March 2013 Newsletter

FEBRUARY 25, 2013

March Edition

ParrotsEmerald Isle Parrot Head Club Inc.



Get ready for this month’s PHlocking by digging out the best Irish/Green outfit you can find and make your way to the Emrerald Club as we have officially proclaimed this month St. Patty’s Month (and the trees, grass and bushes should be greening up also to acknowledge the favorite color of Emerald Isle) so lets start the month off right!   There will be some Irish music, fun and games to help get you in the mood.   Bonnie Forkey and company will be getting us all in the mood and has a few tricks up her green sleeve.

Everybody is gearing up for our next big showing at our Parrot Head booth at the Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Day Festival.  We’ll have lots of bling and decorations, info on the Club and what we do, a Riff Raff Raffle with a variety of donated items from generous local merchants and Parrot Heads, and of course all the proceeds of this will be donated to charity.  This year’s charity will be the Carteret County Domestic Violence Shelter . I ‘spect you’ll also see Party-On the Parrot running around, and you can get your picture taken in our giant pirate cut out.  Stop on by and join in the fun at our booth and take in a great festival with something for everyone.  The Town does an amazing job at putting this whole event together and it shouldn’t be missed.

Our February PHriday PHlocking celebrated Mardi Gras with folks pouring into the Emerald Club in costume and bringing in all kinds of gumbos, beignets, and other tasty treats related to Mardi Gras (even a King Cake; Leanna scored the baby) to party in true New Orleans style.  Our PHlocking Committee made sure there were plenty of beads and masks to go around, people came dressed to carry on, and pumped up the good times and laughter with teams of PHlockers doing their best to dress up one member in the rowdiest Mardi Gras outfit; thankfully, few pictures of this survived.

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After a spirited game, Lee Summer Williams and George Brumbelow were ceremoniously crowned mini-marshmallow catching queen and king.

Our own Bobbie Raub DJ’d the event with an infusion of Zydeco music to keep everybody cranking with good tunes, and a 50/50 raffle was held with winner Carl Rauschenburg donating back his 50% of the take to the Salvation Army who was the chosen charity for the mini raffle.  Parrot Heads… generous and fun loving as can be!

Don’t forget to check out page 2 and print out  all the dates for upcoming Parrot Head events.

WHAT’S UP NEXT? (print this out and hang it up!!)

March 1st (Friday) First Friday PHlocking:  7:30 at the Emerald Club.  We will have 4EverAll playing, some food and games. Bonnie Forkey and her crew have lined up some fun, all geared around St. Patty’s Day (or is it St. Patty’s Month) so come prepared and dress in your best green and Irish outfit.  The Green is not only for St. Patty’s Day but to welcome Spring to Emerald Isle.  Food by Eddie of Piggly Wiggly.

March 2nd (Saturday) Hoop Pole Creek Clean-Up for the NC Coastal Federation , 10-12 in Atlantic Beach   –   We have a group of about 15 of us going but there is always room for more. Sign up at the PHlocking or send me an email at  We hope to do a little car pooling and go out to lunch after.

March 7 th – (Thurs) 7-9 PM Oyster Roast, Hannah’s Haus, Beaufort .Support the N.C. Coastal Federation with local oysters and great beer, both provided at Hannah’s Haus in Beaufort. There is no cost for this event, but donations for beer and oysters will go directly to the Federation. A special Federation membership will be offered during the event, so bring your friends. Volunteers are needed at the Federation’s membership table and at the oyster tables. Contact Sarah Phillips at to help.

March 16th  (Saturday) –   Emerald Isle St. Patty’s Festival   We usually do what we call a Riff Raff Raffle and folks purchase tickets that they then put in a basket in front of whatever they want to win. We ask for donations from our Parrot Head members and local businesses.  Money raised goes to a pre selected local charity.

We now have all the shifts filled but we are still looking for items.  Please let me know if you  think you can get a donation from a favorite vendor. We still need about  8 more items.  Hope to see you at our booth in front of Ellies Gift shop.  Proceeds from the raffle will go to  the Carteret County Domestic Violence Program .

April 6th (Saturday) Annual Scavenger Hunt  –  Details coming soon but mark your calendar and start lining up a team of 4.  We need help with this event so if you are not up to the challenge, come on and help us plan and run the event. It is a hoot!  (or should I say Squawk??)

April 11th (Thursday) 6 PM  New Member Social at Senor Dicks in Cedar Point  –  Old and new get to mingle and chat and learn more about the Parrot Head Club.  The Club will be providing Pizza and snacks, there is a full bar, plenty of space to stand and sit.  At 8 PM Hector will be playing some tunes for those who stay.  Often times it is hard to chat at a PHlocking, this will give you a chance to get to know folks better.  RSVP (old and new ) to Sue Stone  at or sign up at the PHlocking.

April 13th (Saturday) Adopt a Highway Pick up –Meet at 11 am at the Emerald Club.  Sign up at the PHlocking or contact Jean Jensen at .  There should be a lot of visability with the bridge construction so be sure to wear something suitable for Parrot Heads, hats, shirts etc.

May 18th (Saturday) – Save the Date for the Beach Bike Poker Run. This is the biggest event of the year and we need all the help we can get so make sure you mark your calendar and stay tuned for details.  If you can’t participate in the actual ride, please remember we need card sharks stationed at each of our stops.

HELP WANTEDWe need 3-4 people willing to work for 1 hour at PHlockings.  If we get 3 people, you would only work 1 hour every 3 months!  We also need someone to keep track of inventory and reorder when necessary.  John Dyer has just ordered new shirts and they are in but he is  taking on a new role with the technology part of our club and we need a new Point Person for Shirts. Please consider helping us out. We have almost 300 members, we should be able to get some help for this. CLUB T-SHIRTS:    March PHlocking from 7:30  – 8:30 only….so come and buy early.   There is an assortment of colors, first come, first serve!  Available to Club members only!  

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For the March PHlocking,  you need to find Ken Stone to  pick up your free birthday “gift” to help you celebrate.  In the meantime, please wish the following  March Birthday birds a happy birthday. Coupon may only be used at the birthday month PHlocking.

March 1           Ronna Kennedy

March 1           Everette K. Grissom

March 3           Carol Poe

March 4           Joy Bailey

March 6           Wade Viverette

March 8           Debra Bejcek

March 8           Kathy Pope

March 9           Mary Passey

March 11         Suzanne Lindley

March 13         Patricia Kennedy

March 14         Gene Harmande

March 14         Joy Musser

March 17         Beverly Stenzel

March 18         Austin Davis

March 19         Ed Palilonis

March 20         Kim Bennett

March 21         Russ Johnston

March 23         Carolyn Fowle

March 23         Betty Strader

March 27         Lanny Thomas

March 28         April Hardee

March 30         Julia Weber

March 31         Will Ashby


Please make sure you take the time to look for, and meet our newest members.  We have a  “special designation” ( a colorful flowered lei) for new Parrot Heads to wear at their first PHlocking so it will be easier to spot them for introductions.  If you are new, find  Sue Stone or Kathy Ruge and get your welcome “lei”.  Of course, the best way for new members to become part of the Club is to volunteer for activities.  Be sure to look for the Volunteer Sign up Book at the PHlocking.


Carol and Thomas Poe from Hubert

Ed and Mac Nelson from Emerald Isle

Jason and Jessi Holland from Zebulon

Gene and Tina Tillman from Cape Carteret

Jon Stone & Sandra Yankwich from Emerald Isle

Jim & Weezie Tuttle from Cape Carteret

Julia Weber from Swansboro

Marcia McMahan from Emerald Isle

Lisa Miller from Emerald Isle

Membership dues are DUE!  Please make it easy on those of us who try to keep track of this and pay early.  Again, this year it will be $10 per person per year.  We do this on a calendar year and do not prorate.  Those who joined late last year will be credited as paid for 2013.  If you can’t make a PHlocking, please send a check to Emerald Isle Parrot Head Club, 9701 Ashley Place, Emerald Isle, NC 28594 for the dues so you can stay on the mailing list. 

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Emerald Isle Parrot Head Club
9701 Ashley Place
Emerald Isle
NC    28594

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MARCH 1ST at  7:30
Music by 4 EVER ALL
Food provided by the
Emerald Club (Eddie from Piggly Wiggly Deli)


President:  James Hicks –252-373-1050

Vice President:  Jean Jensen 607-759-7159

Secretary:  Sue Stone 252-354-4434

Co-Treasurers:  Rita Babich  252-393-2263, Carl Rauschenberg  – 252-646-5108

Members at Large:  Renee Synan   919-697-3799, Ray Gollihue  252-393-6645, Jeanne LaVana –910-3265990, Bob Horner  252-764-3479, Kip Baker 252-354-5513, Kathy Ruge—252-764-2198

Founders:  Bonnie Forkey  252-725-0118, Pat Haut  910-526-5877, Mike Haut 910-526-5877

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