Petersburg Sons of Norway
Fedrelandet #23 Officer List for 2017
President Glo DeBoer Wollen 772-3138
Vice President Cindi Lagoudakis 772-4461
Secretary Larine Dunham 772-3952
Financial Secretary Sharon Wikan 772-2223
Treasurer Rhoda Gilbert 772-4836
Social Director Team Ambre Burrell 772-4423 & Jessica Ieremia 518-1844
Cultural Director Team Polly Koeneman 772-3422 Sue Paulsen 772-3606
Marilyn Meucci 772-4669 & Sally Dwyer 772-4453
Head Trustee Wendel Gilbert 772-4836
Trustee Team Jim Swainson, Tom Rockne
Backup Trustee Team Dave Berg, Grant Trask, Dave Tow & Al Dwyer
Asst. Secretary Janet Holten 772-3530
Counselor Jill Williams 772-4830
Greeter Bennett McGrath 772-2143
Adopt-a-School Julie Byers 772-3032
Historian Jill Williams 772-4830
Asst. Historians Sylvia Larson 772-3698 & Neva Christensen 772-3113
Sunshine Sigrid Medalen 772-4477
Musician Sue Paulsen 772-3606
Newsletter Sally Dwyer 772-4453
Youth Director Vacant
Spring into Summer 2017 Notes to the Lodge
Hi Fabulous Fedrelandet #23!
Wow! We have had and continue to be a busy place this spring/summer. I will hit the highlights and newsy notes from our business meetings, list upcoming events and list new members since January.
-Let's start out with the new members to our lodge. Please welcome Trygve Papenfuse, Debbie Downs, Sonja Ewing, Carolyn Kvernvik and Rita Byrer. Monthly chair people, please see who wants to be on your committee and sign them up.
As mentioned in the prior newsletter, our $250K grant funding is all and well used up. We did not have enough left to remodel/update the upstairs kitchen and we need to get a plan in place with funding source ideas. The kitchen was first on the list but ended up not being done at all due to other more pressing needs. So, if you have a terrific idea to start fundraising bring it to one of the meetings or pass your thoughts on to an officer of the lodge. In the past we have held auctions, dinners, pancake breakfasts, bazaars, dinner theaters and more. Let’s get creative and raise $20K+ for the project.
-Carpeting for the Bingo Hall to match the new carpet in the common areas upstairs is here and waiting for the installer to give us the install date this month. In the meantime, we will need help to remove the old carpet (if we do it we save $1500). Bingo happily paid for the carpeting and can't wait for it to be installed. So, a bunch of muscle will be called for as soon as Rick K. gives us his start date as the old rug needs to be taken out before he can begin.
-Our Sons Craft Club meets on Thursdays from 10am-approx. 2pm. Bring whatever you want to work on and come on down to the hall. Sharon and/or Sally are there most Thursdays with the door open by 10am. In the past, we have had folks knitting, crocheting, quilting, embroidering, rosemaling, map work and more-anything that is fairly portable works. Bring your lunch and come and join us. We need to select a club name, so start thinking of possible choices. I like Nord Stjerner = North Star which was the name of the local Daughters of Norway that disbanded in the 1950s as they merged with the Sons. We hope to continue this through the summer, so don’t be shy-join us.
-New LED lighting for the Bingo room and the Main Hall have been completed and both are noticeably brighter. Also, LED's for the parking lot and the Park have been installed. These are all more energy efficient and will save us $$ over time. Nordic Electric did the work for us. Funds were allocated from the grant remainder for most of the expenses and from our share from 2016 Revenue Sharing from Sons headquarters.
-Speaking of Revenue Sharing, we received our 2017 check from Sons headquarters based on insurance members from our lodge. Total for the whole order was $25,900 and little Fedrelandet #23 received $1,312.87. This is a major portion of the total amount and we should be very proud of our participation in the insurance program.
-The District Youth Director, David Champion is working on travel plans for youth from NW Sons of Norway to travel to Petersburg in August 12-19, 2017. As time gets closer and their plans firm up we will be involved in the events planned for the kids. We have committed to housing kids/chaperones and sharing some of the events with our local kids. Approximately 5 chaperones and 15 kids will be coming-so think about it and let us know if you can house for a week. This is an exciting program and we need to put our best foot forward to make sure we give our guests a great time in our community and let them in on our local heritage, a blend of Norwegian and Alaskan life.
-The lodge voted to donate $125 to the Chamber of Commerce Salmon Derby again this year. We have donated prize $$ for many years now and did you know we also donate leftover cookies from the Kaffe Hus for the kids in the derby? We don’t let those delicious treats go stale and they are really appreciated by kids young and old.
-We are holding a raffle. The prizes include a freshly rosemaled bureau with mirror from the 1930s in the Os style painted by the Sons members who are also Muskeg Maleriers, a Christmas Tompte Quilt made and donated by Sue Flint, and a Photo of the Hall w/Rainbow printed on metal donated by Cindi Lagoudakis. Tickets will start being sold during Maifest and will cost $5 each. The drawing will be at the Pickled Herring contest on December 13th.
-The Sons voted to donate to the Petersburg Public Library Summer Reading Program. They are looking for cool prizes for kids to make the program even more exciting. We donated 2 Norwegian windsocks to their program. You, too, can donate items or $$. Drop by the library to contribute.
-We have raffle tickets for a quilt made by Sally D to support Trollhaugen, our ski lodge in Stampede Pass near Easton, WA. The large lap-quilt features lots of tall trees and a troll climbing up rocks. It is cream with lots of different shades of green and a brown troll, green flannel backed and machine washable in cold water. If you buy a ticket, you will receive a bumper sticker showing your support of Trollhaugen.
Contact Sally D. for tickets-she keeps them in her purse, or call 772-4453 and she will find you to get a ticket to you.
-Now for the Social Stuff, mark your calendars!
***April 29th Saturday is the annual Litter Pickup on Sandy Beach Road. We will meet at Dwyer’s (618 Sandy Beach Road) at 11am to pick up litter bags and have a little snack before heading out from the Point to Sandy Beach. All are welcome rain or shine!!
***April 30th Sunday The annual Blessing of the Fleet & reception at the Hall at 2pm. Outside if the weather is good or inside if not. Kristen Zarlengo is chairing this event. Sally D. is coordinating the food for the open to the public reception-so please warm up those ovens and bring cookies, bars, veggies, chips or whatever you would like to donate to make this event special.
***May 13th, Saturday is Cookie Baking for Maifest at 1pm. Bring your dough down and bake your cookies for the Kaffe Hus and make it a social event! This is a way to show newer members how it is done and also if you bake it there, you don’t have to bring it down later when the week gets so busy. You can drop them at the Hall on Friday afternoon, May 19th or Saturday morning, May 20th before 10:00 AM. If you have any questions call Jill at 772-4830.
***May 19th, Friday 12 pm is the Sons of Norway annual Bunad Style Show & Luncheon. This is my last year as chairperson. 16 years on this committee and 38 years on the Saturday 6am sandwich committee have worn me out and I am not going to do the Style Show next year. We need others to step up now, so they can be a part of the planning and see what needs to be done and take it over for next year. I cannot stress it enough, I am done. We have lots of able members who can share the load and enjoy the process, so please step up and meet my request.
O.K.-This year I will be calling later this week to gather the various volunteer groups to set-up tables and chairs, decorate and set the tables, bake desserts, cut and plate desserts, make the shrimp salad and the rest of the lunch, serve the luncheon and clean up. Whew! It sounds like a lot and it is, but we have been doing it for a long time and it all works out in the end with the guests having an enjoyable time-and that is after all our primary goal.
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***May 20th Saturday is the annual Kaffe Hus from 10am -1pm. This is our time to shine with baking with Butter and Love all the Norwegian pastries, cookies and goodies you can think of. All members please take part in this annual event to make it a success. Leave the Oreos at home and bring on the good stuff. Jill W. is chairing this event and is hoping you will call, letting her know that you are bringing goodies so she doesn’t have to make 100+ phone calls. Her number is 772-4830. Do you make Blotkake? Not sure if we will have Glo home in time to bake these or if she will be up to it, so those 10-11 in the lodge that took Glo’s class might want to get out that recipe and whip up a few. Remember they can be made a couple days ahead so the flavors mingle.
***Other events coming up at the Hall***
-May 17th-the Paddle Battle Ping Pong tournament. We are co-hosting this event with Parks and Rec for the festival. We provide the venue and tables, they provide the rest.
-The Kjokken is once again renting the hall for Cruise Ship coffee and cookies several days a week from May-September. The Leikkering dancers will also be performing their dances. The dancers also sell our cookbooks and ornaments for the lodge and do a great job. We give them our thanks.
-Bingo will continue all summer long. We are always looking for help with the food. Interested in trying a new recipe and want to have it tested on a hungry but receptive group? Bring it up to Bingo-our players love to try new stuff-sweet or savory, anything goes. We have 2 freezers to store large amounts of cookies or dessert breads (love banana or pumpkin date). So, if you are baking and have extra stuff-remember us.
-More bingo Don't wait for a phone call to ask you to bring a treat-call Sally 772-4453 or Rhoda 772-4836. Again, thank you for the support. Rhoda and Sally appreciate it more than you know. We try our best to not charge the food to Bingo as we believe that all the earnings should go for our scholarships and building upkeep and bills. We end up paying for the food ourselves most weeks, so please pick a Friday and give a little to the program that keeps the hall afloat.
Well, I am near the end of my 4-page limit, so will close, wishing you all a happy and safe Summer. Be kind to each other. Drive with your lights on and wear reflective clothing when out walking.
Sally D, editor for the lodge
email Al Dwyer, President, Sons of Norway, Fedrelandet #23