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The Circumnavigators Club is open to people who have traveled around the world by crossing all the lines of longitude in one direction. The group consists of people who enjoy travel, meeting new people, exploring cultures, and like to share their experiences with each other.
This is one of the oldest travel clubs in the world, starting in 1902 with notables such as the legendary William Jennings Bryan, President William Howard Taft, John Phillip Sousa, Harry Houdini, General Douglas MacArthur and many others as members. The international headquarters is in New York and presently is housed in the Yale Club where we are invited to use their amenities. The Magellan Award is given to an outstanding person deemed worthy. Recently, in the past few years, Sandra Day O’Connor, John Glenn and Ted Turner received this award. The meeting is held at the League Club in New York.
The Naples Chapter has a very active group. We meet the second Sunday during the season at the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club. Meeting at 11:30 a.m. we have a social time followed by brunch and an outstanding speaker. The second Saturday of the month our ladies meet for lunch at Brio’s to share travel stories, plan trips and chit chat. In the fall, we usually take a cruise through the Bahamas. In the summer, our “Getting to Know You” informal parties are where we mix and mingle. Our Christmas party is a formal affair at one of the fine country clubs in the area.
Naples now ranks as the most active chapter. We have 12 chapters around the world.
The Circumnavigators Club Foundation awards scholarships to University students to go around the world on special projects and report back.
The motto for our club is “through friendship, to leave this world a little better then we found it”.