Ravens Roost No. 60 of Perry Hall

Charlotte Krause, president of Ravens Roost No. 60 of Perry Hall is ready for the first game of the season Sept. 10 against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Stadium. (Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun / September 9, 2012)

At a meeting of Ravens Roost No. 60 of Perry Hall, you hear stories of the fans' good luck rituals.

For one member, it's the color of the undergarments she wears during the game.

For another, it's touching the statue of Johnny Unitas outside the stadium.

But Sue Robin, executive board member of the Roost, recalled an interesting development that emerged when she and her late husband, Ray, gathered to watch the games with friends.

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"As soon as he (Ray) went into the bathroom, they (the Ravens) scored. When we needed a score, he went to the bathroom," she said.

Eventually, she added, the crew of fans bought a 4-inch TV set that could be played in the bathroom so Ray Robin did not miss a play while he pressed his luck.

Ray died five years ago, but in his honor the Roost now gives out the annual Ray Robin Award to an exemplary club member.

Ravens Roost No. 60, whose membership is almost entirely from Perry Hall, gathers on the first Monday evening of the month in a back room at The Harp (formerly Raffi's), a pub at Belair and Silver Spring roads.

It is one of the smaller Roosts, down to about 20 active members, but they are on a rebuilding campaign.

On Sept. 4 (a Tuesday meeting because of the previous Monday night game), spirits were high. The Ravens had steamrollered the Bengals the night before.

"This is our year," said Charlotte Krause, Roost president.

Krause, who is unusual in that she lives in Essex, works for a gas station equipment supplier. It's also unusual that she didn't grow up a football fan.

"I wasn't interested at all," she said.

But then her boss at work gave her what she calls "Football 101." She got hooked.

She is now a keystone on more than one level. She heads the local Roost and is active in the Council of Baltimore Ravens Roosts. Also, the local Roost includes her mother, also named Charlotte, the club's recording secretary; her brother, Mike Holt, the treasurer; and Mike's wife, Karen Holt, who is sergeant at arms.

Krause is now spearheading the Roost's membership drive, using everything from word-of-mouth to raffles.

"We're trying," she said.

Another mainstay of the club is Jim McCray, a State Farm insurance agent. A passionate Colts fan, he recalled enduring the football "drought" between the ignominious departure of the Colts for Indianapolis in 1984 and the arrival of the Ravens in 1996.

"I said that if they ever get another team in Baltimore, I am putting my money up," he said.

And he did. Now a Ravens season ticket holder of two seats, he takes his wife or one of his two sons with him to games. He always touches the Johnny Unitas statue outside the stadium before a game.