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Outdoor image of Traverse City, Michigan, featuring a setting on the water.


Cost: $749 per person. Includes daily breakfasts*, one reception, one lunch, two dinners, private tour of the Commons and Mari winery, schooner excursion, and two wine tastings. Does not include travel arrangements, ground transportation to or from the airport, optional excursions, or hotel accommodations.

*For those guests staying in the Delamar Hotel.


President’s Council has a small block of rooms reserved at the Delamar Hotel, an upscale waterfront hotel. Because Traverse City is a tourist hot spot with many lodging options, you may choose to stay elsewhere. All President’s Council-sponsored transportation leaves from the Delamar, and there is free onsite parking.

Hotel reservations must be made by Monday, June 24 to guarantee the group rate.

King Guest Room

$499 per night plus 11% sales tax and $12 daily destination fee. Please book your room here.

Air Travel

Guests will make their own travel arrangements to Cherry Capital Airport (TVC).

Ground Transportation

The hotel is a 10-minute drive from the airport. Downtown Traverse City is within walking distance of the Delamar, so a rental car is not necessary (consider Uber or Lyft). If you decide to rent a car, parking is available at the hotel.

Two-Room Suite

$549 per night, plus 11% sales tax, and a $2 per room, per night, city occupancy tax

Optional Activities

All optional excursions have additional fees.

Air Travel

Guests will make their own travel arrangements to Monterey Regional Airport (MRY).

Ground Transportation

The hotel is a 15-minute ride from the airport. Carmel-by-the-Sea is a pedestrian-friendly city, and a rental car is not necessary (consider Uber or Lyft). If you decide to rent a car, street parking is available near the hotel.

Optional Activities

Only the Thursday excursions have additional fees.

Cancellation Policy

You may request to cancel for any reason prior to Monday, June 24 to receive a full refund for per-person trip costs. Cancellation requests must be made in writing. To request a cancellation, email Please call 765-494-0900 with questions.

Cancellations made past Monday, June 24 are not refundable.

Due to the planned itinerary, we strongly advise those who are not ambulatory against participating on this President’s Council trip. Our itinerary includes a significant amount of walking, sometimes on uneven terrain. Travelers must be able to climb on and off chartered motor coaches and a boat. If you would like to discuss your situation or have specific questions, please contact the President’s Council office at

Patsy J. Mellott

BS College of Health and Human Sciences, 1969
Fishers, IN

Patsy earned a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition in business from Purdue in 1969, in addition to an MBA in food marketing from Michigan State University in 1970. She retired from Kraft Foods in 2006 after 36 years in corporate food marketing and marketing communications management.

A community volunteer, Patsy serves on the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Advisory Board and the Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council, in addition to the President’s Council Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Health and Human Sciences Alumni Board. Patsy held several offices from 2006 through 2013, including president and treasurer. She serves her community’s Discover Indianapolis Club in Fishers, holding several leadership roles for over 10 years.

Patsy has received several honors, including the Purdue University Nutrition Science Department Hall of Fame recipient in 2009 and the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. She also received the college’s Gold and Black Award in 2016, an honor reserved for donors who have moved the college forward by committing exceptional financial resources.

In addition to endowing two scholarships, the Patsy J. Mellott Scholarship and Patsy J. Mellott HHS Scholarship, she established the Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award in the College of Health and Human Sciences in 2013. In 2015, she endowed the Patsy J. Mellott Women’s Tennis Coach Performance Award. She is a lead donor in the Christine M. Ladisch Faculty Leadership Award and the Purdue Women’s Network Virginia C. Meredith Scholarship for the College of Health and Human Sciences.