In the early 1990s, Jill Pearson presented her idea of a different kind of Parrot Head club... an online Parrot Head Club!
PHIP Chapters were very limited in numbers then and it wasn't long before word about a place Parrot Heads could phlock online spread quickly. With Jill using the tools available at the time, she built the Virtual Parrot Head Club in the Parrot Head's section of CompuServe's Florida forum.
There would be no geographical boundaries to limit membership, only one's appreciation for the lifestyle Jimmy Buffett sings about would be a requirement.
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.
Today, a large portion of the club membership remains as the cyber roost for Parrot Heads who have no land based club or Parrot Heads who recently moved and were past members of another PHIP Club. For many, the Virtual PHC was their very first club and they remain loyal members.
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 to name a very few.
The VPHC has donated to many other causes and hosts an annual Party With A Purpose during Meeting of the Minds at the Bottle Cap Lounge and Bar on Simonton St, Key West. This party is the one opportunity the VPHC members have to gather, meet face to face and hold conversation with other Virtual 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 would find a home with likeminded cyber parrot heads via the Virtual PHC!
The Virtual PHC closed the 2016 year out with 253 members and had a large representation during MOTM! In 2016 the Virtual PHC donations totaled $7,500!!
To join the Virtual PHC, please contact: Sue Kermis @firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The Virtuall PHC Membership Application is located at: