On Sunday February 12th, 2017, the Naples Chapter members gathered for their monthly meeting at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club. The meeting was very well attended by 124 guests, who enjoyed the usual delicious luncheon, while looking out on the many sail boats and yachts in the harbor. However, the main event was the interesting presentation given by Bill Ashley from our Washington Chapter. Bill spoke of his journey to Papua New Guinea, a country that is not very well known, nor travelled. He also showed us many fantastic looking pictures of the special tribal festival, which he was able to attend. A truly rare event.
Members and guest gathered on February 9th at the Golden Unicorn in New York City for a Chinese New Year celebration. The evening began with a social hour followed by a delicious Chinese Banquet. A wonderful evening was enjoyed by all.
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
David A. Mink
Circumnavigators Club members and guests celebrated the holidays at the Coffee House Club in New York City on December 9th. In attendance were new members Nolin Robinson and Marisa Rothstein from New York, and Michael Puldy from Redondo Beach, CA. Naples Chapter President Barbara Roy was also welcomed. A wonderful evening was enjoyed by all.
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The Naples Chapter hosted 112 people at its November 13th luncheon/speaker season kickoff. Barbara Roy and Rick Jennewine gave a very enjoyable presentation regarding their exciting trip to Colombia, Argentina and the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Click on the image below to see a slideshow of photo from the event.