Photos of 2016 Events

This page is the historical archive of the 6 events sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the Circumnavigators Club in 2016.

It has copies of the invitations to the events and 56 photos taken at the events.


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

  • Invitation Feb 2016 Feb 28, 2016
    "American Sexual Assault Crisis in a Global Context"
    by Foundation Scholar Jonathon McBride
    at KOI Restaurant, 624 Davis St, Evanston. Their website.
    12:30pm -- Buffet Brunch
    1:45pm -- Business meeting & Guest introductions. NU Students arrive.
    2:00pm -- Jonathon's Presentation
    3:00pm -- Complimentary coffee & cookies

  • Invitation April 2016 April 5, 2016
    "Background Talk on the Greeks Exhibit at Field Museum"
    by Samuel Howes
    at St. Ignatius. Their website.

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

  • Invitation June 2016 June 18, 2016
    "Historic Riverside: Walking Tour, Lecture, and Dinner"
    by Olmsted Lecturer/Guide at the Riverside Library

    2:30pm Optional Car Tour of Riverside Village (starts at the train station)
    4:00pm Presentation with Q&A (at the Library)
    5:00pm Transfer to the Riverside Restaurant
    5:15pm - 6:45 Dinner at the Riverside Restaurant

  • Invitation April 2016 Sunday, July 31, 2016
    "Annual Foundation Scholarship Fundraiser"
    at Marilyn Fischel's Chicago Condominium: Apt 1601, 330 Diversey Parkway

    time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm Cocktails, buffet reception & open discussion
    Guest introductions & scholar updates at 6:00pm

  • Invitation April 2016 September 14, 2016
    "Hidden Central Asia"
    by Bill Helmuth, World Traveler
    at Chicago Yacht Club. Their website.

    6:00pm - 7:00pm -- Cocktails & Open Discussion
    7:00pm - 8:00pm -- Buffet Dinner with wine and soft drinks
    8:00pm -- Program

  • Invitation Dec 2016 Thursday, December 8, 2016
    "Holiday Party"
    at Pasteur Restaurant 5525 N. Broadway

    6:00pm - Optional Cash Bar
    7:00pm - Family style small plates dinner & guest introductions
    8:00pm - Best short travel stort contest
    9:00pm - Conclude


On February 28, 2016, Jonathon McBride presented his 2015 Circumnavigation Research results at the Koi Restaurant near the Northwestern campus in Evanston. Jonathon gave an entertaining and educational lecture on his trip and on the programs against sexual assault on campuses in half a dozen countries. His delivery was relaxed in spite of a stress fracture from his track training which required him to be on crutches for his talk. This was the third time to have a joint meeting with Northwestern staff and students to share the research & travel experiences of our Foundation Scholar. Peter Civetta NU's program director attended.

Feb2016Photo1 Feb2016Photo2 Left: Board Member Marilyn Fischel, former President Jim Arimond, Del Zunas flanked by the Winships who drove from Michigan.
Right: In the front, Jonathon's parents, Kim & Pat, and his girlfriend Liz. In the rear, R J Damisch and VP Foundation Carol Narup.
Feb2016Photo3 Feb2016Photo4 Left: Secretary Pat Smith, President Karen Schlueter & husband Ray and Treasurer Barb Franch enjoy their Chinese meal.
Right: VP Programs Jim Franch and Publicity Director Deanna Padgett join Pat, Karen and Ray.
Feb2016Photo5 Feb2016Photo6 Left: NU's Peter Civetta with chopsticks, Ralph & Esther Segel, and Donald Blom & VP Membership Jeneane Blom.
Right: NU students join our members to hear Jonathon McBride.
Feb2016Photo7 Feb2016Photo8 Left: Jonathon passes our traditional surprise test of identifying the flags of the countries he visited.
Right: Carol, who prepared the flag gift, with Jonathon.
Feb2016Photo9 Feb2016Photo10 Left: Johnathon with his proud parents Kim & Pat McBride.
Right: Our Webmaster Don Parrish, who is also a Committee Member to select our Foundation Scholars, joins the happy group.

On April 5, 2016 at historic St. Ignatius, Samuel Howes, a veteran scholar of Classical Studies and docent at the Field Museum, gave a presentation on ancient Greece. It was a stand alone talk that also provided a perspective on the Greek Exhibit at the Field Museum.

April2016Photo1 April2016Photo2 Left: VP Jeneane Bloom, Ray Schlueter, and President Karen Schlueter enjoy the elegant comfort of St. Ignatius.
Right: Karen with past Presidents Jim Arimond and Dan Peterson.
April2016Photo3 April2016Photo4 Left: Jim chats with Mrs. Doolin while Ray talks to VP Jim Franch.
Right: Webmaster Don Parrish flanked by Bruce Janssen, guest of new member Charles Merkle. All 3 are TCC members.
April2016Photo5 April2016Photo6 Left: Jeneane Blom presents Charles Merkle his membership certificate. Charles drove up from St. Louis to receive it in person.
Right: Jeneane presents certificates to Jim & Mary Houston.
April2016Photo7 April2016Photo8 Left: the Meades and Jim Arimond enjoy socializing with our Speaker Samuel Howes.
Right: The book cases provide a scholarly backdrop for Samuel's talk.

On June 18, 2016, our chapter did a walking tour of historic Riverside, perhaps the first planned community in America. Frederick Law Olmsted planned it and Central Park in NYC. Riverside is a jewel that few of our member knew about. We had 3 guides - Connie, Tom and Tony. After the tour of the village by car and on foot, we met in the library for a lecture by Tony and Q&A session on Riverside. Then to cap off a day of perfect weather we had a bohemian dinner in the local Riverside Restaurant. One of the highlights was the Avery Coonley House. We got lucky and were allowed to tour the grounds. This large house has all of the distinctive Frank Lloyd Wright touches. Landmark home numbers given below on the photos.

June2016Photo1 June2016Photo2 Left: Home Nr 26: Schermerborn Residence - 124 Scottswood Rd
Right: Home Nr 27 - Matilda Bryant Residence - 136 Scottswood Rd
June2016Photo3 June2016Photo4 Left: Home Nr 28: Clarence Cross Residence - 136 Scottswood Rd
Right: Home Nr 29: Trowbridge Residence - 201 Scottswood Rd
June2016Photo5 June2016Photo6 Left: Sunken Garden of Avery Coonley House (Nr 17). See Chicago Magazine's 5 minute must-see YouTube of the interior.
Right: Lily Pond Wing of Avery Coonley House. This house is a national landmark since 1908.
June2016Photo7 June2016Photo8 Left: In foreground guide Connie explains some of the Wright details.
Right: Special tile frieze designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
June2016Photo9 June2016Photo10 Left: Tom explains the Coonley Playhouse one-room school.
Right: Delighted chapter members enjoy a bohemian dinner at the Riverside Restaurant.

On July 31, 2016, our chapter had our annual fundraiser for the Circumnavigators Foundation. We raise money to send a student each year on a trip around to world. These scholars research a topic of their choosing. Carol Narup gave us an update on each of these exceptional students who have gone on to Fulbright scholarships, PhDs and other notable accomplishments.

This year Marilyn Fischel was our host at her delightful condo overlooking Lincoln Park and the Lakefront with its outstanding views of the skyline as well.

July2016Photo1 July2016Photo2 Left: The lake and harbor.
Right: Lincoln Park and the Skyline of Chicago.
July2016Photo3 July2016Photo4 Left: Marilyn Fischel with her massive collection of hotel keys.
Right: Marilyn's wonderful collection of Buddhas.
July2016Photo5 July2016Photo6 Left: A tasty buffet dinner with wine service heightened the overall ambience. Right: Guest Brigitta and President Karen Schuelter listen to Dan Peterson.
July2016Photo7 July2016Photo8 Left: 2014 Scholar Liz Larsen with Carol Narup and Jim Arimond.
Right: Our Board Members. Their names & position on this page.

On September 14, 2016, our chapter had an enjoyable and educational event at one of our favorite venues, the Chicago Yacht Club. Life just seems better when one is admiring a great view in one of the world's best cities. Our speaker Bill Helmut entertained us with his fun stories from his travels in Central Asia. He shared some of his techniques getting invited into local weddings and getting to experience local customs.

Sep2016Photo1 Sep2016Photo2 Left: Dan Peterson, his wife Melanie and Ray Schlueter enjoy a drink, a chat and the view.
Right: Dan in an engaging conversation with guest Marc Adams.
Sep2016Photo3 Sep2016Photo4 Left: Charles Merkel, who drove up from St. Louis, receives his membership certificate from VP Jeneane Blom.
Right: Charles chats with Board Member Marilyn Fischel as Webmaster Don Parrish stops to allow their photo.
Sep2016Photo5 Sep2016Photo6 Left: Marc Adams, speaker Bill Helmuth, President Karen Schlueter, VP Jim Franch and Publicity Director Deanna Pagett.
Right: Foundation Scholars Ben Shorofsky and Catherine Althaus.

On December 8, 2016, our chapter had our annual holiday party at Pasteur Restaurant in Chicago to sample some authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Our hostess was Kim Nuguyen and we had a private room. This year to add a new twist to our event we invited our members and guests to tell a short travel story. And to encourage travelers to do their best we picked a winner by clapping. Dan Peterson won! We have 14 photos of the event. Unfortunately we did not get photos of everyone or even everyone who told a story. Story telling was very popular, and we may do this again next year.

Dec2016Photo1 Dec2016Photo2 Left: Jim Franch, Don Parrish & Dan Peterson deserved a photo for dressing up and holding our Flag.
Right: Kim Nuguyen, our hostess, explained some food selections while Don Parrish, Jane & Marc Adams watch.
Dec2016Photo3 Dec2016Photo4 Left: Marilyn Fischel, Barbara Wanke & Ray Schlueter exude holiday cheer.
Right: Marc Adams and Jim Franch enjoy a conversation.
Dec2016Photo5 Dec2016Photo6 Left: Jeneane & Don Blom pause for the camera.
Right: Don Blom tells his story.
Dec2016Photo7 Dec2016Photo8 Left: Jim Houston, with the staff working, tells his travel experience.
Right: Here Jim listens to his wife Mary Houston.
Dec2016Photo9 Dec2016Photo10 Left: Pat Smith shows the power of a prop while her husband listens.
Right: Foundation Scholar Ben Shorofsky relates his favorite tale.
Dec2016Photo11 Dec2016Photo12 Left: Barbara Wanke used her hat to tell her animated tale.
Right: Jane Adams moved about while explaining her travel anecdote.
Dec2016Photo13 Dec2016Photo14 Left: Virgin Mullins was another eager volunteer.
Right: Dan Peterson told a humorous tale and won for best story!