July 2015 Circumbits

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Jun 292015
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 www.bbc.com/travel/story/20150326-travel-pioneers.

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 club@circumnavigators.org.

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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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 www.bbc.com/travel/story/20150326-travel-pioneers.

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.

June 2015 Circumbits

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Annual Meeting

Our 113th Annual Meeting was held in New York City on May 29 with a group of members from many parts of the country. International President Ellen Parke wielded the historic whale’s tooth gavel to open the event. Two members were officially elected to the Board of Governors, Dan Peterson from Chicago and Barbara Hagstrom from NYC.

Past President Charles Blaisdell, just months from his 100th birthday, addressed the members with his typical wry humor. He told the group he wanted to dispel any rumors that he was one of the Club founders.

After the official meeting, our youngest member, MIT student Matt Guthmiller gave a fascinating account of this solo circumnavigation in a single-engine plane last year, when he was only 19. This accomplishment earned him the Guinness record as the youngest person to achieve this feat. Matt’s talk and photos brought home the magnitude of this 44-day journey.

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Fire Up Your Camera

The 2015 Photo Exhibit has been announced. A formal invitation to submit member photos for this annual event will be sent out soon. Proceeds from the event will go to the Circumnavigators Foundation and all photos will be shown on the web site. Deadline for photo submission will be August 15 and the winners will be announced in The Log Express. So, dig out those great photos!

The Log

The Log is coming this month. Keep your eyes out for The Log which will arrive by the end of June with great stories, photos and news.

The Last Shot

This photo of Mount Everest was taken by Ellen Parke. The Log will offer reflections on Nepal which is recovering from a devastating earthquake.

Kathmandu, by Ellen Parke

Mount Everest, by Ellen Parke

Luck to you!


David A. Mink
Chair, Communications

May Circumbits

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May 012015

Are you coming to New York?


The Club’s Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, May 29, at our headquarters at the Yale Club in NYC. It is always a great time to socialize with members and keep involved with the Club’s news. The meeting will be held at 11:30. After the meeting, which is open to members only, a light lunch and presentation will be held, and guests are welcome. RSVP form and details here.

We are very excited that our youngest member and the youngest person to circumnavigate solo in a single-engine plane, Matt Guthmiller will be our speaker. Matt, 20, is a MIT student and his talk and photos are sure to be fascinating.


View more photos elsewhere on this site.

Magellan Event a big success!

Ground-breaking journalist Ann Compton received the Club’s highest honor, the Order of Magellan, at a gala event in Washington DC in April. Ann wowed the crowd of members and guests with her stories of covering seven presidents for ABC News for more than 40 years. Of particular interest, she told the poignant story of being with President Bush on September 11, 2001. See photos here.


Last call for The Log

The Log will be coming out in June, and we are still looking for member info for our All Over the Map and Scuttlebutt columns. Just drop us a line to club@circumnavigators.org about where you have traveled or where you are planning to go, or info about events in your life. Any award or honors, published books or photos or the like?


Many of our members have visited the wonderful country of Nepal, and it is with great sorrow that we reflect on the devastating earthquake that took so many lives, and destroyed the distinctive architecture of Kathmandu. This writer has been there many times over the past several decades and always loved the charm of the city and the friendliness of the people. On my last trip, I stayed at the beautiful Dwarika hotel, built with bits and pieces of historic architecture. Unable to contact my friends in Nepal, I don’t know whether this hotel still stands. Please consider making a donation to help the Nepalese through the many organizations, such as the Red Cross.

Dwarika Hotel Kathmandu

Dwarika Hotel Kathmandu

The Last Shot

Circumnavigator Sue Murphy took this beautiful photo at the Magellan weekend in Washington.


Luck to you!




David A. Mink
Chair, Communications

International Weekend in Washington DC

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Apr 152015

Goodwill Reception

The Circumnavigators Club International Weekend began with a Goodwill Reception on Friday, April 10 at the Army and Navy Club in Washington DC where out of town members and guests enjoyed a wonderful evening.

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Magellan Award

On April 11, members and guest from around the globe came to honor retired ABC News Correspondent Ann Compton. The gala event was held at the historic Cosmos Club in Washington, DC. The evening began with a wonderful cocktail hour where members and guests had a chance to meet Ann Compton and enjoy each other’s company. Once John Philip Sousa’s Circumnavigators Club March was played, everyone was seated for dinner in the Warne Ballroom. International President Ellen Parke welcomed members and guests to this historic event. In attendance were Club Officers and Board Members, Past Presidents Bill Holm, Howard Matson and Al Morasso; Chapter Presidents Dan Peterson (Chicago), Samuel Waton (Washington DC); and Foundation Scholar Kevin Short.

Following dinner, Past President and Magellan Award Committee Chair Howard Matson gave his introductory remarks and called to the podium the Officers, Governors, Past Presidents, Chapter Presidents and representatives of the Circumnavigators Club to present the Order of Magellan to Ann Compton. Ann Compton gave an extraordinary address to close the wonderful evening.

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Singapore Chapter welcomes new members

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Apr 152015
Singapore Chapter President Graham Bell welcomes new members Mr. Ang Hao Yao, Dr. Leroy McCully and Mr. Richard Hoon.
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