PHIN CITY Parrot Head Club
In August 1995, Donna Rocker was just browsing the web and came across some sites about Jimmy Buffett and Parrot Heads. After looking further into it, she learned about Parrot Head clubs. Much to her surprise she also learned there was no such club in Las Vegas. This had to be changed! She set out recruiting help in forming Las Vegas’ first Parrot Head Club. She contacted other clubs across the country and with their help the officers were chosen and responsibilities assigned. The Las Vegas Club at that time was one of the latest clubs to be formed (kind of like the parakeet in the phlock).
The Las Vegas Parrot Head Club met officially for the first time on January 3, 1996 at Tommy Rocker’s Cantina and Grill. It was a “phlocking” which is another name for “social gathering” otherwise known as Party with a Purpose!
Since then we have grown up, changed our name to Phin City Parrot Head Club, and had great leadership to help us along the way. However, we have never stopped doing environmental work in our community, helping local charities, and enjoying the party along the way.
Our phlock still gathers at Tommy’s each month and instead of a jukebox with 4 Jimmy Buffett CD’s, we have live entertainment (often Tommy himself) to help us lift our glasses for a pirate toast and say, “Argh”. Thanks to Tommy and Donna Rocker, our founders, we are enjoying cheeseburgers in paradise, Las Vegas.
What Makes Us Great:
In its 23rd year our Last Man Standing pre-concert party is still going strong. Held in some different places over the years, it’s final resting place is the parking lot of Tommy Rocker’s. It is Phin City PHC’s major fundraiser and is attended by parrot heads from across the country. We have food and drink, live entertainment, some local and some well known (yes, we have had the Coral Reefers), raffles and auctions. The event is all about “Partying with a Purpose” and has helped to raise money for local charities such as Foster Kids of Southern Nevada (Christmas presents), Children’s Heart Foundation (kids to summer camp), Autism Center (financial assistance grants) and Noah’s Animal House (support for shelter). The silent and live auctions are the best part. From the crazy bidding that goes on for the live auction items, to the last minute bidding for silent auction items, or seeing a parrot head literally sitting on a bid sheet so no one else can bid on their ‘must have’ item. But in the end, it is the amazing amount of money raised from the entire event that allows the true ‘party with a purpose’ to happen when we present our designated charities with a check!
Learn More About Us:
There is a large veteran population in Las Vegas and we have/had many members who have served. Every year we party for a group that puts flags on all the graves at the local Veteran Cemetery. This is very meaningful as a few of our phlock are buried there. We also have partied for the Veteran’s Village which helps veterans with food, shelter, etc. Our club is also partial to the animals and comes out in full force to help any one of the many local shelters.
We have members locally, from many states, and even Australia. Some of our original members are still involved and have been instrumental over the years to establish and grow our club. Our founders are still active and very supportive of the club. And don’t forget that “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”.
To find out more about the Phin City Parrot Head Club (or join!), go to their website: www.phincityphc.org