March 2020 Circumbits

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Spring is on its way

Welcome to March with spring flowers and warm temperatures coming soon. Circumnavigators aren’t seasonal travelers; they travel year round. But spring does offer some new travel opportunities. We would like to remind members to send us a photo or two and a couple of lines about their trips to be used in The LOG feature All Over the Map. It is a great way to share travel experiences.

Singapore Tradition

The Singapore Chapter started 2020 in its traditional fashion by holding its Annual General Meeting followed by cocktails and dinner in January. A wonderful evening of great food and wine and many a song was sung supported by its usual band.

President Michael Palmer’s review revealed a full membership with a waiting list, finances in very good health and a calendar full of excellent monthly events. The President gave special mention to the Singapore Chapter being invited to open the Singapore Stock Exchange market trading by sounding the gong.

Save the dates

Members are invited to attend upcoming events in New York. On March 12, the Club will receive a presentation from Circumnavigator Edwin Galkin who has done three circumnavigations in his single-engine plane and is planning to head off for his fourth Round-the-World trip. Edwin’s mission is to increase awareness and support to fight Alzheimer’s. On April 22, the guest speaker will be Elizabeth Sharland, actress and author who has written numerous novels and books about theater and travel. Invitations will be sent soon. On May 15,we will hold our Annual Meeting with guest speaker Patricia Schultz who wrote “1000 Places to See Before You Die”.

The Last Shot

Circumnavigator Phyllis Heyliger, Desert Chapter, is professional painter. Here her cat Chui Paka posed for this whimsical shot along with Phyllis’s painting of a bigger feline in Africa.

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Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
International President

February 2020 Circumbits

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Feb 032020

The LOG is in the Mail

An exciting new issue of The LOG is on the way with a collection of great stories and photographs as well as Club news. This issue shows that Circumnavigators don’t shy away from some of the world’s most forbidding locales. We have stories from Syria, Iraq, Somalia along with our cover story about a journey to the former Soviet republics known as the “Stans”. Please give us your feedback after you read The LOG

Save the Date

Come join us at our next New York event on March 12th where Circumnavigator Edwin Galkin (New York Metro) will share his experience of his third around-the-world flight, raising funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease, in his single-engine airplane in 2018. He is now planning a fourth circumnavigation in his Cessna 210, departing New Jersey in late March and returning in May. Don’t miss this special event. Details are coming soon.

Tribute to Kobe Bryant

Circumnavigator Neil Mandt (Los Angeles) had the experience of meeting the NBA Super Star on several occasions. Kobe along with eight others died tragically last week in a helicopter crash. Neil, a film maker and director, recalls that Kobe was a classy guy and a true gentleman. He will be missed.

The Last Shot

Circumnavigators Geoff and Marilyn McGrath (Pacific-Northwest Chapter) recently completed their second circumnavigation. Their journey took them to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Hanoi and Singapore. Some of the highlights included Qasr Al Watan Presidential Palace and the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, the Bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand, and Halong Bay in Vietnam. One of their special experiences in Bangkok was the opportunity to visit a small community of artisans who hand make alms bowls for Buddhist monks. The Last Shot shows the magnificent Grand Palace in Bangkok.

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David A. Mink
International President

January 2020 Circumbits

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Happy New Year!

The Board of Governors sends best wishes to all Circumnavigators, family and friends for a wonderful 2020. In the new decade, it will be important for all of us to embrace our mission of making the world a better place through friendship and understanding. The world needs our help! Safe and happy travels to all. And, it definitely wintertime, as shown by Circumnavigator Lisa Brighton (Michigan Chapter) at the Eben Ice Caves on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Circumnavigator Lisa Brighton (Michigan Chapter) at the Eben Ice Caves on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Singapore Chapter On the Air

The Singapore Chapter was accorded an enormous honor recently when it was invited to “sound the gong” to open the market on December 24 at the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX).

This the same as ringing the bell at the New York Stock Exchange but given the Singapore culture, they bang a Chinese gong. The event was televised live on CNBC.

Chapter President Michael Palmer presided over the event and made a speech explaining the Circumnavigators Club, its inception, history and principles and the essence of our Singapore Chapter.

Invited on stage to join him were Graham Bell (Vice President) and Mr. Ang Hao Yao who is a stalwart of the Chapter and has served in many different positions on the Chapter Board and is currently in charge of International Relations.  They were hosted in the gong banging by Mr. Tan Boon Gin, CEO SGX RegCo. Eighteen Chapter members were in attendance to witness the event.

Congratulations to the Singapore Chapter!

Click here to watch the video of the ceremony.

International President David Mink Appoints Nominating Committee

2020 Nominating Committee

Brad Vogel –  Nominating Committee Chair, Second Vice President

Dan Peterson – First Vice President

Bill Holm – Past President 

Peter Mosse –Past President

Tina Nicholson – Board of Governors

Constitution, Article VI, Section 4:
The Nominating Committee shall be obliged to consider for nomination any member in good standing for elective office, provided however, the Nominating Committee shall have received on or before February 1, a petition in behalf of such candidate(s) in writing and executed by fifteen members of the Club in good standing.

The Last Shot

Circumnavigator Bradford Gary (Palm Beach Chapter) took this shot of Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean near the Russian Coast. His story about this adventure will be featured in the upcoming issue of The LOG, due to be published at the end of this month.

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Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
International President

December 2019 Circumbits

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Dec 022019

Ken Burns Legendary Filmmaker to Receive Order of Magellan

Photo Credit: Evan Barlow

The Circumnavigators Club is delighted to announce that the world’s premier documentary filmmaker will receive our highest honor, The Order of Magellan. Ken Burns will join a distinguished list of honorees, including Walter Cronkite, John Glenn, Edmund Hillary, and Sandra Day O’Connor, who have been honored since the award was established in 1961.

The Order of Magellan will be awarded to Mr. Burns on November 12, 2020 in New York City. Since this event is nearly a year away, details and an invitation will be sent to members sometime in 2020.

Mr. Burns has been making documentary films for over 40 years. Since the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridgein 1981, he has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including The Civil War; Baseball; Jazz; The Statue of Liberty; Huey Long; Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery; Frank Lloyd Wright; Mark Twain; Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson; The War; The National Parks: America’s Best Idea; The Roosevelts:  An Intimate HistoryJackie Robinson; Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War; The Vietnam War; and, most recently, Country Music.

A December 2002 poll conducted by Real Screen Magazine listed The Civil War as second only to Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North as the “most influential documentary of all time,” and named Ken Burns and Robert Flaherty as the “most influential documentary makers” of all time. In March 2009, David Zurawik of The Baltimore Sun said, “… Burns is not only the greatest documentarian of the day, but also the most influential filmmaker period.”

Mr. Burns’ films have been honored with dozens of major awards, including sixteen Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards and two Oscar nominations; and in September of 2008, at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, he was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Last Call for The LOG

The next issue of The LOG will be published in January. We have all the features stories and photos that we need. However, it is not too late for members to submit a photo and a line or two about recent travel for the column All Over the Map. Please submit these no later than December 15 by email attachment to

Bougainville, Anyone?

Circumnavigator Albert Podell wants to go to this island nation to keep his designation of having visited every country on earth. Bougainville has now become the newest nation with its independence from Papua New Guinea, and it isn’t easy to get to. Albert, author and adventurer, says, “ I can’t quite figure out how to get there and wonder if any Circumnavigator has any recent experience in visiting there.

“Both the Bougainville airports have been closed for over a year for safety reasons, ranging from stray animals on the runways to the locals using them as a drag strips.. There used to be a passenger ferry, the Rabaul Queen, that went from Port Moresby to Bougainville, but it sank with 173 lives in 2011, as many of these Micronesian ferries have an inclination to do.” He adds, “Maybe members from Naples or Palm Beach could give me a lift on their yacht.”  Luck to you, Albert! You will need it!

The Last Shot

Looks like cell phones are just about everywhere. These Uzbek “tourists” are visiting the palace of Kiva, and one is taking time to use her phone. Photo is by Gunther Winkler, Naples Chapter, who will recount the visit to the “Stans” with his wife Maria in the upcoming issue of The LOG.

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David A. Mink
International President

November 2019 Circumbits

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The LOG is in the works

And we need your help! The next issue will be published this winter and we have some amazing feature stories and photographs. However, we are looking for members to participate in several areas.

  1. All Over the Map…Send us a photo and just a line or two about any recent travels to share with our membership.
  2. Scuttlebutt…Send us info if you have had a significant event in your life, such as authoring a book, receiving an honor, taking on a new job, and the like.
  3. Photo Spread…The photo spread will feature interesting shots of clouds, such as the one shown below of Mount Cook by Gunther Winkler. Please send us a shot for consideration. Photos and other info should be sent to Please send photos in the highest possible resolution
Mount Cook by Gunther Winkler. Please send your cloud photos for consideration.

Save the dates

The annual holiday party will be held in New York on Thursday, December 19. A printed announcement is coming in the mail. Join us to spread joy and cheer with fellow members and guests. 

Also, please note that our Annual Meeting will be held at the Penn Club on Friday, May 15, 2020 in New York. We will have an outstanding speaker, Patricia Schultz who wrote 1000 Places to See Before You Die. More info about upcoming events can found by contacting Executive Director Tracy Sancilio at headquarters at

Seven Continentals Posted

7 continents

Under the membership tab on our site, we have listed all Circumnavigators who have reported visiting all Seven Continents. If you are missing from this group, please contact Tracy at headquarters.

Click here to see the listing

Historic Space Venture

Magellan honoree and honorary member, Scott Kelly is featured on a Netflix series relating his year in space. The Emmy-award winning documentary series is available on Netflix. 

The Last Shot

Circumnavigator Henry Restarick, who serves on the Board of Governors,
captured this magnificent polar bear on a recent Arctic expedition

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David A. Mink
International President

October 2019 Circumbits

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Save the date for the annual holiday party in NYC

The annual holiday party will be held in New York City on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Church of Sweden (48th Street and Madison Avenue). All Circumnavigators are welcome for this time of cheer and friendship. Details will follow.

Foundation scholars have come home

Their journeys around the world now complete, scholars share their adventures on their blogs listed below.



Have You Been to 7 Continents?

7 continents

42 Circumnavigators have reported that they have set foot on all seven Continents. Their names and chapters will be listed on this site later in October. We will announce when the names are posted. Each will receive a special certificate acknowledging their accomplishment. Contact Tracy Sancilio at

Where have you “Been”?

Circumnavigator Stephan Carmichael (Rochester, Minn.) called our attention to an App for your phone or tablet called Been. This free app allows travelers to log their visits to countries and states on a map. It’s a fun app for Circumnavigators. Link to the app on app store or on google play.

In Our Circle

Paulette Cooper and son of her rescuer, Peter de Hoo. Photo: Steven Lock / I-Images

Circumnavigator Paulette Cooper, co-president of the Palm Beach Chapter, is an amazing person. Not only a world traveler, she has authored 25 books and been the subject of another book about her investigation of Scientology. Now another extraordinary chapter in her life has come to light as recorded in the UK’s Daily Mail. Paulette, as an infant, and her young sister were orphans, living in German-occupied Belgium during World War II. Their parents were victims of the Holocaust, and Paulette and her sister were facing certain death when a friend of their father saved their lives by bribing a Nazi guard. Their rescuer was a well-connected Dutchman, Sijbren de Hoo. Paulette was eventually sent to America where she was adopted, educated and moved on to a successful life. It was many decades later that Paulette had the moving opportunity to meet the son of her rescuer, Peter de Hoo. It was an emotional reunion.

Members can read the whole gripping story.

Paulette is now happily married to Paul Noble who serves as co-president of the Chapter.

The Last Shot

Circumnavigator Patricia Buescher (Pacific Northwest Chapter) took this photo from a hot air balloon over Bagan in Myanmar.

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Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
International President

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