Update on Sons of Norway’s Simplified Dues Structure

2020 Dues Structure, Canada and Norway

Information regarding updated dues beginning Jan. 1, 2020

History

2016 – At the 2016 International Convention, delegates voted to implement a new dues structure in the U.S. beginning in January 2018. However, there were no dues changes at that time for Canada and Norway.

2017 – At the May 2017 International Board meeting, the international portion of dues in Canada and Norway were set in the local currencies, and therefore no longer subject to exchange rate fluctuations.

2018 – Resolution 49, passed by delegate vote at Sons of Norway’s 2018 International Convention, reflects the recommendation of the Finance/Investment Committee to update the dues structure for Canada and Norway. See the entire resolution below.

2020 – The updated dues structure for Canada and Norway will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

Resolution 49

Resolution passed at the 2018 Sons of Norway International Convention

Presented by the International Board

The Finance / Investment Committee recommends that there be no change in dues for the United States Lodges for 2019.

The Committee recommends the following dues for 2020 for Norwegian Lodges and Canadian Lodges:

Canada Dues 2020

All amounts are in Canadian dollars.

International District Lodges Total
Individual 40.00 8.00 10.00 58.00
Family 52.00 16.00 20.00 88.00

Current Golden Members will remain with their current reduction percentage of dues.

Norway Dues 2020

All amounts are in Norwegian Kroner.

International District Lodges Total
Individual 250 160 65 475
Family 325 320 155 800

Current Golden Members will remain with their current reduction percentage of dues.

July 2017 

Sons of Norway International delegates voted at the 2014 and 2016 International Lodge Meetings to proceed with a simplified dues structure for U.S. members only, effective Jan. 1, 2018. The vote to implement the Simplified Dues Resolution sets the rule for the entire organization, and will put into effect the will of the International Lodge, your elected representatives.

We will continue to communicate with members about this change in dues structure as we get closer to the Jan. 1, 2018 implementation date.

2018 Dues

This chart lists the membership dues starting Jan. 1, 2018, for all membership classes. The total dues amount is shown for members in United States lodges.

United States

Total Dues

Intl.

Dist.

Local

Annual

Mthly

Individual
 Regular

$32.00

$14.00

$14.00

$60.00

$5.00

 Golden

$16.00

$14.00

$12.00

$42.00

$3.50

 Lifetime

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

 $0.00

$0.00

Family
 Regular

$42.00

$25.00

$28.00

$95.00

$8.00

Both Golden

$21.00

$25.00

$14.00

$60.00

$5.00

One Golden/One Regular

$32.00

$25.00

$21.00

$78.00

$6.50

One Golden/One Lifetime

$16.00

$14.00

$12.00

$42.00

$3.50

One Regular/One Lifetime

$32.00

$14.00

$14.00

$60.00

$5.00

 Both Lifetime

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

Central Lodge
Individual Without Insurance $32.00 $28.00* $0.00 $60.00 $5.00
Individual With Insurance $10.00 $14.00 $0.00 $24.00 $2.00
Family Without Insurance $42.00 $53.00* $0.00 $95.00 $8.00
Family With Insurance $11.00 $25.00 $0.00 $36.00 $3.00

*The district receives the local lodge portion of the dues, since they are the officers of the central lodge. 

For lodges in Canada and Norway, only the international lodge portion of dues is shown. Canadian and Norwegian districts and lodges will continue to set their portion of the dues. This includes the Canadian lodges in District 4.

Canada & Norway 

Canada
(CA$)

Norway
(NOK)

Primary

Spouse

Primary

Spouse

Regular Member

40.00

31.00

270

210

Unge Venner
(if dues not waived)

20.00

12.50

135

90

Golden Member

20.00

15.50

135

90

Life Member

0.00

0.00

0

0

 Central lodge dues are set by the International Board.
Central Lodge; 000 & 999
(includes district dues)

57.00

48.00

425

350

Payment of Dues

United States – Effective with their 2018 dues renewal, members in United States lodges will have the option to pay their dues by automatic monthly withdrawal from their United States bank account. Annual payment of dues by check or credit card will continue to be available.

Canada and Norway – Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the international dues in Canada and Norway are in the local currency (Canadian dollars or Norwegian Kroner). Sons of Norway will not adjust dues based on the exchange rate. Dues paid by credit card from a non-US bank may be subject to an exchange rate and/or servicing fee set by the bank and/or credit card processer.

Billing Date for Family Membership (U.S. lodges only)

In a number of households the Primary and Spouse members have different billing dates for their membership. Under the new structure they will be assigned a billing date as a family, using the “paid to date” of the member (primary or spouse) that is the latest in the year. This will delay payment of dues for these members by up to six months, but will still be paid in 2018.

Local Lodge Bylaws

Currently local lodge bylaws include the local lodge dues. With the change in dues effective Jan. 1, 2018, these bylaws will no longer apply. Since the International Charter and Constitution overrides the local bylaws, the local lodge does not need to pass new bylaws in order to remove the local lodge dues.

Member Communications

Informative articles will be featured in our communication channels, and online information will be supplemented on an as-needed basis. You may also send your questions to [email protected].

Q. Why are dues being changed at this time for Canada and Norway?

A. The dues changes for Canada and Norway will align the dues structure for all three countries in our organization and make it easier for recruiters to explain our dues to potential members.

Q. How will potential new members apply for membership that reflects the updated dues structure?

A. A new membership application, which can be filled out online from a tablet, PC or phone (or by a paper form), will reflect the new dues amounts for Canada and Norway. The form will be available by November 1 for members joining on or after Jan. 1, 2020. After Dec. 31, 2019, all previous applications will be obsolete and will not be accepted for new members joining as of January 1.

Q. How were the dues changes determined?

A. The dues figures were settled on after reviewing the full range of amounts paid across the organization. The goal was to ensure that this change would not financially penalize lodges.

Q.  Do Unge Venners in the U.S. need to share an address with a family member to be free?

A  Yes, that is the case for the U.S. However, Unge Venners in Canada and Norway will continue to have dues waived it they are a lineal descendent of a Sons of Norway member.

Q. Do Heritage members need to share an address with a family member to be free?

A. Heritage members are always free.

Q. What are the shared address requirements for a Family Membership under the simplified dues structure?

A. Those members included in the Family Membership category must reside in the same household, at the same address and belong to the same lodge (an exception would be membership in an affiliate lodge). If your family includes a multi-generational member who lives at the same address (such as a grandparent, for example), he or she may be included under the Family Membership category at $95 per year.

Family members who do not live in the same household/same address as the primary member are not eligible to be included in the Family Membership category. Family members who live in separate residences such as apartment buildings, where each unit has its own address, are not eligible for inclusion under a family membership that originates at a different address, since they do not live in the same household. Nursing home rooms and assisted living quarters also fall into this category.

Q. Will the dues still be discounted for central lodge members with an insurance product?

A. Yes. Please refer to the 2018 Dues Chart for details. 

Q. If a lodge doesn’t need to collect the $14 local fee, may it be refunded to members?

A. Those lodges that have little to no dues at present may use the additional funds to increase programing, charitable giving and/or community support, or they may refund the dues income to their members.

Q. How will the simplified dues structure be of benefit to members?

A. Simplifying the dues structure to maintain consistency throughout the U.S. will make it easier for lodges to sign up new members and to discuss the dues with others outside of their lodges and districts. For example, a person interested in joining who lives in Missoula could have his/her dues questions answered by his/her relative living in Dallas.  

Q.  Will Sons of Norway adjust dues based on the exchange rate for Canadian and Norwegian memberships?

A.  No. Beginning January 1, International dues for Canadian and Norwegian memberships are based on the local currency (Canadian dollars or Norwegian kroner), and hence will no longer be subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Dues paid by credit card from a non-U.S. bank may be subject to an exchange rate and/or service fee set by the bank and/or credit card processor.

Q.  Will the convenience of automatic monthly payments be available when the new dues structure begins?

A.  Yes. Although not currently available, beginning with their 2018 renewal, members in U.S. lodges will have the option to pay their dues by automatic monthly withdrawal from their U.S. banks. Annual payment by check or credit card will continue to be available. 

Q.  What is an Affiliate membership?

A.  In addition to their primary lodge, some members may wish to join another local lodge which would be considered an Affiliate membership. For each additional lodge joined, the member will be charged only the local lodge portion of dues ($14 in the U.S.). 

Q.  My spouse and I began our memberships at different times. Will the new dues structure affect when our payments are due?

A.  Yes, for Family Memberships in U.S. lodges only, those households in which the spouses have different billing dates for their memberships will be assigned a new billing date that will reflect the renewal date that occurs latest in the year.

Q.  Where can I learn more about this change in dues structure for Sons of Norway members?

A.  You can check out what lead up to the decision by the Sons of Norway International Board by clicking on the History button below. An overview of the dues structure changes are outlined above in the Membership Charts and Dues Information section. In addition, informative articles will be featured in our communication channels, and online information will be supplemented on an as-needed basis. You may also send your questions to [email protected].

Q & A: Golden and Life Members

What is Life Membership?
Life members are members who were 65 years old or older and who had been members for 30 years or more before the end of 1998. As of Jan. 1, 1999, Sons of Norway stopped awarding Life Membership.

What is Golden Membership?
On Jan. 1, 1999, Life Membership was replaced with Golden Membership. People who were already Life members retained that status, but going forward people who met those same qualifications (65 years of age and older and 30 years of membership) became Golden members. Golden members pay a reduced dues rate.

How are Life members affected by the new dues structure?
Life members will continue to have their dues waived under the new dues structure.

How are Golden members in the U.S. affected by the new dues structure?
The awarding of new Golden Memberships will discontinue in the United States as of Jan. 1, 2018. Current Golden members, including those who attain the status by Dec. 31, 2017, will retain that designation and continue to pay a reduced dues rate. Individual Golden members will pay $42.00 a year or $3.50 a month. A couple, both of whom are Golden, will pay $60.00 for a year at the family rate or $5.00 a month. See the 2018 Dues Structure Chart for more details.

How are Golden members in Canada and Norway affected by the new dues structure?
Current Golden members will retain the same reduced dues rate that they presently have.

Can a Life Membership or Golden Membership be purchased?
Membership in these categories cannot be purchased. They are based on the age of a member and their longevity with Sons of Norway.

Q. What Resources are available to me for more information?

A.

  • Updates and additional frequently asked questions, based on member input, will be posted on this webpage.
  • Contact Sons of Norway headquarters or your lodge or district leadership with your questions.
  • Watch for informational articles and updates in Sons of Norway newsletters and other communiques.
  • Questions may also be sent via email to this dedicated email box: [email protected]. A customer service staffer will reply within one business day.

2014 Resolution

Investigating and pursuing a simplified dues structure was voted on and approved by the delegates to the 2014 International Lodge Meeting.  Delegates overwhelmingly supported the following resolution forwarded for consideration by District Five:

WHEREAS the current dues structure and membership categories are complicated and very hard to explain to prospective members AND for current members to understand; now,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that a committee be established by the International Lodge President to present a resolution in 2016 to the International Lodge which will simplify the current membership classifications to include Insurance/Social and Individual/Family and make total dues for each lodge consistent within each country.


2016 Resolution

In August 2016 at the International Lodge Meeting in Tacoma, a new dues structure was voted in by a strong delegate majority vote (121-32). This resolution applies to dues within the United States only.

Simplified Dues Resolution 

WHEREAS the current dues structure and membership categories are complicated and very hard to explain to prospective members AND for current members to understand; and,

WHEREAS the 2014 meeting of the International Lodge passed a resolution for a committee to present a resolution in 2016 to simplify the current membership classifications to include Insurance/Social and Individual/Family and to make total dues for each lodge consistent within each country;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the following law changes will be made to accommodate a more simple dues structure. As it states in the Constitution, the International Board of Directors will set dues annually at the Spring meeting. Effective January 1, 2018, the U.S. dues will be $60 for an individual and $95 for a family. The breakdown will be allotted as follows:

$60 Individual Dues INTERNATIONAL $32 (no change)
DISTRICT $14
LOCAL $14
$95 FAMILY DUES INTERNATIONAL $42 (reduction
DISTRICT $25
LOCAL $28

2018

Resolution 49, passed by delegate vote at Sons of Norway’s 2018 International Convention, reflects the recommendation of the Finance/Investment Committee to update the dues structure for Canada and Norway.

Resolution 49 passed at the 2018 Sons of Norway International Convention:

Presented by the International Board

The Finance / Investment Committee recommends that there be no change in dues for the United States Lodges for 2019.

The Committee recommends the following dues for 2020 for Norwegian Lodges and Canadian Lodges:

Canada Dues 2020

All amounts are in Canadian dollars.

International District Lodges Total
Individual 40.00 8.00 10.00 58.00
Family 52.00 16.00 20.00 88.00

Current Golden Members will remain with their current reduction percentage of dues.

Norway Dues 2020

All amounts are in Norwegian Kroner.

International District Lodges Total
Individual 250 160 65 475
Family 325 320 155 800

Current Golden Members will remain with their current reduction percentage of dues.