Monthly Archives: April 2018

President’s Perch


FROM THE PERCH: Jan Hicks Shares her Thoughts:
May 2018

We are family! Yep, to achieve our goals, we work together and are united in every way. You may not think that we play a part in the “big picture,” but we really do! Our volunteers make amazing things happen when we Party with a Purpose!

James and I just returned from a trip to Margaritaville at Wyndham Del Mar in Puerto Rico. We were excited about visiting San Juan, not only to experience the fun of a vacation, but to see for ourselves the state of the island and its people. Wow, what a welcome we had beginning with frozen Margaritas at check-in. During the week, when asked, folks shared terrifying stories of the hurricane, how they dealt with it and how they feel now. Let me share just a couple…
From Jami: It was devastating, everything was black, no light, no phone, no radio, nothing worked. I have a 3-yr. old and live with my mother. The hotel was closed, and we had no jobs. However, this company (Wyndham) continued to pay those who could not rotate to other jobs. I rotated to Florida and worked for 2 months until I could come back and work here. I am so grateful!
From Roberto: I rushed home to save my dogs. The house was flooding like crazy. I knew we would die if we stayed. I lost everything I worked for all my life. Hey, but I got a job, I have my children and 11 grandchildren. I rent a small apartment and I’m still here (with my puppies)! I’m good.

There were so many more stories I haven’t enough space to share with you. The most memorable part of the trip will be the experience of meeting these brave people and leaving the beautiful island knowing that they have a positive outlook on themselves, their island and their future!

I can’t help but reflect on my family of PH’s and how our work contributes to the elderly, the homeless, the children, the less fortunate, the animals, the environment and so much more. Not only is our local club ranked 5th in the world (for 2017) with 511 members, but the PH Nation together experienced $4,067,644 in fundraising and 197,965 in volunteer hours for 2017! We are so blessed!

Please keep our Puerto Rican friends in your prayers. Oh yeah, we shared our stories and pictures of Parrot Heads with them and they know how to Party with a Purpose!

15th Annual Beach Bike Poker Run



Parrot Heads,

The time has come! Our 15th Annual Beach Bike Poker Run is just around the corner. Mark May 19th, on your calendar for the FUN filled day! The bicycle poker run will begin at the Emerald Club. Starting at 11:30 you can pick up your registration packet or complete a same day registration This year we have ONLINE REGISTRATION AND IT SAVES YOU $5!  Online registration allows you to save time the day of the event. We also have online t-shirt purchases this year, so register today to guarantee yourself the t-shirt size you want! 
The Bicycle Decoration Competition will begin at 1:30 pm. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes for the bicycle competition will be CASH! Riders will head to the 7 Poker Stops at 2 pm to collect the best poker hand possible! We will venture to Salt, Surf’s Up, Trading Post, Flipperz, Island Time Tavern, Shark’s Den and the Growler. Think you have a good hand but missing that “one” card? Purchase a mulligan for $5! You MUST have your hand turned in by 5pm at the E-Club. 1st place wins $300, 2nd place takes home $200 and 3rd place finishes the day with $100.
Following the turning in of you cards, join us for our live auction! (We take credit cards, so don’t be afraid to bid!!)  We will be auctioning off a deep sea fishing trip, a beach tricycle, and a stay at Myrtle Beach! Help us meet our goal as we continue raising “fun”ds for the Semper Fi Outdoor Odyssey Kid’s Camp. Winners of the Poker hand will be announced at 5:30pm.

April 2018 Tradewind Times is now online


The second quarter 2018 edition of the Tradewind Times is now available on line and ready for reading and sharing!  In this issue you will find the always anticipated “State of the Phlock” with details about how awesome you all did last year!  There is also the Top 20 Clubs list with those clubs that have the most members.
There is an article about how PHIP did with the National Alzheimer’s Walk Team and the clubs’ team participation.  You can read about how to set up your team for this year and participate with PHIP to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.


There is info on upcoming deadlines for PHIP Interim Reports, the Golden Coconut Award contest and the Newsletter Contest.  The latest PHIP featured clubs are in there.  There’s a Lone Palm Foundation raffle for ticket to the Jimmy Buffett concert at Fenway Park.   Plus see the standard quarterly financial reports, Domino College, regional events and club birthdays.
To access the newsletter go to this link:   Or you can always find the newsletter by going to the PHIP website at then click on Club/Chapter Info then scroll down on the left side to select the Tradewind Times.  Please share this email with your club members!


Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way!  Keep those posts and emails coming about how Parrot Heads “Party with a Purpose”!!  There are so many clubs and members out there doing great things!
Sally Spenny
Editor Tradewind Times
San Antonio Parrot Head Club

Win a Windjammer Cruise and Help The PHiP Scholarship


Windjammer has once again graciously donated a windjammer cruise to help benefit the PHiP Scholarship. You can buy these tickets individually or as a club donation to the scholarship (domino college recognition) and use this great prize for your fundraiser. Last years winner was a club and they are using their prize for their fundraiser at the end of this month.

Please pass this information around to all your club members. All are eligible to win whether they are going to MOTM or not. How about buying some chances as a club to use the prize for your clubs fund raiser? Purchase of tickets by your club gets you listed in the Tradewind Times Domino College. Last years prize went to a club and they earned over $2000 for their fund raiser this past February.

Parrot Heads in Paradise have been awarding qualified parrot heads and their children a total of $10,000 in scholarships every year for the last 10 years. Fundraising has been just keeping pace with our pay-outs each year and we want to add some additional funds to ensure future years’ have adequate funding. To make sure that we can continue to award these gifts well into the future we have come up with a great way to help that cause. Windjammer cruises has donated a cruise for two to raffle off this year. We will be selling tickets via PayPal or check starting today. We will draw for the cruise Saturday, November 3rd from the stage at Meeting of the Minds for the seven night cruise on this beautiful boat. Winners do not need to be present at MOTM to win the cruise! Tickets are five for $20 or five dollars for one. I will send you via email with a list of your numbers so you have them for your records. I will be tracking the name and numbers of every ticket coming in and they will all be in Key West for the drawing. You can pay via PayPal – to (Please click on the friends and family link) or send your check to David Cohen, 6986 Samantha Court Wheatfield, NY 14304 (checks payable to Parrot Heads in Paradise). Checks will only be accepted up until MOTM registration closes on September 15th. If you are mailing a check please send your email address if you want your numbers emailed to you. When you get to MOTM you may purchase additional tickets right up until 2:30 pm on Saturday. Below is what the cruise is all about. Thank you in advance for your support of the wonderful cause.

David Cohen, Secretary
Parrot Heads in Paradise, Inc.
2012-2108 Scholarship Chair
2013-2018 Scholarship Raffle Chair Continue reading Win a Windjammer Cruise and Help The PHiP Scholarship

New Member Social – April 25th

The Emerald Isle Parrot Head Club will be holding a new member social on April 25th at the Island Time Tavern (across from Rucker Johns in Emerald Plantation). It will be held from 6 to 9 PM. We are inviting all new members who have joined since October, 2017, but all members are invited. You will be responsible for your drinks, but the club will provide pizza. If you did not sign up at the April Phlocking,  please contact Sue ( or Maggie (maggie.rauschenberg@gmail) so that we are sure to have enough pizza. Email invitations will be sent out to all new members who have joined in the past 6 months.

Soundside and Highway Clean-Up April 21 and 22

The EIPHC will celebrate Earth Day with  a clean-up event. This year  the Surf Riders are also doing a sound side pick up and we are hoping to coordinate with them for this event. You can choose to help with the Highway Pick Up or the Boat Based sound side pick up. Details and sign ups were available at the April PHlocking and the boats that signed up are currently full. Please contact Val Johnson at if you have a boat, and/or can accommodate an eager crew! Ask your friends and neighbors too!
Our tentative schedule is for Saturday April 21st from 11-1:00, starting in the ICW off the EI boat ramp, heading west, with a gathering on Pelican Island afterwards!
If that Saturday doesn’t work for you, Bogue Banks Surf Rider Organization is planning a similar cleanup on Sunday April 22nd., cleaning the sound islands heading east. Let Val know if you need contact info for them.
If you prefer the land over the sea and have an hour to spare, please let Jean Jensen know that you can help with the Adopt a Highway event, the same day. Meet at the Emerald Club at 11 am for an hour or so for the litter pick up. Jean Jensen at or phone him at 607-759-7159.

Hi everyone!

Need to congratulate the approximately 30 hard workers, on 7 boats, who made this year’s spring Sound Sweep so productive!

44 large garbage bagfuls of miscellaneous cans, bottles, plastic and foam were collected from the ICW islands. Also several coolers, broken beach chairs and pop up canopies, boards, rugs, hats, etc. etc!

Then the “purposeful partying” continued over lunch on Pelican Island afterwards. Great work everyone!!