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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

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

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


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 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.

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Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
International President

July 2019 Circumbits

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Thanks to Michigan Chapter member, Ann Swinford for this photo

Happy 4th of July

Best wishes for a great holiday to our American members, and, of course, Best Wishes to our Singapore and United Kingdom members as well as other nationalities.

Stars and Stripes

The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia is having an amazing exhibit of 40 rare 13-star flags. This writer highly recommends a visit if you can get to Philly (an easy train ride from NYC and Washington DC). The Exhibit runs until July 21.

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Believe it or Not

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Did you know that the Circumnavigators Club was instrumental in the creation of the U.S. National Anthem? Most everyone knows about Francis Scott Key and the morning when the “Flag was still there.” It was a patriotic song for decades but not the National Anthem. In 1929, Circumnavigator Robert (Believe it or Not) Ripley drew a cartoon that bewailed the fact that America had no anthem. This spurred letters of demand by five million Americans to give this honor to the Star Spangled Banner. Circumnavigator John Philip Sousa, who knew a little bit about patriotic music, took up its cause and gave it his blessing in 1931. Later that year President Herbert Hoover (who later became a Circumnavigator) signed it into law. This is another amazing tidbit in the history of the Circumnavigators Club.

Circumnavigators Club Meets New York Adventure Club!

at The Coffee House Club
20 West Forty-Fourth Street, Sixth Floor
New York City

Thursday ~ July 18, 2019
6:00 pm
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres

Guest Speaker Cory Schneider

New York Adventure Club Founder Corey Schneider will speak about the Club’s insider access to the city’s best-kept secrets. “We are a community-driven club that curates the most unique experiences in town, with a focus on history and storytelling. We show you a city you never knew existed, and offer a community you can’t live without”. To learn more on this fascinating club go to

$60.00 per person
Guests welcome!
Register and pay online

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It seems like yesterday, but it is now 50 years since man set foot on the moon. Just about everyone who was around at that time remembers where they were at the historic moment. Space pioneer Robert Crippen, our 2019 Magellan honoree, recalls that he was interviewing that day for a new job with NASA. He was so impressed by the moon landing and the  space mission of NASA that he wanted to join its ranks, resulting in four flights into space. It should be noted that Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, was our Magellan honoree in 1971.

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Meeting in Miami

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Helen Jenkins (UK Chapter President) caught up with Magellan honoree and aviation pioneer Bertrand Piccard at the Million Dollar Round Table annual convention in Miami. The MDRT is a global association of financial advisors. Helen was on the platform committee and listened to more than 600 speeches over the past year to help choose the platform speakers. She reports, “Knowing Bertrand and having heard him speak before, I recommended him as an inspirational and motivational speaker. He was brilliant, presenting images of his journeys and explorations. His talk was called Changing Altitude. It was good for me to catch up with him again and have dinner together.”

The Last Shot

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Sophie Classen (Naples Chapter) took this beautiful shot on her recent trip to Iceland.

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Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
International President

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Annual Meeting Held in NYC

The Annual Meeting and luncheon was held on May 17 at The Yale Club in New York City. Officers, Board Members, NY and Chapter members gathered for our traditional meeting followed by lunch and a presentation by guest speaker and Pacific-Northwest Chapter member Jim Foster. Jim gave a fascinating presentation on The Magellan Project: the first documented circumnavigation of the earth that began 500 years ago.

Guest Speaker Announced

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Best-selling author Patricia Schultz will address the Annual Meeting next year and it isn’t too early to make your plans. Patricia is a seasoned travel writer whose claim to fame is the renowned book 1000 Places to See Before You Die. Save the date for the next Annual Meeting – May 15, 2020.

Follow our Foundation Scholars Around the World

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Our Foundation Scholar from Georgetown University, Fiona Singer, is on her way around-the-world! She will be visiting UK, Belgium, Israel, South Africa, Cambodia and Argentina. Her topic of study is Big Data: The Global Politics of Data and Privacy. Follow her along the way on her BLOG:

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Christopher LaMountain, our Foundation Scholar from Northwestern University will be leaving on his trip around-the-world on June 21. He will be visiting Germany, Uganda, India, Samoa, Australia and Chile. His topic of study is A Global Song: Investigating the Global Diversity of Baha’i Temple Music. Follow him along the way on his BLOG:

Planning Ahead

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The annual dinner at the House of Lords in London (of course!) will be held on December 4, 2019. The United Kingdom Chapter sponsors this event and all Circumnavigators are invited to attend. Members (including this writer) who have attended previous dinners attest that it is a wonderful event. Members can contact Tracy Sancilio at headquarters for more information.

Seven Continents?

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Circumnavigators who have been to all seven continents are requested to let the Club know. Please email this writer at

The Last Shot

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Ann Swinford, Michigan Chapter, took this stunning shot of Lake Matheson in New Zealand. The upcoming issue of The Log will feature photography from around the world.

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Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
International President

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Attention All Photographers…
It’s Time for our Photo Contest!

Please submit your best photos from places you’ve traveled for the Circumnavigators Club Photo Contest.

Deadline: April 1, 2019


  • Human Interest
  • Flora & Fauna
  • Landscape
  • Architecture

Our Annual Photo Contest is fun for our members and helps support the Circumnavigators Foundation. It is a great way to share our photos with the membership. 

Here are the rules:
Photos are to be submitted via email as an attachment to Members are limited to five submissions. There is a $10 fee for each photo, which is a tax-deductible contribution to the Foundation. The photos do not have to be recent.

There will be three winning places in each category as well as an overall best photo. The photos will be judged by professional photographers.

There is no form to be filled out. Just send your email with the photos including the following:

  • Your Name
  • Chapter
  • Category of photograph
  • Title of photograph
  • Photographer’s statement

We will contact you if we need more info.

Entry fees can be sent via PayPal on our website or by check to “Circumnavigators Club Foundation” and mailed to the Circumnavigators Club, PO Box 465, Ramsey NJ 07446.

Let’s support this event! Our goal is to raise $1000 for the Foundation. All photos will be shown on the Club web site.

The overall winning photo from the last event by C. Suzanne Frye (New York Metro)

Header image: Category winners from the last event:  Architecture – Rhea Schwartz, Bruges at Night May 2015, “A perfect night to stroll along the canals”; Human Interest – Howard Matson, Jewish Prayer Shawl, “Tallit” Maker, Orthodox Quarter, Jerusalem; Flora & Fauna – Roger Weatherburn Baker, After the Kill, Okavango Delta, Botswana; Landscape – Roger Weatherburn Baker, Cappadochia, Turkey)

Spring is on the way

Roses in the Botanical Garden, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Roses in the Botanical Garden, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

March will be a busy month for Circumnavigators. For those in the northern United States, it will be a time of looking forward to nice Spring weather. Most importantly for the Club, we are anticipating a fantastic Order of Magellan Event on March 22, awarding our top honor to space pioneer Robert Crippen. The event will be held in Naples, FL on March 22, and it isn’t too late to sign up. All members received an invitation in the mail. If you are in need of a reservation form, please contact Tracy Sancilio at or 201-612-9100.

Annual Meeting in May

The Circumnavigators Club Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, May 17 at the Yale Club in New York. Members are invited to join the meeting, and guests are welcome to stay for lunch and the program. This year, C. Jim Foster will make a fascinating presentation on the Magellan Project which is planning to retrace the journey of Magellan 500 years ago. Invitations and details will be sent soon.

Service for Past President Ellen Parke

There will be a memorial service for Ellen who passed away unexpectedly in January. 

April 2, 2019
1:30 pm
St. John’s Church
Lafayette Square
Washington, DC

The Last Shot

C. Donna Suddeth (Naples Chapter) took this dramatic shot on the Lower Corniche Road outside Villefrache-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean Coast of France. Donna recommends lunch at the Cafe du Jardin in Chèvre d’Or.

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A very sad note…Over the Horizon
A Tribute to Ellen Parke

By David A. Mink

During the Circumnavigators Club’s 117 years, there have been some truly extraordinary leaders. Past President Margaret Ellen Parke represents the best of them. Ellen passed away shockingly and suddenly at the end of a cruise to the Caribbean in the last days of January. She felt ill at the end of the cruise and was taken to a hospital upon the ship’s arrival in Miami. She passed away during an evaluation. As of this writing, many details of the incident and plans for funeral arrangements are still unknown.

Always modest, Ellen might have disagreed with our assessment of her great leadership, but consider the facts.

She made her first circumnavigation at the age of 12. Her father, Everett Parke, was a naval commander and diplomat whose career required many moves during Ellen’s early years. Among her “residences” was Saigon in the early 1960s where she spent seventh and eighth grades. While living in Norway, she first heard about the Club from Circumnavigator Mark Austad, then the U.S. Ambassador. Ellen asked the Ambassador if she could join the Circumnavigators, but was politely informed that the Club did not admit women.

Ellen was disappointed (and annoyed) but within a year, she was contacted by Ambassador Austad and told that the Club’s by-laws had been amended to allow women membership. He enthusiastically sponsored her whereupon she became one of the first woman Circumnavigator in May 1984. 

Back in Washington, DC in 1984 she found there was no presence of the Club in the Nation’s Capital and considered resigning. But she received a call from Club President Bob Peterson asking if her if she would lay the groundwork establishing a DC Chapter, and the rest is history.

Besides her active participation in the new Chapter (her father and mother became members), she held numerous positions in the Club and Foundation, culminating with her four years as President which concluded just last May.

Ellen’s passion for travel and the love of the world (and, of course, the Nationals) were truly contagious. This writer was privileged to know her for about a decade, and found she was vivacious and enthusiastic, always on the mission to make the world a better place through love, friendship and understanding.

We will all miss her.

On a Happy note…Wedding vows for C. Barb Roy and Robert Greene.

Barb and Robert were married in Naples, Florida, on January 25. Barb is the former President of our Naples Chapter and a long-time active leader of the Club. The wedding news resulted in a major story in the Sunday New York Times, which even mentioned the Circumnavigators Club. Congratulations to Barb and Robert!

Click to link to the New York Times article

New President for Singapore

President Michael Palmer and Past President Richard Hoon.

Outgoing Chapter President Richard Hoon passes the gavel to new President Michael Palmer. C. Palmer, partner in a notable law firm,  has held a number of important civic and political positions in Singapore. He served as a member of Parliament and speaker of the House. He is former chair of the National Police Cadet Corps. Our thanks to C. Hoon and best wishes to the new Chapter President.

Change in Nominating Committee

President David Mink appointed the Nominating Committee for 2019 in early January. An update has been made – Second Vice President Brad Vogel will take the role Nominating Committee Chair in place of Past President Ellen Parke.

Brad Vogel –  Second Vice President, Nominating Committee Chair
Bill Holm – Past President 
Jim Lungo – Board of Governors
Sue Murphy – New York Metro
Tina Nicholson – Board of Governors

Did you get your new issue of The LOG?

The LOG has been mailed to all members. If you have not received a copy, please contact Tracy Sancilio at headquarters. The new issue is packed with interesting stories and outstanding photos. As always, we appreciate any feedback. We are now working on the next issue which will be published next summer. Let us know if you have any good ideas for stories or photos. Make sure to send us photos and brief news about your travels for the All Over the Map feature.

White-knuckle tour

In The LOG, C. Albert Podell described his harrowing experience in the Caucasus. Albert reports that he has gotten feedback from several members about why he didn’t bail out after the first terrifying day. He explains,

“The problem is that, in those mountains, the only airport from which they could connect to a place (like Moscow) that had flights back to the States, is in Vladikavkaz, eight days drive further on, and if they wanted to turn around and fly from Makhachkala, where the drive began, there is no transport to get them back there. But I’m pretty sure that the friendly hermit would not mind if they stayed with him for a few days, although all he can offer for sustenance is week-old bread, vodka, unpasteurized milk, and dog food.”

Scuttlebutt Online

For nearly a century, The LOG has carried a section called Scuttlebutt with news and info about our members. With the LOG only coming out twice a year, this news is far from timely, so we are now running Scuttlebutt on the website every month. Please send us news!

Journey aids Alzheimer fight

C. Edwin Galkin (New York Metro) has recently completed his third circumnavigation by small plane. This trip was billed “Flight for the Cure” and was designed to bring awareness to the world of this terrible disease. Ed, along with his co-pilot Marty Balk, completed the round-the-world trip in Ed’s Cessna 210. It was quite an adventure which can be followed on the web site Ed’s journey will be featured in The LOG next summer. Congratulations and thanks to Ed and Marty.

Icy paradise

Cs. Sue Murphy and Suzanne Frye (New York Metro) visited the Ice Festival in Harbin, China. Sculptures and buildings were made out of clear ice and then turned colorful by reflected lights.

The Last Shot

C. Ann Swinford (Michigan Chapter) took this shot of Emperor Penguins on Snow Hill Island in Antarctica.

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Luck to you!

David A. Mink
International President

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Organiverse, Henri van Bentum

Happy New Year to all our
Members, Family and Friends!

As the Circumnavigators Club enters its 117th year, we look forward to an exciting, eventful year, which will include our Magellan Award event in Naples in March. We know our members will continue to travel far and wide and we ask everyone to share their experiences.

Canadian Circumnavigator Henri Van Bentum and his wife, Natasha, join us in the New Year wishes with Henri’s artistic renderings of the Winter Solstice, Christmas and New Year. These paintings are “Organiverse”, created by Henri dot by dot.

Top: Organiverse Mandala #25 of #100, Helios Edition, Henri van Bentum; Bottom: Top: Organiverse Mandala #25 of #100, Starry Night Edition, Henri van Bentum

A Lordly Affair

The U.K. Chapter held its 10th Annual Dinner at the House of Lords with about 60 members and guests in attendance. The event was hosted by Lord Richard Faulkner, formally known as Lord Faulkner of Worcester. Also attending was Lord Peter Inchcape, formally the Earl of Inchcape. The festive event included a tour of the chambers, a presentation by Circum Kane Avellano who circumnavigated by motorcycle. Circum Douglas Nickson, a relatively new member from Washington State, made a brief presentation about his decades-long project to duplicate the House of Lords library in his home. This was his first time to see the actual library. A number of Americans, including this writer and his wife Dottie, attended the memorable dinner. Thanks to Chapter President Helen Jenkins for organizing it.

Wild about Harry

Harry Houdini is among the most illustrious of the Club’s early members. The magician was the “rock star” of this time, known to just about everyone. John Cox operates a web site Wild About Harry, and we recently reached out to John when he spoke about Houdini at the New York Historical Society. John is the ultimate expert on all things Houdini, but he never heard about his connection to the Circumnavigators. He was overjoyed to get new info and never-seen photos of Harry. He posted the following item on his blog, which can be viewed via the following link.

Houdini and the Circumnavigators Club

Scuttlebutt Online

For nearly a century, The LOG has carried a section called Scuttlebutt with news and info about our members. With the LOG only coming out twice a year, this news is far from timely, so we are now running Scuttlebutt on the website every month. Please send us news!

It’s Sir Michael Palin

Michael Palin, perhaps best known for his role in Monte Python, was The Circumnavigators Club Magellan honoree in 2009, in recognition of his travel documentaries and writings. Now Michael has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
Palin said, “I have been a knight before, in Python films. I have been several knights, including Sir Galahad. I don’t think it will (sink in) until I see the envelopes addressing me as Sir Michael Palin.” Congratulations to our Magellan awardee.

A festive wedding

Circumnavigator Elizabeth Rider was recently married to David G. Schiff at Greenwich Country Club in Greenwich, Ct. Elizabeth is the daughter of Foundation President Greg Rider and wife Kathy.

(L-R) Kathy and Greg, the newlyweds, and guests Elizabeth and Foundation Treasurer Jeff Kelly

The Last Shot

Circumnavigator Gunther Winkler took this stunning shot in Patagonia, Argentina near Lake Viedma, which is surrounded by mountains and glaciers. Gunther reported that shortly after he took this photo, a fierce wind blew him over and he landed on his backside. Gunther and his wife Maria are new members of the Naples Chapter.

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Luck to you!

David A. Mink
International President

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