April 2020 Circumbits

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Apr 022020

Who would have thought?

How quickly our world can change in so many ways. No need to rehash the pandemic with Circumnavigators who, we are sure, are fully up on the news. We know it will cause serious disruptions for our Club of travelers. Just to recap some recent Club news, our Annual Meeting for May 15 in New York City has been postponed. We are shooting to reschedule sometime in September or early October, Inshallah. Below are two pieces from Circumnavigators related to the pandemic. Stay safe! 

Lessons Learned From 10 Days’ Detention 

By Susan Gary, Palm Beach Chapter 

My husband Brad and I spent ten days confined to our cabin aboard the Silver Shadow in Recife, Brazil. We were among more than 300 passengers from 18 countries. A passenger was taken to a hospital on March 12. As a result, the ship was not allowed to depart that evening as planned. Passengers were immediately confined to their cabins. Armed police patrolled the dock 24 hours a day. When repatriation plans were announced a week later, we were stunned to learn that the U.S. passengers could not depart with the other passengers. 

We were caught in the coronavirus pandemonium. What happened after our initial detention was the surprising and most disturbing part of the story. As a result, we developed new lessons learned and recommendations for future travel. These are in addition to the usual list that include, for example, taking an extra set of passport photos. 

Here is what we suggest going forward: 
Identify a private company (Kroll or Securitas, are examples) that specialize in challenges that may arise as a result of international travel. Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. typically have consultants with the experience, resources and relationships at the highest levels of the U.S. government and foreign countries to solve such problems. 

On our ship, we received very little communication from the ship regarding our circumstances; communication was generic when it did occur. We would have engaged a private company to better understand the situation and develop options. 

Secondly, we would recommend carrying more cash. Like most travelers today, we rely on the convenience of ATM’s in foreign countries, credit/debit cards, PayPal and other ways to avoid carrying cash. Cash has disadvantages; it can be easily stolen or lost. I was reminded of the advantages of cash however during a trip to Africa years ago. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, we were released by drugged military personnel only after offering him $100 cash. 

Another recommendation: secure a second passport. When you embark on a cruise you typically surrender your passport and it is not returned until you disembark. If we had that second passport, this would not be a concern. While a second passport is allowed by the U.S. Department of State, there is an additional cost and process. In retrospect, it would be worth the cost and effort. 

Lastly, establish relationships with your federally elected officials. This is a critical piece. It was our congressional delegation from Florida that did the most for us. They provided crucial support, constant contact and worked tirelessly on our behalf. Representative Lois Frankel from the West Palm Beach and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio were the heroes. 

We have travelled to 140-150 countries; met with Fidel Castro, visited the ruins of Persepolis while President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in office and visited South Sudan after their tumultuous separation from Sudan. We have seen a lot of this world and have been greeted with smiles from the capital of Yemen to the marketplaces of Somalia. 

The cruise to South America reminds us of the new hurdles international travelers face in today’s world. We are all learning new ways to make our future travels safer. 

Making The Most of Staying Home 

By Howard Matson , International President 1994-1998 

The pandemic has caused most, if not all, Circumnavigators to make ourselves comfortable in our homes for the duration.  We are the group that needs little motivation to go to the corners of the world. There is no such thing as boredom in our travels.  I often think that the genetic code of becoming a member of our historic organization includes a chromosome that’s activated by a new vista or adventure. 

As my daughter, wife and I enter our 17th day of self-quarantine, I was particularly touched by an essay recently published by the Swiss philosopher, Alain de Botton. He is the author of several bestsellers, including  The Art of Travel.  Some may recall that he was the individual selected in 2009 to be the “writer-in residence” at Heathrow Airport where he spent a week sitting in the middle of terminal.  A Week at the Airport published in London is the result of that week. 

De Botton writes, “…. Another thing we can do is to return to travels already taken.  This is not a fashionable idea.  The idea of making a big deal of revisiting a memory sounds a little strange…or sad.  We are careless curators of our own past.  We push the important scenes that have happened to us to the back of our minds.  However, I argue that regular immersion in our travel memories could be a critical part of what could sustain and console us.  In our neglect of our memories we are like spoiled children who toss these memories aside to seek fresh thrills.” 

This concept really hit a nerve.  I’ve been revisiting my travel shelf where I keep more than a dozen old travel journals.  There is more than a little self-reflection of “I did this?!?” as I reread the journal of my first solo summer in Europe at seventeen.  Were three months of unlimited travel via Eurailpass only $199?  Did I really leave Copenhagen after three nights because $12 nightly was too expensive?  My journal recounts that I was thrilled to arrive in Madrid and find the pensione on Avenida Jose Antonio for $2.90.  And, rereading the two volumes of my 1983 six-month trip around the world impressed again upon me the importance of this trip shaping my life and outlook. 

If just armchair thinking is not enough, then Circumnavigators give yourself a project.  Collect those old photos and put together a book.  Share this book with your children and grandchildren which may give them the  “bug” to travel.  I have another shelf of my grandmother’s diaries from trips in the 1950s to Europe and one recording my grandparents’ 1962 circumnavigation of the globe.  Reading them is to enter another world:  the Queen Mary, the Orient Express, the Tehran Hilton, the Peninsula and I reminisce how these diaries motivated me when I read them at the age of 10 or 11. 


Scuttlebutt

Dog Lovers Alert

Circumnavigator Paulette Cooper Noble, president of the Palm Beach Chapter, is an author of many books. Her latest is Dog Secrets: Fun and Fascinating Things Your Dog Wants You to Know. Unfortunately for Paulette, she purchased 200 copies of her own book for a book event that was cancelled because of the pandemic. She now has all these copies on hand and would be very grateful if some fellow Circumnavigators would like to buy one. This cost is $28.  It is a wonderful book for dog lovers and can also make a great gift. She will autograph it to you, and if you wish, your dog.  To place your order, send an email to club@circumnavigators.org. 

On a Happy Note

Circumnavigator Henry Restarick reports: Since it was our 40th, Janet and I decided to celebrate our anniversary in Las Vegas.  It had been 14 years since our last visit to the Lost Wages.  Our plan was to see all the new sights and revisit some of our old favorite spots.  I planned a surprise 40th renewal wedding for Janet by taking her blindfolded from a casino to down the aisle of an old one-room redwood church built in 1941.  The church is the oldest building on the Las Vegas Strip and is listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places.  Notable weddings in the church include Betty Grable, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Dinah Washington, Judy Garland, Cindy Crawford, Angelina Jolie, Mickey Rooney, Robert Goulet and many others.  Also, a movie wedding of Elvis Presley and Ann-Margaret were filmed there.  I can’t believe Janet actually said “yes” again!” 


The Last Shot

Circumnavigator Lisa Brighton, Michigan Chapter, captured this beautiful shot of a fisherman on Inle Lake, Myanmar at dusk.

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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March 2020 Circumbits

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Mar 022020

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.

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 2020 Circumbits

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Jan 022020

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.

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 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.

Blog: https://medium.com/@fionasinger

Blog: https://blog.undergradresearch.northwestern.edu/blog/chris/


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 club@circumnavigators.org


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.

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 2019 Circumbits

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September already?…

Peanuts’ Charlie Brown remarked “Summer Flies” and his friend Linus answered “Winter Walks”. For Circumnavigators, the end of summer means the snowbirds head back to Florida and many members wound up a season of travel. But we know that the season doesn’t keep Circumnavigators home and plenty of travel lies ahead. We are working on the next issue of the LOG and count on members to send us a few lines and photos about their recent travels for All Over the Map. Please send to davidamink@me.com.

Congratulations to our Honorary Members

At its August meeting, the International Board decided to renew the tradition of offering honorary membership to Magellan Honorees. The first seven are former recipients of the Order of Magellan. These honorary members are Astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Author & historian Simon Winchester, journalist Ann Compton, comedian & travel documentarian Michael Palin, and aviation pioneer Andre Borchberg. Additionally, honorary membership was granted to Lord Richard Faulkner (pictured left) who hosts the UK Chapter’s House of Lords dinner each December and also greets Circumnavigators who travel to London.

The Board approved four new members to join our Great Circle:
Nicholas Fang, Singapore Chapter
Jay Foonberg, Pacific Southwest Chapter
Sng Ren Yeong, Singapore Chapter
Stella Wenner, Naples Chapter


Have You Been to 7 Continents?

7 continents

35 Circumnavigators have informed us that they have set foot on all seven continents. They will be recognized in the October Circumbits. If you have not done so already, let us know by email if you have also achieved this impressive feat. Contact Tracy Sancilio at club@circumnavigators.org


Photo Contest Entries

All of the Photo Contest submissions are now shown under the Photos tab at the top of the web site. Thanks to all the participants for sharing their photos and supporting the Foundation.


Circumnavigators: How Many Flights Have You Taken on PAN AM?

Please join us for the PAN AM event on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 in New York City. Representatives from the Pan Am Museum Foundation will give a presentation on the history, legacy and adventure of Pan Am World Airways and the exhibits and collected artifacts displayed at their museum in Garden City, New York.

More information and online registration
Download the pdf flyer


Scuttlebutt

Game Show

Egghead challengers in the UK. Helen Jenkins is third from right in red dress.

We recently received an inquiry from a potential new member who told us he heard about The Circumnavigators Club from a contestant on a televised game show in the United Kingdom. Turns out the contestant was none other than UK Chapter President Helen Jenkins. The nationally broadcast show is called Eggheads. How did Helen’s team do? “Don’t ask,” she said.

Happy Birthday

Emmy winning director Neil Mandt (Los Angeles) celebrated his 50th birthday with a cake fit for a Circumnavigator.

An Amazing Race

Susan & Norm Dailey (Washington DC Chapter) recently competed in the Competitours 2019 team event, “The Amazing Race for Normal People.”   After signing up for the competition, the only thing they knew was that they had to be in Geneva, Switzerland before July 14, 2019 and the trip would end on July 21, 2019 somewhere in Europe. During the seven-day competition, they went down a mountain coaster (Les Diablerts, Switzerland), herded sheep, built a cardboard car, plus competed in painting, sculpting and cooking challenges in Bellagio, Italy. They ended up in Den Haag, Netherlands participating in a city-wide scavenger hunt and flying drones. There were also many other activities to earn points. Norm recounts, “Alas, we only finished 8th out of 12 teams, but who cares, we had a blast.”  

And their team name CircumnaviTwo, reflected their membership in the Circumnavigators Club. Well done, Susan and Norm!

Susan landed safely. Not seen is Norm right behind. That’s the Matterhorn in the background.

The Last Shot

UK Chapter President Helen Jenkins found this peaceful spot amid the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.

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 2019 Circumbits

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August 2019 Circumbits
7 continents

Have You Been to 7 Continents?

The Circumnavigators Club will recognize members who have visited all seven continents. The Board of Governors authorized this action at its July meeting. Members who have achieved this accomplishment will receive a certificate (in due course) and a listing on this web site. So far we have heard from 25 members. Let us know if you qualify. Contact Tracy Sancilio at club@circumnavigators.org

The LOG is Out!

You should have received the latest issue of The LOG in July. The issue has great photos and stories from our members, and Club news and information. Featured are the winning photos from our 2019 Photo Contest. A copy of the issue is posted on this site.


Attention Photographers

Alternative Views get some fun results.

LOG contributing editor Roger Weatherburn-Baker is working on his column Through My Lens for next issue which will come out in the winter. He’s looking for photographs with “alternative views”– two examples can be seen above.

He says, “Sometimes looking at things a little differently — looking up or down, from a different height or unusual angle, for example — can get some fun results.  If you have any such unusual shots, we’d love to see them!”  Please send them to davidamink@me.com.


These Circumnavigators have been joined our Great Circle in July:
Vincent Cucchiara, Naples Chapter
Christiane Fuhrer, Pacific-Southwest Chapter
Susan Gibbons, Naples Chapter
Lacey King, Naples Chapter
Irwin Kudman, Palm Beach Chapter
Eugene Tan, Singapore Chapter


Where in the World are the Nicobars?

By all accounts, Circumnavigator Don Parrish (Chicago Chapter) is one of the world’s most traveled person. So it is amazing that he can still discover new places in the world. Recently, he became one of the first five foreign travelers to the Nicobar Islands, which India kept closed to foreigners until 2019.

Don’s adventure started with a helicopter trip to the Islands during which he developed a friendship with the pilot, who was curious about why he was going. He explained to the pilot that he enjoyed going to remote places, like the South Pole. This immediately impressed the pilot who, as it turns out, was a big fan of the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. Don and the pilot bonded on this journey which Don says “is what real travel is about: discovery and bonding with people across cultures.”

The pilot passed him a note that told him that they were about to visit the southernmost point of India—Indira Point. Don says, “You cannot plan or buy this experience, but you can enjoy the moment when it happens.”

It was a wonderful venture for Don and he thanks the pilot for his special gift.

Readers can learn more about Don’s trip as well as his previous trip to the South Pole on our web site www.circumnavigators.org.


Scuttlebutt

Santa Tours

Circumnavigator Eric Oborski (New York Metro and Lima, Peru) has been operating Goodwill Santa Tours for 35 years. The annual tour takes travelers to remote countries where on one day of the trip they dress as Santa and entertain less fortunate people on a mission of love.  Over the years, the Goodwill Tours have taken 6300 “Santas” to more than 78 cities. The next tour will be to Easter Island (Chile) in early December 2019. There are a few spots open if any Circumnavigators would like to go. Contact Eric at ericoborski@yahoo.com for more information.


The Last Shot

Circumnavigator Sally Cole (Palm Beach Chapter) took this stunning shot of Matera, in southern Italy. Sally highly recommends a visit to this fascinating city.

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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