Resource Blog

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

Sons of Norway Volunteerism and Community Involvement

Each year, Fraternal Life Insurance companies, Sons of Norway included, submit information about member volunteerism and community involvement to the American Fraternal Alliance (AFA). The AFA, in turn, uses these combined numbers to illustrate to elected officials the positive impact fraternals have on communities throughout the United States while helping justify our 501 c (8) tax-exempt status. For Sons of Norway, [...]

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Planning a Memorable Midsummer Celebration

Is your lodge looking for a fun and unique event to host this summer? Have you considered a Midsummer celebration? While these celebrations are relatively commonplace throughout Europe, they are hard to come by in the United States. This makes it a great opportunity to celebrate an element of Norwegian culture many people may not be familiar with. Let’s walk through [...]

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Lodge Programming – Family Summer Events

After the excitement of Syttende Mai has passed many lodges use the summer months as a time to catch their breath and take the summer off, but that would be a missed opportunity. Today, many members of Sons of Norway, especially those with families, are too busy with other commitments to make it to a monthly meeting. This means they'll attend [...]

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Ending the Year

Are you making a New Year's resolution? Do you, your board, or your lodge as a whole have any for the year to come? Now is the perfect time to start thinking about it; will your lodge make a point to recruit more members, ensure more renew next year? Many lodges will no doubt make these types of resolutions, and they're [...]

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Spotlight On Volunteerism

Since the Spotlight on Volunteerism program began nearly two years ago, one lodge has stood out for its commitment to giving back to the community. Normanden 4-424 in Missoula, MT has made volunteerism an integral part of their lodge programming. The lodge has been at it again, this time working in support of Opportunity Resources, an organization in Missoula that helps [...]

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Does Your Lodge Have a Good Attitude?

Throughout the summer, we've been learning from the leadership of Nordlyset 5-183 in Racine, WI about the changes the lodge has made that have allowed it to be one of the fastest growing lodges in the organization. A highly successful membership breakfast and a greater emphasis on programming that attracts members of all ages are both contributing factors to the lodge's [...]

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Utilizing Your FBC

With fall right around the corner and lodges beginning to meet more regularly, now is the perfect time to start planning events and programs, establish recruitment goals and develop new strategies for your lodge heading into the busy holiday season. Why now? Because the period between Thanksgiving and the New Year is when lodges typically attract the most new members. Is [...]

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Officer Transitions

Is your lodge ready for the new year? If you recall from the October issue of R&R, elections are an important and exciting time for a lodge.This article discusses how mentoring newly elected leadership will help officers transition into some of the regular tasks and routines they will experience in their new role. So with transitions being so crucial to the [...]

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Recruitment and Retention: Progress and Challenges

This month's issue of the R&R Newsletter has an exciting new addition! We bring you a special report from Ralph Peterson, the Chairman of the Vice Presidents' Network*, about the progress we've made so far in the area of membership retention and challenges we still face in recruiting new members. Dear Sons of Norway Leaders, As an elected officer of your [...]

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Summer Recruitment Tips

Did you know that over the summer months Sons of Norway's new member recruitment numbers decrease by nearly 40% compared to other times of the year? It shouldn't come as a surprise; the summer is a difficult time to recruit because your lodge has to compete with vacations, holidays, youth sports and more! Plus, as we discussed in June's R&R, some [...]

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