I hope this finds all of you safe and healthy. We are living in unprecedented times with the COVID-19 pandemic spreading around our world. It seems like every day has brought the closing of additional places of business. Our March Elvesvingen Sons of Norway meeting was canceled and our April meeting is canceled. We are practicing “social distancing” but now Gov. Tim Walz has issued a two week stay at home order for Minnesotans. I’m thankful that the weather is getting nicer every day so we can at least spend a little time outdoors enjoying the fresh air.
Sons of Norway’s International Board of Directors postponed the International Lodge Meeting and Convention scheduled for August in Ringsaker, Norway, until 2022. They also voted to postpone all District Lodge meetings and conventions until 2022. So, there will not be a District 1 Convention at Brainerd this June. And, the International Festival at MSU, where we usually have a table promoting Sons of Norway and Elvesvingen Lodge, has been canceled.
We have had another Elvesvingen picture printed in the Viking Magazine’s April issue! Check it out in the District 1 section on Page 28. Lois Kitzmann took the picture last fall when we had open-faced sandwiches. I especially like seeing the beautiful Norwegian sweaters on Dorothy and Stan!
On a sad note, Elvesvingen member Phil Bachman has passed away. Last year I asked Phil if we could use him as a back-up in case a program presenter couldn’t make it. The next month we had a bad storm and our presenter was stuck at home. Phil jumped right in and narrated his video of a trip to Norway. He was always up-beat and willing to help out. Phil will be missed!
Start thinking about program ideas for next year. Someone has suggested something on heavy water, and, we will reschedule Becky DeGarmeaux’s talk on the diaries of pioneer Norwegian Pastor’s wives. However, there are many more months to fill so help us out by contacting a board member with any program ideas you might have. The Elvesvingen officers held their March board meeting on-line using Zoom. If ‘social distancing” stays in effect thru June, we may have to hold our Program Committee meeting the same way.
Whatever the situation will be by Easter, I hope all of us can at least spend some time with family and friends via phone or computer using a program such as Skype or Zoom.
May you have a blessed Easter!