July 2015 Circumbits

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Jun 292015
Don Parrish at the South Pole

Don Parrish at the South Pole

Don Parrish  – honored by BBC Travel

Circumnavigator Don Parrish, the world’s most traveled person, was honored by BBC Travel as one of six “Travel Pioneers of 2015”.  You can read the fascinating profile by going to www.bbc.com/travel/story/20150326-travel-pioneers.

Circumnavigator Members meet Mark Kelly at the Million Dollar Round Table

UK Chapter President Helen Jenkins, C. Brian Heckert from Chicago and C. Peter Byrne from Australia attended the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) in New Orleans, an international conference for the top performing insurance professionals in the world. Ten thousand members attended, including 2012 Order of Magellan recipient Mark Kelly.

 C. Peter Byrne with UK Chapter President Helen Jenkins and business partner Jayne White at the Australian welcome party.

C. Peter Byrne with UK Chapter President Helen Jenkins and business partner Jayne White at the Australian welcome party.


C. Helen Jenkins with C. Brian Heckert, the next Million Dollar Round Table President for 2015-2016.


Captain Mark Kelly with C. Helen Jenkins.


International President Ellen Parke meets Matt Guthmiller at the Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum

On June 20, C. Matt Guthmiller flew his leased Beechcraft Bonanza in from Boston for the Innovations in Flight Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display.  The Beechcraft Bonanza is the same plane he flew in his record-breaking solo circumnavigation last summer. C. President Ellen Parke was there to greet Matt at the Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum near Dulles Airport.

Our Foundation Scholars are on their way around the world!

Follow our Scholars as they travel by logging onto their blogs:

Annie Carson – Arizona State University

Jonathon McBride – Northwestern University

Kevin Dupont – Brandeis University

Hannah Gerdes – Georgetown University

Gareth Evans – University of Liverpool

Tom Maher BdayTom Maher Celebrates his 96th Birthday!

C. Tom Maher celebrated his 96th birthday on June 17th at the Pelican March Club in Naples, FL.


The LOG is in the Mail

Your issue should be arriving in the mail any day. If you do not receive your copy by the end of June, please contact headquarters at 201-612-9100 or club@circumnavigators.org.

View the whole story of Bill Billings’s Bridge Building adventure in Ethiopia.

The Last Shot

This photo of Roman and Greek ruins was taken by C. Sophie Classen from the Naples Chapter.

Roman and Greek Ruins

Roman and Greek Ruins, , by Sophie Classen

Luck to you!


David A. Mink
Chair, Communications

April Circumbits

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Apr 012015

Circumnavigators in the News…

Scott Kelly

Scott Kelly with Dottie Mink at Award Ceremony

Scott_Kelly[1]2012 Order of Magellan recipient and honorary member Scott Kelly has arrived at the International Space Station at the beginning of his year in space. NASA has poetically termed his mission a test  of the limits of “human research, space exploration and human spirit”. When Kelly received the Club’s highest honor, he talked about his upcoming year in space and its challenges. Scott’s co-honoree, twin brother Mark Kelly, will be monitored on earth to compare the physical differences with his brother. Follow this link for more on Scott.

Our 1999 Order of Magellan honoree Bertrand Piccard in now on his historic attempt to circumnavigate onboard Solar Impulse 2, the first solar powered aircraft. Along with Andre Borchberg, the pioneers are now headed over the Himalayas for China, then the most perilous part of the trip across the Pacific Ocean. If all goes as planned, the circumnavigation will take five months. We will be tracking Solar Impulse along the way. Luck to you, Scott, Bertrand and Andre!!

(UPDATE:  Solar Impulse 2 has landed safely in China.)


Magellan Event in Washington DC…

Circumnavigators are looking forward to the Order of Magellan presentation to journalist Ann Compton on April 11. A fascinating interview with Ann is available on the following link http://www.c-span.org/video/?322402-1/qa-ann-compton. It is going to be an exciting evening.

Congratulations to Naples…

The Naples Chapter recently held a successful fundraising event for the Circumnavigators Club Foundation. Artist, Author & Photographer Helene Gaillet de Neergaard gave a wonderful presentation. Foundation grantee and Dean of Brandeis University Bruce Magid traveled from snowy Boston to Naples to represent the Foundation.

Save the Date…

Save the Date – Annual Meeting at The Yale Club – Friday, May 29, 2015

The Last Shot

Thanks to Carol Green, Naples Chapter, for this sensational shot of a Roseate Spoonbill, one of the many beautiful birds in SW Florida.


Luck to You!!




David A. Mink

Chair, Communications

Gulfshore Life article spotlights Club

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May 152014

Gulfshore Life magazine has an article about the Club….

A Travel Club for the Truly Adventurous

by David Sendler

You learn the darnedest things just chatting with people at parties here. At one such event, I ran into Moira Fennessey and pretty soon she was telling me about her membership in the Circumnavigators Club of Naples. It seems we have 125 local people who have traveled all the way around the globe in one direction (you can do it in more than one segment) and love to tell each other about their adventures.

And, boy, are there stories…..

Read the full article here….



In Our Circle – Charlie Blaisdell Featured in April Issue of Westchester Magazine

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Apr 242014
C. Charlie Blaisdell

C. Charlie Blaisdell

Pound Ridge’s Charlie Blaisdell, Former FBI Agent, Hunted Nazis And Helped Jail Mobsters

At 98, local lawyer Charles “Charlie” Blaisdell has plenty of stories to tell.


Westchester Magazine, April 2014

n 1980, then-Westchester County Executive Ed Michaelian conversed with old friend and colleague Charles “Charlie” Blaisdell, a 30-year resident of Pound Ridge and the town’s legal counsel for nine years, about Blaisdell’s intentions of retiring at the age of 65. “Ed told me I shouldn’t retire,” he recalls. “So I asked him what he had in mind.”

At Michaelian’s behest, Blaisdell was hired as a lawyer at the law firm Bleakley Platt & Schmidt in White Plains. Blaisdell figured he would stay at the job maybe three years or so before he retired. Thirty-three years later, he’s  still there and, at the age of 98, is as sharp and as dedicated as ever.

read the article here or view a printer-friendly PDF here.

Spreading the word about the Club

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Jul 222012

Through friendship, to leave this world a little better than we found it.

As members of the Circumnavigators Club, many of us know others who travel extensively as well. Our friends — new and old — may value travel the way we do. But do we spread the word about The Circumnavigators Club? And, how do we do so? Member Josh Datko has blogged about The Club as a way of spreading the word. Read it here. Do you tell others about Circumnavigators? Drop us a line and let us know how you introduce others about us.

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