Jan 042015

Welcome to 2015

As the Circumnavigators Club enters its 113th Year, the Board of Governors and Executive Director Tracy Sancilio wish all our members and friends a Happy New Year. Best wishes for a healthy, happy year and safe travels. Be mindful of keeping up our mission to make the world a better place through friendship and understanding. Our wonderful world needs all the help it can get.

kellytimeTime Magazine cover for Honorary member Scott Kelly

Astronaut Scott Kelly, our 2012 Magellan Award recipient (along with his twin brother Mark) in 2012 was featured on a recent cover of Time. Scott becomes the eleventh Magellan honoree to be on a Time cover. The other covers were Sandra Day O’Connor, Walter Cronkite, Juan Trippe, Ted Turner, Herbert Hoover, Douglas MacArthur, Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, Barry Goldwater and Jacques Cousteau. Go to this link to see on the covers (on page 5).



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The blockbuster movie Unbroken premiered on Christmas Day. Based on the bestseller book, it tells the story of World War II hero Louis Zamperini, who died in 2014. Our own Tom Maher, International Governor and Naples member, had a close encounter with Zamperini at the 2000 Olympics. Tom wrote about the story for The Log that year. Tom fondly remembers his meeting with a true hero.

An Afternoon with Don Parrish

We have written a lot lately about our most travelled member, Don Parrish. Our most recent profile of Don is in the most recent issue of The Log, which can be accessed on this page. Another profile of Don recently ran on the web site www.besttravelled.com. You can read the story by going to this link. It is a good story, and a good web site for our members to enjoy.

Mark your calendars for 2015

If you are visiting Florida this winter from colder climes, our chapters in Naples, Palm Beach and Miami will always welcome you to their events.

Specifically, the International Board of Governors will hold its March meeting in conjunction with the Naples Chapter meeting on Sunday, March 8. Members and visitors will have the chance to meet International President Ellen Parke and many of the Governors, as well as the pleasure of a brunch meeting with our Naples Chapter.

On Saturday, April 11, Award-winning Journalist Ann Compton will receive the Order of Magellan at our event in Washington DC.

Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 29, in New York City. Check with headquarters for more information on these important events.

The Last Shot

This writer decided to use one of his own photos to close out January Circumbits. Winter may be beautiful, but this scene was one that helped prompt our move to Southwest Florida.


Luck to you!!




David A. Mink
Chair, Communications

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More Circumnavigators join our ranks

As the year 2014 comes to a close, it is worth noting that it was a banner year for membership. The number of new members nearly doubled from last year. The membership activity was helped by the Wall Street Journal story featuring the Circumnavigators Club. This story on Round the World travel brought the Club to the attention of a number of circumnavigators who inquired about joining. Membership was also aided by the spouse discount as noted below.

Discounted initiation fee for spouses extended

The Board of Governors has voted to extend the discount through 2015. An applicant sponsored by a spouse will pay an initiation fee of $50 instead of $150. This discount also applies to a married couple that joins at the same time. One spouse pays $150 and the other pays $50. Also, a new member applicant sponsored by a spouse will not require a seconding letter, in order to streamline the process.

Our newest members

The circumnavigators who join the Club always impress us. Every one has an interesting background and special talents and achievements. However, two new members have unique and outstanding accomplishments that need to be pointed out.

amelia2Amelia Earhart: circumnavigation record holder

Yes, you heard that right. Unrelated to her namesake, Amelia circumnavigated this summer by piloting her own plane—an achievement that, along with her name, garnered widespread international media coverage. At 31, she now holds the world record for the youngest woman to circumnavigate in a single-engine aircraft. She closely followed the route of the “original” Amelia Earhart who disappeared in 1937. Our new member lives in Denver and heads the Fly With Amelia Foundation. Members will be hearing more about her story in The Log.

Matt Guthmiller: Youngest pilot to solo circumnavigate


A 19-year-old MIT student, Matt made it around the world by himself this summer and now holds the Guinness World Record for his fund-raising mission. He logged more than 30,000 miles on this 44-day trip, taking him to 15 countries and six continents. He flew a 1981 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza on this arduous journey. Members will learn more about the trip in The Log.


The Last Shot

Circumbits will feature a great photo each month to share with our members. This shot was taken by Sophie Classen, Naples Chapter member, in her backyard in Bonita Springs, Florida.


Luck to you!




David A. Mink

Chair, Communications Committee

Members and guests celebrated the holidays at The Coffee House Club. New member Nanci Lanza was welcomed by all.
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From the Palm Beach Chapter

Palm Beach Chapter Celebrates the holidays at Sandpiper’s Cove
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From the Miami Chapter

Miami Chapter celebrates the holidays and welcomes new members Frances Winfrey and Gustav Schmidt.
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From the Naples Chapter

Holiday Gala at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club.  The Black Tie party was attending by 120 members and guests.
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Groundbreaking Journalist to receive Magellan honor

magellan2014Distinguished news correspondent Ann Compton, recently retired after 40 years with ABC, will receive the Circumnavigators Club Order of Magellan. The event will be held in Washington, DC on April 11 at the Cosmos Club.

Compton was the first woman to cover the White House for a major television news organization. During her career, she covered seven Presidents and ten presidential campaigns. Traveling with Presidents, Vice Presidents and First Ladies, she travelled to all 50 states and six continents.

She received an Emmy for her coverage as the only broadcast reporter onboard Air Force One on day of the September 11th tragedy.

Members should mark their calendars to join this Magellan event, honoring Compton. She is sure to have some riveting historic stories.

More details to follow.

Magellan Event to be held in Nation’s Capital

The Washington, DC Chapter will host next year’s event—the first time the Magellan will be awarded outside of New York City. This new venue (not a permanent one) will allow attendees to enjoy Washington, DC in its springtime glory. Plans will be made for visitors to enjoy some of the sights of our Nation’s capital.

Visiting New York City for the holidays?

Circumnavigators are invited to join the New York Metro group for a holiday cocktail party at the Coffee House Club in midtown Manhattan on December 19. Click here to view and print the announcement.

thelog2014smDid you receive The Log?

The Log, with its distinctive island cover, has been mailed to all members.  Please contact Tracy at headquarters if your copy did not arrive. The entire issue of The Log can be viewed online by clicking the cover icon on this web page, or here.

If you decide not to save or pass on your copy, please don’t throw it away. Chapters can make good use of these copies to give to potential new members or people interested in our historic Club. So please pass it back to the Chapters when you are finished.

We’re not perfect!

Like the New York Times, The Log has its corrections. We apologize to Foundation scholar Harmonie Kobanghe for misspelling her last name. And, sorry that we listed Robert Palmer Wolfe’s alma mater as University of Miami. All good Ohioans know it is Miami University in Ohio.

The last shot

Suzanne Frye sent us this gorgeous shot from Banff, Canada. Beauty just north of the border!


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Luck to you!




David A. Mink

Chair, Communications Committee

The Palm Beach Chapter of the Circumnavigators Club met on Sunday, Oct. 19th. See photos below (click on the image to enlarge it).


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