I was one of the founding members of the club and joined the board after the second year and then Member at Large and the entertainment director. I was responsible for booking all the music for a couple of years. I then was elected to Vice President and was responsible for our Birthday parties until I was elected President. The club has been a tremendous opportunity to get to meet so many new friends. I love all Trop Rock music and feel blessed to be able to live here in this Trop Rock Mecca called Paradise. I was always kind of a "Closet Buffett Fan" I enjoyed his music but was never involved in the parrot head organization until finding CHPHC 8 years ago. My favorite song is "One Particular Harbor" although I love many of his songs. My first Buffett concert was in Tampa. I was born and brought up in Brewer, Maine (a suburb of Bangor), went to high school and college in Maine. After school, I moved to Mass and worked for H J Heinz Company for 22 years, managing numerous manufacturing plants throughout the US. After my stint with Heinz, I started my own management consulting company and worked all over the country again. I have two sons, one in Maryland and one in Massachusetts and one daughter in Pennsylvania; they are all married and I have 7 grandchildren. I have always loved racing and competition and have raced hydroplane boats, drag racing, motorcycle enduro racing, and motorcycle ice racing. One of my favorite Buffett Quotes is "People who think too much before they act don't act too much."
Teresa Bird - Vice Presidenttbird@chphc.com
Teresa was born and raised in Baltimore, MD where she and her husband Steve were active in boating and planning raft-ups on the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. She has one son, Ron and his wife, Michelle, who still live in Maryland. At the time of this writing, she has her first Grandchild on the way, a girl, due by the end of Oct. 2017. Teresa and Steve moved to FL in 2005 where they lived in Palm Harbor while their home was being built in Spring Hill. At this time, they joined the Tampa Bay PHC. When they moved to Spring Hill they became active in the Nature Coast PHC, where Steve was elected President. Teresa held the positions of Secretary and Membership Director, at different times, since this was a club in its infancy. They relocated to North Port in 2012 and joined the Charlotte Harbor PHC. Teresa became an active member after one year and helped create a new position in the club as New Member Ambassador. She felt there was a need to help new members feel more welcome by introducing them individually at the meetings when they joined. She also instituted the Meet ‘N Greet program, which is held 3 times a year for new members and those that want to get to know others in the club. In 2015, Teresa was asked to take over the position of VP that was coming vacant in 2016. After some coaxing, she stepped up to the challenge and has chaired the annual Birthday Party since then. It is her hope that many others in the club will follow her lead and step up to the challenge of representing our great club as she did. She wants the club to grow with new ideas from many different people. She looks forward to the many new phriendships ahead. Favorite Buffett song; “Barometer Soup”. Favorite saying: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”. ~Les Brown
"Would you like to purchase 50/50 tickets this evening? I have 6 for $5.00, 15 for $10.00 and 30 for $20.00. Thank you and Good Luck!" I utter these words every month at the meeting while sporting my themed hat, all with the hopes that you'll so graciously buy. THANK YOU to those that faithfully do. With that being said...How did I get the opportunity to become your Charitable Giving Director? Special thanks goes out to Jerry York for approaching me at The Nav-a-gator during music and a cocktail or two. Deep breath, first I had to be born in New Jersey (yes, I am a Jersey Girl incase you didn't know yet) then marry my husband Charlie in 1982. Have two daughters, who are now 30 and 24, move to Sarasota, Florida in 1988. Hate living in our condo and build a house in North Port in 1993. Actually the parrot head journey starts back in June of 2010 when our friends Donna and Paul Listenberger asked us to join the club. Nah...not for us, meaning my husband and I. Persistant little buggers they were, they asked us a year later and we were ripe for the picking. Bored at home with a new pool and no friends to have fun with we said 'what the heck, let's go and see what it's about'. In July 2011 we went to our first meeting and within 10 minutes we were new members. August came and there was all this talk about a birthday party weekend over Labor Day. What the heck, let's go! We were officially hooked. Did I know anything about Jimmy Buffet, not really except for Cheeseburger in Paradise (remember I'm a Jersey Girl, it's all about Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi) but it really didn't seem to matter. We instantly made friends that weekend that we can proudly call "best friends and family". I can't express to you the gratitude I feel towards the CHPHC for uniting us with such wonderful, fun-loving, caring, appreciative, devoted individuals. We've shared our family's joys and sorrows and have felt their love. If you're not sure if you'll ever be as lucky as we were to make bonding relationships, know that you will, you've got me already..."Thank you and Good Luck!"
Sam Densler - Music Directorsdensler@chphc.com
I have been a member of CHPHC for 6 years. I discovered and have been a fan of Jimmy Buffet since high school, in Maryland in the late '70's. I am the owner of Songwriter's Island and co-owner of Beachfront Radio. My wife Gina is also a member of CHPHC and part of Songwriter's Island as well. I was born in New Jersey, went to High School and College in Maryland. I have lived in Florida since 1983. My favorite Buffett Song is Semi-True Story and Inspirational quote (from Buffet has been on email signature since the dawn of email) "If you ever wonder why you ride the carousel, you do it for the stories you can tell" or "Stories We Could Tell".
Wanda Grindstaff - Communication Directorwanda@chphc.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
I am delighted to be a part of this wonderful club. I joined CHPHC in April, 2015. I had been a fan of Jimmy Buffet for many years and have a passion for music and dancing. It seemed like a great fit for me and has proved to be more than I ever expected. I moved to the area from the Coast of North Carolina in Dec. 2012. I am semi-retired and loving my life here in Florida. The community, the friends and the activities have been just what I was looking for when I left N.C. My favorite Jimmy Buffet quote is "Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see". My life has always been in the fast lane and now, I can truly say that "I can see" all the wonderful things this club and lifestyle have to offer.
Jimi DiNapoli - Social Directorjimi@chphc.com
Jimi has been a member of the club for five years and has served on the Board for the last two as Welcome Ambassador and most recently as Social Director. He is also the emcee at the monthly phlockings, introducing guests and administering the new member oath as well as writing and distributing the Club’s monthly program. Jimi is a regular columnist for the The Parrot magazine as well. Jimi quickly escaped his birthplace of New York City and calls the beaches of Southampton, NY his hometown. There he was a clam digger, bayman, scallop diver and fisherman. He eventually made his way to Wall Street where he began his 30 year career as a financial advisor. In between was a move to South Florida and four years on the island of St. Maarten. After raising two wonderful kids in Lake Placid, FL, JImi has returned to the sea, living on his sailboat “Whole Nine Yards” in Fisherman’s Village. He is currently in the process of moving his company (Osprey Advisors) headquarters to a new location in Punta Gorda. Reach him at email@example.com.
Patti Byrski - Treasurerpbyrski@chphc.com
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Ken & Suzie Reinhardt ~ Ken@chphc.comMembership Directors
Jimmy Buffet started our love for tropical styled music back in the 70’s. Our ‘Trop Rock’ music education began in 2010 as members of the St. Louis Parrot Head Club (STLPHC). Many of the Trop Rock musicians traveled through Illinois to the ‘Bat Cave’ house concert venue and the STLPHC club functions. Because of this exposure, my wife, Suzie, and I arrived in SWFL with a pretty good knowledge of the Trop Rock artist community. Moving into their SWFL stomping grounds has been a great listening experience for both of us. I joined CHPHC in 2016 and my wife, Suzie, joined a little sooner, in 2015, after moving here from the St. Louis, Mo area (Belleville, IL). Leaving our STLPHC phriends was the hardest thing we’ve had to do in a long time and we were sure we would never have friends like that in our new Florida home. We were wrong! Charlotte Harbor Parrot Head Club has welcomed me into their club and has elected me to take over the CHPHC Membership responsibilities with the help of my wife and her computer skills. I met Suzie in 1977 and we married in 1981. We adopted 2 children and built our life in Belleville where I had lived my whole life. My career started with Exide motive power and grew into a long career in Industrial Power Sales. My wife developed and grew her computer skills during her 16 year career at Empire Comfort Systems. Our favorite Jimmy Buffet song is One Particular Harbor and we have a spot in Illinois that began our tropical paradise training. We named our summer place on a small IL lake, KMW, (Key Mid West) it was our “Margaritaville”, “Key West”, and our “One Particular Harbor” fun get-a-way. Jimmy Buffet’s “Breathe in Breathe Out – Move On” is our favorite quote and that is exactly what we did. We didn’t know where we would retire until we visited friends (Batman) in Punta Gorda a few years ago and looked at homes during our visit. We bought our home, quit our jobs and here we are living in paradise!
Michelle Lerario ~ firstname.lastname@example.orgSecretary
I just moved here in June and joined CHPHC in July, and now I am honored to be a part of an amazing club and board! I am originally from Elmira, NY, but have moved quite a bit in my lifetime. I have lived in 6 states and have visited all the states except for 7! I first fell in love with Jimmy Buffet music in college, where I attended my first concert. It wasn’t until I met my fiancé’, Kevin, that I really became a parrot head. For the last 7 years, we have gone to a concert every year and always said we wanted to join a parrot head club, finally we did and the best one at that! I don’t have a favorite song, I love them all, but my favorite quote is,” If life hands you limes, make margaritas!” Looking forward to Partying with a Purpose with everyone! If you see me, please introduce yourself!
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