September Circumbits

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Farewell, Summer…

nkoreaWhere has it gone? As usual, Circumnavigators were all over the map this summer, although our travels are anything but seasonal. Ray Olson (Washington DC Chapter) has reported in from North Korea. The photo shows Ray and his group at the mausoleum in Pyongyang which displays the bodies of former leaders Kim Il Song and Kim Jong Il. No photos were allowed inside. Ray mentions that there is a recent fascinating article about similar “glass” coffins in the Washington Post…New Yorker Sue Murphy, Club secretary and governor, took her Club cap on a tour of Italy, Croatia, Turkey and Greece. If you are under 60, you might have to google “Kilroy was here”, but our Club cap has made a Kilroy journey through the region.
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Julianne McLean

Our condolences to Angela McLean…

Julianne McLean, mother of Club Governor Angela McLean, passed away recently in Wichita, Kansas. Julianne, a remarkable woman and concert pianist, was a survivor of the sinking of the Andrea Doria in 1956. She spoke on the tragic incident to the Circumnavigators Club in 2006 on the 50th Anniversary of the sinking. Her story was featured in a recent issue of The LOG which you can find here.

Circumnavigators Photo Exhibit & Contest…

Thanks to the many Club members who submitted photos for this event. More than $1000 was raised for the Circumnavigators Foundation. Our members will enjoy viewing the many outstanding photos. The “winners” will be announced in The LOG Express, coming out later this month. After the announcement, all entries will be available for view on the Club web site.

The Last Shot

We are giving our Last Shot to International President and Washington Nationals “fanatic” Ellen Parke. This sunset at Nationals Park was taken as Ellen remained hopeful that the Nationals might make the playoffs. Our apologies to all our Circumnavigators who are Mets fans.


Luck to You!




David A. Mink
Chair, Communications

Hear about an Antarctica trip 9/24, in NYC

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We are delighted to have as our guest speaker

Sue Murphy

Journey to the White Continent: A Land of Ice and Mountains

Thursday ~ September 24, 2015

O’Reilly’s Bar & Kitchen
21 W. 35th Street (between 5th and 6th)
New York City


Secretary and member of the Board of Governors,
Sue Murphy will share her story about her trip to Antarctica.

Flying from New York to Buenos Aries; then a chartered flight to Ushuaia at the tip of Argentina; followed by two days on a ship makes getting to Antarctica a hard place to reach. Seeing the wonders of a continent locked in ice most of the year makes it worthwhile. Join us while Sue shares her dramatic pictures of this remote region and the wildlife discovered there.

R.S.V.P by September 15, 2015

6:30 p.m. Cocktails (Cash Bar)

7:30 p.m. Dinner & Program

$50 per person

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The Circumnavigators Club Photo Exhibit & Contest is drawing toward its August 15 deadline. We have already received many great shots, helping to support the Circumnavigators Foundation. It’s quick and easy to contribute—no forms to fill out or photos to be framed and shipped. Just email your photos as a attachment to, along with your name and brief description. The $10 fee for each photo is a tax-deductible contribution to the Foundation. Winners will be announced in September.

Here is the winning shot from the landscape category from the last Exhibit.

Tequila Sunrise, taken by Mark Hauptman in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.



augustWe are sorry to report that Past President John Johannessen has passed away. John was an important Club member, especially in the 1960s and 1970s when he served as President and was engaged in many Club activities, including the Foundation. Born in Denmark, John last lived in Fort Myers FL after many years in Tenafly NJ and Grantham NH. During World War II, he served as a B17 pilot with the 390th Bomb Group. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations were requested for the Circumnavigators Club Foundation. Many of our current members have fond memories of John with his enthusiastic and dignified personality. There will be more about John in the next issue of The LOG.


If you are a Facebook user, did you know that the Club has a private page for members only? Perhaps you are thinking of going to Bali or Antarctica and want some advice. Post your question and it is likely that you will get an answer from a Circumnavigator. You can also follow news from our Chapters and Magellan recipients. To join, click here, or search Facebook for “Circumnavigators Club” and ask to join the group. One of the two Club administrators who manage the page will admit you.


Katie Koontz, 18, of Haddonfield NJ has become our youngest member, supplanting our young adventurer Matt Guthmiller who has almost reached the ripe old age of 21. Since she was 14, Katie wanted to be a Circumnavigator and this summer her dream came true with an Around-the-World journey and admission to the Club. Her whirlwind trip took her to Rome, Venice, Dubai and Beijing. Katie heads off for her freshman year at William & Mary this month. Oh, did this writer mention that he is Katie’s grandfather? Congratulations and Luck to you, Katie!



Circumnavigator Suzanne Frye (New York Metro) took this stunning shot of camels on Cable Beach, Broom, Western Australia.


Luck to you!




David A. Mink

Chair, Communications

Naples Chapter Mexican Fiesta

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Naples Chapter Mexican Fiesta July 30, 2015
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Circumnavigator Don Parrish, the world’s most traveled person, was honored by the BBC Travel as one of six “Travel Pioneers of 2015”. You can read the fascinating profile by going to

International Past President, Howard Matson, attended a breakfast in Fairfield CT honoring Mother Superior Dolores Hart. Film buffs will recognize the former film star of the 1950s and 60s who made two Elvis Presley movies and starred in the spring-college break classic “Where the Boys Are” before leaving her career for her life as a Connecticut Prioress…Emmy-winning film producer Neil Mandt is doing a live show on Periscope where he takes pitches for TV shows from anyone with an idea. He would love to hear from Circumnavigators with their ideas. His Periscope handle is @neilmandt.

July 2015 Circumbits

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Don Parrish at the South Pole

Don Parrish at the South Pole

Don Parrish  – honored by BBC Travel

Circumnavigator Don Parrish, the world’s most traveled person, was honored by BBC Travel as one of six “Travel Pioneers of 2015”.  You can read the fascinating profile by going to

Circumnavigator Members meet Mark Kelly at the Million Dollar Round Table

UK Chapter President Helen Jenkins, C. Brian Heckert from Chicago and C. Peter Byrne from Australia attended the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) in New Orleans, an international conference for the top performing insurance professionals in the world. Ten thousand members attended, including 2012 Order of Magellan recipient Mark Kelly.

 C. Peter Byrne with UK Chapter President Helen Jenkins and business partner Jayne White at the Australian welcome party.

C. Peter Byrne with UK Chapter President Helen Jenkins and business partner Jayne White at the Australian welcome party.


C. Helen Jenkins with C. Brian Heckert, the next Million Dollar Round Table President for 2015-2016.


Captain Mark Kelly with C. Helen Jenkins.


International President Ellen Parke meets Matt Guthmiller at the Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum

On June 20, C. Matt Guthmiller flew his leased Beechcraft Bonanza in from Boston for the Innovations in Flight Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display.  The Beechcraft Bonanza is the same plane he flew in his record-breaking solo circumnavigation last summer. C. President Ellen Parke was there to greet Matt at the Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum near Dulles Airport.

Our Foundation Scholars are on their way around the world!

Follow our Scholars as they travel by logging onto their blogs:

Annie Carson – Arizona State University

Jonathon McBride – Northwestern University

Kevin Dupont – Brandeis University

Hannah Gerdes – Georgetown University

Gareth Evans – University of Liverpool

Tom Maher BdayTom Maher Celebrates his 96th Birthday!

C. Tom Maher celebrated his 96th birthday on June 17th at the Pelican March Club in Naples, FL.


The LOG is in the Mail

Your issue should be arriving in the mail any day. If you do not receive your copy by the end of June, please contact headquarters at 201-612-9100 or

View the whole story of Bill Billings’s Bridge Building adventure in Ethiopia.

The Last Shot

This photo of Roman and Greek ruins was taken by C. Sophie Classen from the Naples Chapter.

Roman and Greek Ruins

Roman and Greek Ruins, , by Sophie Classen

Luck to you!


David A. Mink
Chair, Communications

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