July 2016 Circumbits

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Jul 012016

fireworksHappy Independence Day!

For those Circumnavigators from the United States, we wish you and your families a festive holiday. For our International members, best wishes to you as well. As Circumnavigators discover the world, we come to appreciate the freedoms and opportunities that exist in some countries, but not in others. So, we continue our efforts to make the world a better place through friendship and understanding.


New & Improved Club Roster is coming…

The online version of our Club directory will be greatly enhanced in upcoming weeks. The new roster will be user friendly and easy to access. The new roster is available now on the web site in an early version. IMPORTANT! PLEASE GO TO THE CURRENT ROSTER AND MAKE SURE YOUR INFORMATION IS ACCURATE. On this website, go to the Membership tab at the top. Scroll down and click on Roster. You can also access the roster in the right column under “Members Only Section”. This will require the password. If you do not know the password (same for all members), contact Tracy at headquarters by email or phone and she will give it to you. Thanks for your help.

The LOG will arrive this month…

We think you will enjoy the upcoming version of our venerable club publication with great stories and photos from our members. Please send us your feedback! We will run selected comments on the web site. Also, let us know if you have any suggestions for stories. Please do not send finished stories to The LOG. We will work with you to develop stories. Also important, send us word about your travels for All Over the Map. Finally, are you a collector? We will be running Collector’s Corner in each issue about travel-related collections.

june16bPhoto mystery solved…

At the Annual Meeting, our speaker, Adventurer Albert Podell asked our help in identifying one of his many photos that remained a mystery. He has shown it to more than 20 groups, and thanks to our Web Coordinator, Beth Tindall, The Circumnavigators Club came up with the answer. The building, shown below, is the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo.


The Last Shot

Albert Podell was delighted that we identified his mystery photo, and now he has another request. He recently discovered from a Bulgarian that he has been misidentifying this photo as Sofia (Bulgaria) at dusk. Can a Circumnavigator come up with the right venue? Albert says it was taken in Eastern Europe in 2014.

Luck to you!




David A. Mink
Chair, Communications

June 2016 Circumbits

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Jun 022016

Annual Meeting…

The gavelThe historic whale’s tooth gavel, used every year since 1908, rapped gently to call to order The Circumnavigators Club Annual Meeting on May 20 at the Penn Club. Official business, such a committee reports and financial updates were given.

Most importantly, our new members of the Board of Governors were elected. For a first term, Graham Bell (Singapore), Jeffrey Peterson (NY Metro), Kevin Short (NY Metro), Brad Vogel (NY Metro) and Gordon Whiting (NY Metro) were elected. Angela McLean (At Large) was elected to a second term. Howard Matson (New York) was elected to a one-year term.

President Ellen Parke welcomed the new governors and thanked the departing governors for their service. Departing from the Board were Jim Arimond (Chicago), Lois Kahan (NY Metro), Terry NG (Singapore), Joe Osentoski (Michigan) and Michael Cocarro (Desert).


Adventurer Speaks…

After the official meeting, Adventurer and Author Albert Podell gave a fascinating presentation to members and guests. With hundreds of photos, he spread his wit and wisdom, recounting stories from his decades of world travel. There will be more about Albert in the next issue of The LOG. Members might be interested in reading about him on his web site www.albertpodell.com.

Can you identify this photo?…
During his presentation, Albert asked for help to identify a photo, the only one of his thousands that he cannot recall. He has shown this photo to more than 20 groups and no one has been able to help. He has hopes that a Circumnavigator might be able to come up with the right answer. Let us know if you can make the ID.


Solar Impulse 2…

The solar-powered aircraft, piloted by Magellan honoree Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borchberg, is currently in Pennsylvania. It is expected that the history-making flight will continue this month with the difficult trans-Atlantic crossing. Members can follow their journey at www.solarimpulse.com.

The Last Shot

The LOG will be coming out early next month, and it will feature member photos from Italy. This breath-taking photo on the Italian coast was taken by Erik Meyer, Naples Chapter, who will be profiled in the publication.


Naples Chapter celebrates Tom Maher’s 97th birthday

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Jun 202016

Around 50 people joined the Naples Chapter in celebrating Tom Maher’s 97th birthday at the Claridge.  Maher was one of the five original founders of the Naples Chapter of the Circumnavigators Club. He has served for the past sixteen years as vice president, president, and is now serving on the International Board of Governors of the Circumnavigators Club. Click here to see the photos on the Naples Chapter website.



May 2016 Circumbits

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May 032016

250 Global Attractions: How many have you seen?

The website www.listchallenges.com has a challenge that will appeal to Circumnavigators. Click on the link to complete this easy-to-use survey of (in their opinion) 250 top global attractions. Send your results to us by email to club@circumnavigators.org. You can send it with your name or anonymously and we will publish the results in the next LOG. A few members have already taken it and, so far, 151 is the top score. We are sure this can be topped.

Special issue on Astronaut Scott Kelly timekelly

Honorary member Scott Kelly is one of eleven Magellan honorees who have been featured on the cover of Time magazine. Now Time has devoted a special issue about Scott and his year in space. It makes interesting reading. Congratulations to Scott for his amazing achievement and his latest honor.

Solar Impulse 2 back in the air


After a delay for repairs, the crew of Solar Impulse 2 is on its way again in their attempt to circumnavigate in an aircraft powered only by solar energy. Pilot Bertrand Piccard, an honorary member and Magellan honoree,  completed the second-most difficult leg from Hawaii to California. It took Amelia Earhart 18 hours to make this journey. It took Solar Impulse 2 nearly 63 hours to do it without fuel, 81 years later. Bertrand described the difficulty of this dangerous leg of the circumnavigation, during which he got little sleep and battled the cold. He and his copilot, Andre Borschberg, expect to complete their circumnavigation, in Abu Dhabi later this year. Follow the mission on www.solarimpulse.com as it crosses the U.S. and the Atlantic Ocean toward its destination.

Annual Meeting this month

Our 114th Annual Meeting will be held at the Penn Club in New York City on Friday, May 20. The meeting will be followed by a luncheon and guest speaker, adventurer Albert Podell. Details of the meeting are listing in the post below on this page.

LOG is looking for photos and info

We are still looking for great photos of Italy for our photo spread and cover. We also need info on member travels for All Over the Map. The LOG will come out early this summer. Please see the post in April Circumbits below on this page.

The Last Shot

The month of May means summer is coming. Circumnavigator Nelson de Goes took this photo from the Jersey shore.


Naples chapter hosts luncheon

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Apr 292016

At the April 10, 2016 Naples Chapter Luncheon at the Pelican Bay Club there were 75 people in attendance. Erik Meyer, Circumnavigators Club member, has gone around the world between 70 to 80 times!! Erik shared with us how to buy an RTW ticket for about half price. View the photos here.



April 2016 Circumbits

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Apr 042016

logTN2The Log Express is in the mail!

This issue has the Election Ballot for the new slate of  Officers and Board of Governors and information about our upcoming Annual Meeting,  as well as other Club news and features. If you do not receive your copy shortly, please  contact Tracy at headquarters.

Annual Meeting in New York on May 20…

The meeting will feature an exciting  presentation by adventurer Albert Podell and news and business of the Club and  Foundation. See this post for more information. We look forward  to seeing you at this event.

The LOG needs your help!

We are working on the next issue of our venerable  publication, scheduled to be published in the early summer after the Annual Meeting.  We are looking for news, stories and photos from our members. Here are some ways you  can help:

  • All Over the Map…Let us know where you have have traveled or if you have an  upcoming trip to report. Only a few lines are necessary and we always love to get photos  of members on the road. Please send this info to Tracy at or  by mail to headquarters.
  • Scuttlebutt…Let us know if you have any news to report, such as publications, honors,  awards or activities. Again, we only need a few lines sent to Tracy.
  • Do you want to be a cover photographer? We are looking for your best shot of  Italy for our photo spread and cover. Send us a photo or two by email and we will make  the final selection for the spread and the cover.
  • Are you a collector? Many Circumnavigators collect items from their travels,  everything from matchbooks to fine art. Please let us know if you have a special  collection to be included in an upcoming LOG story.

The Last Shot

Circumnavigator Henry Restarick took this photo “Sunset on the Nile and the Pyramids”


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