The Naples Chapter has held the March 12th luncheon, at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club. We had a record turnout, with 145 members and guests attending. Our special speaker Albert Podell came from New York, to tell us all about the 196 countries that he had visited over 50 years. There were many spectacular pictures and much interesting commentary about his numerous adventures, for us to see and hear. It was a delightful, and humorous presentation, enjoyed by all.
Spring is on the way!
For most of the northern climes of the United States, this winter has been a Jekyll and Hyde of extremely bitter cold and unseasonable warmth. Now, it’s comforting to know that Spring is right around the corner. Many Circumnavigators took to the road during the winter, and many more are planning trips in the upcoming months. Please let us know about your travels, by emailing this writer at firstname.lastname@example.org or our executive director Tracy Sancilio at email@example.com. We are beginning plans for the next issue of The LOG for the late Spring and we will feature this info in our All Over the Map section.
Don’t miss the Annual Meeting…
Our Annual Meeting will be held on May 19 at the Yale Club in New York City. Our featured speaker will be Dylan Thuras, author and founder of the website Atlas Obscura. We will also be honoring our long-time treasurer George Sanborn, who is retiring from this post.
If you are planning to visit Florida this month, you might want to visit our Chapters in Naples, Miami or Palm Beach. Circumnavigator Albert Podell, adventurer and author, will address all three Chapters in what will undoubtedly be a witty and informative presentation. Here are the dates of each event:
Naples Chapter: Sunday, March 12
Miami Chapter: Saturday, March 18
Palm Beach Chapter: Sunday, March 19.
Please contact Tracy at headquarters if you need more info about these events.
The Last Shot
This writer visited a bucket list locale, one that has been seen by many Circumnavigators — the spectacular Iguazu Falls in Argentina.
Luck to you!
David A. Mink
Chair, Communications Committee
On Sunday February 12th, 2017, the Naples Chapter members gathered for their monthly meeting at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club. The meeting was very well attended by 124 guests, who enjoyed the usual delicious luncheon, while looking out on the many sail boats and yachts in the harbor. However, the main event was the interesting presentation given by Bill Ashley from our Washington Chapter. Bill spoke of his journey to Papua New Guinea, a country that is not very well known, nor travelled. He also showed us many fantastic looking pictures of the special tribal festival, which he was able to attend. A truly rare event.
Atlas Obscura Founder to speak at Annual Meeting
Dylan Thuras, author and founder of the fascinating website Atlas Obscura, will address the Circumnavigators Annual Meeting in May. So, mark your calendars and plan to join us at the Yale Club on May 19 in New York. The meeting (for members only) will start at 11:30, followed by lunch and the presentation (guests are welcome). Atlas Obscura is described as the definitive guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places. Check out www.atlasobscura.com to find out more.
This year’s annual meeting will also recognize George Sanborn, who is retiring as club treasurer after several decades.
Look forward to see you there!
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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.
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.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
David A. Mink