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January 2019 Circumbits

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Jan 022019

Organiverse, Henri van Bentum

Happy New Year to all our
Members, Family and Friends!

As the Circumnavigators Club enters its 117th year, we look forward to an exciting, eventful year, which will include our Magellan Award event in Naples in March. We know our members will continue to travel far and wide and we ask everyone to share their experiences.

Canadian Circumnavigator Henri Van Bentum and his wife, Natasha, join us in the New Year wishes with Henri’s artistic renderings of the Winter Solstice, Christmas and New Year. These paintings are “Organiverse”, created by Henri dot by dot.

Top: Organiverse Mandala #25 of #100, Helios Edition, Henri van Bentum; Bottom: Top: Organiverse Mandala #25 of #100, Starry Night Edition, Henri van Bentum

A Lordly Affair

The U.K. Chapter held its 10th Annual Dinner at the House of Lords with about 60 members and guests in attendance. The event was hosted by Lord Richard Faulkner, formally known as Lord Faulkner of Worcester. Also attending was Lord Peter Inchcape, formally the Earl of Inchcape. The festive event included a tour of the chambers, a presentation by Circum Kane Avellano who circumnavigated by motorcycle. Circum Douglas Nickson, a relatively new member from Washington State, made a brief presentation about his decades-long project to duplicate the House of Lords library in his home. This was his first time to see the actual library. A number of Americans, including this writer and his wife Dottie, attended the memorable dinner. Thanks to Chapter President Helen Jenkins for organizing it.

Wild about Harry

Harry Houdini is among the most illustrious of the Club’s early members. The magician was the “rock star” of this time, known to just about everyone. John Cox operates a web site Wild About Harry, and we recently reached out to John when he spoke about Houdini at the New York Historical Society. John is the ultimate expert on all things Houdini, but he never heard about his connection to the Circumnavigators. He was overjoyed to get new info and never-seen photos of Harry. He posted the following item on his blog, which can be viewed via the following link.

Houdini and the Circumnavigators Club


Scuttlebutt Online

For nearly a century, The LOG has carried a section called Scuttlebutt with news and info about our members. With the LOG only coming out twice a year, this news is far from timely, so we are now running Scuttlebutt on the website every month. Please send us news!

It’s Sir Michael Palin

Michael Palin, perhaps best known for his role in Monte Python, was The Circumnavigators Club Magellan honoree in 2009, in recognition of his travel documentaries and writings. Now Michael has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
Palin said, “I have been a knight before, in Python films. I have been several knights, including Sir Galahad. I don’t think it will (sink in) until I see the envelopes addressing me as Sir Michael Palin.” Congratulations to our Magellan awardee.

A festive wedding

Circumnavigator Elizabeth Rider was recently married to David G. Schiff at Greenwich Country Club in Greenwich, Ct. Elizabeth is the daughter of Foundation President Greg Rider and wife Kathy.

(L-R) Kathy and Greg, the newlyweds, and guests Elizabeth and Foundation Treasurer Jeff Kelly

The Last Shot

Circumnavigator Gunther Winkler took this stunning shot in Patagonia, Argentina near Lake Viedma, which is surrounded by mountains and glaciers. Gunther reported that shortly after he took this photo, a fierce wind blew him over and he landed on his backside. Gunther and his wife Maria are new members of the Naples Chapter.

Do you have a good photo for The Last Shot? Please send to club@circumnavigators.org.

Luck to you!


David A. Mink
International President
davidamink@me.com

Chicago Holiday Party

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Dec 182018

The Chicago Chapter celebrated the holidays at the Helen and Bryan Lathrop House, designed by Charles McKim and completed in 1892.  The Lathrop House was designated as a Landmark by the city of Chicago in 1973 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Mary Houston, Program Vice President, gave an interesting presentation with detailed history of the building. It was a wonderful evening!

Pacific Northwest Holiday Party

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Dec 182018

The Pacific-Northwest Chapter celebrated the holidays on December 15. Everyone enjoyed a terrific evening!

Annual Holiday Party in New York

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Dec 182018

Circumnavigators and guests celebrated the holidays on December 13 at the Explorers Club. The Past President of the Explorers Club gave an interesting presentation on the history of the Club while guests enjoyed a wonderful cocktail reception.

December 2018 Circumbits

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The Log

Best Wishes for Joyous Holidays

The holiday season just seems to arrive quicker every year. It’s a wonderful time and the Circumnavigators Club has been celebrating for 116 years. We found this old cover of the LOG , circa 1920, illustrated by member and famed artist L. M Glackens. Apparently it shows an international crowd bearing gifts and it’s worth a good look. Happy Holidays to all our members, family and friends.

Welcome to our newest members

These Circumnavigators joined our Great Circle after the November Board of Governors meeting.

Kane Avellano, United Kingdom Chapter
Randall Barclay, Cuttingsville, Vermont
Russ Bredholt, Palm Beach Chapter
Diane Cole, Pacific-Southwest Chapter
James Furby, Pacific-Southwest Chapter
Amy Gardner, Chicago Chapter
Grace Landon, Palm Beach Chapter
Thomas Love, Palm Beach Chapter
Maureen O’Gorman, Naples Chapter
Theodore Peroulakis, Palm Beach Chapter
Keith Sbiral, Chicago Chapter
J. Calvin Wilson, Washington DC Chapter

More about these new members in the next issue of The LOG.


Celebrate the Holiday Season with fellow
Circumnavigators at The Explorers Club!

46 E. 70th Street
The Gallery, Fifth Floor
New York City

Thursday, December 13, 2018
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres

Guests Welcome!

click here to print the invite

click here to register online


Magellan Award Dinner

The Magellan Award dinner invitation is going in the mail soon. We hope you can attend this wonderful event in Naples, FL!


Foundation would appreciate year-end gifts

The Circumnavigators Foundation needs your help to continue its mission. President Greg Rider is dedicating this year’s tax-deductible contributions to the memory of recently departed President Emeritus Charlie Blaisdell. Members and friends can make a contribution via Pay Pal on the Club web site or by sending a check to the Foundation. Thank you for your consideration.

 


Scuttlebutt Online

For nearly a century, The LOG has carried a section called Scuttlebutt with news and info about our members. With the LOG only coming out twice a year, this news is far from timely, so we are now running Scuttlebutt on the website every month. Please send us news!

Exploring Croatia By Circum John Weed, Desert Chapter

By Circum John Weed, Desert Chapter

The Dalmatian Coast is a land of diverse beauty and friendly people. We recently spent nearly two weeks traveling and hiking along the rocky, mountainous coastline of Croatia. A young country with an ancient history, the Croatian coast, in summer is hot and humid – although one day we just missed a hailstorm atop a cool mountain!

Our travels began with several days in Trogir, on the Adriatic just outside of Split. We stayed in the heart of Trogir’s Old Town, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the colorful waterfront promenade in Trogir to a hike across the island of Ciovo, to the ancient Gospa od prizidnice chapel overlooking the Adriatic, our first days in Croatia were enchanting.

A magical day was spent in the Krka National Park. Our walk there consisted of a very long, winding boardwalk built almost entirely over water. At nearly every turn we came upon a new waterfall. The large sound of small frogs filled the air, as well as incredible birdsong. The three-hour walk ended with a boat ride complete with wild goats and a stop at the lovely 14th century monastery on Visavac Island.

Heading down the coast, we spent a day in Split, visiting Diocletian’s Palace. Built in the 300s as a “retirement home” for the Roman Emperor, it, too, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cool cellars are comprised of the original stone. The main floor, largely open to the elements, retains its original form – perhaps the most surprising thing about the Palace and adjoining Medieval Town are the number of current inhabitants living in the ancient apartments!

The town of Makarska is considered part of the Dalmatian Riviera. Mountains tower over the town and are reflected in the waters of the Adriatic. A challenging hike was to be had when we ascended over the ridge of a nearby mountain and then descended into the Cetina Canyon, where we were taken by boat to Omis, an old pirate stronghold. Another day, we went to the so-called “hinterlands” near the border with Bosnia. There, we hiked through fields of poppies and produce and vineyards, making our way to a lovely wine tasting and a riverside traditional “peka” meal of veal and potatoes.

Finally, out of Makarska we hiked to the top of the 2nd tallest mountain in Croatia, in the Biokova National Park. In an otherworldly terrain, filled with wildflowers and open vistas, we saw the ruins of many old stone homes and farms. Lunch was at a hidden mountain hut – oddly named “Namaste”!

The island of Mljet was our next stop. The southern end of Mljet is another National Park; there we hiked around two lakes and had lunch at a tiny island monastery.

Our final destination was the ancient city of Dubrovnik. On one day, we went south, near the border of both Montenegro and Bosnia, where we took a hike along the coast to the small village of Cilipi. There we were treated to an old Croatian folk dancing performance.

Our last day in Croatia was spent in Old Town Dubrovnik.
Surrounded by the famous city walls, the auto-free streets are
cobblestone and very picturesque. Ancient churches and homes of nobility are contained within the walls.

Croatia will remain to us a beautiful land. The lovely people, the spectacular landscapes,the great food, and the ever-present Adriatic…all combined to make a perfect holiday.

 


The Last Shot

Circum Lisa Brighton, Michigan Chapter, caught this pensive shot of a tribesman in Kenya. More of Lisa’s spectacular tribal photos will run in the next issue of The Log.

Circum Lisa Brighton, Michigan Chapter, caught this pensive shot of a tribesman in Kenya. More of Lisa’s spectacular tribal photos will run in the next issue of The Log.

Do you have a good photo for The Last Shot? Please send to club@circumnavigators.org.

Luck to you!


David A. Mink
International President
davidamink@me.com

 

Desert Chapter Meeting at the Arizona Country Club

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Nov 282018

Members of the Desert Chapter met on November 18 at the Arizona Country Club

 

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