All posts by Jan Hicks



As a member of the Emerald Isle Parrot Head Club*, you are invited to attend EIPHC’s PHLUFF UP THE PHLOCK annual membership meeting at 4 pm on Sunday, January 23. If you are interested in joining us by virtual ZOOM, see below for Zoom Invite instructions.  If you decide to join us “IN PERSON,” the PHluffing will be held at the home of Lois Gray at 6717 Ocean Dr., Emerald Isle, NC, and pre-registration is unnecessary. There is plenty of meeting space and an elevator available. The focus of the meeting is to elect our 2022 Board members and Members at Large and to plan our events and monthly phlockings for the New Year!  This is your opportunity to serve on the Board, volunteer for a “Big Bird” position, be a committee member, suggest a new event or just VOICE your opinion! Our BYLAWS contain the description and qualification for each position and can be reviewed at on the MENU entitled “Membership.” Be advised that our meeting is casual and open-minded. New and fresh ideas are welcomed!

The positions are voted upon yearly as follows and will include the incumbent(s) if they wish to remain in office:



Vice President




Members at Large:

Activities Director(s)

Membership Director(s)

Technology Director

Communications Director

In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to review the Annual Report for year ending 2021, prepared by Betty Strader, Secretary, which includes all events, the hours of service by volunteers and all funds donated to charities throughout 2021. This report and membership dues are required by our national club, Parrot Heads in Paradise “PHIP” in January of each year, to be officially and nationally recognized as a club chapter member.

We are looking forward to seeing you.  Come ready to “PHluff up your PHeathers” by contributing to this NEW YEAR of 2022!

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President’s Notes December 2021

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! The 2021 Island Santa Bar Crawl was a stunning success! We will be presenting a check to Make a Wish, Eastern North Carolina, for $30,350! As President, I am humbled by the generosity of all who participated in this weekend celebration! The weather was beautiful, and your support was enormous. I am so thankful for the opportunity to see you all every year. Please keep coming! I would like to take a moment of your time and share with you the volunteers who made this happen!

Big Birds, Moh Traini and Jimi Crampton, for their endless hours of dedication and service to this project. Moh claims that she is only a gopher, but we all know that is not true. She is vital to “getting the job done!”

Matt Morel, owner of the Emerald Club, and Paul Musco, owner of 34 North Bar of Cedar Point, for their time and money invested and the great service provided by their staff. These two venues were critical to the success of the weekend!

Will & Tony Show for donating their talents in providing free rocking tunes throughout the 34 North event

Kathy Ruge for sharing her “Birthday Celebration Wishes” donations.

Georgia Ricks for the “Wish Your Way Fundraising” at her Annual Christmas Bash.

Each of the Bloody Mary Makers and their contributing supporters. We learned a new way to “Party with a Purpose.”

Jason Holland, our talented and fearless auctioneer, and all who assisted him.

Donors of door prizes and priceless items to the crawl raffle and live auction, including the Swag of Adams Distributors.

Joel Dunn and Carl Rauchenburg for the technology involved in making online registration possible.

James Hicks, my dear husband for his moral support from beginning to end, with at least 10 trips to the storage room, hauling me and my STUFF back and forth.

Maggie Rauschenberg and all of those who helped her with the registration of over 350 participants.

Rita Babich and our raffle teams.

Carol Lauback for detailed financial tracking and Cris Lauback for his excellent photographing of the weekend events.

Our fabulous 7 stops, Surf’s Up, Trading Post, Beach Bums, Shark’s Den, Island Time Tavern, The Growler and Gaffer’s, for allowing us to be crazy while we partied, and for their caring and patient staff.

So many “behind the scenes” volunteers for copying, cutting, running errands, putting up and taking down signs, assisting at the “big ticket raffle” and the “live auction,” distributing literature, and more!

The EIPHC Board is grateful to each of these volunteers who collectively contributed over 100 hours of service to the weekend events and for MAW. It is comforting to know that children and their families will see their wishes come true as a result of our efforts. Job well done everyone! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Phins Up Ya’ll! Jan H, President

President’s Notes November 2021


Represents Merry Christmas from the Island people in Hawaii. Did you know this song was made popular by Bing Crosby, the Andrew Sisters and Jimmy Buffett? Over time, Christmas songs are sung again and again, in the “new, old-fashioned way!” No matter what our age, when we hear them, we can’t help but sing along! Same thing happens with decorations! When we bring out the tree and hang our precious ornaments, we begin to remember past Christmases, filled with loved ones, lost and present, and are thankful.

In a world full of stress and anxiety, it’s time to search for things that help you celebrate the magic of Christmas. Whether its socially, spiritually, or just doing the unexpected, adjust your thoughts, appreciate what you do have, and go out and enjoy this holiday season! I know I am!

Hope to see you for the Santa Crawl for a weekend of phun benefiting Make-A-Wish, Eastern North Carolina, December 3 – 5. Visit our website or Facebook for additional info. This is a great way to MAKE YOURSELF HAPPY! Peace and Love Y’all! Jan H, President


Emerald Isle Christmas Parade Float,  November 27! Come ready to ride or walk at 12 noon.

Anyone interested in riding or walking along side the float, join us at  ” BR’s” at 7802 Sound Drive, Emerald Isle, NC  at 12 noon.  There’s plenty of “bling” in the storage room for last minute decorating or bring some with you. Christmas music will be provided.  Bring your own lawn chairs or cushions to ride the 24-foot float or walk along side.   We strongly urge that you come dressed in your favorite Christmas costume or Parrot Head gear. Some candy (please consider bringing a bag) and beads will be available for tossing. Come show your support for EIPHC and Emerald Isle! The parade officially starts at 2 pm.



It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Come to the Emerald Club dressed in your PHinest and Phavorite Christmas pajamas. Prizes will be given to the most outstanding PJ’s. Shout out to Matt and the E-Club for free food and live music! Stash some cash for the 50/50 raffle benefiting Make-A-Wish, Eastern NC.

PS: If you have not yet registered for the Santa Crawl you can register at the PHlocking for  $20.