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End of the Year Push!

Not only does December mean the 2014 Recruitment Challenge is coming to a close, but Sons of Norway Headquarter's search for the best lodge volunteer experience, Spotlight on Volunteerism, is as well. If you recall, at the end of the month we'll select the best story from 2014, which will appear in the May 2015 issue of Viking. All your lodge [...]

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Leadership Types – Which Style Fits You Best?

Have you ever considered what type of leader you are and how it can help your lodge succeed? Typically, leadership can be broken down into two types: a Big Picture Thinker and a Detail Oriented Planner. Both types are equally important and valuable to a lodge's success. Understanding what type of leader you are can help you harness your skills better [...]

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January is National Mentoring Month

Did you know that January marks National Mentoring Month? It’s a great time for your lodge to join in a nationwide effort and make a difference in the lives of youth in your community. Additionally, working in conjunction with National Mentoring Month also falls under Adopt A School, Sons of Norway’s committed effort to work with children in a variety of [...]

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Holiday Recruitment Ideas

December is the final month of the 2014 Recruitment Challenge. Fortunately, it is also amongst Sons of Norway's busiest months for bringing new members into the lodges. Christmas parties are especially popular occasions and they also make a great opportunity for recruiting new families and young members. We've found through conversations with them, that Christmas and Syttende Mai are two of [...]

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Promote Your Lodge

Is community promotion a part of your lodge's plans for the New Year? By now, you probably understand the myriad of reasons why promoting the lodge to friends and neighbors in your community is vital to the long term health of the lodge. This month, we'll take that idea to the next level: we'll share with you an exciting opportunity for [...]

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Member Satisfaction Survey

Lately, a lot of people have been asking the Sons of Norway Headquarters staff for the secret to getting more members involved in lodge activities. Unfortunately, there's no single correct answer or solution; different members respond better to different programs or activities. This diversity is what makes Sons of Norway an exciting and engaging organization to be a part of; no [...]

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Community Grants

Have you ever been to Lanesboro, MN? The small town of just over 700 people is located a few hours southeast of the Twin Cities. It's also home to Sons of Norway's Heimbygda lodge 1-376. Heimbygda is one of the fortunate lodges in the organization to also own their own building. A former Norwegian church, the building has been in the [...]

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Engage New Members

As we discussed in last month's issue of R&R, welcoming new members to your lodge is a balancing act between creating a warm, welcoming environment for new members and not overwhelming them. Several lodges have said finding new people to fill officer positions is one of their main concerns. Your lodge may have experienced this. This month, we'll focus on ways [...]

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Spotlight on Volunteerism October 2014

This month we're excited to share our first joint Spotlight on Volunteerism submission! Six lodges in the Chicago area collaborated to bring a taste of the city's rich Norwegian culture to a new generation. With help from Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Iowa, Trollhaugen 5-417, Skjold 5-100, Leif Erickson 5-97, Elvesund 5-593, Polar Star 5-472 and Cleng Peerson 5-525 exhibited artifacts and [...]

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Creating a Welcoming Lodge

Fall isn't just filled with holidays and important deadlines; it's also Sons of Norway's busiest recruiting season. Knowing that the next few months will see many new members joining lodges, how can we ensure that they get the most out of being a part of the largest Norwegian cultural organization in the world and renew a year from now? A few [...]

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