Lefse, cookies and other Norwegian Delicacies!
Salem Masonic Temple 1625 Brush College Rd NW, Salem OR
Christmas Party with Swedish Lodge, Julenisse, and St. Lucia
Please bring a small wrapped gift for each child you bring with their name on it to put under the Christmas tree.
The Swedish Lodge will present the Lucia program. It will be followed by the Julenisse and singing around the Christmas tree with the children.
It should be a very fun time with the Swedish Lodge.
The holidays are coming up fast. We are gearing up for another busy season preparing for our annual bake sale. Lefse making for the bake sale will begin on Saturday November 5th and continue on November 19th and December 3rd. If you don’t know how to make Lefse, now is your chance to learn. Many volunteers are also needed to work the day of the Bake Sale. I encourage you to come join in the fun. Sign-up sheets for volunteer positions will be available at our next lodge meeting.
Our next meeting is scheduled for November 12th at 6:30PM. It will be a pot luck/social meeting. As a tribute to veterans a flag ceremony will be held. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Bell ringing for the Salvation Army will be conducted by Thor Lodge members on the Skybridge between the parking garage and Kohl’s Department Store on December 6th and 8th. Shaking a bell is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Look for a sign-up sheet at our next lodge meeting. It is a fun and worthwhile activity. Nothing is better than watching a young child drop a coin into the kettle. And if you really want to have some fun, I offer to let they ring the bell as a reward. It usually brings out a big smile.
Please check the bake sale supply table at the November 12th meeting and pick up your posters. Please distribute to churches, public plates, retirement residences and businesses where bulletin boards are available.
We need to get these out and around town. Pass some on to your friends and family and ask them to post where appropriate. Karen F. has arranged to have 100 of these printed and we need lots of help in distributing them. Be creative and think of anywhere people congregate as a good place to post these. Thanks to everyone who can help with this project.
Congratulations to all Thor Lodge members for an outstanding contribution to the Foundation fund during October. This was the most successful fund raising for the foundation since I have been Director, which is 5 years. The amount was enough to earn the $100 contribution from the lodge. Our contribution will be combined with those from all Sons of Norway lodges and hopefully reach the goal of $50,000 in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Foundation. If the goal is reached a matching amount will be added to the fund. This will also benefit the lodge districts as, upon reaching the goal, each district will be given $1000 to be used for a program of their choice. Thank you to all who participated.
The foundation, in existence for 50 years, has helped many people who find themselves in need of financial assistance as the result of the many disasters, many weather related, which cause major damage across the country each year. The funds are also available to lodges to help with the expense of doing educational and cultural heritage projects. Thor Lodge has been the beneficiary of these funds several times. Due to the scholarship program made available with foundation funds, our own Kristina Owen was given a college scholarship fund this year to help with her educational expenses at Oregon State University.
Soon the information on scholarships will be available and you will read about these in the Viking Magazine as well as the Sons of Norway Website where all of the information and applications will appear. One of these, the Carl Saltveit Scholarship, pays for the recipient’s tuition, room and board to attend the International Summer School at the University of Oslo. Any member in good standing of the Sons of Norway District 2, as well as their children and grandchildren are eligible to apply. You do not have to be currently enrolled in school and there is no maximum age limit to receive this award. Applicants are required to have completed one full year of college level work before applying. Participants in this experience report it to be an “opportunity of a lifetime” and benefits gained will be with them the rest of their lives.
Hopefully, the foundation will continue with all of these good works to benefit all of the membership. Thank you again for your interest.
Connie Bowers, Foundation Director, Thor Lodge.
As a Sons of Norway member, you can reconnect with your heritage, learn about modern Norway, build a strong financial foundation and participate in philanthropic endeavors that make a positive impact in your community.