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Annual Membership Party 2021!
Our annual Membership Party on August 21 was awesome!
It was great to see everyone. Thank you to our hosts, Ellie and Ernie Fratangelo!
And thanks to Ray Zerkle for an fantastic performance!
Rail Trail Rhode Island - Sunset Ride
Saturday ~ October 2, 2021 from 5 :00 - 7:00 pm
We’re doing it again! We had so much fun the last time! Come join us on Saturday, October 2 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm for a Sunset Ride! Ride 3 miles, then relax and enjoy sunset overlooking the ocean, by a fire pit! BYOB and snacks. Price is $45 each. More info at www.railexplorers.net/tours/rhodeisland.
1 Alexander Rd., Portsmouth, RI.
PHCoEM Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest!
Saturday ~ October 23, 2021 from 2:00 pm - ?
Who: All Parrot Heads who like to celebrate Halloween!
What: Pumpkin and Pineapple Decorating Contest
When: Saturday, October 23 from 2:00 pm til ??
Where: Chez McCarthy (Liz and Leo)
1644 Main Street (Route 1A), Walpole, Mass
Why: Because it is Halloween and we can!!
Bring a pumpkin or pineapple to decorate.
Decorations will be available to use.
Wear your best Halloween attire.
This is a parakeet and dog friendly event.
Rain or shine = social distancing and masks as you choose.
We will have a potluck lunch: bring your own beverage.
Prizes for best decorations!!
Festival of Trees! November 6, 2021
Springfield Boys and Girls Club Festival of Trees decorating on
Saturday, November 6th at noontime on at my house
or drop off anything prior to that day. We have 2 trees
again this year with one named “Mermaids Mayhem”
and the other “Parrots Playtime”. We take all sorts of donations
theme related or items to go under the tree or gift certificates.
Contact Sunshine for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wreaths Across America! December 18, 2021
More info to come soon!
Socktober Fest 2021!
Operation Troop Support!
We are again holding a sock drive for our soldiers. Operation Troop Support is
still sending care packages to our deployed soldiers. We thought that socks would
be a good thing to donate this fall. We are looking for donations of new white
crew style socks for both men and women to send to our soldiers. We have
the Plymouth and Nahant beach cleanups coming in September, if you would
like to donate there. If you cannot get there, you can give them to any bored
member, or if you have the ability to ship them, you can send them to Jean Duffill
at 233 Conant St., Danvers, MA 01923. We have talked with the Moodys and
they also said that if you would rather send a donation via check made out to Operation Troop Support, they can use those funds for postage. You can also send
that check to Jean and she will include it with the sock donation. We will keep
the collection open through November 15 and we will deliver them to
Operation Troop Support Headquarters on November 16.
Thank you for helping to take care of our troops.
Pennies for Postage!
We are once again having a raffle to raise funds for Operation Troop
Support to help with costs to send packages to our troops.
October and November 2021.
Awesome prizes and more info to be announced soon.
** NEW PHCOEM STICKERS!
Thanks to David Stassio, we have new Club stickers available for purchase.
Click on the PayPal link below to order!
When you click on the PayPal link, you will be directed to the PayPal website.
Please note that if you pay with a PayPal balance or your bank account,
there is no fee. If you pay with a credit card, there is a processing fee of
30 cents. PHCoEM will cover the fee cost; however we kindly ask you to
use the no-fee option if you are comfortable. They will be mailed by USPS.
Click the PayPal button to order stickers.
Prices are 1 sticker for $3, or 2 for $5.
NE Regional Parrot Head Convention for 2021
The new dates for the convention are April 28th to May 1st, 2022.
If you are a current registered guest, you should have received a separate email to outline your options at this time. Our current COVID-19 policy will continue to apply. Please visit our website for further details and up to date information.
Latest Edition of Tradewind Times
PHCOEM Newsletter for Q3 2021!
PHIP recently announced the winners of the 2020 PHIP Newsletter Contest
and PHCoEM came in 3rd Place! Our charity is Operation Troop Support,
who will receive a check directly from PHIP.
Congrats to all who contributed to this award,
and to all the winning Clubs!
1st Place - Tampa Bay PHC
2nd Place - Chicago PHC
3rd Place - PHC of Eastern Mass.
Good Day Phlock,
I hope this finds you all well, healthy and happy. We all understand this has
been a crazy year, so there is no need to dwell on it. Let’s look at all the positives
that have come out of this pandemic filled few months. We were put on hold for a bit,
but have come on strong this second half! We managed to get both socials in
at the Kowloon and the Sea Ketch. We have also had 2 very very productive beach
clean-ups at 2 popular locations, a healthy blood drive to help with fighting cancer,
and our most popular - Socktoberfest! We collected over 300 pairs of socks for
Operation Troop Support! Our raffle for Pennies For Postage was also a big hit,
collecting over $450 for sending those boxes to our troops. The Halloween festivities
and socially distant social at Percival Brewery were huge successes! We also were
able to donate both our Nauti and Nice trees for the Boys and Girls Club -
which we have been doing for over 10 years now. The last thing on our plate
is Wreaths Across America - something we also have been doing for many, many
years now. And I can’t thank Ray, the Veteran we worked with, enough for
continuing on with us in this endeavor. Thank you to Toni and Kelly for starting us
with Ray many years ago as we love to continue this tradition. It is a solemn early
morning when we start out; but when we are finished and you see just how
beautiful and peaceful a place this National Cemetery becomes, it is heartfelt.
We do this to continue and honor the soldiers and veterans buried there.
Some we know and most we don’t. They fought for the freedoms we all enjoy today.
It is just a small token of our gratitude that we can contribute to make this world
a better place. Though we have had to cancel our Club personal gathering and
wreath laying ceremonies this year because of the weather, we still got to participate through Ray and enjoy all his pictures. It is always a beautiful site to see!!
I was asked by someone about volunteering and volunteerism. What does it mean?
Why is it important? My answer is: history, thankfulness, and gratitude. History has
been showing us that we are much better and stronger when we work together for
a good cause! History has shown us all the little things we do to help our communities become a better place and we need to continue! There is much despair and hate
taking over many aspects of our lives, so lets try to look at the bright side. A study
was actually done by Harvard that stated, for a fact, that volunteering for an
organization and helping others added years to people’s lives. By helping and
being kind and lending a hand to someone less fortunate makes you feel better
and live longer. “As little as 2 hours per week improves your sense of well being” -
that is a quote from the study! I am so proud and grateful for each and every
member of this Club; no matter how great or small, you all contribute in many ways
to the success and longevity of our group. The accomplishments we have made in
this crazy year have been giant steps for the charities we have helped. I am honored
to say that the Parrot Head Club of Eastern Mass. has represented, helped, volunteered, given their time, and has even given blood to so many worthy causes.
Thank you for all you have done.
Honorably, respectfully and proud of all of you,
Donna “Mac” McCarthy
President PHCoEM (2020-2022)
Make someone smile today
I wish you all the best for a happy, safe, healthy holiday season.
Merry Christmas and best wishes for a much brighter New Year!
Whatever, whoever, whichever you celebrate - please be safe, courteous,
and kind this season.