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International Weekend in New York City

International Weekend began with a Goodwill Reception on Thursday, October 26 at the Cornell Club in New York City. New York members welcomed fellow members from around the globe.

On October 27, members and guest honored Solar Impulse Pilot André Borschberg at a black-tie event held at the historic Penn Club in New York City. The evening began with a wonderful cocktail hour where members and guests had a chance to meet Mr. Borschberg and enjoy each other’s company. John Philip Sousa’s Circumnavigators Club March welcomed everyone into the dining room to be seated.

International President Ellen Parke welcomed members and guests to this historic event. Past President and Magellan Award Committee Chair Howard Matson gave his introductory remarks and called to the podium the Officers, Governors, Past Presidents, Chapter Presidents and representatives of the Circumnavigators Club to present the Order of Magellan to André Borschberg.

Mr. Borschberg gave an extraordinary address and a wonderful dinner was enjoyed by all.

Click on this photo to see a slideshow of more photos

 

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Club Merchandise

We have a limited number of blazer badges available for $50. Also available are red ties, ladies scarves and Club hats (white or black). You can pay on the website using Pay Pal or send a check to headquarters at P.O. Box 465, Ramsey, NJ 07446.

The Last Shot

C. Ann Swinford, member of the Michigan Chapter, shot the Northern Lights in Fairbanks, Alaska. The next Log, coming out in December, will feature “Lands of the North”.

 

Luck to you,

 

 

David Mink

Communications Chair

October 2017 Circumbits

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Oct 022017

Magellan Event to be held this month…

Mountain View, USA, April 23rd 2016: Solar Impulse landed at Moffett Airfield, completing the Pacific crossing.

Adventurer and Explorer André Borschberg will join the prestigious list of recipients of the Circumnavigators Club’s highest honor, The Order of Magellan. The black-tie event will be held at the Penn Club in New York City on Friday October 27. The deadline for registering is quickly approaching— October 6. Also, the deadline for rooms at the Penn and Yale Clubs is October 3. Members and guests won’t want to miss this event honoring Borschberg who co-piloted the around-the-world flight of Solar Impulse 2. More details about attending the event are available here.

 

Circumnavigators and North Korea…

Many club members have traveled to North Korea over the past many years. With the newsworthiness of travel to this forbidding country, our club can offer a unique perspective. We are planning a report for the next issue of The LOG. If you have been to North Korea, please contact David Mink by email davidamink@me.com. All names will be kept strictly confidential and anonymous upon request. Some members who went to North Korea had to sign an agreement not to write about their trip in order to protect the tour company.

A member who wishes to remain anonymous took this shot in North Korea.

 

The LOG needs your help…

We are looking for travel info from our members for the column All Over the Map. Just drop us a line by email to David at the above address or Editor Tracy Sancilio at info@circumnavigators.org.

Photo contest postponed…

For technical reasons our Photo Contest has been postponed until later in the year. Details to follow.

The Last Shot

Circumnavigator Katie Koontz, who is studying abroad this semester in Morocco, shot this scene at the beach near Rabat.

 

Luck to you!

September 2017 Circumbits

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Upcoming Events

The Club’s annual Oktoberfest event will be held in New York City on Tuesday, September 19 at Reichenbach Hall. It will be a festive evening of friendship and dining with wonderful German cooking (and perhaps a beer or two!). The cost is $45 per person and Circumnavigators are welcome to bring guests. If you have been to Oktoberfest in Munich, you will be welcome to share your experience. The reservation form can be found here, or get your tickets online here.

The Magellan Award dinner is coming up on October 27th to honor explorer and adventurer Andre Borschberg, co-pilot of Solar Impulse 2, which circumnavigated the globe using only solar power. The black-tie event will be held at the Penn Club in New York City. Further information will be posted on the website and an invitation will be mailed soon.

 

We are working on the next LOG

Scheduled for early December, we want input from Circumnavigators for our columns All Over the Map and Scuttlebutt. Just send us a line or two or a photo about recent trips or planned ones.

Have you been to North Korea?

We would like to hear from our members who have traveled to North Korea for a story about travel to this country that generates so many headlines. Please contact David Mink at davidamink@me.com. We will keep information anonymous if requested.

Photo Contest Deadline

The Photo Contest has been postponed due to technical difficulties with uploading photos. A future date will be announced.

Circumnavigator Podell takes his first cruise

After 60 years of travel, Author and Adventurer Albert Podell took his first cruise, rounding Cape Horn. His account of the trip will be published in International Travel News (ITN). The cruise was not all fun and games, as Albert describes it. You can read his story here.

Albert poses on an ice floe in this obvious fake shot off the coast of South America.


The Last Shot

Circumnavigators Ann Swinford and Mo Elfouly, of the Michigan Chapter visited Idaho Falls, Idaho for the solar eclipse on September 13. As Ann describes it, “The temperature dropped 20 degrees, women around me put on sweaters.  I saw a flock of seagulls heading to roost and Venus and the stars came out. People were quiet.  We had two minutes of this mystery when the sun came back.   I nearly shouted, “Do it again!” Mo shot this stunning shot of the event.

 

Luck to you!

 

 

David A. Mink

Chair, Communications

August 2017 Circumbits

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Aug 042017

Andre Borschberg

Magellan Dinner to Honor Andre Borschberg on October 27, 2017

Andre Borschberg, one of the Swiss pilots who flew the Solar Impulse 2 battery-powered aircraft around the world, will receive the Club’s Order of Magellan at a gala dinner in New York on Friday, October 27, 2017. The venue is the Penn Club (30 West 44th Street) in midtown Manhattan. It will be an exciting opportunity for members and guests to honor Borschberg and to celebrate this remarkable achievement in aviation. For more information about the flight of Solar Impulse 2, see the article on p. 4 of The LOG (2016, Number Two). Registration for the dinner will begin in September. The Officers and Governors look forward to seeing you in New York!

Calling All Photographers! ~~~ Time for the Photo Contest

The Photo Contest has been postponed due to technical difficulties with uploading photos. A future date will be announced.

Please submit your best photos for the Circumnavigators Club Photo Contest.

Deadline: Sept. 15, 2017

Categories:     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. There is a fee of $10 per photo submitted (limit 10 submissions per person).

Singapore Chapter Mid-Year Dinner

Mr. Graham Bell, President of the Singapore Chapter, welcomed members to one of the most iconic “black and white” houses in Singapore for the Chapter’s annual mid-year dinner. Members enjoyed a great evening of good food, great wines, beautiful music and great fellowship.

 

The Last Shot

from Roger Weatherburn Baker, After the Kill, Okavango Delta, Botswana
(First Place, Flora & Fauna in last years photo contest)

Luck to you!

 

 

Tracy Sancilio
Executive Director

July 2017 Circumbits

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Jun 302017

Happy Independence Day

to our American members at home and abroad!  To all our members in the Northern Hemisphere, we wish a happy and fun-filled summer!

 

The LOG coming soon…

This cover was second option. Photo by Albert Podell.

The summer issue of The LOG is at the printer and will be mailed shortly. If you do not receive it in early July, please contact Tracy at headquarters. We always appreciate feedback from our members after they read the issue, so please email comments to club@circumnavigators.org.

The new issue features the people of the world;  the cover to the right is not the actual cover. It finished second but it’s a great one nonetheless. Members will love the actual cover.

World’s largest passport?…

Eric Oborski (New York Metro) was recognized by the Smithsonian Institution for having perhaps the world’s largest passport.

With more than a dozen passports, Eric has amassed about 1400 pages, a record that probably will never be broken with the U.S. government now limiting the number of pages. Eric’s career in the travel business led to this amazing accomplishment.

The passport shown here, covers from 1997 to 2007, has 331 pages. You can read about Eric’s feat on the Smithsonian website.

Eric Oborski and his 331-page passport

 

Club gear available online

Ladies Scarf $25
Red Tie $25
Blue Tie $25  (limited quantity)
Hat (black or white) $20

The Last Shot

Brad Vogel (New York Metro) reveals the sunset at midnight in Iceland.

 

 

Luck to you!

 

 

David A. Mink, Chair, Communications

June 2017 Circumbits

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Jun 022017

115th International Annual Meeting……

International Treasurer George Sanborn

International President Ellen Parke and guest speaker Dylan Thuras

On May 19, Circumnavigators Club members attended the 115th International Annual Meeting at The Yale Club in New York. International President Ellen Parke welcomed members and called the meeting to order with a tap of the historic William Jennings Bryan whale’s tooth gavel. After the meeting, a special tribute was made to long-time Treasurer George Sanborn for his dedication and service to the Club for 40 years.

After the meeting, members and guests enjoyed a delicious lunch while guest speaker Dylan Thuras gave an engaging presentation on his travel adventures written in his book Atlas Obscura.  

Chapter Chairperson Ray Olson, Past President Esther Dyer, Foundation President Greg Rider, Past President and Foundation Honorary President Charlie Blaisdell, Past President Howard Matson, International President Ellen Parke, Foundation Treasurer Jeff Kelly, Club Treasurer George Sanborn, Second Vice President Dan Peterson, Secretary Sue Murphy, Past President Bill Holm, Board Member Brad Vogel, First Vice President David Mink, Board Member Jeff Peterson, Membership Chairperson Barbara Hagstrom, Board Member Henry Restarick.

Follow our Foundation Scholars as they travel around the world….

Click on the names below to see where Foundation Scholars’ blogs, and where they are traveling (links open in a new windows).

Cassidy Gasteiger
Georgetown University

Margot Zuckerman
Northwestern University

Maryssa Pallis
Florida Gulf Coast University

Maryssa Pallis, Florida Gulf Coast University: https://maryssatradingplaces.wordpress.com/
Cassidy Gasteiger, Georgetown University: https://statelessnessblog.wordpress.com/
Margot Zuckerman, Northwestern University: http://blog.undergradresearch.northwestern.edu/blog/margot/

Goodwill Connection….

Would you like to meet other Club members who might visit your city?  Perhaps show them around or offer some hospitality?  Just let Tracy, the Executive Director, know that you would like to be part of the Goodwill Connection.  She will let you know when a member is traveling in your area.

The Last Shot

Circumnavigators Janet and Henry Restarick recently visited Antarctica, where they took this stunning photo (click to see a larger version). Their story will be featured in the upcoming issue of The LOG, due out in early July.

 

Luck to you!

 

 

Tracy Sancillio
Executive Director

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