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PHCOEM BOD Annual Elections Process Starting

Well Phellow Parrot Heads it’s that time of year again where we start the BOD elections for the club.  Per our By-Laws the following positions are open for elections:

Vice-President – Elected in odd numbered years

Treasurer – Elected in odd numbered years

Membership Director – Elected in odd numbered years

Social Director – Elected in odd numbered years

Each officer’s term will consist of two (2) years running from September 1 to August 31 of the second (2nd) year. Each officer will be selected by a vote of the membership as described in Article VII, Elections in the By-Laws.

All nominees must be a Parrot Head Club of Eastern Massachusetts Inc. member in good standing for one year from the nomination deadline and active with a minimum of six Parrot Points.

Nominees shall submit to the BOD their intention to run for office, the office in which they are interested, and biography to support their nomination not later than 1 May.

For full information on the positions and what they entail and the election process – please refer to our By-Laws that can be located on the right navigation bar on our website

Thank you to all that will participate in this process.

Sunshine – President PHCoEM (2014-2015)



SOMA Thank You

As some of us get ready to go to the New England Parrot Head Convention in Mansfield to help raise money for Vermont’s charity I thought you would like to see this wonderful email sent to Deb as the ambassador for this past weekend’s Winter Games volunteer event.
With the theme being Stories We Can Tell – well every time we help by volunteering with an impromptu gathering afterwards or get together for a planned social event, wonderful memories are made.
Thanks to all our members for everything you do if you get a minute go out to their link below and look at the photos from the event.
See some of you this weekend.
President PHCoEM (2014-2016)
May Your Phins Always Take You Safely Home

Dear Deb,


On behalf of Special Olympics Massachusetts, I would like to thank you for your time at our annual Winter Games Olympic Town.  The weekend was such a huge success!  Because of your time and help, our athletes were provided a very exciting and entertaining Olympic Town.  Seeing the athletes have such a phenomenal time is what makes putting all of this together worth it!!


I personally want to thank you for all of your help and support leading up to and on the night of the event. This was my first time planning and organizing such a large event and I don’t think it would have gone as smoothly as it did without your help and expertise. The Parrot Heads really went above and beyond anything I could have ever imagined for Olympic Town. I cannot thank you enough for donating your time, services, and resources to support our cause. Please forward this along to all of the members of your organization because they are just as important and responsible for the success of this event!


Here is the link to our Smugmug account that houses all of the pictures from this wonderful event for your viewing pleasure:


Thank you again for all your help! I hope we cross paths again in the future!


In the Spirit of the Special Olympics,


Kristen J


Kristen Giombetti

Program Intern

Special Olympics Massachusetts

The Yawkey Sports Training Center

512 Forest St

Marlborough, MA 01752



SOMA – Winter Games – Saturday 03/07/2015- Pirates Welcome

Pirates, swashbucklers, wenches and people who simply want to bring smiles to the faces of more than 300 very special athletes…

We need you at Special Olympics Winter Games Dance and Olympic Town at Mechanics Hall in Worcester next Saturday, March 7th. Set up starts at 3:00.

Athletes arrive at 6:00 and we’re going to give them a piratey red carpet welcome followed by piratey games and piratey dancing. Festivities conclude at 9:00.

Please consider helping during part of or the entire time. When else can you dress like a pirate when it’s not Halloween? Parking at the venue is available and passes will be distributed electronically to those of you who confirm that you can join us.


P.S. Donations for the PHCoEM Club Basket for NEPHC 2015 can be dropped off at this event – see LyndiLu


JB Tickets Update

Just a heads up regarding PHCOEM Club Tickets for Buffett….
We have had several members asking if they should also try to get tickets on Monday and I have responded I really don’t know what to say but our allotment was reduced and the requests have gone up….  I have also been asked when will they know if they are getting tickets again cause they don’t want to miss the public sale window and again I reply.. “ I don’t know…I don’t know ” (with Mr. Utley’s keys playing in my head)

What I can let you know is as soon as our NE Ticket Administrator gives us our allotment number tomorrow..we will then be contacting all members who submitted requests personally in order to allow time to make other arrangements to purchase if need be. ..

Love and Luck,

PHCOEM Ticket Coordinator

Passing of Jim Skerry – Founding Father of PHCoEM

My sincerest apologies for not getting this out sooner. I just became aware of his passing this week. Since I like several of you are new to the club and did not personally know Jim – he was one of the Founding Father’s of the Parrot Head Club of Eastern Massachusetts and important to making the club what it is today.

My sympathy goes out to his family and all his Parrot Head friends who he has enjoyed that lifestyle with over the years. Please keep everyone who is related or knew Jim in your thoughts and prayers.

Contributions as a Memorial may be made to the Treasure Coast Hospice, 500 Dunn Road, Fort Pierce, Florida 34981

A Memorial Mass for James will be held on Friday, May 8th, 2015 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Malden at 9AM. A time of visitation and reflection will be held for James at Weir MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144 Salem St, Malden, on Thursday, May 7th, from 4 – 8 PM.

This is the link to his obituary for more information.

Jimmy Buffet Concert Ticket Requests – Aug 15, 2015

It’s that time of year again to inform you of the Jimmy Buffett concert coming up in August. However, as normal we need to know very quickly who is interested and get payment for the tickets before we place the final count for PHCOEM. Please review the page to the right under Events that says 2015 Jimmy Buffet Tickets for full information about requesting tickets. You have until Tues, February 24th, 2pm to put in requests.


Happy New Year from the Prez


I wanted to give you an update on how the club did in 2014 – we ended the year with 218 members, we participated in 34 Charitable/Social events, volunteering 1493.5 hours and raising $13,198.00 and helping Springfield Boys and Girls Club to raise $116,000 with our tree donation which was one of 140.  A HUGE THANK YOU from me and the BOD.

For those that volunteer and donate to other organizations, you are also awesome in my book.  Most of us do this volunteering and charity work because it’s the right thing to do and we don’t look for recognition.  But I want to make sure that you all know how much I truly appreciate what you all do and how you represent Parrot Head Club of Eastern Mass.

Our secretary Lizzy (L12)  listened to you and put together a printable version of the calendar for you that she put in the Newsletter and we created a separate page to post the calendars if you want to print it, you can find it on the right navigation bar of our web page.  Hopefully this will help you be able to keep track of all the wonderful things that we have going on.

Some asked about the bus trip and Elena is busy working out the details of that event and as soon as we have them we will let you know.

If there is an event whether Charity or Social that you would like to see the club participate in, please do not hesitate to bring it to any of the board members and with the new Parrot Heads without Borders you will get credit for it even if we can’t make it an official club sponsored event.

January is our membership renewal month, which you can do either via the web page or by sending a check to PHCoEM – Membership, P.O. Box 714, Shrewsbury, MA 01545.

Looking forward to seeing some of you at the Holiday Hangover Party in Marlboro on the 24th.  For those that were able to purchase tickets you are in for a great time.

May you all enjoy a safe, healthy and prosperous 2015.  Looking forward to seeing you around at some of our wonderful events.

Thank you for being you!

Sunshine – President PHCoEM (2014-2015)

Happy Holidays From the Prez

I would like to take this time to thank all of you for being part of the PHCoEM Phamily and for doing all that you have done over the year for our charities and for each other.  The support and love you show all year through is truly a testament to the wonderful people you are and I’m honored to know all of you.

So if you are traveling this holiday season, I wish you a safe journey.  For those staying home here’s wishing you a very safe, healthy and happy holiday season whatever you celebrate.

Here’s looking forward to a year full of wonderful events and spontaneous get togethers in 2015. 

From my family to yours Cheers!!

Sunshine & Aimlessly Wandering Richard

NEPHC 2015 UNO’s Doughrai$er for VT Children’s Hospital

In order to help raise money from all the New England Clubs for the 2014 convention charity Compassionate Care ALS, we did an Uno’s night in Feb 2014.  It raised more than $400 for just one night with only 3 clubs participating.

So we decided  for next year 2015 to allow an opportunity during the whole month of January  to raise money for the 2015 NEPHC Charity – VT Children’s Hospital.  What an awesome thing to do to raise money for charity while enjoying food and drinks, how can you go wrong.

So if you are looking for that last minute holiday gift, why not go to Uno’s buy some gift cards and put one of the fundraiser coupons in with it to kill 2 birds with one stone.

You can use as many coupons as you like so you can eat pizza multiple times or if you have a function where you need to feed a lot of people, why not choose Uno’s and use the coupon to help out a worthy cause.  Pass them out to your friends, family, coworkers, girl scout troops, whatever, the more the merrier.  Let’s show the other New England clubs how awesome we are here in PHCoEM.

So print the coupon below it prints 4 to a page and just use your cutting skills to separate it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with sunshine at


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