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

February 2017 Circumbits

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Feb 022017

Atlas Obscura Founder to speak at Annual Meeting

Dylan Thuras, author and founder of the fascinating website Atlas Obscura, will address the Circumnavigators Annual Meeting in May. So, mark your calendars and plan to join us at the Yale Club on May 19 in New York. The meeting (for members only) will start at 11:30, followed by lunch and the presentation (guests are welcome). Atlas Obscura is described as the definitive guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places. Check out www.atlasobscura.com to find out more.

Click here to visit AtlasObscura

This year’s annual meeting will also recognize George Sanborn, who is retiring as club treasurer after several decades.

Look forward to see you there!

Pay your membership dues through PayPal!

It’s fast and easy. Just click on the this link or go to the Members-Only Section of our website and click on Membership Renewal. Please make an effort to pay by February 28th. If dues are not received by March 31, a $25 late fee will be incurred. If you did not receive your dues invoice in the mail, please contact Tracy Sancilio at 201-612-9100 or club@circumnavigators.org.

 

David Mink
Communications Chair

January 2017 Circumbits

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Jan 052017

HAPPY NEW YEAR!…

Best wishes for a Happy New Year to all Circumnavigators, Family and Friends. Our Club has now entered its 115th year, and we look forward to another year of exciting travels and events. It is worth noting that when the new U.S. President is inaugurated later this month, there will have been 20 Presidents during the lifetime of the Club, beginning with Teddy Roosevelt. Astounding advances in travel and communications have made the world a lot smaller than in those years. On the other hand, political unrest and terrorism have made the world a lot larger, with many popular destinations now inaccessible. So, our Club mission is as important as ever — to make the world better through friendship and understanding.

 

John & Annie Glenn with Jeff & Elizabeth Kelly

FAREWELL TO JOHN GLENN…

The world lost a number of outstanding people in 2016, among them Circumnavigator John Glenn. In 2001, Senator Glenn received our highest honor, the Order of Magellan, in “recognition of his lifetime contributions to the exploration of space and leadership of his country.”  250 Circumnavigators and guests packed the Union League Club as President Jeff Kelly presented Senator Glenn with his award. The world lost a hero and statesman, and the Club lost one of its most prestigious members.

 

Don at the South Pole

CIRCUMNAVIGATOR PARRISH FEATURED AGAIN…

Last month we reported that our prolific traveling Chicago Chapter member, Don Parrish, was featured in a major article in the German newspaper Die Zeit. Now the Chicago Tribune has run a wonderful piece on Don, recognizing his accomplishment as perhaps the most traveled person in the world. Click here to view the story (opens in a new window).

 

MEMBERSHIP DUES

Yearly membership dues invoices will be mailed this month. Please be sure to pay promptly by February 28th. If your mailing address has changed and you have not notified headquarters, please send an email to club@circumnavigators.org or call 201-612-9100.

 

CHINESE NEW YEAR DINNER IN NEW YORK

A Chinese New Year dinner will be held on Thursday, February 9 at the Golden Unicorn in New York City. We welcome all members and guests, whether you live in New York, or you happen to be visiting the area. Click on this link to view details (opens in a new window). Need directions to the Golden Unicorn? They’re here.

New! Circumnavigator Club Members can pay for their dinner tickets online in the Members-Only section.

 

THE LAST SHOT

Halyna Traversa, Naples Chapter, took this shot of school girls in her native Ukraine.

Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
Chair, Communications

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