Monthly Archives: December 2017

Meet Chief Operating Officer Chris Pinkerton

Q. Welcome to Sons of Norway, Chris, and congratulations on being Sons of Norway’s first-ever Chief Operating Officer. What attracted you to this position at our organization? A. A couple of things. First, I had a great experience working at Foresters, a fraternal benefit organization headquartered in Toronto. Fraternal benefit organizations provide a rare opportunity to not only focus on growing an [...]

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Turning Your Members into Recruiters

The holidays may seem like the distant future, but for Sons of Norway they’re right around the corner. In fact, September through December is our busiest time. The next four months account for a significant portion of Sons of Norway’s annual recruitment, so it’s easy to see why the rest of the year will go by like a breeze. Because the [...]

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Behind the Scenes: A Sweet Photo Shoot

The Viking team shot the December cover story in late September with baker and food stylist Betsy Nelson and photographer Richard Westley Wong. We had so much fun preparing the treats — and eating them once the shoot wrapped. Take a look at some of our favorite moments below. Since the tree cake toppers had to set for at least an [...]

By |December 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Behind the Scenes: A Sweet Photo Shoot

Musicians Make Music Accompanied by Moonlight and Ice

Photo Credit: Emile Holba, icemusicfestival.no As the midnight hour strikes on Feb. 6, a group of international musicians will perform at the annual Ice Music Festival in Norway. The festival brings in more than 1,500 attendees in sub-zero temperatures to hear unpredictable melodies produced by instruments made of ice and snow. Norwegian percussionist and innovator of the festival, Terje Isungset, came [...]

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Behind the Christmas Tradition: the Julebukk

On lille julaften (December 23), Norwegian families typically decorate the juletre (Christmas tree), adorning the branches with handmade woven baskets, lights, Norwegian flags and figures made from straw. One of the traditional straw ornaments is the julebukk, or Yule Goat. Many of Norway’s Christmas symbols stem from pre-Christian times, and the Yule Goat is no exception. It was believed that the [...]

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Oslo Ranked Among Greatest Culinary Cities in the World

Photo Credit: Helge Høifødt Oslo, the relatively small capital of Norway, has suddenly captured the attention of food enthusiasts from around the world. Historically known for its cutting edge architecture, amazing skiing opportunities and unique coffee shops, Oslo can now proudly add “established foodie destination” to its resume after recently placing high in two major culinary best-of lists. The city even managed [...]

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Film Flashback: “Laila” Mesmerizes

Every once in a while, late-night television viewers might be lucky enough to harken back to the early days of film-making while enjoying snowy and lush Nordic panoramas, courtesy of the 1929 Norwegian silent film, Laila. Laila is the charming heroine and central character of the film. In addition to spectacular scenery (notably the extreme Northeastern mountains of Finnmark), the film [...]

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Life on the Slopes

Biri native Even Sigstad received his first pair of alpine skis at six years old. Today, he’s turned his passions of skiing and making films into a cool career. His award-winning production company, Field Productions specializes in outdoor movies. Check out Viking’s interview with Sigstad in the December issue and see more here. What’s one of your favorite memories from growing [...]

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Application Fees in 2018

The Simplified Dues Structure, that will be implemented on Jan. 1, 2018, is designed to standardize dues amounts that are collected by US lodges. As a result of this simplification, our application form is being redesigned. The new form will not include a space to note the assessment of an application (initiation) fee that is charged by some lodges. Does your [...]

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