Buck scholars association

3rd annual retreat 2018


Please join your fellow Buck Scholars build and strengthen the BSA.  If you're free on June 9th and 10th, and in the Northern CA region, please consider making time in your schedules for fun, friends, and future (thinking)! 

I'm really excited for this one, and can't wait to see you all!  Please email me (or call!) if you have any questions.   

Coordinator:  Kelsey Elliott (c/o 2004), kelseyelle@gmail.com. 510-388-7184.

THE itinerary

June 8th-10th, 2019

San Francisco, CA

  • Friday night (optional): guests arrive, hotel check-in at Villa Florence
  • Saturday 10:30-1: arrival and sign in
  • Saturday 10:30-1:30p: Food Tour of the Mission, led by Kelsey Elliott. We will visit 4-6 different locations, so come hungry!**
  • Saturday 3-5p: workshops and presentations in conference rooms at Villa Florence
  • Saturday 5:30p: walk to dinner at One Market Restaurant, off of the Embarcadero BART station
  • Saturday 5:30-7p: cocktail and brief welcome
  • Saturday 7-11p: dinner, dancing, and photobooth
  • Saturday 11p: Return to Villa Florence
  • Sunday 8-9:30a: breakfast
  • Sunday 10-11:30: workshops and breakout sessions with BSA at Villa Florence
  • Sunday noon-5pm: Lunch and live Horse Racing at Golden Gate Fields!***

**Please meet at 10:20 am at the corner of 18th and Dolores, under the sign that says "Mission Dolores Park" next to the grass (at the end of the tennis courts). We will begin promptly at 10:30, so don't be late! If you are late to the food tour and you have reserved a place, please call me to see where we are. If you have not reserved a place, I recommend meeting us for sessions at the Villa Florence for sessions at 3.

***It will be the last day of live horse racing for the season, and dollar day. Meaning, hot dogs, drinks, and beer will all be $1! If you are new to horse racing, I will give a brief explanation of how betting works at the end of the Sunday sessions. Admission, parking, a racing program, and lunch will all be included. I really encourage everyone to go, it's really fun!


Villa Florence, San Francisco

225 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

While the retreat events are compliments of the BSA, there are hotel accommodations available for guests to book at a discounted rate. The hotel is 2 blocks from Powell BART, and 1 block from Union Square. The discounted rate is quite low, and fees have been waived, so if you you intend on staying in SF, I strongly recommend considering taking advantage of this rate!

***Rooms must be booked by May 9th***

Making Reservations:

  1. Click this link and input your arrival and departure dates. The group code should already be populated. The next page will display the group name, available room type, and rates.

Rate:  $165 per night for a king or double queen room for both Friday and Saturday nights, or just 1 night. The nightly facility fee has been waived, and wifi is free! Parking is not included (see below for parking instructions). To book using this rate, PLEASE CLICK HERE. 

If there are no rooms available (because the buck scholars have booked them) PLEASE CALL MAXINE REYES at the hotel to let her know, and we will increase our room block! Her number is (415-617-1026) and her email is MAXINE.REYES@VILLAFLORENCE.COM

Sharing rooms:  Please let us know below if you would like to room with another scholar (and specify if you know who!), and we will pair up and email you all so you can coordinate bookings.  

Financial need: If you are in need of any financial assistance, please let us know below in the RSVP form  If you would be unable to attend without any financial aid, the BSA has rooms available (for both Friday and Saturday nights).

Parking: The Villa Florence offers parking (with ins and outs) at $59.99/day. The cheapest parking in the area is at the Ellis/O'farrell garage (only 1 block away) for $36/day. THERE ARE NO INS AND OUTS AT THE ELLIS GARAGE. For more information, you can call the garage at (415) 986-4800.

What to bring

Warm clothes:  San Francisco weather can get chilly, especially at night. Please make sure you bring a sweater or 2!

Comfortable shoes: We will be doing a lot of walking: the food tour will be a few hours of walking and we will be taking public transportation. Please make sure your shoes are comfortable!

A hat for the races:  It will be the last race day of the season at Golden Gate Fields. Hats are totally optional (you don't need to dress fancy to go to the races), but if you'd like to sport something fun, feel free!

Cash: If you plan on betting on the races, they don't accept cards. If you want to avoid any transaction fees, have a few dollars on hand. 


Checked your calendar?  Free on june 9 & 10?  HOORAY! 

Please join us by filling out the form below by May 1st.

Scholar Name *
Scholar Name
Phone *
Please let us know if you think you can join! We can follow up on Maybes, thank you!
Please list here if you're bringing any guests (including kids, kids welcome!). This will help us plan for meals and events.
We can provide rooms for those who need them in order to attend.
If staying at the Villa Florence, what nights will you be staying?
If you'd like to just stay one night, please indicate here.
This year, guests will be paying the hotel fees at a discounted rate, and we are more than happy to help pair up roommates for hotel rooms!
Please indicate which events you can attend! *
In order to make this great, we need people to participate. Worked on anything interesting recently? Participated in anything you'd like to talk about? Just feel like you have something to say? Great! We'd love to hear from you.
Please give us a brief description of what you'd like to talk about!
Let the retreat coordinators know if you have any ideas, thoughts, or special needs!


the retreat

June 8th-10th, 2018

San Francisco, CA

***Please RSVP below by May 1st***

Lodging: Villa Florence, San Francisco

Conference: Villa Florence, San Francisco

Saturday June 9th - Food Tour of the Mission, followed by a meeting at Villa Florence, and dinner and dancing in the Wine and Roses room of One Market Restaurant, San Francisco, CA

Sunday June 10th - Morning meetings at Villa Florence followed by Live Horse Racing at Golden Gate Fields.

See Detailed Itinerary to left