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Travelers' Century Club®
8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 102
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2297
Cupertino, CA 95015
Tel: (888) 822-0228
Email: info@travelerscenturyclub.orgTCC Forum is a private social networking site for members only. More info here »


Steven Fuller
Margo Bart
JoAnn Schwartz
Jeffrey Houle

Executive Board

Christopher Hudson
Stefan Krasowski
Michael Sholer
Timothy Skeet

TCC News

Save the Date: July 2023 TCC Gathering During Canada’s Calgary Stampede

Member Spotlight: Alla Campbell, Greensboro, Georgia

Destination: Senegal and The Gambia

From Our Newest Members: Andy Hicks, Denver, Colorado

A Hearty Welcome to New TCC Members

Well Traveled: September 2022

Malta 2022: TCC International Conference Recap

Member Spotlight: Ed Reynolds, Jr., Woodland Hills, California

Destination: The Islands Off Eastern Australia

Global Connections: Chance Encounters of TCC Members

From Our Newest Members

A Hearty Welcome to New TCC Members


Lapel pins featuring the TCC logo cost $10 (choice of pin or tie tack backing). Award level pins ($8) are available for members who have achieved Silver (150 countries), Gold (200), Platinum (250) or Diamond (300) level status.

Engraved name tags with the TCC logo and magnetic backing cost $13.50. When ordering, tell us exactly how you want your name to appear on the tag.

These items are available exclusively to full TCC members. Order online (see link below), or mail your request to TCC headquarters with a check for the appropriate amount in U.S. currency. Shipping is included.

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Upcoming Events & Chapter Meetings

September 24 Indiana/Ohio/Kentucky

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September 25 Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

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October 1 Texas/Oklahoma/Louisiana (Online via Zoom)

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October 13 Colorado (Denver)

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October 22 Virtual Exploration

Topic: Tony Wheeler on Chad

October 29 Mediterranean Chapter (Llivia, Spain)

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Georgia (Atlanta)

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November 8 Southwest Florida (Sarasota)

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Chapter Updates

Greenland Explorations Featured at Fall 2022 Canada Chapter Meeting in Toronoto

NorCal Chapter Update: Colombia Explorations and December Meeting Date

Pacific Northwest Chapter Meeting Dec. 11 in Downtown Seattle

November Meeting Scheduled for Sarasota-Area Chapter

Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Colorado Chapter Meetings Scheduled

Texas/Oklahoma/Louisiana Chapter Zoom Meeting on Oct. 1

Special Meeting of the U.K. Chapter at Doggett’s Coat and Badge on Sunday, Nov. 27

Notes From the June 2022 Central Europe Chapter Gathering in Prague

A Successful St. Louis Chapter Meeting in June

San Diego Chapter Celebrates Summer With a Mexican Fiesta

Backyard Picnic Celebration Marks 33rd Birthday of the Colorado TCC Chapter

Program and Venue Announced for September 2022 Canada Chapter Meeting in Toronoto

The Travelers' Century Club is an international nonprofit social organization founded in 1954 for travelers who have visited one hundred or more of the world's countries and territories. Click here to learn more »

The 2022 TCC International Conference in Malta

Paul Drake and his wife exploring Sicily before the 2022 conference

The June 2022 Arkansas Chapter gathering in Little Rock

New Member Jin Liu with David Brezic at her first TCC meeting

200-country milestones for Linda Rose Victoire Byers & Margo Bart

The new Korea chapter resumed in-person meetings in May

Rimma Milenkova, guest speaker at the May 2022 Pennsylvania Chapter meeting, with member Jill Kyle

The spring 2022 Southeast Florida Chapter meeting

Malta 2022: With 120 members and guests from over 20 countries in attendance, our highly successful International Conference in May was the largest known event in TCC history. See the recap here »

A Message From the President

What a conference we had in Malta! The opportunity to meet TCC members from around the world, learn about their backgrounds and be inspired by their interesting stories was the highlight for me. My message is about sharing what I learned about other members and what makes this club interesting for me.

New York member Ed Hotchkiss has assembled a photo book on the New York City subway system. Having ridden on all 660 miles of track to the 472 stations, this has been a fifteen-year passion for Ed culminating in his book, Station to Station: Exploring the New York City Subway. Read Ed’s Destination Feature contribution on page 2 of The Centurian about Senegal and The Gambia.

David Brickley shared how he was moved by the 9-11 disaster and became instrumental in establishing the 9-11 Memorial Trail connecting the three tragedy sites of New York, NY, Washington, DC and Shanksville, PA. At 1,300 miles long, it is equally split between actual roads and trails. President Joe Biden recently signed legislation declaring this the September 11th National Memorial Trail.

Professor Yvo Peeters from Belgium has a PhD in comparative European law and four masters degrees in history, archaeology, sociology and Soviet economic studies. The author of 112 books in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English, Catalan and Italian, Yvo also finds time to teach college level courses. He has served as European parliamentary secretary for four years and as an eligibility officer for asylum seekers for the United Nations.

Ireland’s David Langan (327 TCC countries) insists on receiving a stamped postcard from every destination he has visited. But what happens when he doesn’t receive the postcard he mails to himself? This happened after his visit to Malaysia’s Sarawak when no postcard arrived back home in Ireland. He thought he was smart when he returned to the capital Kuching for a second time and arranged a visit with the postmaster himself. Still no postcard. Setting off to Sarawak for a third time, David sent himself six different postcards. Fortunately, one arrived with the appropriate postmark for his collection.

Dangers happen while traveling and few stories top Arkansas coordinator Steve Clift’s scuba diving abandonment in the British Virgin Islands. On a late morning dive, Steve and his wife surfaced, and to their horror, the dive boat had left the area. Treading water, conserving air left in their tanks and praying — six to seven hours later, a boat was slowly weaving back and forth in a grid pattern in search for them (before gps.) Fortunately, Steve used the strobe light attached to his underwater camera and held it as high as he could over the two- to three-foot waves. Seen and rescued, this is truly a story of faith and survival.

Olivia Carter-Pokras, preceded her trip to Malta with a ten-day walk on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Believing her mother inspired her travel style, on one occasion when her father was away as a Methodist missionary, Olivia’s mom took her three young daughters on a 3-month trip to Latin America. To facilitate the difficult trip, her mother decided that the four of them would share a single suitcase. Each daughter was permitted to bring one pair of shoes, one dress, one pair of pants and one top. Needless to say, carry-on luggage is easy for Olivia.

William “Bill” Potts-Datema from our Atlanta, Georgia chapter, is attempting to visit every major North American sporting venue for the National Football League, National Hockey League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball. Merely visiting the various arenas and stadiums is not sufficient. As part of an elite group where only five sports fans have visited all sports venues, an event must be attended from beginning to end. Meaning? If a baseball game is postponed due to rain in the fourth inning, Bill must attend another game in the same stadium. So far, he has visited 105 of 124 possible stadiums.

Jeanine Fetterly was a pioneer hot air balloon pilot in the early 1970s. As one of four women to obtain a commercial pilot’s license, Jeanine became Dole Pineapple’s international commercial pilot and flew their company balloon to many events and numerous hot air balloon festivals throughout the United States.

These stories are just as unique as each one of us. The Malta conference not only connected us by our love of travel, but it gave us that special opportunity to hear everyone’s story and get us excited about future conferences and chapter gatherings.

Our strength as a club is in our community. It is not only how we celebrate our commonality but also our individuality. Make a decision to connect at chapter meetings, future conferences, online, get to know others, and be inspired to see more of the world. I look forward to getting to know you!

September 2022 Photo Contest Winner: Jonathan Finney, Franklin, Tennessee

Congratulations Jonathan! With over 50 fantastic photos to choose from, yours received the highest rating among members. You have won a year of free dues for yourself. Thanks to everybody who submitted their wonderful “Iceland” theme photos for the September contest. They can still be seen and commented on by visiting

The theme for our September 2022 contest is “Lakeshores.” Click for contest details »

Photo: Jonathan Finney

Just before visiting Iceland, I had just been laid off from my job. I did what many would consider rage traveling where you just need to get somewhere. This was around the time when Iceland opened back up for tourism with special conditions. Once I arrived, people stateside kept asking if I was going to see the volcano, which I did not know anything about until I heard it from the locals. Following a nice hike, I was presented with one of my best surprises and one of the most amazing things I’ve seen on this earth, simply by accident. This affirmed to me why I travel the way I do.


David Berhenke, Chicago, Illinois

Photo; David Berhenke

This trip to Iceland was my first chance to photograph nature’s lightshow — the Aurora Borealis. This night was spent at Geysir, where numerous pools were periodically erupting in watery plumes and venting steam from volcanic vents.

Arne Pedersen, Little Silver, New Jersey

Photo: Arne Pedersen

We were on a Hurtigruten cruise to the Arctic Islands. On a stop in the town of Bakkageroi, we saw a puffin colony on the other side of the bay at Hafnarholmi rock, and my wife pointed out these two puffins which appeared as though they were kissing.

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