August 2016 Circumbits

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Jul 292016
solarimpulse4Congratulations to the Solar Impulse 2 team!

Mission Complete…

Bertrand Piccard, recipient of the Club’s 1999 Order of Magellan for his circumnavigation by hot air balloon, landed the solar-powered aircraft, the Solar Impulse 2, in Abu Dhabi on July 26, 2016.  Piccard and his fellow Swiss pilot, Andre Borschberg, began their round-the-world journey in March 2015.  Taking turns piloting the single-seat plane, they made the trip in 16 legs without using any fuel.  The trip had been interrupted for nine months because the batteries were damaged during the longest leg — five days from Japan to Hawaii.  In interviews on Tuesday, Piccard expressed his belief that the accomplishment demonstrates that clean technologies can be adapted to make the world more energy efficient.

Singapore Chapter

The Singapore Chapter held its annual mid-year dinner at the fabulous Sentosa Golf Club. A delicious dinner and excellent band accompanied by members singing their hearts out.

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Need a Blazer Badge?

Just in…A new inventory of the Club blazer badges is now available for sale. The handmade badges are $50 and can be ordered by contacting Tracy Sancilio at club@circumnavigators.org.

In The LOG

We hope you have enjoyed the latest copy of The LOG. The staff appreciates feedback and comments from Circumnavigators, so let us know what you think! Remember you can also read The LOG on this website. The issue had a great story by Circum Fred Myers about his circumnavigation on a weekend. We neglected that the woman chatting with Fred in the photo is Summer Bartholomew, Miss U.S.A. for 1975. Fred notes that “her charm, good looks and sense of adventure made her a hit with everyone on the flight. In fact, in later years she went on to do well as an actress.”

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podellbookClub Member Book Available

Author and Adventurer Albert Podell, who addressed our Annual Meeting in May, is now a member of the Club. We welcome this outstanding world traveler to our ranks. Albert’s best-selling book is now available in paperback, and can be purchased online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as at independent bookstores. Circumnavigators will enjoy this witty and intriguing tale.

 

The Last Shot

A vision to cool you off after this hot summer, Circumnavigator Katie Koontz took this shot last month in Glacier Bay, Alaska. The next issue of The LOG, scheduled for the end of the year, will feature photos and stories from Lands of Snow and Ice. So send us some of your best snowy, icy photos. Also, start reviewing your photos to enter the 2016 Foundation Photo Contest (see last year’s entries here).

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Naples Chapter hosted Summer Party

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Aug 242016

The Naples Chapter of the Circumnavigators Club hosted a Summer Party on August 20th. Click on the image below to visit the Chapter’s website to see more photos.

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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.

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Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
Chair, Communications

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.

 

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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

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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.

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