November 2015 Circumbits

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Holiday Spirit and a Special Celebration…

charlieCircumnavigators will join together for a holiday celebration and to honor illustrious member Charlie Blaisdell on his 100th Birthday. A past president and active in the Club for decades, Charlie hasn’t lost his sense of humor. At a recent gathering, he said he wanted to dispel the rumor that he was one of the Club founders! Charlie has lots of  great stories and it will be a treat to join him for this big event.

The party will be held on December 10 at the Explorers Club, located at 46 E 70th Street in New York City. Contact Tracy Sancilio at headquarters to make a reservation for this event, or use the form here. It will be a lot of fun in beautiful NYC during the holidays.


Heading to Florida this season?…

The Chapters in Naples and Palm Beach have a great line-up of programs and events. Out of town members are welcome to attend. Contact Tracy for more information. Here are some of the events:

Palm Beach Chapter

December 7—Harvard Professor Joyce Chaplin is coming down from Cambridge to speak about her book “Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit.” This is the first full history of around-the-world travel.

January 17—Jennifer Conover, the Step Granddaughter of the Dowager Queen of Palm Beach, will speak about cruising the world and the rebirth of Marjorie Merriweather Post’s luxury yacht “Sea Cloud” at the “The Greatest Mansion Ever Built—Mar-a-Lago.”

February 21—Fellow Chapter member and Astronaut Robert Crippen will update us on the Cosmos. Robert is a member of the NASA Astronaut Hall of Fame.

March 13—Circumnavigator Erick Reickert will give an illustrated view of his and Susan’s sailing circumnavigation.

March 21—Lady Susan Reickert has organized a “Fashion Show for Travelers” at the Chesterfield Hotel in Palm Beach.

April 17—The St Andrews Club, hosted by John and Annette Ahern, will have a program after lunch featuring Historian Tom Ambrose and Jim Donley (100 countries visited & why) will give views of their travels.


photo by Roger Weatherburn Baker

Naples Chapter

November 8—Photographer and writer Roger Weatherburn Baker will give an illustrated program—Impressions of India. (See more of Roger’s photos in the Foundation Photo Contest gallery)

January 10—Matt Guthmiller, holder of the Guinness World Record as the youngest person to fly solo around the world, will talk about his adventure.

February 7—Circumnavigator James Duke will present Ancient Rome without a Sea of Tourists.

March 20—Magellan honoree, former White House correspondent Ann Compton will discuss her decades covering Presidents and flying on Air Force One. Ann gave a riveting presentation at the Magellan event last April in Washington DC.

The Last Shot

Circums Pat and Paul Buescher (Pacific Northwest) visited the spectacular hot air balloon event in Albuquerque, NM.


Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!

Luck to you!




David A. Mink

Chair, Communications


The Colors of India presented at Naples Chapter

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Our November 11, 2015 meeting at the Pelican Bay Club was well attended by 90 members. Roger Baker, one of our members, spoke of the Colors of India, where he and his wife Paula had traveled extensively. A most wonderful presentation of a very large and varied society.

Naples Chapter holds Halloween party

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host and hostess Jack and Tina Nicholson

What a great Halloween Party at the residence of Tina and Jack Nicholson.  Musical and operatic entertainment was provided by members of Opera Naples.  Delicious appetizers,  multi choice entrees, and wonderful desserts were offered;  all prepared by our gracious hostess  Tina. It was a balmy night in Naples, where 82 members and guests had a great time.  Great thanks to our host and hostess Jack and Tina Nicholson.

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Join us for a Holiday Party and Birthday Celebration

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Charlie Blaisdell – 100th Birthday Celebration

Join fellow Circumnavigators as we celebrate the holiday season and Past President Charlie Blaisdell’s 100th Birthday at the historic

46 East 70th Street
New York City

Thursday ~ December 10, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
$65.00 per person, inclusive
Guests Welcome!


Charlie has been a member and pillar of the Circumnavigators Club for 50 years and served as International President from 1970-1971. He plays a key and active role in the Foundation, serving as our Honorary President and a member of the Board of Directors. Charlie has been a great friend and mentor to many over the years and we look forward to celebrating this very special birthday!

RSVP by December 1.
Use this PDF to RSVP or to invite friends!

Journey to the White Continent

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Circumnavigators Club members and guests enjoyed dinner and a program presented by C. Sue Murphy at O’Reilly’s Bar and Kitchen in New York City on October 14. Sue shared her “Journey to the White Continent” and dramatic photos of the remote region and wildlife discovered there. We were pleased to welcome members George and Kathleen Beebe from the Pacific-Southwest Chapter and John and Eileen Carey from Westchester, who recently applied for membership. A wonderful evening was enjoyed by all!

Members and guests intently viewing a photo of penguins from Sue's trip.

Members and guests intently viewing a photo of penguins from Sue’s trip.


C. Barbara Hagstrom with guest Peri Hodaee



C. Andrew Richards with Chun Wang


Cs. Suzanne Frye and Christine Kloner



Cs. George and Kathleen Beebe from the Pacific-Southwest Chapter



C. and Program Chair Sue Murphy sharing the book Fraser’s Penguins during her Antarctica presentation

October Circumbits

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oct15circumbitsDC Foundation Luncheon

The Washington DC Chapter held its annual Foundation luncheon on September 19. Circumnavigator Christopher Sinclair surprised International President Ellen Parke by presenting her with 12 vintage copies of The LOG, dating from 1911 to 1929. Christopher found them through an antique dealer in Atlanta. They will make a welcome addition to our Club archives and we thank Christopher for his generosity.

Send Your News for The LOG

The next issue of The LOG is in the works, scheduled for publication in early December. Please send us info for our column All Over the Map. We just need a sentence or two about members’ recent travels or upcoming trips. We also need information for Scuttlebutt. This is non-travel information about our members. For example, we congratulate UK Chapter President Helen Jenkins for her recent selection as one of the top 25 female financial advisors in the United Kingdom. The honor recognized her professional work and also her community service, including her dedicated work with the Circumnavigators. Finally, do you have a good story for The LOG?  Please send all info to us at

badgesGet Your Handmade Club Badge Now

Our new Blazer Badges are now available. These badges were handmade in Sialkot, Pakistan by a skilled craftsman. Sialkot, in the Punjab, has been the center of the world’s badge making industry since the 1800s. So, when you purchase a Circumnavigator Badge you can wear it with pride.  Not only because it represents our old and distinguished club, but knowing it comes from one of the most renowned badge-making families in the world, handmade in a 12th century city once part of the Mughal Empire. We now have a very limited number of badges, which cost $50 each. We will order more, depending on response, so let us know if you want one.

Photo Contest Winners Announced

Our highly successful Photo Contest is outlined in a following post on this page. Please make sure to review all the great photos here. Thank you to all participants for helping to raise funds for the Circumnavigators Foundation.

The Last Shot


Our next LOG will feature Birds of the World. This shot was taken by Roger Weatherburn Baker (Naples) of a pair of endangered African penguins.

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