Resource Blog

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

Community Programming

Lately, a lot of people have been calling the Sons of Norway Headquarters looking for new programming ideas. Many of them are surprised to hear that the key to great programming may already be right at their fingertips. It’s true: outstanding programming isn’t always hard to find, the trick is simply knowing where to look. This month let’s highlight three resources [...]

By |July 12th, 2015|Categories: 2015, Resource Blog|Tags: |Comments Off on Community Programming

Leif Erikson Programming from Sons of Norway

On the list of famous Norwegians, Leif Erikson places very high. As you probably know, more than 1,000 years ago Leif and his fellow Vikings established the first European settlement in North America at Vinland. In the 10 centuries that have followed, Leif Erikson, and Vikings like him, have captured the imagination of people around the world. Next month marks the [...]

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Summer Volunteer Ideas

Volunteering is one of the best summer activities for Sons of Norway lodges. Not only does it help bring members closer to one another, volunteer activities make for a great recruitment tool by attracting potential members who are looking to give back to communities. In addition, volunteerism helps reinforce lodge roles as pillars of their communities. Read on to discover some [...]

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Is Your Lodge on a Quest for Interesting Programming?

Putting together a thought provoking and engaging program may seem like a real challenge, but it shouldn’t. New and unique ideas can be right under your nose and need only a little digging to find. Take Kristiania 1-047 in Rochester, MN, as an example. Their recent program attracted over sixty people, including several guests. What did Kristiania do and can it [...]

By |June 15th, 2015|Categories: 2015, Resource Blog|Tags: |Comments Off on Is Your Lodge on a Quest for Interesting Programming?

Summer Volunteer Ideas

Sons of Norway Headquarters is proud to announce exciting new changes to the Spotlight on Volunteerism contest. Beginning on June 1st and running through the end of the year we’ll be searching for projects that epitomize Sons of Norway’s commitment to making our communities better. Unlike past contests, though, we’re asking for your help to select a winner. At the end [...]

By |May 29th, 2015|Categories: 2015, Resource Blog|Tags: , |Comments Off on Summer Volunteer Ideas

Lodge Picnics

Summer is here so that means it’s a great time for a lodge picnic. As you might remember from previous issues of R&R, June through August are a slower time for many lodges as they take a break from regular programs and events. This slow down means summer can actually be a dangerous time for lodges because they may lose members. [...]

By |May 19th, 2015|Categories: 2015, Resource Blog|Tags: |Comments Off on Lodge Picnics

Unique Summer Ideas

Traditionally, the summer months are a slower time for Sons of Norway. Some lodges even take a break for a few months instead of competing with all distractions that come with summer. But we'd like to point out that June through August represent a great opportunity for lodges to host programming that isn’t possible when it’s colder, and thus are an [...]

By |May 15th, 2015|Categories: 2015, Resource Blog|Tags: , |Comments Off on Unique Summer Ideas

Is your lodge getting ready for Syttende Mai?

It will be difficult to top the excitement of last year’s bicentennial of Norway’s Constitution, but 2015 can definitely be a year to remember! This month, we’ll highlight three simple ways your lodge can mark Syttende Mai in your community. Pass a City Resolution. The civic contributions of Sons of Norway lodges make them pillar of their communities – so why not [...]

By |April 11th, 2015|Categories: 2015, Resource Blog|Tags: , |Comments Off on Is your lodge getting ready for Syttende Mai?

Branding On Facebook

If you recall, last month we discussed how to create a lodge identity, or brand; something that helps your lodge stand out in the community. We’ll continue that theme this month by looking at one very important tool you can use that will help spread your lodge’s name in the community: social media. If you’re unfamiliar with it, social media is [...]

By |April 11th, 2015|Categories: 2014, Resource Blog|Tags: , |Comments Off on Branding On Facebook

PerkSpot: A New Member Benefit

Sons of Norway is proud to announce a new partnership that will make membership recruitment and retention a lot easier! Earlier this month we joined with PerkSpot, a one-stop shop for member discounts, which greatly expands our membership benefits. Now, when you are out recruiting, you can tell prospective members that joining Sons of Norway means gaining access to thousands of [...]

By |March 19th, 2015|Categories: 2015, Resource Blog|Tags: |Comments Off on PerkSpot: A New Member Benefit