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

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

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!

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David A. Mink
Chair, Communications

August 2016 Circumbits

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Jul 292016
solarimpulse4Congratulations to the Solar Impulse 2 team!

Mission Complete…

Bertrand Piccard, recipient of the Club’s 1999 Order of Magellan for his circumnavigation by hot air balloon, landed the solar-powered aircraft, the Solar Impulse 2, in Abu Dhabi on July 26, 2016.  Piccard and his fellow Swiss pilot, Andre Borschberg, began their round-the-world journey in March 2015.  Taking turns piloting the single-seat plane, they made the trip in 16 legs without using any fuel.  The trip had been interrupted for nine months because the batteries were damaged during the longest leg — five days from Japan to Hawaii.  In interviews on Tuesday, Piccard expressed his belief that the accomplishment demonstrates that clean technologies can be adapted to make the world more energy efficient.

Singapore Chapter

The Singapore Chapter held its annual mid-year dinner at the fabulous Sentosa Golf Club. A delicious dinner and excellent band accompanied by members singing their hearts out.

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Need a Blazer Badge?

Just in…A new inventory of the Club blazer badges is now available for sale. The handmade badges are $50 and can be ordered by contacting Tracy Sancilio at club@circumnavigators.org.

In The LOG

We hope you have enjoyed the latest copy of The LOG. The staff appreciates feedback and comments from Circumnavigators, so let us know what you think! Remember you can also read The LOG on this website. The issue had a great story by Circum Fred Myers about his circumnavigation on a weekend. We neglected that the woman chatting with Fred in the photo is Summer Bartholomew, Miss U.S.A. for 1975. Fred notes that “her charm, good looks and sense of adventure made her a hit with everyone on the flight. In fact, in later years she went on to do well as an actress.”

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podellbookClub Member Book Available

Author and Adventurer Albert Podell, who addressed our Annual Meeting in May, is now a member of the Club. We welcome this outstanding world traveler to our ranks. Albert’s best-selling book is now available in paperback, and can be purchased online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as at independent bookstores. Circumnavigators will enjoy this witty and intriguing tale.

 

The Last Shot

A vision to cool you off after this hot summer, Circumnavigator Katie Koontz took this shot last month in Glacier Bay, Alaska. The next issue of The LOG, scheduled for the end of the year, will feature photos and stories from Lands of Snow and Ice. So send us some of your best snowy, icy photos. Also, start reviewing your photos to enter the 2016 Foundation Photo Contest (see last year’s entries here).

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Naples Chapter celebrates Tom Maher’s 97th birthday

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Jun 202016

Around 50 people joined the Naples Chapter in celebrating Tom Maher’s 97th birthday at the Claridge.  Maher was one of the five original founders of the Naples Chapter of the Circumnavigators Club. He has served for the past sixteen years as vice president, president, and is now serving on the International Board of Governors of the Circumnavigators Club. Click here to see the photos on the Naples Chapter website.

 

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February 2016 Circumbits

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Feb 012016
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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

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