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January is the time to renew your annual dues. All 2022 dues must be paid by
March 1. It doesn’t matter what month you joined because our dues are only
$10.00 per person and we do not pro-rate them.  There are three ways to pay your
Method 1 – Use our website to renew, Use the Click
here to Join or Renew picture (or click this link!) and follow the directions. You do
not fill out a form to renew. There is a 61 cent fee that you need to add to your
$10.00 for each membership being renewed. This is the fee to PayPal. Also, you
do not need to have a PayPal account. Any credit card can be used.
Method 2- Renew your membership through the mail. Send check to
Emerald Isle Parrot Heads
PO Box 4293
Emerald Isle, NC 28594-4293
Method 3- Pay your dues at the February 4 th Phlocking. January Phlocking is
Please remember that if dues are paid later than February 28, you will have to
rejoin the club and fill out the form again. Our data base is updated in March 1 to
reflect current paid memberships. Our club dues are lower than any other club.
After paying a small amount of each membership to the National Parrot Head
Club, we use the rest to run projects to help the community.

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



With Meeting Of The Minds getting ready to start up we are offering the opportunity for those that could not make the trip this year the opportunity to be a part of the scholarship raffle and have a chance at this great prize offered by one of our sponsors, Karisma Hotels and Resorts.  Tickets are 5 for $20 and you can send your payments for the tickets to  Tickets will be filled out for you and put in the raffle tub. You have until 2:00 pm on Saturday as the raffle will happen around 3PM at MOTM.  
You will have the chance to win this great prize: 
A 4-night stay for 2 adults to Margaritaville Island Reserve Cap Cana (Dominican Republic)
The Margaritaville Island Reserve Inclusive vacation includes in a lead-in category, all meals, beverages (alcoholic and non), non-motorized water sports, entertainment, taxes, gratuities and more!  Airfare and transfers to/from the local airport are not included. Terms: Prize trip is based on room and space availability, subject to black-out dates and limited to complimentary room allotment. Prize trip has no cash value, is non-transferrable and cannot be extended past the expiration date. Certificate is valid for one year from the event date, with travel to be completed by November 30, 2022.  Credit will not be given on any unused portions of the prize trip. Excludes any government and environmental fees – $30 per person/per night, payable at the resort.
You can check out this great resort and the other that they have to offer us parrot heads at
Contact Jay French of Ultimate Vacations at 913-248-0108 ext 3 if you want to book your trip to this or the other property that they have.
Good luck everyone and thank you in advance for your support to help us raise $10,000 and continue to give the scholarship away to our parrot heads or their children.
David Cohen

Secretary, Parrot Heads in Paradise, Inc.

2012 – 2021 Scholarship Chair
2013 – 2021 Scholarship Raffle Chair
2017- 2021 Mini Mart Chair

President’s Notes, September 2021

“Fallin’ for Fall!”

It’s time to fall in love with Fall all over again! Watching my favorite football teams, indulging in pumpkin spice lattes, snuggling up under my blankets with a good book,  and enjoying crisp walks and bike rides are just a few of my favorites. What does your list look like? Get inspired by being productive and  listing the things you look forward to this Autumn! While you’re at it, be sure to add to your list our October, November, and December monthly PHlockings held at the E-Club, beginning at 7 pm, on the first Friday of every month! We are always looking for new Parrot Heads and would love meeting you!

In addition, visit our website frequently! Although the monthly newsletter is emailed to members, there are times it can be easily missed or may get lost. The EIPHC website and calendar are updated routinely to include the “latest and greatest” news and events. Our Facebook page is another great source for information regarding EIPHC.

As we look forward to our future, we again say “Thank You” for hanging in here during this pandemic and helping us continue to be one of the largest Parrot Head Clubs and the best Parrot Head Club in the world! Every day brings us another opportunity to “Party with a Purpose” Y’all! Jan H., President


President’s Notes August 2021

We are facing a time that is full of  chaos and confusion. We send prayers to all who are in peril from events taking place all over the world.  Through this,  we’ll stay strong, stay positive and remain hopeful for a brighter day, a better time, and a new beginning.

This morning, while on my porch, the sun rose in its majestic beauty , a gentle breeze played against my face, a tiny green hummingbird happily zoomed by, and my hibiscus showed off its 4 giant ruby red blossoms.  Each of these things validated for me that even in hard times, Life is Good.

Likewise, EIPHC will strive to make our events and surroundings as good as they can be through the times we have together.  It starts Labor Day weekend with Rick Lamb and The Phin Addicts.  We are fortunate to have Rick and his talented and seasoned group of musicians come and spend time with us! They have entertained Parrot Head groups and Trop Rock fans from coast to coast and internationally since 2007.  Scott Nickerson, a life long musician and founder of the Atlanta Parrot Head Club, as well as the non-profit organization, Parrot Heads in Paradise, is also joining Rick as a member of the band!  We are guaranteed an outstanding trop rock experience! “Life is Good” when you Party with a Purpose! Visit our website for details at  Fins up ya’ll, Jan H. President

The latest edition of the PHIP Newsletter is now online!!!

Good morning Parrot Heads,

The latest edition of the PHIP Tradewind Times is now on the website.  You can go to this link:  to view it.  Or you can always go to the PHIP website, and click on the Chapters section and scroll down and select the Tradewind Times.

In this issue:  Rob Hill presents the full musical schedule for Meeting of the Minds, a Texan laments the lack of Buffett concerts in his home state this year and ponders what if Buffett had moved to Texas in the 1970s. (It isn’t as far fetched as you think), we have everything you need to know about the three upcoming club contests, and we provide links to a dozen upcoming club events.

President’s Notes July 2021


A big whopping “Thank You” and “Couldn’t do it without you” goes to our valued volunteers! This note is dedicated directly to YOU.  The EIPHC Board each year spends endless hours planning and working to make our dreams come true.  All members on the Board take their jobs seriously and represent the backbone of this club!

Big Birds are amazing as they plan and manage the monthly Phlockings. Some Big Birds become famous for strategically organizing our marvelous yearly events. Now, take a moment to think about those serving on committees, peddling T-shirts and raffle tickets, soliciting for donations and sponsors, working with vendors, providing and distributing media, developing and maintaining technical support, registering participants, being card sharks and Santa helpers, making floats, cleaning up highways and community projects and the list goes on and on and on!

Please keep this “Thank You Note” in mind as you attend our events. When you see volunteers doing their thing, stop and thank them. Let them know that we appreciate their smiles, enthusiasm. and hard work! Ask them how you can become a volunteer too! Even with no pay, it’s a great job!

I’ll see you guys Friday, August 6, at our Phlocking to celebrate the 19th year anniversary of EIPHC and then again Saturday, August 7, at our 17th Beach Bike Poker Run! Can’t wait! Visit our website for details. Fins Up! Jan H. President