The members of Ravens Roost 73 have been very busy since our last newsletter. Just read on to find out more!
CARSON’S CREEKSIDE BARTENDING COMPETITION
On February 24, 2009, members, family and friends gathered at Carson’s to support the many of us who were bartending in an effort to raise money for our charities. The competition this time around was pretty tough and after 10 weeks of rival “guest bartenders”, we took second place. You can’t have that much fun and still raise $200.00 for our causes. We also sold 50/50 raffle tickets and earned an additional $85.00.
5TH ANNUAL BULLROAST
Well, on March 7th, we had another huge success at our 5th Annual Bull and Oyster Roast held at Rosedale Gardens. The music by No Pets for Noah never fails to get a group of 340 folks on the dance floor. Several members, added to our achievement, with their hard work at the plant and money wheels, and by going from table to table selling raffle tickets for some really cool Raven’s memorabilia. It was a great night of fun, food and friendship. We raised a record $6,923.00 for our efforts. Plus, a special congratulations goes out to Barb Sann, who was presented with the “Mr. Len” MVP award for her dedicated service and volunteerism during 2008.
Our friends at this neighborhood restaurant invited us in for a night of fun and a chance to assist in our fundraising efforts. All we had to do was “tend bar”. We couldn’t pass up an opportunity like that, so on March 28th many members and guests stopped by for some food, drinks and music. Thanks to Sandra, Andrea, Nancy and Mark for doing a great job behind the bar. What started out at 10% of the take that night, turned into a whole lot more. We brought in $2,900.00 in sales and they very generously gave us a check for $400.00 for just having a good time. And, Kathy Sinnott was the lucky winner of the autographed Joe Flacco helmet raffle which increased our “labors” by an additional $250.00. Way to go, RR 73!!!
FIDOS FOR FREEMOM
Our Ravens Roost not only cares a great deal about the people right here in our community; they support causes that assist in many other ways too. Fidos for Freedom, Inc. is composed of a dedicated group of volunteers who strive to increase the quality of life through the use of specially trained Hearing Dogs, Service Dogs and Therapy Dogs. Our Roost donated $50.00 to this remarkable training organization on behalf of member Debbie Kale whose very own dog is a therapy dog. The group recently held their Tux and Tails Gala, an event which honored their sponsors and Debbie provided us with a copy of the Gratitude Guide which listed RR 73 as a supporter of their organization.
BUILDING OUR TROPICAL PARADISE
It all began with a few ideas and grew, with the many hands of the laborers, into another masterpiece. Over a span of 8 weeks in April and May, our Hawaiian Island began to take shape. With the building of a 3 tier waterfall by Mark to the smoking volcano that Sandra created over Lenny’s van, our float became a sight to behold. Add some tropical flowers and a few exotic birds and you can almost feel the cool Hawaiian breezes washing over you. Thanks to all who showed up week after week to work on the construction, costumes and accessories. It was another job well done by the very talented members of our roost.
TEXAS HOLD’EM TOURNAMENT
On May 8th, we held our second successful Texas Hold’em Tournament at Rockaway Beach Volunteer Fire Hall. 49 players rounded out the tables and after a dinner of spaghetti, meatballs and garlic bread whipped up by our amazing kitchen crew, the card games got underway. Hank was the big winner for the second time in a row. How does he do that? We added another $1,600.00 to our treasury to support our many charities.
Chesapeake Senior High School held its Annual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 19th. Lenny Banack, Jr. our scholarship chairperson presented a $2,000.00 scholarship each to Michael Brooks and Natalie Elardo. These two extraordinary seniors could not be more deserving. Both served as officers of their senior class; Michael as President and Natalie as Secretary and earned many awards for their athletic and scholastic achievements. They both plan to attend the University of MD in the fall. We are very proud of our recipients this year.
CONVENTION/PARADE IN OCEAN CITY
Ravens Roost 73 is proud to announce another banner year at the annual convention held in Ocean City, Maryland from May 28th through May 31st . To follow the theme this year of "Game Time in Marga-Raven-Ville; the group worked hard on the float, which was a Hawaiian island getaway, complete with a smoking volcano and a running waterfall surrounded by tropical flowers and birds. The whole group dressed in their Polynesian outfits and purple leis. The competition was fierce and our efforts brought us a 2nd place trophy. Along with our parade celebration, we brought home four 1st place trophies in several other competitions to include tug-of-war, and volleyball. Roost 73 scored the most trophies of any other roost at the convention.
Wee, let’s go bowling. And that we did at Lenny’s on June 13th. Several members joined in the friendly competition of Wii bowling and the most delightful surprise of the evening was Frank Schaefer bowling a perfect 300 game. WOW!!! Bridgett has more events like this planned, so check out the website for upcoming dates.
REAL BIG BALL BOWLING
On July 24th, about 20 members and a few spectators :-() met at Country Club Lanes on Route 40 for some socializing and, of course, ten pin bowling. It was so much fun observing the various forms and the gyrations performed by our “skilled” bowlers. Nancy Harris and Frank Schaefer tied for high game at 163. The next day was sure to be filled with aching muscles as well as fond memories. Buckets of beer and pizza only added to the amusement.
You would never know it but Debbie Kale did not grow up a football fan. That was until she had a chance to go to a couple of games during the 2000 (can you say Super Bowl) season. Her first game in Ravens Stadium and she was an instant convert. She was even lucky enough to see the playoff game on New Years Eve against the Denver Broncos. Her love for the Ravens took her to Tennessee (road trip with fellow RR73 members Sue and Nadine) this past season when the Ravens beat the Titans.
Debbie has been coming to Laidback Lenny's for the last 3 years with Steve (her long time love). They met some of the members of RR73 and loved the camaraderie that they experienced. They started watching games at Lenny's and realized that the Roost was full of people who were great friends and great fans of football. Debbie says that she loved the local neighborhood feel of Lenny's. When she heard more about what RR73 does for its charities and the local community, both she and Steve were sold. They finally joined the Roost this year and are already active members. This year Debbie and Steve went to their first Roost convention in O.C. - and Debbie vows they won't miss another.
When Debbie is not cheering on the Ravens she is active in Fidos for Freedom (see story above) with her sweet chocolate lab named Hazelnut who is a therapy dog. Her son Brandon is starting his second year of college at Frostburg U. She enjoys being outdoors doing things like hiking, biking, kayaking and camping. And of course she loves hanging out with her friends at Lenny's.
Debbie loves many of the Ravens and is a big fan of Ray Lewis and Todd Heap. But like many of us, Joe stole her heart last season and now she is wacko for Flacco and calls him her favorite player.
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Welcome to New Members
Jessie & Tony Bialek Kim Paul
Andrea David Doug Snyder
Sharon & Randy Hitt Monte Stratton
Debbie Kale Kathy & Mike Sweeney
Debbie & Kevin Kinnear James & Wilma Webber
Calendar of Upcoming Events
Congratulations to the lucky winner of our annual Season Ticket Raffle, Emory Volkman. The winning ticket was sold by Gail Weaver. Mr. Volkman decided to take the money, so the season tickets are again up for grabs. They are offered to the membership for $1,500.00. Otherwise, they will be auctioned off on e-bay.
Karen Albert – Chairperson
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