Those of you who were at the September meeting know about my good news. For those of you who don’t, here is the story. I was contacted by a professor of History and Social Studies at MSU, Mankato. He is working on a project with another professor who teaches History at the University of Southeast Norway. In March of 2019, due to a grant they received, they will be co-teaching a course titled “Norwegian Immigration to the U.S.” Part of the course will be bringing 10 Norwegian students to Mankato along with the MSU, Mankato students going to Norway later on. One topic they want to cover is whether or not Norwegian-Americans are still “Norwegian,” or what it means to be Norwegian-American. The professors thought it would be interesting for the students to experience a ‘traditional’ meal, that would be served at any Norwegian-American gathering (holidays, Sons of Norway, Church function, etc.) and have the students discuss how Norwegian it really is.
I was asked if Elvesvingen would like to host a traditional Norwegian-American meal one night during the week the Norwegians are here. The Board decided that, yes, that would be an event that the Elvesvingen members would enjoy being a part of and those at the September meeting totally agreed! We are working on a grant to see if we can get funding from Sons of Norway to help with food and supplies. On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, we will be meeting in the lower dining room at Bethlehem Lutheran Church to prepare an evening meal for about 25 students and teachers, our members, and guests. Elvesvingen’s membership will need to help with this! I sent around a sign-up sheet at the September gathering and will be doing so again. If you can’t be at the monthly meetings, please contact me to find out how you can help. The Norwegian students will be our program that evening so I know you won’t want to miss this fun event!
It was so nice to see everyone again on September 8th and the potluck meal was delicious. Thanks to the serving committee for seeing that the set-up and take-down ran with ease. Program presenter, Leif Andol, was a delight with his first-hand stories about life in Norway for a young man during the WWII German occupation. And, we had two programs in one when Leif’s wife, Jan, surprised us by playing a Stanley SAW with a cello bow, accompanied by a recorded song from Les Misérables. It was fabulous!
Our October program presenter will be Jasper Bond, a potter from Sauk Rapids, who has volunteered for over 20 years at the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Join us as we hear stories about mushers and their dogs on the Last Great Race on Earth. (Jasper was scheduled last winter but we had a blizzard and that meeting was canceled.)
We will be having a membership banquet on November 10th but this year Elvesvingen members get to eat for free! There will be a $10.00 fee for all non-members. For the caterer, we will have to have a count of how many will be attending. Start thinking about who YOU will invite!
In October and November, I will be accepting nominations for Vice President and Editor. Please consider serving your lodge in one of these positions. Ask a board member for any details.
Tuesday, October 9th is Leif Erikson Day. To see what’s happening at the 31st annual Leif Eriksson International Festival go to: www.leifmn.org
Ha det bra!