September 2017 Circumbits

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Sep 052017

Upcoming Events

The Club’s annual Oktoberfest event will be held in New York City on Tuesday, September 19 at Reichenbach Hall. It will be a festive evening of friendship and dining with wonderful German cooking (and perhaps a beer or two!). The cost is $45 per person and Circumnavigators are welcome to bring guests. If you have been to Oktoberfest in Munich, you will be welcome to share your experience. The reservation form can be found here, or get your tickets online here.

The Magellan Award dinner is coming up on October 27th to honor explorer and adventurer Andre Borschberg, co-pilot of Solar Impulse 2, which circumnavigated the globe using only solar power. The black-tie event will be held at the Penn Club in New York City. Further information will be posted on the website and an invitation will be mailed soon.

 

We are working on the next LOG

Scheduled for early December, we want input from Circumnavigators for our columns All Over the Map and Scuttlebutt. Just send us a line or two or a photo about recent trips or planned ones.

Have you been to North Korea?

We would like to hear from our members who have traveled to North Korea for a story about travel to this country that generates so many headlines. Please contact David Mink at davidamink@me.com. We will keep information anonymous if requested.

Photo Contest Deadline

The Photo Contest has been postponed due to technical difficulties with uploading photos. A future date will be announced.

Circumnavigator Podell takes his first cruise

After 60 years of travel, Author and Adventurer Albert Podell took his first cruise, rounding Cape Horn. His account of the trip will be published in International Travel News (ITN). The cruise was not all fun and games, as Albert describes it. You can read his story here.

Albert poses on an ice floe in this obvious fake shot off the coast of South America.


The Last Shot

Circumnavigators Ann Swinford and Mo Elfouly, of the Michigan Chapter visited Idaho Falls, Idaho for the solar eclipse on September 13. As Ann describes it, “The temperature dropped 20 degrees, women around me put on sweaters.  I saw a flock of seagulls heading to roost and Venus and the stars came out. People were quiet.  We had two minutes of this mystery when the sun came back.   I nearly shouted, “Do it again!” Mo shot this stunning shot of the event.

 

Luck to you!

 

 

David A. Mink

Chair, Communications

August 2017 Circumbits

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Aug 042017

Andre Borschberg

Magellan Dinner to Honor Andre Borschberg on October 27, 2017

Andre Borschberg, one of the Swiss pilots who flew the Solar Impulse 2 battery-powered aircraft around the world, will receive the Club’s Order of Magellan at a gala dinner in New York on Friday, October 27, 2017. The venue is the Penn Club (30 West 44th Street) in midtown Manhattan. It will be an exciting opportunity for members and guests to honor Borschberg and to celebrate this remarkable achievement in aviation. For more information about the flight of Solar Impulse 2, see the article on p. 4 of The LOG (2016, Number Two). Registration for the dinner will begin in September. The Officers and Governors look forward to seeing you in New York!

Calling All Photographers! ~~~ Time for the Photo Contest

The Photo Contest has been postponed due to technical difficulties with uploading photos. A future date will be announced.

Please submit your best photos for the Circumnavigators Club Photo Contest.

Deadline: Sept. 15, 2017

Categories:     Human Interest, Flora & Fauna, Landscape, Architecture

Our Annual Photo Contest is fun for our members and helps support the Circumnavigators Foundation. It is a great way to share our photos with the membership. There is a fee of $10 per photo submitted (limit 10 submissions per person).

Singapore Chapter Mid-Year Dinner

Mr. Graham Bell, President of the Singapore Chapter, welcomed members to one of the most iconic “black and white” houses in Singapore for the Chapter’s annual mid-year dinner. Members enjoyed a great evening of good food, great wines, beautiful music and great fellowship.

 

The Last Shot

from Roger Weatherburn Baker, After the Kill, Okavango Delta, Botswana
(First Place, Flora & Fauna in last years photo contest)

Luck to you!

 

 

Tracy Sancilio
Executive Director

July 2017 Circumbits

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Jun 302017

Happy Independence Day

to our American members at home and abroad!  To all our members in the Northern Hemisphere, we wish a happy and fun-filled summer!

 

The LOG coming soon…

This cover was second option. Photo by Albert Podell.

The summer issue of The LOG is at the printer and will be mailed shortly. If you do not receive it in early July, please contact Tracy at headquarters. We always appreciate feedback from our members after they read the issue, so please email comments to club@circumnavigators.org.

The new issue features the people of the world;  the cover to the right is not the actual cover. It finished second but it’s a great one nonetheless. Members will love the actual cover.

World’s largest passport?…

Eric Oborski (New York Metro) was recognized by the Smithsonian Institution for having perhaps the world’s largest passport.

With more than a dozen passports, Eric has amassed about 1400 pages, a record that probably will never be broken with the U.S. government now limiting the number of pages. Eric’s career in the travel business led to this amazing accomplishment.

The passport shown here, covers from 1997 to 2007, has 331 pages. You can read about Eric’s feat on the Smithsonian website.

Eric Oborski and his 331-page passport

 

Club gear available online

Ladies Scarf $25
Red Tie $25
Blue Tie $25  (limited quantity)
Hat (black or white) $20

The Last Shot

Brad Vogel (New York Metro) reveals the sunset at midnight in Iceland.

 

 

Luck to you!

 

 

David A. Mink, Chair, Communications

Singapore Chapter Welcomes New Member!

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May 152017

Mr. Graham Bell, President of the Singapore Chapter, presenting a membership certificate to new member Dr. Tan Chin Nam.

Pacific-Northwest Chapter Welcomes New Members

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May 032017

The Pacific-Northwest Chapter gathered for lunch at the Pearl Bar and Dining in Bellevue, WA on Saturday, April 22. Fifteen members and guests were present including Mr. and Mrs. Stefan Krasowski, who recently moved to Seattle from New Jersey. And, by chance of good timing, new member Mr. Jim Foster of Anchorage, AK was able to swing by Bellevue on his return to Anchorage from Guam. Mr. Foster gave the group a brief description of his Magellan Project, where he hopes to replicate Ferdinand’s circumnavigation 500 years later. New, local members Jim and Caroline Farrell of Bellevue were also introduced and presented with their membership certificates.

May 2017 Circumbits

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May 022017

Spring is here…

Except for our Singapore Chapter, Spring has arrived and Circumnavigators look forward to another season of travels and adventures (although our prodigious traveling doesn’t seem to be seasonal). The LOG, coming out in the early summer, wants to know about your recent trips and travel plans for our All Over the Map section. Just drop us a short note or photo, so we can share your travels with other members. Send directly by email to davidamink@me.com or club@circumnavigators.org.

Join us May 19…

Also in May, our Annual Meeting will be held on May 19 at the Yale Club. The meeting, luncheon and presentation by the Atlas Obscura founder will be an interesting event and a chance to meet with fellow Circumnavigators. Co-authored by our speaker, Dylan Thuras, the book Atlas Obscura—An explorer’s guide to the world’s hidden wonders — will be available for sale. This well-reviewed book takes the reader to more than 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world. Please sign up for the meeting here.

Our web site…

This month, members will be receiving a short survey through Survey Monkey about our web site. We are making plans to revamp the site to allow more interaction for Circumnavigators. The brief survey will give us some info to help us improve the site. It will also ask a few questions about our Circumnavigators group page on Facebook. Thanks for helping us!

Caps and badges…

We have a fresh inventory of Circumnavigators caps, available in black or white for $20 each. Let Tracy know if you are interested in purchasing a hat.  Our handmade Club blazer patches are also available for $50 each. Only three left!

Only 3 of our handmade Club badges are left! Get yours now…

How about a Circumnavigators Club hat to wear on your travels? Dottie and David Mink wear their Club caps at Old Head Golf Course, Ireland

 

Dinner and Program at the Coffee House

On Tuesday, April 25 members and guest enjoyed a wonderful dinner and program in New York with guest speaker Theodore Scull, a New York-based author, travel writer and lecturer. Among his 12 published books published are 100 Best Cruise Vacations, Ocean Liner Odyssey, and Ocean Liner Twilight. He is Co-Founder of quirkycruise.com, an informational website describing cruises on small ships that carry between 10 and 300 passengers.  New York members welcomed Cs. Jim Foster and Stefan Krasowski from the Pacific-Northwest Chapter and C. Bruce Kropschot from the Naples Chapter. Secretary Sue Murphy presented C. Stefan Krasowski with his membership certificate.
(Click on any of the images below to see a larger version)

Two Circumnavigators Club Members Release Children’s Trilogy!

Desert Chapter member Phyllis (PJ) Heyliger and C. Henri van Bentum from Canada, released three children’s fables now available on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.  Phyllis is a talented illustrator who joined with Henri as her writer to create beautiful illustrations and lovely stories.

Click on image to learn more about these books on Amazon

The Last Shots

The world’s most traveled man, Chicago Chapter member Don Parrish, sends along these trail signs from Sri Lanka.


 

Luck to you!

 

 

David A. Mink
Chair, Communications

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