Desert Chapter Meeting

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Feb 152019

The Desert Chapter held a meeting on February 7 and welcomed Chicago Chapter members Dan and Melanie Peterson.

Chinese New Year Dinner in New York

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Feb 132019

On February 12th, Circumnavigators and guests celebrated the Chinese New Year at Evergreen Restaurant in New York City. A delicious dinner was served while Cs. Suzanne Frye and Sue Murphy shared their photos from a recent trip to Harbin. There was a fortune cookie contest where guests had to guess the number of cookies. C. Lois Kahan was the winner!

February 2019 Circumbits

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Feb 012019

A very sad note…Over the Horizon
A Tribute to Ellen Parke

By David A. Mink

During the Circumnavigators Club’s 117 years, there have been some truly extraordinary leaders. Past President Margaret Ellen Parke represents the best of them. Ellen passed away shockingly and suddenly at the end of a cruise to the Caribbean in the last days of January. She felt ill at the end of the cruise and was taken to a hospital upon the ship’s arrival in Miami. She passed away during an evaluation. As of this writing, many details of the incident and plans for funeral arrangements are still unknown.

Always modest, Ellen might have disagreed with our assessment of her great leadership, but consider the facts.

She made her first circumnavigation at the age of 12. Her father, Everett Parke, was a naval commander and diplomat whose career required many moves during Ellen’s early years. Among her “residences” was Saigon in the early 1960s where she spent seventh and eighth grades. While living in Norway, she first heard about the Club from Circumnavigator Mark Austad, then the U.S. Ambassador. Ellen asked the Ambassador if she could join the Circumnavigators, but was politely informed that the Club did not admit women.

Ellen was disappointed (and annoyed) but within a year, she was contacted by Ambassador Austad and told that the Club’s by-laws had been amended to allow women membership. He enthusiastically sponsored her whereupon she became one of the first woman Circumnavigator in May 1984. 

Back in Washington, DC in 1984 she found there was no presence of the Club in the Nation’s Capital and considered resigning. But she received a call from Club President Bob Peterson asking if her if she would lay the groundwork establishing a DC Chapter, and the rest is history.

Besides her active participation in the new Chapter (her father and mother became members), she held numerous positions in the Club and Foundation, culminating with her four years as President which concluded just last May.

Ellen’s passion for travel and the love of the world (and, of course, the Nationals) were truly contagious. This writer was privileged to know her for about a decade, and found she was vivacious and enthusiastic, always on the mission to make the world a better place through love, friendship and understanding.

We will all miss her.

On a Happy note…Wedding vows for C. Barb Roy and Robert Greene.

Barb and Robert were married in Naples, Florida, on January 25. Barb is the former President of our Naples Chapter and a long-time active leader of the Club. The wedding news resulted in a major story in the Sunday New York Times, which even mentioned the Circumnavigators Club. Congratulations to Barb and Robert!

Click to link to the New York Times article

New President for Singapore

President Michael Palmer and Past President Richard Hoon.

Outgoing Chapter President Richard Hoon passes the gavel to new President Michael Palmer. C. Palmer, partner in a notable law firm,  has held a number of important civic and political positions in Singapore. He served as a member of Parliament and speaker of the House. He is former chair of the National Police Cadet Corps. Our thanks to C. Hoon and best wishes to the new Chapter President.

Change in Nominating Committee

President David Mink appointed the Nominating Committee for 2019 in early January. An update has been made – Second Vice President Brad Vogel will take the role Nominating Committee Chair in place of Past President Ellen Parke.

Brad Vogel –  Second Vice President, Nominating Committee Chair
Bill Holm – Past President 
Jim Lungo – Board of Governors
Sue Murphy – New York Metro
Tina Nicholson – Board of Governors

Did you get your new issue of The LOG?

The LOG has been mailed to all members. If you have not received a copy, please contact Tracy Sancilio at headquarters. The new issue is packed with interesting stories and outstanding photos. As always, we appreciate any feedback. We are now working on the next issue which will be published next summer. Let us know if you have any good ideas for stories or photos. Make sure to send us photos and brief news about your travels for the All Over the Map feature.

White-knuckle tour

In The LOG, C. Albert Podell described his harrowing experience in the Caucasus. Albert reports that he has gotten feedback from several members about why he didn’t bail out after the first terrifying day. He explains,

“The problem is that, in those mountains, the only airport from which they could connect to a place (like Moscow) that had flights back to the States, is in Vladikavkaz, eight days drive further on, and if they wanted to turn around and fly from Makhachkala, where the drive began, there is no transport to get them back there. But I’m pretty sure that the friendly hermit would not mind if they stayed with him for a few days, although all he can offer for sustenance is week-old bread, vodka, unpasteurized milk, and dog food.”

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!

Journey aids Alzheimer fight

C. Edwin Galkin (New York Metro) has recently completed his third circumnavigation by small plane. This trip was billed “Flight for the Cure” and was designed to bring awareness to the world of this terrible disease. Ed, along with his co-pilot Marty Balk, completed the round-the-world trip in Ed’s Cessna 210. It was quite an adventure which can be followed on the web site Ed’s journey will be featured in The LOG next summer. Congratulations and thanks to Ed and Marty.

Icy paradise

Cs. Sue Murphy and Suzanne Frye (New York Metro) visited the Ice Festival in Harbin, China. Sculptures and buildings were made out of clear ice and then turned colorful by reflected lights.

The Last Shot

C. Ann Swinford (Michigan Chapter) took this shot of Emperor Penguins on Snow Hill Island in Antarctica.

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Luck to you!

David A. Mink
International President

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!

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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Dec 032018

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.

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Luck to you!

David A. Mink
International President


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