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

 

November 2018 Circumbits

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Nov 052018

A Time to be Thankful

With the doom and gloom in the world, extensively reported by our 24/7 news, it is sometimes hard to remember how much we have to be grateful for. Circumnavigators know that violence and weather catastrophes have been around throughout history. But we also know that advances in medicine, technology and communications have improved life for many of us. These advances have certainly made it easier to see the world and work to make it better. Take a moment to embrace the spirit of gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving to all our members, family and friends.

 

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

 

Magellan Award Dinner

An email was sent to all members on Friday, November 2nd regarding flight and hotel reservations for Magellan Weekend honoring Captain Robert Crippen March 21 – 24, 2019. Please check your email for details. If you did not receive the email, please contact headquarters at 201-612-9100 or club@circumnavigators.org.

 

Ham Radio, Anyone?

 

Circumnavigator Steven Barnett of Panama City, Panama (HP1STB) is an amateur radio operator who has proposed forming a group for Club members. Circumnavigators can visit members on the airwaves at home on when traveling. If you are a licensed ham radio operator, contact Steve at HP1STB@stevenbarnett.com.

 

Unusual Travel Tips?

Do you have any noteworthy travel tips that most people would not think to keep in mind while traveling? Something you never thought you’d need to remember when setting out on the next adventure? If you do, please send them to Second Vice President Brad Vogel at Brad.Vogel@gmail.com, as he is happy to funnel them to editor Chris Rovzar who heads Bloomberg Pursuits. Rovzar, a friend of Vogel’s, has requested any travel tips that are especially interesting or colorful for upcoming articles.

 


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!

Riding the Circumnavigators Club

Circumnavigators Howard Matson and Peter Mosse found an interesting piece of Club history. In the 1930’s, a Pullman car was named the Circumnavigators Club and served as an overnight train in the midwest until 1961. Howard found the info and Peter found the car, now in the Western Railway Museum in northern California. Peter had a chance to visit the train and meet its owner, Bill Kluver, who has maintained it for many years. More about this story in the next issue of The LOG.

Flying High at 80

Circumnavigator Bill Ashley, Washington DC Chapter, found a daring way to celebrate his 80th birthday. For the first time, he made a sky dive in Virginia. Fellow Circumnavigator Ray Olson made a jump before Bill. He says, “The lady videographer asked upon my landing — ‘How was it?’ and I responded — ‘If it were this good at 80 years old, just think how much more wonderful it will be at 90!’ She replied that she liked my attitude.” Bill is currently on his sixth circumnavigation.

Authors Among Us

Paul and Paulette Noble have each published a new book. It’s the first one for Paul and the 26th (!!) for Paulette. Their books are available on Amazon. Paul and Paulette are co-presidents of the Palm Beach Chapter, and recently returned home from a trip that included a visit to “Downton Abbey” in England. Congratulations to them!

Circumnavigators Hat on the Road

Circumnavigators Sue Murphy and Suzanne Frye (New York Metro) took an extensive journey to southern Asia, and our Club cap made some appearances. The shot here was taken in the Raja Ambat Islands. Members are encouraged to take their caps on their travels to boost the Club.

 


The Last Shot

Circumnavigator Albert Podell, author and adventurer, traveled really far off the beaten track to visit northern Caucasus. An 85-year-old woman is the last inhabitant of this crumbling village he found along the way. Albert’s “white-knuckle” adventure will be featured in the next issue of The Log.

Circumnavigator Albert Podell, author and adventurer, traveled really far off the beaten track to visit northern Caucasus. An 85-year-old woman is the last inhabitant of this crumbling village he found along the way. Albert’s “white-knuckle” adventure will be featured 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

 

Annual Holiday Party in New York

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Nov 022018


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

Thursday, December 13, 2018

at
46 E. 70TH Street

The Gallery, Fifth Floor
New York City

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres

Guests Welcome!

click here to print the invite

 

 

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!

October 2018 Circumbits

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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

 

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.

 

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