Photos of 2014 Events

This page is the historical archive of the 8 events sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the Circumnavigators Club in 2014.

It has copies of the invitations to the events and 60 photos taken at the events.


Click on the thumbnails for the paper invitations. Click on underlined locations for a MapQuest map.

  • Invitation Feb 2014 February 19, 2014
    "The Treatment of Human Remains in Museums"
    by Catherine Althaus
    at Rebecca Crown Center. The room is called Hardin Hall. NU Campus map.

    6:15pm -- Reception with heavy appetizer buffet and open bar
    8:00pm -- Program
    Reception and program in Hardin Hall within the Rebecca Crown Center.

  • Invitation April 2014 Thursday, April 3, 2014
    "Colombian Frogs to Peruvian Penguins"
    by Dr. Alejandro Grajal
    at St. Ignatius. Their website.

    6:00pm -- Cocktails in the 4th Floor, Grand Gallery
    7:00pm -- Dinner in the 4th Floor, Brunswick Room
    8:00pm -- Program

  • Invitation June 2014 Saturday, June 7, 2014
    "Tour of Historic Pullman Village and Lunch"
    at Pullman Visitor Center. Their website. Their directions.

    12:45pm -- Gather at Visitor Center
    1:00pm -- Overview Video and short-distance Guided Walking Tour
    2:30pm -- Catered Lunch at Visitor Center
    3:15pm -- Optional Self-guided Walking Tour

  • Invitation August 2014 Saturday, August 2, 2014
    "Annual Foundation Scholarship Fundraiser"
    at the home of Dan and Melanie Peterson in Glenview.

    12:00pm -- Gather at Home of Dan and Melanie
    1:30pm -- Brief Program
    2:30pm -- End of Event

  • Invitation Nov 2014 Saturday, August 17, 2014
    Chapter Outing to "Summer Safari"
    It is the home of Detroit Chapter Circumnavigators Floy & Lee Barthel
    in Farmington Hills, MI.

  • Invitation Sep 2014 September 23, 2014
    "Telling Your Stories . . ."
    by Jim Peck
    at Chicago Yacht Club. Their website.

    6:00 - 7:00pm -- Cocktails (Open Bar)
    7:00 - 8:00pm -- Buffet Dinner with wine and soft drinks
    8:00pm -- Program

  • Invitation Oct 2014 October 4 & 5, 2014
    "Joint Outing with Detroit Chapter"
    to wineries and restaurant/inn in western Michigan

  • Invitation Nov 2014 November 6, 2014
    "Two Adventures to Galapagos Islands
    by Matthew Peterson and Virginia Mullin
    at McCormick & Schmick's in Skokie. Their website.

    6:00 - 7:00pm -- Cocktails (Cash Bar)
    7:00 - 8:00pm -- Dinner
    8:00pm - 9:00pm - Program

  • Invitation Dec 2014 December 16, 2014
    "Annual Holiday Party"
    at Reza's Restaurant River North. Their website.

    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.

Feb2014Photo1 Feb2014Photo2 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.
Feb2014Photo3 Feb2014Photo4 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 Don Parrish.
Feb2014Photo5 Feb2014Photo6 Left: 2013 Foundation Scholar Catherine Althaus with her proud mother and father - who has a NU purple tie.
Right: Catherine flanked by her grandparents, family and friends.
Feb2014Photo7 Feb2014Photo8 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.
Feb2014Photo9 Feb2014Photo10 Photo of the chaotic scene after the presentation to show the hall.
2014 Foundation Scholar Elizabeth 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

Alejandro Grajal Alice Letzen Alejandro with Frog Left: Dr. Alejandro Grajal with Alice Lentzen, VP of Programs.
Right: Dr. Grajal with the subject of his research and presentation.
Research Map Capturing Frog 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

4 Members Chicago Skyline 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.

June2014Photo1 June2014Photo2 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 Greenstone Church.
June2014Photo3 June2014Photo4 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.
June2014Photo5 June2014Photo6 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.
June2014Photo7 June2014Photo8 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.
June2014Photo9 June2014Photo10 Left: Group Photo on the steps of the Florence Hotel, now in restoration.
Right: Group photo in front of the Factory Administration Building, partially restored after 1998 fire set by mentally disturbed man.

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.

Aug2014Photo1 Aug2014Photo2 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.
Aug2014Photo3 Aug2014Photo4 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.
Aug2014Photo5 Aug2014Photo6 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.

Sep2014Photo1 Sep2014Photo2 Left: Dick Damisch, Don Blom and former President Jim Arimond.
Right: Don & Jeneane Blom with Judy & John Meade.
Sep2014Photo3 Sep2014Photo4 Left: Linda & Frank Gruber with Foundation VP Carol Narup.
Right: Foundation Scholar Ben Shorofsky, Katie Malone, Ralph Segel, and Carol Narup.
Sep2014Photo5 Sep2014Photo6 Left: Guest Harry Mitsidis and Webmaster Don Parrish.
Right: Guest Joe Pirizzi, Membership VP Karen Schlueter and Ray Schlueter.
Sep2014Photo7 Sep2014Photo8 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!

Oct2014Photo1 Oct2014Photo2 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.
Oct2014Photo3 Oct2014Photo4 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.

Nov2014Photo1 Nov2014Photo2 Left: JC Mountain Bear compares notes with Kent & Jaclyn Winship.
R: Old friends Dave Gotaas and Jim Arimond discuss current events.
Nov2014Photo3 Nov2014Photo4 L: Lois Holyoak, Jane Smith and Virginia Bransfield enjoy dinner.
Right: Jim Franch with speaker Matthew Peterson, President Dan Peterson, and 2014 Foundation Scholar Elizabeth Larsen.

On December 16 we held our annual Holiday Party. This year it was at Reza's Restaurant in Chicago.

Dec2014Photo1 Dec2014Photo2 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.
Dec2014Photo3 Dec2014Photo4 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
Dec2014Photo5 Dec2014Photo6 L: Virginia Walsh, Del Zunas and Virginia Bransfield.
R: Dick Damish and Genevieve Adsit.
Dec2014Photo7 Dec2014Photo8 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).
Dec2014Photo9 Dec2014Photo10 L: Guest Barb Covert with Jeneane & Don Bloom.
R: VP Alice Lentzen and Joe Pirazzi.
Dec2014Photo11 Dec2014Photo12 L: Esther & Ralph Segel with our flag in the background.
R: Guest Carol Farber and Bernice Pink.