Monthly Archives: August 2018

2018 International Folk Art Competition & Exhibition

Members had an opportunity to show off their Norwegian artistry by participating in the 2018 International Folk Art Competition & Exhibition as part of the recent International Convention. Amateur and professional Sons of Norway members competed or exhibited work in various Norwegian folk art categories including rosemaling, hardanger embroidery, hand knitting and several others. All participants received a certificate of recognition [...]

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Celebrating and Invigorating your Lodge with the Lodge Achievement Program

The Beginning In 1961, the International Board initiated a program called Lodge of the Year (LOY), which was to be administrated by the District Presidents. This program was introduced so that district officers would be more aware of lodge activities, and to help find both weaknesses and strengths in fraternal programs. Using this program, each district board would determine their district’s [...]

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Congratulations and Welcome to Our New International Board of Directors

At the 2018 International Convention held this month in Bloomington, Minn., 155 delegates from Canada, the U.S. and Norway elected officers and directors to serve on the Sons of Norway International Board. Newly elected officers are International President Ron Stubbings and International Vice President Mark Agerter. Reelected are International Secretary Marci Larson and International Treasurer Elaine Nelson. New International Directors are [...]

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Recap of the 2018 International Convention

From August 16 - 18 Sons of Norway members and delegates from throughout our organization came together for the 2018 Biennial International Convention, held in Bloomington, MN. When approved, the official minutes of the lodge meeting will be distributed to all International Board Officers and Directors, delegates and Sons of Norway lodges. A synopsis of changes to the policies, procedures and [...]

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Norway Keeping Trash out of Nature

It’s no secret that Norwegians want to protect their natural wonders from garbage. While recycling is commonplace for Norwegians, other countries are looking to Norway as the recycling expert. The U.K. is looking into starting a recycling program based on Norway’s, after stats came out showing that Norway has the world’s most effective bottle recycling program. Through this program, 97 percent [...]

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Tracking Events and Hours

Throughout the year, lodges are asked to keep a running total of the number of events and activities they organize, as well as all the hours their members volunteer on behalf of Sons of Norway. This tracking, usually done by the Lodge Secretary, can be accomplished in several different ways: *        Using the pdf forms (Individual Hour Tracking [...]

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Kvikk Lunsj and the Candy Bar War

Norway’s Kvikk Lunsj and England’s Kit Kat have long been the subject of comparison - Which came first? Which tastes better? Who has cooler packaging? Recently the candy bar war has extended to “Which one should own the trademark to the four-bar shape?” (Spoiler alert: neither one.) Origin story While Kit Kat began production in London in 1935, Freia started producing [...]

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Berry Cool

Looking to beat the heat with some sweet treats? In Viking’s August issue, Norwegian baker and food stylist Paul Lowe  (aka Sweet Paul) shows us how with his blackberry and raspberry striped ice pops. Check out the recipe below! Paul’s website is brimming with other cool desserts, such as summer energy pops, lemon sorbet and mint and cucumber ice pops. Last [...]

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August 15 Leadership Conference: A Time to Embrace Dugnad

Join us for the 2018 Leadership Conference to be held August 15 in Bloomington, Minn., and prepare to Motivate—Maximize—Mobilize to benefit your community and your lodge. Conference participants will leave with new resources and tactics to build awareness of their lodge and its activities and will be inspired by volunteer success stories and ideas to take back to their communities. Sign [...]

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August is for Family

Happy National Family Fun Month! With school almost back in session and fall just around the corner, August is the perfect time to make lasting memories with your kids and loved ones before busy schedules take over. Here are a few family-favorite activities - with a Norwegian flair - to help you celebrate all month long. Norwegian Bingo – Use a [...]

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