Interested in world travel? Circumnavigators Club seeks new members

"Carlyn Harris, on left and Linda Gruber discuss where this Circumnavigators Club flag has been flown worldwide. (submitted photo)

“Carlyn Harris, on left and Linda Gruber discuss where this Circumnavigators Club flag has been flown worldwide. (submitted photo)

The Desert Chapter of the Circumnavigators Club invites all those with an interest in world travel and cultures to its first luncheon meeting of the year at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13.

The luncheon will be held in the Valencia Room at the Orange Tree Golf Club, 10601 N. 56th Street in Scottsdale.

Founded in 1902 and headquartered in New York City, the club has chapters across the United States as well as in Singapore, London, United Kingdom, and Wales, United Kingdom, according to a press release.

Unique in its scope, the club is the only organization “devoted to bringing together those men and women who have circumnavigated the globe…doing so to encourage global fellowship and understanding…and to inspire people to see and absorb as much as they can about the world in which we live,” the release stated.

Among notables who have been members of the club over time are William Jennings Bryan, President William Howard Taft, Generals Pershing and MacArthur, and Admirals Peary and Byrd. In 2014, the club bestowed its highest award, the Magellan, to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Another purpose of the club and its foundation is to raise funds for a research travel-grant for a student scholar’s project.

Projects are competitive and vetted and are conducted during the student’s circumnavigation. The Desert Chapter, which contributed partial funding, is honored to have student scholar Carlyn Harris as its November speaker. A Microbiology and Global Health double major at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, Ms. Harris will present on “Sociocultural Influences on Antibiotic Consumption and Resistance” as she observed and surveyed them firsthand in India, The Netherlands, Guatemala, Spain, South Africa, and New Zealand.

Arizona State University funded a major part of Ms. Harris’ travel-grant. She is a graduate of Boulder Creek High School in Anthem.

As she notes in her travel blog: “The world is much smaller than it seems…I have gained such a joy and self-awareness from just letting myself trust the world and believe it is a good place.”

A buffet luncheon will be served at a cost of $30 per person. Reservations and checks must be received no later than Monday, Nov. 7, made payable to Circumnavigators Club-Desert Chapter, and mailed in care of: Circumnavigators Club-Desert Chapter, P. O. Box 6403, Scottsdale, AZ 85261.

The club’s national website is at: www.circumnavigators.org.  Membership applications for this social and educational club will be available at the November meeting.

Cancellations after Nov. 7 will generate a charitable contribution to the foundation for future scholars. Further questions on the event can be e-mailed to: circumnavigatorsdesertchapter@yahoo.com.

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