September 2017 Circumbits

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Upcoming Events

The Club’s annual Oktoberfest event will be held in New York City on Tuesday, September 19 at Reichenbach Hall. It will be a festive evening of friendship and dining with wonderful German cooking (and perhaps a beer or two!). The cost is $45 per person and Circumnavigators are welcome to bring guests. If you have been to Oktoberfest in Munich, you will be welcome to share your experience. The reservation form can be found here, or get your tickets online here.

The Magellan Award dinner is coming up on October 27th to honor explorer and adventurer Andre Borschberg, co-pilot of Solar Impulse 2, which circumnavigated the globe using only solar power. The black-tie event will be held at the Penn Club in New York City. Further information will be posted on the website and an invitation will be mailed soon.


We are working on the next LOG

Scheduled for early December, we want input from Circumnavigators for our columns All Over the Map and Scuttlebutt. Just send us a line or two or a photo about recent trips or planned ones.

Have you been to North Korea?

We would like to hear from our members who have traveled to North Korea for a story about travel to this country that generates so many headlines. Please contact David Mink at We will keep information anonymous if requested.

Photo Contest Deadline

The Photo Contest has been postponed due to technical difficulties with uploading photos. A future date will be announced.

Circumnavigator Podell takes his first cruise

After 60 years of travel, Author and Adventurer Albert Podell took his first cruise, rounding Cape Horn. His account of the trip will be published in International Travel News (ITN). The cruise was not all fun and games, as Albert describes it. You can read his story here.

Albert poses on an ice floe in this obvious fake shot off the coast of South America.

The Last Shot

Circumnavigators Ann Swinford and Mo Elfouly, of the Michigan Chapter visited Idaho Falls, Idaho for the solar eclipse on September 13. As Ann describes it, “The temperature dropped 20 degrees, women around me put on sweaters.  I saw a flock of seagulls heading to roost and Venus and the stars came out. People were quiet.  We had two minutes of this mystery when the sun came back.   I nearly shouted, “Do it again!” Mo shot this stunning shot of the event.


Luck to you!



David A. Mink

Chair, Communications

Enjoy reading the latest issue of The LOG!

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Your copy should arrive before Christmas. Please let headquarters know if you do not receive The LOG. It is filled with stories, news and photos from our members and we hope you will enjoy it.

We are encouraging feedback and comments from Circumnavigators. Send your input to We will run letters to the editor on the web site.


Our apologies to new members Roxanna Seely and Steven Fuller for mistakes in our Welcome Aboards section. The wrong photo was used for Roxanna and Steven’s bio was inadvertently omitted by a layout error. Both items will be corrected in the next issue and on the web site.

Roxanna Seely

Roxanna Seely

A lifelong resident of Jacksonville FL, Roxanna circumnavigated with her husband Fred (also a Circumnavigator) when she realized a long-held dream to see the “top of the world”—Mount Everest. She is active in the Junior League and the Colonial Dames.

Steven Fuller

Steven Fuller

Steven lives in Kansas City, Missouri where he practices law and has served as a judge. He has taken his love of travel seriously, having visited 255 countries and territories at last count. He is a Platinum member of the Travelers’ Century Club. Amazingly, he has run 190 marathons on all seven continents. He was the first American to run a marathon in all 50 states.

Foundation Scholar Kevin Dupont’s topic is: #140 Characters: Social Media and How it Impacts Society and the State. (Page 31)

Holiday Party and 100th Birthday Celebration in New York

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Circumnavigator members and guests celebrated the holidays and Past President Charlie Blaisdell’s 100th Birthday on Thursday, December 10th at the Explorers Club. Charlie has been a member of the Club for 50 years and has been a great friend and mentor to many. It was a wonderful evening enjoyed by all.

September Circumbits

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Farewell, Summer…

nkoreaWhere has it gone? As usual, Circumnavigators were all over the map this summer, although our travels are anything but seasonal. Ray Olson (Washington DC Chapter) has reported in from North Korea. The photo shows Ray and his group at the mausoleum in Pyongyang which displays the bodies of former leaders Kim Il Song and Kim Jong Il. No photos were allowed inside. Ray mentions that there is a recent fascinating article about similar “glass” coffins in the Washington Post…New Yorker Sue Murphy, Club secretary and governor, took her Club cap on a tour of Italy, Croatia, Turkey and Greece. If you are under 60, you might have to google “Kilroy was here”, but our Club cap has made a Kilroy journey through the region.
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Julianne McLean

Our condolences to Angela McLean…

Julianne McLean, mother of Club Governor Angela McLean, passed away recently in Wichita, Kansas. Julianne, a remarkable woman and concert pianist, was a survivor of the sinking of the Andrea Doria in 1956. She spoke on the tragic incident to the Circumnavigators Club in 2006 on the 50th Anniversary of the sinking. Her story was featured in a recent issue of The LOG which you can find here.

Circumnavigators Photo Exhibit & Contest…

Thanks to the many Club members who submitted photos for this event. More than $1000 was raised for the Circumnavigators Foundation. Our members will enjoy viewing the many outstanding photos. The “winners” will be announced in The LOG Express, coming out later this month. After the announcement, all entries will be available for view on the Club web site.

The Last Shot

We are giving our Last Shot to International President and Washington Nationals “fanatic” Ellen Parke. This sunset at Nationals Park was taken as Ellen remained hopeful that the Nationals might make the playoffs. Our apologies to all our Circumnavigators who are Mets fans.


Luck to You!




David A. Mink
Chair, Communications

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The Circumnavigators Club Photo Exhibit & Contest is drawing toward its August 15 deadline. We have already received many great shots, helping to support the Circumnavigators Foundation. It’s quick and easy to contribute—no forms to fill out or photos to be framed and shipped. Just email your photos as a attachment to, along with your name and brief description. The $10 fee for each photo is a tax-deductible contribution to the Foundation. Winners will be announced in September.

Here is the winning shot from the landscape category from the last Exhibit.

Tequila Sunrise, taken by Mark Hauptman in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.



augustWe are sorry to report that Past President John Johannessen has passed away. John was an important Club member, especially in the 1960s and 1970s when he served as President and was engaged in many Club activities, including the Foundation. Born in Denmark, John last lived in Fort Myers FL after many years in Tenafly NJ and Grantham NH. During World War II, he served as a B17 pilot with the 390th Bomb Group. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations were requested for the Circumnavigators Club Foundation. Many of our current members have fond memories of John with his enthusiastic and dignified personality. There will be more about John in the next issue of The LOG.


If you are a Facebook user, did you know that the Club has a private page for members only? Perhaps you are thinking of going to Bali or Antarctica and want some advice. Post your question and it is likely that you will get an answer from a Circumnavigator. You can also follow news from our Chapters and Magellan recipients. To join, click here, or search Facebook for “Circumnavigators Club” and ask to join the group. One of the two Club administrators who manage the page will admit you.


Katie Koontz, 18, of Haddonfield NJ has become our youngest member, supplanting our young adventurer Matt Guthmiller who has almost reached the ripe old age of 21. Since she was 14, Katie wanted to be a Circumnavigator and this summer her dream came true with an Around-the-World journey and admission to the Club. Her whirlwind trip took her to Rome, Venice, Dubai and Beijing. Katie heads off for her freshman year at William & Mary this month. Oh, did this writer mention that he is Katie’s grandfather? Congratulations and Luck to you, Katie!



Circumnavigator Suzanne Frye (New York Metro) took this stunning shot of camels on Cable Beach, Broom, Western Australia.


Luck to you!




David A. Mink

Chair, Communications


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Circumnavigator Don Parrish, the world’s most traveled person, was honored by the BBC Travel as one of six “Travel Pioneers of 2015”. You can read the fascinating profile by going to

International Past President, Howard Matson, attended a breakfast in Fairfield CT honoring Mother Superior Dolores Hart. Film buffs will recognize the former film star of the 1950s and 60s who made two Elvis Presley movies and starred in the spring-college break classic “Where the Boys Are” before leaving her career for her life as a Connecticut Prioress…Emmy-winning film producer Neil Mandt is doing a live show on Periscope where he takes pitches for TV shows from anyone with an idea. He would love to hear from Circumnavigators with their ideas. His Periscope handle is @neilmandt.

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