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

Human Interest
Flora & Fauna

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.

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Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
International President

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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.


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.


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.

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Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
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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.


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.


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.

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Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
International President

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 You can send photos by attachment for consideration.


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.

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Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
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Chicago Chapter Foundation Scholar Zoom Meeting

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Foundation Scholar, Christopher LaMountain circumnavigated the globe last summer. His topic was “A Global Song: Investigating the Global Diversity of Baha’i Temple Music”. (There are only 8 Baha’i temples on our planet. And the only Baha’i temple in North America is a ten minute walk from the Northwestern temple).

On June 6, Christopher presented to the Chicago Chapter via Zoom. First he explained an overview of his trip, then showed a YouTube video of his trip. His 32 minute YouTube impressed everyone with its contents and technical polish. And, of course, there were musical selections in his YouTube. This was a great way to share Christopher’s experience during a time of social distancing. 

Luck to You Christopher!

July 2020 Circumbits

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Update on Club Events

As we have previously reported, The Order of Magellan event scheduled for November 12 in New York City has been postponed due to the uncertainties of the pandemic. This important event will be rescheduled in 2021. The date is to be determined. Our Annual Meeting originally scheduled for May in NYC has been postponed and will now be held “virtually” using Zoom. Details to follow. Chapters are wrestling with how to schedule their events in the fall, and are hopeful that regular events will be ongoing for the next season.


The Board of Governors held its first meeting using Zoom technology and it was a great success. The Board members were able to interact in both a business and social manner as if they were in the same room. We are exploring ways to use Zoom to create events and “parties” for Chapters and members throughout the world. If you are interested, we suggest you familiarize yourself with Zoom or reach out the Club headquarters for more information. At the meeting, three new members were approved. Welcome to Richard and Janice Aaron (Chicago) and Karen Serret (Naples).

Have You Been to 7 Continents?

Circumnavigators who have visited all seven continents will soon be receiving their official certificates. So far, about 50 members have reported this achievement. If you qualify, go to the membership tab on this site to see if your name is listed.

The certificate shown recognizes venerable Canadian Circumnavigator Henri van Bentum who is about to turn 91. Luck to You, Henri.

We are sorry to report that Circumnavigator Douglas Nickson, Pacific NW Chapter, passed away in June. Readers might remember that Douglas was recognized in a recent issue of The LOG for his home replication of the House of Lords library which he got to see for the first time at the UK Chapter’s House of Lords dinner. Our condolences to his wife, Karen, and family.


Left to right: Herme de Wyman Miro with Arthur Benjamin and Mara Schainuck alongside “Lexi” & “Charlie” just prior to their planned wedding at THE BEN, West Palm Beach’s newest Autograph Collection Hotel. Herme, who is 100, is the “grand dame” of charity in Palm Beach and was Maid of Honor.

Palm Beach Circumnavigator Arthur Benjamin is known for his dedication to animal rescue. He and his new wife, Mara, dedicated their wedding to the cause. However, the wedding which was featured in Palm Beach Society magazine, had to be postponed because of the pandemic. Although disappointed, the couple were married privately in Utah and the big wedding party will take place next year, dogs and all. You can give the Benjamins a wedding present by going to Congratulations to the Benjamins!

The Last Shot

Circumnavigator Jennifer Teague, Washington DC Chapter, took these shots of the deserted O’Hare Airport in Chicago. She describe the scene as “surreal”.

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Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
International President

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