Resource Blog

Member resources and ideas including recruitment, administrative, programming and community engagement.

Using Facebook to Connect with Members

Did you know that over the last two years, Sons of Norway has been recruiting twice as many young adults (24 to 55 years old) than it has in the last five years? With this influx of new, more active members come new opportunities to meet their expectations. This often means lodges will have to incorporate new tactics and resources to [...]

By |November 25th, 2015|Categories: 2015, Resource Blog|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Using Facebook to Connect with Members

Promote Your Lodge in the Community

With lodges back in full swing, a lot of members are thinking of ways to raise awareness of Sons of Norway in their community and recruit new members. If you are a long-time reader of the R&R, then you know we've discussed a lot of different options for local lodges. This month, however, we are going to discuss one of the [...]

By |November 25th, 2015|Categories: 2015, Resource Blog|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Promote Your Lodge in the Community

Celebrate St. Olav’s Day

Have you ever been to a St. Olav’s Day celebration? If you live outside Norway, chances are you probably haven’t. It’s even more likely that your friends and neighbors haven’t either, making St. Olav’s Day an excellent opportunity to introduce them to Norwegian culture. Let’s highlight some of the traditional aspects of the holiday followed by a few ways your lodge [...]

By |November 22nd, 2015|Categories: 2015, Resource Blog|Tags: , |Comments Off on Celebrate St. Olav’s Day

Adding a Greeter to Your Lodge

Often a lodge greeter is an underutilized or unfilled position. In cases where a lodge has a greeter, they are often relegated to handshakes and smiles for members at the beginning of a meeting or event. This is unfortunate because, when used properly, the greeter can be an important part of a lodge's membership retention strategy. The primary responsibility of a [...]

By |November 15th, 2015|Categories: 2015, notforblog, Resource Blog|Tags: , |Comments Off on Adding a Greeter to Your Lodge

Developing Your Brand

As leaders in Sons of Norway, we’re all familiar with what makes our organization great: the way we celebrate our Norwegian heritage, the philanthropic opportunities available and our outstanding financial products. We can list all the benefits that come with being a Sons of Norway member, but how are we selling our own lodges? Understanding the difference between being able to [...]

By |October 10th, 2015|Categories: 2015, notforblog, Resource Blog|Tags: |Comments Off on Developing Your Brand

Foundation Month

Did you know next month is Sons of Norway Foundation month? It’s an opportunity to celebrate a part of Sons of Norway that gives so much throughout the year. In fact, the Foundation gives tens of thousands of dollars annually to students, community projects and lodges across the organization that fulfill the organization’s mission to spread Norwegian culture in our communities. [...]

By |September 15th, 2015|Categories: 2015, Resource Blog|Tags: , |Comments Off on Foundation Month

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month!

As a Fraternal Life Insurance Company, quality financial products, like life insurance, are the backbone of our organization. In fact, the money generated from these products goes a long way to making Sons of Norway the organization that we all know and love. In fact, life insurance is where Sons of Norway began; back when Norwegians coming to the United States [...]

By |August 22nd, 2015|Categories: 2015, Resource Blog|Tags: |Comments Off on September is Life Insurance Awareness Month!

Group Programming Makes Earning Cultural Skills Pins Fun and Accessible

Polar Star 5-472 set a goal for itself in 2014: to develop lodge activities that would fulfill the requirements for parts 1 and 2 of the Cultural Skills unit on Norwegian Music. Cultural Director Barb Johnson facilitated the effort, laying out which activities each member needed to complete in order to meet the requirements. For Part 1, Barb Johnson gave a presentation [...]

By |August 19th, 2015|Categories: 2015, Resource Blog|Tags: |Comments Off on Group Programming Makes Earning Cultural Skills Pins Fun and Accessible

Dawson Creek: Making Headlines

Dawson Creek is a small town in northeastern British Columbia, near the province’s border with Alberta. With just over 11,000 residents, it may not be a major city, but it boasts a thriving Sons of Norway lodge that is more than capable of making a big difference in the community. In fact, Dawson Creek 7-079 recently made headlines by raising more [...]

By |August 15th, 2015|Categories: 2015, Resource Blog|Tags: , |Comments Off on Dawson Creek: Making Headlines

Recruiting Rumelva Style

Last December, Sons of Norway welcomed its newest lodge when Rumelva #1-685, had its institution. After having its introductory meeting in Cambridge, MN on Syttende Mai, the lodge recruited 40 members in just six short months. But, the lodge didn't stop there. They now boast an impressive membership of over 50. Sons of Norway spent some time talking with Rumelva's Social [...]

By |July 22nd, 2015|Categories: 2015, Resource Blog|Tags: , |Comments Off on Recruiting Rumelva Style