Naples Chapter learned about Iran at April luncheon

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Apr 142017

On Sunday, April 9th, 2017 the Naples Chapter presented its last speaker luncheon of the season, which was attended by 125 members and guests.  Our member Paula O’Connor gave a most interesting and detailed account of her recent trip to Iran.  Paula traveled the entire country with a group of people from the Naples Council of World Affairs. They saw all the important historical sights, as well as the modern cities with their great architecture.  Everywhere they went, they were met with the  friendliest of people.  Paula is eager to go back to Iran. Visit the Naples Chapter website for more photos.


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Club featured on CNN

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Mar 182016

Is this the world’s most exclusive travel club?


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Jul 012015

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.

DC Chapter Luncheon held Feb. 11

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Feb 272014

Japan and Japanese food was the focus of a grand luncheon among D.C. Chapter members in late February.  Our Asian food tastes are expanding with recent luncheons featuring Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean and now Japanese cuisine.  Mica Dumas from the Japan-American Society came dressed in a traditional kimono and gave a slide presentation of Japanese society, culture, food, and sights.  She lived in Japan for 13 years and then 7 years in Germany: a real world traveler.  As an added treat, each of us received a genuine Japanese red fan, and a Japanese New Year red envelope with good luck coin.

Harmonie Kobanghe, our 2014 Foundation Grantee told the Chapter about her planned circumnavigation and her study of the role of women in improving agricultural economies by increased land tenure.  She is the first French citizen chosen from Georgetown University for a Foundation grant; her family was originally from the Congo.

And, we had a short talk from Alex Bijol from Bled, Slovenia, a guest of Bill Ashley.  Alex told us about Slovenia and the thrill of his first visit to the United States.  We discussed plans for a Persian Nowruz spring party but had to cancel it as the musicians and dancers decided not to come to the restaurant to perform this year.  We are looking at other events for our annual ‘Spring into Summer’ luncheon.

We held our biannual elections, reelecting Samuel Watson as president, Jennifer Teague as vice president and treasurer, and electing Samuel McAleese as our new secretary, all for two years.  Sam McAleese was a Foundation grantee from the Chicago Chapter.

Recent travelers included Ray Olson going to Kuwait and the ‘lovely’ Kuwait International Airport and also to Thailand; Bill Ashley went on several Caribbean cruises over the Christmas holidays; Betsy and Emil Ruderfer went to Chile and Argentina over the New Year holidays; and, Virginia May took another Caribbean cruise (one of many she has taken on Cunard ships to the Caribbean and around the world).

Samuel Watson
Washington DC Chapter President

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Circumnavigators Club Foundation Scholar News

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Apr 292013

Alex Bozzette with Circumnavigators flag

2011 Georgetown Scholar, Alex Bozzette, will be moving to Ecuador in May to serve as a site coordinator for a child vaccination pilot study. Alex’s coursework and research experiences on his topic, Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis, have now led him to an opportunity in Tena, a small jungle city of 30,000 people at the mouth of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Information on his project can be found at Alex is grateful to the Foundation for giving him the experience and insights which prepared him for this position.

Luck to you Alex!

Follow Our Foundation Scholars As They Travel Around The World!

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Jul 062012

Our Foundation Scholars are well on their way and invite you to follow their travels by viewing their blogs.

Georgetown University Scholar Thomas Larson:

Arizona State University Scholar Leah Luben:

University of Liverpool Scholar Harry Boulding:

Northwestern University Scholar Kevin Short:

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