Monday, September 21, 2009
I got involved (I have not joined yet, but plan to soon) with the Parrot Head Club of Eastern Massachusetts late in the year last year. My thoughts were to do some cross-marketing for the tropical real estate I tout…little did I know that it would inspire me to add a charitable element to my over-all business plan and that I would meet some new PHriends!
Back in March I attended the annual New England Parrot Head Convention with a goal of reaching this group of people who already have the tropics on their brain and introduce them to the properties I sell in the Caribbean. While I did reach many of the 400+ people in attendance, what I really learned was the true nature of charitable giving! The tag line for Parrot Head Clubs universally (I think) is “Party with a Purpose.” And while the first impression is that this group of Jimmy Buffett fans really enjoy the party aspect, the overwhelming mindset of every single person I had the pleasure of speaking with was…”giving back!” This is such a strong part of what they do that I had to know more…and what I found out is that the documents each club files for it’s application as a “sanctioned” not for profit organization with the name Parrot Head attached…the organization MUST commit to supporting 2 (I believe) charities such as Special Olympics.
With that in mind I want to commend the PH Club of Eastern Massachusetts and the PH Club of Maine…Massachusetts for listening to my proposition and for helping me to get in the door; and the club in Maine for putting on the weekend event where I was able to receive my induction to the Parrot Head mindset!
But…there’s more! It’s not all about raising money and making donations! I have been following the email threads of the Eastern Massachusetts club, events, happenings, Jimmy Buffett concerts, local trop-rock artists playing here there and everywhere…a sunset club cruise…all fun stuff right? Well how about the noble cause of beach clean ups? These folks actually organized a group of people, and have done so for several years now, to clean up some of the beaches in Massachusetts. According to Paul ( a club member), he has “been organizing Coastsweep Beach Cleanups here in Massachusetts going on 7 years now for the Parrot Head Club of Eastern Massachusetts.
Our members have picked up over 2500 pounds of trash during that period-not bad considering most of it is paper cups and napkins and untold millions of cigarette butts!
We do our events rain or shine. We've had 45 degree days and 80 degree days, bright sunshine, overcast days, winds up to 30 mph and rain squalls with visibility down to about 100 yards. Yet our members show up every year to participate with big smiles and no complaints. This is a great event, especially for families with (well-supervised) 'keets.
We did two clean ups this past weekend. And folks are already talking about next year!!
I know that our neighbor club-the Nautical Whalers also have done Coastsweep cleanups.”
I hope Paul doesn’t mind that I quoted him, but I wanted to pass the credit along to these folks. I am certain that there are other PH Clubs which do similar projects to help out with their local community and my goal here is to spread the word so that others get involved in a like way.
In the mean time…you PHolks of the Eastern Massachusetts Club…keep up the good work and watch for my membership application!
While this is not meant to be a promotional post, if you want to know more about the Parrot Head Club of Eastern Massachusetts you can click here.
Hit ‘em straight!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Orchid Bay, Belize has experienced such a fantastic level of interest and enthusiasm for their "Insider Tours" they have just released the dates for the next few months. First off, this is absolutely the best way to discover Belize Real Estate.
The "Insider Tours" at Orchid Bay are extremely affordable; three days and two nights for only $299 per person....now...you do have to get to Belize City yourself, but once in-country, Orchid Bay staff will greet you and transport you to the hotel, entertain you with a beach front BBQ or pig roast with music and a bon-fire on the beach on Friday evening, take you on a river jungle tour to discover some Mayan ruins and yes...take you on a tour of the property at Orchid Bay.
Upcoming dates for the ultimate way to check out the Orchid Bay opportunity (and get three days in Belize on the cheap!):
*November 6-8, 2009
*December 11-13, 2009
*January 22-24, 2010
*February 26-28, 2010
*March 26-28, 2010
*April 23-25, 2010
These photos were taken just last month in August...they are really making great progress...and my understanding is that they are building 24 of the pictured casitas and that 18 of them are sold...(make that 19, because I'm going to reserve one tomorrow!).I'm likely buying it with my self-directed IRA.
Hit 'em straight...or use the whole course...who cares? Just hit 'em!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Dominica's Prime Minister Skerrit signed a "framework" agreement with China this past Wednesday in the capitol city of Roseau. The agreement will loan Dominica $40 million for the purpose of the construction and expansion of the Dominica State College, the construction of the State House; construction of new facilities to house the offices of the Electoral Commission and the rehabilitation of major roads in Roseau; according to Dominica News Online.
According to some of the comments left online about this article, the residents of Dominica would like to see some improvements throughout the small island nation rather than only in the capital city of Roseau. From what I understand, the roads could be improved leading from Roseau to destinations such as Portsmouth in the north.Making the rest of the island more accessible for tourists will make it more enjoyable to visit and will lead to more visitors, especially overnight visitors which is what Dominica needs to improve.
As for it being a Caribbean Real Estate opportunity, I can only see the future being bright for this wonderful country. As this kind of investment in the country becomes more prominent and the ability to get from south to north, not to mention the possibility of a new airport...well...hell it can only improve!
It is after all...the Caribbean's "Nature Island" and who wouldn't want to visit the place where Johnny Depp made Pirates of the Caribbean! The development opportunity is ripe for the taking for resort developers with the vision to see two or three years down the road. This is a magnificent little country with a tremendous opportunity for the eco-tourist; even today there are several resorts with the secluded jungle type vacation as well as the ocean front vacation. I am going to pay close attention to the little sleeper, watch as things begin to happen here over the next few years...I think we are all in for a treat!
Sorry it was so long between posts this time around, it has been incredibly busy for me launching the new web site at SkipJackMarketing and preparing for an upcoming webinar with the Entrust Group and with the guys over at Orchid Bay, Belize. Once we have the date and time established, I will post an invite to the webinar. Orchid Bay will be presenting about their wonderful piece of paradise in Belize...and Entrust will be presenting on how to buy your piece of paradise using your IRA or 401K!
'Til then...hit 'em straight!