Photos of 2019 Events

This page is the historical archive of the 5 events sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the Circumnavigators Club in 2019.

It has copies of the invitations to the events and 48 photos taken at the events.


See our 2018 events and photos in the archive. Also view all events and photos from 1986 to 2018.
The entire history of the Chicago Chapter can be found grouped by year in the Photos and Events archive.

Below is a listing of our 2019 events. Please reserve these dates on your calendar. Updated information is posted on this page, as it becomes available, from Mary Houston (contact via e-mail), our Vice President of Programs.

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

  • Invitation April 2019 Saturday, April 13th, 2019
    "Music Education Around the Globe"
    with Foundation Scholar Hannah Whitehouse

    at McClintock Choral and Recital Room, Ryan Center for the Musical Arts
    70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL.

    Click on thumbnail to get a two page pdf with a detailed local map.

    2:00pm -- Doors Open
    2:20pm -- Program Begins
    3:00pm -- Reception Begins
    (NU students & staff are invited for free to both Program & Reception.)

    Circumnavigators can sign up for this event using their credit card at eventbrite.com.

  • Invitation June 2019 Sunday, June 16th, 2019
    "Shakespeare Theater for Performance of SIX" at Navy Pier.
    Lunch location on Navy Pier at Giordano's Pizza, 700 E Grand at the west-most end of the Pier.

    1:00 -- Lunch at Giordano's Pizza
    3:00 -- Performance of the SIX in The Yard at the Shakespeare Theater (1 hr 40 min no intermission)

  • Invitation June 2019 Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
    "Foundation Scholar Fundraiser"
    at Home of Mary and Jim Houston

    6:00pm -- Light Supper and Wine
    7:00pm -- Report on the 2019 Scholar

  • Invitation Oct 2019Sunday, October 27th, 2019
    "Trips to Cuba"
    by Keith Sbiral and Amy Gardner

    at Gibson's Steakhouse
    12:30 -- Gather
    1:00 -- Lunch
    2:00 -- Program with Keith and Amy

    Circumnavigators can sign up for this event using their credit card at eventbrite.com.

  • Invitation Dec 2019Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
    "Annual Holiday Party"
    at The Fortnightly of Chicago, Lathrop House, 120 East Bellevue Place, Chicago

    6:00pm -- 6:30 Cash only Bar
    6:30pm -- 8:30 Dinner bell and four-course Dinner
    8:30pm -- 9:00 Travel Trivia -- led by Dan Peterson

    Circumnavigators can sign up for this event using their credit card at eventbrite.com.

On April 13, 2019 we visited the campus of Northwestern University in the McClintock Choral and Recital Room of Ryan Center for the Musical Arts. The occasion was the report from Hannah Whitehouse on her Foundation Scholar circumnavigation in 2018. This report is an integral part of the mission of a Foundation Scholar after they complete their research. Our members enjoy learning some new things about what is happening in our world and taking something like a parental pride is seeing the growth of confidence that always occurs in our Foundation Scholars.

In attendance were members of our club, NU students, Hannah's father and grandmother, and Hannah's NU friends. Hannah's talk about El Sistema and how teaching music is a way to build character, good work habits and yes even help refugees trapped in camps. This talk was very well received. Afterwards, there was a reception with a lot of food in the foyer of the auditorium. A chance to eat and mingle.

I was surprised at the photo quality I could get from taking photos on a small camera sitting in the audience as Hannah delivered her persentation. Obviously this is just a fraction of her slides and none of her videos.

April2019Photo1 April2019Photo2 Left: Ryan Center is an outstanding building. Right: Ben Shorofsky follows tradition presenting Hannah with flags of the countries she visited for her identification. Hmmm...
April2019Photo3 April2019Photo4 Left: Hannah starts her presentation in the well equipped comfortable auditorium. Notice her flags are by her side.
Right: Slide of her circumnavigation itinerary.
April2019Photo5 April2019Photo6 Left: Slides of a few of the programs Hannah visited. Greece was unique because El Sistema is the only thing for refugees kids to do. Right: Hannah interacting with students in Kenya.
April2019Photo7 April2019Photo8 Students in Philippines and New Zealand highlight how the El Sistema program has been successfully adapted to the needs of each country. Only four of Hannah's dozens of slides are shown.
April2019Photo9 April2019Photo10 Left: Nice selection of free food in the foyer enhanced conversations.
Right: The Winship's who drove over from Michigan to attend are chatting with Jim and Barb Franch, our Treasurer.
April2019Photo11 April2019Photo12 Left: Chapter President Karen Schlueter with Hannah, her grandmother and father.
Right: Hannah surrounded by enthusiastic friends & fellow students.

On June 16, 2019 we visited a performance of SIX, a critically acclaimed new musical. SIX is a musical about the wives of Henry VIII featuring an all female cast. It was held at the famous Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier in the new Yard Theater. This was part of our on-going visits to cultural and historical treasures in the Greater Chicago area.

First we gathered for an informal lunch at Giordano's Pizza, another Chicago tradition.

The number of photos for this event is limited, but we do have photos of both Matthew and Charlotte Peterson receiving their membership certificates.

Charlotte Peterson April2019Photo2 Jeneane Blom VP of Membership presented membership certificates to Charlotte and Matthew Peterson.

On September 11, 2019, we gathered in the home of Jim and Mary Houston, our hosts, with its magnificent view of Lake Michigan and Navy Pier. Our purpose was to enjoy ourselves with food, wine and fellowship while raising money for the Circumnavigators Foundation. Our chapter is pleased that for virtually the entire 21st century we have sent a Student from Northwestern University on a trip around the world so they could do research on a worthy topic. These successful and motivated Students come back transformed by the experience. Their life trajectory is lifted by the experience and their self confidence is super charged.

This day was also the 18th anniversary of the shocking attack on New York City, and the ferris wheel on Navy Pier was sporting an American flag at its hub to honor this day. Our focus was on celebrating the present, meeting prospective members and thinking about supporting these Scholars.

Peter Civetta of Northwest University, who is our partner in sending these students around the world, explained in some detail how the process works. Northwestern screens the student's research proposals to determine the three finalists, and our chapter interviews them. The good news: Peter can usually get some kind of lesser grant for the 2 finalists our chapter does not select.

Peter explained that our grant is part of an intellectural development process where students mature from supplying known answers to figuring out the questions that need to be asked.

Sep2019Photo1 Sep2019Photo2 Left: a view of the harbor and Lake Michigan.
Right: a close up of a tall ship.
Sep2019Photo3 Sep2019Photo4 Left: Perfect view of Navy Pier
Right: Barbara Wanke introduces her guests.
Sep2019Photo5 Sep2019Photo6 Left: Chapter President Karen Schlueter as she starts our meeting. Right: NU's Peter Civetta comments and answers questions.
Sep2019Photo7 Sep2019Photo8 Left: Pat Young views summaries of where our Scholars are now.
Right: Karen with Deanna Padgett, Publicity Director, who gave a full report on our past Scholars recent activities.
Sep2019Photo9 Sep2019Photo10 Left: Pat Young and her husband thank VP Programs Mary Houston.
Right: Treasurer Barb & Jim Franch and Webmaster Don Parrish, thank our host Jim Houston. He and Mary were wonderful hosts!

On October 27, 2019, we gathered at the well known Gibson's Steakhouse. It's walls are covered with countless photos of celebrities, politicians, sports stars, etc. Also upstairs in our private room were vintage photos of former mayors and other notables. It was an atmospheric and pleasant venue.

Our well received presentation was on Cuba. Amy Gardner and Keith Sbiral have been there over a dozen times. It was a delightful and heartwarming series of stories. Their travel approach is to get away from the tourist places and to meet real Cubans. And they also like to re-visit Cubans, who become dear friends. They approach things with a sense of fun, e.g., presenting people in Hersey, Cuba (yes, this is a real place.) with Hersey chocolates from Hersey, Pennsylvania.

October 27th was Don Parrish's 75th birthday. Don is a long time board member and our Webmaster. Our president, Karen Schuleter gave him a card and gift. And we sang Happy Birthday to him. Our event was almost his 30th anniversary (Nov 16, 1989) as a Circumnavigator. Don received his membership certificate at one of our events. It was autographed on the spot by our speaker astronaut Jim Lovell.

Oct2019Photo1 Oct2019Photo2 Left: a view of a few of the photos covering the wall.
Right: VP Membership Jeneane Bloom & Secretary Don Boom.
Oct2019Photo3 Oct2019Photo4 Left: President Karen Schlueter presents Don Parrish a card & birthday gift.
Right: Don with our speakers Amy Gardner and Keith Sbiral.
Oct2019Photo5 Oct2019Photo6 Both Amy and Keith shared the stage explaining their company's philosopy and told enjoyable stories from their Cuban adventures.
Oct2019Photo7 Sep2019Photo8 Left: Comuting from Michigan Keith & Jaclyn Winship with Karen.
Right: Tim Foufas, Kelley Decker, Charles Merkel, who made an overnight trip from St. Louis, and Jim Keating.
Oct2019Photo9 Oct2019Photo10 Left: Virginia Mullin, Dave Waring, Barbara Wanke & Marilyn Fischel.
Right: Tim Foufas, his fiance, Kelley Decker chat with Karen.
Oct2019Photo11 Oct2019Photo12 Left: Guest Dave Waring chats with Dr. Pat Young.
Right: VP - Programs Mary Houston with husband Jim and Virginia Mullin enjoy a conversation.

On December 11, 2019, we gathered at the historic Lathrop House in Chicago. We had the place to ourselves and enjoyed our second holiday party here. This place has the opulence of a bygone era.

Every two year we elected officers and we did this at our holiday party. The proposed slate of the Nominating Committee was approved by acclamation. The new slate can be viewed on our Officers page.

We also celebrated our version of passing of the torch. In this case our photo of Earthrise gifted to us by Astronaut Jim Lovell from outgoing President Karen Schuelter to incoming President Jeneane Blom. Photos and links are below. Karen served as President with distinction for 2 terms.

Another highly anticipated event was the travel trivial pursuit quiz created by Dan Peterson, our former President, who stumped us before with his challenging questions. It turns out Dan gathered questions all year from a variety of sources. He was well prepared and eager to test our knowledge and illustrate to us our areas for improvement. We formed ourselves into teams and each group picked a name: Globe Trotters, Jim & the Four Graces, Hershey, and Gulliver's Travellers. There were 6 rounds and the written answers from each round were independently scored to provide accuracy. The Hershey Team won. The score sheet summary is shown below.

Dec2019Photo1 Dec2019Photo2 Left: President Karen Schlueter and Webmaster Don Parrish by a magnificent clock symbolically toast guests to the Holiday Party - although they have not arrived yet.
Right: One of the many oil paintings, costly wallpapers, luxurious appointments, hand crafted woodwork in our decorated holiday venue with its high ceilings.
Dec2019Photo3 Dec2019Photo4 Left: VP Mary Houston with her husband Jim pose by a holiday Santa.
Right: Our 2019 Foundation Scholar Chris LaMountain waves a holiday greeting.
Dec2019Photo5 Dec2019Photo6 L: Jaclyn & Kent Winship, Jim Keating, Pat Young, Dan Peterson
R: Amy Gardner, Keith Sbiral, Karen Schlueter, Don Parrish, Tim Foufas
Dec2019Photo7 Dec2019Photo8 L: Susan Nelson, Marilyn Fischel, Virginia Mullin, Treasurer Barb Franch
Right: VP Jeneane Blom, Secretary Don Blom, VP Mary & Jim Houston, Dave Waring, Barb Wanke
Dec2019Photo9 Dec2019Photo10 Jeneane Blom listens as Outgoing President Karen Schlueter explains the tradition of the Earthrise photo gifted by Astronaut Jim Lovell which the chapter President keeps during their term. Karen realizes her successful 4 years are completed - over to you, President Jeneane.
Dec2019Photo11 Dec2019Photo12 Left: Difficult Quiz creator Dan Peterson gets upstaged by the winning results of the Hershey team that he is about to post.
Right: A group photo to celebrate an outstanding year and party.