The Virtual Parrot Head Club Quietly Making Noise …
For Twenty And Counting !!
PHIP would like to take this opportunity to let you know a little about this “unique” club and how they adhere to the very same guidelines, rules and regulations of sanctioning as required by other ‘land based” parrot head clubs.
History Lesson … Early in the 1990s, the Virtual Parrot Head Club was just a glimmer in the mind of Jill Pearson. She forged the nucleus of a different kind of Parrot Head club... an online Parrot Head Club!
There would be no geographical boundaries to limit membership, only one's appreciation for the lifestyle Jimmy Buffett sings about would be a requirement. Using the tools available at the time, Jill built the Virtual Parrot Head Club in the Parrot Head's section of CompuServe's Florida forum.
The success of the Virtual Parrot Head Club was recognized by the official Jimmy Buffett Parrot Head Club sanctioning body, Parrot Heads in Paradise, when it granted the VPHC an official charter... the first, and only online Parrot Head Club!
With the introduction of a VPHC web site in the spring of 1996, Jill's dream was given international exposure and the VPHC grew to global proportions.
Over the 20 years, annual donations have varied but included these charities … The American Red Cross, Toys N Tots (A Key West Police Department Toy Drive), Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Bike MS, The Visiting Nurse and Hospice Association of the Florida Keys and The Scleroderma Foundation, The Red Guitar Campaign, The Lone Palm Foundation, and The Trop Rock Music Association Artist Relief Foundation to name a very few.
The club base is made up of parrot heads who have no local club to join but we also have members who boast multiple club memberships. For many, the Virtual PHC was their very first club and they remain loyal members.
Many VPHC members travel to land based club events to experience the spirit of friendship and community and a few even request a New Club Application and consider forming a new club where none exists.
We anticipate another year of growth in membership as word gets out through the Coconut Telegraph that anyone who enjoys the music of Jimmy Buffett and has the desire to give back but has no land based club to join would find a home with like minded cyber parrot heads via the Virtual PHC!