April 2022 Circumbits

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Circumnavigator Suzanne Frye (New York Metro) visited Churchill, Canada and got this stunning shot of the aurora borealis.

Spring has sprung!

Welcome to the wonderful season that ends winter and promises flowers, leafy trees and, of course, new plans to travel. Best wishes to our members, family and friends for a wonderful season.


Historian to address Annual Meeting

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R. Scott Stephenson, CEO and President of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, will make a presentation at our meeting on June 3 in New York. The meeting will be held at the Penn Club. Members and guests are invited for the luncheon and presentation. Only members can attend the meeting. Dr. Stephenson will make a travel-related presentation on the major sites of the revolution. An invitation will be sent out soon.


New York Metro dinner

New York Metro members and guests gathered for dinner at Sinigual in New York City on March 30. Long-time member of 28 years, Lois Kahan, was presented with a certificate acknowledging her as Honorary President of the Circumnavigators Club. Lois has fostered international goodwill and friendship in her decades of world travel representing the highest ideals of our organization. Congratulations to Lois!

Lois Kahan

Wings of the World

Club President David Mink made a presentation in Naples to this club of former Pan Am flight attendants. Twenty-five former Pan Am’ers learned about the Circumnavigators Club and its ties the fabled airline. Several Circumnavigators took historic Pan Am flights, including Fred Myers (Naples Chapter) who took the fastest around-the-world flight on a commercial airline in 1976 and Brian Baum (Pacific Northwest Chapter) who circled the world over the north and south poles in 1977. Also, Juan Trippe, founder of Pan Am, was our Magellan honoree in 1969. Attending the event was Circumnavigator Leilani Pierce who is a member of both clubs.

David Mink with Wings President Sarah Randt
David Mink with Wings President Sarah Randt.

Ukraine Trip Off

Halyna Traversa
Halyna in Lviv, Ukraine

Circumnavigator Halyna Traversa (Naples Chapter) was born in Ukraine and planned a trip there with friends this summer. With a heavy heart, she had to cancel the trip because of the tragic war that is underway. Halyna last visited Ukraine several years ago and wrote about the trip in The LOG. She described her wonderful visit to Lviv in western Ukraine with its historic buildings, charming coffeehouses and restaurants and beautiful opera house. Now, we can only hope that this fabled city and other cities will not be destroyed and that peace will return. Our thoughts are with those caught up in this tragedy.


Susan Stoddard and Stephen Carmichael

Circumnavigators Susan Stoddard and Stephen Carmichael took a break from “Mud Season” in Minnesota to visit the Yucatán peninsula. The Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza were most impressive. Here they “show the flag” at the great pyramid that the Spanish named the Citadel.


New Book

Circumnavigator Paulette Cooper, President of Palm Beach Chapter, has written many books and now has a new one, a memoir of her fascinating life. The Perils of Paulette draws on her Holocaust Survival, her expose of Scientology, her world travels and more. The book is available on Amazon.

The Perils of Paulette

Pacific Southwest Chapter

The chapter held a “live” meeting to welcome Cris and Henry Fuhrer home after their trip to Antarctica. Co-President Arthur Hammons served up Corned Beef with a mustard glaze and Circumnavigator Cristull Hasson provided a decadent chocolate cake as they heard about the Fuhrers’ adventure to their Seventh Continent.

Pacific Northwest cha[ter

Collector’s Corner

Circumnavigator Katie Koontz (New York Metro) is looking for member collections that she can feature in her LOG column. If you have an interesting travel-related collection, contact Katie through club headquarters.


Circumnavigators Cruise

Several Circumnavigators invite you to join them on a cruise from Lisbon to Rome in 2023. The previous announcement had the wrong dates. The correct dates are July 23 to August 3, 2023. This is not an official club-sponsored trip but we are hoping members will take this opportunity to get together for fun and camaraderie. Contact David Mink for more information: davidamink@me.com


The Last Shot

Paul Buescher
With all the elements of a natural rainbow, water droplets and color, this photo of a Rainbow Lorikeet was taken by Circumnavigator Paul Buescher (Pacific Northwest Chapter). It was taken in Australia at a caravan park with a sprinkler providing the water droplets.

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

Luck to you!

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March 2022 Circumbits

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tulips
Thanks to Circumnavigator Marilyn Varcoe (Naples Chapter) for this colorful scene of tulips in the Netherlands.

Welcome to March

It is wonderful that Spring is on the way with good weather, flowers and increased travel. With the pandemic fortunately ramping down, we have a new challenge with war in Europe on the Ukraine front. Please let us know if you have had trips cancelled to Russia or Eastern Europe. Meanwhile, keep exploring around the world where it is safe!


Save the Date

The Circumnavigators Annual Meeting will be live this year with the important event scheduled for June 3 in New York. Details and our speaker will be announced soon.


Chapters Regrouping

After a period of inactivity, our Chapters in Washington DC and Miami each had recent events. The DC chapter had a reorganization meeting and a fascinating presentation by Foundation scholar Emily Hardy who is preparing for her circumnavigation. Miami had a “live” gathering which included a presentation on Borneo and Uganda. Chapter President Carolyn Stein reported that the members enjoyed getting together. Other chapters are continuing to hold live events and sharing experiences.

Miami chapter
Washington DC chapter

Would you like to join Circumnavigators on an exciting cruise?

Over the years, groups of Circumnavigators have made many trips, a tradition that has been inactive in recent years. Now Circumnavigators would like to invite you to join them on a cruise on Silversea’s newest ship—the Silver Nova. The cruise will sail from Lisbon to Rome, visiting eight ports in four countries on the trip. Dates are July 23, 2023 to August 3, 2023. Please note that this is not a Club-sponsored event. It is a personal trip with an agent making the cruise arrangements and individuals making their own transportation plans. It will be fun! Please contact me if you are interested and want more information: davidamink@me.com


Travel Book

Circumnavigator Michael Puldy (Pacific Southwest Chapter), has published a photographic essay covering his travels to the Himalayas: Himalaya Memories – Trekking Through Bhutan and Nepal. This hardbound, cloth- covered book is limited to 300 copies (numbered and signed). Order Himalaya Memories at www.puldy.com.


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All Over the Map

Circumnavigators Henry and Cris Fuhrer (Pacific Southwest Chapter) visited their seventh continent—Antarctica. Their trip had been hold due to the pandemic, so they were delighted to finally set foot on this continent. 

antartica

Circumnavigator Marilu Ramirez (New York Metro) made two trips recently to Mexico and Alaska.

marilu in Mexico

The Last Shot

Alaska
Marilu left us with this stunning photo in Alaska.

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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February 2022 Circumbits

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Roses
Roses in the Botanical Garden, Buenos Aires, Argentina

February is for Lovers

As another trying year moves on, it is important to remember the many people and things we love—family, friends, and, of course, our wonderful earth. Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

Klimt The Kiss
Circumnavigator Lisa Brighton (Michigan Chapter) views the “The Kiss”—famed painting by Gustav Klimt in the Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria.

The LOG Update

Our publication The LOG will be coming out soon, but there is still time to send us information on recent travel during the pandemic.  We will use the information in our column All Over the Map. Please send a brief description of your trip along with a photo to club@circumnavigators.org.


Circumnavigators Jack and Tina Nicholson (Naples Chapter) recently took two cruises in the Caribbean. Tina reports:

We went on two cruises three weeks apart.  The first one started on December 29 on Crystal and the second one started on January 28 on Oceania.  Two very different experiences from each other and from past cruises we have taken.

On Crystal, it took us three hours to get to the ship.  Long lines for Covid test, then waiting 30 minutes to get the text giving us the result.  Once we cleared that line we moved to the questionnaire part, filling out all kinds of forms.  Once on the ship, we were given a device that looked like a watch tracking all our movements.  Everyone had to wear it.  Some people did come down with Covid.  The device identified everyone they encountered and were immediately confined to their rooms.  We had our temperatures taken every night.  The staff had theirs taken three times a day.  Crystal captain kept apologizing for lack of staff as many had to be isolated due to Covid. Not much entertainment either again due to Covid.  The ship was at 40% capacity. We had to wear masks indoor, but wearing a mask outdoors was not mandatory.

On Oceania, it was a totally different experience.  The ship was at less than 40% capacity.  We were waitlisted until two days before the sailing date.  We were accepted only because we are Oceania club members.  The lines were very short.  The Covid test result came in 10 minutes.  There were about 500 passengers and 700 staff.  We had to wear masks indoor and outdoor.  We could go to any restaurant and the service was amazing.  It was a little sad to see 10 people in a restaurant with 500 capacity.  I attended a culinary class that did not allow us to participate in cooking or tasting the food.  It was just a demonstration but very interesting.

A very different experience in cruising but still wonderful.


New books by Circumnavigators

Circumnavigator Marilu Ramirez (New York Metro) has written a book: Travels with Marilu: A Spiritual Journey. The publisher notes:

Ramirez has deep roots in two cities: San Juan, Puerto Rico and New York City. And, yet, she is better understood as a wanderer, a veritable citizen of the world. Her passion is travel. She is never happier than when roaming the byways, country lanes, urban avenues, seascapes, and archaeological sites of terrains ranging from the rice paddies of Vietnam to the crowded plazas of Spain to Jordan’s ancient heritage sites.

In this book of photographs taken over the course of many years in 33 countries, she addresses the magic and intention of human activity as well as the sublime majesty of nature.

Travels with Marilu: A Spiritual Journey

Circumnavigator Albert Podell has done it again with his latest book: Muddling Through the Sexual Revolution. It is bound to be as hilarious and ribald as his previous books. It will be available in April.

Muddling Through the Sexual Revolution

The Last Shot

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Circumnavigator Larry Glick (At Large, Texas) is a prolific photographer of birds. He has photographed nearly 6000 distinct birds around the world. He recently got a dream come true: his last bird in North America— The Phantom of the North- The Great Gray Owl, shot in Northern Minnesota with the temperature at minus 33 degrees F.

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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January 2022 Circumbits

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year
Thanks to Circumnavigator Suzanne Frye (New York Metro) for this dazzling display in Dubai.

We were so happy to usher out 2020 last year and the same feeling goes for 2021, another challenging year. The good news for the Club is that members are beginning to ramp up international travel and Chapters are holding live events! We wish all Circumnavigators, family and friends a healthy and happy 2022.


120 Years and Counting

Circumnavigators Founders
Some early members and founders picnic in New South Wales, Australia shortly after the Club was founded in January 1902.

Founded in 1902 (before the airplane was invented), the Circumnavigators Club enters its 120th year. Thousands of members over this long history have circumnavigated, reached the most inaccessible parts of the world, and many countries, all with our mission “Through Friendship, To Leave This World  A Little Better Than We Found It.” It’s been a wonderful ride!


Congratulations to the Circumnavigators Club Foundation

Scholars
Scholars Annie Carson (Arizona State) and Elizabeth Larson (Northwestern) wave the flag.

The Around-the-World Travel-Study Fellowship Program has completed its 50th year, having sponsored 140 college students to circumnavigate over the past half century. The Foundation celebrated this historic accomplishment during the year. An outstanding video has been produced with much hard work by talented film maker Alex Van Stone and Anniversary Vice-Chairman Brian Evans, as well as other scholars, university partners, chapter coordinators, and Foundation officials, including, of course, Foundation President Greg Rider who was the first scholar 50 years ago. Well done and Thank You!

Link to the video


Chapters “Alive” Again

UK House of Lords…This fantastic annual event (which was cancelled in 2020) was a big hit in December 2021. In addition to the fine dining and camaraderie, the attendees heard an inspiring presentation by travel author Andrew Eames. The host for this event is Circumnavigator Lord Richard Faulkner who is a member of the House of Lords. Chapter President Helen Jenkins reports that there was a packed house (event is limited to 48) with Circumnavigators from far and wide. The dinner is held in the historic Attlee Room which is not open to the public, giving attendees the rare chance to see Parliament in a way that few others do.

UK House of Lords

Chicago Chapter members enjoyed a wonderful holiday event on December 4. 

Chicago live event

Michigan Chapter members got together for a holiday brunch and a chance to catch up in person. Floy and Lee Barthel were honored with the Globe award for sponsoring the Michigan Circumnavigators Summer Safari event for many years.

Michigan group
Michigan
Floy and Lee Barthel receive Globe Award, accompanied by Circumnavigator Roberta Clemak.

Naples Chapter members enjoyed a festive holiday party at the Naples Yacht and Sailing Club.

Pacific-Northwest Chapter members celebrated the holidays with a fifteen foot Christmas tree. Will and Maria Mason hosted a wonderful dinner with unique and delicious dishes. 

Pacific Northwest Group

Palm Beach Chapter members had lunch at the Paradiso Restaurant and enjoyed author and lecturer Rene Silvin describe his experiences on the Concorde and the many famous passengers who flew on this fabled aircraft.

Palm Beach chapter
Caption: Chapter President Paulette Cooper Nobel and speaker Rene Silvin.

All Over the Map

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Circumnavigator Suzanne Frye (New York Metro) traveled to Dubai for the World Expo. Here she enjoys a glass of wine in the stunning waterfront setting.

Circumnavigator Jason Chang (Washington DC Chapter) took the Club flag on a visit to Berlin.

Jason Chang Berlin

Circumnavigators Norm and Susan Dailey (Washington DC Chapter) had a trip planned that Covid caused a challenge. The plan was to visit Morocco and Norway until both countries closed their borders. So it was on to Spain. Norm reports:

 “Adapting to all the changes required lots of wine (and great food.)  Here we are at the winery Gomez Cruzado in the Rioja wine region (the 3rd of 4 wineries that day) just south of Bilbo.  We also visited and tasted wines in the Madrid wine region, the Ribera Del Duero wine region, and sampled (OK more than just sampled) excellent wines.”

The Daileys Spain

The Last Shot

The Yale Club
Having vacated our Manhattan apartment after 30 years, yours truly and wife Dottie went to the city and stayed for the first time at the Yale Club, our official Club headquarters. It was a great experience. The Club was festive and the facilities were excellent. I would recommend the Yale Club for members who visit New York. It is a great perk for being a Circumnavigator. Reservations for overnight rooms must be made through Tracy at headquarters.

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

Luck to you!

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International President
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House of Lords Dinner

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The UK Chapter Welcomed Members and Guests to the House of Lords Dinner on December 9th. It was a wonderful evening enjoyed by all.

The Naples Chapter Celebrates the Holidays!

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