Lakes Area Parrot Heads
My name is Jim Brogren and I am our club founder. I grew up listening to Jimmy Buffett and always strived to live the laidback life style Margaritaville represented. After going to a few concerts at Alpine Valley I knew I wanted to start a Parrot Head club. I started researching the process and found out there were a few attempts by individuals in the Fargo, ND area to start a club but nothing ever took. I still was determined to have a local club. I contacted PHIP, Inc and Bob sent me the application and info regarding startups. Within 3 months our first meeting was scheduled and much to our surprise more than a dozen people showed up.
Each year the weekend prior to Labor Day Weekend we host our annual Boats & Bars events. It consists of three days of PHUN. Friday night is our maCAWS for PAWS benefit for a local animal shelter. There is live music, silent auction and a raffle drawing for a vacation package (this year was 7nts in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and a $1000 airfare voucher). The event is held at Zorbaz on the Beach which is our host bar throughout the year. We will be donating approx $8000 to the Marshmallow Foundation from this years event.
Saturday is our Boats & Bars event where people float their boats for charity. People decorate their pontoons, load up the coolers and head out to the sandbar on our lake. We have a stage set-up for music and everyone ties their boats together for a day of fun in the sun.
A $15 lanyard gets you Live Music from Noon to 1:30AM plus two complimentary beverages. Proceeds to benefit Lakes Crisis Center and Friends of Tamarac. Sunday Bloody Mary Morning at Zorbaz is a great way to recap the weekend’s adventures and say goodbye to phellow Parrot Heads.
BUT our favorite yearly event is held on Christmas Day at 11:00AM. We gather at the local hospital with Santa and Mrs. Claus and hundreds of stuffed bears to distribute to patients at our hospital and all local nursing homes. We even sing carols at one of the homes! We solicit donations all year for this project and even had a Fargo TV station join us on our tenth year for the feel good story of Christmas Night news.
Operation Teddy Bear is now in it's 13th year we can't wait until December 25th to arrive.
We try to donate to a variety of charities within our 50 mile radius. We vote on what our events proceeds will benefit. Some of the recipients have been Humane Society of the Lakes, Habitat for Humanity of the Lakes Area, Becker County Food Pantry, The Marshmallow Foundation, WDAY Honor Flight, Make A Wish of North Dakota, Ronald McDonald House, Mahube Giving Tree, Great Plains Food Bank and many more.
We do have a fondness for animal charities and our local food banks :)
I think one of the unique qualities of our club is its size and what we have been able to accomplish. We maintain approximately 50 or so members annually. Our monthly meetings average a 50% or greater attendance by membership. We are a small group with big hearts. When they say Parrot Heads have a volunteer problem, that definition was written for us!
We are one of only two clubs in Minnesota. We are located approximately 45 Miles East of Fargo, ND and 4 hours North of the Twin Cities. Northern Latitudes, Caribbean Attitudes.
Winning the Golden Coconut Award of Excellence at the 20th Meeting of the Minds was our greatest accomplishment. For those who haven't submitted an essay, do it. The accolades that come with this honor are immeasurable.
For more information about the Lakes Area Parrot Heads, or to join them, go to www.lakesareaparrotheads.com