Join Chuck Jonkey in a behind-the-scenes presentation on Bali, Indonesia.
Experience tribal rituals, trance dances, Hindu temple ceremonies, cremations, exotic music and dance.
Start the New Year with a dose of deep cultural immersion.
Ladies Night -
Michael and Barbara Lawler - The Voyage of Traveler! A Three-Year Circumnavigation
Michael and Barbara Lawler Enjoying a Mai Tai, a Walk on the Beach, and a Tropical Sunset
In 2007, Michael Lawler and Barbara Burdick set sail from Newport Beach on a round-the-world westabout cruise on their own 47 foot sailboat, "Traveler."
Over the next three years, they visited 61 countries on six continents, crossing the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans and transiting the Suez and Panama Canals,
cruising a total of 31,145 nautical miles.
They will share the highlights of their many adventures.
About The Speakers
Michael has raced in five Transpacs and 25 Newport To Ensenada Races.
He has a 100-ton Captain’s License from the US Coast Guard.
When he is not on the water, he is an estate planning attorney in Newport Beach.
He has three children in their mid-20s, and lives with his wife, Barbara, on Balboa Island.
In 1981, he served as the Finance Director for President Ronald Reagan»s Inaugural Ball Committee and received a presidential appointment
as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, DC, before starting his private practice in Newport Beach.
He also volunteers as the Santa in the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.
He is a graduate of Newport Harbor High School and USC.
He’s climbed Half Dome, Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Matterhorn, and this past May he trekked up to Mt. Everest Base Camp,
delivering much needed first aid and medical supplies after the devastating earthquake and avalanche there.
Barbara sailed around most of the world with Michael on their Voyage of Traveler, including all of the first two years and some of the third year,
but had to return to work in her career as a 7th grade English teacher.
She is a graduate of Glendora High School and UC Santa Barbara where she played on the women’s volleyball team.
Barbara has run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, and climbed Half Dome in Yosemite.
She also has raced in 25 Newport To Ensenada Races and four Transpacs.
Barbara also earned her 100-ton Captainís License, but is now a retired sea captain.
Exchanging Gifts at the Half Way Party, Midway to Hawaii
Traveler at Anchor in Cook’s Bay, Moorea
With the Orangutans of Borneo
With the Elephants in Sri Lanka
At the Donkey Auction in the Old Medina of Sanaa, Yemen
Cruising Through the Corinth Canal of Greece
The Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles®
January 21 2016 -
Jim Dorsey - Remote Cultures Around The World
Jim Dorsey At Erte Ale Volcano with Afar Gunmen
Jim Dorsey, (#1081) has spent years visiting remote cultures around the world.
Five decades ago there were approximately 50,000 languages spoken on earth and now there are maybe 6,000, with fewer than 1,000 being taught in schools.
When the final speaker of a language dies it takes an entire culture with it and that is an enormous loss for the collective consciousness of mankind.
Jim estimates that he has visited about 50 different remote cultural groups, most of them having no written language.
Through his books, essays, and articles he has attempted to give these people some small international voice to tell the world that they exist.
He is a contributing editor at TRANSITIONS ABROAD and frequent contributor to UNITED AIRLINES and Perceptive Travel.
He has also written for COLLIERS, The CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, LOS ANGELES TIMES, BBC WILDLIFE,
WORLD&I, and NATURAL HISTORY, plus several African magazines.
He is a foreign correspondent for CAMERAPIX INTERNATIONAL of Nairobi, a travel consultant to BROWN&HUDSON of LONDON,
and a correspondent for the World Explorers Bureau.
His latest book, "Vanishing Tales from Ancient Trails" is available on all major bookseller websites.
His stories have appeared in nine travel anthologies.
He is a nine time SOLAS AWARD category winner from TravelersTales, and a contributor to their "Best Travel Writing, Volume Ten."
Most recently he won NOWHERE MAGAZINE’S national travel writing Competition.
He is a fellow of the Explorers Club and former director of the Adventurers’ Club.
Tonight he will take you along to visit some of his most memorable journeys.
The Indonesian Archipelago is composed of many Islands all with their unique cultures.
This is a place where history unfolds in front of your eyes and time stands still.
On the island of Sulawesi, once called the Celebs, we find the unique Toraja tribes.
The Toraja tribes, with its unique architecture, traditions and elaborate funeral ceremonies, is the subject of Pierre’s presentation.
There are other minorities worthy of investigation, such as the Bajo Sea Nomads, Bugis, the Makasres and the Christian Minahasans,
all this in a dominantly Muslim country.
The ancient Kingdoms where all influenced and in some cases changed by the presence of Chinese and Europeans.
One tribe that was able to maintain their traditional culture and traditions until today is the Tana Toraja minority
living in the mountain region of central Sulawesi.
Of special interest to Pierre are the special elaborate funeral festival and their unique cave burial practices.