Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Weekly Poop

Roost #44 Poop
·         From the Prez
Our next meeting will be held at the American Legion in Ocean City this Thursday March 12th…please enter on the 23rd St side entrance…front entrance is for Legion members only.

If you haven’t done so already, please remember to pay your Roost membership dues.

We have a big day coming this Saturday as our Ravens Roost #44 will be marching in the St. Paddy’s day parade in Ocean City.  If you plan to participate, please arrive at 10:00 at Beach Copy on 59th St.  After the parade we will continue the festivities upstairs at the Original Greene Turtle.

There will be discussions at this week’s meeting on the new developments on the Shorebirds game…also Joann will give us the rundown on this year’s Ravens Convention.

·         Dates to Remember:
o    3/12/2020 – Monthly Roost Meeting
o    3/14/2020 – St. Paddy’s Day Parade
o    4/3/2020 – Harrington Bus Trip
o    4/8/2020 – Entertainment Committee Meeting
o    4/9/2020 – Monthly Roost Meeting
o    5/14/2020 – Monthly Roost Meeting
o    5/28-5/31/2020 – Council Convention
o    5/29/2020 – Scholarship Golf Tournament
o    5/30/2020 – Convention Parade
o    6/11/2020 – Monthly Roost Meeting
o    6/27/2020 – Summer Picnic
o    7/9/2020 – Monthly Roost Meeting
o    7/16/2020 – Shorebirds Game
o    8/13/2020 – Monthly Roost Meeting
o    10/31/2020 – Bull/Oyster Roast
o    12/12/2020 – Christmas Party

·         Membership: Per our Bylaws: "Each member shall pay to the Membership Chairman the sum of thirty dollars ($30.00) per year no later than the February meeting.  Members thirty (30) days in arrears shall no longer be members of Ravens Roost #44.  Those names will be listed in the April newsletter."

That being said, I know that many of our members are south for the winter, so I am continuing to accept 2020 dues.  In the April Caw, I will list all unpaid members and if the members are not paid by May, I will consider them resigned and drop them from the membership roll. 

Still $30 - Cheap! - Please pay at the meeting or mail your dues to: Susan Berterman, 12290 Dixie Drive, Bishopville, MD, 21813.

·         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.

·         House: The March Meeting will be held @ the Ocean City American Legion, 2308 Philadelphia Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842.  Please enter from the 24th street side of the building.

There is head -in parking on 24th St. in front of our ramped entrance that we must use.  The setup for members will be round tables of 6 with a head table for 4 officers.  A well-stocked walk up bar is in the room that will open at 6pm.  Both drinks and food must be ordered from there and all orders and tips are on a cash basis (like the Elks - no tabs or credit cards).  There will be a limited menu with items like cheesesteaks, burgers, tenders, soup and maybe a special entree.  The deadline for food orders will be 8pm.  The food can be picked up at a counter to the left of the bar.  There will no table service.  Also like the Elks, all food is served with disposable dinnerware and we must bus our tables to the trash cans at meetings end.

Meetings are requested but waiting for Mgr confirmation for April and May at Abbey Burger behind Hol. Inn Exp.  Expectations are that this will be the end of our search project.  Member voting on the favorite venue for “most” of our meetings are planned for the May meeting.  Acceptable venues for backup locations will be announced after voting.  They will be selected and booked by the House Committee when needed.

·         Parade: 41st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday March 14, 2020, Ocean City, Maryland.  St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at 60th Street and Parades South to the 45th Street Judging Stand and into the parking lot where the Irish Festival takes place.  Starting Promptly at 12 Noon.

As usual, we meet in the Beach Copy (59th Street – thanks Debb!) parking lot around 10am for a little pre-parade tailgating.  Reminder, limited parking is available at Beach Copy.  There will be a portable toilet on site (Thanks Rich!).  The facilities inside Beach Copy are not for our use.

After the parade, marchers are welcome back to upstairs at the Original Greene Turtle for continued festivities.  The Roost provides some food for all registered marchers, you buy your drinks.

·         Scholarship Golf: Information on the Ravens Roost #44 Legacy Scholarship: Applicants parents, grandparent or guardian must be a RR 44 member in good standing for 2 years prior to the date of the award.  The applicant must be a senior at Indian River HS, Stephen Decatur HS or Worcester Preparatory School.  Maximum award is $500.00.  The applications are on page 24 of the bylaws and should be submitted no later than April 1, 2020.

The tee sign forms, and golf applications have been uploaded to our website.  We need golfers, tee sign sponsors, major sponsors, gift cards from businesses you frequent and donations of adult beverages for our silent auction items.

Donations are being accepted for our basket of cheer.  Please bring any adult beverages you care to donate to the Roost monthly meeting in March, April, and May.

Thank you and have a great day!!  Don

·         Convention: Bring your checkbook or cash to the March 12 meeting to sign up for the 2020 Council of Baltimore Ravens Annual Convention, May 28-31st at the Castle in the Sand.  The registration is $60 per adult, if submitted to the Council by April 17; or $65 with no souvenirs after April 18th.  I have to have them on or before our April 9 meeting. 

I will have the registration forms, the schedule of events, and the activities for which convention registrants can participate.  Those include: Miller Lite Olympics, a Lip Sync Battle, Karaoke, Miniature Golf, Convention Quest (a scavenger hunt), Laser Tag, Bingo, Horseshoes, Cornhole, Plinko for Charity (wreaths across America), and a Crazy Hat Parade.

Let’s have a great turnout for this event.

Jo Ann

·         Penguin Swim: Fundraising efforts for the 2021 Penguin Swim Team will be starting sometime in April.  Events in the planning stages include: Wine/Beer tastings at local wineries and brew pubs, the annual Booze Cruise, Guest bartending events, and another charity weekend at The Shrimp Boat.  Our Team goal for this year is $16,000.

·         Entertainment:
o    Entertainment meeting will resume 4/8 (not 4/4 as reported in the Caw) since some of committee will be away.  Christmas party booked for 12/12 from 6 to 10.  Upcoming are Duckaneer Pirate ship mid-August, trip to Tangier Island, hopefully away trip to Houston, depending on date, pub crawl on Kent Island in May, crab feast in October and a bull/oyster roast/Halloween party on 10/31, Capitols game in fall.  We'll keep all posted on dates.  Carol Monroe will discuss at next meeting.  Thanks, and have a good winter.

o    Shorebirds Game: Unfortunately, Marty cannot chair this event committee as hoped, so we are looking for someone to take over.  July 16 seems to be the likely date, but we need to move quickly - March is the month the Shorebirds usually try to get a deposit from us.  Anyone interesting in heading this event please contact Donna as soon as possible.  Look for an event sign-up sheet at the next meeting.

o    Ravens Roost Picnic
Save the Date
Saturday, June 27th noon -5:00
White Horse Park -Ocean Pines
Sign-up sheet next meeting
$10 per Roost member (check made out to Ravens Roost #44)  Check will be returned to you at picnic.
$15.00 for non-members non refundable $10.00 children under 12.

o    Entertainment Schedule 2020:
§  10/31 – Bull/Oyster Roast
§  12/12 – Christmas Party

·         Good of the Roost:
o    Join Elks lodge members and their guests for a fundraiser that will be held in the downstairs lounge on Sunday, 04/26/2020 in honor of Joann and Bob Elder.  The lodge will open at 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  This date is in stone but other details have to be finalized.

But here is a teaser: Spaghetti dinner with two meatballs, marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread and dessert; $10.00; will be served cafeteria style.  Cash bar, regular drink prices.  The bar will donate a percentage of the proceeds to Joann and Bob.  A big thanks to Steve Gough for underwriting this event for the lodge.  Again.  Elks Care Elks Share!

Betty Arvin and Gayle Hughes will be accepting donations of baked goods the night before the fundraiser (04/25/2020).  A sign-up sheet will be on the door by the ATM machine...please write your name and the item you will be donating.

Elks are asking us to donate a Basket of Cheer and any other items like Jerseys, sweatshirts, tickets to a game maybe that can be raffled off to benefit Joann and Bob.  Please bring any bottles of Wine or Liquor WITH A Maryland Stamp (Elks said this is required) to our next 2 meetings March and April.

o    Harrington Casino Bus Trip
Date: April 3rd, 2020
Cost: $20.00 per person
Pickup from Montego Bay: 8:30 am
Pickup from Rose’s Parking lot: 9:00 am
Leave Harrington: 3:00 pm
Promotion: $15.00 free slot play and $7.00 towards buffet
Please contact Mary Kendall
Home: 302-934-7210
Cell: 302-236-9617

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: for the list of affiliates.

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

Local Poop
·         Tonight - The High Kings, Roland E. Powell Convention Center.  The High Kings, one of today’s most popular Irish folk bands, showcases the incredible versatility and multi-instrumentalist skills of Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Darren Holden and newest member Paul O’Brien, who bring a rousing and reflective approach to new songs and old favorites.  For more information, please visit

·         Friday thru Sunday - Delmarva Wool & Fiber Expo - Winter Festival of Fibers, Roland E. Powell Convention Center.  We have gathered vendors that promote fibers (whether they are wool, fabric, wood, reed, etc) together to educate and promote the natural fiber industry for three days at the Ocean City Convention Center.  Along with a shopping experience, there will be ongoing demonstrations at most booths to demonstrate how mittens are knitted, how shawls are woven or how wool is spun all taught; by true artists.  Also, there will be limited paid class offerings.  Admission: $3 per day or $5 for the weekend.

·         Saturday - St. Patrick's Irish Scramble, Eagle's Landing Golf Course.  Get ready for the St. Patrick's Day Scramble, located at the Eagle's Landing Golf Course.  Teams will play 6 holes from each Gold, White, and Blue Tees.  Teams choose the holes they play from each of the tees.  30% of the team's average handicap will be used.  Players may find that their lucky ball lands in a clover.  If so, this player's team is truly lucky because their ball will be deemed holed!  Lunch will be served immediately following play.  The menu includes many Irish American favorites.  Gross & Net prizes will be awarded to the winning teams.  The field is limited to the first 30 teams.  Admission: $60 Per Golfer Includes green fee, cart, lunch and prizes.  Call the Pro Shop @ 410-213-7277 or 800-283-3846 to sign up!

·         Saturday - St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival, Coastal Highway from 57th Street to 45th Street.  Much anticipated Ocean City event!  Everyone loves to be Irish at Ocean City's famous parade.  Marching units, floats, local celebrities.  The Parade procession begins at noon at 60th Street and marches south on Coastal Highway to the 45th Street Shopping Center where the viewing and judging stands will be located.
At the 45th Street Village, a fun Irish-American festival is held with food, drink and merriment.
Trophies will be awarded for best marching band, best commercial float, best non commercial float, best motorized unit, best adult marching unit, best youth marching unit, special committee award, judges' choice award and best overall entry in the parade.
The 45th Street Shopping Center will once again be transformed into a spirited Irish festival complete with live entertainment from Kevin O'Brennan and the Shoreline Band, Irish apparel, raffles and plenty of food and drink.

Funny Poop
·         The Little Johnny is in a class where every Friday the teacher asks a question, and if you get it right, you don't have to go to school on Monday.

The first Friday the question was, "How many gallons of water is there in the whole world?"

No one knew, so they all had to go to school on Monday.

Next Friday, the question was, "How many grains of sand is there in the whole world?"

No one knew, so they had to go to school on Monday.

By this time Little Johnny is getting mad because he doesn't want to go to school on Monday.  So, he paints two ping-pong balls black, and the next Friday, right before the teacher asked the question, he rolled the ping-pong balls up to her.

She asked, "Alright, who's the comedian with the black balls?"

Johnny said, "Eddie Murphy, see you Tuesday."

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