August 2019 Circumbits

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Have You Been to 7 Continents?

The Circumnavigators Club will recognize members who have visited all seven continents. The Board of Governors authorized this action at its July meeting. Members who have achieved this accomplishment will receive a certificate (in due course) and a listing on this web site. So far we have heard from 25 members. Let us know if you qualify. Contact Tracy Sancilio at club@circumnavigators.org

The LOG is Out!

You should have received the latest issue of The LOG in July. The issue has great photos and stories from our members, and Club news and information. Featured are the winning photos from our 2019 Photo Contest. A copy of the issue is posted on this site.


Attention Photographers

Alternative Views get some fun results.

LOG contributing editor Roger Weatherburn-Baker is working on his column Through My Lens for next issue which will come out in the winter. He’s looking for photographs with “alternative views”– two examples can be seen above.

He says, “Sometimes looking at things a little differently — looking up or down, from a different height or unusual angle, for example — can get some fun results.  If you have any such unusual shots, we’d love to see them!”  Please send them to davidamink@me.com.


These Circumnavigators have been joined our Great Circle in July:
Vincent Cucchiara, Naples Chapter
Christiane Fuhrer, Pacific-Southwest Chapter
Susan Gibbons, Naples Chapter
Lacey King, Naples Chapter
Irwin Kudman, Palm Beach Chapter
Eugene Tan, Singapore Chapter


Where in the World are the Nicobars?

By all accounts, Circumnavigator Don Parrish (Chicago Chapter) is one of the world’s most traveled person. So it is amazing that he can still discover new places in the world. Recently, he became one of the first five foreign travelers to the Nicobar Islands, which India kept closed to foreigners until 2019.

Don’s adventure started with a helicopter trip to the Islands during which he developed a friendship with the pilot, who was curious about why he was going. He explained to the pilot that he enjoyed going to remote places, like the South Pole. This immediately impressed the pilot who, as it turns out, was a big fan of the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. Don and the pilot bonded on this journey which Don says “is what real travel is about: discovery and bonding with people across cultures.”

The pilot passed him a note that told him that they were about to visit the southernmost point of India—Indira Point. Don says, “You cannot plan or buy this experience, but you can enjoy the moment when it happens.”

It was a wonderful venture for Don and he thanks the pilot for his special gift.

Readers can learn more about Don’s trip as well as his previous trip to the South Pole on our web site www.circumnavigators.org.


Scuttlebutt

Santa Tours

Circumnavigator Eric Oborski (New York Metro and Lima, Peru) has been operating Goodwill Santa Tours for 35 years. The annual tour takes travelers to remote countries where on one day of the trip they dress as Santa and entertain less fortunate people on a mission of love.  Over the years, the Goodwill Tours have taken 6300 “Santas” to more than 78 cities. The next tour will be to Easter Island (Chile) in early December 2019. There are a few spots open if any Circumnavigators would like to go. Contact Eric at ericoborski@yahoo.com for more information.


The Last Shot

Circumnavigator Sally Cole (Palm Beach Chapter) took this stunning shot of Matera, in southern Italy. Sally highly recommends a visit to this fascinating city.

Do you have a good photo for The Last Shot? Please send to club@circumnavigators.org.

Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
International President
davidamink@me.com




Circumnavigators Club Meets New York Adventure Club!

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Circumnavigators and guests gathered for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Coffee House Club in New York City on July 18. We welcomed C.  John Herrick and Tyler Moymihan from Palm Beach. They are leaving on a cruise from New York and came up early to attend the event. After cocktails, New York Adventure Club Founder Cory Schneider gave an interesting presentation on his club’s insider access to the city’s best-kept secrets. To learn more about his club go to https://about.nyadventureclub.com/about.

Singapore Chapter Mid-Year Dinner

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President Michael Palmer welcomed members to the Singapore Chapter Mid-Year dinner on July 11th at a beautiful venue of an old black and white bungalow in Goodwood Hill, Singapore. All present enjoyed excellent food, entertainment and very convivial fellowship.

July 2019 Circumbits

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Thanks to Michigan Chapter member, Ann Swinford for this photo

Happy 4th of July

Best wishes for a great holiday to our American members, and, of course, Best Wishes to our Singapore and United Kingdom members as well as other nationalities.

Stars and Stripes

The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia is having an amazing exhibit of 40 rare 13-star flags. This writer highly recommends a visit if you can get to Philly (an easy train ride from NYC and Washington DC). The Exhibit runs until July 21.

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Believe it or Not

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Did you know that the Circumnavigators Club was instrumental in the creation of the U.S. National Anthem? Most everyone knows about Francis Scott Key and the morning when the “Flag was still there.” It was a patriotic song for decades but not the National Anthem. In 1929, Circumnavigator Robert (Believe it or Not) Ripley drew a cartoon that bewailed the fact that America had no anthem. This spurred letters of demand by five million Americans to give this honor to the Star Spangled Banner. Circumnavigator John Philip Sousa, who knew a little bit about patriotic music, took up its cause and gave it his blessing in 1931. Later that year President Herbert Hoover (who later became a Circumnavigator) signed it into law. This is another amazing tidbit in the history of the Circumnavigators Club.


Circumnavigators Club Meets New York Adventure Club!

at The Coffee House Club
20 West Forty-Fourth Street, Sixth Floor
New York City

Thursday ~ July 18, 2019
6:00 pm
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres

Guest Speaker Cory Schneider

New York Adventure Club Founder Corey Schneider will speak about the Club’s insider access to the city’s best-kept secrets. “We are a community-driven club that curates the most unique experiences in town, with a focus on history and storytelling. We show you a city you never knew existed, and offer a community you can’t live without”. To learn more on this fascinating club go to https://about.nyadventureclub.com/about/

$60.00 per person
Guests welcome!
Register and pay online


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It seems like yesterday, but it is now 50 years since man set foot on the moon. Just about everyone who was around at that time remembers where they were at the historic moment. Space pioneer Robert Crippen, our 2019 Magellan honoree, recalls that he was interviewing that day for a new job with NASA. He was so impressed by the moon landing and the  space mission of NASA that he wanted to join its ranks, resulting in four flights into space. It should be noted that Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, was our Magellan honoree in 1971.

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Scuttlebutt

Meeting in Miami

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Helen Jenkins (UK Chapter President) caught up with Magellan honoree and aviation pioneer Bertrand Piccard at the Million Dollar Round Table annual convention in Miami. The MDRT is a global association of financial advisors. Helen was on the platform committee and listened to more than 600 speeches over the past year to help choose the platform speakers. She reports, “Knowing Bertrand and having heard him speak before, I recommended him as an inspirational and motivational speaker. He was brilliant, presenting images of his journeys and explorations. His talk was called Changing Altitude. It was good for me to catch up with him again and have dinner together.”


The Last Shot

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Sophie Classen (Naples Chapter) took this beautiful shot on her recent trip to Iceland.

Do you have a good photo for The Last Shot? Please send to club@circumnavigators.org.

Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
International President
davidamink@me.com


UK Chapter Lunch at Savile Club on May 21

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UK Chapter President Helen Jenkins welcomes new member Rob Wilkinson

June 2019 Circumbits

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Annual Meeting Held in NYC

The Annual Meeting and luncheon was held on May 17 at The Yale Club in New York City. Officers, Board Members, NY and Chapter members gathered for our traditional meeting followed by lunch and a presentation by guest speaker and Pacific-Northwest Chapter member Jim Foster. Jim gave a fascinating presentation on The Magellan Project: the first documented circumnavigation of the earth that began 500 years ago.

Guest Speaker Announced

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Best-selling author Patricia Schultz will address the Annual Meeting next year and it isn’t too early to make your plans. Patricia is a seasoned travel writer whose claim to fame is the renowned book 1000 Places to See Before You Die. Save the date for the next Annual Meeting – May 15, 2020.


Follow our Foundation Scholars Around the World

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Our Foundation Scholar from Georgetown University, Fiona Singer, is on her way around-the-world! She will be visiting UK, Belgium, Israel, South Africa, Cambodia and Argentina. Her topic of study is Big Data: The Global Politics of Data and Privacy. Follow her along the way on her BLOG: https://medium.com/@fionasinger

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Christopher LaMountain, our Foundation Scholar from Northwestern University will be leaving on his trip around-the-world on June 21. He will be visiting Germany, Uganda, India, Samoa, Australia and Chile. His topic of study is A Global Song: Investigating the Global Diversity of Baha’i Temple Music. Follow him along the way on his BLOG: https://blog.undergradresearch.northwestern.edu/blog/chris


Planning Ahead

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The annual dinner at the House of Lords in London (of course!) will be held on December 4, 2019. The United Kingdom Chapter sponsors this event and all Circumnavigators are invited to attend. Members (including this writer) who have attended previous dinners attest that it is a wonderful event. Members can contact Tracy Sancilio at headquarters for more information.


Seven Continents?

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Circumnavigators who have been to all seven continents are requested to let the Club know. Please email this writer at davidamink@me.com.


The Last Shot

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Ann Swinford, Michigan Chapter, took this stunning shot of Lake Matheson in New Zealand. The upcoming issue of The Log will feature photography from around the world.

Do you have a good photo for The Last Shot? Please send to club@circumnavigators.org.

Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
International President
davidamink@me.com


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