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President’s Notes October 2020

First, Happy Halloween! Can’t believe we are looking at the end of October and are about to enter November and Thanksgiving!

With all  the negativity going on in the news, now’s the time for you and your PHLOCK to party and plan some real PHUN this Thanksgiving! Here’s some tips for children or for childish adults like us in making this one special:

  • Be sure to “have a moment” at the beginning of the meal to offer up a simple prayer or reflection. Remember those who are no longer with you and welcome those who are new to the crew. Perhaps everyone can take a turn to say one thing they’re especially grateful for. This is a heartfelt, sincere, and ultimately childlike way to bring everyone to a similar mindset as you gather together. Ignore the eye rolls and enjoy the moment.
  • We love to dress up according to a theme. Clothes are an easy way to express enthusiasm for the moment at hand. If you’re on the conservative side, now’s the time to splurge on those 99-cent turkey socks or dig through the closet to find autumn-colored clothes. On the other end of the spectrum, you could pick up a turkey hat. Don’t miss the chance to show your true colors. Could it get a bit ridiculous? Of course.
  • Football is a big part of the Thanksgiving tradition for many families. But you don’t have to leave all the fun to the pros. Invite folks to play a family/friend game, something that crosses generations and involves everyone. A few favorites to think about are cornhole, spoons, flag football, kickball, hot potato, Pictionary, bingo, and Apples for Apples. 

These are just a few ideas.  You’ll find lots of ways to celebrate online.  Be sure to feast on some Jimmy Buffett tunes while you’re at it, read what’s happening in your November edition of the EIPHC Newsletter, and follow our website emeraldisleparrotheads.com  and Facebook page to so you can “Party With a Purpose.” Happy Thanksgiving Phriends! Jan H., President

SAVE THE DATES December 4—13, 2020

Started in 2018, in lieu of the annual Island Santa Bar Crawl, this year we are inviting club members to organize & host your own themed dinner/cocktail parties to benefit Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina. You select the theme, menu, guest list, venue…and get ready to “party with a purpose.”!

HOW:

  • Select a party date between Friday, Dec. 4 – Sunday, Dec. 13. Register by clicking here: EIPHC Party Registration

  • Once submitted, an individual fundraising page will be set up for each party and a sharable link will be provided to each host.

  • Select a “theme” and invite your guests! Costumes are encouraged!!  Whether you go with traditional festive attire or a crazy & wacky theme – it’s totally up to you! Just have phun with it.

  • Be sure to let your guests know they can make a donation on your fundraising page by sharing the link along with the invitation (or they can choose to bring a check payable to Make-A-Wish Eastern NC to the party.) Share your party photos on the EIPHC Facebook Page!

WHY:

Wishes are waiting! By supporting Make-A-Wish ENC,
we are giving local children
renewed strength to fight their critical illnesses, bringing
families closer together and uniting entire communities.  Right now— there are 8  kids from Carteret County who need our help! Let’s have some phun and grant some wishes this holiday season!

AWARDS:

Based on the *photos submitted, judges will select winners for the top three themed parties! Each winning host will receive a bonus donation to be added to their fundraising total. The host with the highest fundraising total will receive the “Grand Santa’s Helper” award. All winners will be announced Live on Facebook on Monday, Dec. 14. (Businesses & individual hosts will be judged separately)

*More details  on how/where to share your party photos coming soon!

Event  T-Shirts
Event T-shirts will be available SOON for pre-order online @ $20 per shirt, long sleeve, soft  cotton, event logo on back. :

START PLANNING NOW by clicking here: EIPHC Party Registration

 

PHLASH PHLOCKING UPDATE! OCTOBER 24 AT 4 PM!

PHLASH PHLOCKING STILL A GO!!! Location changed to 104 Golphin Dolphin Drive, Cape Carteret, NC

Concert featuring DJ ROUSE OF BB&B, THE MIGHTY SAINTS OF SOUL, AND JIM QUICK & THE COASTLINE BAND starting at 5 pm. Gates open at 4 pm. $15 per person or $50 for truck/carload of 6 (Cash Only).  Coolers and lawn chairs are welcomed but no glass bottles allowed. Moore’s BBQ trailer will be on site.  We suggest that parrot heads show up and show off with decorated vehicles and  tropical/parrot head clothing, etc.  You get the picture.  While it’s not a Buffett Concert, it may be the next best thing!  (Venue located in yard next to Ribeyes)

President’s Notes September 2020

Now Fall has arrived and it’s time to pick the perfect pumpkin, beware of candy corn, turn off your air conditioner, raise the windows, put the bathing suit away and pull out your old warm sweaters and sweatpants! You can enjoy the cool crisp air and the leaves dressed in orange, red, and yellow.  Fall is a wonderful time of the year!  Make the most of it with your PHamily and PHriends and be thankful!

Though it has been a tough year for the Parrot Heads, nothing has dampened our spirits and our ability to make people who are strangers into PHriends, work together in community service, join in charitable contributions and assist in community based ventures. This has been demonstrated on many levels by many individuals and businesses. We remain a “Phlock” locked together by our love for one another and our surroundings. Thank you to all involved!

Be sure to join us for the October PHlash PHlocking, the Trolley Car Happy Hour in November, and a virtual Santa Crawl Dinner/Party in December.  Details on these events can be found in our Newsletter as well as by visiting www.emeraldisleparrotheads.com and on our Facebook page. I appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to organize and manage these events.  As you know, sometimes unforeseen things get in the way and our best-laid plans are no longer. We will try hard to keep you up to date!  Miss you much! Remember to “Party with a Purpose” every chance you get! Jan H, President

ATTENTION PLEASE! YOU CAN HELP SALLY HURRICANE VICTIMS!

The Swansboro Rotary Club is collecting donations to fill a 58 ft. tractor trailer for victims in Alabama of the Cat 2 Hurricane.  The storm flooded neighborhoods, submerged homes, and left thousands without power. So many came from far away to help us out following Florence and this presents us with an opportunity to “give back.”  The donations will be shipped on Friday to Baldwin County, near Gulf Shores of Alabama.

Jason Holland of Movement Mortgage AT 309 MANGROVE DRIVE (K&V SHOPPING CTR) has volunteered his office for collection of the donated goods beginning today September 21 through Thursday at 12 noon.  All goods donated by EIPHC will be loaded and transferred  to the Rotary Club Thursday afternoon. Please be sure you bring your items before noon on Thursday, September 23.  Here is the list: Collections officials ask that water and clothes are NOT DONATED.

ITEMS THAT CAN BE DONATED AT MOVEMENT MORTAGE:  Peanut butter and Jelly, toothpaste, contractor bags, ziploc bags, diapers, tarps,  paper products, bug spray, button nails,  dog food, cat food, disinfectant supplies, baby wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, D and C batteries, flashlights.

Come on Parrot Heads, let’s spread the love….

PHLASH PHLOCKING! OCTOBER 24 AT 4 PM!

WHERE: CEDAR POINT MUSIC PAVILION (located on Old Hwy 58)

34 NORTH is presenting a fundraiser for E-Club/34 North Tap Room  at the new outdoor drive inn concert featuring DJ ROUSE OF BB&B, THE MIGHTY SAINTS OF SOUL, AND JIM QUICK & THE COASTLINE BAND starting at 5 pm. Gates open at 4 pm. $15 per person or $50 for truck/carload of 6 (Cash Only).  Moore’s BBQ trailer will be on site.  We suggest that parrot heads show up and show off with decorated vehicles and  tropical/parrot head clothing, etc.  You get the picture.  While it’s not a Buffett Concert, it may be the next best thing!

HIGHWAY PICKUP EVENT-THIS SATURDAY, SEPT 19!!!

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN,  SAT., SEPT. 19,  11AM, E-CLUB PARKING LOT!!! Our phriend, Jean Jensen, is back and he’s ready for our help picking up litter and whatever else shows up as trash on our stretch of Hwy 58.  So let’s get to work and do our best to make this a fast and easy project to beautify our community. Jean has the tools, bags and gloves but you may also bring your own if you prefer.  Thanks phlock!  Let’s see how many bags we can gather!

 

 

 

President’s Notes August 2020

Greetings! Here we are at the end of August and remain in a “holding pattern!”  Since March,  we have cancelled all in-person events, meetings and phlockings, except for our two beach cleanup events which had limited attendance. Although the DIVA Walk remains on the calendar in October, it depends on the state of the Pandemic at that time as to how it will be held and if it can be held.  Same thing goes for the Santa Crawl in December.  Our float plans are scratched and that about sums it up to date.

Question: Is there something brighter on the horizon?

Answer: We’re working on it! The Board is meeting  in September. We’ll be searching ways that our members can come together to support our local charities, business owners and musicians, while continuing to put health and safety first.  As you know, social distancing is not an easy thing for Parrot Heads! Our plans will be based on existing safety guidelines, members’ comfort levels and choices while still maintaining club activity. News and events will continue to be announced in your Newsletter and posted on social media and email. Please bear with us phriends while we continue to wait out this storm. We will “Party with a Purpose” again! Phins up! Jan H