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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

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….

3rd Quarter Edition of the Tradewind Times is now on line

 

Hope all are safe and well!
The next edition of the PHIP newsletter is now online.  You can view it by going to this link
Or you can always go to the PHIP website, https://www.phip.com/, then go to the PHIP/Club/Chapter page and scroll down to the Tradewind Times.
This edition includes information on some special PHIP benefits, a contest, raffles and an auction for members only.
Keep posting ideas for getting your club members together and supporting your charities during this difficult time.  Be sure and post when and if you reschedule events that were postponed or cancelled.
Take care – can’t wait for the end of the virus and for 2021 to come around!
Sally Spenny
PHIP Tradewind Times Editor
San Antonio Parrot Head Club

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

President’s Notes July 2020

Uh oh! It’s July 31, 2020 and I am just now sending you a note from the Prez! Better to arrive late than not arrive! You and I are still waiting to fly from our nests and join the rest of our phlock! That day is coming and don’t give up! As Jimmy said in a recent interview:

“There will be an end to this, that we know,” he says. “I plan to be there and as I tell everybody, that show, whenever it is and wherever it is, that’s going to be one hell of a show. And then we’re just going to keep going.”

This is exactly the spirit needed to continue to do what we do best as a club. We can’t solve all our problems or agree on everything, but we can continue to be friendly, accepting and giving. It’s time to chill, take a breath and calm the high seas by enjoying those around us,  appreciating and recognizing magical moments, and looking for the “silver linings.” Our phlock is strong and filled with amazing people with kind souls who rock!

Although we postpone or cancel our events, I encourage you to keep looking forward and be ready when we’re able to finally get together!  Every day we are closer to when we can “party with a purpose” and until then… stay strong! Missing you, Jan H.

 

PHlockers Magazine for July 2020 is Here!!!!

 

Good Morning Parrotheads! Check out this months PHlockers magazine featuring Jim Asbell and the Tropiholics!

Enjoy the read!!!

 

Fins Up!

Billy Brehm

President, Parrot Heads in Paradise, Inc.
President,Chicago Parrothead Club

President’s Notes, June 2020

“Every Day is Once in a Lifetime!”

This new song written and performed by Mac McAnally, tenured member of Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, is a real winner! What a great way to look at life. We’re all experiencing a time in which we expect one thing, but often get something different. Sometimes it’s hard to appreciate our current circumstances when it’s not at all what we envisioned. However, today only happens once in a lifetime, so why not make the best of it? We won’t have the opportunity ever again!

This thought comes to mind when our club events are carefully planned and only days later cancelled or postponed. We ask, when can we phlock? When can we play together? When can we work together? Although we don’t have the answers, these facts remain clear. We’re still here, we still have each other, and we’re still trying! Every day is a once in a lifetime experience and when we get that one day when the stars are aligned and it all goes as planned, it will be one “whale” of an experience. “Party with a Purpose” remains on our agenda! Hang in there!

Hope you all are doing well and looking after yourselves and others. Remember to Live every moment, Love beyond words, and Laugh every day until we meet again! Jan H., President