Inner Circle

We are often asked, "Just who are these guys in the top hats?" Well, these gentlemen are known as the Groundhog Club's Inner Circle. They're a group of local dignitaries responsible for carrying on the tradition of Groundhog Day every year. They're the ones who are not only responsible for planning the events every year, but they're also responsible for the feeding and care of Phil himself!

Click the names of any Inner Circle member on the left for individual photos and additional information. To contact the Inner Circle send e-mail in care of events@remove-this.punxsutawney.com

Current Members

A. J. Dereume- Rainmaker

Member Since: 2010

Weather Philosophy: There’s no time like snow time!

If I wasn't working on Groundhog Day activities, I'd be: Celebrating "Groundhog Day Eve" at 510 Myrtle Ave. with 50-100 of my closest friends

Favorite Drink: I.C. Light and a shot of Crown please!

On February 3, I'll be:...More>>

Bill Deeley - President

Member Since: 1986

Weather Philosophy: Winter is to be cold, & summers are to be warm.

If I wasn't working on Groundhog Day activities, I'd probably be: working.

Favorite Drink: Diet Coke.

On February 3, I'll be: very happy.

On Groundhog Day you can expect to find me: wherever Phil is.

If you...More>>

Bob Roberts - His Protector

Member Since: 1987

Weather Philosophy: God Bless Global Warming

If I wasn't working on Groundhog Day activities, I'd probably be: Watching a Notre Dame Football Game or Golfing some where warm

Favorite Drink: Diet Pepsi

On February 3, I'll be: Trying to recover from Feb. 2nd!

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Butch Philliber - Iceman

Member Since :1988

Weather Philosophy:  The application of science and technology to predict the state of the atmosphere is about as believable as the Government telling you they are here to help you.  When you hear Punxsutawney Phil's Prognostication on February 2nd be a believer!  He has the ability and the...More>>

Dave Gigliotti - Thunder Conductor

Member Since: 2007 

Weather Philosophy: Live your life! Let the weather do what it may. 

If I wasn’t working on Groundhog Day I’d Probably be: Packing up the family and making the Trek to Gobbler’s Knob to see Phil make his Prognostication. 

Favorite Drink: A Gobbler’s Knob (A...More>>

Jason Grusky- Big Chill

Member Since: 2011

Weather Philosophy: Despite my title of “Big Chill”, I would be perfectly happy if Phil never saw another shadow again!  Bring on Spring!

 

If I wasn't working on Groundhog Day activities, I'd probably be: Enjoying all of the GHD festivities with my beautiful wife Holly and my three awesome children...More>>

Jeff Grube - Sky Painter

Member Since: 2006

Weather Philosophy: Meteorologist!? We ain't got no meteorologist. We don't need need no meteorologist! I don't have to show you no stinking meteorologist!!

If I wasn't working on Groundhog Day activities, I'd probably be: Talking to the great Phil fans in Punxsy to clelbrate Groundhog Day.

Favorite...More>>

Jeff Lundy - Vice President, Fair Weatherman

Member Since: 1990

Weather Philosophy: Phil says any day above ground, shadow or no shadow, is a good day.

If I wasn't working on Groundhog Day activities, I'd probably be: tracking down and converting those who doubt the all-knowing weather power of the Seer of Seers.

Favorite Drink: IPA

On February 3, I'll be...More>>

John Griffiths - Co-Handler

Member Since: 1999

Weather Philosophy: Snow is beautiful through a picture window.

If I wasn't working on Groundhog Day activities, I'd probably be: enjoying a thick, luxurious set of hair instead of pulling it out over Groundhog Day.

Favorite Drink: Groundhog Brew.

On February 3, I'll be busy: working and...More>>

John Prushnok-- Coal Front

Member Since: 2012

Weather Philosophy: Rain, Sleet, Snow or Shine whatever Phil says I'll be fine.

If I wasn't working on Groundhog Day I would be.... strumming my six string on the porch swing.

Favorite Drink: Knob Creek

On Groundhog Day you can expect to find me: on the Knob jivin with the mob

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Jon Johnston- Chief Healthman

Member Since: 2011

Weather Philosophy: Enjoy whatever weather you have it is the only weather you get.

If I wasn't working on Groundhog Day activities, I'd probably be: At the Knob...More>>

Keith Shields - Secretary/Treasurer, Head Hailmaker

Member Since: 1992

Weather Philosophy: 6 more weeks of winter means 6 more weeks of snowmobiling!

If I wasn't working on Groundhog Day activities, I'd probably be: Snowmobiling 

Favorite Drink: Groundhog Brew

On February 3, I'll be busy: hibernating like Phil.

On Groundhog Day you can expect to find...More>>

Punxsutawney Phil

AKA: Seer of Seers  Prognosticator of Prognosticators  Weather Predictor Extraordinaire   National Treasure  Most Photographed Pennsylvanian 

Weather Philosophy: Phil has been predicting weather for over 120 years. He is accurate 100% of the time. Only the president of the inner circle talks with...More>>

Ron Ploucha - Stump Warden - Co-Handler

Member Since: 1997

Weather Philosophy: Into each life a little rain must fall (along with some snow and sleet and freezing drizzle) but always remember that the warmth of the sun is right behind the nearest cloud!

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Tom Dunkel- Shingle Shaker

Member Since: 2012

Weather Philosophy: I am a commercial roofing contractor and if you want to know the weather forecast for the next seven days just ask me. My work world revolves around weather and I rely heavily on Phil

 

If I wasn't working on Groundhog Day activities I'd probably be: I’d be enjoying the...More>>

Tom Uberti - The Big Windmaker

Member Since: 2005

Weather Philosophy: 6 more weeks of winter means 6 more weeks of Pittsburgh Penguins hockey with Crosby, Malkin & company. Go Pens.

If I wasn't working on Groundhog Day activities, I'd probably be: taking the time off from work anyway to work security at the "knob" as I had done prior to...More>>

Retired Members

Bill Cooper - Past President

Given Name: President & Wind Warden

Member Since: 1986

Weather Philosophy: Don't worry; you can't do a thing about it!

If I wasn't working on Groundhog Day activities, I'd probably be: doing something constructive, but not nearly as much fun.

Favorite Drink: Water - the favorite drink of groundhogs

On...More>>

Ed Jekielek - Storm Chaser

Member Since: 1998

Weather Philosophy: Originally my philosophy was influenced by Aristotle but, as I grow older I’m a bit more Socratic.

If I wasn’t working on Groundhog Day I’d Probably be: In Florida

Favorite Drink: Beer

On Feb 3rd I’ll Be: In the Sunny Florida Keys

On Groundhog Day you can find...More>>

Mike Johnston - Big Flake Maker

Member Since: 1992

Weather Philosophy: You can't change it, so enjoy it!

If I wasn't working on Groundhog Day activities, I'd probably be: unhappy.

Favorite Drink: Diet Pepsi.

On February 3, I'll be busy: getting ready to go fishing.

On Groundhog Day you can expect to find me: at Gobbler's...More>>