School yard in Tanzania
Schoolyard in Tanzania. Photo by David Mink.

Welcome to September

It’s back to school for many youngsters and on the road for many Circumnavigators. Best wishes for a great month and Labor Day holiday to our members, family and friends. Please send us photos and info on your travels.

Never too old to explore the world

Ellie Hamby and Sandy Hazelip event

Circumnavigators honored our new members Ellie Hamby and Sandy Hazelip who made headlines by traveling around the world in 80 days at the age of 81. The Dynamic Duo gave a lively presentation of their ambitious trip that drew headlines from press around the world. More than 30 members and friends enjoyed the program at the Yale Club. There will be more about their adventure in the next issue of the LOG.

There is still time

2023 Magellan Award

There is still time…Our biggest event of the year is coming next month. The Order of Magellan will be awarded to authors and travel experts Tony and Maureen Wheeler on October 6 at the historic Union League Club in New York City. If you would like to make a reservation to attend, please contact headquarters at or call 201-612-9100. Overnight accommodations can also be made at the Union League Club.

union league club

Last chance, Photographers

Deadline for the upcoming photo contest/exhibit is September 15. If you haven’t made an entry, please consider submitting a photo for this fun event. The event helps support our Foundation. Click here for details:

all over the Map September 2023

Circumnavigators David Dottie Mink (New York Metro and Naples Chapter) cruised from Athens to Venice which brought them for the first time to fascinating Croatia and Montenegro. The trip was historically & culturally illuminating and also very hot—108F in Athens.

Minks - Montenegro

Circumnavigator Gigi Sutton (Washington DC Chapter) visited Serbia’s Belgrade where her friend David Vuich received a lifetime achievement award for his role in the Apollo Mission as one of the Serbo 7. Gigi loved Serbia with its lush farmlands, castles, fabulous restaurants on the waterfront and charming citizens.

Gigi Sutton

Circumnavigator Carolyn Stein (President, Miami Chapter) enjoyed a trip to London and Turkey, although she found conditions hot and crowded.

Circumnavigators Steve & Henna Fuller took their running shoes on the road again where Steve ran marathons in New Guinea and New Zealand, and Henna ran a 10 km race. Henna enjoyed meeting friendly local ladies.

Fullers New Guinea

Circumnavigator Suzanne Frye (New York Metro) was on the road again with a visit to Alaska where she enjoyed Running Reindeer Ranch in Fairbanks.

Suzanne Frye reindeer

Circumnavigator Russ Bredholt (Palm Beach Chapter) and wife Chris crossed the Atlantic on the Queen Mary 2 where they experienced smooth sailing and excellent entertainment. After London, they traveled to  Bredholt, Denmark where they visited the Bredholt Estates on the Jutland Peninsula. Later they stayed with Chris’s family near Copenhagen.

Circumnavigators Paula & Roger Weatherburn Baker (Naples Chapter) enjoyed a barge cruise in northern France. More about this interesting experience will be in the next issue of the LOG.


Circumnavigator Rick Jennewine (Naples Chapter) visited the beautiful Japanese Gardens in Portland, Oregon.


Circumnavigators Tom & Judy Van Horn (Palm Beach Chapter) went to Germany, but not in Europe. They visited Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Little Bavaria. They enjoyed authentic German food and shopping for Octoberfest clothes.


Circumnavigator Neil Mandt has been more active than ever on the travel front. The Emmy Award director has been to four continents in the last month. He visited Andorra which he calls a “cool” little country. It is his 126th country.


Chapter Highlights

chapter highlight sept 23 Chicago

Chicago Get together. 40 members of the Circumnavigators Chicago Chapter and the Chicago area Travelers Century Club had a joint club gathering to share travel stories and memories in the backyard of Dan & Melanie Peterson’s home. They had a great time even as they weathered the 100-degree heat.

chapter highlight sept 23 Michigan

Michigan Chapter members enjoyed the classic Woodward Dream Cruise weekend in Detroit. Vintage autos, good dining and friendship were the highlights. Twenty-five Circumnavigators and guests joined the crowd of one-million who were entertained by 40,000 cars.


Congratulations…First Vice President Dan Peterson (Chicago Chapter) will receive the prestigious Good Scout Award in Illinois. A dinner honoring Dan will be held in October. The Good Scout dinner, held since 1970, honors leaders who have had a tremendous impact on their communities and on the Scouting program. The organization recognizes Dan’s long time contribution to Scouting at the Troop, Council, & National levels.

good scout

Good press…The Wall Street Journal published a story on round-the-world travel that prominently featured the Circumnavigators Club.

WSJ sept 23

The Last Shot

Thanks to Circumnavigator Ellie Hamby for this stunning sunrise shot of Ahu Tongariki, the largest Ahu on Easter Island, with 15 Moai statues.

Do you have a good photo for The Last Shot? Please send to

Luck to you!

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David A. Mink
International President

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