July 2017 Circumbits

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Jun 302017

Happy Independence Day

to our American members at home and abroad!  To all our members in the Northern Hemisphere, we wish a happy and fun-filled summer!

 

The LOG coming soon…

This cover was second option. Photo by Albert Podell.

The summer issue of The LOG is at the printer and will be mailed shortly. If you do not receive it in early July, please contact Tracy at headquarters. We always appreciate feedback from our members after they read the issue, so please email comments to club@circumnavigators.org.

The new issue features the people of the world;  the cover to the right is not the actual cover. It finished second but it’s a great one nonetheless. Members will love the actual cover.

World’s largest passport?…

Eric Oborski (New York Metro) was recognized by the Smithsonian Institution for having perhaps the world’s largest passport.

With more than a dozen passports, Eric has amassed about 1400 pages, a record that probably will never be broken with the U.S. government now limiting the number of pages. Eric’s career in the travel business led to this amazing accomplishment.

The passport shown here, covers from 1997 to 2007, has 331 pages. You can read about Eric’s feat on the Smithsonian website.

Eric Oborski and his 331-page passport

 

Club gear available online

Ladies Scarf $25
Red Tie $25
Blue Tie $25  (limited quantity)
Hat (black or white) $20

The Last Shot

Brad Vogel (New York Metro) reveals the sunset at midnight in Iceland.

 

 

Luck to you!

 

 

David A. Mink, Chair, Communications

June 2017 Circumbits

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Jun 022017

115th International Annual Meeting……

International Treasurer George Sanborn

International President Ellen Parke and guest speaker Dylan Thuras

On May 19, Circumnavigators Club members attended the 115th International Annual Meeting at The Yale Club in New York. International President Ellen Parke welcomed members and called the meeting to order with a tap of the historic William Jennings Bryan whale’s tooth gavel. After the meeting, a special tribute was made to long-time Treasurer George Sanborn for his dedication and service to the Club for 40 years.

After the meeting, members and guests enjoyed a delicious lunch while guest speaker Dylan Thuras gave an engaging presentation on his travel adventures written in his book Atlas Obscura.  

Chapter Chairperson Ray Olson, Past President Esther Dyer, Foundation President Greg Rider, Past President and Foundation Honorary President Charlie Blaisdell, Past President Howard Matson, International President Ellen Parke, Foundation Treasurer Jeff Kelly, Club Treasurer George Sanborn, Second Vice President Dan Peterson, Secretary Sue Murphy, Past President Bill Holm, Board Member Brad Vogel, First Vice President David Mink, Board Member Jeff Peterson, Membership Chairperson Barbara Hagstrom, Board Member Henry Restarick.

Follow our Foundation Scholars as they travel around the world….

Click on the names below to see where Foundation Scholars’ blogs, and where they are traveling (links open in a new windows).

Cassidy Gasteiger
Georgetown University

Margot Zuckerman
Northwestern University

Maryssa Pallis
Florida Gulf Coast University

Maryssa Pallis, Florida Gulf Coast University: https://maryssatradingplaces.wordpress.com/
Cassidy Gasteiger, Georgetown University: https://statelessnessblog.wordpress.com/
Margot Zuckerman, Northwestern University: http://blog.undergradresearch.northwestern.edu/blog/margot/

Goodwill Connection….

Would you like to meet other Club members who might visit your city?  Perhaps show them around or offer some hospitality?  Just let Tracy, the Executive Director, know that you would like to be part of the Goodwill Connection.  She will let you know when a member is traveling in your area.

The Last Shot

Circumnavigators Janet and Henry Restarick recently visited Antarctica, where they took this stunning photo (click to see a larger version). Their story will be featured in the upcoming issue of The LOG, due out in early July.

 

Luck to you!

 

 

Tracy Sancillio
Executive Director

Paella in Naples…

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Jul 122017

The Naples Chapter had its first summer party Saturday, July 9, 2017, at the beautiful pool-side party room of Pat Classen’s condominium. Forty-five members and guests attended and enjoyed the piano music provided by two fine pianists. There was a tasty Paella dinner, accompanied by lots of singing, dancing, and merrymaking, and of course, the usual glorious Naples sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.

Click on the photo below to see the Naples Chapter website, and more photos from the event….

Singapore Chapter Welcomes New Member!

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May 152017

Mr. Graham Bell, President of the Singapore Chapter, presenting a membership certificate to new member Dr. Tan Chin Nam.

Pacific-Northwest Chapter Welcomes New Members

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May 032017

The Pacific-Northwest Chapter gathered for lunch at the Pearl Bar and Dining in Bellevue, WA on Saturday, April 22. Fifteen members and guests were present including Mr. and Mrs. Stefan Krasowski, who recently moved to Seattle from New Jersey. And, by chance of good timing, new member Mr. Jim Foster of Anchorage, AK was able to swing by Bellevue on his return to Anchorage from Guam. Mr. Foster gave the group a brief description of his Magellan Project, where he hopes to replicate Ferdinand’s circumnavigation 500 years later. New, local members Jim and Caroline Farrell of Bellevue were also introduced and presented with their membership certificates.

May 2017 Circumbits

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May 022017

Spring is here…

Except for our Singapore Chapter, Spring has arrived and Circumnavigators look forward to another season of travels and adventures (although our prodigious traveling doesn’t seem to be seasonal). The LOG, coming out in the early summer, wants to know about your recent trips and travel plans for our All Over the Map section. Just drop us a short note or photo, so we can share your travels with other members. Send directly by email to davidamink@me.com or club@circumnavigators.org.

Join us May 19…

Also in May, our Annual Meeting will be held on May 19 at the Yale Club. The meeting, luncheon and presentation by the Atlas Obscura founder will be an interesting event and a chance to meet with fellow Circumnavigators. Co-authored by our speaker, Dylan Thuras, the book Atlas Obscura—An explorer’s guide to the world’s hidden wonders — will be available for sale. This well-reviewed book takes the reader to more than 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world. Please sign up for the meeting here.

Our web site…

This month, members will be receiving a short survey through Survey Monkey about our web site. We are making plans to revamp the site to allow more interaction for Circumnavigators. The brief survey will give us some info to help us improve the site. It will also ask a few questions about our Circumnavigators group page on Facebook. Thanks for helping us!

Caps and badges…

We have a fresh inventory of Circumnavigators caps, available in black or white for $20 each. Let Tracy know if you are interested in purchasing a hat.  Our handmade Club blazer patches are also available for $50 each. Only three left!

Only 3 of our handmade Club badges are left! Get yours now…

How about a Circumnavigators Club hat to wear on your travels? Dottie and David Mink wear their Club caps at Old Head Golf Course, Ireland

 

Dinner and Program at the Coffee House

On Tuesday, April 25 members and guest enjoyed a wonderful dinner and program in New York with guest speaker Theodore Scull, a New York-based author, travel writer and lecturer. Among his 12 published books published are 100 Best Cruise Vacations, Ocean Liner Odyssey, and Ocean Liner Twilight. He is Co-Founder of quirkycruise.com, an informational website describing cruises on small ships that carry between 10 and 300 passengers.  New York members welcomed Cs. Jim Foster and Stefan Krasowski from the Pacific-Northwest Chapter and C. Bruce Kropschot from the Naples Chapter. Secretary Sue Murphy presented C. Stefan Krasowski with his membership certificate.
(Click on any of the images below to see a larger version)

Two Circumnavigators Club Members Release Children’s Trilogy!

Desert Chapter member Phyllis (PJ) Heyliger and C. Henri van Bentum from Canada, released three children’s fables now available on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.  Phyllis is a talented illustrator who joined with Henri as her writer to create beautiful illustrations and lovely stories.

Click on image to learn more about these books on Amazon

The Last Shots

The world’s most traveled man, Chicago Chapter member Don Parrish, sends along these trail signs from Sri Lanka.


 

Luck to you!

 

 

David A. Mink
Chair, Communications

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