Naples Chapter Dinner

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The Naples Chapter recently enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Sailing & Yacht Club.

September 2022 Circumbits

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Vietnam school
It’s back to school month. Thanks to Gunther Winkler (Naples Chapter) for this photo of morning exercises at school in Xa Dong Phu, Vietnam

Make it a September to Remember

What a great month—not too hot, not too cold and a time to begin creating new memories. Circumnavigators are back on the move and Chapters are gearing up for seasonal events. We wish all our members, families and friends a great month.

Singapore welcomes new member

President of Singapore Chapter, Ang Hao Yao, presented a membership certificate to Mr. Gary Xie during the Chapter’s August lunch held at the famous Singapore Polo Club. 

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Circumnavigator Suzanne Frye (New York Metro) makes another milestone in her extensive world travels—-The North Pole.

suzanne Frey north pole

Circumnavigators Paula and Roger Baker (Naples Chapter) visited Sicily where they took in the sights and enjoyed wining and dining. Here they are at the Rocco Forte Villa Igiea in Palermo.

paula roger baker sicily

Second Vice President Brad Vogel (New York Metro)left the wilds of Brooklyn  to do some serious rafting in a remote part of Idaho.

Brad vogel idaho

Circumnavigator Sue Murphy (New York Metro) feasted on lobster in New Brunswick, Canada where she visited the iconic Hopewell Rocks.

sue murphy canada

Circumnavigator Ed Galkin (New York Metro) is setting off for his fourth circumnavigation in his single-engine Cessna to raise money to fight against Alzheimers. You can follow his progress on the website Best wishes for a successful project.

ed galkin fly for the cure

Circumnavigators Melody and Jon Dill (Naples Chapter) had a glorious visit to the Galapagos.

Melody and John Dill Galapagos

We had to show it…This writer exercises his editorial discretion to show a highly unusual venture.  Circumnavigators David and Dottie Mink (New York Metro and Naples Chapter) were vacationing in upstate Minnesota when they decided to take a side trip to Fargo, North Dakota. If you are familiar with the mystery/comedy Fargo, you probably remember the infamous wood chipper. Well, the actual wood chipper is in Fargo and the Minks got the chance to try it out.

Dottie David Mink Fargo

The Last Shot

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Circumnavigator/Author/Adventurer Albert Podell (New York Metro) took this beautiful photo near Venice Italy on one of his many trips. Circumnavigators send their best wishes to Albert who suffered a medical incident while traveling in a remote part of Nova Scotia. Albert is recovering and hopes to return to New York soon.

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International President

August 2022 Circumbits

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August 2022
Sun is setting on another summer season

August Already?

Where does the time go? Hard to believe that we are going into the tail end of another summer. But, Circumnavigators and Chapters have had plenty of action as readers can see in items below. Thanks for sending us info about your travels.

Note: Circumnavigators Club headquarters will be closed from July 29 – August 5. Emails will be returned as soon as possible upon return. Luck to you!

Plan Ahead

Circumnavigators are invited to join the remarkable private dinner at the House of Lords in London on December 8. Hosted by the UK Chapter, this event if always uplifting and memorable. Please contact UK Chapter President Helen Jenkins or Tracy Sancilio at Club headquarters if you would like to attend.

annual meeting save the date may 19, 2023

We want to alert members that next year’s Annual Meeting will move back to it normal time slot on May 19, 2023 in New York City. It isn’t too early to pencil in this event on your calendar. The meeting will include a featured speaker and a chance to meet members from around the world.

The Yale Club

This writer spent a recent night at the Yale Club which I have been using since unloading our Manhattan apartment after 27 years. I want to emphasize to Circumnavigators that our headquarters at the Yale Club is a great perk for members. The Yale Club has made some recent changes to be more “user-friendly” for Circumnavigators. Members no longer need to go through Tracy Sancilio to make reservations to stay overnight. Members can call the Yale Club directly. The Yale staff has a list of Circumnavigators at the front desk to verify. Circumnavigators should request a guest pass. From there they can make room and dinner reservations. If preferred, Tracy can still help members to make a reservation.

The Yale Club has comfortable rooms and many amenities with a great location in mid-town Manhattan. The recently opened roof-top restaurant is excellent. Please note, however, that dining and bar service are not open on Sundays.

Outside dining is available at the roof-top restaurant.

Chapter Highlights


Chapter President Ang Hao Yao welcomed members to the Singapore Chapter Mid-Year Dinner last month. The event was a feast of fellowship, music, great food and wine. It was the first time in three years the mid-year dinner had been held due to Covid. Members had a wonderful evening.

Singapore chapter aug 2022

Foundation Scholar in Singapore…First Vice-President of the Singapore Chapter, Graham Bellwelcomes Foundation scholar Emily Hardy as she touches down in Singapore on her around-the-world research journey.

Emily and Graham

Follow our Foundation Scholars as they travel around the world…click on their BLOGs below:


Mackenzie Gentz
Northwestern University


Vivica Lewis
Northwestern University 


Emily Hardy
Georgetown University

Washington DC chapter

The Chapter which is being revitalized held a happy hour with ten members and potential new members.

dc chapter happy hour

Congratulations…Venerable Circumnavigator Don Parrish (Chicago Chapter) has returned to the top of the prestigious Most Travelled People (MTP) list. Don’s recent trip to Kazakhstan put him back to Number One.

don parish

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South of France

Circumnavigators Katie Kristen Koontz (New York Metro) traveled together for their first trip to Nice and other spots in southern France. They also visited Monte Carlo. In this photo, the daughter-mother team went to the scenic Medieval village of Eze.

Katie and Kristen Koontz

More from France

Circumnavigator Donna Suddeth (Naples Chapter) also explored France and got some great photos. Before leaving from Philadelphia, she found this inspiring sign shown below. Donna also visited Switzerland and Malta. Below are a few of her shots.

Donna Suddeth


Circumnavigators Ann Swinford and Mo El-Fouly (Michigan Chapter) were featured in a recent issue of Parada Magazine, running in the Sun papers coast to coast. The piece focused on seasoned travelers and highlighted Ann and Mo’s trip to Petra.

Ann Swinford Mo El-Fouly

Some things don’t change

Circumnavigators Geoff and Marilyn McGrath moved from Washington State to Williamsburg, Virginia. Their license plates tell the story about their love of travel.

itchy feet

The Last Shot

Norm & Susan Dailey
An Amazing Race…As mentioned in Circumbits last month, Circumnavigators Norm Susan Dailey (Washington DC Chapter) participated in “Amazing Race for Normal People” and finished recently with a good score. Their experience will be featured in the next issue of The LOG. Shown below, the Dailey’s won one leg of the race by making this chocolate flower in Broc, Switzerland.

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July 2022 Circumbits

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“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” 
– Oscar Wilde   

Betsy Ross House
Circumnavigator Dottie Mink (Naples Chapter) visited the iconic Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia.

Freedom Rings

Circumnavigators appreciate the fundamental value of freedom—freedom to travel, freedom of speech, freedom of worship. We wish all of our members, family and friends a Happy July, the month that represents freedom for many.

International Travel

Travel board
Illustration by Francis Scialabba for Morning Brew

World travel is getting back on track but it isn’t easy with lots of airline delays and cancellations, and other irksome problems with border crossings. Some recent member travels are featured below in “All Over the Map”. Let us know about your trips!

Chapter Highlights

Washington DC chapter

Members of the Washington DC Chapter team met with officials of the Guatemalan Embassy to coordinate a Chapter event.

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Embassy officials flank DC Chapter President Jason Chang and Circumnavigator Gwendolyn Sutton (center)
pacific southwest chapter

Circumnavigators met at the home of Kathleen and George Beebe. The featured presentation was about their trip to England, where they attended a “sunrise ceremony” on the Vernal Equinox at Stonehenge.

pacific southwest chapter

All over the map July 22

Circumnavigators in Croatia

Maria & Gunther Winkler (Naples Chapter) visited Croatia where they once again took stunning photographs which will be displayed in the next issue of The LOG.

winklers croatia

Tour of Canadian Maritimes

David & Dottie Mink (New York Metro and Naples) took a comprehensive tour of the Canadian Maritimes that highlighted Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. In this photo they are at the Hopewell Rocks on the Bay of Fundy.

David and dottie mink

Tribute to

Melanie & Dan Peterson (Chicago Chapter) visited France after a trip to Malta.  Highlights in Normandy included visiting all the D-Day invasion beaches, as well as the airborne landing areas. They then went to Paris before continuing on to Geneva for some exciting meetings around the World Health Assembly.  In the photo, the Petersons are at the remains of a steel reinforced concrete bunker overlooking Omaha Beach.

Petersons Normandy

Circumnavigator off the beaten track

Circumnavigator Mark Pross (Washington, DC Chapter) visited Crna Gora (Montenegro) last month to explore some of the mountainous regions of the north. With his arrival in Podgorica, Montenegro, Mark has now visited all 53 capitals of Europe. Mark also visited the Republic of Srpska, which is one of two entities that make up Bosnia and Herzegovina. The last 27 kilometers of the road in Montenegro to the border with Srpska go through 55 rock-hewed tunnels, which he says makes for a very dramatic trip through the canyon.

Mark Pross

Sail Away

Circumnavigator Ann Swinford (Michigan Chapter) sailed to Alaska on the 80-passenger SS Legacy. In this photo she is in peaceful Patterson Bay in Southeast Alaska. 

Ann Swinford Alaska

An Amazing Race

Circumnavigators Norm Susan Dailey (Washington DC Chapter) are on the road again, participating in a 10-day competition dubbed “Amazing Race for Normal People”. They are competing with eight teams in Europe with no idea where they are going or doing each day. They started in Zurich and so far have ridden a mountain coaster, herded sheep, made a chocolate flower, flew drones and experienced a Via Ferrara.  Travel so far has been in Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Portugal with more to come. Good luck to the Daileys. Stay tuned!

Daileys Amazing Race

UK Connection

UK Chapter President Helen Jenkins left her home in Wales for a business meeting in Boston. She connected with Circumnavigator Darlene Barnfield. Darlene is a UK Chapter member now living in the U.S.

Darlene and Helen
Colorful lunch for Darlene (left) and Helen (right)

The Last Shot

On his recent photography trip to Pantanal in South America, Circumnavigator Larry Glick (At Large, Texas) got this amazing shot of the rare Hoatzin, an avian species that can be traced back over 65 million years.

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International President

June 2022 Circumbits

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Cooling it on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

Summer time and the living is easy

Best wishes for a fun-filled summer to our members, family and friends. Please let us know about your travels and other news.

Annual Meeting “live” again

Annual Meeting 2022 Penn Club, NYC
Left: Governor Jeffery Peterson, Past President Howard Matson, 2nd VP Brad Vogel, President David Mink, 1st VP Dan Peterson, Governor Kristen Koontz; Right: Scott Stephenson, CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution, addressed the meeting

After three years, our Annual Meeting went live again this month. A group of about 30 attended the meeting at the Penn Club in New York with the historic whale tooth gavel tapping in the event for the 122 time. All of the required business was conducted and approved. Importantly, the financial health of the Club and the Foundation are in excellent shape and our membership level has remained constant despite the challenges of the pandemic. The meeting was followed up by an absorbing presentation by President and CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution, Scott Stephenson. Dr. Stephenson highlighted the global nature of the war of independence. 

Esteemed former executive director over the horizon

Helen Jost

Helen Jost, who served the club for many years passed away recently. She served as executive director for several decades and is acknowledged as the backbone of our historic club. Her daughter, Tracy Sancilio, succeeded her in the leadership post. Helen will be greatly missed and the sympathy from the Circumnavigators goes out to Helen’s family and friends. Here is a link to Helen’s Obituary.

New York Metro Party

ny metro

The NY Metro branch of the Circumnavigators Club held a five-course dinner at a Manhattan Italian bistro with 18 participants, where Circumnavigator Marilu Ramirez provide a presentation on her new book “Travels with Marilu, A Spiritual Journey”. Besides a brief slide show about the seven continents, the presentation & book provided wonderful photographs of the world and famous sayings from important people in the past and present, concerning life and their life experiences. A wonderful time was had by all.

Planning for The LOG

Our publication is in the works and we need your help. Do you have a good travel story? If so, please contact David Mink or Tracy Sancilio with your idea. We will work with you to develop the story since we do not want completed stores to be submitted. Importantly, send us photos and short write ups about recent trips for All Over the Map.

Collectors Corner

Send us pictures of your ornaments from around the world

Do you collect Christmas tree or holiday ornaments from your travels? Please send us photos of two or three or your favorites for this upcoming LOG Column.

June 2022 circumnavigators all over the map

Circumnavigators in Costa Rica…

Circumnavigators Paul and Pat Buescher (Pacific Northwest Chapter) report, “We are traveling again!  What better way, at least in Paul’s opinion, to go wandering around the world than a birding photography trip.  In March, we joined our friend and favorite bird photographer, Ralph Paonessa, for a trip to the highlands of Costa Rica.  We visited three birding-oriented lodges where we were able to see and photograph more hummingbirds than we could count.  We also were treated to sightings of Quetzals, Tanagers, Chachalacas, Owls, Montezuma’s Oropendola, Oriels, Woodpeckers, and a few snakes, rats, and other native creatures. While the weather was cool, it was great fun to travel again and be out with the birds and bees.

Costa Rica Hummingbirds

Circumnavigator in Algeria…

Circumnavigator Suzanne Frye (New York Metro) is always on the move. This time she visited Algeria to experience the culture. In Ghardaia, she photographed the women of the Ibadite Muslim sect who cover up in white and only show one eye. She also visited the historic city of Bob Saada.

Frye in Algeria

Circumnavigators in Malta…

First Vice President Dan Peterson reported from Malta, “Several Circumnavigators Club members who also belong to the Travelers Century Club (TCC) attended TCC’s bi-annual international conference, held in Malta May.  Circumnavigator Jerry Allen (Naples) spoke about his recent trip to Iguazu Falls, while Steve Fuller (at-large) presided as incoming TCC president. Other Circumnavigators in attendance included Nan AllenBill Girtman & Donna Suddeth (Naples) and Virginia Mullin and Melanie & Dan Peterson (Chicago). In all 120 TCC members and guests gathered at the Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa for the event. The group toured three cities of Malta’s historic harbor area, as well as the adjacent island of Gozo.  The group even met one of only 37 remaining Knights of the Hospitalier Order of St John (a.k.a. the Sovereign Military Order of Malta), which ruled the islands for 270 years before Napoleon arrived then the British took over.  On the conference day, the attendees heard of many adventurous destinations, including Antarctica, Pitcairn island, Somaliland, Azeri-Karabakh, Tbilisi, Bolivia, and the Balkans. Weather was great, and the food and camaraderie superior. Discussions are underway for the site of the next such TCC International Conference, for 2024. 

Circumnavigators in Malta
Left: Circumnavigators Dan Peterson, Steve Fuller, Jerry Allen, Melanie Peterson and Nan Allen in the historic center of Malta. Right:Dan Peterson with Fra. John Critien, one of just 37 remaining knights of the Hospitalier Order of St John

Not an easy trip..

Circumnavigators Bill and Pam Girtman (Naples Chapter) spent four lovely days in Sicily before heading to Malta for the above-mentioned trip. Upon arriving in Malta, Pam tested positive for Covid and was quarantined for eight days. The Girtmans were forced to cancel their plans to finish their journey to Israel.

Bill and Pam Girtman
Pam on the first time out of her hotel room.

More from Malta and Italy…

Circumnavigators Sally and Larry Cole (Palm Beach Chapter) visited Malta and Italy where they enjoyed the spectacular sights and hiked on the Amalfi Coast.

Sally and Larry Cole
Left: Grand Harbour of Valletta, Malta; Right: Hiking the Amalfi Trail

The Last Shot

Thanks to Circumnavigator Sue Murphy (New York Metro) for this priceless photo of meerkats in South Africa.

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May 2022 Circumbits

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Thanks to Circumnavigator Gunther Winkler (Naples Chapter) for this photo.
Thanks to Circumnavigator Gunther Winkler (Naples Chapter) for this photo.

“We roamed the fields and river sides,
When we are young and gay;
We chased the bees and plucked the flowers,
In the merry, merry month of May.”
―Stephen Foster

Marvelous May has arrived

Everyone loves May with wonderful memories and anticipation for good times to come. We wish all our members, family and friends a great month. As Circumnavigators hit the road, please send us info and photos on your trips.

Reminder – join us for the Annual Meeting

annual meeting

The meeting will be held on Friday, June 3 at the Penn Club in New York City, featuring a presentation by R. Scott Stephenson, CEO & President of the Museum of the American Revolution. Link to invitation here 

Chapter News

The Circumnavigators Club may be getting a new chapter in Jacksonville, FL. Circumnavigator Fred Seely has initiated the process and more than 20 people have shown interest. Recently a Zoom meeting was organized to introduce the Club to prospective members.

UK Chapter

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John Constable, Helen Jenkins, Nick Alexander, new member Alan Soper and Ges Roulstone.

Chapter President Helen Jenkins reports that the chapter had a lovely lunch at the Savile Club in London and welcomed new member Alan Soper. The event was supposed to be at the Oriental Club but Lord Richard Inchcape was taken ill with pneumonia so John Constable rearranged at his Club. We hope Lord Inchcape is on the mend now.

Singapore Chapter

Singapore Chapter

President of the Singapore Chapter, Ang Hao Yao and First Vice President Graham Bell hosted Stefan Krasowski and his wife Tess, members of the Pacific-Northwest Chapter, to a welcome lunch on the occasion of their visit to Singapore.


Circumnavigators David, Fred and Ken Mink gathered in Clearwater Beach, FL to reunite with an old friend, World War II veteran Cewin Johnson who lost his arm in the war when he was just 19 years old. Now 98, Cewin regaled the Mink brothers with stories of the war and, with good spirit and humor, talked about his life as a disabled war hero.

Mink brothers with Cewin Johnson

may 2022 all over the map

Circumnavigator and Governor Ann Swinford (Michigan Chapter) sends a photo from her trip to Africa which she describes, “Very pale Ann Swinford with two beautiful Himba women in Namibia.  The Himba were dismayed that Ann has no children! After they did a dance for us I tried to inspire my group to do a dance for them.  I danced the hokey pokey alone.  Everyone laughed when I ‘put my whole self in and shook it all about’!  The hokey pokey is an ice breaker all over the world!”

ann swinford in africa

Circumnavigators Norm and Susan Dailey (Washington DC Chapter) report from their ongoing Spring trip to Europe. They started in the tulip fields of Holland. Then on to visit the Aland Islands, shown here with a 92- year-old herring fisherman.Then to Andalusia, visiting Mijas, Malaga, Ronda, Seville, Granada and Cordova. Finally a visit to Northwest Spain for a wine-tasting pilgrimage.

The Last Shot

The last shot
Thanks for Circumnavigator Paul Buescher (Pacific Northwest Chapter) for this colorful shot of a Western Tanager in a flowering cherry tree. If you have a good shot for Circumbits, please send it to us.

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