January Circumbits

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Jan 042015

Welcome to 2015

As the Circumnavigators Club enters its 113th Year, the Board of Governors and Executive Director Tracy Sancilio wish all our members and friends a Happy New Year. Best wishes for a healthy, happy year and safe travels. Be mindful of keeping up our mission to make the world a better place through friendship and understanding. Our wonderful world needs all the help it can get.

kellytimeTime Magazine cover for Honorary member Scott Kelly

Astronaut Scott Kelly, our 2012 Magellan Award recipient (along with his twin brother Mark) in 2012 was featured on a recent cover of Time. Scott becomes the eleventh Magellan honoree to be on a Time cover. The other covers were Sandra Day O’Connor, Walter Cronkite, Juan Trippe, Ted Turner, Herbert Hoover, Douglas MacArthur, Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, Barry Goldwater and Jacques Cousteau. Go to this link to see on the covers (on page 5).

Unbroken

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The blockbuster movie Unbroken premiered on Christmas Day. Based on the bestseller book, it tells the story of World War II hero Louis Zamperini, who died in 2014. Our own Tom Maher, International Governor and Naples member, had a close encounter with Zamperini at the 2000 Olympics. Tom wrote about the story for The Log that year. Tom fondly remembers his meeting with a true hero.

An Afternoon with Don Parrish

We have written a lot lately about our most travelled member, Don Parrish. Our most recent profile of Don is in the most recent issue of The Log, which can be accessed on this page. Another profile of Don recently ran on the web site www.besttravelled.com. You can read the story by going to this link. It is a good story, and a good web site for our members to enjoy.

Mark your calendars for 2015

If you are visiting Florida this winter from colder climes, our chapters in Naples, Palm Beach and Miami will always welcome you to their events.

Specifically, the International Board of Governors will hold its March meeting in conjunction with the Naples Chapter meeting on Sunday, March 8. Members and visitors will have the chance to meet International President Ellen Parke and many of the Governors, as well as the pleasure of a brunch meeting with our Naples Chapter.

On Saturday, April 11, Award-winning Journalist Ann Compton will receive the Order of Magellan at our event in Washington DC.

Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 29, in New York City. Check with headquarters for more information on these important events.

The Last Shot

This writer decided to use one of his own photos to close out January Circumbits. Winter may be beautiful, but this scene was one that helped prompt our move to Southwest Florida.

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Luck to you!!

davidsig

 

 

David A. Mink
Chair, Communications

August Circumbits

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Jul 312014

Welcome to our new Governors, Jim Lungo and Michael Coccaro.

Jim and Michael have recently joined the International Board of Governors. Jim lives in Circleville OH, near Columbus, and spends the winters in Naples FL, where he is a member of the Naples Chapter. Michael, a Foundation scholar in 2002, is an attorney living in Arizona. Michael is involved with the Desert Chapter. Thanks for your participation, Jim and Michael.

The Yale Club welcomes Circumnavigators Club members to utilize their restaurants, lounge and guest rooms. You no longer have to check in through the Executive Director, Tracy Sancilio. All you have to do is check in at the front desk of The Yale Club with your credit card and they will verify that you are a Circumnavigators Club member. Take advantage of the wonderful amenities they have to offer. If you have any question, please feel free to contact Tracy Sancilio at 201-612-9100.

Headquarters Office to be closed August 1-8 and August 25-29.

Tracy Sancilio will be on vacations these weeks, so the office will be closed. Also, the office will be moving on August 18 to a new location, so there may be some disruption that week. August is generally a slow month, with many members on vacation or traveling. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

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2014 Summer The Log

Do you want to be a cover photographer?

The next issue of The Log is scheduled for late fall. In a new tradition, we will be featuring a cover with a member photo. The Log Advisory Panel will select the cover photo from submissions by our members. Just send us your best recent shot and it will be considered for the cover. We are looking for photos taken in the past year, and any subject will be considered. Please just send one photo by email attachment to club@circumnavigators.org. Join Washington member Jennifer Teague (sailboat) and Naples member Roger Baker (lions) as cover photographers.

It’s August already?

Where did this summer go? This issue of Circumbits is coming from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where this writer has vacationed for more than 40 years. It’s a wonder place, if you have never visited. As mentioned many times, we want to share our stories, travel recommendations and photos with our International membership. Please let us know where you have been or where you are going. The Circumnavigators Club was built on this tradition of sharing experiences, so please join in.

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Luck to you!!

 

davidsig

 

 

David A. Mink

Chair, Communications Committee

 

 

International Annual Meeting in New York City

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Jun 032014
International President Peter Mosse showing off the new Club hats available for purchase

International President Peter Mosse showing off the new Club hats available for purchase

On May 30, 2014, Circumnavigators gathered at the Club’s Headquarters, The Yale Club, to hold their annual meeting and luncheon. International President Peter Mosse welcomed members and called the meeting to order with a tap of the historic William Jennings Bryan whale’s tooth gavel. The Nominating Committee Chair Esther Dyer was pleased to announce:

Officers to serve a two-year term:

President Margaret Ellen Parke
Firstvicepresident David A. Mink
Secondvicepresident Joshua Laurito
Secretary Sue Murphy
Treasurer George W. Sanborn

Past President Charlie Blaisdell ratified and confirmed all matters of record

Past President Charlie Blaisdell ratified and confirmed all matters of record

Board of Governors to serve a three-year term:

William Freyd – (2nd term) – LAS VEGAS
Thomas Maher – (2nd term) – NAPLES
David A. Mink – (2nd term)
Ray Olson – (1st term) – WASHINGTON DC
Jim Lungo – (1st term) – NAPLES
Michael Coccaro – (1st term) – DESERT

Howard Matson, Foundation Nominating Committee Chair, announced the Foundation Board of Directors to serve a three-year term:

Dan Peterson – CHICAGO
Brian V. Evans – Scholar 1974 – WASHINGTON DC
Judith Pojda – Scholar 1986 – WASHINGTON DC
Esther R. Dyer
David Mink
A. Park Shaw – DESERT

Newly elected Circumnavigators Club International President Ellen Parke graciously accepted her new role while Peter Mosse handed over the William Jennings Bryan whale’s tooth gavel.

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Peter Mosse handed over the William Jennings Bryan whale’s tooth gavel to incoming President Ellen Parke

Pasts Presidents joined Ellen Parke in presenting Peter Mosse with an engraved chair and thanked him for his time served as President and dedication to the Club.

After the meeting, members and guests enjoyed a delicious lunch while guest speaker and former Foundation Scholar Kip Knudson gave a presentation on how his experience as a grantee traveling around the world led to a life in Alaska. It was a very engaging presentation and was enjoyed by all.

 

 

Past Presidents Bill Holm, Howard Matson, Charlie Blaisdell, Peter Mosse, Esther Dyer and Jeff Kelly welcoming newly elected International President Ellen Parke.

Past Presidents Bill Holm, Howard Matson, Charlie Blaisdell, Peter Mosse, Esther Dyer and Jeff Kelly welcoming newly elected International President Ellen Parke.

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Chicago Chapter members Alice Lentzen, Charles Ford, Jim Arimond and Chapter President Dan Peterson

 

Washington DC Chapter members President Samuel Watson, Kip Knudson, Ellen Parke, Jennifer Teague and Ray Olson

Washington DC Chapter members President Samuel Watson, Kip Knudson, Ellen Parke, Jennifer Teague and Ray Olson

Newly elected President Ellen Parke with guest speaker Kip Knudson, his wife Paula Conru and daughter McKinley Conru-Knudson

Newly elected President Ellen Parke with guest speaker Kip Knudson, his wife Paula Conru and daughter McKinley Conru-Knudson

April Circumbits

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Apr 022014

Kenai King 7-2-08To All Circumnavigators in the cold climates, welcome to spring! You deserve a break from the past winter.

This month, the Club is preparing for it Annual Meeting at headquarters in the Yale Club. We have an exciting speaker for the event, Kip Knudson who will present “Around the World and North to the Future.” It’s the story of how a Circumnavigator Foundation grant led to a life in Alaska.

The meeting will be held on Friday, May 30, beginning at noon. Members will be receiving invitations, as well as ballots, in the mail, and we hope many can join us for a weekend in New York City.

The next issue of The Log will be arriving next month. There is still time to get a blurb in about your recent or planned trips for “All Over the Map” column or any news for Scuttlebutt. Please send a line or two to Tracy by email to Headquarters.

 

Luck to you!

davidsig

 

 

David A. Mink

Chair, Communications Committee

DC Chapter Luncheon held Feb. 11

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Feb 272014

Japan and Japanese food was the focus of a grand luncheon among D.C. Chapter members in late February.  Our Asian food tastes are expanding with recent luncheons featuring Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean and now Japanese cuisine.  Mica Dumas from the Japan-American Society came dressed in a traditional kimono and gave a slide presentation of Japanese society, culture, food, and sights.  She lived in Japan for 13 years and then 7 years in Germany: a real world traveler.  As an added treat, each of us received a genuine Japanese red fan, and a Japanese New Year red envelope with good luck coin.

Harmonie Kobanghe, our 2014 Foundation Grantee told the Chapter about her planned circumnavigation and her study of the role of women in improving agricultural economies by increased land tenure.  She is the first French citizen chosen from Georgetown University for a Foundation grant; her family was originally from the Congo.

And, we had a short talk from Alex Bijol from Bled, Slovenia, a guest of Bill Ashley.  Alex told us about Slovenia and the thrill of his first visit to the United States.  We discussed plans for a Persian Nowruz spring party but had to cancel it as the musicians and dancers decided not to come to the restaurant to perform this year.  We are looking at other events for our annual ‘Spring into Summer’ luncheon.

We held our biannual elections, reelecting Samuel Watson as president, Jennifer Teague as vice president and treasurer, and electing Samuel McAleese as our new secretary, all for two years.  Sam McAleese was a Foundation grantee from the Chicago Chapter.

Recent travelers included Ray Olson going to Kuwait and the ‘lovely’ Kuwait International Airport and also to Thailand; Bill Ashley went on several Caribbean cruises over the Christmas holidays; Betsy and Emil Ruderfer went to Chile and Argentina over the New Year holidays; and, Virginia May took another Caribbean cruise (one of many she has taken on Cunard ships to the Caribbean and around the world).

Samuel Watson
Washington DC Chapter President

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Chinese New Year Celebration in New York

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Feb 062014

On February 5, Circumnavigators and guests celebrated the Chinese New Year at Our Place restaurant on the Upper East Side. Everyone welcomed new members Keir and Laura Daniels of New York who were presented with their membership certificates by President Peter Mosse. A wonderful ten course banquet was served and enjoyed by all. The evening ended with a presentation of gifts to C. Marion green, best dressed, and C. Lois Kahan, born in the year of the horse.

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