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

Bridging Ages Grappling with How to Include Young People in Your Lodge?

Check out the ideas in the following article that was provided by the Association Societies Alliance. It first appeared in the July 2009 issue of the Association Focus, a publication of the Midwest Society of Association Executives. Sons of Norway reprinted it with permission in the October 2009 Viking Resource. Simma & Kate's Strategies for Cross-Generational Relationship Building By Simma Lieberman [...]

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Bridging Ages: Recruit with Scholarships

Do you know about the many scholarships offered through the Sons of Norway Foundation? Available to members, their children and their grandchildren, our scholarships can be a great incentive to join the organization or to continue membership. Here is a list of the exciting scholarships from the Foundation your lodge can use to help recruit new members: Utilize the Youth Cultural [...]

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Building Community Plan a Foundation ‘Fun’draiser

To recognize Sons of Norway Foundation month, lodges are encouraged to plan a fundraiser. Why not take the opportunity to turn your fundraiser into a ‘fun’draiser—an excuse to get people together to have a great time, while raising money for a good cause. A ‘fun’draiser can help support the Foundation, and engage and bond your membership, while providing another opportunity to [...]

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Building Community

Did you know Sons of Norway is member of group that brings fraternal benefit organizations together? The American Fraternal Alliance (AFA) represents a wide variety of fraternal benefit societies– from the Alliance of Transylvania Saxons to the Woodmen of the World and everything in between. The AFA provides an opportunity for each of its member organizations to work together to meet [...]

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Tips to Catch the Attention of Potential Members

Being Visible: Tips to Catch the Attention of Potential Members Is your lodge well known in the community? Increasing your lodge’s visibility is an easy way to catch the attention of potential members. Try out at least one of these tips to help your lodge become more visible in the community. Post Lodge Meetings Posting your meeting information on a community [...]

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Bridging Ages

Is your lodge looking to increase youth membership? Heritage and Unge Venner members bring an excitement and energy to a lodge and help get a new generation interested in their heritage. Consider some of these ideas to engage younger members! Utilize the Youth Cultural Skills Program. Program is an easy way to get Unger Venner and Heritage members to try Norwegian [...]

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Get Active In Your Community

Is your lodge active in the community? Community involvement is a terrific way to recruit potential members and to engage current members at the same time. Give one of these tips a try and connect with both your members and neighbors. Participate in Project Framtid. Do you have members interested in working with young people? Project Framtid is an ideal choice [...]

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Planning a Midsummer Celebration

In Norway, June 23rd marks the celebration of Midsummer. Some of the most popular traditional ways to celebrate include building bonfires, eating and dancing, which are also very popular with Sons of Norway members. Thanks to resources available from Sons of Norway Headquarters, attending a Midsummer lodge event can be a highlight of your members' summer! The most iconic part of [...]

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Stronger Programs: Enhance Lodge Programs with a Local Lodge Partnership Grant

Take advantage of the Local Lodge Partnership Grants to expand a lodge event. This grant provides a matching dollar amount ($1 from your lodge + $1 from the Foundation) for lodges wanting to make a program or event special. Looking for ideas of what can be funded? Check out what some lodges have done with the funds they received through this [...]

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Think Bigger with General Heritage & Culture Grants

Is your lodge looking to make a splash in the community? Consider applying for a General Heritage & Culture Grant through the Sons of Norway Foundation. This grant is for lodges looking for financial help to create a community-wide event. Being awarded a General Heritage Grant provides two great recruitment benefits for your lodge. First, your lodge gets the financial assistance [...]

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