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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:

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

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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. 


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

marilu in Mexico

The Last Shot

Marilu left us with this stunning photo in Alaska.

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February 2022 Circumbits

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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

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

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.

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David A. Mink
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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 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
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.

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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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December 2021 Circumbits

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Happy Holidays

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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.
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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.

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