On September 25, Students on Ice held a Board of Advisors meeting at the historic Explorers Club in New York City, chaired by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, and followed by a luncheon for 100 guests.
For those who aren’t familiar with The Explorers Club, this is an organization with an impressive history. Founded in New York City in 1904 to foster the advancement of field research and the drive to explore, it’s prestigious list of members over the years include 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.
Students on Ice was honoured to partner with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation to host the luncheon at The Explorers Club for more than 100 esteemed guests, highlighting our work in support of education, exploration, and science in the Polar Regions.
HSH Prince Albert II’s keynote presentation titled, “What Future for the Arctic?” addressed future challenges and opportunities facing the Arctic among an influential audience of businessmen and women, scientists, explorers and royalty including Captain Don Walsh; Dr. Fred Roots, O.C.; Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, and many more inspirational leaders.
In addition to highlighting the importance of the Arctic, this was an incredible opportunity for Students on Ice to form new partnerships in support of our mission.
Students on Ice alumni attending the luncheon included Jason Archimandritis (Antarctic 2006), Eden Full (Arctic 2009), Deeva Green (Arctic 2006), Anthoula Lelekidis (Antarctic 2006), Michael Malave (Antarctic 2005) and Trevor Wallace (Antarctic 2009). The accomplishments of these alumni speaks to the caliber of students participating on Students on Ice expeditions and reinforced the importance of providing this unique educational opportunity to the many supporters attending The Explorers Club luncheon.
Special guests also included the cast from the award winning film, “Inuk” based on the life of Inuit children from the Uummannaq Children’s Home in Uummannaq, Greenland. Students on Ice was honoured to visit their home community during the Arctic 2013 expedition.
Since 2000, Students on Ice has supported more than 2,500 students from around the world in a transformative learning experience that inspires exceptional leadership and a greater appreciation for our planet. And we’re proud to have the support of organizations like the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and The Explorer’s Club in the work we do.