St. Patrick’s Day @Emerald Isle

The St. Patrick’s Day Festival is one of the best events of the year here in beautiful Emerald Isle. There will be great food, crafts, a beer tent and fantastic entertainment all day long. The Emerald Isle Parrot Heads will be there is force to raise money for yet another good cause. This year the EIPHC will be selling raffle tickets to help purchase defibrillators for the local police department and life guards. We have many fantastic items to raffle and have room for a few more too! We are also in need of volunteers to help work our booth throughout the day. If you have items to donate or you’re willing to help out in the booth please contact Jim Crampton by email at or call 919-971-9603. We currently need volunteers for the following shifts: 11:00 am-1:00 pm, 1:00-3:00 pm, 3:00-5:00 pm (Drawing at 4:30) and 5:00-6:30pm (Call winners, clean up, pack up). There will be a sign up at our next Phlocking on March 2nd at the E-Club as well. This is always a fun event and your help in making the booth a success is greatly appreciated. Thanks….I look forward to hearing from you!!

First Annual EIPHC Disc Golf Tournament


First Annual

EIPHC Disc Golf Tournament

April 7th 2018

$20 registration per person

Novice — prizes awarded 1st 2nd 3rd

Advanced — prizes awarded 1st 2nd 3rd

Lunch @ 11am Woods Park Pavilion

Provided by Black Dog Provisions

Grilled burgers and Potato Salad

Black bean burgers available per request


8 shot max. per hole

2 person teams for total score

“PAR TEE” with a Purpose and help improve our town course!

Contact information or 919-697-3794

Please click on the  words “this form” (below in red) which will give you a link to a form that you should fill out and send to Jack Synan (

Complete and return this form to Jack for registration!



PHantastic February PHlocking

What a great night despite the cold weather! Some us showed out hopeful for early Spring… but most of us were bundled up, waiting out winter.

Matt at Eclub provided some hearty vittles, while DJ Robbie was blasting some great tunes! Thanks to our hosts, Moh Traini and Rose Gerrell, Parrotheads raised $222 (how appropriate for the date) for the Do It For Drew foundation. We welcome the New Members that joined and are excited to see our club continue to grow!

PHiP Scholarship Is Open For Application

We are proud to announce that the PHiP Scholarship Essay Contest for 2018 is NOW OPEN!!!!!!

Summary of the PHiP Scholarship:

The PHiP Scholarship is for current Parrot Head Club Members of an officially Chartered Chapter or their children or wards of Parrot Head Club Members, for post secondary education.

This program was established in 2008.  Three scholarships will be awarded in 2018. The funds may be used for tuition, books or living expenses, at an accredited four-year university or college of the student’s choice.  The award will be paid to the winners’ school account, when a student account is established.

PHiP awards 3 awards in the amounts of:

First Place: $5,000
Second Place: $3,000
Third Place: $2,000Eligibility: Parrot Head Club Members and members children (Sorry nieces, nephews or other extended family members beyond those mentioned are not considered eligible)The Scholarship instructions and application can be found on the PHiP Website at:

It is VERY important the applicant follow ALL of the rules and instructions. Only typed, electronic submissions will be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be considered eligible.Make no references to your identity, your local parrot head club or your location in your essay entry OR your question and statement responses.

All applications must be signed at the appropriate place. We accept electronic signatures.

To Apply:  Complete the Parrot Head Scholarship Application found on the PHiP website at Please email your completed application and essay to:
David Cohen
PHiP Secretary

DEADLINE FOR APPLICANTS is MARCH 31st, 2018, for enrollment for fall term (summer terms not applicable). Students may apply yearly; the awards will be given annually, based on a new application process.Good Luck to all applicants!

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Welcome the New Emerald Isle Parrot Head Club Board

We had 30  fun, enthusiastic Parrot Heads show up for this year’s PHluff up the PHlock Meeting on January 21st.  We discussed the 2018 activity schedule and filled the Board with some new blood and lots of enthusiasm from all.   We even got “Big Birds” for each of our activities as well as a few new ideas to ponder.   We will be sending out requests for volunteers to work with the big birds and the chairs of our 3 standing committees which will be chaired by Members at Large, Technology, Publicity and Activities.   Jessi Holland will also head up coordination of our First Friday PHlockings.  Presenting……..

President: Jan Hicks
Vice President: Rick Walling
Co- Treasurers: Carl Rauschenberg and Rita Babich
Co-Secretaries: Sue Stone and Maggie Rauschenberg
Members at Large: Jimi Crampton (Technology and Publicity), Jamie Thomas (Publicity), Jessi Holland (PHlocking), Moh Traini (Activities), Donna Grady(Activities). Joel Dunn will continue to head up the Technology Committee with Jimi Crampton.

We wanted to give special thanks to our retiring past officers for all their efforts during their last term and their help in transitioning new officers who are stepping up to fill big shoes. So many THANK YOU’s go out to President Jason Holland, Vice President Carol Lauback, and Members at Large Renee Synan, James Hicks, Marcia McMahan, Pat Henry, and Marsha Horner. We know that they all will still be involved and pitching in with the Club and its’ activities as 2018 unfolds. Other special thanks also went out to those officers who will be continuing on for another term.

The 2018 Activities will be added to the Parrot Head Website Calendar and more details added as we get further in our planning but here they are for now so you can add them to your calendar.
• 1/20 – Hoop Pole Creek Clean Up – Ken & Sue Stone (Big Birds)
• 1/21 – PHluff up the PHlock – Ken & Sue Stone (Big Birds)
Nothing Planned
• 3/10 – E.I. Marathon/1/2 Marathon/ 5K – (volunteers needed) Ken Stone (Point Person)
• 3/17 – St. Patty’s Day Booth – Jimi Crampton (Big Bird), Moh Traini
• 4/7 – Disc Golf Tournament (Clean up the course before the tournament)- Jack Synan (Big Bird), Renee Synan, James Hicks, Matt Morel
• 4/21 – Highway Pickup/Sound Sweep – Jean Jensen & Val Johnson (Big Birds)
• 4/25 – New Member Social – Maggie Rauschenberg (Big Bird), Marsha Horner, Renee Synan, Sue Stone
• 5/5 – Bike the Banks (volunteers needed) Ken Stone (Point Person)
• 5/19 – Beach Bike Poker Run – Jami Thomas (Big Bird), Carol Lauback, James Hicks, Betty Strader, Renee Synan
• 5/19 – Hands Across the Sand – Val Johnson (Big Bird), Sue Stone
• 6/16 – Alzheimer’s Longest Day Walk – Val Johnson (Big Bird), Sue Smith
Nothing planned
• 8/5 – Anniversary Island/Sandbar Party – James Hicks (Big Bird), Cris Lauback, Bobbi Raub, Jeanne LaVana
• 9/16 – Coast is Clear under the Pier Beach Party – Michael Moyer (Big Bird), Mendy Barrows
• 10/13 – Diva Walk for Breast Cancer – Jessi Holland (Big Bird), Jan Hicks
• 10/14 – Chili Cookoff for Breast Cancer – Carol Lauback (Big Bird), Jimi Crampton, Jack Synan
• TBD – start meetings for Parade Float –Betty Strader (Big Bird), Jessi Holland, Ken Stone, James Hicks
• 11/3 – Highway Pick up and possibly Sound Sweep – Jean Jensen (Big Bird), Val Johnson, Carl Rauschenberg
• 11/24 – EI Christmas Parade Float – Betty Strader (Big Bird), Ken Stone, James Hicks
• 12/8: Santa Crawl – Jimi Crampton (Big Bird), Renee Synan, Sue Stone

There was a brief discussion on adding additional activities such as Scavenger Hunt or Mini Golf Tournament but those were tabled unless someone wants to do some planning on possible dates and venues.
We closed the meeting on time and enjoyed the pizza provided by the Club.


January 2018 Edition of the PHIP Tradewind Times is available online


The first Quarter 2018 Tradewind Times edition is now available on line and ready for reading and sharing!  In this issue you’ll find the wrap up of last year’s MOTM and some important information about this year’s 27th Meeting of the Minds – “We are the People Our Parents Warned Us About”.  
There is info on the Golden Coconut club winner, a featured club, plus some unique clubs – the Virtual PHC and a new club in Belize.  The PHIP Scholarship contest is now open so check it out.  Plus see the standard quarterly financial reports, Domino College, regional events and club birthdays.  Please share this email with your club members!
To access the newsletter go to this link:   Or you can always find the newsletter by going to the PHIP website at then click on Club/Chapter Info then scroll down on the left side to select the Tradewind Times. 

Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way!  Keep those posts and emails coming about how Parrot Heads “Party with a Purpose”!!  There are so many clubs and members out there doing great things!  Keep warm and healthy this winter – spring is on the way and concert season will be here soon!

Sally Spenny
Editor, Tradewind Times,_._,___

Groundhog’s Hat Day Phlocking, Feb.2

So basing the next 6 weeks’ weather on Punxsutawney Phil’s shadow…let’s see what our Phlock can predict?!? Show your forecast by wearing a seasonal hat. For example, if you think Spring will be here soon, don your favorite visor. If you think winter prevails, snuggle into your favorite toboggan. Do It For Drew Foundation will be our 50/50 raffle charity. For more info about this local organization, visit Hosted By Rose Gerrell and Moh Traini.

As always, Phlocking is at 7 at Emerald Club. Join us for fun and fellowship with the Phlock. You can also pay your 2018 membership dues ($10) and we’ll have sign-ups for St. Patrick’s Day Volunteers. See you there. Party For a Purpose.