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.

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!




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.


Click to see a larger image

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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.”


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).


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.



February 2016 Circumbits

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Feb 012016

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.



 Luck to you!!




David A. Mink

Chair, Communications

Enjoy reading the latest issue of The LOG!

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Dec 152015

Your copy should arrive before Christmas. Please let headquarters know if you do not receive The LOG. It is filled with stories, news and photos from our members and we hope you will enjoy it.

We are encouraging feedback and comments from Circumnavigators. Send your input to club@circumnavigators.org. We will run letters to the editor on the web site.


Our apologies to new members Roxanna Seely and Steven Fuller for mistakes in our Welcome Aboards section. The wrong photo was used for Roxanna and Steven’s bio was inadvertently omitted by a layout error. Both items will be corrected in the next issue and on the web site.

Roxanna Seely

Roxanna Seely

A lifelong resident of Jacksonville FL, Roxanna circumnavigated with her husband Fred (also a Circumnavigator) when she realized a long-held dream to see the “top of the world”—Mount Everest. She is active in the Junior League and the Colonial Dames.

Steven Fuller

Steven Fuller

Steven lives in Kansas City, Missouri where he practices law and has served as a judge. He has taken his love of travel seriously, having visited 255 countries and territories at last count. He is a Platinum member of the Travelers’ Century Club. Amazingly, he has run 190 marathons on all seven continents. He was the first American to run a marathon in all 50 states.

Foundation Scholar Kevin Dupont’s topic is: #140 Characters: Social Media and How it Impacts Society and the State. (Page 31)

2015 Photo Contest and Exhibit Now Online

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Sep 202015

Thank you to all Circumnavigators who participated in the 2015 Photo Event. We raised well over $1000 for the Foundation and uncovered some fantastic photographs to share with our membership.

Congratulations to Suzanne Frye (New York Metro) for her outstanding shot of Camels on the Beach at Sunset, which won Best Overall Shot.

BEST OVERALL Suzanne Frye, "Sunset Camel Ride in Broome." Broome is on the coast of Western Australia. They have dramatic sunsets there, and it is popular to take a camel ride at sunset. Date- July 29, 2015

Suzanne Frye, “Sunset Camel Ride in Broome.” Broome is on the coast of Western Australia. They have dramatic sunsets there, and it is popular to take a camel ride at sunset. Date- July 29, 2015


All of the category winners and all submitted photos are now available for viewing on this site. The links are below. For the record, this was the greatest number of photos submitted, and the quality was amazing. It was very difficult to pick the best from so many great photos.

A word or two about the judging. Three professional photographers and four serious amateur photographers did the judging. All of the shots were judged “anonymously” so that the judges did not know who took the photos. Judges who had submitted entries were not allowed to vote for their own photos. The judges were asked to pick four shots from each category. The selections by the judges were very diverse. The only shot selected by every judge was Suzanne’s photo.

The judges commented that the entries were outstanding and congratulated all of the “Circumphotogs”!

View the photo galleries here, including who won 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th places. The categories are:

Human Interest
Flora & Fauna

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