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

Desert Chapter Event

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Mar 162017

In March, Desert Chapter members met at the home of C. Phyllis Heyliger and husband Stanley David Lode and were “bearish” to hear Dr. James McDonald present his photo narrative on the Spirit Bears of Hartley Bay, British Columbia, Canada–the only place in the world where these genetically recessive bears are found.

Stanley David Lode, speaker Dr. James McDonald, and C. Phyllis Heyliger

Record turnout at Naples Chapter March 12 Luncheon

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Mar 152017

The Naples Chapter has held the March 12th luncheon, at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club. We had a record turnout, with 145 members and guests attending. Our special speaker Albert Podell came from New York, to tell us all about the 196 countries that he had visited over 50 years. There were many spectacular pictures and much interesting commentary about his numerous adventures, for us to see and hear. It was a delightful, and humorous presentation, enjoyed by all.

Click on the photo above to view additional photos at the Naples Chapter website

Washington DC Chapter Celebrates Chinese New Year

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Mar 082017
The Washington DC Chapter enjoyed a Chinese New Year lunch at Grace’s Mandarin Restaurant at National Harbor in Maryland. (click on an image to see a larger version)

Kip Knudson with speaker, Professor Diana Kim of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Ernest Weiss receiving his membership certificate from Chapter President Kip Knudson.

March 2017 Circumbits

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Feb 282017

Spring is on the way!

For most of the northern climes of the United States, this winter has been a Jekyll and Hyde of extremely bitter cold and unseasonable warmth. Now, it’s comforting to know that Spring is right around the corner. Many Circumnavigators took to the road during the winter, and many more are planning trips in the upcoming months. Please let us know about your travels, by emailing this writer at davidamink@me.com or our executive director Tracy Sancilio at club@circumnavigators.org. We are beginning plans for the next issue of The LOG for the late Spring and we will feature this info in our All Over the Map section.

 

Dylan Thuras, author and founder of the website Atlas Obscura, will address our Annual Meeting on May 19th

Don’t miss the Annual Meeting…

Our Annual Meeting will be held on May 19 at the Yale Club in New York City. Our featured speaker will be Dylan Thuras, author and founder of the website Atlas Obscura. We will also be honoring our long-time treasurer George Sanborn, who is retiring from this post.

 

Circumnavigator Albert Podell will address all 3 Florida Chapters in March

Snowbirds Alert…

If you are planning to visit Florida this month, you might want to visit our Chapters in Naples, Miami or Palm Beach. Circumnavigator Albert Podell, adventurer and author, will address all three Chapters in what will undoubtedly be a witty and informative presentation. Here are the dates of each event:

Naples Chapter: Sunday, March 12
Miami Chapter: Saturday, March 18
Palm Beach Chapter: Sunday, March 19.

Please contact Tracy at headquarters if you need more info about these events.

 

The Last Shot

 

This writer visited a bucket list locale, one that has been seen by many Circumnavigators — the spectacular Iguazu Falls in Argentina.

Luck to you!

 

 

 

David A. Mink

Chair, Communications Committee

February 2017 Naples Chapter event

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Feb 152017

On Sunday February 12th, 2017, the Naples Chapter members  gathered for their monthly meeting at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club.  The meeting was very well attended by 124 guests, who enjoyed the usual delicious luncheon, while looking out on the many sail boats and yachts in the harbor. However, the main event was the interesting presentation given by Bill Ashley from our Washington Chapter.  Bill spoke of his journey to Papua New Guinea, a country that is not very well known, nor travelled.  He also showed us many fantastic  looking pictures of the special tribal festival, which he was able to attend.   A truly rare event.

Click on this photo to visit the Naples Chapter website, and view the full photo gallery.

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