March 2019 Circumbits

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Mar 012019

Attention All Photographers…
It’s Time for our Photo Contest!

Please submit your best photos from places you’ve traveled for the Circumnavigators Club Photo Contest.

Deadline: April 1, 2019


  • Human Interest
  • Flora & Fauna
  • Landscape
  • Architecture

Our Annual Photo Contest is fun for our members and helps support the Circumnavigators Foundation. It is a great way to share our photos with the membership. 

Here are the rules:
Photos are to be submitted via email as an attachment to Members are limited to five submissions. There is a $10 fee for each photo, which is a tax-deductible contribution to the Foundation. The photos do not have to be recent.

There will be three winning places in each category as well as an overall best photo. The photos will be judged by professional photographers.

There is no form to be filled out. Just send your email with the photos including the following:

  • Your Name
  • Chapter
  • Category of photograph
  • Title of photograph
  • Photographer’s statement

We will contact you if we need more info.

Entry fees can be sent via PayPal on our website or by check to “Circumnavigators Club Foundation” and mailed to the Circumnavigators Club, PO Box 465, Ramsey NJ 07446.

Let’s support this event! Our goal is to raise $1000 for the Foundation. All photos will be shown on the Club web site.

The overall winning photo from the last event by C. Suzanne Frye (New York Metro)

Header image: Category winners from the last event:  Architecture – Rhea Schwartz, Bruges at Night May 2015, “A perfect night to stroll along the canals”; Human Interest – Howard Matson, Jewish Prayer Shawl, “Tallit” Maker, Orthodox Quarter, Jerusalem; Flora & Fauna – Roger Weatherburn Baker, After the Kill, Okavango Delta, Botswana; Landscape – Roger Weatherburn Baker, Cappadochia, Turkey)

Spring is on the way

Roses in the Botanical Garden, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Roses in the Botanical Garden, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

March will be a busy month for Circumnavigators. For those in the northern United States, it will be a time of looking forward to nice Spring weather. Most importantly for the Club, we are anticipating a fantastic Order of Magellan Event on March 22, awarding our top honor to space pioneer Robert Crippen. The event will be held in Naples, FL on March 22, and it isn’t too late to sign up. All members received an invitation in the mail. If you are in need of a reservation form, please contact Tracy Sancilio at or 201-612-9100.

Annual Meeting in May

The Circumnavigators Club Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, May 17 at the Yale Club in New York. Members are invited to join the meeting, and guests are welcome to stay for lunch and the program. This year, C. Jim Foster will make a fascinating presentation on the Magellan Project which is planning to retrace the journey of Magellan 500 years ago. Invitations and details will be sent soon.

Service for Past President Ellen Parke

There will be a memorial service for Ellen who passed away unexpectedly in January. 

April 2, 2019
1:30 pm
St. John’s Church
Lafayette Square
Washington, DC

The Last Shot

C. Donna Suddeth (Naples Chapter) took this dramatic shot on the Lower Corniche Road outside Villefrache-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean Coast of France. Donna recommends lunch at the Cafe du Jardin in Chèvre d’Or.

Desert Chapter Meeting

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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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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.

Do you have a good photo for The Last Shot? Please send to

Luck to you!

David A. Mink
International President

Chicago Holiday Party

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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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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.

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