September 2018 Circumbits

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Aug 312018


Endless Summer

There was a time when this writer found Labor Day to be a bit of a downer. It meant summer was over, back to school or work, and the end of those fun carefree summer days. That all changed when I became a “snowbird”, spending the winters in sunny Florida where it’s summer all year long. I am sure it is the same feeling for the hundreds of Circumnavigators who live in Florida or other sunny climes like Phoenix and San Diego. Even those members who live in colder parts of the world, winter is a great time to travel—especially to the Southern Hemisphere where it’s summer!

 

All Over the Map

It is always amazing how our members constantly travel to remote places in the world. The problem is that we often don’t hear about the trips. In addition to our mission to make the world a better place, The Circumnavigators Club is a sharing club. Let us know about your travels and experiences. Just a few are listed below in the Scuttlebutt section below. To make it easier, just click on this email davidamink@me.com and send us a word or two about your recent trips. If we need more info or photos, we will contact you by email.

 

You’re Invited to Parliament

There are still a few spots left for the annual dinner at the House of Lords, hosted by our UK Chapter in London on Monday, December 10. It’s guaranteed to be a special, memorable evening. If you want to attend, please contact Helen Jenkins at helen_jenkins@btconnect.com or club@circumnavigators.org.


Scuttlebutt Online

For nearly a century, The LOG has carried a section called Scuttlebutt with news and info about our members. With the LOG only coming out twice a year, this news is far from timely, so we are now running Scuttlebutt on the website every month. Please send us news!

Borneo Up Close

Circumnavigator Alice Lentzen, Riverside, Illinois, visited the heart of Borneo and was a bit dismayed to find the wildlife, including orangutans and sun bears, to be severely endangered. But, she found the people to be “friendly, honest and heartwarming.” She got the photo below of a fellow with his homemade cigarette holder. She also marveled at the spectacular caves and other natural formations. The other interesting photo below was taken from inside Deer Cave, the second largest cave in the world in Sarawak. Millions of bats exit at dusk and can be observed from a viewing platform. The photo looking out, shot by cell phone deep inside the cave, seems to show an image of Africa, and if you look carefully, the profile of Abe Lincoln.

Well done! 

Circumnavigators Arthur and Virginia Foster, Pacific Southwest Chapter, completed the End of Summer four-mile run from La Jolla to Pacific Beach. Virginia is the Chapter President.

 

Where in the world is Flint Island?

It seems like Circumnavigator Don Parrish has been just about everywhere in the world, but this year he traveled to the Southern Line Islands of Kiribati, which included Flint Island. Flint was discovered by Magellan on February 4, 1521, just 12 weeks before his death. Don was amazed by the large coconut crabs that hide in holes on the island. The crabs are estimated as about 60 years old and weighing 20 pounds. Don got a close up look but stayed away from those big claws.

 

Outer Banks Landing 

Executive Director Tracy Sancilio and her family vacationed this summer on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where her son Michael landed a good size shark on the beach.

 


The Last Shot

Proboscis Monkey in Borneo

Circumnavigator Larry Glick, Rowlett TX, has a serious hobby of shooting exotic birds and animals in the wild. He captured this shot of a Proboscis Monkey in Borneo. More of Larry’s photos will appear in the next issue of The LOG. Do you have a good photo for The Last Shot? Please send to club@circumnavigators.org.

Luck to you!


David A. Mink
President
davidamink@me.com

 

Naples Chapter 2018 Italian Dinner Party

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On September 8, 2018 the Naples Chapter of the Circumnavigators Club, organized a social dinner party for its members. The Italian Dinner Party was held at the residence of Pat Classen. Thirty-eight members attended. They enjoyed each other’s company, as well as the delicious meal served by a Naples caterer.

 

Click here to visit the Naples Chapter’s website and see more photos

August 2018 Circumbits

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Aug 022018


We hope you enjoyed The LOG

If you did not receive your copy of the new LOG, please contact Tracy at headquarters. We would appreciate your feedback and comments on the issue. Please don’t throw out your copy if you don’t want to keep it. Pass it on the friends and family or give it to your Chapter President. The LOG is a great way to introduce our historic Club to potential members.

 

Are you a collector?

Katie Koontz is looking for members to feature in Collectors’ Corner in future issues of The LOG. If you have a collection that you have gathered on your travels, please contact us at info@circumnavigators.org.

 

Podcast coming out

 

The podcast Living A Life in Full will feature International President David Mink in early August.

 


Scuttlebutt Online

For nearly a century, The LOG has carried a section called Scuttlebutt with news and info about our members. With the LOG only coming out twice a year, this news is far from timely, so we are now running Scuttlebutt on the website every month. Please send us news!

Aviators get together

Two Club members, record holders Matt Guthmiller and Shaesta Waiz, joined other Circumnavigators for an informal gathering in Oshkosh.

From left to right — Matt, Shaesta, Ryan Campbell, who held the record for the youngest solo circumnavigation by aircraft before Matt; George Scheer, a pilot who joined Adam Broome for a significant portion of his circumnavigation; Adrian Eichhorn, who circumnavigated in the pictured Bonanza in 2016; Adam Broome, who also circumnavigated in a Bonanza in 2016; and Lachlan Smart, who currently holds the world record for the youngest solo circumnavigation by aircraft. There are a few more details on each flight at www.earthrounders.com.

 

Circumnavigator visits Zanzibar 

Suzanne Frye (New York Metro) visited Zanzibar and got some great photos of Red Colobus Monkeys, found only on this island. The monkeys were shot in the wild in the Jozani Forest.


Follow our Foundation Scholars as they Circumnavigate the Globe!

Ann-Kathrin Merz
Georgetown University
BLOG: https://medium.com/@merz.annkathrin


Hannah Whitehouse
Northwestern University
BLOG: http://blog.undergradresearch.northwestern.edu/blog/hannahw

 


Singapore Chapter Mid-Year Dinner

President of the Singapore Chapter, Mr. Richard Hoon welcomed members to the Chapter’s Mid-Year dinner on July 24th. The event was held at the renowned Sentosa Golf Club which is one of the top 100 golf clubs in the world and host to the SMBC Singapore Open and HSBC Women’s Championship. It is located on the lifestyle, recreational and entertainment island of Sentosa very close to the place of the recent Singapore Summit of President Trump and President Kim Jong-un. A fun filled evening was enjoyed by all present.

 


The Last Shot

Sunset over Saint Andrew’s, Scotland. Cs. David and Dottie Mink enjoyed The Open golf tournament at Carnoustie.

Sunset over Saint Andrew’s, Scotland. Cs. David and Dottie Mink enjoyed The Open golf tournament at Carnoustie.

 

Luck to you!


David A. Mink
President
davidamink@me.com

 

Over the Horizon: Legendary Circumnavigator and Past President Charles Blaisdell

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Jul 112018

Legendary Circumnavigator passes away
Past President Charles Blaisdell

Charles “Charlie” Blaisdell

Charles “Charlie” Blaisdell

When Charles “Charlie” Blaisdell went over the horizon on July 1st, he had led the fullest of lives—travels, adventures and a commitment to making the world a better place. He served as president of the Circumnavigators Club and honorary president of the Circumnavigators Foundation. Just five months short of 103, he worked as an attorney right up until the end.

Born in Brooklyn in 1915, he attended Dartmouth and Columbia Law School. He joined the Circumnavigators in 1965. During his storied career, he served, among other things, as an FBI agent, his exploits recounted in the newspaper link below.

Charlie was known for his friendly smile and ability to make people laugh. A true gentleman, he will be missed by all. The Circumnavigators send out their deepest sympathy to his beloved wife Beatrice and his family.

Read the 2014 article about Charlie from Westchester Magazine:
Pound Ridge’s Charlie Blaisdell, Former FBI Agent, Hunted Nazis And Helped Jail Mobsters

July 2018 Circumbits

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The LOG is on its way

The new edition of our historical publication The LOG is arriving soon. It is filled with great stories and photos from our members and news about the Club. If you do not receive your copy in the next couple of weeks, please contract Tracy at headquarters by email at club@circumnavigators.org.

 

About The LOG and the Website

We are always looking for information, news and feedback about our two main vehicles of communication. Please send us your comments when you review the new issue. Also, please do not throw out the issue after you read it. It is an important “tool” for our Club in spreading the word about the Circumnavigators. Pass it on to your friends and neighbors, or return you copy to your Chapter or headquarters if you do not want to save it. The Log comes out twice a year, and our web site is updated on a regular basis with current news and info. We encourage members to pass on their best photos for possible use on the site or in The LOG. Let us know about your travels for “All Over the Map” and about personal “happenings” for Scuttlebutt on the site.

 


Mark your calendars

 

Although it seems like a long way off, please mark your calendars for our Order of Magellan event to honor Hall of Fame astronaut Robert Crippen. The event will be held in Naples FL on March 22, 2019. It isn’t too early to consider lodging and transportation for this major event.

 


Scuttlebutt Online…

For nearly a century, The LOG has carried a section called Scuttlebutt with news and info about our members. With the LOG only coming out twice a year, this news is far from timely, so we are now running Scuttlebutt on the website every month. Please send us news!

A Visit to America

C. Helen Jenkins, UK Chapter President and International Secretary, visited Los Angeles recently as she participated in the Million Dollar Round Table financial event. She met up with C. Neil Mandt, the Emmy-winning film producer, and Australian C. PJ Bryne who was also attending the event.

Neil and Helen. Notice the array of Neil’s awards in the background.

Million Dollar Round Table PJ and Helen far from their homes

Million Dollar Round Table PJ and Helen far from their homes

 

Circumnavigator honored 

Bradford with Major BA HAKU, African Union Commander at Mogadishu Airport, Somalia.

Bradford with Major BA HAKU, African Union Commander at Mogadishu Airport, Somalia.

C. Bradford Gary, Palm Beach Chapter, has been honored as donor of the year by the Stimson Center. He served on the Board of Directors at Stimson and was involved with these Stimson projects over the years: Arctic Navigation for Commercial Vessels, Improved Border Controls for Biological Pathogens and Sub-Sahara Africa Regional Defense Review. The Stimson Center announced, “We work to combat the world’s greatest threats to global peace and prosperity, and our efforts would be impossible without the generous financial support and involvement of our donors. This year’s honoree, Mr. Gary, is a perfect example of the outsized impact a single individual can have in furthering our mission.”

 

Congratulations to Aviator 

C. Matt Guthmiller, youngest aviator to fly solo around the world, has graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Matt received the Guinness World Record for his aviation achievement.

 

Member recognized as Top Traveler

Albert Podell, New York Metro, recently concluded a year of hard traveling to seldom-visited venues to reach his goal of topping the Wikipedia “List of People by Number of Countries Visited.” Although Al had visited every one of the world’s 196 recognized countries by 2014, the Wikipedia criteria include eleven de facto, but not widely recognized, “countries” like Somaliland, Transnistria, and Palestine, some of which Al had visited previously. To achieve his goal of 206, Al traveled with Quark Expeditions on a rare 33-day cruise (featured in the upcoming issue of The LOG) that crossed Antarctica and ended in Cape Verde after which Al flew to Casablanca, and then down for four days in Western Sahara, which was created after a 16-year-battle for independence from Morocco. This May he flew via Ukrainian International Airlines to Moldova in central Europe, from which he visited the breakaway republic of Gaugazia and also returned to Transnistria to take photos to document his visit. He then took a 22-day drive through the entire Caucasus Mountain range that ended in the nation of Abkhazia, which had broken away from Georgia in 2008. From there he flew via Sochi and Moscow to Lanarca in southern Cyprus and took a several-hour taxi ride to the Turkish enclave known as Northern Cyprus, reaching 206 quasi-countries and a tie for top traveler. Al was unable to visit the republic of South Ossetia in the heart of the Caucasus because Russia only granted him a double-entry visa instead of the triple-entry visa Al had requested. He plans to visit there next spring, which would bring his total up to 207, for sole possession of first place. “During the past year,” he said, “I was concerned that either Catalonia or Kurdistan would succeed in their movements for independence, requiring me to head to the airports to keep pace.”

 


The Last Shot

C. Lisa Brighton, Michigan Chapter, took the stunning shot of Lake Superior. Members are invited to send us their best photos for The Last Shot.

C. Lisa Brighton, Michigan Chapter, took the stunning shot of Lake Superior. Members are invited to send us their best photos for The Last Shot.

 

Luck to you!


David A. Mink
President
davidamink@me.com

 

June 2018 Circumbits

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Jun 012018


Hall of Fame Astronaut to receive Magellan honor

The Order of Magellan, the Club’s highest honor, will be awarded to highly decorated space pioneer, Commander Robert Crippen at an event on Friday, March 22, 2019 in Naples, Florida. Robert, a member of our Palm Beach Chapter, flew into space four times. He was the commander of the mission that included Sally Ride, the first woman in space who also received the Order of Magellan in 1985. The commander has received numerous honors, among them the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and induction into the U.S Astronaut Hall of Fame. Please plan to join us next March in sunny Florida to honor this American hero. More details will follow.

 


Annual Meeting held in New York

President Ellen Parke banged the historic whale-tooth gavel for her last time as she opened the Annual Meeting on May 18. New officers and governors were inducted at the event, and Circumnavigators thanked Ellen for her four years of service as president. New officers are David Mink (President), Dan Peterson (First Vice President), Brad Vogel (Second Vice President) and Helen Jenkins (Secretary). Gordon Whiting continues his role as Treasurer. New Board members are Greg Rider, Lion Curran, Kristen Koontz, and John Constable.

Ellen Parke welcomed new members Eric Oborski, Evan Rice, Vicki Levi, and Domitilia dos Santos.

Circumnavigator and author Evan Rice (Washington DC Chapter member) gave a fascinating presentation on his world travels.

 


Coming to this web site

In the weeks to come, we will be adding a new feature to this site to allow interaction among our members in a forum style. This will be used to share travel information and experiences. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, Carol Narup of the Chicago Chapter has query for our members. Does anyone use MASA Medical Transport Solutions? If so, how do they like it. Please reply directly to Carol by email to carol@narup.com.

 


Scuttlebutt Online…

For nearly a century, The LOG has carried a section called Scuttlebutt with news and info about our members. With the LOG only coming out twice a year, this news is far from timely, so we are now running Scuttlebutt on the website every month. Please send us news!

Circumnavigator on Cuba mission 

C. Barbara Hagstrom  (New York Metro) recently went to Cuba on a venture with Earthwatch. Here is her report:

Recently I joined a global organization called EARTHWATCH that matches “citizen research” volunteers with first class scientists from more than 40 field research expeditions around the globe. My 12-day expedition took me to the Cordillera forests of Central Cuba to work with top researchers who are closely monitoring plant and animal populations before Cuba faces a historical transition into a more-developed Cuba. Cuba’s isolation, created by the United States embargo in 1958, has created an astounding richness in ecosystems and species, making Cuba a global priority for biodiversity conservation as it comprises important habitats for migratory, resident, and endemic birds and many of the country’s unique reptiles and amphibians. Central Cuba is also home to the island’s fastest growing agriculture and tourism sectors, with most rural communities living near protected areas and relying on natural ecosystems and their wildlife. We researched the mountainous forests of Lomas de Banao Ecological Reserve and the fresh wetlands of Tunas de Zaza Wildlife Refuge. Each day we broke off in teams to measure out “transects” to measure the type of plants and trees, plus the number and type of birds, amphibians and reptiles. It was arduous work as the jungle-like undergrowth is very thick, machetes were definitely needed at times. The accommodations were minimal and to reach La Sabina Reserve it was a four-hour trek up 1,000 feet. I rode a mule which I discovered was a very sure-footed animal and up to the task of navigating a narrow, steep, stone riddled trail. It was not for the faint-of-heart. This project will be ongoing for three years with six teams.

 

Newspaper features Circumnavigator 

C. Tom Ambrose (Palm Beach Chapter) was recently featured in THE COASTAL STAR newspaper, which covers the Palm Beach Coast, in a story about his 40-year geological trek around the world exploring for petroleum in the seven countries where he lived. In Cuba, in 1957, he drilled the deepest oil well ever completed on the island. Later under the Castro regime he continued exploration until 1960 when he joined the Cuban exodus to Miami and then on to Southeast Asia to seek more oil. During eight years in Indonesia and Singapore Tom and his wife Thora fell in love with Bali Island, so upon moving to Florida in 1990 they built a Bali inspired house with backyard temple which offers the sense of living in Bali without having to travel the 22,000 -mile round trip. To read Tom’s unique story of global expatriate living and travel click here.

 


The Last Shot

C. Albert Podell just returned from an awesome/awful (depending on the weather) adventure to the south Atlantic. He saw countless penguins, including this happy group. You will read about Albert’s trip in the next issue of The LOG, coming out in the early summer.

C. Albert Podell just returned from an awesome/awful (depending on the weather) adventure to the south Atlantic. He saw countless penguins, including this happy group. You will read about Albert’s trip in the next issue of The LOG, coming out in the early summer.

 

Luck to you,


Tracy Sancilio
Executive Director
club@circumnavigators.org

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