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

2001 Magellan Award recipient, Senator John Glenn died at 95

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Dec 102016
Senator John Glenn

Senator John Glenn

John Glenn Jr. was a famed Marine Corps aviator who was selected as one of the military test pilots for the American space program in the late 1950s and the 1960s. Apart from being the first American to orbit Earth and the fifth person in space, Glenn also participated in World War II and the Korean War. He spent 24 years in the U.S. Senate, representing Ohio. Senator Glenn passed away on Dec. 8, 2016 at the age of 95. More information here.

Over the Horizon: Tom Maher

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Nov 042016
Tom Maher Bday maher The Co-Founder, former President, and National Board Member of our Naples Branch of Circumnavigators Club, Tom Maher, passed away peacefully at the age of 97 years today, November 3rd.  Tom had a very productive and active life; six children, executive with IBM, a volunteer for many civic activities in Naples.
 Tom and his wife Gloria loved to travel and were active right up the the last couple of years.  They also enjoyed the social activities at the Pelican Bay and Moorings Country Clubs. Tom enjoyed golf there also.
The viewing will be at the Fuller Funeral Home on Sunday, November 6th at 4 p.m..  A half hour later the casket will be closed and from 4:30 to 5 p.m. the guests may comment on their fond memories of Tom.  The funeral will be held at St. William Church at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 7th.  There will be a reception at the church following the service.

October 2016 Circumbits

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Oct 022016

Dinner with Bertrand Piccard at Yale Club

Past Presidents and members of the Board of Governors of the Circumnavigators Club welcomed 1999 Magellan Award Recipient, Bertrand Piccard on September 19th at a dinner at the Yale Club in New York City.

Bertrand Piccard dinner

Photo Caption: (from left, top row) Secretary Sue Murphy, C. Gordon Whiting, Past President Esther Dyer, Past President Howard Matson, C. Dottie Mink, First Vice President David Mink, Guest Vincent Colegrave. (from left, bottom row) Treasurer George Sanborn, United Kingdom Chapter President Helen Jenkins, Dr. Bertrand Piccard, International President Ellen Parke, C. Kevin Short.

 

Club members toured historic ship

Circumnavigators and guests toured the newly restored historic Wavertree Ship at the South Street Seaport in New York City on September 27th. Captain Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of the Seaport Museum, led a guided tour followed by dinner at the India House. Captain Boulware’s presentation left guests with a newfound appreciation of the life of the ship Wavertree and the importance of the South Street Seaport to modern New York City.
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Over the Horizon

Jack Veasy

C. Jack Veasy aboard his yacht “White Star” in Palm Beach

Park Shaw

C. Park Shaw with his wife, Nancy.

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of long time member and Past President of the Desert Chapter, Park A. Shaw and Past President of the Palm Beach Chapter John P. Veasy (Jack). They will be greatly missed.

 

 

 

 

The Last Shot

We asked for photos of snow and ice, and Cynthia Bassett came through with this fantastic shot in Antarctica. Winter is coming!!

We asked for photos of snow and ice, and Cynthia Bassett from Shaker Hts., Ohio, came through with this fantastic shot in Antarctica. Winter is coming!!

 

Luck to you!

davidsig

 

 

David A. Mink
Chair, Communications

February 2016 Circumbits

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Feb 012016
podell

Albert Podell

Renowned Author & Traveler to speak at Annual Meeting…

World famous travel writer Albert Podell will speak at our Annual Meeting at the Penn Club in New York City on Friday, May 20 at 11:30. The meeting (open to members only) will be followed by a luncheon and the program. Guests are welcome for the luncheon and program. Fifty years ago, Mr. Podell began his life of adventure which has taken him to 196 countries. His book Around the World in 500 years tells his story. He has written more than 300 magazine articles. Find out more about him on the website www.albertpodell.com. This promises to be a great presentation, so mark your calendars. Please note that the meeting is at the Penn Club instead of our usual venue at the Yale Club because of scheduling problems.

A tribute to Charlie…

Circumnavigator and New Yorker Brad Vogel had a piece published in the New York Times Metropolitan Diary column about the 100th birthday celebration for Past President Charlie Blaisdell at a Club event in December.  Read it here.

Over the Horizon…

We are sorry to report the passing of Evelyn Peterson. As past president Howard Matson writes: “Evelyn truly exemplified the title of ‘First Lady’ of the Circumnavigators Club. Along with her late husband (Past President) Bob, she was held in the highest regard and esteem by all of the Club’s members.” The Petersons were very active in the Club and Foundation as philanthropists, volunteers and hosts. Evelyn died on January 8 at her home in Palm Beach, Florida. Our deepest sympathy to her sons Jeffrey, Bill, and Kent.

Matt and Shaesta

Matt Guthmiller and Shaesta Waiz

Aviators get together…

Our own Matt Guthmiller, world record holder as the youngest person to fly solo around the world, recently met with Shaesta Waiz, who is setting off later this year on her attempt to become the youngest woman to fly solo around the world. The two met with Circumnavigator and Club governor Angela McLean in Wichita, Kansas. Matt later flew to Naples, Florida, and addressed the Naples Chapter.

The Last Shot

Magellan honoree and honorary member Scott Kelly on his year in space took this stunning shot of Italy and the Alps.

 

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 Luck to you!!

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David A. Mink

Chair, Communications

Aug 032015

LAST CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS!

The Circumnavigators Club Photo Exhibit & Contest is drawing toward its August 15 deadline. We have already received many great shots, helping to support the Circumnavigators Foundation. It’s quick and easy to contribute—no forms to fill out or photos to be framed and shipped. Just email your photos as a attachment to photocontest@circumnavigators.org, along with your name and brief description. The $10 fee for each photo is a tax-deductible contribution to the Foundation. Winners will be announced in September.

Here is the winning shot from the landscape category from the last Exhibit.

Tequila Sunrise, taken by Mark Hauptman in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

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JOHN E. JOHANNESSEN 1920-2015…

augustWe are sorry to report that Past President John Johannessen has passed away. John was an important Club member, especially in the 1960s and 1970s when he served as President and was engaged in many Club activities, including the Foundation. Born in Denmark, John last lived in Fort Myers FL after many years in Tenafly NJ and Grantham NH. During World War II, he served as a B17 pilot with the 390th Bomb Group. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations were requested for the Circumnavigators Club Foundation. Many of our current members have fond memories of John with his enthusiastic and dignified personality. There will be more about John in the next issue of The LOG.

THE CLUB HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE…

If you are a Facebook user, did you know that the Club has a private page for members only? Perhaps you are thinking of going to Bali or Antarctica and want some advice. Post your question and it is likely that you will get an answer from a Circumnavigator. You can also follow news from our Chapters and Magellan recipients. To join, click here, or search Facebook for “Circumnavigators Club” and ask to join the group. One of the two Club administrators who manage the page will admit you.

katieWELCOME TO OUR YOUNGEST MEMBER…

Katie Koontz, 18, of Haddonfield NJ has become our youngest member, supplanting our young adventurer Matt Guthmiller who has almost reached the ripe old age of 21. Since she was 14, Katie wanted to be a Circumnavigator and this summer her dream came true with an Around-the-World journey and admission to the Club. Her whirlwind trip took her to Rome, Venice, Dubai and Beijing. Katie heads off for her freshman year at William & Mary this month. Oh, did this writer mention that he is Katie’s grandfather? Congratulations and Luck to you, Katie!

 

THE LAST SHOT

Circumnavigator Suzanne Frye (New York Metro) took this stunning shot of camels on Cable Beach, Broom, Western Australia.

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Luck to you!

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David A. Mink

Chair, Communications

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