ADVENTURERS' CLUB OF HONOLULU JAN-MAR 2021
It certainly has been an unusual year that none of us saw coming. We have had to adjust to on-line meetings, being unable to meet in person, or even to travel much. We have unhappily cancelled long-anticipated trips, chased refunds, rebooked to travel later, and then even later. At the same time, we recognize that there are many people who are worse off than we are.
Thanks to everyone who submitted pictures for our travel quiz, to Donna Wendt for her help in putting the quiz together, and to everyone who participated. It was just for fun, there were some beautiful pictures and it was interesting to see different parts of the world and realize how many places there are still to visit.
We will continue to meet via Zoom for the first quarter. I know it isn’t the preference for all our members, but current case counts and test positivity rates restrict event capacity. However, the Club has made reservations from March forward at our usual venues, hoping that having vaccines available will improve the situation sufficiently that we can meet in person sooner rather than later! Please check the reminder email sent on the first of each month for confirmation of the location and reservation instructions.
Finally, it’s time to send in your 2021 dues. As you will see elsewhere in this newsletter, current members will see a reduced amount due. Your Board considered the reduced expenses of meeting virtually, balanced with the need to keep an adequate reserve in case of pandemic-related increases going forward, and decided on a one-time “loyalty reward” for sticking with us during this time. We hope it will help us keep you.
Aloha, Carolyn Gire, President
January 21, Zoom "Pre Covid Trip through Scotland & England" by guests, Chloe Chapman & Adam Bradford
IT’S DUES RENEWAL TIME!
It’s time to renew your Club membership. Please complete the attached 2021 Renewal Form and send it to Nira Cooray at 1703 Paula Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816, no later than February 15, 2021.
Please note any changes in your contact information. If there are no changes, please write “NO CHANGES” across it & also return the form to Janet, along with your check payable to The Adventurers’ Club of Honolulu. Reduced 2021 dues for renewing members are $15 for single regular resident members; $25 for spouse/partner couple regular resident members & $25 for non-resident [outside Oahu] members (new member dues will remain at the 2020 levels.) Please renew promptly! Mahalo!
PRESENTING YOUR NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
We are pleased to present the Club’s new officers and directors for the year ending Dec. 31, 2021:
President: Carolyn Gire
1st Vice President and Program Chair: Bill Chapman
2nd Vice President and Membership Chair: Nira Cooray
Secretary: Gretchen Arnemann
Treasurer: Judy Simon
At-Large Director: Janet Miller
At-Large Director: Lori Alexander
Immediate Past President: Lowell Angell
For the year ending Dec. 31, 2022:
At-Large Director and Assistant Treasurer: Bill Arnemann
At-Large Director: Jim Harwood
1. RSVPs are accepted from the 1st of the month until the Sunday before the meeting. You will receive a confirmation email.
2. The link to sign on to the meeting is sent on Monday morning, to the email address you used to RSVP. Please check to make sure you have received it and contact Carolyn if you don’t get it via email email@example.com.
3. Guests are welcome to online meetings at no charge, but all guests musts be reserved by a member. When you RSVP for your guest, please provide their name and whether they will view with you or separately.
4. Finally, did you know that the identifier that shows on Zoom is the name you use to set up your device? For most of us, it’s our name or something like Carolyn’s iPad. But sometimes it’s something like Tutu’s iPhone or someone else’s name. This makes it difficult for the host to identify you, and in the interests of making our calls secure while admitting our members and guests, please let Carolyn know if you or your guest have a “secret identity”.
BEYOND THE REEF:
Member Don Laird passed away in Honolulu on November 14, age 82. Don joined the Adventurers’ Club in 1998 as member #470.
Born and raised in Michigan, he did his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He earned a PhD in Political Science, focusing on international relations, and was the recipient of a U.S. Foreign Language Scholarship to study the Indonesian-Malay language.
Don taught at universities in Michigan, then in the Philippines on a Fulbright-Hays Visiting Professorship, before moving to Washington DC, where he worked in international programs for the Office of the Chief of the Naval Operations, the National Science Foundation, the General Accounting Office, and the Department of the Army. In 1981, he came to Hawaii with the Army's international program of exchanges and exercises with more than 40 Asian-Pacific countries, and was able to travel widely in this position, from Madagascar to Korea to Australia.
ADVENTURERS' CLUB OF HONOLULU
January Meeting - 1/21/2021, via Zoom
Guests Chloe Chapman and Adam Bradford will describe their “Pre-Covid New Year’s Trip through Scotland and England”. Chloe and Adam will take you on a trip through Scotland and England that they made in December 2019 and January 2020. Highlights include the New Year festivities in Scotland, an exploration of Roman Britain, including a walk along Hadrian’s Wall, and a visit to Stonehenge.