His group talked about world problems as part of spending nine days living in a dormitory at England’s famed Oxford University. It was in the summer, so there were few students around, Elfenbein said.
“We studied in their study halls, heard lectures in their study halls, ate in their cafeterias,” he said. “It’s the consummate college town with wonderful old buildings throughout. This was a great trip.”
Pasadena Rose Bowl Parade in California
“The day before the parade, on Jan. 1, we ended up volunteering to put flowers on the floats — you learn how these things are done,” Elfenbein said.
Bicycle trip on Missouri’s Katy Trail
“We would stop in these little towns along the Missouri River, and they’d lecture us for 45 minutes while we stopped and had lunch,” Elfenbein said. “What happened in that area, why is there a little town there, what it’s like growing grapes for making wine in the middle of Missouri.”
Berlin and Potsdam in Germany
At the Reichstag, Elfenbein chatted for about 45 minutes with an assistant to the head of Germany’s agriculture industry, he said.
“I learned a heck of a lot about what they do or want to do,” he said. “They (Road Scholar) get experts in particular subjects and that’s what they want to hone in on.”
Bill Elfenbein, a newly appointed Road Scholar ambassador, encourages adult groups to learn more about the organization and its programs. You can invite him to make a free presentation about Road Scholar by calling him at 303-246-8139 or emailing him at email@example.com.
A movie festival in Santa Barbara, California. A bike trip in Florida’s Everglades.
Bill Elfenbein would love to tell you about his travels with Road Scholar. And recruit people, age 50 and up, to join the organization and see the world.
Formerly called Elderhostel, the Road Scholar program is a not-for-profit organization that conducts educational learning adventures for people 50 and up.
“It’s for active people that want to be educated,” said Elfenbein, 83, a Denver resident who has traveled with the organization for years.
The program offers more than 5,500 programs in 48 states and 150 countries each year. Road Scholar lines up instructors and specialists for its destinations to teach travelers about life in those areas.
Road Scholar recently named him an ambassador: “someone like myself that has taken trips with them, likes to go out in the community and let (others) know it’s available,” he said.
You may recognize Elfenbein’s name from his work in mass transit.
He was on the Regional Transportation District board from 1991 to 2009, including two stints as board chair. Now back serving on the board, he also remains active with Transportation Solutions, a transportation management association.
In his work life, Elfenbein was part of United Distributing Co., a wholesale distributing business for convenience store products, until 1994.
As a Road Scholar ambassador, Elfenbein is available to give a 20-to-30-minute presentation about Road Scholar’s trips, in the hope of getting more people to travel with the organization once they’re ready to travel.
But as much as Elfenbein hopes he’ll inspire people to travel, he sounds a caution: “With the coronavirus now, no one should be traveling. When it’s over, then look at traveling.”
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