Spare Change Challenge
We have a winner for the Spare Change Challenge. This time it is Shelly Piechotte with Team " Save the Ta-tas". They collected a total of $408.74, great job! Thanks to Shelly and Ken Nofs for their fundraising efforts that will go to Taking A Shot At Breast Cancer. Also thanks to everyone who donated all year long.
We now start again with two new Captains and a new charity. Captains this time are Tom Lozowski with Team "Don't Be A Scrooge" and Jim Racz with Team "Santa's Little Helpers". The charity they will be collecting for is: the Department of Health and Human Services. Good luck Captains!
This was our last Road Clean-Up of the season. We gathered for our vests, donuts and Scavenger Hunt lists at the Ride/Share at Fred Moore HWY and I94. Then we were off to clean. It was a beautiful day, not to hot or too cold.
You never know what we will find on the highway! Things like: the missing puzzle piece, a flag, a CD and I don't know what that other thing is Pauline found.
We even find animals on the road. Pauline found a Praying Mantis and Tom found the Frog from Frogger (the one that didn't make it across)!
We had two drivers this time, Steve Padgett and Jim Howard. Jim also got out and cleaned as well. Jim are you shooting at us with your Grabber?
We finished most of the east bound side of I94 before it was time to stop. We gathered back at the Ride/Share to count up our Scavenger Hunt lists. The mosquitos were really bad out there even though we sprayed. Poor Pauline really got bit around her face! But one thing to take away the itch is to win the Scavenger Hunt and get the $40.00 prize. Congrats Pauline!
We then all went to Adair Bar for lunch. We had 7 people and gathered 17 bags of trash.
We want to thank Steve Padgett for chairing this for us each year. Thanks to everyone who came out each time to clean. Thanks for the drivers who follow along with bags, water and BLAST the Buffett music while we clean. See you next year!
BWPHC 20th Anniversary Party
On Sept. 9, 2023 our club turned 20 years old! We had our party on Sept. 23rd. We got together at the pole barn on State Road to decorate. Very important "people" were there; Ilene O'vere, Pyro Pete and Phulcking Phlocker Award! Also the club gave all members a gift, BWPHC coffee cup and kuzzie.
We set up a popcorn maker and Margarita blender. Bill Quinlan was our caterer, he set up a wonderful spread. Including our gumbo recipe and wonderful desserts. Don't worry, Steve still brought his Famous Dessert too.
Here are some of the Parrot Heads that came.
Bill and Steve Padgett got the best t-shirts! I want one!
After a few words from our club President and the last of the Founding members, we did a Team Drink! Then ate! While we were eating and socializing our AV Crew (Jim Howard and Ken Nofs) had music playing and a slide show of past events. Talk about a Blast from the Past. Denise also brought an old photo album. That was fun to look at. The Canadians smuggled in some tabs for us. And we announced the next Phlucking Phlocker Award winner. Drum roll please....for all his help with the Christmas party and the Meat Raffle the winner is Bob Howard! He will get to keep the award for a year, adding something to it and will bring it back next anniversary party to give to someone else.
We also played games, corn hole was set up inside and large Jenga was set up outside. Ken and Pauline did a Buffett Trivia game with Junior Mints as a prize if you got a question right.
Now it was time for the Boat Drink Contest. First up is Tom Lozowski. The first contest we ever had he had a stuffed parrot that pooped out a pudding shot. For the 20th anniversary he felt it only right to bring him back as "Parrot Poop 2.0". Still using the Cookies and Cream pudding but adding different liquors.
Next up was Pauline and Ken Nofs with Blue Hawaii 5-0. A tropical drink with 5 different liquors. As Pauline mixed Ken danced to the theme song to the show Hawaii 5-0.
The last contestant was Kelly Parker with Drunk Monkey. She told the story of the pirates having pet monkeys on the ship. They learned to use their tails to steal the rum from the pirates and get drunk. You can see our three judges toasting that drink. Thanks Denise Baranowski, Terry Burr and Shelly Piechotte for being judges!
We have two type of winners, one for taste and one for presentation. The winner for presentation was Pauline and Ken with Blue Hawaii 5-0! The winner for taste was Kelly for Drunk Monkey! Each won $25.00.
We then talked, drank and socialized. Because Bill Ainsworth didn't charge us for the use of the pole barn we wanted to show our appreciation by giving he and his wife a $100.00 gift card to their favorite restaurant, Texas Roadhouse. We also brought our own soap, toilet paper, paper towel and trash bags so as not to use up theirs.
Soon people started to leave and so we cleaned up. A few die hards stayed to continue to party.
It's been 20 years and what a ride it's been. What a great group of friends! We have done alot along the way. Jimmy may be gone but not forgotten! We will carry on what he taught us "Party With A Purpose"! Thank you party committee for putting this on for us. Thank you to everyone who helped in whatever way you did. Let's see how far we can take this club! Phinz Up ~~~^~~~
Our second road clean up of the season was July 23. We had 6 brave Parrot Heads show up. We got our vests, donuts and Scavenger lists. Then we headed out to clean our section.
You never know what we find on the highway. Not sure what Candi found, maybe ice chains for your shoes??...and an Apples to Apples card. Tom found the very hard to find "A parrot item", license plate and he tried to pass this piece of hose as a Canadian item. Get it "you hoser"? It didn't work!
As always we need a driver to stay with the group cleaning, Steve was our driver. Thanks Steve!
It was a very hot day so to stay safe we did stop ealrier then our usual 12:00 stop but we were able to get about half of the east bound side done. Surprisingly it wasn't too bad. We had a total of 9 bags. We headed back to the ride/share to count up our lists. The winner with 12 items was Tom Lozowski!
So then all that was left to do was go to lunch. We went to Adair Bar.
We want to thank Steve Padgett for chairing this for us each year. Thanks to everyone who came out and cleaned. We only have one more this year. Hope to see you there.
Rotary International Day Parade
To start off boat week there is a parade and we were in it. We dressed in our best pirate and Parrot Head apparel and gathered with the float at the north end of Port Huron. It was a cold and rainy day but we've seen worse. We got the float skirting and book covers up and covered with plastic just in time for the rain to start. Tom's cuff string came untied but when it was tied back his sword was tied in it! A pirate can't fight like that!
The rain stopped for a bit but started back up again as we were off. Rick and Debbie carried the banner for us.
Jim was on the back of the float acting like a propeller with his umbrella.
We made it through the parade but we were soaked. After, some went to Cheap Charlie's for dinner and to dry off.
Thank you Jim and Donna Howard for chairing parades for us each year! Thank you to everyone who came out to march in the rain. We can't do this without you!