6:00 - 7:00pm -- Cocktails (Full Open Bar)
7:00 - Dinner, Persian cuisine, served family style, with vegetarian options
On February 19, 2014, Catherine Althaus presented her 2013 Circumnavigation Research
results at Hardin Hall on the Northwestern campus in Evanston.
This was the first time to have a joint meeting with Northwestern staff and students to share the research
& travel experiences of our Foundation Scholar. Catherine's family and friends were well represented.
Hardin Hall with its high ceiling and large screen was an ideal venue for this presentation using Prezi.
Left: President Dan Peterson and new member CJ Ford showed NU purple in shirt and tie.
Right: VP-Membership Karen Schlueter presented the membership certificate to a very happy CJ.
Left: the NU Team who supports and selects the Foundation Scholar finalists: Jana Measells, Gretchen Oehlschlager
& Peter Civetta. Right: Head of the Scholar Selection committee Carol Narup and long-time committee member
Left: 2013 Foundation ScholarCatherine Althaus
with her proud mother and father - who has a NU purple tie.
Right: Catherine flanked by her grandparents, family and friends.
Surrounded by NU Presidents Catherine prepares to start.
A typical Prezi multi photo "slide" linked to a map not shown. Notice Catherine holds a Circumnavigator flag for a
traditional venue photo.
Photo of the chaotic scene after the presentation to show the hall. 2014 Foundation ScholarElizabeth Larsen flanked by Carol Narup & Secretary Pat Smith who
hosted a Foundation fundraiser last summer.
On April 4, 2014 Dr. Alejandro Grajal discussed his frog research methods and results at St. Ignatius
Left: Dr. Alejandro Grajal with Alice Lentzen, VP of Programs.
Right: Dr. Grajal with the subject of his research and presentation.
Left: a map of Venezuela and Colombia with the associated species of frogs being studied.
Right: Dr. Grajal and an associate capturing specimens.
On May 29 - 31, 2014 Four Members attended the International Board of Governors Meeting in NYC
Alice Lentzen, CJ Ford, Jim Arimond, & President Dan Peterson attended the meeting. Dan flew his own plane to the meeting
accompanied by Alice and CJ. This gave them opportunities to see Chicago landmarks.
See the full report including 12 photos.
On June 7, 2014, we had an outing to historic Pullman.
After gathering at the visitor center,
we had a talk by architect Mike Shymanski, President of AIA.
He then led a tour thru the village which is still an active neighborhood.
We returned to the visitor center for lunch, a film, and a self tour of the exhibits. To cap off the educational
adventure, we visited the factory administration building.
Pullman is a state historic site.
Left: President Dan Peterson flanked by Mike Shymanski and VP-Programs Alice Lentzen with Pullman Depot.
Right: Publicity Director Deanna Padgett & Nick Padgett with the
Left: Melanie Peterson and Webmaster Don Parrish, study an early NCR cash register.
Right: New Member J.C. Mountainbear and Don Parrish admire the
mural on the Visitor Center.
Left: VP Membership Karen Schlueter and Ray Schlueter in front of a typical home.
Right: Bob Bilhorn flanked by Marilyn Fischel and Barbara Wanke in front of another historic building.
Left: Ken & Jacklyn Winship made the drive from Michigan to tour Pullman.
Right: Dick & Lucinda Kasperson in the front pew of the Greenstone church where Marshall Field used to sit.
On August 2, 2014, we had our annual fundraiser for the Circumnavigators Foundation. Our hosts this year were Dan and Melanie Peterson
at their lovely home in Glenview. Our members enjoyed good company and wonderful weather. They also raised much of
the needed funds for a Northwestern University student to make a circumnavigation while doing important research.
See the Scholars page for information on all of the scholars sponsored by our chapter.
Left: the Meads, Virginia Mullin, the Schlueters, and Barb Franch enjoy a beverage.
Right: JC Mountain Bear with his wife and the Meades pause for a photo.
Left: New member JC Mountainbear receives his certificate from VP Karen Schlueter, and President Dan Peterson.
Right: Enjoying lunch CJ Ford, Pete Peterson, Carol Narup, Virginia Bransfield, Barbara Wanke, and Lucinda Kasperson.
Left: Smiling for the camera: Dick Damisch and Virginia Bransfield.
Right: A bucolic setting for conversation: Jane Smith, Bernice Pink, Alice Lentzen and Marilyn Fischel.
On September 23rd, 2014, we had an outstanding view of Lake Michigan from the
Chicago Yacht Club. Our speaker, Jim Peck, is the Big Ten Network Executive Producer and Director of University Photography and Videography at
Michigan State University. His topic was "Telling Your Story from the Road using Words, Video and Photos." Some of his video on illegal sales of human
organs in Bangledesh was eye-opening. Don Parrish introduced a special guest, Harry Mitsidis, the founder of
new travel website, TheBestTravelled.com. Harry mentioned how
impressed he was with Chicago.
Left: Dick Damisch, Don Blom and former President Jim Arimond.
Right: Don & Jeneane Blom with Judy & John Meade.
Left: Linda & Frank Gruber with Foundation VP Carol Narup.
Right: Foundation Scholar Ben Shorofsky, Katie Malone, Ralph Segel, and Carol Narup.
Left: Guest Harry Mitsidis and Webmaster Don Parrish.
Right: Guest Joe Pirizzi, Membership VP Karen Schlueter and Ray Schlueter.
Left: Frank & Linder Gruber, Melanie Peterson and speaker Jim Peck.
Right: a low light photo of Jim during his illuminating presentation.
On October 4, 2014, the adventure began as chapter members and friends started on a bus tour of Southwest Michigan wineries.
Touring on a small bus and ignoring a bit of rain the group paused between wine tastings for a few group photos. Back in St. Joseph,
Michigan, there was a dinner at Players Bar & Grille in a private room with Curator Mollie Kruck from the
Heritage Museum and Cultural Center. Cheers!
Left: At Gravity, a group photo: Melanie & Dan Peterson,
Joe Pirazzi, Alice Lentzen, Virginia Mullin,
and Ray & Karen Schlueter.
R: At Round Barn: Ray, Melanie, Karen, Alice, Joe, Dan & Virginia.
Left: Melanie & Dan Peterson enjoy a pre-dinner ride.
R: Dinner Photo Ray & Karen Schlueter, Curator Mollie Kruck, Virginia Mullin, and Melanie & Dan Peterson.
On November 6, 2014 at the McCormick & Schmick's restaurant in Skokie, Virginia Mullin and Matthew Peterson presented their
separate trips to the Galapagos Islands. It was two perspectives on one of the most famous places to see wildlife. Everyone enjoyed
an evening of fun conversations, wonderful food and excellent presentations.
Left: JC Mountain Bear compares notes with Kent & Jaclyn Winship.
R: Old friends Dave Gotaas and Jim Arimond discuss current events.
L: Lois Holyoak, Jane Smith and Virginia Bransfield enjoy dinner.
Right: Jim Franch with speaker Matthew Peterson, President Dan Peterson, and 2014
Foundation ScholarElizabeth Larsen.
On December 16 we held our annual Holiday Party. This year it was at
Reza's Restaurant in Chicago.
L: Men in Black - Santa aka CJ Ford meets a guest Lama Sean.
R: Ladies in Red - Lucinda Kasperson, Pat Smith, Virginia Mullin & Marilyn Fischel.
L: Guest Renee Betzelos with Melanie & Dan Peterson, our President.
R: Don Parrish and Virginia Mullin. Recent Log article:
Don Parrish at 70: What Fuels History's Most Traveled Man -
Page 1 & Page 2
L: Virginia Walsh, Del Zunas and Virginia Bransfield.
R: Dick Damish and Genevieve Adsit.
L: Jaclyn & Kent Winship drove in from Michigan.
R: Barb Wilcox, Bob Bilhorn and Peg Leonard
(Background has 2014 event photos circulating on the screen).
L: Guest Barb Covert with Jeneane & Don Bloom.
R: VP Alice Lentzen and Joe Pirazzi.
L: Esther & Ralph Segel with our flag in the background.
R: Guest Carol Farber and Bernice Pink.