Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Truth About the First Thanksgiving


Food, football, and…oppression. That’s what Thanksgiving has come to mean to many Americans.
Back in 2007, Seattle public school officials made national news by describing the holiday as a “time of mourning” and a “bitter reminder of 500 years of betrayal.”
This new narrative describes the Pilgrims as arrogant oppressors who fled persecution only to become persecutors themselves, depriving Native Americans of their land and their lives.
But this is wrong on every count.
First of all, the Pilgrims didn’t cross the ocean to flee persecution—or even England. They’d been living for over a decade in Holland, Europe’s most tolerant nation, and a haven for religious dissenters. Free from interference by the Church of England, they feared seduction—not persecution, worrying that their children would be corrupted by the materialistic Dutch culture.
That’s why they risked their dangerous 1620 voyage to a wilderness continent: not because they were running from oppression, but because they were running toward holiness—fulfilling a fateful mission to build an ideal Christian commonwealth.
They initially planned to plant this model society on the wild, wolf-infested island known to natives as Manhattan, but winds and tides blew them 250 miles off course, dumping the Mayflower on the frozen coast of Massachusetts.
Somehow, the Pilgrims saw their dire situation as a demonstration of providential power—especially after a giant wave picked up the flimsy boat of a scouting party on a stormy December night. The turbulent sea then deposited them safely—miraculously—on a little island within sight of the ideal location for their settlement. It was a deserted Indian village with cleared land, stored supplies of corn, and a reliable source of fresh water.
No, these supposedly cruel conquerors never actually invaded that village. Instead, they expressed a fervent desire to pay the natives for the dried corn they found, if only they could find someone to pay. But the former inhabitants had perished during three years of plague—probably smallpox—that immediately preceded the Pilgrims’ arrival.
One of the few survivors of that devastation turned up several months later to welcome the English newcomers. Against all odds, he proved to be the single human being on the continent best-suited to help the struggling settlers, since he spoke English and had already embraced Christianity.
His name was Squanto, and he had grown up in this very village before a ruthless sea captain kidnapped him as a boy and sold him into slavery in Spain. After four years, he was freed by kindly monks, then made his way to England, and finally sailed across the Atlantic—only to find his friends and family all wiped out by disease.
Over the next few months, Squanto helped the English newcomers plant crops and negotiate a friendly trade agreement with the region’s most important chief—Massasoit.
No wonder Pilgrim leader William Bradford called Squanto “a special instrument sent of God for their good.”
The celebration later known as “The First Thanksgiving,” actually involved a three-day harvest festival in October, apparently inspired by the Biblical holiday of Sukkot, or The Feast of Tabernacles. Ninety hungry Indian warriors joined the 53 surviving Pilgrims for this occasion (nearly half the colonists had died during the brutal winter).
The Englishmen provided some vegetables, fish, and perhaps wild turkeys, while the natives brought five recently hunted deer as house gifts. The preferred sport on this occasion wasn’t football, but shooting, with settlers and Indians sharing a fierce fascination with guns.
Though these hardy Pilgrims loom large in the American imagination, they never built their Plymouth settlement into a major colony. In nearby Boston, the later colony of Massachusetts Bay grew so much faster that it swallowed up the great-grandchildren of the Pilgrims in 1691.
But the sense of purpose of the original Pilgrims left a permanent imprint on the national character. They maintained unshakable confidence that God protected them—not to grant special privileges, but to impose special responsibilities. They saw themselves as instruments, not authors, of a mysterious master plan.
Today, with our continued blessings so obvious and so overwhelming, the only reason to treat this beloved national holiday as “a time of mourning” is that some foolish Americans actually think that’s a good idea. The Pilgrims knew better: they understood that people of every culture and every era can gain more from gratitude than from guilt.
I’m Michael Medved for Prager University.

Weekly Poop 11/20/19



Roost #44 Poop
·         From the Prez
December Roost meeting will be WEDNESDAY, December 11th due to Ravens/Jets on Thursday December 12th.  Meeting at Alley Oops.

At the November 14th meeting, Bob Munroe was elected Chair of the Nominating Committee to assemble the slate of candidates for the Election for Officers for 2020.  The following positions are open for election:
President
Vice President
Recording Secretary
Sergeant of Arms
Treasurer
Corresponding Secretary
If you are interested in running for one of these offices, you must contact Bob at rjm73054@gmail.com to have your name placed on the slate of candidates for the 2020 election.  See the By Laws on our website for the responsibilities of each position.  See Article VI Officers and Article VII Nominations & Elections.
At the December 11 Membership Meeting, Bob will announce the slate of candidates.  Nominations can also be made from the floor at the meeting.  After the meeting, all nominations are closed.  The election will be held at the January Membership Meeting.  Call/Text or Email me if you have any questions- 410-598-4597 or eric_waterman@comcast.net.
If you have Sign Up Sheets for Roost functions or other information, they must be put on the Sign In Table.  We don't want members wandering around before or during the meeting passing out information.  You are welcome to sit at the Sign In Table if you have information or Sign In Sheets regarding Roost functions for the members.  Please see Donna Chaplinski, Ronnie Staines or myself if you wish to place a Sign Up Sheet for an event or if you have an informational flyer that you would like on the Sign In Table.

·         Dates to Remember:
o    12/11 – Monthly Roost Meeting
o    12/13 – Roost Christmas Party (at Mio Fratello’s)

·         Membership: Please mail your dues to: Susan Berterman, 12290 Dixie Drive, Bishopville, MD, 21813.  Still only $30 per year.  We have 127 current paid members.

·         Ticket Exchange:
o    Nick Costa (non-Ravens Roost 44 member) is selling his Ravens’ PSLs and season tickets.  Nick’s phone is 410-428-0131.
o    2 seats up for sale.  They are Section 519, Row 17, Seats 7 & 8 - $1,350.00 for the whole season or I am selling for individual games.  Thanks, Matt Herrmann matt.herrmann@comcast.net
o    Tickets for sale for Jets (non-Ravens Roost 44 member) – Section 145, seats 3 & 4.  Face value $102 each.  Call Nancy 312.560.1627.
·         Game Bus: The Ravens Bus will be running this year.  Both Season Passes and Individual Games Seats are available (on a limited basis).  Please contact Bill Regan for information.  The pickup locations are as follows. Please arrive a few minutes early.
o    Ocean City Elementary School - Departing 7:00 am.  Address: 12828 Center Dr, Ocean City, MD 21842
o    Worcester County Library Ocean Pines - Departing 7:30.  Address: 11107 Cathell Rd, Berlin, MD 21811
o    Roses Millsboro - Departing 8 am.  Address: 29859 Dupont Blvd, Millsboro, DE 19966
My email address: bregan@redsuncustom.com.  My cell: 410-430-7902.  Text is best.
·         Penguin Swim:
o    The OC Ravens Roost #44 Penguin Swim Team registration page is now available.  Anyone wishing to join the Team, simply go to aghpenguinswim.org, click on "join a team", click on OC Ravens Roost #44, and then register.  Note that it requires a $25 donation by credit card to register.  If you were on the Team last year, be sure to click on "Returning Penguins" to get started.  I will have more information on upcoming events at the meeting.
·         Ravens Rap: Ravens Rap returns!  Join Mike Bradley, Tony Lombardi, and a plethora of special guests every Monday as they review the previous week’s game and preview the upcoming game.  Ravens Rap continues every Monday 6pm throughout the season.  Drinks and food specials!
·         Roost #44 Football Sweepstakes:
Football Sweepstakes Week 4 and the winning continues …
Congratulations to our latest $25 Bonus Winner with 98 points - Diane Staines - ticket number 4119!
Please note the Bonus Winners are awarded to the HIGHEST points earned in our Roost Sweepstakes.  We all learned that this week at the meeting - Thank you Ron!
Previous winners include:
o    Week 1 - Two $25 Winners for Least Points Scored - Both scored 31 points
§  Tonja Sas (4192) - Rank 4956 - Arizona, Cleveland, Washington
§  Les McKee (4111) - Rank 4957 - Arizona, Denver, Washington
o    Week 2 - One $25 Winners for Most Points Scored - 108 points
§  JoAnn Elder (4151) - Rank 8 - Dallas, Baltimore, Tampa Bay
o    Week 3 - One $25 Winners for Bonus Prize Winner - 100 points
§  Igor Gawryluk (4164) - Guaranteed Weekly Winner Program Award - No rank
You sold 86 tickets for a Charity funds raised of $1,056.30.  Great work Ravens Roost for our Pilot Season and overcoming a really short window for ticket sales - Thank you and Congratulations!
Week 5 coming up and almost halfway thru the Season!  Good luck to all!
Contact Michele Sardelis for questions.  Text or Call: 443-928-8286 or email at michele.brill@aol.com.

·         Apparel: For those who could not make the last meeting, we announced our online Roost 44 Store.  You can access it on the internet by using the link, ravensroost44.itemorder.com.  Some of our members have already ordered items.  We are very excited about it and we think you will too, so go on the site and look all we have to offer.  First order goes in 11/30!
The Roost Store Committee
·         Wellness: Please call Marian Cicero @ 410.250.2501 or 443.880.0862 if you know of a Roost member in need of a message of encouragement or a sympathy card for a family member.  Please, no texts or emails.
·         Entertainment:
o    Entertainment Schedule 2019:
§  Friday, December 13th, 6:30 – 9:30pm, Roost Christmas Party @ Mio Fratello’s in Fenwick Island.  Live music, 3 drink tix per person.  Dinner choices will be announced at the August Meeting.  Price is $40pp, non-member spouse or SO $65.  Eric and I toured the room where the Christmas Party is to be held @ Mio Fratello.  Beautiful, very spacious room,  We will have a tree and are asking members to donate Ravens decorations for our tree, bring to December meeting.
§  See attachment to download/print selection form.
Call or text Donna @ 410-627-7597 or email @ chapshouse@comcast,net.

Ravens Poop
·         Good daily dose of Ravens news notes and nuggets here.  It’s getting to the point where I can hardly stand ESPN, but you can go here to stay up to date with all of the AFC North news.

·         Out and about and can’t watch the game?  You can listen to the Ravens on the radio! (I know, right?)  Go here: https://www.baltimoreravens.com/game-day/coverage for the list of affiliates.

·         Follow all the Orioles news on MASN here from columnist Roch Kubatko.

Local Poop
·         Monday - Ravens Rap Show - Chance To Win Tickets To Ravens Home Games, The Original Greene Turtle.  Ravens Rap Show Live - all you need to know about your hometown team!  Join your hosts Mike Bradley of 92.7 FM with his special guests each week for expert analysis, fun commentary and insider information.  The Ravens Rap Show is filmed LIVE every Monday night from 6-7pm at The Original Greene Turtle!  Every show you attend gets you more chances to win Ravens Tickets to home Ravens games vs the Bears, the Dolphins, the Lions and the Colts (must be present to win) and other giveaways from sponsors!  While you are here, you might as well have a cold beer; $2.75 Miller Lite and Coors Light Bottles and Drafts and $2.75 Rail Drinks.
·         Thursday - Winterfest Of Lights Opening Ceremony and Tree Lighting, Northside Park.  The 26th Anniversary for Ocean City's beloved holiday festival is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever!  A brand new 50 foot Christmas tree and a new look inside the Winterfest Pavillion, you will be treated to a holiday experience like never before.
At the special opening ceremony, which kicks off at 5:30pm on Thursday, November 21 at Northside Park; Ocean City Elementary School's "OC Stars" will perform holiday songs and dance.  In addition, Mayor Rick Meehan will "flip the switch" to light the Christmas tree and officially open Winterfest of Lights.  The special opening ceremony is FREE and open to the public.
Santa will even make a surprise appearance for the opening ceremony, which will feature free rides on the Winterfest Express train for the remainder of the evening!
·         Friday - Putting For A Cause, Old Pro Golf on 136th Street.  Putting for a cause: a family-friendly event to benefit the critically ill children and their families who stay at The Believe In Tomorrow Children's House By The Sea.  100% of the proceeds are donated to The Children's House By The Sea.
*Fee includes a golfer's Goody Bag, lite fare, snacks and beverages on the course.
*Post Party and Awards following play.
*Silent Auction, Activities, Raffles, Hole-In-One Contest
5:30 PM - Doors open and registration begins, 6:30 PM - Shotgun start.  $100/ Team; $25/ Hole Sponsors.  For more information and to register, please call Wayne at 410-723-2842 or 443-978-0680.
·         Saturday - Turkey Trot Golf Tournament, Eagle's Landing Golf Course.  The cold weather is approaching!  Enjoy the final remaining days of warm weather and participate in the Turkey Trot Golf Open.  9:30AM-3:30PM, $60 Admission.  This event entails a 4-person modified scramble featuring a golf tournament and turkey feast.  For information, please call Eagle's Landing Golf Course at 410-213-7277 or visit www.eagleslandinggolf.com.

Funny Poop
·         A young lad's father picked him up from school to take him to a dental appointment.

Knowing the parts for the school play were supposed to be posted today, he asked his son if he got a part.

The boy enthusiastically announced that he'd gotten a part.  "I play a man who's been married for twenty years."

"That's great, son. Keep up the good work and before you know it they'll be giving you a speaking part."

Etcetera
·         Got Poop?  Let me know!  I’m going to try to get this out every Wednesday so if you get it to me by Tuesday, I’ll try to include it.  Your input is appreciated.

·         Our website is up and running.  Be sure to bookmark our address - www.OCRavensRoost44.com or go to our blog @ http://ravensroost44.blogspot.com/ for the latest news, notes and nuggets.

·         Life is short.  Focus on the good.


Frank



Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Weekly Poop 11/6/19



Roost #44 Poop
·         From the Prez
November meeting at the Bamboo Lounge in the Carousel Hotel at 7:30.  Walk through the lobby toward the restaurant and the Bamboo Lounge is on the left side after walking up the steps.  All members who will be paying the drink/food tab, please write your name on a sticky label given to you at the Sign In Table outside of the lounge.

If you have Sign Up Sheets for Roost functions or other information, they must be put on the Sign In Table.  We don't want members wandering around before or during the meeting passing out information.  You are welcome to sit at the Sign In Table if you have information or Sign In Sheets regarding Roost functions for the members.  Carl Munroe will be taking over the duties of managing the Sign In Table.  Please see Donna Chaplinski, Ronnie Staines or myself if you wish to place a Sign Up Sheet for an event or if you have an informational flyer that you would like on the Sign In Table.  Thanks to Marian Cicero for managing those chores for many years.

After many of years of chairing the Wellness Committee, Katherine Maly is stepping down and Marian Cicero is taking over as Chair of the Committee.  See Marian at the monthly meetings or call her at 410-250-2501 if you know of a Roost member in need of a message of encouragement or a sympathy card for a family member.  Thank you Katherine for the many years of your time as Chair of the Wellness Committee.

Less than 20 Football Sweepstake tickets left.  They will be available at the Sign In Table. See announcement below.

Convention Cooler Bags available from The Prez for purchase for $20.00.  Five dollars of the purchase price will be donated to the Scholarship Fund.

·         Dates to Remember:
o    11/8 – Harrington Bus Trip
o    11/14 – Monthly Roost Meeting
o    12/13 – Roost Christmas Party (at Mio Fratello’s)

·         Membership: Please mail your dues to: Susan Berterman, 12290 Dixie Drive, Bishopville, MD, 21813.  Still only $30 per year.  We have 127 current paid members.

·         Ticket Exchange:
o    Nick Costa (non-Ravens Roost 44 member) is selling his Ravens’ PSLs and season tickets.  Nick’s phone is 410-428-0131.
o    2 seats up for sale.  They are Section 519, Row 17, Seats 7 & 8 - $1,350.00 for the whole season or I am selling for individual games.  Thanks, Matt Herrmann matt.herrmann@comcast.net
o    Tickets for sale for Jets (non-Ravens Roost 44 member) – Section 145, seats 3 & 4.  Face value $102 each.  Call Nancy 312.560.1627.
·         Game Bus: The Ravens Bus will be running this year.  Both Season Passes and Individual Games Seats are available (on a limited basis).  Please contact Bill Regan for information.  The pickup locations are as follows. Please arrive a few minutes early.
o    Ocean City Elementary School - Departing 7:00 am.  Address: 12828 Center Dr, Ocean City, MD 21842
o    Worcester County Library Ocean Pines - Departing 7:30.  Address: 11107 Cathell Rd, Berlin, MD 21811
o    Roses Millsboro - Departing 8 am.  Address: 29859 Dupont Blvd, Millsboro, DE 19966
My email address: bregan@redsuncustom.com.  My cell: 410-430-7902.  Text is best.
·         Penguin Swim:
o    The OC Ravens Roost #44 Penguin Swim Team registration page is now available.  Anyone wishing to join the Team, simply go to aghpenguinswim.org, click on "join a team", click on OC Ravens Roost #44, and then register.  Note that it requires a $25 donation by credit card to register.  If you were on the Team last year, be sure to click on "Returning Penguins" to get started.  I will have more information on upcoming events at the meeting.
·         Ravens Rap: Ravens Rap returns!  Join Mike Bradley, Tony Lombardi, and a plethora of special guests every Monday as they review the previous week’s game and preview the upcoming game.  Ravens Rap continues every Monday 6pm throughout the season.  Drinks and food specials!
·         Harrington Bus Trip
o    Date: Friday November 8th, 2019
o    Cost: $20.00
o    Pickup Time: Montego Bay 8:15am, Rose’s 8:45
o    Departure from Casino: 3pm
o    Perks: $15.00 Free Slot Play, and $7.00 towards lunch buffet
o    Contact: Mary Kendall, email: mkendall@mchsi.com or cell phone: 302-236-9617, home phone: 302-934-7210
·         Roost #44 Football Sweepstakes:
Hello Ravens Roost #44 - We have one $25 winner in Week 2!  JoAnne Elder - Congratulations!  JoAnne Ranked Number 8 in Highest Points for the week.
Remember we are in the guaranteed winners program where we award at least 1 $25 winner each week.  We can continue to activate tickets through the Week 4 deadline (November 16th), so join in the fun, it is not too late!
Please note: Game cards are not eligible to win prize money in any week prior to their activation, but will be eligible to win the grand prize at the end of the season.
Contact Michele Sardelis for Sweepstakes information…443-928-8286 or michele.brill@aol.com.
·         Entertainment:
o    Entertainment Schedule 2019:
§  Friday, December 13th, 6:30 – 9:30pm, Roost Christmas Party @ Mio Fratello’s in Fenwick Island.  Live music, 3 drink tix per person.  Dinner choices will be announced at the August Meeting.  Price is $40pp, non-member spouse or SO $65.
§  See attachment to download/print selection form.
Call or text Donna @ 410-627-7597 or email @ chapshouse@comcast,net.

Ravens Poop
·         Good daily dose of Ravens news notes and nuggets here.  It’s getting to the point where I can hardly stand ESPN, but you can go here to stay up to date with all of the AFC North news.

·         Out and about and can’t watch the game?  You can listen to the Ravens on the radio! (I know, right?)  Go here: https://www.baltimoreravens.com/game-day/coverage for the list of affiliates.

·         Follow all the Orioles news on MASN here from columnist Roch Kubatko.

Local Poop
·         Friday - We Will Rock You: The Musical by Queen & Ben Elton, Roland E. Powell Convention Center.  "This show is live, dangerous and more than anything else: it rocks!" - Brian May, Queen
We Will Rock You tells the story of a globalized future without musical instruments.  Rock rebels, the Bohemians, fight against the Globalsoft company and its boss, the Killer Queen, for freedom, individuality, and rebirth in the age of rock.  Join Scaramouche and Galileo, two young outsiders, as they join the Bohemians and embark to find the unlimited power of freedom, love, and rock!
Over 15 million theatregoers in 17 countries have rocked along to this awe-inspiring production.
We Will Rock You reflects the scale and spectacle that marked Queen's live performances and earned its top position in rock history.  Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor are music supervisors, and with a "band without parallel in the theatre" behind the cast, the audience can expect We Will Rock You to rock as fiercely as the best of Queen's concerts.
·         Saturday - Pittsville Bull Roast, Pittsville Volunteer Fire Department.  The annual Pittsville Volunteer Fire Company Bull Roast to benefit our local fire department will be held on Saturday, November 9th from 6pm - 12am.
6pm - 8pm: All You Can Eat Dinner
8pm - 12am: Music by DJ Mostly Country
$25 In Advance (Beer & Soda Included)
$30 At The Door (Cash Bar Available)
·         Monday - Ravens Rap Show - Chance To Win Tickets To Ravens Home Games, The Original Greene Turtle.  Ravens Rap Show Live - all you need to know about your hometown team!  Join your hosts Mike Bradley of 92.7 FM with his special guests each week for expert analysis, fun commentary and insider information.  The Ravens Rap Show is filmed LIVE every Monday night from 6-7pm at The Original Greene Turtle!  Every show you attend gets you more chances to win Ravens Tickets to home Ravens games vs the Bears, the Dolphins, the Lions and the Colts (must be present to win) and other giveaways from sponsors!  While you are here, you might as well have a cold beer; $2.75 Miller Lite and Coors Light Bottles and Drafts and $2.75 Rail Drinks.

Funny Poop
·         Teacher: "Why are you late this morning?"
Student: "It’s my alarm clock.  Everyone got up except me!"
Teacher: How did the alarm clock make you the only one not to get up?"
Student: "There are eight of us in the my family and the alarm clock was only set for seven."
·         There was this gas station in "redneck country" trying to increase its sales, so the owner put up a sign saying "Free Sex with Fill-up."
Soon a "redneck" customer pulled in, filled his tank, and then asked for his free sex.

The owner told him to pick a number from (1) to (10), and if he guessed correctly, he would get his free sex.  The buyer then guessed (8) and the proprietor said, "No, you were close.  The number was (7).  Sorry, no free sex this time but maybe next time".

Some time thereafter, the same man, along with his buddy this time, pulled in again for a fill-up, and again he asked for his free sex.  The proprietor again gave him the same story and asked him to guess the correct number.  The man guessed (2) this time, and the proprietor said, "Sorry, it was (3). You were close but no free sex this time".

As they were driving away, the driver said to his buddy, "I think that game is rigged and he doesn't give away free sex".  The buddy replied, "No, it's not rigged -- my wife won twice last week."
Etcetera
·         Got Poop?  Let me know!  I’m going to try to get this out every Wednesday so if you get it to me by Tuesday, I’ll try to include it.  Your input is appreciated.

·         Our website is up and running.  Be sure to bookmark our address - www.OCRavensRoost44.com or go to our blog @ http://ravensroost44.blogspot.com/ for the latest news, notes and nuggets.

·         Life is short.  Focus on the good.


Frank