Resource Blog

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

Does Your Lodge Have a Rockstar Recruiter?

Have an all-star recruiter in your lodge? You might! With the end of the Midsommer Madness recruitment contest the Sons of Norway Headquarters is proud to announce the 22 members qualified for the Sons of Norway coffee mug prize this year: Gary Heimark, Tusenvann #1-659 Robert Stevenson, Edmonds #2-130 Christine Ware, Leif Erikson #2-001 Karen Aanes, Sol-Land #2-086 Kaia Petersen, Hovedstad [...]

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Getting Media Attention

One of the best incentives for lodges to participate in community service projects is the recognition it can get from media coverage. The media has the ability to broadcast your lodge’s efforts to a much wider audience. Not only does it publicize your lodge, but a positive image in the community can help open doors to new partnerships, volunteer opportunities and recruitment [...]

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Bridging Ages: Great Ideas for Involving Youth in Your Lodge Activities

Want to bring youth into your lodge – but don’t know how to do it? Give these ideas a try: Invite kids to a Viking story time. Norwegian mythology is very popular with kids – even if they don’t know what it is. Last year, How to Train Your Dragon was one of the most popular family movies. It may not be [...]

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Motivating Your Members to Volunteer

Motivating members to volunteer their time may seem like a difficult task, but there are plenty of incentives. First of all, volunteering connects members with their communities more than any activity. It brings members together, strengthening the fraternal bonds that Sons of Norway was founded on. Most importantly, members who volunteer with Sons of Norway lodges have fun! Need an extra [...]

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Planning a St. Olav’s Day Dinner

July 29th marks the annual celebration of one of Norway's most famous icons, St. Olav. Because Olav converted Norway to Christianity, the holiday has a strong religious connection, but has also become a reason to celebrate Norwegian history. To mark the occasion dinners, medieval markets and concerts can be found throughout Norway. Your lodge members may not be familiar with the holiday, [...]

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Stronger Programs

This fall, the Sons of Norway Headquarters is challenging lodges to take the Viking Quest Membership Challenge. It’s more than just recruiting – the Viking Quest also rewards lodges for retaining existing members as well. So, does your lodge have what it takes? How can you lead your lodge to victory? By recruiting, recruiting, recruiting! Every new member your lodge recruits between [...]

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Building Community: Adopting a School

Has your lodge adopted a school? Adopting a school is just one of the options your lodge has for Project Framtid. Vonheim #1-108, has been engaging students at St. John’s the Baptist Catholic School in nearby Excelsior, MN for several years. The ‘adoption’ has been the project of Carol Gillespie, a long time member of the lodge, who has coordinated a variety [...]

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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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