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Attention Senior Explorers

Senior citizen do you enjoy exploring new places? Senior learner, are you naturally curious about places and things? Senior explorer, have you explored places where others have never been?

Then just maybe you might like to join the Explorer’s Club. Founded in New York City in 1904, The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences.

The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: first to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon. The Explorers Club awards an annual medal to honor extraordinary contributions to the fields of exploration and scientific research or to the welfare of humanity.

The Member’s Lounge

Taxidermied animal heads, majestic elephant tusks and even a preserved whale penis adorn the walls and rooms of the Explorers Club. This exclusive society, based on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, is open only to members who’ve sailed to new shores, climbed to new heights or trekked on new paths.

The members lounge of the Explorers Club is a place for members to meet, discuss expeditions, or just read the newspaper. The wood paneling emulates the style popular in Tudor England in the 15th and 16th centuries. Sounds to me like a place I’d just like to walk through…if they would let me. Maybe, just maybe, this where Phileas Fogg took on the challenge of going “Around the World in 80 Days.”

Senior Citizen and the Instinct to Explore

The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. Since its inception, the Club has served as a meeting point and unifying force for explorers and scientists worldwide.

“We’re in a golden age of exploration today,” Explorers Club president Alan Nichols told “The most outstanding of the world’s outstanding explorers are alive today, going on expeditions, and adding to the field of human knowledge.” The annual Explorer’s Club dinner brings out New York’s most adventurous.

Any member in good standing may apply for the privilege of carrying the Explorers Club flag on an expedition intended to further the cause of exploration and field science. The flag has been carried on hundreds of expeditions since 1918: to both poles, to the highest peaks of the greatest mountain ranges, to the depths of the ocean, and to outer space.

Learn more about these Expeditions. The Explorers Club, which has thirty chapters in the United States and around the world, is characterized by the great diversity of its members’ backgrounds and interests and maybe yours fits in with the philosophy of the Club. Sounds like a super adventure to me.  jeb

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