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Roost #4 Adopt-a-Highway Report – June 16, 2012

Ravens Roost #4 maintains a 1.3 mile stretch of Frederick Road in Oella as a function of the State of Maryland Adopt-a-Highway program.  We’re responsible for cleaning this stretch of road 4 times each year.  The Roost #4 crew on Saturday, June 16th was – Denise Stanco (our fearless leader!), Cathie Krajewski, Tom Hooks, Kel Habicht, Paul & Judy Cascio, and Candace & Jack Skurnik.  Clean-up only took 1 hour and 15 minutes – 9 bags were filled.  Thanks to everyone for your time and effort!  Contact Denise if you’d like to volunteer for our next clean-up (August).

Look for our signs on Frederick Road in Oella
No … that’s not a human leg bone!
Bambi bones … awwww!
First-timers Tom and Cathie
The Roost #4 Crew

 

Group: Ravens Roost #4, Ellicott City, MD
Highway: Frederick Road between both ends of Oella Ave.

Day Cleaned: 06/16/12
Time Spent: 1 hour and 15 minutes
People: 8
Bags collected: 9
-2 at our sign by the Patapsco river
-4 at the BGE sub-station
-3 at our sign at Oella and Frederick roads at the horse farm

Roost #4 – New Website is LIVE!

Hey Roost #4 members!

We finally have the new release of our Roost #4 website up and running!  Woo hoo!

The old address ( http://www.ravensroost4.com ) still works … the new site is actually located at http://ravensroost4.com/wp/.

Please check-out the posts for our July 14th golf tournament and pictures from the OC convention.

Note that we’ve added all current Roost #4 members as subscribers to the site.  Every time we add a new posting to the site you’ll receive an e-mail notification with a link to the new posting.  If you decide you’d rather not receive these e-mails you can unsubscribe and the e-mails will stop.  We hope that all members remain subscribed since this will be the best way for us to disseminate information to all of our members.

We hope you enjoy the new format.   Stay tuned for new posts about upcoming Roost #4 events and news.

Special thanks to Scott Habicht for his assistance getting the new site up and running!

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Mitch

Ravens Roost #4 2012 Golf Tournament

The Ravens Roost #4 2012 Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, July 14th, at Hollow Creek Golf Club in Middletown, Maryland.  Cost to play this year is $120 per golfer (1st time the cost has gone up in 10 years).

Flyer with tournament details:  Roost #4 2012 Golf Tourney Flyer

Registration / Hole Sponsor Form: Roost #4 2012 Golf Tourney Registration Form

C’mon out on July 14th and enjoy an afternoon of golf with our Roost #4 members and friends!  All proceeds benefit our Ravens Roost #4 charities.

Reminder Roost #4 … the member that sells the most hole sponsorships to our 2012 golf tourney wins free membership renewal for FY2013 in September – now a $50 value!  So please, get out there and sell those hole sponsorships!

 

Ravens Roost #4 Victorious at Ocean City Ravens Convention

Ravens Roost #4 grabbed not 1, but 2 trophies in Ocean City over the weekend.

The first place trophy was for winning first place in the “Novelty” division of the Raven’s parade.  The roost put together a great parade outing with a theme based on race cars painted as Ravens opponents.   You’d better believe the Ravens car won that race.

The second place trophy was one by the co-ed volleyball team.  They fought their way through a field of 16 teams and three preliminary matches to make it to the final.  While they didn’t win the final, they put forth a great effort and pulled a runner up trophy.

Check out pictures from the event below.  If you have pictures that you would like to add to this post, please email Scott.

 

Council of Ravens Roosts – Spotlight on Roost #4

ONE  OF  THE  ORIGINALS

 Corral #4 Logo

ORIGINS
In 1958 a group of Colts fans on a bus from the Franklintown Inn to a Colts football game decided to form a club to control seating arrangements on the bus and assure each passenger of a seat thereon. This arrangement proved so successful and enjoyable that the fans, all friends and neighbors (and season ticket holders), decided to explore the possibility of forming a Colts Corral. A meeting was held in November 1958 between seventeen of those Colt fans and members of an existing Corral. The decision was made to apply to Don Kellett, Vice President and General Manager of the Baltimore Colts, for a charter in the name of Colts Corral #4. On June 10, 1959, Colts Corral #4 was officially chartered at a banquet at the Franklintown Inn and was attended by 35 new members. Don Kellett was guest speaker and presented Corral #4 with their official banner. The late Chuck Thompson, sportscaster for the Colts, was the Master of Ceremonies on #4’s Charter Night.

Original Sanction Letter
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And so, the Corral #4 story began.

With its origins at the Franklintown Inn (later the Millrace), Corral#4 also spent time at the following establishments over the years: Goetz’s, Vaccarino’s (later Cobblestone’s), Loverde’s, Buell’s, and the Judge’s Bench. A gradual migration from Baltimore to Howard County occurred as the years went on.

Club membership grew quickly, but, since a membership ceiling of 100 existed for Colts Corral #4, there was a waiting list to join the club.


Bus Trip

COLT FANS TO THE CORE
Colts Corral #4 held a large block of tickets to Colts home games and most of the membership traveled together on a bus and sat together at the games. In addition to attending every Colts home game, members organized bus trips and flights to quite a few road games. Trips to away games often became full-week trips.



COLTS AND COMMUNITY
Corral #4 was active in a variety of charities including throwing Christmas parties at the James Lawrence Kernan Hospital and Industrial School of Maryland for Crippled Children, sending a group of kids to summer camp every year, volunteering and raising funds for the Rosewood Children’s Center and the Linwood Children’s Center.

1963 Unsung Hero Award Banquet
left to right: Don Shula, Artie Donovan,
and 1963 Unsung Hero Bobby Boyd

Annual social events included a banquet to honor an Unsung Hero from the Colts, a banquet for the installation of new officers, numerous dances, auctions around Christmastime, bull roasts, crab feasts, trips to Hershey, and beginning in 1967, the Council of Colts Corrals Convention in Ocean City. One of the highlight trips was when a busload of 50 Corral #4 members traveled to Canton, Ohio for the induction of Johnny Unitas into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.


Benefit Dance Ticket from 1962



EVIL IRSAY
Bob Irsay, in 1984, moved the beloved Colts along with all of their memorabilia to Indianapolis. What a sad day it was, but the Colts Corral #4 story did not end here.

In 1985 Baltimore secured the USFL Stars and Corral #4 became Star #4 and bestowed their efforts upon this new team. Star #4 ran bus trips from the Judge’s Bench down to College Park to watch the Stars. Though the stadium in College Park was ‘dry’, it has been rumored that a number of contraband beverage packs were seen flying over the fence into the waiting arms of Star #4 members. When the Stars left after a year, the decision was made to return the name to Colts Corral #4.

Being without professional football from 1986 through 1993, discussions were held concerning disbanding Corral #4. It was decided to keep the club together.

Following a few years with no football, membership tailed-off in 1986 to around 50 members. At one point membership dropped to as low as fourteen members, some of which are still members of Ravens Roost #4 to this day. Mark “Jaybird” Golibart spearheaded the effort to keep Corral #4 together and others who stuck with the club during those dark years were George “Buzzy” Suter, Hildie Suter, Barb Peterson, Betty Golibart, and Henry “Shorty” Miller. The frequency of meetings went from monthly down to an ‘as-needed’ basis.

Then Jim Speros brought the CFL and the Stallions to Baltimore in 1994. The Stallions brought the CFL Championship Grey Cup home to Baltimore in 1995. Corral #4 stood behind the Stallions both years. When Art Model announced he was moving his NFL team to Baltimore, some sentiment still existed among Corral #4 members to keep the CFL Stallions. The way Baltimore had been treated by Paul Tagliaboo and the NFL over the years, it had alienated quite a few people.



CORRAL TO ROOST
When the Baltimore Ravens began play in 1996, Colts Corral #4 joined the Council of Baltimore Ravens Roosts and was renamed to Ravens Roost #4.

Roost #4 membership grew steadily over the first few years and skyrocketed with the NFL Championship in Superbowl XXXV. Roost#4 has been hovering at or slightly above 100 members ever since.

Jaybird Golibart served as Roost #4 President from 1996 through 2000, succeeded by Rob Ewin (2001 – 2002), Jeff “Frosty” Volmer (2003 – 2004), and Ken Bauer (2005 -2007).  “Frosty” Volmer has served as and continues to serve as Roost#4 President from 2008.



THE TRADITION CONTINUES

Roost #4 at Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics

Roost #4 is still active in raising thousands of dollars annually for a wide variety of charities including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Believe in Tomorrow Foundation, Special Olympics Maryland, Gilchrest Hospice of Howard County, the Ray Lewis Foundation, Big Ed’s Band Foundation, and many others.

In March 2005, Roost#4 awarded the first of two $1500 scholarships to two senior Howard County football players at their annual bull roast. Future plans are to continue the scholarships on an annual basis. Roost #4 raffles-off two season tickets to Ravens games to raise money for our Scholarship Fund and also holds a number of other annual fund-raising events including a bull and oyster roast and a golf tournament.

Roost #4 member social events include tailgate parties at all Ravens home games, road trips to a number of Ravens away games, an annual Holiday Party, summer picnic, and of course, the annual Council of Ravens Roosts Convention in Ocean City.


Looking for a home to enjoy Ravens football
with like minded fans in the Ellicott City area?
Check out Ravens Roost #4 !!!
Roost #4 meets on the 4th Monday of every month
at Jilly’s in the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center on Route 40 in Ellicott City.


Many Thanks to Ravens Roost #4
for hangin’ in and helping to re-establish
the Baltimore Football Fandom Tradition!