May is always a fun and exciting month on the Island. We have many great opportunities for everyone. The 4th Annual Bike the Banks will be held on Saturday, May 5 beginning at 8:00 am. There are three rides to choose from - Ride 1: Emerald Isle Ride (10 miles along the Bike Path) $25 entry fee. Ride 2: Fort Macon Ride (50 miles) $40 entry fee. Ride 3: Cape Lookout (100 miles) $40 entry fee. Thanks to all the volunteers who make this possible. To register please visit the following website -- https://www.active.com/emerald-isle-nc/cycling/bike-the-banks-2018?int= .
The National Day of Prayer will be held on Thursday, May 3. The event is an ecumenical program and will be held at the Town Administration Building at 12 noon. A wonderful group of volunteers are working to make this a special day. The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the bill was signed by President Ronald Reagan designating the first Thursday of May as a National Day of Prayer. The theme for this year’s observance will be “Pray for America- Unity.” It challenges all of us to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Please join us on Thursday, May 3rd at 12 noon as we celebrate National Day of Prayer as we pray for Unity.
The Police Educating the Public program for May will be on Hurricane Preparedness. I will be leading the program as well as someone from the county office of Emergency Communications. The program will be held on Tuesday, May 15th at 10 am in the Town Board meeting Room. It is always important to prepare for the Hurricane season each and every year. The Hurricane season runs from June 1- November 30. I hope to see you at the meeting on May 15th.
Congratulations to the Emerald Isle Parrot Head Club who received a Proclamation at the February Board meeting. This club is the 8th largest Parrot Head club in the world. They have over 540 members and in 2017 the Emerald Isle Parrot Head Club raised an impressive total of $27,289 for many worthy causes, volunteered 1,435 hours of their time, and participated in numerous community volunteer activities. The Parrot Head Club of Emerald Isle recently gave the town a check for $2,000 for our first responders. The town appreciates their support. The Parrot Heads “ embrace life with laughter and good friends.” Congratulations to the Parrot Head Club!
Monday, May 28 will be Memorial Day. Let us remember our men and women who died while serving in the United States Military. It is one of our nation’s most solemn and hallowed holidays. In 2000, when the U.S Congress passed legislation, all Americans are encouraged to pause for a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 pm. Let us never forget those who gave their life to keep us free.
Enjoy the month of May! It is always a wonderful month. See you around the Island.