All posts by Jan Hicks

BEER & BASEBALL BUS TOUR! SAVE THE DATE!

On JUNE 13, 2020, the Emerald Isle Parrot Heads and PHriends will be on the road again to Kinston, NC! First stop is Mother Earth Brewery for great beer and cool company, second is Grainger Stadium for a private party with Wood Ducks baseball, food, drinks and the return of RICK LAMB AND THE PHINN-ADDICTS BAND.  Ya’ll don’t want to miss this so mark your calendars now.  Let’s fill up the buses! Details to follow.

President’s Notes September 2019

Hey Y’all! Hope you are having a phine time of year where we’re still having phun in the sun! I want to share with you my recent adventure to Myrtle Beach. A few of us EIPHC members visited the Throw Back Shell Party . It’s amazing when you can visit other clubs and experience so much in common and enjoy such a great time together. Eleven states were represented with 275 crazy parrot heads attending We loved mingling around the pool with pholks just like us who know how to party with a purpose! We made new phriends, took lots of pictures and contributed to the silent auction, the raffle, and donations! That’s how we roll! They raised lots of money for their charity and enjoyed doing it! Next year, we’ll plan to do this again with you!

That being said, we are all in it to win it! There’s no other organization like this one! Never was, never will be! Don’t you want to be a part of this? If so, come to the next phlocking on Friday October 4, at the E-Club or visit us at www.emeraldisleparrotheads.com. and become a member. Let’s “Party with a Purpose!.” See you soon, Jan

 

UPDATE ON HURRICANE NEEDS

9/10/19 – First of all, thanks to all of you who have donated items, money and volunteer time in support of our efforts to help the victims of our recent storm. As always, we can count on you to jump in with both feet running.
As you know, there are ever-changing conditions and needs on Ocracoke. The Market at Cedar Point has asked that you view their Facebook page for updated lists of items needed. Do not bring clothes, water, etc., to the Drop Off Point as they are no longer being collected. Mary will post later today on their Facebook Page the new updated list which is in addition to their posted list yesterday. She indicated that she will keep everyone up to date as much as possible and to stay tuned. Please view these lists on the Facebook Page, The Market at Cedar Point. She will be open every day and if no one is there, she has instructed us to leave the items on the covered porch of The Market.

In addition, I have attached an excerpt from a newspaper article found from Ocracoke’s community newspaper “The Ocracoke Observer.”
Ocracoke post-Dorian day four (Sept. 9, 2019) has specific needs post Hurricane Dorian.
We set up an email for this purpose and please respond as to your availability to supply any of these items. That email is ocracokedisasterrelief@gmail.com and please be patient. Someone will respond as soon as possible.
Please respond as to your availability to supply these items but do not purchase them until you’ve heard back from us with an OK. We will get back to you as to how to get them here.
Although the needs list is large, right now the following are specific critical Ocracoke needs:
Floor squeegees
Gatorade
Flashlights, including headlamps, and batteries of all sizes
Tupperware-type plastic containers
Totes—medium and large
Battery-powered fans
Commercial floor fans
Propane cookstoves
Extension cords
Carpet knives, nail pullers
Tyvek suits
Boot socks
Tarps
5-W-30 oil for generators—lots of it.
Mops, rakes, shovels, hammers
Chain saws
Generators
Dehumidifiers

Also, EIPHC Board has voted to contribute cash, from the amount of funds we now have on hand, and will be making a considerable contribution later to Ocracoke and the Bahamas. More news on that later! Stay safe everyone. Hope to see you soon and thank you again for all that you do and continue to do! Jan H. Pres.

President’s Notes August 2019

WHO ARE WE? Of course, we are fans of Jimmy Buffett, singer, songwriter, author and businessman. But, being a Parrot Head is so much more. It’s a state of mind! Age has nothing to do with it. We love the lifestyle, the party, the ocean, the sunshine, and a relaxed sense of freedom. It allows us to express our feelings and creativity, in whatever manner we choose, to escape from life’s rat race into our own little tropical paradise, if only for a little while.

WE ARE EVERYWHERE! You probably know a few of us and don’t even realize it. Parrot Heads are business owners, doctors, sales reps, lawyers, bankers, police officers, college students, bartenders, musicians, carpenters, grandparents, and maybe even your neighbor. We come from all walks of life! Through our common interests, we come together to support causes in every area of our surrounding communities.

AND, WE OFFER GREAT BENEFITS! The Emerald Isle Parrot Head Club and all parrot head clubs are open to anyone with the tropical spirit and the desire to contribute positively to the betterment of their little corner of the world. Our events offer us opportunities to “Party with a Purpose” among old and new friends! Visit our website at www.emeraldisleparrotheads.com to learn more and become a part of this PHUN group! See you soon! Jan Hicks

President’s Notes July 2019

17th Anniversary, Alive and Well!

While some of you reading this article were young children when this club began in 2002, others of you were here getting it started! Imagine how different we and the surrounding areas would be without it…no charity events and fundraisers, no area cleanups, no phlockings, and no new parrot head friends! Need I say more? It’s easy to see the importance of keeping the Parrot Head Nation and EIPHC active and strong for generations to come.

We are way beyond just partying together!  We reap the benefits of having young and old (oldish) birds working together to form a strong force with common goals that benefit everyone! Like Jimmy, we love flip flops, the ocean, our walks in the sand, soaking up the sun and breathing the salty air.  We all realize life is good and meant to be appreciated.  We take responsibility for the welfare of the beautiful people and treasures surrounding us and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve them! Come join us this weekend at the E-Club for our Friday Phlocking on 8/2 at 7 pm and Anniversary Party on Sunday 8/4 at l pm and raise your glass as we continue to “pass the torch” and “party with a purpose!” Together let’s reminisce about the past as we look forward to the future! Jan Hicks

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA” JULY PHLOCKING

Yes, it’s our great nation’s birthday the week of our phlocking set for Friday, July 5, at the E-Club, Emerald Isle, NC, beginning at 7 p.m. There’s no better way to celebrate than with a party thrown by our phlock as we “Party with a Purpose!” Lots of fun is in store, including free food and music provided by Matt and a couple of way-out wacky games for those who love to win prizes! Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle are going to Fairways for Warriors, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission statement is to support combat wounded warriors to help with their physical and emotional rehabilitation. This is accomplished by using the fun and challenging sport of golf. Funds raised by EIPHC will be designated for combat veterans and their families in Onslow and Carteret Counties. Visit their website at www.fairwaysforwarriors.org to learn more. Our new club t-shirts will be making their debut but won’t last long, so hurry up and buy one! Cindy New, Big Bird, has a July 5 birth date so come wish her a happy birthday as well! Let’s do this!

President’s Notes June 2019

“One Particular Harbor,” it’s a magic kind of medicine that no doctor could prescribe!

The harbor is right here and EIPHC contributes to its magic each year! Our membership continues to grow as we welcome new members and invite them to get involved in our many projects. Our fundraising efforts have magnified with the help from our wonderful and giving membership and the support of our surrounding community. We are something special because we love to party, give our time and money to the people who live around us and need our help, and do it with enthusiasm! The next few months will be busy so be sure to read your newsletter and mark your calendar. You won’t want to miss a thing!

Now into July we go with visions of making 2019 the best year ever, and we’ll continue to do what we do best, “Party with a Purpose!” I hope to celebrate America’s birthday with you at the PHAbulous PHLocking on July 5, beginning at 7 p.m., at the E-Club! See you there! Jan H.

President’s Notes May 2019

“IF WE COULDN’T LAUGH, WE WOULD ALL GO INSANE!” So true from every perspective and especially at our 16th Annual Beach Bike Poker Run. We laughed and even cackled, yet some of us still went insane. What a great day of making history! We’re donating $20,000 to Semper Fi Fund Kids Camp, bringing the total funding from EIPHC since 2014 to $67,050 to help change the lives of military children.

This is a huge event and I love watching it unfold every year. I’m so excited that it’s hard to reign in everything I want to share with you! Let’s start by throwing out a few facts you may not know. The day started with a clean-up crew at the E-Club at 7 a.m., giving everything outside a thorough cleaning from top to bottom, arranging furniture, posting signs and much more! The day progressed with folks selling t-shirts, registering our guests, preparing and selling raffle tickets, judging bikes, gathering and selecting winning poker hands, and assisting with the silent auction and door prizes. Card sharks were everywhere greeting the players, monitoring the poker cards and making sure folks had a good time. Also, behind the scenes and well before the event date, volunteers were generating donations, making deliveries, running errands, sorting and packaging silent auction items, making copies, designing and putting out signs, and lots more! While this is not an all-inclusive list, it should give you an idea of why I am so proud to be a part of this A+ team of over 65 volunteers! We couldn’t make this event a reality without their huge commitment and active contribution!

Bear with me just a little longer. Our surrounding community also stepped up to the plate and supported us and our cause in every way possible with 8 establishments participating in the run, 21 businesses graciously serving as corporate sponsors, and 48 local business and individuals donating cash, door prizes, and silent auction items! Our phlock is fortunate to be located among such a caring family of businesses and individuals in our area. They make us look good!

And finally, I want to thank all of you who showed up for the event, brought your bicycle, spent your money, shared your smile and experienced a good time with new and old friends during your ride! I hope each one of you will join us again next year where we can start this madness all over again! Hope to see you soon at our next event! Take care and continue to “Party with a Purpose!” Jan Hicks