February 2016 Circumbits

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Albert Podell

Renowned Author & Traveler to speak at Annual Meeting…

World famous travel writer Albert Podell will speak at our Annual Meeting at the Penn Club in New York City on Friday, May 20 at 11:30. The meeting (open to members only) will be followed by a luncheon and the program. Guests are welcome for the luncheon and program. Fifty years ago, Mr. Podell began his life of adventure which has taken him to 196 countries. His book Around the World in 500 years tells his story. He has written more than 300 magazine articles. Find out more about him on the website www.albertpodell.com. This promises to be a great presentation, so mark your calendars. Please note that the meeting is at the Penn Club instead of our usual venue at the Yale Club because of scheduling problems.

A tribute to Charlie…

Circumnavigator and New Yorker Brad Vogel had a piece published in the New York Times Metropolitan Diary column about the 100th birthday celebration for Past President Charlie Blaisdell at a Club event in December.  Read it here.

Over the Horizon…

We are sorry to report the passing of Evelyn Peterson. As past president Howard Matson writes: “Evelyn truly exemplified the title of ‘First Lady’ of the Circumnavigators Club. Along with her late husband (Past President) Bob, she was held in the highest regard and esteem by all of the Club’s members.” The Petersons were very active in the Club and Foundation as philanthropists, volunteers and hosts. Evelyn died on January 8 at her home in Palm Beach, Florida. Our deepest sympathy to her sons Jeffrey, Bill, and Kent.

Matt and Shaesta

Matt Guthmiller and Shaesta Waiz

Aviators get together…

Our own Matt Guthmiller, world record holder as the youngest person to fly solo around the world, recently met with Shaesta Waiz, who is setting off later this year on her attempt to become the youngest woman to fly solo around the world. The two met with Circumnavigator and Club governor Angela McLean in Wichita, Kansas. Matt later flew to Naples, Florida, and addressed the Naples Chapter.

The Last Shot

Magellan honoree and honorary member Scott Kelly on his year in space took this stunning shot of Italy and the Alps.



 Luck to you!!




David A. Mink

Chair, Communications

January 2016 Circumbits

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Jan 052016
SECOND PLACE Steven Barnett, Flora & Fauna, Feeding Time in Antarctica

SECOND PLACE Steven Barnett, Flora & Fauna, Feeding Time in Antarctica

Happy New Year!

We hope you enjoyed the holidays and are ready for an exciting new year.

Mark your calendar for our Annual Meeting on Friday, May 20th at the Penn Club.

Always remember to check the events calendar while planning your travels. Our Chapters encourage members attend whether near or far.

Luck to you!




Tracy Sancilio

Executive Director


Singapore Chapter 2016 AGM

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Jan 202016
President Mr. Graham Bell chaired the 2016 AGM of the Singapore Chapter, followed by an excellent dinner at the Tower Club, Singapore.

Naples January Luncheon

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Jan 152016

View photos of the January Naples Chapter Luncheon by clicking the photo above or the link at left.

January 10, 2015 Luncheon

The Naples Chapter meeting was very well attended with 130 participants.  The guest speaker was Matthew L. Guthmdller, who gave a most interesting presentation of his solo circumnavigation of the world in a private plane.

Click here to see a slideshow from the event (link opens in a new window)

Join us for our Chinese New Year Banquet

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Jan 152016

Chinese New Year Banquet

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Lychee House
141 East 55th Street, New York City
(between Lexington and 3rd Avenue)

The Year of the Red Monkey

Monkey symbol of 2016 on the Chinese calendar.
Time 6:30 p.m. ~ Cash Bar
7:00 p.m. ~ Chinese Banquet
Cost $65.00 per person (includes dinner and 1 complimentary drink)
RSVP by February 8, 2016, registration form here.

Dinner in New York at Ali Baba Terrace

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Jan 152016

Circumnavigator members and guests enjoyed a wonderful evening at Ali Baba’s terrace in New York City on January 12th. New York members welcomed Will and Maria Mason from the Pacific-Northwest Chapter. A delicious Turkish dinner was served followed by a presentation on Turkey given by member Richard Shiu.

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