May Circumbits

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Are you coming to New York?


The Club’s Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, May 29, at our headquarters at the Yale Club in NYC. It is always a great time to socialize with members and keep involved with the Club’s news. The meeting will be held at 11:30. After the meeting, which is open to members only, a light lunch and presentation will be held, and guests are welcome. RSVP form and details here.

We are very excited that our youngest member and the youngest person to circumnavigate solo in a single-engine plane, Matt Guthmiller will be our speaker. Matt, 20, is a MIT student and his talk and photos are sure to be fascinating.


View more photos elsewhere on this site.

Magellan Event a big success!

Ground-breaking journalist Ann Compton received the Club’s highest honor, the Order of Magellan, at a gala event in Washington DC in April. Ann wowed the crowd of members and guests with her stories of covering seven presidents for ABC News for more than 40 years. Of particular interest, she told the poignant story of being with President Bush on September 11, 2001. See photos here.


Last call for The Log

The Log will be coming out in June, and we are still looking for member info for our All Over the Map and Scuttlebutt columns. Just drop us a line to about where you have traveled or where you are planning to go, or info about events in your life. Any award or honors, published books or photos or the like?


Many of our members have visited the wonderful country of Nepal, and it is with great sorrow that we reflect on the devastating earthquake that took so many lives, and destroyed the distinctive architecture of Kathmandu. This writer has been there many times over the past several decades and always loved the charm of the city and the friendliness of the people. On my last trip, I stayed at the beautiful Dwarika hotel, built with bits and pieces of historic architecture. Unable to contact my friends in Nepal, I don’t know whether this hotel still stands. Please consider making a donation to help the Nepalese through the many organizations, such as the Red Cross.

Dwarika Hotel Kathmandu

Dwarika Hotel Kathmandu

The Last Shot

Circumnavigator Sue Murphy took this beautiful photo at the Magellan weekend in Washington.


Luck to you!




David A. Mink
Chair, Communications

International Weekend in Washington DC

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Goodwill Reception

The Circumnavigators Club International Weekend began with a Goodwill Reception on Friday, April 10 at the Army and Navy Club in Washington DC where out of town members and guests enjoyed a wonderful evening.

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Magellan Award

On April 11, members and guest from around the globe came to honor retired ABC News Correspondent Ann Compton. The gala event was held at the historic Cosmos Club in Washington, DC. The evening began with a wonderful cocktail hour where members and guests had a chance to meet Ann Compton and enjoy each other’s company. Once John Philip Sousa’s Circumnavigators Club March was played, everyone was seated for dinner in the Warne Ballroom. International President Ellen Parke welcomed members and guests to this historic event. In attendance were Club Officers and Board Members, Past Presidents Bill Holm, Howard Matson and Al Morasso; Chapter Presidents Dan Peterson (Chicago), Samuel Waton (Washington DC); and Foundation Scholar Kevin Short.

Following dinner, Past President and Magellan Award Committee Chair Howard Matson gave his introductory remarks and called to the podium the Officers, Governors, Past Presidents, Chapter Presidents and representatives of the Circumnavigators Club to present the Order of Magellan to Ann Compton. Ann Compton gave an extraordinary address to close the wonderful evening.

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April Circumbits

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Circumnavigators in the News…

Scott Kelly

Scott Kelly with Dottie Mink at Award Ceremony

Scott_Kelly[1]2012 Order of Magellan recipient and honorary member Scott Kelly has arrived at the International Space Station at the beginning of his year in space. NASA has poetically termed his mission a test  of the limits of “human research, space exploration and human spirit”. When Kelly received the Club’s highest honor, he talked about his upcoming year in space and its challenges. Scott’s co-honoree, twin brother Mark Kelly, will be monitored on earth to compare the physical differences with his brother. Follow this link for more on Scott.

Our 1999 Order of Magellan honoree Bertrand Piccard in now on his historic attempt to circumnavigate onboard Solar Impulse 2, the first solar powered aircraft. Along with Andre Borchberg, the pioneers are now headed over the Himalayas for China, then the most perilous part of the trip across the Pacific Ocean. If all goes as planned, the circumnavigation will take five months. We will be tracking Solar Impulse along the way. Luck to you, Scott, Bertrand and Andre!!

(UPDATE:  Solar Impulse 2 has landed safely in China.)


Magellan Event in Washington DC…

Circumnavigators are looking forward to the Order of Magellan presentation to journalist Ann Compton on April 11. A fascinating interview with Ann is available on the following link It is going to be an exciting evening.

Congratulations to Naples…

The Naples Chapter recently held a successful fundraising event for the Circumnavigators Club Foundation. Artist, Author & Photographer Helene Gaillet de Neergaard gave a wonderful presentation. Foundation grantee and Dean of Brandeis University Bruce Magid traveled from snowy Boston to Naples to represent the Foundation.

Save the Date…

Save the Date – Annual Meeting at The Yale Club – Friday, May 29, 2015

The Last Shot

Thanks to Carol Green, Naples Chapter, for this sensational shot of a Roseate Spoonbill, one of the many beautiful birds in SW Florida.


Luck to You!!




David A. Mink

Chair, Communications

Singapore Chapter welcomes new members

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Apr 152015
Singapore Chapter President Graham Bell welcomes new members Mr. Ang Hao Yao, Dr. Leroy McCully and Mr. Richard Hoon.

Palm Beach Chapter gathering at The Sailfish Club

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Naples Chapter Welcomes Officers and Board of Governors

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The Naples Chapter warmly welcomed International Officers and Board of Directors on March 7th with a cocktail reception at the home of member Lee Abrons. A wonderful evening was enjoyed by all. On March 8th, Officers and Board of Governors joined at the Club Pelican Bay for a board meeting followed by a delicious brunch and presentation by member Jerry Lawrence, “What’s it like to be the doctor for an Olympic team?”

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