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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


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: