Resource Blog

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

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

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 [...]

By |June 19th, 2015|Categories: 2015, Resource Blog|Tags: |Comments Off on Leif Erikson Programming from Sons of Norway

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 [...]

By |June 19th, 2015|Categories: 2015, Resource Blog|Tags: |Comments Off on Summer Volunteer Ideas

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?