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Hunters Pancake Breakfast hits target at Rohrersville Ruritan Club

November 24, 2012|By RICHARD F. BELISLE |
  • Rohrersville Ruritan Secretary Cindy Smith, left, helps serve Elaine Smith of Boonsboro during the first hunters breakfast Saturday.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

ROHRERSVILLE, Md. — No hunters showed up Saturday morning, the opening day of Maryland’s rifle season for deer, for the Rohrersville Ruritan Club’s first Hunters Pancake Breakfast.

Organizers including Lloyd “J.R.” Smith kept an eye on the front door, but no hunters walked in between 7 and 11 a.m., the stated hours of the breakfast.

By 11 a.m., 35 meals had been served, all to nonhunters who came in for the $6 all-you-can-eat breakfast.

A sign on the road leading into Rohrersville from Md. 67 announced the breakfast and the hours.

The club’s fundraising committee, eyeing an opportunity to capitalize on the appetites of hungry hunters who had tramped the fields and woods since daybreak, came up with the idea, Smith said.

Volunteers were in the kitchen at 5:30 a.m. cooking up 23 dozen scrambled eggs, 200 pancakes, 30 pounds of sausage and four gallons of sausage gravy.

“If we sell 30 breakfasts, I’ll be happy,” Smith said. “This is the first one, and we have to start somewhere. We need to sell 30 to break even.”

As things turned out, Smith himself was the only hunter in the place. He shot a deer earlier Saturday morning.

“A spike buck,” he said. “I got it around 6 a.m. near South Mountain about four miles from here. He just kept walking toward me.”

Smith said he was using a lure called Buck Balm.

“It was sugar beet flavor and he was smelling it as he was walking toward me,” he said.

Smith said the hardest part was dragging the deer more than a mile to his truck. He butchers the deer he shoots.

“It’s easier and cheaper, and I’m guaranteed to get my own meat,” he said.

The Rohrersville Ruritan Club is a Smith family tradition. J.R.’s parents, Lloyd Smith Sr. and Cindy Smith, also belong, and his grandfather, the late D. Albert Smith, was a charter member.

The 20-member club is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Rohrersville Elementary School was closed in 1978, and the club bought the building for a nominal fee that year. Before that, the club met at area churches, Smith said.

The Rohrersville Ruritan Club, noted for its oyster, ham and turkey fundraising dinners every fall and spring, served its first oyster dinner in 1978.

Lloyd Smith Sr., 67, said he attended Rohrersville Elementary School from 1951 to 1957.

Richard Haynes, 87, one of the last surviving charter members, said the club was organized by the Keedysville Ruritan Club in 1952.

“Keedysville was started the year before,” he said.

Other clubs began to organize in those years, Haynes said.

“Rohrersville organized the Pleasant Valley Club,” he said.

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