Top Honor Awarded at Charter Chapter December Luncheon
Long-time TCC member Robert Bonifas, of Illinois, was presented our club’s ultimate award — a crystal-based, solar-powered, rotating globe — for his achievement in completing our Country List of all 325 destinations.
Applauded by nearly 90 members and guests at our Charter Chapter’s Dec. 9 meeting in Beverly Hills, Bonifas earned this recognition when he finally made it to the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) last February after several previous attempts.
Another milestone accomplishment was recognized when Scott Swanberg received his 200-Country certificate and pin following his visit to Corfu (Ionian Islands).
Later, Pierre Odier presented a fascinating program on his unique journey to Siberut Island, off the west coast of Sumatra, where he documented the Mentawai people, one of the world’s “vanishing tribes” of semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers. Side trips to Flores and Komodo islands were also featured.
The Annual International Holiday Meeting drew members and visitors from Illinois, Missouri, New York, Hawaii, Canada, New Zealand and Kuwait.