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 tripsavvy.com).
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.