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

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

May 2017 Circumbits

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May 022017

Spring is here…

Except for our Singapore Chapter, Spring has arrived and Circumnavigators look forward to another season of travels and adventures (although our prodigious traveling doesn’t seem to be seasonal). The LOG, coming out in the early summer, wants to know about your recent trips and travel plans for our All Over the Map section. Just drop us a short note or photo, so we can share your travels with other members. Send directly by email to davidamink@me.com or club@circumnavigators.org.

Join us May 19…

Also in May, our Annual Meeting will be held on May 19 at the Yale Club. The meeting, luncheon and presentation by the Atlas Obscura founder will be an interesting event and a chance to meet with fellow Circumnavigators. Co-authored by our speaker, Dylan Thuras, the book Atlas Obscura—An explorer’s guide to the world’s hidden wonders — will be available for sale. This well-reviewed book takes the reader to more than 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world. Please sign up for the meeting here.

Our web site…

This month, members will be receiving a short survey through Survey Monkey about our web site. We are making plans to revamp the site to allow more interaction for Circumnavigators. The brief survey will give us some info to help us improve the site. It will also ask a few questions about our Circumnavigators group page on Facebook. Thanks for helping us!

Caps and badges…

We have a fresh inventory of Circumnavigators caps, available in black or white for $20 each. Let Tracy know if you are interested in purchasing a hat.  Our handmade Club blazer patches are also available for $50 each. Only three left!

Only 3 of our handmade Club badges are left! Get yours now…

How about a Circumnavigators Club hat to wear on your travels? Dottie and David Mink wear their Club caps at Old Head Golf Course, Ireland

 

Dinner and Program at the Coffee House

On Tuesday, April 25 members and guest enjoyed a wonderful dinner and program in New York with guest speaker Theodore Scull, a New York-based author, travel writer and lecturer. Among his 12 published books published are 100 Best Cruise Vacations, Ocean Liner Odyssey, and Ocean Liner Twilight. He is Co-Founder of quirkycruise.com, an informational website describing cruises on small ships that carry between 10 and 300 passengers.  New York members welcomed Cs. Jim Foster and Stefan Krasowski from the Pacific-Northwest Chapter and C. Bruce Kropschot from the Naples Chapter. Secretary Sue Murphy presented C. Stefan Krasowski with his membership certificate.
(Click on any of the images below to see a larger version)

Two Circumnavigators Club Members Release Children’s Trilogy!

Desert Chapter member Phyllis (PJ) Heyliger and C. Henri van Bentum from Canada, released three children’s fables now available on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.  Phyllis is a talented illustrator who joined with Henri as her writer to create beautiful illustrations and lovely stories.

Click on image to learn more about these books on Amazon

The Last Shots

The world’s most traveled man, Chicago Chapter member Don Parrish, sends along these trail signs from Sri Lanka.


 

Luck to you!

 

 

David A. Mink
Chair, Communications

April 2017 Circumbits

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Apr 052017

Ted Scull, QuirkyCruise.com

Author to address Circumnavigators…

Theodore Scull, New York based author, travel writer and lecturer, will address Club members at a dinner event in New York on Tuesday, April 25. Ted has written 12 books and his focus is on travel on small ships.  All members are welcome for the program which promises to be fascinating. Please see the event details below. You may place your ticket order here.

Annual Meeting coming next month

Please join us for our Annual Meeting at the Yale Club in New York on May 19.  Our featured speaker will be Dylan Thuras, author and founder of the website Atlas Obscura. The invitation with details can be found by viewing this flyer. Don’t forget you can pay for events online here.

Over the Horizon…

The life and memory of Anne Hughes were honored Thursday, March 23rd, at a service at New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral and at a luncheon at  The Harvard Club.  A large contingent of Circumnavigators joined Anne’s family and wide circle of friends to pay tribute to a decades-long member who played a key role in our club’s development and history.

Ann Hughes “Around the World in Eighty Years”

Anne served terms as an executive board member in the role of secretary, was a multi-time member of the Board of Governors, chaired numerous committees and served as a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  She also played a vital role as a contributing editor and proofreader of The LOG.

A native of New York City, Anne was educated at McGill University and later at Columbia University Graduate School.  She joined the United Nations in its infancy in the late 1940’s and had an illustrious 37-year career that included postings in Germany, Switzerland, Latin America and Africa.  Fluent in seven languages, her expertise and administrative skills were widely recognized by her colleagues.

After her retirement, Anne had a successful “second” career as an artist working from her studio along Central Park South.  She enjoyed writing and many of her plays have been produced.

Anne was the quintessential Circumnavigator; circling the globe three times.  Her 86th birthday was celebrated aboard the Trans-Siberian Express!

We’ll miss you, Anne. (written by Howard Matson)

More about Anne…Anne Hughes wrote a fascinating journal about her life and travels, shown above. She also was interviewed, along with C. Lois Kahan on a travel radio show. Circumnavigators will enjoy listening to this interview.

Cynthia Bassett, www.myraretravels.com

Travels by Circumnavigator Cynthia Bassett

Cynthia has made some informative DVDs of her world travels, which Club members will find interesting. She writes, “ I enjoy sharing my travels via DVDs to countries often on the cusp of change. Following roads least traveled, my photography and accompanying scripts capture the diverse histories and disappearing traditions of cultures before they are absorbed into a global, homogenized world.”

DVDs can be ordered through her website www.myraretravels.com or a request and check for $14.95 plus $2.83 shipping can be sent directly to: Cynthia Bassett Productions Inc., P.O Box 22011, Beachwood, OH 44122.

Five of the most recent DVDs are: 2012 & 2013 Neighbors: Yunnan & The Tibetan Plateau; 2011 Eurasian Gateway: Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan; 2010 Bolivia: Bolivian Extremes From the Andes to the Amazon Basin; 2009 Tajikistan to Kyrgyzstan: The High Pamirs and Beyond; 2007 Mongolia: 800 Years Later and earlier DVDs can be viewed on the website.

The Log Needs your help…

Have you been traveling? Anything new in your life? Members are requested to send us information for two important features for the next issue of The LOG.

All Over the Map lets members share their recent or upcoming travels. We just need a sentence or two and a photo is always appreciated. Deadline is May 15. Scuttlebutt shares honors, awards, published books and the like about members. Please send this along to Tracy at Headquarters or to David at davidamink@me.com

The Last Shot

Spring is blooming…New York metro member Suzanne Frye took this shot in the Canary Islands.

Luck to You!

 

 

David A. Mink, Chair, Communications

March 2017 Circumbits

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Feb 282017

Spring is on the way!

For most of the northern climes of the United States, this winter has been a Jekyll and Hyde of extremely bitter cold and unseasonable warmth. Now, it’s comforting to know that Spring is right around the corner. Many Circumnavigators took to the road during the winter, and many more are planning trips in the upcoming months. Please let us know about your travels, by emailing this writer at davidamink@me.com or our executive director Tracy Sancilio at club@circumnavigators.org. We are beginning plans for the next issue of The LOG for the late Spring and we will feature this info in our All Over the Map section.

 

Dylan Thuras, author and founder of the website Atlas Obscura, will address our Annual Meeting on May 19th

Don’t miss the Annual Meeting…

Our Annual Meeting will be held on May 19 at the Yale Club in New York City. Our featured speaker will be Dylan Thuras, author and founder of the website Atlas Obscura. We will also be honoring our long-time treasurer George Sanborn, who is retiring from this post.

 

Circumnavigator Albert Podell will address all 3 Florida Chapters in March

Snowbirds Alert…

If you are planning to visit Florida this month, you might want to visit our Chapters in Naples, Miami or Palm Beach. Circumnavigator Albert Podell, adventurer and author, will address all three Chapters in what will undoubtedly be a witty and informative presentation. Here are the dates of each event:

Naples Chapter: Sunday, March 12
Miami Chapter: Saturday, March 18
Palm Beach Chapter: Sunday, March 19.

Please contact Tracy at headquarters if you need more info about these events.

 

The Last Shot

 

This writer visited a bucket list locale, one that has been seen by many Circumnavigators — the spectacular Iguazu Falls in Argentina.

Luck to you!

 

 

 

David A. Mink

Chair, Communications Committee

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