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PHCoEM Membership Renewal

With the holidays and other things that we get wrapped up in, renewing our membership and paying our dues sometimes gets pushed to the back burner.

So this is your friendly reminder that they are due in January.  Don’t want to miss out on getting those buffett tickets this year because your dues are not paid.  He’s traveling with ZZ Top this year, so it should be another interesting show.

Also with it being the 25th anniversary of MOTM’s you need to belong to a club to attend.  The Casa is already sold out, but there are plenty of places on Key West to stay.

If you already have paid your dues, thank you.

Operation Troop Support

Sorry for the late posting, totally my fault.  But wanted folks to know that Jean Duffill is again being the Ambassador for the club for Operation Troop Support on Saturday, January 30th, 2016.  It will start at 8:30 am at the Danvers VFW, 5 Conant Street, Danvers, MA 01923

After helping the troops we will head over to the Osborn Tavern for fesitvation.

Anyone wanting to car pool with me from my house in Northbridge, let me know.

Thanks  Sunshine

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

We the Parrot Head Club of Eastern Mass BOD would like to thank all of you for making this such a WONDERFUL organization to be part of.  Your dedication and commitment to making others lives better is felt throughout the year with all the volunteering you do for both the club and your own organizations that you support.  Being there for others is one of the core values of a Parrot Head and you all show that in so many ways it truly is a reflection of how awesome you all are.

So as a board we would like to wish you all a Safe, Healthy and Happy Holiday Season and we look forward to seeing your Phins having Phun and helping others during the New Year.

Happy Holidays PHCoEM BOD

2016 New England Parrot Head Convention Registration Raffle

Okay fellow parrot heads. If you have not already registered for the 2016 New England Parrot Head Convention, each club was given 2 free registrations ($70 each). We have until Dec 31, 2015 to let them know who from our club will be receiving them. So if you are on the fence about registering and you haven’t done it yet, you are eligible to purchase a $5 raffle ticket for one of them. We will be drawing the winner on 12/29 so that I will be able to get the information into them by the deadline.

We will be using the money we earn for charity. Since it is such short notice that they gave us, we will not be able to accept any checks or money orders through snail mail. If you happen to live near a board member and want to drop it off, then please arrange with them and make sure I know that you have done so, by sending me an email at no later than 12/29 9pm. Your name will go in for each $5 you spend, so if you buy 2 – you get 2 tickets.

This is ONLY for the convention registration, hotel and meal packages will have to be paid for separately. If you are already registered you are not eligible, they will NOT refund your money.

Good luck to everyone.



New Events For Dec 2015

We have 2 new events that we will be participating in for Dec 2015 that we have not done in the past. Both of these awesome events are being coordinated by Toni Astore as the Ambassador with help from some others. The first is on Sunday, Dec 6th which is the Taunton Parade. Come in your finest Pirate attire and walk with us through the street of Taunton. Line-up location and time will be available soon. Parade starts at noon so look to be there probably around 10-10:30am. We will have some vehicles and thanks to Ron & Stephanie Moitoza they will be pulling their boat that we are going to decorate. We will have some give-aways (Red Stylus pens with PHCoEM information on it). We will also have some little pirate coins and Tootsie Rolls to pass out to the kids. So if you want to come help us try and recruit new members we would greatly appreciate it.

The second is on Saturday Dec 12th – Wreaths Across America – Bourne National Cemetary

Last year, Toni Astore and Kelly Connerton spent a very moving morning supporting Wreaths Across America. They joined a small group of veterans on a very cold early morning and unloaded a truck full of wreaths to lay at the graves of the servicemen and women layed to rest there.

Each wreath was laid at the grave, with a prayer and a salute. They had the honor of assisting some families as they laid wreaths at the graves of their loved ones.

For Kelly, the most moving part of her day was laying the wreath at the grave of a young soldier who never saw his 22nd birthday. He lost his life in Iraq barely a year before and his parents were there grieving for him. They were very appreciative of the simple prayer and salute they honored him with.

We don’t always get to see how the things we do affect others. All you Parrot Heads do so much for your communities. We hope you can find your way to meet us Saturday December 12th at the Bourne National Cemetery.

Sgt M Dennis Mills. at Bourne National Cemetery is our contact. He is happy to have two shifts of people helping. One the early shift 7:45am at Bourne the main driveway in….will be with Toni & Kelly and their group of vets. They stay for the ceremony and then leave. The second group can go to the ceremony do the wreathes and then leave. When Toni heard from her group of vets they will tell her how many volunteers then could use.. maybe 12. The second group can be whoever shows up (at 11:30am) Toni will have a contact from Wreathes Across American for the second shift to report to.

To donate to this organization please visit this website.

Weekend Update

All I can say is what another incredible weekend for PHCoEM and all the volunteering and fun social gatherings.

Thank you to my 2 little helper Elves Angela Gallant and Debbie Beauregard for helping to set-up the wonderful xmas tree that several folks helped to decorate and donate gifts for.  It was another successful year doing the Island Getaway themed tree decorating.  We already have a theme for next year “A Pirate’s Life for Me!”  So get those creative juices going and keep an eye out on the horizon for any little goodies to make this a special one.


Then on Saturday we had 2 awesome events that folks were able to attend the Turkey Trot 5K and the Operation Troop Support package delivery.

The first was the annual Turkey Trot for Best Buddies thank you Kathy for being the ambassador every year for this event.  It was an early riser one where we were there for 6:30am to help set-up and work the registration area, thank god for Dunkin Donuts coffee.  We then went back to Marcia’s house for a wonderful social gathering brunch, all the food was yummy.



The second event on Saturday was Operation Troop Support for the holiday package stuffing, card making and delivery to the post office. Thank you so much to Jean Duffill for being the Ambassador. We had Keets at this one and that is so awesome to see.


Thank You Veterans

I wanted to personally thank all our members who are Veterans and those that are currently Serving in our Armed Forces. Please take a moment to thank all the Veterans and Armed Services folks and remember with prayers or silent thoughts those that have lost their lives to ensure all our freedom.

I do this every chance I get and hope that you also remember these brave folks not only on Veterans Day but all year long.


Weekend Update

WOW another awesome weekend with Parrot Heads having PHUN and raising money for a good cause all at the same time.  Last year we sold t-shirts and raffled off a shot ski and made $500 for Susan G. Komen, this year we had the Halloween party with entertainment, games, 50/50 and shot ski and we made $581 for Susan G. Komen, what an awesome, caring, fun loving group we have.

Thank you to everyone for bringing some awesome food to share and for dressing up in costumes, some very creative ones.  Congratulations to Donna “Mac” McCarthy for winning best costume and Judy Holewa for most original design.


Special thanks so much to The Island Castaways Band who not only performed some great music, but dressed up and participated  in the games.  We LOVE you guys.

Weekend Update

All I can say is WOW what a wonderful PHUN weekend we had with Parrotheads.

Thank you to the 15 Parrot Heads (Donna Mac, Donna Bibaud, Carol Shapiro, Ken Siris, Deb Beauregard, Angela Gallant, Eleana, & Bobby Pouliot, Carrie & Ed McNeil, Marcia Bixby, Trish and Bob Murphy, Mike Crowley) and 2 non-members (Carol’s grandson Ryan and Elena’s son Dominic) for helping out at the SOMA Sr Games in Mashpee. We couldn’t feed ~300 Athletes, Coaches and volunteers without all your help.  Mac and I talked with Angela from SOMA afterwards and she said it was the first time that there were absolutely no complaints regarding the lunches, so KUDOS to an awesome staff that kept everything going and made it a great day for all.

Then on Sunday 6 parrot heads (Tom & Wendy Foxon, Carol Shapiro, Diane Xenalis, Donna Mac) and 1 non-member (Carol’s cousin Christine) braved the chillier for some weather and worked directing and cheering the walkers at Great Woods for the Walk for Autism in support of Jake’s Team.  We even made the t-shirt.


DON’T FORGET THIS WEEKEND -  Saturday October 24th, 2015 there is down in Plymouth an AWESOME Halloween Party to help raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness – but more importantly to get together and have PHUN!!!!   You can purchase tickets at the door and via PayPal before Saturday.  If you haven’t mailed your check in by now, sorry – you’ll have to pay at the door since we won’t receive it in time.

Hope to see you all there for the PHUN and excitement of playing games, dancing to The Island Castaways Band, a Tarot Card reader and don’t forget to bring some awesome scary dish to share, because there will be alcohol, this is a 21+ only event.  Where else can you go and have so much fun for just $10.





Weekend Updates

Thank you to all that came out for the Diabetes walk or who donated money to this new charitable cause that we participated in on Sat 9/26.  Those of us who participated decided it would be an awesome event to do every year and are already planning for next year and Brew City is a great place to have a little social afterwards where we ended up raising some money for Wounded Warrior by purchasing beer glasses.  We are an awesome group.

Just a friendly reminder we have 2 awesome volunteer events happening this coming weekend.

The first is on Sat Oct 3rd and it’s the Habitat for Humanity in Worcester,  we will be serving breakfast at 9am and lunch at 1pm.  We will have 2 grills, 2 ezups, tables and we ask you bring a chair and some food to share.  There will be approximately 25 volunteers working on the house and then we figure we’ll have about 20 volunteers feeding them.   If you want to help volunteer with the building that’s fine too.  If you can’t make it but would like to donate something, let Deb, Angela or Sunshine know and we’ll make arrangements to get it from you.  We are looking for food that is easily prepared and doesn’t really need heating.  We will have some steam tables available.

The second is Sunday Oct 4th and we usually do this as a co-club event with WMPHC.  So if you are interested in showing up we will be handling registration and a water stop.  Any questions please let Sunshine know.  We usually go to Brew City in Worcester afterwards for lunch.  Hope you can join us.

Here’s the information from the walk volunteer person.

Thank you for again coming to the Worcester County Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday October 4th at Quinsigamond Community College! It takes a lot of volunteers to make the day run smoothly and we appreciate your help.
Your volunteer assignment will be to help with “Registration” and “Water Stop”

Please arrive at Quinsigamond by 7:00am and check in at Volunteer Registration. This will be located in the area marked 11 on the attached map. The folks who check you in will then direct you to Angela Floro, who is the registration captain. We would like to split up your group, half helping with the Water Stop the other half helping with registration.  
Thank you so much for your help and we look forward to seeing you on 10/4. Please note that the event will be held RAIN or SHINE!