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January 2021 Circumbits

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Cheers for 2021!…

It’s a nice feeling, at least psychologically, to put 2020 in the rearview mirror and head into a new year that promises to be brighter and safer. Remember the pandemic is still with us, so continue to take the necessary precautions. We all look forward to Circumnavigator events and getting back to our travels. Best wishes for our members, friends and families.

Congratulations Photographers

The 2020 Photo Contest set a record with more than 130 photos submitted, raising $1300 for the foundation. Thanks go to our professional judges who had to wade through numerous outstanding shots. All three said the judging was very difficult with so many great photos. The judges were professional photographers Roger Weatherburn Baker (Naples, FL), Mike Johnson (Estero, FL) and Richard Senti (Arizona). Members can review all of the 2020 photos by clicking the photo tab at the top of the website. Shown below are the top winners in each category.

Jorge Serpa (At large) took first place in Architecture with his shot Watcher of the Sky taken at the iconic Bahia Fort in Oman.
First place in Flora & Fauna goes to Gunther Winkler (Naples Chapter) for his shot Elephants at Kilimanjaro taken in Kenya.
Brian Baum (Pacific Northwest) took first place in Human Interest with Venetian Sparkle taken at the Venice Carnival.
Ann Swinford (Michigan Chapter) took First place in Landscape for Aurora taken in Alaska.

Happy 70th Anniversary, Al Morasso

No, not a wedding anniversary. Al celebrates his 70th year as a Circumnavigator, a record that will undoubtedly stand of a long time. Al was introduced to the Club and sponsored by his father who was a long-time Circumnavigator and Past President. Al followed in his footsteps and also served as Club President. Another Past President, Howard Matson, describes the event honoring Al:

The lines of communication were humming recently when a Zoom Cocktail Party for the Club’s current and past International Presidents was placed on the calendar.  In attendance were Executive Director Tracy Sancilio, Executive Director “emeritus” Helen Jost, International President David Mink, Second Vice President Brad Vogel, Foundation President Greg Rider, Past Presidents Bill Holm, Jeff Kelly, Howard Matson, Al Morasso and Peter Mosse, and New York Metro Program Chair, Jeffrey Peterson and his wife C. Eda Peterson. 

Besides the goal of a congenial get-together raising a glass of wine and reminiscing, was the “surprise” celebration of Past International President Al Morasso’s 70th anniversary of his membership application (November, 1950).  A Club historic record!  Al’s term was 2003 until 2006 and in another first, he became the first member to serve in the position once held by his father.  All Circumnavigators join in congratulating Al and our former first lady, Betty, who live in New Jersey – Good health to you,  Al. Luck to you!


House of Lords Dinner is on the Calendar

One of the top annual events for Circumnavigators is the holiday dinner party at the House of Lords, sponsored by the UK Chapter. Unfortunately, the 2020 dinner was canceled but UK Chapter President Helen Jenkins reports that the event has been scheduled for 2021. It will be held in London (of course) on December 9, 2021. Please contact Helen if you would like to attend. 


Scuttlebutt

Order of Magellan honoree Mark Kelly has been elected to the U.S. Senate to represent Arizona. Mark is the second Circumnavigator honoree and astronaut to serve in the Senate, following in the footsteps of John Glenn.


The Last Shot

Gunther Winkler (Naples Chapter) submitted this fantastic photo for the Photo Contest. The judges loved it but we decided the shot had already been highly recognized as the cover shot for a 2020 issue of The LOG. We thought members would enjoy seeing it again. Gunther took the shot of the wedding couple in Uzbekistan.

Do you have a good photo for The Last Shot? Please send to club@circumnavigators.org.

Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
International President
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December 2020 Circumbits

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Unique Holiday Season

One of our favorite historic LOG covers was contributed by famous cartoonist Louis M. Glackens in 1929. Glackens was published in numerous magazines in his day and often contributed to The LOG.

The holidays are decidedly different in 2020 with the restrictions on travel and gatherings, but we wish all of our members, family and friends a joyous season. We are all looking forward to getting back to normality. Stay safe!

The LOG is Out

Have you received your copy? If not, please contact Tracy Sancilio at headquarters. Thanks to all our contributors for great stories and photos. We appreciate feedback on the issue. Our next issue will come out in the spring of 2021 when we hope Circumnavigators will be traveling again. Let us know if you have any ideas for stories, and when you take a future international trip, let us know about it.


Calling All Photographers

The deadline for the 2020 Photo Contest has been extended to December 15. Please consider sending in a photo or two for this event that allows members to share their photos and helps support the Foundation. Contributions are tax-deductible and are $10.00 per photo. Categories are Architecture, Human Interest, Landscape and Flora/Fauna. 

Extended Deadline: December 15, 2020

Above: Circumnavigator Michael Puldy (Pacific Southwest) took first place in the 2019 Human Interest category with this shot of a determined archer in Bhutan.


Chapter Events on Zoom

There are a number of interesting Chapter and New York Metro Zoom events in the upcoming weeks. All Circumnavigators are welcome to participate. Events are posted on the website calendar and emails are sent with the Zoom link to join. It’s a great way to keep in touch. 


The Last Shots

Circumnavigator Tom Ambrose (Palm Beach) wrote about the Land of Ice and Snow with fire below in Columbia, South America. Due to space considerations, we were unable to show the snow photos in the LOG, so here they are.
Sierra Nevada snow caps, a rare sight in South America

Do you have a good photo for The Last Shot? Please send to club@circumnavigators.org.

Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
International President
davidamink@me.com

November 2020 Circumbits

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Happy Holidays

Circumnavigator Gunther Winkler, Naples Chapter, captured the beautiful fall foliage near his home in Winchester, Mass. Pictured is Middlesex Fells, a conservation area only seven miles from Boston.

November kicks off the holiday season and we wish all our members, families and friends a joyous season, even though 2020 has been far from normal. Please remember how much there is to be thankful for.

Annual Meeting Goes Virtual

Postponed since May, the 118th Annual Meeting of the Circumnavigators took place in October using Zoom technology. More than 100 members worldwide participated in the meeting. All official business was transacted. Will Mason (Pacific Northwest Chapter) and Rick Jennewine, (Naples Chapter) were welcomed as new members of the Board of Governors.

The meeting was kicked off by Executive Director Tracy Sancilio with our historic whale tooth gavel.

Chapter News

With “live” events on hold during the pandemic, Chapters have been attending virtual events via Zoom. These events have been well received and enjoyable. Members from other Chapters and At-Large members can join any Chapter event. When headquarters receives notification of a Chapter Zoom event, the Chapter Presidents are informed and invite their members to join. At Large members will receive an email invite.

Legendary traveler Don Parrish gave a presentation to the Chicago Chapter.

Calling All Photographers

The 2020 Photo Exhibit/Contest is underway. Please submit your best travel photos to participate in this fun event that shares photos with our membership and helps support the Circumnavigators Club Foundation. 

Deadline: December 1, 2020

Categories: 
Human Interest
Flora & Fauna
Landscape
Architecture

You will receive an email soon with the rules and submission details.

Also, the Foundation Appeal letter is in the mail from Foundation President Greg Rider. We ask you to please consider donating to the Foundation to support our Travel Study Program. See Greg’s letter.


The Last Shots

Sandy Schopbach, Michigan Chapter, who also has a home in Paris, took this shot from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. It shows the layering of the city from the Seine to its highest point.
Mary Houston, Chicago Chapter, reminds us that a rainbow follows a storm.

Do you have a good photo for The Last Shot? Please send to club@circumnavigators.org.

Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
International President
davidamink@me.com

October 2020 Circumbits

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Circumnavigator Ken Mink (Pacific Southwest Chapter) sent us the photo of smoke and fire on the horizon near San Diego.

Welcome to Autumn

Lisa Brighton (Michigan Chapter) took this shot at Copper Harbor, Upper Peninsula of Michigan

September was a quiet month for Circumnavigators, given the challenges of the pandemic, so there isn’t much to report. Zoom technology has been the solution to bringing members together. Several Chapters have been using Zoom to create virtual events. Reminder: Our long postponed Annual Meeting will be held via Zoom on October 14.


Scuttlebutt

Sailing Adventures

Circumnavigators Cathy and Charlie Simon (Washington DC Chapter) have published a picturesque book about their sailing adventures around the world, particularly their circumnavigation of North America. The book can be purchased on Amazon.

Challenger

Paulette Cooper Noble, President of the Palm Beach Chapter recommends a show on Netflix series: Challenger: The Final Flight which features an interview with Astronaut Robert Crippen, our 2019 Order of Magellan honoree. Robert is a member of the Palm Beach Chapter and a member of the NASA Hall of Fame.


The Last Shots

Circumnavigator Marilyn McGrath (Washington State) sent us this amusing photo of her husband Geoff in Cape Town before the international travel restrictions.
Circumnavigator Steven Barnett (Panama) sent us this shot of a bear doing its best to relax.
Second Vice President Brad Vogel (New York Metro) took this beautiful photo of elk grazing in Colorado on a recent trip to the mountain state.

Do you have a good photo for The Last Shot? Please send to club@circumnavigators.org.

Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
International President
davidamink@me.com

September 2020 Circumbits

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Let’s Have Some Fun

We have had enough of the pandemic, cancelled trips, lockdowns and the like. It’s time to look on the bright side and find ways to have some fun while staying close to home. We are going to pass on a few recommendations and ask Circumnavigators to give us other good ideas for this forum. So here it goes—-This writer is strongly recommending a series on Netflix that should wow every Circumnavigator. It is “Somebody Feed Phil”. Phil visits cities around the world to sample their cuisine and culture. It is very informative and funny, too. Also, do you have Alexa? Everyday ask Alexa for “Geo Quiz” which is created by National Geographic. You’ll get six questions—different everyday—to test your knowledge of geography. Questions range from simple to difficult. Please send us your recommendations to share.


The Most & The Least

First VP Dan Peterson (Chicago) has passed on a link to a ranking of some of the highs and lows in world locations. It’s a fascinating look at our world.
Link to The Most & The Least (pdf)


We have our work to do

How are our students doing in geography? Watch this video. It’s only a small sample so we can assume (and hope) most students do a lot better.


Reminders

The Annual Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom on October 14. Invitations and the ballot are in the mail to members. Also, if you have visited all seven continents and not received your certificate, please check to make sure you are listed as a qualifier. Go to the membership tab on this web site and check out qualifiers.


Scuttlebutt

Circumnavigator’s Book

Angela McLean (At Large, Kansas) has put out a book based on her travels, Around the World in 101 Photos. Angela made a nice tribute to the Circumnavigators Club in the acknowledgments. The book can be purchased on Amazon and a portion of the purchase price is going as a donation to the Circumnavigators Foundation. Congratulations and thank you, Angela.

It was a Zoom Party

New York Metro held a Virtual Cocktail Party which offered a fun social time along with guest speaker Eli Lewien, who shared stories from his travels around the world, including quarantine for two weeks in Sydney. Poor guy was only allowed three beers a day!


The Last Shot

After the storm comes a rainbow! Paul Buescher (Pacific NW) took this shot at the southern point of New Zealand’s South Island.

Do you have a good photo for The Last Shot? Please send to club@circumnavigators.org.

Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
International President
davidamink@me.com

August 2020 Circumbits

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Welcome to August

The summer is winding down and it isn’t a season that will be very memorable for most Circumnavigators. No travel, no parties, no Chapter events, no sports and the list goes on. However, as we have been often told: “This too shall pass.” Meanwhile the Club has some news and questions for our members.


Our Annual meeting, postponed from its usual May date, has now been set for Wednesday, October 14 at 5:00 EDT. It will be a virtual event using Zoom technology. The meeting will cover the usual required agenda, followed by a short presentation: Tales and Traditions of the Circumnavigators Club. Members will receive an invitation with further details along with an election ballot for Club leadership positions.


The LOG Needs Your Help

Do you have a collection from your travels? Katie Koontz’s Collectors Corner is looking for a collection to feature. Also, we are looking for photos that depict the pandemic for the Photo Spread. Please send info on these matters to davidamink@me.com. You can send photos by attachment for consideration.


Scuttlebutt

Gulfstream is discontinuing production of its famed Gulfstream Five after decades of outstanding service. Circumnavigator Bradford Gary, Palm Beach Chapter, recalls circumnavigating on this plane in record time 30 years ago. He participated in this historic flight which circled the globe non-stop from the state of Georgia to New Jersey. He participated as an observer. The flight took 54 hours, a record that stood for many years.

When You Can’t Travel

Circumnavigator Ann Swinford, Michigan Chapter, isn’t used to not being on a trip. So she has been engaging in heavy duty gardening which has included a screen for her to rotate the numerous flags she has hauled home from all over the world.


The Last Shot

Norm and Susan Dailey (DC Chapter) completed their forth circumnavigation before the pandemic. In this photo, Norm is jumping on the Gate of Heaven in South East Bali. He reports, “Getting this shot requires you to put on a sarong and when it is your turn, a local photographer takes a photo with your own camera. The reflection is a special effect, accomplished by using a mirror directly under the lens.

Do you have a good photo for The Last Shot? Please send to club@circumnavigators.org.

Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
International President
davidamink@me.com

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