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Happy Holidays

rose in snow
Thanks to Circumnavigator Ann Swinford for this recent photo taken in her yard in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

We are hopeful that this holiday season will be joyous, spent with loved ones throughout the world. Best wishes to all our members, family and friends. Keep up our mission: “Through friendship to leave the world a little better than we found it.”


House of Lords Dinner

House of Lords

It’s been on and off several times, but UK Chapter President Helen Jenkins now reports the fabulous annual event is on for December 9th. We will have our fingers crossed and touch wood that the dinner will go on without a hitch.


Chapters Hold “Live” Events

The Pacific Northwest, Naples and Palm Beach Chapters all held well-attended in-person events in November. It’s exciting to see Circumnavigators getting together again as we move away from Zoom events and embrace the interaction and friendship for which our club was founded. Author and Adventurer Albert Podell (New York Metro) made a swing through Florida with his fascinating stories and photos.

Pacific NW Chapter
Pacific Northwest Octoberfest event. Shown in photo: Jim Farrell (President), Will Mason, Maria Mason, Charles Stotts, Tess Krasowski, Stefan Krasowski and Caroline Farrell. Everyone thought the sauerbraten was outstanding.
Naples Chapter
Albert Podell and Naples Chapter VP Rick Jennewine. Albert says his jacket is not for sale.
Albert spoke at the Norton Museum for the Palm Beach Chapter. Here he is with Chapter President Paulette Cooper Noble.

Photo Feast

Thanks to the Circum photographers who participated in the 2021 Photo Contest and raised money for the foundation. This year’s wrinkle was that photos featured food and dining. The photos were outstanding, judged primarily on interesting content. Shown below are the judges’ top four favorites. Click here to see all the amazing photos. 

Steven Barnett
Steve Barnett (At Large)
Yak Milk – At the Source – While on a motorcycle trip around Mongolia in 2014, I came upon this young woman in the process of her morning yak milking. Yaks are a major food source in Mongolia for everything from dairy products to meat. At this time, we were staying in yurts with a nomadic family and this was the oldest daughter of the household.
Pat Hammers
Pat Hammers (At Large)
Sunset and Wine in Hawaii – Pat took this shot from home in Honolulu at the top of the heights in Alewa where great sunsets are a regular daily highlight.
foufas pit stop
Tim Foufas, Chicago Chapter
Pit Stop, Uzbekistan – Car rest somewhere between Samarkand and Bukhara. I purchased roasted apricot pits to sooth my sour stomach.
Michael Puldy
Michael Puldy, Pacific Southwest Chapter
Diwali Dinner – Shot in Nepal on the eve of Diwali Festival. There was lots of energy in the city square as people were selling all sorts of food and supplies for the upcoming festival of Diwali. This woman had just purchased her prized bird. She had just received her tika on her forehead, and her beautiful black hair looked great against her purple sweater wrap.

The Last Shot

Red and Green Macaw
Thanks to Circumnavigator Larry Glick for this shot of an exquisite Red and Green Macaw. Larry is an avid bird photographer who took this shot in South America. More photos and his story of visiting the Pantanal will be featured in the next issue of The LOG.

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 2021 Circumbits

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Thankful…

Yes, the last couple of years have been challenging, but Circumnavigators have much to be thankful for. We wish all of our members, family and friends a Happy Thanksgiving and a great holiday season.


Dinner at the House of Lords in London will be held on December 9th and there are spots open for this fantastic event. UK Chapter President Helen Jenkins reports that this will be the eleventh dinner hosted by the Circumnavigators. The speaker will be travel journalist Andrew Eames with his many stories from around the world. If you would like to make the trip to London for this event, please contact Helen through Club headquarters at club@circumnavigators.org.


Photographers Ahoy

As reported earlier, our photo exhibit is underway. This year photos will feature food and/or dining. The emphasis will be showing images of interest, not necessarily artful photos. The deadline is November 15. The exhibit supports the Circumnavigators Club Foundation. Please make donations are made to the Foundation, not the Club link.

sushi
“Just a lunchbox in Japan” submitted in a previous contest by Circumnavigator Sister GilChrist of Norway

All Over the Map

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Circumnavigator Larry Glick (At Large, Texas) is known for his spectacular wildlife photos, especially birds. He just returned from a remarkable trip to an area of Brazil called the Pantanal.  It is the largest tropical wetland in the world.  There was also a side trip to the Amazon.  Larry added almost 500 new bird species, saw 16 Jaguars, Tapirs, Aint River Otters, Ocelots, a Tamandua, Giant Anteaters., Caiman, Capybaras, and many more. The next issue of the LOG will feature Larry’s adventure along with many of his stunning photos. 

Larry click

Circumnavigators Norm and Susan Dailey (Washington DC Chapter) have completed their trip to Saudi Arabia which they will recount in the next LOG.

During the visit, they climbed what passed for a road high into the mountain under Shada Al Asfal monument. There they had a traditional lunch in an abandoned village. It isn’t hard to pick out the Daileys in this photo!

Norm and Susan Dailey

Circumnavigators Sue Murphy and Suzanne Frye (New York Metro) kept the club cap moving through various parts of Italy. Here is the Circumnavigators cap at Ponte Santa Trinita in Florence.

Circumnavigators Howard and Amy Matson (New York Metro) prove that a travel adventure doesn’t have to be far from home. The Matsons took a round trip excursion from New York City to Albany aboard some 1947 equipment of America’s most famous train, the 20th Century Limited.  Cocktails in the Tavern-Lounge and then lunch in the dining car. Even the red carpet was rolled out.

Albany

Circumnavigator Michael Puldy (Pacific SW Chapter) made a recent trip to Germany where he participated in a vintage Porsche event. He said the trip went well without any hassles. As an aside, we congratulate Michael, a journalist and travel writer, for agreeing to take on new responsibilities for the Circumnavigators communication committee. Additionally, Michael did an interview for another Circumnavigator Regin Reyno who had a podcast program. Regin lives in the Philippines. Here is a link to the interview.

Michael Puldy
Circumnavigator Michael Puldy
Circumnavigator Regin Reyno

The Last Shot

Thanks to Circumnavigator Ann Swinford (Michigan Chapter) for this shot from Kenya. Perhaps we should call it: The End.

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 2021 Circumbits

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Welcome to Beautiful Autumn

Colorful leaves shown here in Essex, Ct. photographed last year.

Hungry? New York Metro Event Highlights International Food

Atlas Obscura founder Dylan Thuras discussed his new book Gastro Obscura at a Zoom Event on Monday, October 4. The book features “Wondrous Foods and Intriguing Stories from around the world.” If you missed Dylan’s presentation, a link will be sent via email.


Attention Photographers

2021 photo contest

Our annual photo contest will have a new twist this year: photos of food and dining. The contest supports the Circumnavigators Club Foundation. Deadline for photos is November 15. Any good shot featuring food or dining will be welcome. A couple of examples from previous exhibits are shown above. Details will be sent via email.


All Over the Map

All over the map

The hat is on the move again thanks to Circumnavigators Sue Murphy and Suzanne Frye (New York Metro) who visited Lampedusa and Malta in the Mediterranean Sea and Italy.

Circumnavigators Ann Swinford and husband Mo El-Fouly (Michigan Chapter) visited the Galapagos Islands where Mo posed with a giant tortoise.

Mo posed with a giant tortoise

Circumnavigators Norm and Susan Dailey (Washington DC Chapter) don’t let any grass grow under their feet. Having recently been in Egypt, they are currently on another trip to Saudi Arabia. They also plan to visit Lebanon and Cyprus. Norm will give us highlights of this ambitious trip in the next issue of The LOG.

Norm and Susan Dailey visit Saudi Arabia

Best wishes to Circumnavigator Cynthia Bassett who embarked on an adventure to rural Pakistan but took a fall on the way and broke her arm in Doha. Cynthia is recovering after surgery in Cleveland.


The Last Shot

Thanks to Dottie Mink for this photo of the sunset in Lagos, Portugal.
Thanks to Dottie Mink for this photo of the sunset in Lagos, Portugal.

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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September 2021 Circumbits

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School children in Tanzania
September is back-to-school month. Here Dottie Mink (Naples Chapter) captured a delightful class of school children in Tanzania.

Welcome to September

It’s further proof that time flies! We hope all our members, family and friends had a great summer. It looks like the pandemic is far from over, but we have seen that Circumnavigators have ramped up their travel plans. Some of their travels are listed below. Please keep us informed about your travel experiences.


All Over the Map

circumnavigators travel in September

Even though a trip to Alaska is technically domestic (for Americans) it still feels like a foreign trip. Circumnavigators Russ Bredholt (Palm Beach Chapter) and his wife Chris went there last month on an anniversary trip that included a train trip to Denali National Park.

Russ Bredholt in Alaska
Russ outside the Grizzly Store in Anchorage.

Circumnavigator Katie Koontz (New York Metro) is in Paris right now, before heading off to the French Alps and Amsterdam. She reports a great time despite some necessary Covid testing.

Katie Koontz in Paris
Katie enjoys site seeing and the cultural experience in Europe

Circumnavigators Paul & Patricia Buescher (Pacific Northwest Chapter) ventured off to Iceland.They said it was great to be traveling again and taking some terrific photos, including this Icelandic horse.

Paul & Patricia Buescher (Pacific Northwest Chapter) ventured off to Iceland
Paul says no trip to Iceland is complete without seeing an Icelandic horse.

Circumnavigators Melody & Jon Dill (Naples Chapter) took an amazing cruise in Greece, sailing on the Silver Moon, the newest vessel in the SilverSea fleet. Aside from the site seeing, they were most impressed by SilverSea’s debut of its revolutionary new culinary program, Sea and Land Taste or S.A.L.T. Guests are invited to delve deeper into each region’s cuisine and culture with regionally-inspired dishes, drinks, and demonstrations. Special S.A.L.T. shore excursions enable travelers to experience the food and drink cultures of each destination.

Melody & Jon Dill (Naples Chapter) sailed on the Silver Moon
SilverSea’s new luxury cruiser, the Silver Moon.

Did you read The LOG?

Did you read The LOG?…We hope you have enjoyed the latest issue of our venerable publication. We appreciate your feedback! Reminder: please share your travels with us for The LOG and Circumbits. Here are a couple of corrections in the LOG. Kathy Sinclair, whose ‘fridge magnets’ were featured, was listed a member of the Chicago Chapter. She is a member of the Michigan Chapter. 

It was really cold…Chasing the Lights, Ann Swinford’s account of her quest to see the Northern Lights in Alaska mentioned the chilly 25 F temps. Ann wants readers to know it was actually minus 25 degrees. She would never complain about a mere 25 F.

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Ann Swinford was desperately cold in Alaska as she chased the Northern Lights.

Scuttlebutt  

Hurricane takes toll

hurricane ida
Restaricks are fine but their property took a hit.

Circumnavigators Janet & Henry Restarick live in Louisiana near New Orleans and weathered the devastating hurricane Ida. We are happy to report that the Restaricks are safe although their house suffered some damage.


The Last Shot

puffin in Iceland
Thanks to Paul Buescher for this shot of a Puffin in Iceland, just one of his fantastic wildlife photos from his recent trip.

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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August 2021 Circumbits

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August flowers bloom in Iceland

The LOG is on the way!

Members will receive their copies of The LOG in August. This issue has Club news and features, but it is a bit abbreviated given the lack of travel and Chapter meetings during the pandemic. As Circumnavigators get back on the road, members are encouraged to let us know about their travels for Circumbits and The LOG. Please remember that we do not want complete stories to be submitted. Contact Tracy or David to discuss story concepts.


Al Morasso Jr.

Alfred Morasso, Jr. sadly passed away in June. He was a Past President of the Club, as was his father, Alfred Sr. Alfred (the first) was the sole survivor of ship sinking in 1920, a story that has been recounted several times in the LOG and online. It is an amazing story, so we are offering a link if you would like to read the whole story. 

Link to the original article here


Are you a mountain climber?  

We are looking to share adventures with our members and we would like to do a story on mountain climbing. Please let us know if you are an avid climber at club@circumnavigators.org.


The Last Shot

Thanks to Gunther Winkler (Naples Chapter) for this photo of the Arches National Park in Utah.

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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July 2021 Circumbits

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fireworks

Celebrating Freedom

The challenging days of the pandemic have made Circumnavigators reflect on the value of freedom—speech, worship, travel. Most members live in places where these values are cherished. As we get back to international travel, let’s remember the importance of freedom.


Over the Horizon

over the horizon - Albert (Al) Morasso, Jr.
Al Morasso, Jr.
Al and Betty Morasso

Circum Legend Alfred (Al) Morasso, Jr. passed away in June at the age of 94 in Somerset, NJ. Al was a member of the Circumnavigators Club for a remarkable 70 years. His father, who was the sole survivor of a tragic ship sinking in Scandinavia, was President of the Circumnavigators and sponsored his son at an early age. Al later became President of the Club from 2004 to 2006. Al’s son (third generation Alfred Morasso) is also a member of the Club for 18 years and is a Life Member. 

Always a colorful individual with a fascinating history, including service in the Korean War, he will be missed. The Club offers its sympathy to wife Betty and the whole Morasso clan.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, July 10, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 414 East Broad Street, Westfield, NJ with internment in The Garth. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the United States Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation, Inc., Kings Point, NY or to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Friends of Music, Westfield, NJ in his memory would be appreciated.


Honorary President

Honorary President Lois Kahan
Lois with past president Howard Matson in 1996. Inset: Lois at the last New York Metro Event.

The Board of Governors has bestowed a special honor to long-time Circumnavigator Lois Kahan. Lois, who joined the Club in 1994, was named Honorary President of which she remarked, “I’ll tell my family to make sure it is on my gravestone.” Lois has a great sense of humor and is adored by all. She has served the Club in many capacities and rarely misses an event in New York. Congratulations to our Honorary President!


Scuttlebutt

Circumnavigator Sir Clive Banfield, who lives in Saint Thomas, called our attention to the recent recognition by the National Geographic Society of a fifth ocean. The Southern Ocean now joins the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic and Indian Oceans. Clive has sailed all five oceans; how many other Circumnavigators have accomplished this?

The southern ocean

The Last Shot

Fireworks in Sydney
Thanks to Suzanne Frye (New York Metro) for this brilliant fireworks display in Sydney, Australia.

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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