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September 2017

Sons of Norway - Elvesvingen Lodge 1-582

The mission of Sons of Norway is to promote, preserve, and cherish a lasting appreciation of the heritage and culture of Norway and other Nordic countries while growing soundly as a fraternal benefit society and offering maximum benefits to its members.

September Meeting

Welcome back, Fall Potluck!    

September 9, 2017 5:30-pm

Heritage Room

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mankato

Please bring a dish to pass!

      Program: Katie Luther: An Historical Perspective by Becky DeGarmeaux

September Co-Chairs:

Oren and Karen Quist

Hilsen Fra Presidenten, Karen Abbott

Welcome back to Sons of Norway! I hope you have all had an enjoyable summer and are looking forward to fall and the start of a new year for Elvesvingen 1-582. The program committee has been busy lining up speakers and programs for this new year and we hope you're going to enjoy the results of our efforts.

Our first gathering will be Saturday, September 9th at 5:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. It will be a potluck meal and the program will be "Katie Luther: An Historical Perspective" presented by Becky DeGarmeaux. Since 2017 is the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation, we thought it would be interesting to find out something about Martin Luther's wife, Katharina. If anyone ever needs a ride to one of our meetings, please contact a board member.

We are working on the Yearbook for 2017-2018. If you have a new address, phone number, etc. please let us know so we can get the correct information entered. Also, if you're not on the Member Networking page and would like to include the area(s) of Norway you are associated with, let us know that as well.

Most of the officers' terms will be up on December 31, 2017. In September, I will start asking for nominations for president, vice president, secretary, financial secretary, treasurer and editor. Please consider how you can best serve Sons of Norway Elvesvingen 1-582. If you are interested in what a position entails, please ask a current officer to explain it to you. Those of us on the board will give you as much help as you need to successfully fill one of the positions.

I would like to remind you of Bethlehem Lutheran Church's door policy for Sons of Norway. On the days of our events, the main doors will be open for 45 minutes - from 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm. Those doors are set on a timer. If you arrive for our Chapter event before 5:00 pm or after 5:45 pm, the main doors will be locked. You will have to use the courtyard door on the east side of the building on 2nd Street. If you have any questions, please call me.

The weather is cooler but there's plenty to do in Scandinavia in September (from

Here are some highlights for tourists planning to visit the Scandinavian countries in September.

Oktoberfest Events in Scandinavia

Even though its name might suggest otherwise, there are several Oktoberfest events in September in the Scandinavian countries. Care to join them?

· Denmark: In mid-September, the old Carlsberg site at Valby in Copenhagen hosts Europe's largest beer festival, called (appropriately) the "European Beer Festival."

· Norway: Oslo, Arnes, Kongsvinger, Eidsvold, and Strommen all hold their own local Oktoberfest events in September. Norwegians take their beer very seriously.

· Sweden: The capital city of Stockholm holds its Beer & Whisky Festival, known locally as Stockholm Oktoberfest, over the last two weekends in September.

September Birthdays!


Ole, Sven and Lars die in a tragic Lutefisk​canning ​accident. They are met by God on the stairway to heaven.

God says, "There are 3,000 steps to heaven. It's very serious up there. I'll tell you a joke on each 1,000th step you reach. If you laugh you go to hell."

So they start walking and reach to the first 1,000th step. God tells a joke, Lars laughs out loud and goes straight to hell. Ole and Sven look at each other nervously.

On the 2,000th step God tells another joke, Sven tries his best but laughs and goes  straight to hell.

On the 3,000th step God tells the last and best joke, Ole doesn't laugh and proceeds to the gate.

Suddenly, Ole bursts out laughing hysterically. God asks, "What are you laughing about?".

Ole replies, "Oh dat's funny. I yust got da first yoke!"

 Joke taken from:

Important Information

Be sure we have your current address, phone number, and e-mail for our Yearbook. The updated yearbook will be available in November. Contact Linda with any changes.

Save the date!

We are excited for our annual Membership Banquet!

November 11

La Vern Christianson: The Last Viking King

Bethlehem Lutheran Church


All leadership positions are up for new members! We will be taking nominations at the September meeting. If you are interested in what the position entails, please ask a board member!

November Lefse Bake

It will be time to make more lefse before we know it. Look for more information coming soon!


Let's Learn Norwegian!

Nyt kaken med en god kopp kaffe!

(neet kah-kehn meh ehn goo kohpp kah-feh)

 Enjoy the cake with a good cup of coffee.

Highlights from the Midsummer's Eve Picnic


Need a lift?

If you ever need a ride to one of our meetings, please contact a board member.

 If you would be willing to be “on call” to pick someone up, a board member can help arrange that as well.