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City of Everett shown intact in a painting and then after being underwater 87 years. Other image is of The SS Meteor - A restored Great Lakes Whaleback Steamer, similar to The City of Everett. The City of Everett was the first American steamship to go through the Suez Canal and to circumnavigate the globe. She was in use until she sank in a storm in 1923. She was recently discovered in the Gulf of Mexico by members Michael Barnette, FN09 and Joseph Citelli, MN09

 



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10/21/2017 Joe Wasilewski, FN 02, Wildlife Expert
Our first meeting of the season will be in the Continental room on the first floor of the Miami Airport Hilton Hotel, 5101 Blue Lagoon Drive, Miami, FL 33126-2021. Our speaker is Joe Wasilewski, FN 02, a member of the Explorers Club and a member of our Chapter. He is a wildlife expert currently working for Jadora International as Vice-President of biodiversity. Joe is dedicated to conserving endangered wildlife worldwide. In order to do so, it is necessary to understand the complicated cohesion between flora and fauna along with the needs for local sustainability. Any proposed conservation project can only proceed with support from the local people. Joe graduated from Florida International University in 1981 with a BS Degree in Biology. Throughout college he studied the natural history of various forms of wildlife such as alligators, American crocodiles, diamondback terrapins and diamondback rattlesnakes. His research was not limited to reptiles, but also covered mammals (Everglades mink) along with birds such as bald eagles and osprey. He has been appointed to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, as a member of both the Crocodile Specialist Group and Iguana Specialist Group. Joe has made appearances on several TV show, including the Tonight Show . He also regularly consults with natural history productions and national/international news outlets such as National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, BBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, and History Channel. Joe is currently in Denmark giving a TEDX presentation. While we dont yet have the title of his presentation, whatever he says will surely be interesting! The cash bar opens at 6:00 PM, dinner will be served at 7:00 PM with the presentation to follow. Charge for this event is $44.00 per person, choice of roast sirloin of beef or grilled snapper. Please confirm your attendance by completing the enclosed form. If you reply by email, please provide all the information shown on the reply form, including names of guests. Please register no later than October 18 so we will have an accurate count for meals. You must specify your entree. When you arrive at the hotel, you will receive a parking ticket. The $5.00 parking fee will be paid by the Chapter. Please get the ticket stamped by the cashier at our event.
04/23/2017 Last of the Big Tuskers
Southern Florida Chapter of the Explorers Club invites our members and guests to a fascinating evening of friends, exploration and dining. Documentarian and National Geographic TV host James Currie presents on his upcoming film documenting the last remaining big tusker elephants in Africa. Less than thirty of these charismatic elephants remain on planet earth. Learn about their plight and their conservation needs in this compelling video journey and talk. Our speakers short bio is attached. Make plans, dont miss this exiting presentation! Hope to see you there. The cash bar opens at 5:30 PM, dinner will be served at 6:30 PM with the presentation to follow. Charge for this event is $38.00 per person, choice of prime rib or salmon. Please confirm your attendance by completing the enclosed form. If you reply by email, please provide all the information shown on the reply form, including names of guests. Please register no later than April 19 so we will have an accurate count for meals. You must specify whether you want prime rib or salmon. Location: Tropical Acres Restaurant, 2500 Griffin Road, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
02/19/2017 Exploring the Seven Seas in Search of Organic Pollutants
On Sunday, February 19, we meet at the spectacular Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, 8000 North Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL 33004 where we will hear Rob Menzies talk on Exploring the Seven Seas in Search of Organic Pollutants. Rob Menzies, Ph.D. grew up in Miami is a prolific researcher in the marine sciences. He began his career on the biochemical aspects of aging but couldnt find the elusive Fountain of Youth (too bad!). He then switched to cancer research and finally combined all of his experience to an amazing career in marine biology at Nova University (now Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography). While at Nova, he worked on the population genetics of spiny lobster, sea turtles, American crocodile, American alligator, and various species of fish. Much of this research was supported by Academy of Marine Sciences (Dr. Doris Bate and our own Dr. Doug Seba). His research projects have taken him all over the world, resulting in over 80 papers and book chapters and a Fulbright Fellowship to University of Haifa, Israel, to study marine pollution. He retired in 1995 to embark on his latest passion: a circumnavigation voyage to map the global distribution of organic pollutants in the marine environment. He and his wife moved on to Research Vessel, Frenzy II, a 42-foot Baltic sailboat, currently based in Marmaris, Turkey. This ongoing research is in collaboration with Professor Piero Gardenali at Florida International University and Doug Seba, Academy of Marine Sciences. Charge for this event is $35.00 per person. The menu includes Caesar salad, chicken Aristotle (sun dried tomatoes, spinach and feta) or couscous stuffed eggplant, green beans, asparagus, roast potatoes. Vegetarian available upon request with advance notice. This is a catered event so we must have your confirmation by Wednesday, February 15. We encourage you to use PayPal using the link on our web page.
01/13/2017 Myths, Mysteries and Managing the Lionfish Invasion
Our speaker for January, Lad Akins, will be part of the NOVA seminar series which is open to NOVA faculty and students. We anticipate there will be much interest in this lecture. Lad Akins is the Director of Special Projects for REEF and he will talk on Myths, Mysteries and Managing the Lionfish Invasion. REEF is at the forefront of addressing invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish that have become established throughout the western Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico. Learn about the dramatic impacts lionfish are causing to marine ecosystems, latest research findings, and opportunities to get involved addressing the invasion. Based in Key Largo, Florida, Lad started with REEF as the Founding Executive Director in 1990 and held that position for 16 years until he shifted gears to focus on Special Projects such as REEFs artificial reef assessment projects and exotic species programs including work on the invasive lionfish issue. Lad has helped develop many of REEFs long standing programs including the Volunteer Fish Survey Project and continues to lead a number of field expeditions each year. He has served as a US Delegate on the Bi-National Commission on Marine Protected Areas with South Africa, piloted Deepworker submersibles to assess fish assemblages at depths over 500, saturated for 8 days as an aquanaut in the Aquarius Research Station and discovered and described new species of fish from the Gulf of Mexico. As a US Coast Guard licensed Captain and a dive instructor with over 10,000 dives, Lad has been recognized as NOAA Environmental Hero, an Oris Sea Hero, Scuba Diving Hero of the Sea and has recently been inducted into the industrys Scuba Diving Hall of Fame. Lads current focus on invasive lionfish includes serving on numerous federal and international panels and working groups, working with major media, and co-authoring over 20 peer reviewed papers on the issue. There will be no charge for this meeting. Meet at the Oceanographic Center for the 4:00 PM lecture.
12/11/2016 HOLIDAY PARTY & ANNUAL MEETING
Please come to our Annual Holiday Party and our ever-popular Show and Tell. Explorers will have the opportunity to present something of their work in research and/or exploration. As customary a few members will speak for 5 minutes on their current travels, projects and expeditions, but space is limited, so, if you would like to participate please contact Rudy at rmola@aol.com with your name and title of your talk, members will be chosen based on time of contact  first come first served. You may give a verbal presentation without any images or you may bring a thumb drive or flash drive with photographs or a PowerPoint presentation (Mac formats do not work well). We will provide a laptop and projector and speakers. A reasonable number of images is 3-4. You can also bring artifacts or other physical examples of your work/exploration. Just bring your stuff and stories of your work. Gather for bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys at 12:30 PM. The lavish Sunday brunch offers made to order omelets and waffles, eggs Benedict, cold seafood  shrimp, salmon, shellfish, etc., carving station with a variety of meats, fruit and salad station, cheeses and dessert table. Charge for this event is $45.00 per person. Complimentary valet service. Payment may be made by check or choose our Pay Pal option. PayPal accepts credit cards, debit cards or direct debit. Use the above link to pay by PayPal. Silent Auction We will have a silent auction so clean out your closets and bring something interesting to donate to our silent auction! Come one, come all and share the holiday cheer. Please tell us in advance about any item you are offering for the Silent Auction. Please send email to Rosemarie Twinam (email RTwinam@aol.com) by Thursday, December 7, so that Bid Sheets can be made up for each item. Please include the name of each, a brief description, value, and name of donor. We need an accurate headcount for the restaurant by December 7, so please notify us by then. Please send in your check for $45 to Rosemarie Twinam, Treasurer, P.O. Box 324, Palm City, FL 34991-0324 Tel. 305-775-4812, email rtwinam@aol.com Location: Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd, Miami Shores, FL 33138 Phone: (305) 795-2360 Directions: Coming from Ft. Lauderdale: Take I95 south to Miami. Exit east at NW 125th Street (Bal Harbor exit). Continue to Biscayne Blvd (US 1). Turn right on Biscayne. Miami Shores Country Club is on the right at 10000 Biscayne Blvd. Coming from south Miami: Take I95 north. Exit east on NW 95th Street. Follow the signs to Biscayne Blvd which is US 1. Turn left on Biscayne. The club is 10 blocks on your left.
11/20/2016 William Stevens Lawton III Talks On Humpback Whales
On Sunday, November 20, we meet at the spectacular Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, 8000 North Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL 33004 where we will hear William Stevens Lawton III talk on humpback whales. Humpback whales. with long pectoral fins and a knobby head, are known for breaching and other surface behaviors making them popular with whale watchers. They produce magical songs which travel for great distances through the water and can continue for hours on end. Commonly found near coastlines, humpbacks feed on krill, plankton and small fish. Humpbacks feed only in summer in polar waters and migrate to tropical or subtropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter when they fast and live off their fat reserves. They migrate up to 16,000 miles each year. Charge for this event is $35.00 per person. The menu includes Caesar salad, chicken Aristotle (sun dried tomatoes, spinach and feta) or couscous stuffed eggplant, green beans, asparagus, roast potatoes. Vegetarian available upon request with advance notice. This is a catered event so we must have your confirmation by Wednesday, November 16. We encourage you to use PayPal using the link on our web page. http://www.southfloridaexplorers.org/SoFlaExplorersTransactions.cfm Please join us for what will be an exceptional presentation and tour. Please confirm your attendance by completing the enclosed form (or PayPal order) and returning it with your check payable to the Southern Florida Chapter of the Explorers Club to: Rosemarie Twinam, Treasurer, P.O. Box 324, Palm City, FL 34991-0324. Please register early so we will have an accurate count for meals.
10/22/2016 Tribes of the Peruvian Amazon
Our speaker will be cultural anthropologist and new member Kristina Miller, FN 16. For six years Kristina lived and worked with indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon. Her work can be seen at The Field Museum in Chicago and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Kristina now runs an adventure travel business and leads expeditions around the world. Taking a historic look at the role indigenous peoples have played in shaping the Amazon rainforest through the lens of archaeology, soil science, climatology, and anthropology to build the case for indigenous land rights in the present day. Indigenous peoples have been and continue to be the best stewards for protecting the world's largest and most biodiverse rainforest. The Amazon is currently caught in a tug of war between the extractive industries and conservationists with the original inhabitants often left out of the decision-making process. Make plans, dont miss this exiting presentation! Hope to see you there. Location: Tropical Acres Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale, 2500 Griffin Road, (954) 989-2500. Please note this meeting is on SATURDAY night. The cash bar opens at 5:30 PM, dinner will be served at 6:30 PM with the presentation to follow. Charge for this event is $38.00 per person, choice of prime rib or salmon. Please confirm your attendance by completing the enclosed form. If you reply by email, please provide all the information shown on the reply form, including names of guests. Please register no later than October 19 so we will have an accurate count for meals. You must specify whether you want prime rib or salmon. We encourage you to use PayPal using the link on our web page. PayPal will accept your credit card, debit card, or electronic check. (You don't need a Pay Pal account to use this option.)
05/15/2016 Dr. Kathryn Arthur and Dr. John Arthur Present on Ethiopia
Southern Florida Chapter of the Explorers Club invites our members and quests to a fascinating evening of friends, exploration and dining. Introducing new members-to-be Dr. Kathryn Arthur and Dr. John Arthur both Associate Professors of Anthropology at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. A wonderful presentation of their studies, explorations, and findings in Ethiopia amongst the Boreda, the Konso women tool-makers, which challenges long held thoughts of tool-making being an exclusively male enterprise, and the Gamo, where excavation of an ancient burial site led to the first ancient African complete genome, and important discoveries on the production and consumption of beer in ancient societies. Date: Sunday May 15 at the Tropical Acres Steak House 5:30pm. Hope to see you there. Kathryn Arthur Ph.D. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kathryn is a full-time Associate Professor, who began exploring the heritage of peoples in Africa as a young scholar working in Botswana and the Republic of the Congo. Today, she is perhaps most well-known for her field-based research among the living leatherworking cultures of southern Ethiopia. Her peers have awarded her generous accolades, including the American Anthropological Associations Cross-Field Scholarship and the prestigious Gordon R. Willey Prize, for her efforts to expose the potential of women as expert and skilled stone-tool makers in the past, as well as the signatures of age, skill, and learning in stone tool technology. Significantly through this research, she overturned long held stereotypes about Man-the-toolmaker offering that the earliest stone tools (2.5-3.5 million years ago) were produced using the bipolar technique and as such women may be the first stone tool makers! Her long term aspiration has been to erase the gender, age, and other cultural barriers that historically have been used to exclude minorities and women from history. In accordance with this goal, she has become more involved in forwarding community-based archaeological research to ensure that indigenous peoples, such as those in southern Ethiopia, are intimately engaged in the writing of their own histories as a human right. Collaboration with the Gamo-Boreda of southern Ethiopia led her to Mota Cave, where her research teams recovery of significant tangible skeleton provided the first ancient African complete genome sequence, which was published in Science in 2015 with subsequent press coverage in over 250 venues. Beyond the skeletals scientific significance, for the Borada he instills a sense of pride and dignity in their heritage. John Arthur Ph.D. Born in Lubbock, Texas, John has engaged in archaeological research for the past 30 years and is now an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He began his anthropological career in the American Southwest, as an archaeologist surveying the National Forests in New Mexico recording archaeological sites so that they would not be destroyed during timber harvesting. He then began working in Ethiopia in 1995 and lived in a rural village in the Gamo highlands from 1996 to 1998 conducting his Ph.D. dissertation research. This research worked with the Indigenous Gamo community documenting how their household ceramic assemblages reflect their highly stratified caste system. He documented the complete life cycle of Gamo pottery, and during his Ethiopian research and explorations, he discovered how to document beer production and consumption in the archaeological record by finding erosion on the interior of the ceramic container. This research has led others to document beer production from archaeological sites in northern Mexico and central Sudan. He has published this research in a number of archaeological journals and has been invited to speak at several international universities including Kiel University in Germany, Kyoto University in Japan, and Rice University as a result of this research. In 2012, John led the excavations at Mota Cave in the Gamo region, where he recovered a burial that led to the first complete ancient African genome. The skeleton he excavated from Mota Cave offers insights into prehistoric adaptation to life in the Ethiopian highlands and was published in Science in 2015. The Arthurs future goal is to continue to work in the Gamo highlands, with Dr. Matthew Curtis of the University of California Los Angeles and an international research team to assist the Gamo in preserving and reconstructing their heritage. Johns archaeological research will focus on cave excavation to examine the transition from hunting and gathering to food production in this region of the world long considered one of the major areas for early agriculture, yet little explored. Kathryns community-based research will concentrate on collaborations with the Gamo to create local and national exhibits that will expand our knowledge of an African indigenous culture and heritage. Make plans, dont miss this exiting presentation! Location: Tropical Acres Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale, 2500 Griffin Road, (954) 989-2500 The cash bar opens at 5:30 PM, dinner will be served at 6:30 PM with the presentation to follow. Charge for this event is $38.00 per person, choice of prime rib or salmon. Please confirm your attendance by completing the enclosed form. If you reply by email, please provide all the information shown on the reply form, including names of guests. Please register no later than May 11 so we will have an accurate count for meals. You must specify whether you want prime rib or salmon. We encourage you to use PayPal using the link on our web page. PayPal will accept your credit card, debit card, or electronic check. (You don't need a Pay Pal account to use this option.)
04/17/2016 Further Adventures with Crinoids and the Deep Sea
On Sunday, April 17, we meet at the spectacular Nova Southeastern University Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center, 8000 North Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL 33004 where we will hear our own Charles Messing, FN 01, Professor, Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography at Nova. Charles will talk about the research he has carried out since we last heard from him: in Indonesia and Singapore via scuba, Honduras via mini-sub, and the deep Gulf of Mexico and Strait of Florida via remotely operated vehicles (ROV)areas of incredibly rich biodiversity, new species, and unique habitats. Charles earned a bachelors degree in Biological Science at Rutgers University and both M.S. and Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. He made his first submersible dive, aboard Alvin in 1975, to the floor of a deep canyon in the Bahamas. Subsequently, he was awarded a Smithsonian post-doctoral fellowship, and he has been at NSU for over 25 years. He has led 14 deep-sea submersible expeditions funded by NSF and NOAA, and led or participated in over 30 other research and educational expeditions as far afield as Papua New Guinea and Ecuador. Charles has written or co-authored 57 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and has 45 years experience as a scientific illustrator. Currently, he is also a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution and at Scripps Institute of Oceanography and has been a repeated Visiting Scientist at the Muséum National dHistoire Naturelle, Paris. His research focuses on the ecology and evolution of living crinoids (sea lilies and feather stars) and on deep-sea coral reefs and rocky-bottom habitats. He has produced identification guides to South Florida marine life, written or hosted several educational television programs, and wrote and performed My Beard Toward Heaven, a Play of Michelangelo. More at http://charles-messing.squarespace.com/ The spectacular Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center is being opened especially for us and this tour is not to be missed. The Oceanographic Center is located at the north end of John U. Lloyd State Park on Dania Beach. Tell the guard at the park gate that you are going to the Nova Oceanographic Center so you will not be charged the park entrance fee. Meet us at 5 pm for a tour of the building. At 5:30 we will gather for drinks (cash bar but soft drinks at no charge), then a catered dinner in one of the most beautiful settings in Ft. Lauderdale. Charles will speak after dinner at 7 pm in the third floor auditorium. The caterer is preparing a hot buffet: your choice of rosemary and lemon chicken, parmesan crusted tilapia or couscous stuffed eggplant (vegetarian) with Caesar salad, rice pilaf, vegetable medley plus soft drinks and bottled water. Cash bar (wine and beer). Charge for this event is $33 per person. This is a catered event so we must have your confirmation by Wednesday, April 13. We encourage you to use PayPal using the link on our web page. http://www.southfloridaexplorers.org/SoFlaExplorersTransactions.cfm Please join us for what will be an exceptional presentation and tour. Please confirm your attendance by completing the enclosed form (or PayPal order) and returning it with your check payable to the Southern Florida Chapter of the Explorers Club to: Rosemarie Twinam, Treasurer, P.O. Box 324, Palm City, FL 34991-0324. Please register early so we will have an accurate count for meals.
02/28/2016 The Santa Maria Expedition of 1977 by Bill Raymond
The Santa Maria Foundation has been investigating a site off Cap Haitien, Haiti, for indications that it might be the remains of the Santa Maria that Columbus sank in 1492. In 1977 Mr. Raymond led an expedition to Haiti to core drill a coral mound claimed to contain the remnants of the Santa Maria, Columbus' flagship. His assistant, Rick Lossi, helped on the project and will be here to assist Bill in his presentation. Mr. Raymond grew up on Ft Lauderdale beach, swam on the FLSA team, got into skin diving and scuba diving, decided to major in beachcombing and diving, and the closest disciplines were oceanography and marine geology. He chose the latter, and wrote his masters thesis on the geology of the nearshore continental shelf off Broward County: the beaches and offshore reefs. He has monitored a couple beach restoration projects, aided the county in the acquisition of John U. Lloyd Park, preached against the tire reef, warned against using offshore sand for beach restoration unless cleaned of silt, and become a sort of whistleblower in the process, being self-employed. He publishes an email newsletter named the Ocean Whistleblower and is President of the new Broward Maritime Museum. Make plans to join us for this exciting presentation! Location: Tropical Acres Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale, 2500 Griffin Road, (954) 989-2500. The cash bar opens at 5:30 PM, dinner will be served at 6:30 PM with the presentation to follow. Charge for this event is $38.00 per person, choice of prime rib or salmon. Please confirm your attendance by completing the enclosed form. If you reply by email, please provide all the information shown on the reply form, including names of guests. Please register no later than February 24 so we will have an accurate count for meals. You must specify whether you want prime rib or salmon. We encourage you to use PayPal using the link on our web page. PayPal will accept your credit card, debit card, or electronic check. (You don't need a Pay Pal account to use this option.)
01/24/2016 WHAT IS THAT FISH? PAUL HUMANN PRESENTS
What is that fish?? If you have ever wondered&This is the man to tell you, and with his books your will be the expert on your next marine adventure. Please join us for a very exiting presentation by one of the worlds and South Floridas renowned underwater photographer, author, publisher, researcher and fish expert Paul Humann. Paul Humann grew up in Wichita, Kansas and received a B.S.in Biology, then a Dr. of Law. After practicing law for seven years, he became a partner in the third largest firm in the State of Kansas. Paul learned to dive and took his first underwater pictures in the early sixties, when he was still in law school. By the late sixties several of his fish portraits were published in Skin Diver Magazines memorable Fish of the Month series. His hobby became a way of life in 1971 when he left his successful law practice to become captain/owner of the M/V Cayman Diver, the Caribbeans first live-aboard dive cruiser. As a result Paul is in part responsible for the success of this part of the sport diving industry. Running this business allowed him over the next eight years to photograph, document and study the biological diversity of the Caribbeans coral reefs and gave birth to the idea of marine life identification books for divers. In 1980 he moved to South Florida to pursue his publishing career on a full time basis. His work has appeared in countless magazines including National Geographic, Audubon, Natural History, National Wildlife, and many dive publications including Ocean Realm for which he was Editor in Chief for a year. He has published fifteen books including the popular, user friendly, reference trilogy, Reef Fish Identification, Reef Creature Identification and Reef Coral Identification - Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas. The Second Edition of Reef Fish Identification received the publishing industry's highest honor, the Benjamin Franklin Award for the best reference book published in 1994. In 1988 Paul partnered with Ned DeLoach and formed New World Publications to publish marine life/diving subject books (www.fishid.com). Pauls photo/voucher specimen collections also included some rare finds. One specimen turned out to be an ahermatypic stony coral unknown to science. It was classified in a Genus previously unknown to exist in Tropical West Atlantic waters. Commonly named Ornate Cup Coral, the species was scientifically described by Smithsonian scientist Dr. Stephen Cairns in Pauls honor, Coenocyathus humanni. Since that time two newly discovered species of fish have also been scientifically named in his honor, an eel from Galapagos, Ophichthus humanni, and a wrasse from Indonesia, Cirrhilabrus humanni. Paul and Neds concern for the welfare of the marine environment led them to co-found the Reef Environmental Education Foundation in 1990 (www.REEF.org). REEF is an organization of active sport scuba divers that conduct underwater surveys to provide a continual flow of data monitoring marine wildlife populations -- much the same as Audubon bird watchers Today, marine wildlife scientists, marine ecologists, fisheries managers, and marine park managers throughout the West Tropical Atlantic, Alaska to Galapagos, and the Hawaiian Islands use data provided by REEF, is also the lead environmental organization with its Exotic Species Program to hopefully control the potentially disastrous consequences of the invasion of lionfish into the waters of the Tropical West Atlantic. Paul continues his volunteer work for REEF as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and acting Executive Director. In 2006 Paul was one of The Diving Equipment and Marketing Associations Outreach Award recipients, in 2007 was inducted into the International Diving Hall of Fame, and in 2010 was the recipient of the NOGI award from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences for his efforts to preserve the underwater world. Paul will have books on hand to purchase with personal signature and dedication. Make plans, dont miss this exiting presentation! Location: Tropical Acres Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale, 2500 Griffin Road, (954) 989-2500 The cash bar opens at 5:30 PM, dinner will be served at 6:30 PM with the presentation to follow. Charge for this event is $38.00 per person, choice of prime rib or salmon. Please confirm your attendance by completing the enclosed form. If you reply by email, please provide all the information shown on the reply form, including names of guests. Please register no later than January 18 so we will have an accurate count for meals. You must specify whether you want prime rib or salmon. We encourage you to use PayPal using the link on our web page. PayPal will accept your credit card, debit card, or electronic check. (You don't need a Pay Pal account to use this option.)
12/06/2015 HOLIDAY PARTY & ANNUAL MEETING SHOW and TELL!
SUNDAY BRUNCH, December 6, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. Location: Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd, Miami Shores, FL 33138 Please come to our Annual Holiday Party and our ever-popular Show and Tell. Any explorer or adventurous guest among us will have the opportunity to present something of their work in research and/or exploration. Because our room reservation is limited, presentation time limits of 5 minutes for each presentation will be enforced. We must limit the presentations to 10 people (first come, first serve).You may give a verbal presentation without any images or you may bring a thumb drive or flash drive with photographs or a PowerPoint presentation (Mac formats do not work well). We will provide a laptop and projector and speakers. A reasonable number of images is 3-4. You can also bring artifacts or other physical examples of your work/exploration. Just bring your stuff and stories of your work. Subject matter can be anything within exploration that you really find interesting, such as, but not limited to, the following: Your most recent field exploration project; A significant finding or realization during a past exploration project; A currently in-process-of-being-put-together field research project for the coming year; A particularly puzzling question/observation concerning exploration or the history of exploration that you would like to present to our group. Gather for bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys at 12:30 PM. The lavish Sunday brunch offers made to order omelets and waffles, eggs Benedict, cold seafood  shrimp, salmon, shellfish, etc., carving station with a variety of meats, fruit and salad station, cheeses and dessert table. Charge for this event is $45.00 per person. Complimentary valet service. Payment may be made by check or choose our Pay Pal option. PayPal accepts credit cards, debit cards or direct debit. Use this link to pay by PayPal on our web site: http://www.southfloridaexplorers.org/SoFlaExplorersTransactions.cfm Silent Auction We will have a silent auction so clean out your closets and bring something interesting to donate to our silent auction! Come one, come all and share the holiday cheer. Please tell us in advance about any item you are offering for the Silent Auction. Please send email to Rosemarie Twinam (email RTwinam@aol.com) by Thursday, December 3, so that Bid Sheets can be made up for each item. Please include the name of each, a brief description, value, and name of donor.
10/31/2015 OCTOBER MEETING/HALLOWEEN PARTY
HEAR YE! All members of the Explorers Club Southern Florida chapter, Members at large, and guests: PRESENTING: "The First Annual Explorers Club Southern Florida Chapter - Halloween Party and "Really... THERE I WAS!" stories as told by our own members. With a special presentation, chosen for the occasion, on the mysteries of the "Bermuda Triangle" by our own Eugene Shinn, Ph.D., FN99. After a summer of travel and exploration what better way to kick off the season than with a ghoulish good time with friends in celebration of the lighter side of exploration. KEEPING WITH THE SPIRIT OF THE DAY (pun intended) this meeting, we'll depart a bit from our normal serious presentations of exploration, adventure and discoveries around the world, as we ask some of our very own members to stand up and give a 5 minute presentation on "Really... THERE I WAS!" - "MY SCARIEST, FUNNIEST, OR ODDEST MOMENTS OF EXPLORATION". You think you've heard fish stories... just wait, let an Explorer tell it. To add to the evenings atmosphere and festivities, you're invited to dress up in costume, or exploration attire (often very similar), be a pirate, your favorite explorer or at least wear your "lucky" expedition hat, prizes will be awarded for best, most historically accurate, most interesting, and some we'll make up along the way. Dr. Shinn will highlight the evening with an interesting view on mysteries in our back yard as he relates fact and fiction of the Bermuda Triangle. Gene Shinn was born in Key West, Florida, and grew up in the Miami and Florida Keys area. He majored in zoology at the University of Miami while on a music scholarship and worked part time as salvage diver, blaster, and fisherman on the Florida Keys reefs. In 1958 he joined Shell Oil Company's research field station in Coral Gables, Florida, and during 15 years with the company became a research geologist, ran a small research station for Royal Dutch Shell in the Persian Gulf, did subsurface exploration in Texas and Louisiana, and completed his petroleum career in Shell's head office tackling environmental problems associated with offshore drilling. In 1974 he joined the U.S. Geological Survey and established a research field station on Fisher Island, off Miami Beach, which he ran for 15 years. Using a unique underwater coring device for sampling, he focused on the origin, growth rate and distribution of coral reefs, lime sediments, environmental effects of offshore drilling, and the effects of nuclear bombs on lime stone substrates craters at Enewetak. Gene is now located at the U.S. Geological Survey Coastal Geology Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, where his research has focused on sewage disposal practices, groundwater movement and contamination of ground water by sewage disposal wells in the Florida Keys. The number of presentations are limited, so please RSVP early and ask us to reserve a spot for your tale of high adventure on the lighter side. With the possibility of this becoming a Southern Florida EC tradition, you won't want to miss the first one. WE hope to see everyone, old friends and new, recap old expeditions and plan for new ones and have a great time as we celebrate during All Hollows' Eve Please join us for a fun evening at Tropical Acres. Our cash bar opens at 5:30 PM, dinner will be served at 6:30 PM with the lecture to follow. Charge for this event is $38.00 per person, choice of prime rib or salmon. We encourage you to use PayPal using the link on our web page. PayPal will accept your credit card, debit card, or electronic check. (You don't need a Pay Pal account to use this option.) Please register early so we will have an accurate count for meals. You must specify whether you want prime rib or salmon. If you reply by email, please provide all the information on the reply form.
04/26/2015 The Truth About Atlantis
Please join us on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Tropical Acres Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale to learn The Truth About Atlantis from our own Gene Shinn, PhD, FN99. One of the many adventures geologist Gene Shinn experienced during his long prolific career was diving and core drilling the so-called remnants of Atlantis lying just off the north shore of Bimini, Bahamas. He says that among his many other adventures (diving in nuclear bomb craters at Enewetak, living and diving with Persian Gulf pearl divers, filming destroyers zooming overhead at 30 knots, and researching potential bioterrorism dangers of African dust), dealing with the many curious people involved in the Bimini stones controversy remains by far the most unusual. In his presentation, Shinn will describe how Peter Tomkins, author of A Spy in Rome (he was in fact a spy in Rome during WWII) in the mid-1970s cajoled him into using his newly developed underwater drill to investigate the mysterious stones. During this ongoing more than 40-year off-and-on investigation, he has repeatedly demonstrated their true origin to gullible true believers and persistent media. He encountered many unusual individuals, often naked, along the Bimini Road. This adventure makes for an interesting, unbelievable story. Called the most interesting earth scientist in the world and known far and wide among geologists, marine scientists, and petroleum engineers, Gene Shinn sometimes seems a product of another century. Born in the Florida Keys, he attended the University of Miami on a music scholarship, where he earned a bachelors degree in biology. A U.S. national champion spearfisher, he worked as a salvage diver, becoming an expert in the use of dynamite underwater. A self-tutored field geologist for nearly 50 years, he made major geological findings that have significantly changed professional and academic knowledge of undersea oil reserves. Shinn helped invent technology for underwater core drilling, and more recently, he has studied the effects of transoceanic African dust on coral reefs, agriculture, and human health. Hes even the basis for a character in a mystery novel. Our cash bar opens at 5:30 PM, dinner will be served at 6:30 PM with the lecture to follow. Charge for this event is $35.00 per person, choice of prime rib or salmon. Please specify your preference. Please respond by April 21 with your check payable to the Explorers Club in the amount of $35.00 per person to: Rosemarie Twinam, Treasurer, P.O. Box 324, Palm City, FL 34991-0324 We encourage you to use PayPal using the link on our web page. PayPal will accept your credit card, debit card, or electronic check. (You don't need a Pay Pal account to use this option.)
03/14/2015 Tequesta and Miami Circle
Archeologist Robert Carr will discuss new excavations on the north side of the Miami River shoreline that have uncovered new findings of the native Tequesta and the foundations of the old Royal Palm Hotel. This area will shortly be covered by new construction. Limited to 28 attendees. Please contact Beth at safaris@att.net if you plan to attend. Directions from the north: I95 South to downtown Miami. Take Exit 2A, Biscayne Blvd. Exit is from the left lane. Stay in the right lane to head toward Biscayne Blvd. Cross the first intersection (2nd Avenue). Turn right onto 3rd Avenue. 3rd Avenue will bring you straight onto the hotels driveway. Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015 Time: 12:30 PM brunch Location: Area 31 Restaurant & Outdoor Lounge 16th Floor "EPIC Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, FL 33131 Guests to pay their own tab.
02/15/2015 DISCOVERING THE SACRED NGOMA - THE AFRICAN ARK OF THE COVENANT
Tudor Parfitt, Ph.D. Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 5:30 pm Venue: Bimini Boatyard Bar & Grill, 1555 Southeast 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 Please join us on Sunday, February 15th to hear a story of real-life adventure and mystery  the stuff movies are made of. Called the real Indiana Jones, for his search for the lost Ark of the Covenant, Dr. Tudor Parfitt has been studying the movement of Jewish tribes across the globe for three decades. He is a searcher for cities of legend and a discoverer of missing relics, none more precious than the artifact that sealed his lasting fame: Africas lost Ark of the Covenant. He is the worlds leading authority of the Lost Tribes of Israel. Born in Wales and raised in England, Parfitt is not Jewish, but grew up in a family that had an intense admiration for the Jewish people. Fascinated by Israel, at 19, he spent a year with the Voluntary Service Overseas in Jerusalem, working with handicapped people, including survivors of the Nazi concentration camps. After receiving his degrees and completing his initial work on Ethiopian Jews, the Falashas, he decided to abandon the traditional scholars life and begin a life as an adventurer and traveler and to work for a larger audience. His journey began in the 1980s when he met members of the Lemba tribe, an ethnic group in southern Africa who are believed to have a common ancestry to the Jews of ancient Israel. The Lemba told Parfitt stories of a ngoma - a wooden container used for storing sacred objects. Parfitt soon came to believe that the object may be the lost Ark of the Covenant. It was then that Parfitt began his 20-year quest to corroborate their claim. He started in the Zedekiahs Cave beneath Jerusalem. He left Jerusalem for Jordan, then to Yemen, then to Egypt, Ethiopia, and landing in Zimbabwe. He communed with mediums and disappeared into isolated villages. His work was the subject of a documentary and book (Quest for the Lost Ark, History Channel and The Lost Ark of the Covenant, Harper Collins Publishers). Tudor Parfitt is Distinguished Professor and President Navon Professor of Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies at Florida International University. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Geographical Society and corresponding fellow of the Académie Royale des Sciences dOutre-Mer Belgium. He was made a fellow of the Académie Royale based on his work with the Lemba tribe in Central Africa in the 1990s and his African journeys - several months on foot in one case - and was made a fellow of the RGS for his discovery of the ancient city of Sena, once a thriving Jewish settlement in the remote eastern part of the Hadhramaut Valley in Yemen. Dr. Parfitt believes the Ark was kept here for a time until was taken across Africa. He has authored or edited 26 books, published over 70 articles, and presented seven TV documentaries. He is counted as one of the top ten living British adventurers. We are excited to invite you to join us at the newest addition to the Southern Florida Explorers Club meeting locations, the Bimini Boatyard Bar & Grill, one of Fort Lauderdale's premier waterfront restaurants, located at 1555 Southeast 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 for an extraordinary evening. Our cash bar opens at 5:30 PM, dinner will be served at 6:30 PM with the lecture to follow. Charge for this event is $40.00 per person. At the restaurant, you will have a choice of chicken breast with mushroom sauce or roast salmon with lemon caper butter, choice of soup or salad, dessert, coffee, tea or soda. Vegetarian option available. Please confirm your attendance by completing the enclosed form. If you reply by email, please provide all the information shown on the reply form, including names of guests. Please register no later than Thursday, February 12th so we will have an accurate count for meals.
01/11/2015 22,000 Miles Across Southern Africa and Counting
Please join us on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Tropical Acres Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale for an exciting African safari - 22,000 Miles Across Southern Africa and Counting - with Rosemarie Twinam, MN90 and Fred Galan, MN14. Over the past four and a half years, Rosemarie and Fred have participated in five 24-hour Game Counts (Censuses) with Wildlife and Environment Zimbabwe in Hwange National Park. Each trip to Africa begins with their flight from Atlanta to Johannesburg. Then, instead of taking the shortest and fastest route from Johannesburg to Hwange National Park, Rosemarie and Fred work backward from the Census dates to plan their extended safaris. Their latest trip, in September-October 2014, they were traveling for seven weeks! To date they have driven 22,350 miles across South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. As a boy in Cuba, Fred spearfished and explored the ocean near his home. He found two cannons on an old shipwreck, pulled them to shore, and gave them to a local museum. This was just the beginning of his explorations. He is a boat Captain and Dive Master. For 10 years he owned a SCUBA diving operation in the Florida Keys. He is a pilot and a Skydiving Instructor, and had his own plane and a Skydiving operation in South Florida. He is an NRA Shotgun Instructor, and Sporting Clays Instructor. For 17 years he was Head Electrician and consultant on projects at Zoo Miami (formerly Miami Metrozoo). Rosemarie is a former high school Biology Teacher, and a Flight Attendant with National Airlines and Pan Am. On her first safari to Kenya in 1970, she fell in love with Africa. Her first trip to South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana was in 1974, and she has returned to East and Southern Africa at every opportunity. This last safari was her 34th. She has also been a former Education Committee Chair, Vice Chair, and Chair of the Southern Florida Chapter of The Explorers Club, Inc. Rosemarie is also a Member of the Society of Woman Geographers, and a Volunteer at Zoo Miami for over 34 years. Please join us at Tropical Acres for this exciting African safari. Our cash bar opens at 5:30 PM, dinner will be served at 6:30 PM with the lecture to follow. Charge for this event is $35.00 per person, choice of prime rib or salmon. Please confirm your attendance by completing the enclosed form. If you reply by email, please provide all the information shown on the reply form, including names of guests. Please register no later than January 8 so we will have an accurate count for meals. You must specify whether you want prime rib or salmon. We encourage you to use PayPal using the link on our web page. PayPal will accept your credit card, debit card, or electronic check. (You don't need a Pay Pal account to use this option.)
12/14/2014 HOLIDAY PARTY & ANNUAL MEETING
SHOW and TELL! SUNDAY BRUNCH, December 14, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. Location: Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd, Miami Shores, FL 33138 Please come to our annual holiday dinner and our ever-popular Show and Tell. Any explorer or adventurous guest among us will have the opportunity to present something of their work in research and/or exploration. Because our room reservation is limited, presentation time limits of 5 minutes for each presentation will be enforced. We must limit the presentations to 10 people (first come, first serve). You may give a verbal presentation without any images or you may bring a CD or flashdrive with a PowerPoint presentation (Mac formats do not work well). We will provide a laptop and projector and speakers. A reasonable number of images is 3-4. You can also bring artifacts or other physical examples of your work/exploration. Just bring your stuff and stories of your work. Subject matter can be anything within exploration that you really find interesting, such as, but not limited to, the following. R Your most recent field exploration project; R A significant finding or realization during a past exploration project; R A currently in-process-of-being-put-together field research project for the coming year; R A particularly puzzling question/observation concerning exploration or the history of exploration that you would like to present to our group. It would be very helpful if you could let us know as soon as possible if you plan on giving a talk or presentation, so we know the number of participants. Gather for bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys at 12:30 PM. The lavish Sunday brunch offers made to order omelets and waffles, eggs Benedict, cold seafood  shrimp, salmon, shellfish, etc., carving station with a variety of meats, fruit and salad station, cheeses and dessert table. Charge for this event is $40.00 per person. Complimentary valet service. Payment may be made by check or choose our Pay Pal option. PayPal accepts credit cards, debit cards or direct debit. Use this link to pay by PayPal on our web site: http://www.southfloridaexplorers.org/SoFlaExplorersTransactions.cfm Silent Auction We will have a silent auction so clean out your closets and bring something interesting to donate to our silent auction! Come one, come all and share the holiday cheer. Please tell us in advance about any item you are offering for the Silent Auction. Please send email to Rosemarie Twinam (email RTwinam@aol.com) by Thursday, December 11, so that Bid Sheets can be made up for each item. Please include the name of each, a brief description, value, and name of donor. We need an accurate headcount for the restaurant by December 10, so please notify us by then. Please send in your check for $40 to Kris Stewart, Treasurer, 2214 S. Cypress Bend #306, Pompano Beach, FL 33069. Tel. 954 984-1600, email stewartkristine@msn.com
11/23/2014 Flying Classroom
Our previously scheduled November 9th meeting at Tropical Acres Restaurant has been cancelled as the speaker is not available. Here is our new meeting: Flying Classroom at Ocean Reef Club with Captain Barrington Irving, FN 13 Ocean Reef Club, Marina Inn Building - Sailfish Room 35 Ocean Reef Drive, Key Largo, FL 33037 Phone: 305.367.2611 Please join us when we will welcome back Captain Barrington Irving, FN 13, and his Flying Classroom after 9 weeks of a global learning adventure in 11 countries, spanning 3 continents. For the journey, his airplane, the Inspiration III was transformed into a virtual classroom  the Flying Classroom - to provide daily dispatches to classrooms around the world. The Flying Classroom is a cutting-edge, global, STEM+ learning adventure designed to help students excel in Math, Science, Reading, and other core subject areas for grades K-8. Daily dispatches on the website promoted learning anytime, anywhere, on a broad range of mobile devices. In 2007, Captain Barrington Irving became the youngest pilot to fly around the world solo in a single engine airplane. Raised in Miamis inner city, Barrington turned down football scholarships to follow his dream in aviation and washed airplanes to earn money for flight school. He honed his flying skills by practicing at home on a $40 Microsoft flight simulator video game. For his solo around the world flight, he faced more than 50 rejections for sponsorship before convincing several manufacturers to donate individual aircraft components. He orchestrated the assembly of the plane from the donated parts and he took off with no weather radar, no de-icing system, and just thirty dollars in his pocket. "I like to do things people say I can't do." Needless to say, he succeeded in his quest, setting 10 world records in the process. After graduating magna cum laude as an aeronautical engineer, Barrington founded the educational nonprofit, Experience Aviation. He supervised a group of high school students as they built an airplane in only ten weeks that he would pilot on its test flight. Among Barrington's many accolades is a 2007 Congressional Resolution acknowledging his historic achievement and for his pioneering work in the field of aviation education. He is also the recipient of the highest honor given by the Florida State Senate, the Medallion of Excellence, and he is recognized as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. Please join us in welcoming back Captain Irving and hear him tell us of his incredible global adventure. We will be the special guests of the private Ocean Reef Club on upper Key Largo. Their chefs will prepare a gourmet lunch in a fantastic venue. Our menu is chicken française, vegetable rice pilaf, French beans, pearl onions, baby mushrooms along with fresh lemonade, ice tea and bottled water. A vegetarian option is available on request. The dress is resort casual but NO jeans. Jackets are not required. All reservations must be prepaid. We encourage you to use PayPal using the link on our web page or you can make your reservations using the mail in form on the last page. If you mail in a check, please call or email Beth or Kris so we have an accurate count for the caterers. PayPal will accept your credit card, debit card, or electronic check.
10/05/2014 Bird Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Dr. Cagan Sekercioglu is the first ecologist to receive Turkey's highest science honor, equivalent to the USA National Medal of Science. He is a board member of the Society for Conservation Biology, an ornithology associate of the Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology, Fellow International of the Explorers Club, Elective Member of the American Ornithologists Union, and a full member of the Sigma Xi Scientific Society. His ecological research and conservation efforts have been covered by the world's leading media, including ABC, BBC, CNN, Fox, National Geographic, Nature, Newsweek, New York Times, Science and The New Yorker. Sekercioglus three books and over 80 scientific publications have received more than 2600 citations. He is among the most cited 1% of the world's scientists of the past decade. Come early and hear birding expert and television host James Currie speak at 11 AM. The cost of the meeting including lunch and admission to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens is $45.00 per person. The private gourmet lunch will be at the Glasshouse Café inside the Wings of the Tropics Exhibit at Fairchild. Menu: chicken piccata, tossed salad, roasted vegetables, new potatoes, dessert and refreshments. Vegetarian meals available with advance notice.
04/26/2014 Anchors and Atolls
Join us on Saturday, April 26 for a very special gathering - an afternoon in the Florida Keys with Jack Grove, Ph.D., FN 96,a leading authority on the fishes and marine environments of the eastern tropical Pacific. For seven years he lived in the Galápagos, where he carried out extensive marine biological studies. In 1997, his comprehensive volume The Fishes of the Galápagos Islands was published and in that same year, he received his Ph.D. from Pacific Western University. A true adventurer and Fellow of The Explorers Club, Jack has led numerous expeditions to the remote corners of the world, participating in polar expeditions as a marine naturalist, photographer, and expedition leader, as well as working with noted scientists and explorers, such as Jean-Michel Cousteau. Jack is an avid scuba diver, certified dive master, and dedicated conservationist. In 2002, he was one of 57 scientists invited by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) to participate in a conference in Hanoi to discuss a strategy for the preservation of marine biodiversity. When not traveling, he manages his own photography business in the Florida Keys. The list of destinations his photographs have captured is exhausting, and ranges from the North Pole to Antarctica. Jack has been featured in television and news interviews that span the globe, from the Gibraltar Broadcast Corporation to Marlin Perkinss Wild Kingdom and, ABC News Day One with Forest Sawyer. The BBC named Jack underwater photographer of the year in 1990. Jack lives in the Florida Keys, as close to a living coral reef as he could get anywhere in the continental US. Join us at Jacks home in Taverier, Florida Keys for an afternoon of genial atmosphere and a presentation of one of Jacks favorite subjects  Pacific atolls. His talk will cover: " Discovery of a ship wreck in the Pitcairn Island Group " Overview of 12 expeditions across the tropical Pacific since 1984 " Pitcairn Island and the Mutineers of the HMS Bounty " The 1998 discovery of the wreck of the Acadia, which disappeared in 1890 " The 1999 salvage of the main anchor of the Acadia and the connection to the Christian family on Pitcairn " Ocean currents of the Pacific " Formation of atolls " Status of coral reefs globally Where: Home of Jack Grove - Tavenier, FL 33070 When: 3 PM, Saturday April 26
03/09/2014 Field Trip! Field Trip! Everglades National Park (Shark Valley)
Optional camping trip Big Cypress National Preserve When: Sunday March 9, 2014 (Optional camping trip is Saturday, March 8) Where: Shark Valley Visitors Center Time: The tram leaves promptly at 10:00 am. Arrive no later than 9:30 to get your tickets (allow enough driving time to because the tram will not wait for us (we were not able to secure our own tram). Shark Valley is about 23 miles from the intersection of Tamiami Trail and the Florida Turnpike. Allow 2 hours driving time from Broward County and an hour and a half from Miami-Dade County. The entrance is prominently marked with a sign. Driving directions and a map are below, Cost: The cost is $25 for the tram tour and lunch. Pre-payment is required because we must buy the tickets in advance. There is a $10 per vehicle charge (not included in the $25 cost) to enter the national park so car-pooling is encouraged. You can also park (well) outside the park entrance and walk in (about 1/2 mile). Walk-ins are free. Use your federal park passport if you have one. This event is limited to 30 persons so reserve early. Trip Rating: Easy. The observation tower has a gentle sloping ramp but no elevator. Restrooms are provided at the visitors center and at the observation tower. Details: Shark Valley is located in the heart of Everglades National Park. Shark Valley has a 15-mile loop road from which we can see the wide expanse of sawgrass prairies and tree islands. We should be able to see alligators, many species of birds, possibly white-tailed deer, and much more. Halfway through the 15-mile loop, a 65-foot observation tower provides a panoramic view over the sawgrass prairie.
02/09/2014 Into the Deep - Redefining Limits with Tanya Streeter
Please join us at noon on Sunday, February 9, 2014 for lunch at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame followed by an extraordinary presentation by world record holder Tanya Streeter on blue water free-diving. Born and raised in the Cayman Islands, and sent to England for boarding school at just 9 years old, Tanya Streeter is an independent soul with a passion for adventure. At a time when the sport was male-dominated and primarily practiced in Europe, Tanya Streeter began free-diving in 1998. Since then, she has broken 10 World Records, one of which stood for over a decade. She remains almost as mystified as anyone about her talent for diving so deep. She battled her demons in the darkness many atmospheres underwater and battles them still trying to reconcile the deaths and injuries sustained by others who have attempted to surpass her 2002 No Limits World Record to 525 feet. Tanya was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame in March 2000 and was honored at The Womens Sports Foundations Annual awards ceremony in New York as one of the worlds top 80 female athletes for 2003. Also in 2003, Tanya joined company with members of the British Royal Family and Mother Theresa in being among the only living people featured on a British postal stamp (Turks & Caicos Islands), a story that was covered extensively by British media for having upset the Queen. The success of her free-diving career, combined with a "media friendly" appearance and astute management by her husband Paul, has afforded Tanya much publicity. She has appeared on many primetime shows, charming hosts like David Letterman, Conan O'Brian, and Ellen DeGeneres. She has also appeared on 60 Minutes. Towards the end of her free-diving career, Tanya began her television career with a well-received series for the BBC which showed her free-diving all around the world, showcasing her knack for extraordinary interaction with marine creatures. She was nominated for a "Best Presenter" award at the International Film Festival with Sir David Attenborough. Clearly, her underwater antics with marine iguanas, sea lions, and penguins in Galapagos won over the voters. Meet at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum at 12 noon. Lunch served at 1 PM with Tanyas talk afterwards. Lunch is a choice of Chicken Française or Salmon. After the event, tour the Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum.
01/12/2014 The Ronne Family of Antarctic Explorers
Karen Ronne Tupek, MN 07, the only child of famed Antarctic explorer Capt. Finn Ronne and his wife, Jackie. Karen is now the keeper of the family archive: notes, film, photographs, slides, maps, charts, books and skis. Karens Norwegian grandfather, a sail and tent maker, was with Roald Amundsen on his 1911 expedition that discovered the South Pole. Subsequently her grandfather accompanied American explorer Richard Byrd on his first Antarctic expedition. Her father, famed Norwegian-American explorer Capt. Finn Ronne, immigrated to the U.S. and teamed up with Byrd on two more expeditions. In 1947 Captain Ronne achieved his goal to head up his own private expedition, the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition, to map and explore the globe's last unknown coastline, the Weddell Sea coastline, and the last unmapped areas of that frozen continent. Ronne covered 3,600 miles by ski and dog sled  more than any other explorer in history. Captain Ronne was a member of the Explorers Club Board of Directors and Gold Medal recipient. Literally at departure, he convinced his young bride, Jackie Ronne, to go along. She became the first woman to go to the Antarctic, where she worked alongside the men for 15 months. The Ronne Ice Shelf, the world's second largest, is named for her. Her subsequent book was aptly titled "Antarctic's First Lady." Using historic photos and short video clips in her illustrated presentation, Karen will talk about her family's heritage, focusing all three Ronne family members historic roles in the Antarctic.
12/08/2013 HOLIDAY PARTY & ANNUAL MEETING & SHOW and TELL! - HOSTED BY SOUTHERN FLORIDA CHAPTER
SUNDAY BRUNCH, December 08, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. Location: Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd, Miami Shores, FL 33138 The cash bar opens at 12:30 PM. The Sunday brunch begins at 1:30 and offers made to order omelets and waffles, eggs Benedict, cold seafood display, carving station, fruit and salad station and dessert table. Charge for this event is $40.00 per person.
11/10/2013 Jim Davidson
Jim Davidson and Mike Price, two friends and experienced climbing partners, summited Mount Rainier by the difficult Liberty Ridge route on June 21, 1992. As they descended the Emmons Glacier, without warning, a hidden snowbridge collapsed beneath Jims feet and dropped him into a huge, glacial crevasse. Connected to Jim by the climbing rope, Mike tried to stop the fall but couldnt. The two friends dropped 80 feet inside the dark icy cavern and were buried by falling snow. Mike did not survive. Trapped alone in the crevasse, Jim was devastated at the loss of his friend. Though surrounded by ice and fear, Jim had to climb the overhanging ice walls, or die trying. Jim will give a deeply personal account of friendship, adventure, and epic tragedy, and how he found the strength and tenacity to survived, as documented in his best-selling book, The Ledge.
06/09/2013 Mini Expedition to MarineLab Environmental Education
Mini Expedition to MarineLab Environmental Education; ecology of the Florida Keys; field trip to mangroves of Florida Bay; buffet dinner  Cuban feast - roast pig, rice and black beans, flan. Time: 1:00 PM Location: 51 Shoreland Drive, Key Largo, FL 33037 Price: $40.00 per person
04/07/2013 Julie Chase, FR'97 Presents On The Galapagos
Please join us on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at Tropical Acres Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale for an exceptional presentation on the Galapagos by Julie Chase FR'97. Ecological changes have been transpiring in the Galapagos since their rise from the ocean. However, humans and nature have interacted to cause more rapid destruction of this extraordinary and fragile ecosystem. With tourists swelling in number each year, the Galapagos have now been put by UNESCO on the list of endangered World Heritage sites.
03/10/2013 Sea Creatures Above and Below
Please join us on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at Tropical Acres Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale where we will be treated to a presentation by Ruth Petzold, MN 87. Ruths presentation will be "Sea Creatures Above and Below" - animals from Arctic to the Antarctica and underwater in the Bahamas, Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomons, and Silver Bank. She has just returned from diving with whales off the Dominican Republic. Our cash bar opens at 5:30 PM, dinner will be served at 6:30 PM with the lecture to follow. Charge for this event is $35.00 per person, choice of prime rib or salmon. Please confirm your attendance no later than March 6.
02/24/2013 Experience Aviation at Opa-Locka Airport with Captain Barrington Irving
Please join us at 4 PM on Sunday, February 24, 2013 when we will visit Captain Barrington Irvings facility at the Opa-Locka Airport where we will have a chance to see the airplane that Barrington flew around the world plus the aircraft children are building to race against a fighter jet. The dress is casual.
01/13/2013 Wade Davis, PhD, FN 87 Presents
Please join us on Sunday, January 13 at the world famous Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables for an extraordinary evening with Wade Davis, PhD, FN 87, anthropologist, ethnobotanist, writer and Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. Dr. Davis holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. Wade Davis has spent decades traveling to remote locations studying little-known cultures, and sharing his experiences in thrilling books, articles, and films. His talk will be a momentous look at George Mallory's doomed attempts to scale Everest after World War I in his new book Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest, which recently won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction in the UK, the top award for literary nonfiction in the English language.
12/02/2012 HOLIDAY PARTY & ANNUAL MEETING
SUNDAY BRUNCH, December 2, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. Location: Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd, Miami Shores, FL 33138 Please come to our annual holiday dinner and our ever-popular Show and Tell. Come in native dress or holiday festive. Any explorer or adventurous guest among us will have the opportunity to present something of their work in research and/or exploration. Because our room reservation is limited, presentation time limits of 5 minutes for each presentation will be enforced. We must limit the presentations to 10 people (first come, first serve).
11/11/2012 THE DIVE TO THE USS ATLANTA
A team of scuba divers travels to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific to dive the wreck of the USS Atlanta, a light cruiser that was damaged and sunk during WWII's Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942. The wreck is located at 130 meters (426 feet) below the surface - a challenging dive for even the most experienced technical diver. The battle - often referred to as the "Barroom Brawl" - was one of the most, chaotic and close-range naval battles in US history. It took place from the 12th to the 15th of November 1942, and it credited for turning the tides in favor of the Allies, and eventually leading to the surrender of the Japanese forces.
10/14/2012 Dr. Jose Lopez Presents On Sponges Detecting Marine Pollutants
Hear Dr. Jose Lopez of NOVA University describe his ongoing research to evaluate the use of sponges as "canaries" for marine pollutants.
04/28/2012 The Priest's Grotto - 500 Day Cave Survival Story - - HOSTED BY SOUTHERN FLORIDA CHAPTER
Chris Nicola, FR 04 Tells the Story of 38 Ukrainian Jews who survived 500 days in a cave to escape the Holocaust. In 1943, the odds of a Ukrainian Jew surviving World War II were less than 5%. Hitlers final solution had reached a climax and Stalin was enforcing a scorched earth policy. For Jews, there was no safe place left to hide. Or was there? In 1993, veteran caver Chris Nicola FR '04 became one of the first Americans to explore Ukraine's famous Gypsum Giant cave systems. During an expedition into the tenth longest cave in the world, his team came across two partially intact stone walls and other signs of habitation. Over 10 years, Chris pieced together an astonishing and poignant story of the 38-member Stermer family who survived the Holocaust in a labyrinth of caves known as the Priests Grotto. Faced with isolation, sensory deprivation and the constant threat of starvation, each of them had to adapt to their hostile new environment. They built lanterns from old bottles, gathered water from the caves lakes, and developed an ingenious ventilation system. In the spring of 1944, they emerged weak and jaundiced, barely able to recognize one another in the light. Come hear about Chris quest to bring their story of survival to life. It is a story that combines history and survival with the power of family love. His mission has lead to the formation of the Priest's Grotto Heritage Project, a special project in which the grandchildren of the Priest's Grotto Survivors are working with the grandchildren of Ukraine's Nazi occupiers to build an exhibit for a local museum as a way to honor the Priest's Grotto Survivors and 14,000 of their friends and relatives who perished at the hands of the Nazis. As a very special treat, there is a possibility that three of the survivors will attend this presentation. Chris Nicola will have a few copies of his best selling book The Secrets of the Priests Grotto available for purchase. Space is limited and because this is likely to be a very popular event, please reserve early. Meeting to be held in Miami. Our cash bar opens at 5:00 PM, dinner will be served at 6:00 PM with the lecture to follow. Menu choices are either boneless breast of chicken or Sole Florentine. Charge for this event is $40 per person and reservations are essential.Please confirm your attendance by completing the PayPal form with your meal selections and number of guests here: EVENTS TRANSACTIONS PAGE
03/10/2012 Sea Creatures Above and Below
Please join us on Sunday, March 10, 2012 at Tropical Acres Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale where we will be treated to a presentation by Ruth Petzold, MN 87. Ruths presentation will be "Sea Creatures Above and Below" - animals from Arctic to the Antarctica and underwater in the Bahamas, Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomons, and Silver Bank. She has just returned from diving with whales off the Dominican Republic.
03/10/2012 Sea Creatures Above and Below
Please join us on Sunday, March 10, 2012 at Tropical Acres Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale where we will be treated to a presentation by Ruth Petzold, MN 87. Ruths presentation will be "Sea Creatures Above and Below" - animals from Arctic to the Antarctica and underwater in the Bahamas, Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomons, and Silver Bank. She has just returned from diving with whales off the Dominican Republic.
03/10/2012 Sea Creatures Above and Below
Please join us on Sunday, March 10, 2012 at Tropical Acres Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale where we will be treated to a presentation by Ruth Petzold, MN 87. Ruths presentation will be "Sea Creatures Above and Below" - animals from Arctic to the Antarctica and underwater in the Bahamas, Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomons, and Silver Bank. She has just returned from diving with whales off the Dominican Republic.
03/04/2012 Denise Herzing Presents Highlights Of Dolphin Research
Denise Herzing, PhD, FN 04, presents highlights from years in the field with wild dolphins in the Bahamas. She will share stories from three generations of dolphins, their trials of life and death in the wild, and their complex communication and behavior. Her presentation is full of underwater pictures, videos and sounds illuminating their lives underwater. She will also discuss the development of new technology for potential two way communication between dolphins and humans. Dr. Denise Herzing, Research Director of the Wild Dolphin Project has completed 27 years of her long-term study of the Atlantic spotted dolphins inhabiting Bahamian waters. She received her B.S. in Marine Zoology in 1979; her M.A. in Behavioral Biology in 1988; and her Ph.D. in Behavioral Biology/Environmental Studies in 1993. She is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences and in the Department of Psychology at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. In 2008 Dr. Herzing received a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is a fellow in the Explorers Club, a scientific advisor for the Lifeboat Foundation and the American Cetacean Society, and on the Board of Schoolyard Films. Dr. Herzing has authored and co-authored many papers in the fields of whale biology, animal communication, and human consciousness. Coverage of her work with the spotted dolphins has appeared in National Geographic, New York Times, BBC Wildlife, Ocean Realm and Sonar magazines. Her work has been featured on Nature, Discovery Channel, PBS, ABC network television, BBC in England and NHK in Japan. Check out her project web site: http://www.wilddolphinproject.org/ Meeting to be held in Ft Lauderdale. Please join us for this exceptional presentation. Our cash bar opens at 5:30 PM, dinner will be served at 6:30 PM with the lecture to follow. Charge for this event is $35.00 per person. Dinner will be a choice of filet mignon or salmon. Please specify your choice for main course. Please confirm your attendance by completing the PayPal form with your meal selections and number of guests here:

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01/15/2012 Meeting with Lecture: Pole to Pole - HOSTED BY SOUTHERN FLORIDA CHAPTER
Please join us for a very special presentation on Sunday, January 15, 2012 in Ft Lauderdale where we will be treated to a presentation by National Geographic photographer Anne L. Doubilet, FR 02, who will take us on a journey From Pole to Pole: The Arctic, Papua New Guinea and the Antarctic. Anne Doubilet is an underwater explorer, writer and photographer who has logged thousands of dives worldwide as a freelance photographer and for National Geographic Magazine on 34 stories about the seas. Illustrated by spectacular photographs, this presentation will take us from corals throughout the Indo Pacific to penguins clustered on Antarctic islands to polar bears on shrinking Arctic ice. Our cash bar opens at 5:30 PM, dinner will be served at 6:30 PM with the lecture to follow. Charge for this event is $40.00 per person and reservations are essential. Please confirm your attendance by completing the PayPal form with your meal selections and number of guests here: EVENTS TRANSACTIONS PAGE
12/11/2011 HOLIDAY PARTY & ANNUAL MEETING & SHOW and TELL! - HOSTED BY SOUTHERN FLORIDA CHAPTER
SUNDAY, December 11, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. Location: Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd, Miami Shores, FL 33138 The cash bar opens at 5:30 PM, dinner will be served at 6:30 PM with show and tell to follow. Charge for this event is $40.00 per person. The menu choice will be boneless breast of chicken with mango chutney or salmon with hollandaise dill sauce. We must have your menu choice by Wednesday, December 7 or we will choose for you.
10/23/2011 Ancient Trade Routes of Mesoamerica: Jade, Cacao, and Long Count Calendar Dates on the Move
Traveling from Guatamala to be our speaker, we are honored to have the esteemed Mary Lou Ridinger, FI '90, the archaeologist who discovered the lost Maya Jade Mines some 35 years ago.
05/01/2011 A Visit To The Former Al Capone House on Palm Island
Members and guests*, please join us from 3 PM to 6 PM on Sunday, May 1, 2011 for a walk-through at one of the oldest homes in Miami Beach, the former Al Capone house on Palm Island. * Not open to the public, by invitation only.
04/03/2011 Field Trip to Zoo Miami (formerly Miami Metrozoo)
Private narrated tram tour (approximately 2 hours) with zookeeper talks at paddocks along the way; special presentation by the Amphitheatre zookeepers; deli lunch at a lakeside pavilion.
03/05/2011 The Discovery of The City of Everett
Joe Citelli, MN '09 & Michael Barnette, FN '09 discovered the wreck of the steamer 'The City of Everett' some 150 miles out in the Gulf Of Mexico in 400' of water.
02/20/2011 The Evolution of the Arctic Submarine
Captain Alfred Scott McLaren, USN (Ret.), Ph.D., FE '71, Past President of the Explorers Club, on "The Evolution of the Arctic Submarine."