October 2018 Circumbits

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Oct 012018

Welcome To Our New Members

Six Circumnavigators joined our Great Circle after the Board of Governors meeting in September. They are:

Chris Arnett, Manhattan, New York
Vaibhav Abhyankar, Tampa, Florida
Ian Danic, Manhattan, New York
Katherine Kehoe, McLean, Virginia—joins Washington DC Chapter
Shelly Krygier, Marco Island, Florida—joins Naples Chapter
Lynn Payette, San Diego, California—joins Pacific Southwest Chapter

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

 

Do you use Facebook? Join The Circumnavigators Club Group Page.

This social media giant has had its share of challenges in recent years, but it is a great way to share and communicate if the users use the right plan. The Circumnavigators Club has a “Group” page on Facebook that can only be accessed by authorized members and guests. The Group and its posts are secure and not available for other Facebook users to see. Here’s how you can join the Group if you are a Facebook user:

How to join our Group…If you already have a Facebook account, log on, then go to the search field in the blue bar at the top of the screen.  Type The Circumnavigators Club and hit enter. That will take you to the Club’s page. Click on the “ask to join” button. You will be asked whether you are a Club member and, if not, whether you have been around the world.  Within a couple of days, one of the “admin” monitors will approve your request to join.  The page is “closed,” which means that only those approved by the “admins” can post items on the page and see who is part of the group. If you are not a Facebook user, you will need to get an account first.

How we interact on the Group Page…What is the most interesting island you have ever visited? Second Vice President Brad Vogel asked this question on the Group page and we got a lot of interesting responses, including two from New York Metro members who said Manhattan and Staten Island. Here are some of the other responses: Mauritius, Malta, Papua New Guinea, Ocracoke, Maui, Autitaki (Cook Islands), Galapagos, Madeira, Newfoundland, Trinidad, Lanzorate, Zanzibar, Vito Levu, Vabbinfaru, Palmerston Island, Bermuda, New Caledonia, and others. Intriguing, isn’t it?

 


Club “Business” Cards Available

Members are entitled to free cards which are a great tool for spreading the word about the Club to potential members or friends. Just contact Tracy at headquarters at club@circumnavigators.org.

 


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!

Artist exhibits in Tokyo

Circumnavigator Natalie Clark, a member of the DC Chapter and a noted artist, has a new exhibit in Tokyo. It is at The Container until November 26, 2018. Natalie’s work, called “Into the Curve,” explores womanhood and women’s rights. It transforms the confines of The Container into an interactive sensory environment, covering the entire interior of the gallery (walls, ceiling and floor) using traditional upholstery techniques. The work is intended to allow reflection on womanhood, fertility and femininity, and help to facilitate a discourse on women rights internationally and in Japan. It is inspired by the public and media rejection of the #MeToo movement in Japan.

Welsh Women Walking

UK Chapter President Helen Jenkins enjoyed a walking holiday in the Dolomites in Italy. She was with her walking group Welsh Women Walking. The banner was made for the group’s march in June to celebrate 100 years since some women got the vote in the UK. The banner now travels with them wherever they go. In the photo, Helen is on the right.

 

More “countries” for Circumnavigator

Albert Podell, New York Metro, went this year to the independent, but unrecognized, countries of Gaugazia, Abkhazia, Western Sahara, and Northern Cyprus. This, following Al’s earlier visits to Somaliland, Transnistria, and Antarctica, will tie Al for first place on the list Wikipedia maintains of the travelers who have visited the most “countries,” which includes several breakaway republics that are recognized as independent entities by only a few nations. Next spring Al plans to visit the final two.

 


The Last Shot

Helen Jenkins shot the long winding road in Italy on her walking tour.

Helen Jenkins shot the long winding road in Italy on her walking tour.

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

Luck to you!


David A. Mink
President
davidamink@me.com

 

Pacific-Northwest Chapter Members Gather for Fall Meeting

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Oct 162018

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On Saturday, September 22, the Pacific-Northwest Chapter gathered at the home of Cs. Jim and Caroline Farrell in Bellevue, WA. Cs. Geoffrey and Marilyn McGrath provided an excellent choice of wines while C. Caroline Farrell shared a delicious Italian buffet including an outstanding Tiramisu!

Desert Chapter Holds an End of Summer Gathering

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Washington DC Chapter Honors Foundation Scholar

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Sep 262018

On Saturday, September 22, Washington DC Chapter members and guests gathered for lunch at the Rosslyn Holiday Inn in Arlington, Virginia to honor Ann-Kathrin Metz, the Chapter’s 2018 Foundation Scholar. She is a senior at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Politics. The topic of her research is “How Enemies Become Friends: The Role of Regional Organizations in Replacing Rivalry with Cooperation.” Also in attendance were Lisa Gordinier, Assistant Dean of the School of Foreign Service, and Ann-Kathrin’s father, who came from California for the occasion.

 

Naples Chapter 2018 Italian Dinner Party

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Sep 102018

On September 8, 2018 the Naples Chapter of the Circumnavigators Club, organized a social dinner party for its members. The Italian Dinner Party was held at the residence of Pat Classen. Thirty-eight members attended. They enjoyed each other’s company, as well as the delicious meal served by a Naples caterer.

 

Click here to visit the Naples Chapter’s website and see more photos

September 2018 Circumbits

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Endless Summer

There was a time when this writer found Labor Day to be a bit of a downer. It meant summer was over, back to school or work, and the end of those fun carefree summer days. That all changed when I became a “snowbird”, spending the winters in sunny Florida where it’s summer all year long. I am sure it is the same feeling for the hundreds of Circumnavigators who live in Florida or other sunny climes like Phoenix and San Diego. Even those members who live in colder parts of the world, winter is a great time to travel—especially to the Southern Hemisphere where it’s summer!

 

All Over the Map

It is always amazing how our members constantly travel to remote places in the world. The problem is that we often don’t hear about the trips. In addition to our mission to make the world a better place, The Circumnavigators Club is a sharing club. Let us know about your travels and experiences. Just a few are listed below in the Scuttlebutt section below. To make it easier, just click on this email davidamink@me.com and send us a word or two about your recent trips. If we need more info or photos, we will contact you by email.

 

You’re Invited to Parliament

There are still a few spots left for the annual dinner at the House of Lords, hosted by our UK Chapter in London on Monday, December 10. It’s guaranteed to be a special, memorable evening. If you want to attend, please contact Helen Jenkins at helen_jenkins@btconnect.com or club@circumnavigators.org.


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!

Borneo Up Close

Circumnavigator Alice Lentzen, Riverside, Illinois, visited the heart of Borneo and was a bit dismayed to find the wildlife, including orangutans and sun bears, to be severely endangered. But, she found the people to be “friendly, honest and heartwarming.” She got the photo below of a fellow with his homemade cigarette holder. She also marveled at the spectacular caves and other natural formations. The other interesting photo below was taken from inside Deer Cave, the second largest cave in the world in Sarawak. Millions of bats exit at dusk and can be observed from a viewing platform. The photo looking out, shot by cell phone deep inside the cave, seems to show an image of Africa, and if you look carefully, the profile of Abe Lincoln.

Well done! 

Circumnavigators Arthur and Virginia Foster, Pacific Southwest Chapter, completed the End of Summer four-mile run from La Jolla to Pacific Beach. Virginia is the Chapter President.

 

Where in the world is Flint Island?

It seems like Circumnavigator Don Parrish has been just about everywhere in the world, but this year he traveled to the Southern Line Islands of Kiribati, which included Flint Island. Flint was discovered by Magellan on February 4, 1521, just 12 weeks before his death. Don was amazed by the large coconut crabs that hide in holes on the island. The crabs are estimated as about 60 years old and weighing 20 pounds. Don got a close up look but stayed away from those big claws.

 

Outer Banks Landing 

Executive Director Tracy Sancilio and her family vacationed this summer on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where her son Michael landed a good size shark on the beach.

 


The Last Shot

Proboscis Monkey in Borneo

Circumnavigator Larry Glick, Rowlett TX, has a serious hobby of shooting exotic birds and animals in the wild. He captured this shot of a Proboscis Monkey in Borneo. More of Larry’s photos will appear 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
President
davidamink@me.com

 

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