January 2017 Circumbits

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Jan 052017

HAPPY NEW YEAR!…

Best wishes for a Happy New Year to all Circumnavigators, Family and Friends. Our Club has now entered its 115th year, and we look forward to another year of exciting travels and events. It is worth noting that when the new U.S. President is inaugurated later this month, there will have been 20 Presidents during the lifetime of the Club, beginning with Teddy Roosevelt. Astounding advances in travel and communications have made the world a lot smaller than in those years. On the other hand, political unrest and terrorism have made the world a lot larger, with many popular destinations now inaccessible. So, our Club mission is as important as ever — to make the world better through friendship and understanding.

 

John & Annie Glenn with Jeff & Elizabeth Kelly

FAREWELL TO JOHN GLENN…

The world lost a number of outstanding people in 2016, among them Circumnavigator John Glenn. In 2001, Senator Glenn received our highest honor, the Order of Magellan, in “recognition of his lifetime contributions to the exploration of space and leadership of his country.”  250 Circumnavigators and guests packed the Union League Club as President Jeff Kelly presented Senator Glenn with his award. The world lost a hero and statesman, and the Club lost one of its most prestigious members.

 

Don at the South Pole

CIRCUMNAVIGATOR PARRISH FEATURED AGAIN…

Last month we reported that our prolific traveling Chicago Chapter member, Don Parrish, was featured in a major article in the German newspaper Die Zeit. Now the Chicago Tribune has run a wonderful piece on Don, recognizing his accomplishment as perhaps the most traveled person in the world. Click here to view the story (opens in a new window).

 

MEMBERSHIP DUES

Yearly membership dues invoices will be mailed this month. Please be sure to pay promptly by February 28th. If your mailing address has changed and you have not notified headquarters, please send an email to club@circumnavigators.org or call 201-612-9100.

 

CHINESE NEW YEAR DINNER IN NEW YORK

A Chinese New Year dinner will be held on Thursday, February 9 at the Golden Unicorn in New York City. We welcome all members and guests, whether you live in New York, or you happen to be visiting the area. Click on this link to view details (opens in a new window). Need directions to the Golden Unicorn? They’re here.

New! Circumnavigator Club Members can pay for their dinner tickets online in the Members-Only section.

 

THE LAST SHOT

Halyna Traversa, Naples Chapter, took this shot of school girls in her native Ukraine.

Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
Chair, Communications

December 2016 Circumbits

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Dec 022016
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Andre Borschberg

Aviation pioneer to receive Order of Magellan…

The Club is pleased to announce that Swiss aviator and entrepreneur Andre Borschberg will be the next honoree to receive The Order of Magellan.  He and Bertrand Piccard, one of the Club’s 1999 Magellan recipients, completed their circumnavigation aboard the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft in July 2016.  Using no fuel other than the sun’s energy, they demonstrated the capability of this “clean” technology.  The award will be presented to Andre Borschberg at a dinner in New York in the fall of 2017. Details will follow when arrangements are finalized.

The LOG is rolling…

The next issue of the Circumnavigators venerable publication is going in the mail. Members should be on the lookout for it to arrive in you mailboxes soon. This is a spectacular issue with great stories and photos from our members, as well as Club news and reports from our Foundation scholars. Please send us your comments and feedback when you read your copy. We had excellent participation from members for this issue.

click to view the full article (in German)

click to view the full article (in German)

Legendary Circumnavigator featured…

Don Parrish (Chicago Chapter), who is widely recognized as the most traveled person, was featured in a major two-page article in Die Zeit, probably the most prestigious newspaper in Germany. Unfortunately for English-only members, the piece is written in German and will not be published in English. The headline reads (in German): “No One has Seen more of the World than this Man.” The Circumnavigators Club is mentioned in the article under “Clubs Fur Vielreisende” (Clubs for the Well-Traveled). If you read German, there is a link to the article.

Do you have a web site of your own?

You can learn a lot more about Don Parrish on his web site, www.donparrish.com. Other members with web sites should send this information to us.

Get out those photos…

The Circumnavigators on-line Photo Contest and Exhibit will begin in January. Details will follow, but start digging into those great photos. The categories will be Human Interest, Architecture, Landscape and Flora & Fauna. All submitted photos will be posted on this web site. To see previous years, go to the tab on the Home Page for photos or click here. The contest will benefit the Circumnavigators Foundation.

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Join us Friday ~ December 9

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Fellow Circumnavigators at THE COFFEE HOUSE CLUB in New York City on Friday ~ December 9, 2016 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. More information and RSVP form here.

The Last Shot

Circum Paul Buescher (Pacific Northwest Chapter) captured this snowy owl in Alaska.

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Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
Chair, Communications

Holiday Party in New York

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Dec 122016

Circumnavigators Club members and guests celebrated the holidays at the Coffee House Club in New York City on December 9th. In attendance were new members Nolin Robinson and Marisa Rothstein from New York, and Michael Puldy from Redondo Beach, CA. Naples Chapter President Barbara Roy was also welcomed. A wonderful evening was enjoyed by all.

(click on any of the photos to see a larger version)

2001 Magellan Award recipient, Senator John Glenn died at 95

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Dec 102016
Senator John Glenn

Senator John Glenn

John Glenn Jr. was a famed Marine Corps aviator who was selected as one of the military test pilots for the American space program in the late 1950s and the 1960s. Apart from being the first American to orbit Earth and the fifth person in space, Glenn also participated in World War II and the Korean War. He spent 24 years in the U.S. Senate, representing Ohio. Senator Glenn passed away on Dec. 8, 2016 at the age of 95. More information here.

Naples Chapter Kicks Off Luncheon/Speaker Season

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Nov 162016

The Naples Chapter hosted 112 people at its November 13th luncheon/speaker season kickoff. Barbara Roy and Rick Jennewine gave a very enjoyable presentation regarding their exciting trip to Colombia, Argentina and the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Click on the image below to see a slideshow of photo from the event.

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Over the Horizon: Tom Maher

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Nov 042016
Tom Maher Bday maher The Co-Founder, former President, and National Board Member of our Naples Branch of Circumnavigators Club, Tom Maher, passed away peacefully at the age of 97 years today, November 3rd.  Tom had a very productive and active life; six children, executive with IBM, a volunteer for many civic activities in Naples.
 Tom and his wife Gloria loved to travel and were active right up the the last couple of years.  They also enjoyed the social activities at the Pelican Bay and Moorings Country Clubs. Tom enjoyed golf there also.
The viewing will be at the Fuller Funeral Home on Sunday, November 6th at 4 p.m..  A half hour later the casket will be closed and from 4:30 to 5 p.m. the guests may comment on their fond memories of Tom.  The funeral will be held at St. William Church at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 7th.  There will be a reception at the church following the service.
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