional event)
10:30 am: Trail Ride (optional event)
2 pm: Trail ride (optional event)
Review area infrastructure
6:30 pm: Reception, dinner, and entertainment
9 pm – midnight: Hospitality Suite

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
7 am – 10 am: Continental breakfast
8:30 am –noon: Business meeting
Review area infrastructure
6 pm: Reception and dinner
9 pm – midnight: Hospitality Suite

We believe this is a very well chosen venue for our members and their families, and we hope you will join us for an unforgettable experience. If you wish to schedule private events, below is a list of nearby attractions and contact information for various adventures. If you have any questions, contact Debbie Koehler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 512.478.4691. We hope to see you in Oregon!

Nearby Attractions include:

• Lava Lands Visitor Center (5 minutes from Resort)
• Newberry National Volcanic Monument (5 minutes from Resort)
• High Desert Museum (10 minutes from Resort)
• Downtown Bend (15 minutes from Resort)
• Mt. Bachelor Ski & Summer Resort (20 minutes from Resort)
• Cascade Lakes Highway (20 minutes from Resort)
• Paulina Peak (30 minutes from Resort)
• Smith Rock State Park (40 minutes from Resort)
• Sisters, Oregon (40 minutes from Resort)
• Museum at Warm Springs (1 hr. 30 min. from Resort)
• Crater Lake National Park (2 hr. 30 minutes from Resort)

Group Events for Spring/Summer/Fall:

Aerial Tours & Glider Rides
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Flights depart from Sunriver Resort's own runway. Flights can be scheduled all summer long and into the fall. Tours include visits to the dramatic beauty of Newberry Caldera, the Three Sisters peaks and Mt Bachelor. Enjoy the dazzling panoramic view from a glider and experience the magic of flight on silent wings. Visit for details.

ATV & Hummer Tours
Get out there and into the backcountry! Magnificent scenic trails are waiting to exhilarate both novice and advanced riders alike on our ATV tours. Sit back and relax and let us do the driving while you explore the Lava Cast Forest on our Hummer Tours. Friends, families and groups will create memories that will last a lifetime. Pick-up and drop-off at Sunriver Resort available. Offered daily.

Canoe, Cave, and Volcano Tours
Canoe secluded high Cascades Lakes, experience remote caves in helmets and headlamps, explore the crater of an ancient volcano or discover hidden clues in the wilderness on a GPS Eco-Challenge. Local naturalist guides bring the area alive for you! No experience necessary: all ages and ability levels welcome. All equipment, plus pick-up service included: half-day trips leave daily at 9 am and 1:30 pm. Reservations required.

Downhill Waterfall Mountain Bike Tours
This downhill/waterfall mountain bike tour is a safe and fun family excursion for all active ages. You will descend over six miles down a smooth, gentle, winding forest trail, on your mountain bike, to the creek below. Visiting six pristine waterfalls and playing on the two natural water slides will be the highlight of your vacation. Reservations required. Bike and helmet included. Call for more information.

Fly Fishing and Spin Fishing
Cascade Guides & Outfitters provides Sunriver's only professional Orvis-endorsed fishing guide service. Lakes or rivers, classes, and a complete fly shop—it's all here and available daily in Sunriver. We supply everything you need for a guided full or half-day adventure and have equipment available for rental. Daily beginner classes for families and adults are available.

Join us for an exciting game of Capture the Flag. Come alone or with friends and family. Private games may be arranged any day of the week with a maximum of 20 players. Reservations required. Available year-round. Call for current seasonal information.

Mountain Bike Tours
Offering guided bicycle tours for ages 13 and up. All experience levels welcome. Call to arrange your memorable tour today!

Rock Climbing
Ready for a little higher education? Join us for guided rock climbing trips to Smith Rock State Park, one of the world's foremost climbing destinations. Families are our specialty.

Whitewater Rafting
Ride the rapids on professionally guided whitewater rafting tours from Sun Country Tours. Enjoy convenient daily departures from both Sunriver's Village Mall and Bend. Trips range from three hours to all-day. Children 6 years and older welcome on all trips. Reservations required.

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