Explorers Club Florida Chapter News

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Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Florida Chapter of The Explorers Club – Holiday Party!

Join us for an evening of merriment with members of the Florida Chapter of The Explorers Club!

Our presenter will be Capt. Sophie Hollingsworth (SM’14), founder of AquaAid International, a charity dedicated to securing clean water for people throughout the world. She holds a Bachelors in Environmental Studies and Global Public Health from New York University, is a Fulbright Scholar, and is a currently pursuing a Master of Health Security at the University of Sydney, Australia. ​Sophie is the recipient of the 2017 New Explorer Award, holds a 200-ton MCA Master of Yachts Captains License, a PADI Rescue Diver Certification, and is a proud member of The Explorers Club and The Royal Geographical Society.

We’ll enjoy cocktails and hot appetizers after the presentation in a beautiful waterfront home. Please join us!

Tickets/contributions cover costs for our event. Please use this link to https://flec_holidayparty2017.eventbrite.com to make a tax-deductible contribution to our party. Event address located on the ticket/contribution page.

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Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Holiday Party!

Hello Explorers!

We’re excited to extend your invitation to the Florida Chapter’s Holiday
Join your fellow explorers at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in
beautiful Maitland, Florida for this exclusive after-hours event with a
presentation by David Steadman, Curator of Ornithology at UF’s Florida
Museum of Natural History in Gainesville.

~ Audubon Center for Birds of Prey ~
1101 Audubon Way, Maitland, FL 32751
Saturday, December 10th, 2016
4:00PM to 7:00PM

*       Explore the Birds of Prey Center – visit with the Center’s majestic
*       Drinks in the over-water Gazebo on scenic Lake Sybelia.
*       Presentation by David Steadman: Stories of Rare Bird Studies in
Remote Locations.
*       Hot appetizers, open bar with wine & beer, drinks.
*       All attending members are automatically entered in a lottery for a
bottle of Johnnie Walker Explorers Club Scotch!

Members and guests of members, tickets $30/per person.
Purchase tickets at http://ecflchapter_holiday2016.eventbrite.com or by
personal check at the door.
Early purchase is encouraged so that we can have an accurate count for

– Lodging –
Maitland is in Northern Orlando metro area and has an abundance of excellent
hotel options near our venue (avg. prices shown).
*       Homewood Suites by Hilton, Orlando-Maitland $107 (407) 875-8777
*       Extended Stay America, Orlando-Maitland $76 (407) 659-0066
*       Quality Inn & Suites Winter Park Village $55 (407) 645-5600
*       Embassy Suites by Hilton, Orlando North $129 (407) 834-2400

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Debrief of Grand Cayman Meeting

This years Explorers Club Florida Chapters May event took place on the British West Indies Island of Grand Cayman. Chapter members were treated to cave exploration, ocean kayak trip to a bio bay where bioluminescent swimming was inevitable and a native Batobano parade down the famous Seven Mile Beach. The two day event finale was hosted by Gary Montemayor where guest speaker Dr Karen Rosenthal discussed endangered endemic species and the attempts to save them. Gary gave a video presentation on deep Cayman escarpment to 2000 feet and the discovery of the largest flesh eating shark ever documented while guiding the BBC Blue Planet film crew.


The members were so excited about the meeting and its activities they decided to make it an annual event.


Left to right, front row: Steve Pigott MN13 (Atlanta Chapter Chair), Gary Montemayor FI10 (weekend host, US General Consulate to Grand Cayman), Guest of Dr. Rosenthal, and Idee Belau (Florida Chapter Chair MN10). Back row: Dr. Karen Rosenthal, her daughter, Verna Lee MI15 (Hong Kong Chapter Membership Director), and Mrs. Laura Montemayor.

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Chapter Meeting in Grand Cayman

When: Saturday, May 7, 2016

Where: Grand Cayman, St. Matthew’s University

Sting Rays in shallows (Photo by Shore Excursions)

Sting Rays in shallows
(Photo by Shore Excursions)

 Who: All Explorers Club Members (Plus-ones are welcome. Please let us know if you plan on bringing more than one guest to ensure we have space to accommodate everyone)

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

9:00AM – Depart from Cayman Islands Yacht Club for an investigative journey to explore the wild stingrays led by expert naturalist Jim Goetz. Bathing suits and courage required!
4:00PM – Presentations at SMU Medical School: Dr. Karen Rosenthal DVM, lecturer and Dean of SMU Veterinary School will discuss conservation efforts being done for endangered species native to the Cayman Islands, among other subjects. Gary Montemayor FI’10, submersible pilot and veteran of over 2000 submersible dives, will do a media presentation on the deep Cayman Wall (escarpment) to 2000’.


Grand Old House, Grand Cayman (Photo by Cayman Activity Guide)

7:00PM – Oceanfront dining at the Grand Old House, a plantation home on the Ocean.
Expenses: Stingray experience $50, Dinner is self-tab.
Lodging: Grand Cayman offers a variety of lodging at varying rates. Please contact Gary Montemayor (below) for details.
For questions and to RSVP please contact:
Gary Montemayor FI’10
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Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Member Ralph Arwood Discovers Bat Roost


Only two other Florida Bonneted Bat (Eumops floridanus) roosts have ever been discovered. Now, that number is up to three as Ralph Arwood and his fellow team members discover their first roost.

Read more about what this means on his website as well as see video of the discovery.


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Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Fall Chapter Meeting and Special Presentations

Our Fall chapter meeting will be held on September 19th at the Orlando Science Center. The event will start with a closed door meeting, followed by “Blue Holes of the West Florida Continental Shelf” presented by Jim Cutler, food and drinks networking session, and then Bob Brier’s presentation on “Mummification: Resurrection of an Ancient Art”.


Bob is the first to conduct Egyptian style mummification in more than 2000 year! His presentation is open to the public and does have a cost for attendees, but will be free for Explorer Club members. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend.


The presentation will follow Bob as he travels to Egypt to obtain natron, the mummification dehydrating agent, as well as frankincense and myrrh. The rest of the the mummification process is performed at the University of Maryland for the National Geographic’s television documentary, Mr. Mummy.


Please RSVP for BOTH presentations as there is limited availability by emailing gfrandsen@floridaexplorersclub.org. The networking session, including food and drink, is free with donations welcomed, however we ask that you RSVP for that as well since there will be limited space. You can RSVP and place a donation on the Chapter’s PayPal page: https://www.floridaexplorersclub.org/member-info/donate/


Event Details

  • 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Closed-door meeting for Associates, Members, and Fellows of the Explorers Club.
  • 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Jim Culter FN’97 presentation “Blue Holes of the West Florida Continental Shelf”. Open to anyone interested. Advance reservations required.
  • 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Mingle with attendees and enjoy hot appetizers and drinks.
  • 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM – Bob Brier FR’96 presentation “Mummification: Resurrection of an Ancient Art”. Bob is the first to conduct Egyptian style mummification in more than 2000 year! This presentation does have a cost for attendees, but will be free for Explorer Club members. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend.
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Monday, April 20th, 2015

Sea & Tree Explorers at Tampa Theater

Calling all Florida Explorers! Don’t miss this chance to see two fantastic scientists in one evening at Tampa theater on April 30th!


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Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Explorers Club Florida Chapter’s First Event at Orlando Science Center

The Florida Chapter will hold the first of its Orlando Science Center based events on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 3:00PM. The event includes a fascinating presentation covering Dr. Mike Knight’s EC Flag expedition titled Giants of the Everglades (more here) and a short social mixer. Presentation and social mixer begin at 4:00PM and are open to anyone interested. The presentation is preceded by a 45 minute closed-door meeting of Explorers Club fellows, members, and associates all beginning at 3:00PM.

Photo By OSC

Photo By OSC

Sun Watch closes its season at OSC on May 2nd, so our event guests are invited to visit the Crosby Observatory to safely gaze upon the closest star to our home planet – the Sun. Their astronomers aim telescopes at the sun’s surface “to reveal the secrets hidden behind its glare. Take a peek at the Sun’s surface to see what kind of day the sun is having. Sometimes the surface is placid and serene but more often than not, it is boiling with sunspots and solar flares.” – Crosby Observatory statement.

The presentation and social mixer are open to anyone interested and begins at 4:00PM. Contact info@floridaexplorersclub.org for advance required reservations and suggested donation.


Orlando Science Center. Photo by visitflorida.com


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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Explorers in the New York Times: Modern Explorers Seek a Place in a GPS World

From New York Times journalist Daniel Engber.

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Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Behind-the-Scenes at the Explorers Club

The interior of the Explorers Club hosts an extraordinary amount of unique items and artifacts. In this video Executive Director Will Roseman leads us through the halls of the Explorers Club to reveal what lies within these halls.


More links can be found here, and a link to the video can be found here.

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