January 2022

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

all over the map jan 22

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.

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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