YOUR Meeting of the Minds 2018 Update!!

Hello Parrot Heads! In just over three weeks Meeting of the Minds begins in Key West, Florida!!
On October 31st the 27th annual Meeting of the Minds “We are the People Our Parents Warned Us About” will be in underway! Be sure to tell your Parrot head friends and anyone who may want to be in Key West for the week of MOTM if you missed regular registration there will be ON SITE REGISTRATION! YOU MUST REGISTER TO SEE ALL THE EXCLUSIVE ENTERTAINMENT AT THE CASA MARINA! WE HAVE AN AWESOME MINI MART PLAN THIS YEAR! WE HAVE $3.50 LAND SHARK BEER AT THE HOTEL…WE HAVE $5 MARGARITAVILLE MARGARITAS AT THE CASA DURING MOTM…WE HAVE CORAL REEFERS…WE HAVE TONS OF YOUR FAVORITE BANDS AND ARTISTS PLAYING ON OUR STAGES….MAGIC ACTS, MUSIC, KILLER RAFFLE PRIZES, BANDS, BANDS, BANDS…WE HAVE SIGNED JIMMY BUFFETT ITEMS FOR YOU AND MANY OTHER THINGS TO BID ON TO SUPPORT PARROT HEADS IN NEED…IT IS “THE” PARROT HEAD CONVENTION AND WE WANT YOU THERE!
YOUR REGISTRATIONS AND OUR SPONSORS PAY FOR THIS EVENT. THANK YOU FOR REGISTERING AND SUPPORTING OUR SPONSORS!!! WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO MAKE THE PARTY HAPPEN! IF YOU WANT TO JOIN US AND MISSED THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE HERE IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Announcing On Site Registration in Key West for Meeting of the Minds 2018
First you MUST be a Parrot Head Club member to attend MOTM. You know we verify EVERY club member who attends every year. This is an IRS requirement.

When we are in Key West our registration team DOES NOT have the ability to verify your club membership. Come to the registration area and fill out the special ”MOTM On-Site Registration / Virtual Club Membership form”. Please DO NOT join the Virtual Club before showing up to register on-site, as, again we will not be able to confirm your membership. Fill out the form at the Casa Marina, the registration cost is $90.00, the Virtual Club membership cost is $30.00, late fee is $30.00.
You will not get a free event t-shirt or gift bag when you on-site register. Remember we had to order that stuff in mid-September and you missed the deadline. Late Registration? $30.00 fee. Why? Because we want you to register before the deadline so we can prepare everything for you in advance. Registration is open for well over 9 months…We don’t want you to register late…this is only to help people who have a situation that did not allow a regular registration during the year. So, the cost to attend MOTM via late registration is $150.00 on-site. You will walk away with a personalized credential and wristband that allows you to attend all events at the Casa Marina and even ride the shuttle all over the island during the event.  Remember there is no free event shirt or gift bag with on-site registration but you are then ready to join your PHriends and see the show!!
If you want to register on site be sure to show up during regular registration hours as there are NO exceptions to these hours. We have an awesome registration crew that are all-volunteer and they need to enjoy MOTM too! On-site registration is during the normal registration hours of Thursday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM to noon, as well as Friday 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, and Saturday from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Remember you will be registering up front at the Casa Marina in the ballroom beside the lobby. No one will be able to enter the Casa Marina without a credential and wristband during MOTM when registration starts on Thursday.
$150.00 cash or credit card will be accepted for registration on-site during the hours listed above. Once again, after you register you will have everything you need to attend the entire event, ride the Parrot Head shuttle around Key West from the Casa Marina, and enjoy a membership in the Virtual Parrot Head Club for the balance of 2018. There are no exceptions to this process as this is just to help folks who need to use this method of registration. See you in Key West!
If you have a registration question please email Rick Fyffe directly at  rjfyffe1@ymail.com
WANT A ROOM AT THE CASA MARINA FOR MOTM 2018?
We have moved all of the Reach wait list to the Casa. There are currently 3 rooms open due to last minute cancellations. We have been sold out several times this year but there are some cancellations that happen at times.  Don’t delay if you want the best rate of the year at the Casa Marina. It is THE PLACE TO BE for MOTM…right on the beach surrounded by non-stop music for 5 days!
Every year we approach the event and there are always those “life gets in the way moments” that cause our friends to have to change their plans to attend our event. We all can relate to that and we always send our best wishes to those who cannot attend MOTM due to family emergencies and other things.
All that said there are currently several rooms available due to recent cancellations. We have move all of our Reach back up guest over to the Casa that wished to move. These rooms are available for you to book. If you are having any issue with the web booking please call the Casa Marina reservations directly in Key West to see if they can help you. We want to keep every room full as we have to pay for vacancy and we want a Parrot Head in EVERY room.
Here are the contacts to book a reservation for MOTM #27 at the Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort:
Booking code: ZZPAR1
Casa Marina In House Reservations: 1-305-296-3535 ext 6605
The 2018 MOTM dates are on the PHiP web site for use in booking your rooms right now!
MEETING OF THE MINDS 2018  ENTERTAINMENT UPDATE
If you have a look at the online schedule you will see Mac McAnally has been added to the Thursday night Peter Mayer Group set as a special guest. How many times do you get to see Peter and Mac twice or more in one week? Other Coral Reefers will be sitting in on all kinds of sets…MIke Utley is up for several sets, Robert Greenidge is back at MOTM! Doyle Grisham will be playing almost every day of the event! Jim and Brendan Mayer are gonna’ be in the house! Eric Darken is sitting in on several sets..on and on….For the first time the main stage will open on Wednesday night with two bands including the BIG BAMBOO BAND closing the night!  The entertainment gets even better as we approach the MOTM start date! Our artists are finishing new music for release during MOTM. People are talking about how you can see things on the Casa Marina stages that you will not see downtown. There is a reason for that! Registration is critical to pay for the event and make it happen every year. MOTM is a real bargain for the amount of entertainment you get on three stages. Stand by for any breaking news all the way to showtime! https://www.phip.com/meeting-schedule
DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE HALLOWEEN CONTEST ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE CASA MARINA!
Meeting of the Minds 2018 starts on Halloween this year and we are having a costume contest on the main stage during the stage break! At 8:00 PM we will be ready for YOU! This event will be hosted by a team of Radiomargaritaville DJ’s! Steve Huntington and JD Spradin will be working with the PHiP team led by Todd Donaldson to get Parrot Heads in costume on the main stage to make this one PHUN time!! There will be fabulous prizes brought to you by the Casa Marina! There are three categories: ‘Most Original,” “Best Jimmy Buffett Song Costume,” and finally “The Craziest Costume.” Start working on this NOW to have the maximum PHun! You can register for the contest early or at the stage at 7:00 PM on the night of the contest. Everyone needs to be registered by no later than 7:30 PM on Wednesday night October 31st to be on the stage! You can register early by sending an email to Captain Todd at donaldson1961@yahoo.com. YOU MUST BE REGISTERED FOR MOTM TO BE IN THE HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST!
RAFFLE BASKETS!! LAST CALL!! WE NEED YOUR BASKETS TO FUND OUR CHARITIES!!!
If you are shipping a basket it needs to arrive at the Casa by Oct. 29. If you are planning to deliver the basket, we need it delivered by Oct 31. This way we can get all the baskets displayed and ready for start of registration Thursday morning so everybody can see them. We will be unpacking baskets on Monday, Tuesday, and part of Wednesday until 4:00. Your basket needs to be display ready, because we will NOT have basket materials available. Please mark your baskets with club name and contents, because members ask who and what. We want to make sure your basket arrives and stays together, we recommend plastic bags from craft stores or plastic wrap from florists. If you are shipping your basket, please mark BASKET RAFFLE a few times on the box, because a lot of items are shipped to the CASA and we don’t want to miss yours. The address to ship to is: Joe Prorok/Raffle Chair, Parrot Heads in Paradise Inc., C/O Casa Marina Resort, 1500 Reynolds Street, Key West, Florida 33040. Any questions please email (joeandlorenebaskets@gmail.com).
BLOOD DRIVE!!! WE NEED YOU TO HELP MAKE THIS ONE IN 2018 THE BIGGEST EVER!!!
We’ve been approved for a 20th Anniversary MOTM Blood Drive shirt. The ONLY way you can get one is to donate a pint at our blood drive. We are running behind this year so there is a LIMITED window of opportunity to be guaranteed a shirt. Please make your appointment ASAP. The bloodmobiles will be sitting in front of the Casa on Seminole, Thursday, November 1st from 9 AM to 4 PM and on Friday, November 2nd from 9 AM to noon. Please note the blood drive contact email address:  Please send an email to MOTMBLOODDRIVE@AOL.COM with your name, your shirt size, the date, and the time you would like to donate. Special shout out to the Parrot Head Club of Eastern Massachusetts. They have reserved a bloodmobile for a club donation for the third time. This club and Fins of the Valley are the only two clubs in 19 years of MOTM blood drives to volunteer for a club donation. Who’s next? Blood donation is the “Ultimate Random Act of Kindness”, please help us with a pint this year. Jeff Hoffman, MOTM Service Chairperson
P.S. We will once again be collecting unwrapped toys for the Monroe County Salvation Army.
ZONTA WALK RUN 2018 REGISTRATION! JOIN TEAM PARROT HEAD TODAY!!
Register by October 19, 2018 and you will be entered into the Early Registration Drawing. The drawing will be done at the Zonta Walk/Run Registration Table at the Casa Marina on Thursday November 1, 2018. Winners will be notified. You do not have to be present to win!! There will be “Two Winners” of the Early Registration Drawings. Prizes! One $100 Visa Gift Card One Pandora Pink Ribbon Bracelet. Online early registration is $25 until 2 weeks before the race when the price increases to $30. The race is $35 to register in person the day of the race. Parrot Head Pre-registration on site: Casa Marina Resort, (outside the mini-mart) on Thursday November 1st 10am-2pm. The Zonta Club of Key West online registration link to participate in the 2018 ABC 5K Walk/Run is at: https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/KeyWest/ZontaABC5K
When asked if you are a parrot head, select “yes” and the drop down box will have a place for you to type the name of your parrot head club. Remember to put the complete name of your parrot head club on the registration form. Have questions? Click on the registration form then select “Race Info” Scroll down for “Race Contact Information.” Complete the form. We will answer your questions as quickly as possible! Visit the MOTM Zonta Walk/Run Team “Parrot Head” 2018 page for more information.  https://www.phip.com/meeting-zonta-walk
There will be another email or two before we get to Key West as needed… Things are very busy getting everything ready for you to have a BLAST at MOTM. The clock is ticking and we need you there to make this one BIG PARTY!
See ya down the road…real soon.
Andrew
Andrew Talbert
Parrot Heads in Paradise, Inc.
PHiP Director of Conventions
Meeting of the Minds
Key West, Florida  “We’re Still Here'”

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