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.
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).
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