Photos of 2015 Events

This page is the historical archive of the 6 events sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the Circumnavigators Club in 2015.

It has copies of the invitations to the events and 46 photos taken at the events.


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

  • Invitation Feb 2015 Feb 3, 2015
    "Tackling Childhood Malnutrition"
    by Foundation Scholar Elizabeth Larsen
    at Rebecca Crown Center

    5:45pm -- Doors open
    6:00pm -- Presentation
    7:00pm -- Public reception with complimentary soft drinks and light snacks

  • Invitation Mar 2015 March 24, 2015
    "Visiting All 3143 U.S. Counties"
    by John Fitzgerald
    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 Aug 2015 August 15, 2015
    "Annual Foundation Fundraiser"
    Champagne Brunch at the home of Jim and Barb Franch
    Starts at 12:00 (Noon)

  • Invitation Sep 2015September 29, 2015
    "Following in the Footsteps of the Buddha"
    by Lama Sean Jones
    at Chicago Yacht Club. Their website.

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

  • Invitation Nov 2015November 14, 2015
    "Outing to Ukrainian Village"
    led by Alice Lentzen
    Near Chicago and Western Avenues in Chicago. Includes Lunch, Churches and Museum Visits.

    11:15pm to 3:00pm

  • Invitation Dec 2015December 10, 2015
    "Holiday Party Mexican-Style!"
    at New Rebozo Chicago Restaurant. Their website.

    6:00pm -- Cocktails
    7:15pm -- Dinner
    8:30pm -- Election of Officers for 2016-17 & Other Business
    9:00pm -- Conclude

On February 3, 2015, Elizabeth Larsen presented her 2014 Circumnavigation Research
results at Hardin Hall on the Northwestern campus in Evanston.

This was the second time to have a joint meeting with Northwestern staff and students to share the research
& travel experiences of our Foundation Scholar. Unfortunately brutal winter weather depressed attendance.

Feb2015Photo1 Feb2015Photo2 Left: President Dan Peterson speaking to joint audience in Hardin Hall.
Right: Audience listening to Elizabeth Larsen's outstanding presentation on the wide screen.
Feb2015Photo3 Feb2015Photo4 Left: Our Chapter's 2015 Foundation Scholar Jonathon McBride.
Right: VP Carol Narup with Foundation Scholars: Jonathon McBride, Elizabeth Larsen, Sarah Graber and Ben Shorofsky.

On March 24, 2015, retired attorney John Fitzgerald presented an intriguing talk on his life-long goal
of seeing every corner of the United States by completing his visit to all 3143 counties in 2015.
John is a member of the He explained that 30 of its members have visited all
3143 counties. The Club's motto is "Because the shortest distance between points is no fun".
The event was held at historic St. Ignatius, which survived the Great Fire of 1871. It is a favorite venue.

Feb2015Photo1 Mar2015Photo2 Left: President Dan Peterson with his guest Eric and Ray Schlueter
Right: VP Karen Schlueter with our Speaker John Fitzgerald & his wife and Treasurer Barb Franch.
Mar2015Photo3 Mar2015Photo4 Left: Don Blom, his guest Andrea, past President Jim Arimond, Joe Pirazzi and Alice Letzen.
Right: Ralph & Esther Segal enjoy the ambience of St. Ignatius.

On August 15, 2015, Jim and Barb Franch hosted our annual Foundation fundraiser, a Champagne Brunch at their home in the western suburbs. This is our chapter's main method of raising funds to support a Northwestern University student to make a trip around the world each summer doing original reseach. This year our scholar was Johnathon McBride and his topic was "American Sexual Assault in a Global Context".

Aug2015Photo1 Aug2015Photo2 Left: Hostess Barb Franch greets everyone and explains one wine.
Right: C. J. Ford and Lucinda Kasperson smile for the camera.
Aug2015Photo3 Aug2015Photo4 Left: Former Foundation Scholar Sarah Graber, now living in Scotland, and former VP Marilyn Fischel pause for a photo.
Right: Barb Franch leads the introduction of guests.
Aug2015Photo5 Aug2015Photo6 Left: VP Alice Lentzen samples the brunch temptations.
Right: Pete Peterson in a good conservation with Bill Redfield.
Aug2015Photo7 Aug2015Photo8 Left: Peter & VP Carol Peterson with host Jim Franch.
Right: Del Zunas enjoys a conversation with Alice Lentzen while our hostess Barb Franch poses for the camera.

On September 29, 2015, Lama Sean Jones, director of the Karma Thegsum Choling Buddhist Temple in Cicero, presented an overview of Buddhist history, art, temples and caves in India, Nepal, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and Indonesia. This overview was well appreciated by our members and guests. They also enjoyed the incredible harbor view from the Yacht Club.

Sep2015Photo1 Sep2015Photo2 Left: Alice Lentzen, Peg Leonard, Lama Sean Jones and Barb Wilcox in front of some background material for the talk.
Right: Visiting DC Member Ray Olson and Barb Wanke.
Sep2015Photo3 Sep2015Photo4 Left: Dick Damish and Genevieve Adsit enjoy dinner.
Right: Esther Segel and Virginia Walsh pause for this photo.
Sep2015Photo5 Sep2015Photo6 Left: Del Zunas (on the right) with her guests.
Right: Bill Redfield and Heidi Bohn with her guest, Erica.

On November 14, 2015, VP Alice Lentzen led an Outing to the Ukrainian Village in Chicago. This was history in our backyard and a chance to appreciate a people who want to hold on to their traditions. Three places were visited: Saints Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church, St. Nicholas Ukrainian Greek Catholic Cathedral, and the Ukrainian National Museum. Our group enjoyed great weather and lunch of Ukrainian food at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in this memorable 4 hour outing.

Nov2015Photo1 Nov2015Photo2 Left: Saints Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Right: Our group under the mosiac depicting the Christianization of Ukraine. See more photos. This church follows Julian Calendar.
Novp2015Photo3 Nov2015Photo4 Left: A sample of the magnificent interior of this church.
Right: Dan Peterson, Alice Lentzen, Karen & Ray Schueter and Kent & Jaclyn Winship at the monument to the church founder.
Nov2015Photo5 Nov2015Photo6 Left: St. Nicholas Ukrainian Greek Catholic Cathedral
Right: Anthony Kit explained the Church's history. They use the Gregorian calendar in contrast to the Ukrainian church 2 blocks away.
Nov2015Photo7 Nov2015Photo8 Left: Anthony Kit is 87. He is a delightful gentleman who explained some of his full life in response to our questions. He fled Ukraine in 1944. Then to Austria, Germany and finally the USA before 1950.
Right: View of the magnificent interior of St. Nicholas.
Nov2015Photo9 Nov2015Photo10 Left: Past Chapter President RJ Damish at the museum entrance.
Right: Group listens to Museum Director with art exhibit in background.
Novp2015Photo11 Nov2015Photo12 Left: Bill Redfield studies paintings, photographs and crafts.
Right: Ray Schlueter & Dan Peterson study the famous Pysanka.
Nov2015Photo13 Nov2015Photo14 Left: A somber Don Parrish admiring a painting to the suffering of enforced famine created by Stalin. It killed 10 million Ukrainians.
Right: The painting. Related links: Ukrainian Genocide Memorial and

On December 10, 2015, we had our Holiday Party at the New Rebozo Mexican Restaurant. Chapter members enjoyed different types of Mexican food and socializing. Three of our Foundation Scholars were in attendance: Sarah Graber, Ben Shorofsky and Catherine Althaus. Chapter members appreciated a chance to talk to them and learn how their careers are developing. Every odd numbered year we elect officers at the Holiday Party. Our newly elected officers are listed on the Officers page. Four past, current or future Presidents were in attendance: Carol Narup, Jim Arimond, Dan Peterson and Karen Schlueter.

Dec2015Photo1 Dec2015Photo2 Left: President Dan Peterson and Barbara Wanke.
Right: Treasurer Barb Franch and Secretary Pat Smith enjoy a pre-dinner drink joined by Andrew, a guest.
Dec2015Photo3 Dec2015Photo4 L: Catherine Althaus, VP-Foundation Carol Narup & Sarah Graber.
Right: Carol Narup, Ben Shorofsky, Dan Peterson and Barbara Wanke enjoy some pre-dinner conversation.
Dec2015Photo5 Dec2015Photo6 Left: Joe Prizzi, Jim Arimond and VP-Programs Alice Lentzen.
Right: Many chapter members visible in this dinner table photo.
Dec2015Photo7 Dec2015Photo8 Left: President Dan Peterson presents new President Karen Schlueter with the Earth Rise photo for her to display during her tenure. This was a gift to the chapter from Astronaut James Lovell in April 1990.
Right: Dan adds to the tradition by including signatures of the Presidents.
Dec2015Photo9 Dec2015Photo10 Left: Karen starts a new tradition by presenting Dan with a Certificate of Appreciation for his achievements as Chapter President.
Right: Close up of Plaque.