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Springfield Boys & Girls Club Fesitval of Trees 2014

All I have to say is THANK YOU very much to all those that participated in this year’s Springfield Boys and Girls Club Festival of Trees.  This is my fifth year of donating trees and the 3rd year of a co-club event with Parrot Head Club of Eastern Mass and Western Mass Parrot Head Club.  It is truly an awesome event that makes me happy and allows for creativity from all who participate while having a great time.  The hosts of this event love seeing the unique tree themes and stuff that we come with.  They look forward to our creations every year.  So kudos to everyone for making this so successful.

Our theme this year was “A Parrot Head Pirate’s Treasure Chess” and it looked incredible.  There were incredible items donated by so many of you, thank you for that. Those that ventured out to my house certainly had a wonderful time, making decorations, enjoying good food and boat drinks along with listening to some wonderful Christmas music to help us get into the spirit which wasn’t that hard for some of us who love this season.


Congratulations to the 4 winners of the thank you prizes, I know you will enjoy them.. It was really inspiring to hear everyone sing “Puff the Magic Dragon” and pretty much know all the words and it was funny watching the face on the Parateen Vincenzo and Parakeets Cainen, Ava and Robby watching all these adults having a grand old time singing a song they never heard.  As Carol Shapiro always says “I LOVE US!!!”


A very special Thank You to my two little set-up helper Elves Angela & Deb, who have been doing this with me for 3 years now.  It’s a lot of fun and we sure get a great feeling doing this and it definitely gives you the Christmas Spirit.


Attending the Premiere Party yesterday  it was nice to hear the comments folks were making on our tree display and amazed at how much stuff comes with the tree, they were blown away by the handmade Treasure Chest from Mac & Liz’s dad (Jim McCarthy) and all the treasure it had in it.  Then when they found out all the wrapped presents under the tree had stuff in them, they couldn’t believe it.  Thanks to the McQueen’s and Terri for all that work.

Premiere Party

If you have never attended the Festival of Trees, I would recommend you do so, it can’t help but put you in the Christmas Spirit and bring a smile to your face.  It is located at 1500 Main Street, Springfield, MA and runs from Nov 28th to Dec 14th when they will draw all the winners names for the trees.  The Hours are Weds 11am – 3pm, Thurs-Sat 11am-8pm and Sunday 11am-5pm.  The admission is $5 for Adults, $4 for Seniors and Children 12 and Under are free.  They are selling Tree Raffle tickets 25 for $10 and with 141 Trees to choose from, it’s hard to know where to put your tickets, unless you are like me and bought enough to put one in each bucket.  They will validate your parking ticket if you want to park in the garage for the hotel.

For more information visit:

We are already working on next year’s theme so look for more information in the future.

So again THANK YOU to both the WMPHC & PHCoEM members who helped make this another successful year for the tree.

Happy Holidays


Thank You Veterans


I would personally like to thank all our service men and women who are currently serving and who have served in our countries armed forces. Without their sacrifices we would not be enjoying our ability to be the parrot heads we are today.

I know that whenever I see a person in uniform I make sure to thank them and let them know I appreciate what they do.

So take a moment, say a prayer for all of them whether they are here at home or serving abroad. Let’s try to think of them 365 days a year not only today.


President PHCoEM (2014-2016)
May Your Phins Always Take You Safely Home

Update Your PHCoEM Club Contact Information

The Club P.O. Box has been moved from Leominster to Shrewsbury. So please make sure to update your contact information for PHCoEM.

Here’s the new information:


P.O. Box 714

Shrewsbury, MA 01545

3/4 Time 2nd Place Finish in PHiP Contest

A huge congratulations to the PHCoEM BOD on receiving the 2nd Place award from PHiP for the newsletter contest. The 3/4 Times Newsletter was submitted for the contest. As with all things like this, it’s a group effort. And everyone on the board had a hand in making this happen.

Like a famous person once said to me – it’s like a loving quilt – there are squares from everyone that are stitched together to make a beautiful product.

So thanks again to all the BOD members and for doing what you do for our club. A special Thank You to LyndiLu for accepting the award on behalf of our club.

2nd Place - PHiP Newsletter contest

Meeting of the Minds 2014

I would like to acknowledge our officially registered 42 Members who will be migrating to the Keys this week for the 2014 Meeting of the Minds. It is wonderful to see so many of our membership able to attend.

I wish you a Safe and Phun trip and hope that if you are able to do it, get a group picture so that we can post your great adventures so the rest of the Phlock can see what kind of Phun is possible at this event.

I’m sure you will all come back with Stories You Can Tell which you will be able to share at Next Year’s 2015 NEPHC Convention in Mansfield.

Phins Up
President PHCoEM (2014-2016)

Thank You from the Werner Family

To PHCoEM Members

Wanted to post this email from Rick’s family for those that didn’t get it through the Yahoo Groups email, so that you can all see how much it meant to them all the love and support you showed.

The BOD would like to echo this thanks and continue support to Kathy.



PHCoEM President (2014-2016)


There are not enough words to express our heartfelt gratitude for all the caring and thoughtful Parrot Heads in Rick’s life. Rick loved you all and enjoyed working the different charities with you so much,

He is smiling down from that special place. We’re positive that he would have been out there flipping burgers if it was one of you. He was a really special man for all his family and friends. We will miss his wonderful smile dearly.

Please keep Kathy in your thoughts and prayers. She will need the support from not just us, but her PHamily in the coming days, weeks, and months.

On behalf of our entire family, thank you for your support to the PHCOEM and Parrot Heads around the country.

Sincerely, The Werner Family

Rick Werner’s Passing

It is with a heavy heart that we post this article of a man who spent many years helping others and bringing smiles to all the people he met.  He touched so many lives and they are all richer for it.  There are many stories and photos that pholks have been sharing and let it give comfort to Kathy (his wife) and family during these difficult days to see what a legacy Rick leaves behind.    May we all live life to it’s fullest as Rick did and may we all make sure to stop and give a smile to everyone we meet.  While heaven has gained an angel to toast us from above – let us all raise our glasses down here to let him know we will never forget how he touched our lives.

There will be calling hours from 4-8pm on Tuesday, October 7th at:

McDonald Keohane Funeral Home – 809 Main Street, South Weymouth, MA 02190   P: 781-335-0045

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to either charity in Rick’s name:

East Coast Italian Greyhound Rescue:

Special Olympics of Massachusetts:

Falmouth Road Race – JAF Team Cheerleading

A huge thank you to the brave souls that got up early in the morning on August 17th, and drove to Falmouth to help cheer on Joe Andruzzi’s Fundraising (JAF) team to benefit Up Beat Cancer. JAF does a lot of great things.  Not sure if you recently saw the little boy with the brain tumor and all he wanted was birthday cards, they were instrumental in making that all happen.  

It was a beautiful day and the runners were so appreciative.  Thanks to Elena and Bobby Pouliot and her family crew of supporters & Rita who were at mile 5 cheering, and Mike Crowley, LyndiLu, AWR and Sunshine who were at the finish line cheering.  It was a fun event and there was an after party that all but AWR & Sunshine were able to attend. The photo below from the after party shows the smiling faces including Joe Andruzzi’s.  

We will be looking to maybe doing a Cape weekend next year, where we can combine volunteering at the road race and having a social on the beach. So stay tuned for our Charity/Social folks put something together.

The Motley Crew at the Afterparty


PHCoEM Membership Pool Party at the Fratangelos

I would personally like to thank Ernie & Ellie for an awesome time at their home for our annual PHCoEM Pool Party on August 2nd.

What a fun filled day, doing the Pan Mass Challenge Water Stop in the morning and then spending the afternoon getting together with great music from Ray Z enjoying some Ma-Doudou and yummy ice cream from Goodies.

The shrimp donated from Margaritaville was nice and hot on a chillier than normal afternoon thanks to Tom and Ernie for cooking it up for us.

All the food that folks brought to share was very delicious and some included healthier choices – like Kathy’s tomato, mozzarella and home grown basil drizzled with vinaigrette – my favorite.

The sun did come out for a while so we got to do some dancing and swaying to the great music supplied by Ray Z who was so gracious to have Bobby as his back-up singer. What a great combo.

Thank you to our additional chef Richard and Mac for the cheeseburgers that were very tasty later in the day.

The Margaritaville basket that we gave away for the door prize was won by none other than our Vice-President Donna “Mac”.

The Big Summah Raffle items were won in order Tony Avitable took the Margaritaville Chiller, the Goodies owners took the shot ski, Ma-dou-dou and sarong, then the last two winners Renee Young took the Holiday Santa and Stacey Kneeland took the Poker Table.

We also introduced some of our new club merchandise. There were long and short sleeve t-shirts and zip up hoodies. Here are our some of our members who purchased them and are modeling for us. If you are interested in either the t-shirts or the hoodies, please get in touch with LyndiLu or Mac to put in your order. They are Carolina Blue and look really awesome as you can see.

Pan Mass Challenge Road Race

On behalf of Diane Xenelis a huge thank you to all the volunteers that braved the rainy weather on Saturday, August 2nd and came out to cheer on the Pan Mass Challenge riders at the Wrentham water stop. We sure looked festive in all our gear and the cheering really helped the riders. There were 2 of our own Parrot Head folks in the mix of riders, Stacey and Charlie. A huge congratulations and thank you to them.

Look at how festive we all were – especially Toni with her colorful umbrella.
The festive colors and Toni's colorful umbrella.

The whole gang – a little wet but happy to have helped.
The whole gang a little wet but happy.