Membership Newsletter for The All Fifty Club & Travel Goal Getter September 2015
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Hello <<First Name>>! Hope your summer was filled with travels.. 

In this issue you'll find
"'s best not to see a vacation simply as a discrete period of time, but rather as something that you will talk and think about a lot both beforehand, and, hopefully, for years after the fact."
Jesse Signal, "Science of Us", CNN article. 

More Travel Quotes
Congratulations to All Fifty Club President Alicia Rovey for finally visiting all fifty states. She started the club as she was nearing the finish line. Life delayed her visits to her final states but she lived vicariously through each member as they achieved all 50. Now she can continue to welcome all our new members as a full 50 stater herself!  Read more about Alicia's journey...
All Fifty Club Events
We held our first two face-to-face events this summer. The first was aboard a Royal Caribbean Alaskan Cruise (that's Louis Ingram-Westover getting his All Fifty States certificate on board - congratulations!). We had fun talking with those that already completed all 50 and some who were just getting started! Our second event was at Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, Oregon. We enjoyed sharing a travel tale while we drank excellent ale. We plan to hold more events around the country - the next one will be in Tennessee. Stay tuned!

Travel Goal Getters! 

Congratulations Ronnie Schneider, Rebecca Billings, John Clyburn, Chris Stout, James Dunnett, Bob Ferschi, and Gregg Schmidt for achieving the Travel Goal Getter Troika! The Troika is for the world's most traveled, qualifying for all 3 of our travel clubs. Gregg has also been to all state capitals and 114 cities with a population over 200,000 people. What are the largest cities in the USA? Read more...

Welcome new record holder Chris Strub who volunteered with youth organizations in all 50 states in 100 days. He served with Riding for Hope, Girls on the Run, YMCA, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and so many more making a difference in young people's lives. Check out his energetic Facebook page full of videos, interviews, photos from along the way. Read more...

Congratulations to Norma and Danka Pieniasek for completing their 50 state journey. Here they are celebrating a glacier landing in Denail Nature Preserve. Check out their travels.
Congratulations Christopher Taylor and Carol Hughes of Hants, United Kingdom for visiting all 50 as International Members! Their final states were North Dakota and Idaho this August 2015. Some memorable experiences were getting married in Las Vegas, flying over the Grand Canyon, a helicopter flight in New York, and watching a drive-in movie!
Allan Paulose completed all fifty in August with a visit to Connecticut. He is an All Fifty Club record holder for visiting food banks and charities in every state to promote awareness about hunger and homelessness. Check out his Facebook page that logs the places he went and the people he met.
Mark O'Rourke completed all fifty in a remarkable way in 2009. He went to his 50th state Hawaii for his 50th birthday. Hawaii became a U.S. in 1959 so he visited Hawaii on its 50th anniversary of statehood.
Congratulations to Judy Carls who completed in North Dakota this summer. If you finish in North Dakota in Fargo, be sure to visit the Fargo-Moorhead Vistor's Convention and Visitor's Bureau to be part of the Best for Last Club. 
Family Finishes
Going to new places as a family creates special memories. These families have the memory of visiting their 50th state together. Congratulations to the Whatley Family from Tennessee, Tim Graydon & Valerie Foote-Graydon & Matthew Honda from California, Silvertooth Family from Oklahoma, the Shoemaker Family from South Carolina, and the Hawkins Family from Missouri.
We congratulate these other recent new members with age goals. Nancy Philipp even used the hashtag #50by55in15!
  • Hannah by age 10
  • Ella by age 12
  • Justin by age 17
  • Brandon Gill by age 28
  • Ronnie Dahl by age 29 of Denmark
  • Catherine Amara, Elisa Marcheski, Marta Corbi, Sherri Herndon by age 30
  • Bridget Dalin by age 33
  • Margaret and Michelle Cook by age 35
  • Beth Bjorlo, Kirsten Hagfors by age 40
  • John Masters, Gregory Zorbach, Brian Brett, MaryLu Levy, Patrina Irving, Erin Yasgar by age 50
  • Nancy Philipp by age 55
  • Dick Monjay by age 60
  • Joyce by age 85
We strive to include as many members as we can in each newsletter. If you weren't recognized this time, you might be in a future newsletter!
Send us a picture if you haven't already! We value each and every member and their accomplishment!

USA Map to Color and Big City Checklist

Color in the states you have been to on our simple USA Map. Perfect for the kids or to have a single page map for a trip. Colorable USA MAP

Many of us have been to all 50 but have we been to all the largest cities in the USA? Check and see! There are 81 cities that, according to Census Bureau 2014 numbers, have a population of more than 250,000. Thanks Gregg for inspiring us to see how many we have been to. Largest USA Cities by Population 

Member Favorites

New Orleans, Louisiana
Definitely a city with character! Whether you visit the city during Mardi Gras or not, the city oozes with character. Wrought iron balconies, cafes with beignets, street musicians, creepy cemetaries. A tour at Mardi Gras World allows you to see float building in process and teaches you about the culture of New Orleans. There is still evidence of Hurricane Katrina which makes you appreciate how the city refused to sit idle and revitalized. More Travel Goal Getter USA Favorites 
Baleal, Portugal
New member Brian Rasmussen named Baleal, Portugal a favorite place. Baleal is a tiny island off the coast of Portugal north of Peniche. It is separated from the mainland by a tombolo. A tombolo is a stretch of land that is formed by waves which creates a natural sand bar between the land and the island so they are connected. The unique way the island and the coast are shaped creates great conditions for water sports like surfing. Surf Schools abound. 
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The Lighter Side of Travel...New Jerky
Chris Durso of created a food work of art for each state. Every single one makes us smile! Check out all of them on the Foodnited States of America Facebook page. Our other favorite funnies can be found at the Lighter Side of Travel.
FREE National Park Admission to 4th Graders
4th graders and their traveling companions get in free to any national park through August 31, 2016 as part of government initiative to get "kids in a park." Go to the website to print a pass.
Don't make a list - make a map!
We created an iPad app to be able to mark where you have been and where you want to go on a world map. Beats making a list of the states! Mark your map! Available in the
App Store.
Contact us and share your travel story...

Thank You and Happy Travels!
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