The SynNor Brevet is the monthly newsletter of the Synnøve-Nordkap lodge of the Sons of Norway. Each month it contains information about upcoming lodge meetings & events, finance & benefits through the Sons of Norway, Scandinavian culture, and lodge announcements.
On the front page, you will be introduced to Doug Swenson, who will give a presentation at the virtual lodge meeting on Tuesday, May 11th. Doug is the owner and operator of Goose Prairie Forge and will tell us all about the art of Scandinavian blacksmithing. You will receive an email with details about how to use Zoom to join in on this wonderful program.
You will also be reminded throughout this issue that Syttende Mai is almost upon us and how you can celebrate, with the Peer Gynt dancers on May 15th in Stillwater (see page 4) or virtually on May 17th with Syttende Mai Minnesota (see page 2). On page 5, you will meet Connie Chrissis in a returning column “Meet Our Member”. In this month’s cultural article on page 6, “The Secret of XU”, we learn about a Norwegian resistance group during World War II called XU, which wasn’t publicly acknowledged until 1988.
Please pay close attention, too, to the “Bulletin Board” on page 7 for notices about upcoming meetings, a lodge volunteer opportunity, and other ways you can help and support Synnøve-Nordkap. Take note that there will be a virtual lodge meeting in June this year (June 8) and a lodge picnic in August (August 10). We’ll see you soon!
In this issue, you will find signs of spring — spring flowers and the optimism that we will soon be together again in person. Note on page 5 that the Junior Lodge is planning to perform outdoors in Stillwater on May 15th. All members are invited for a masked and socially-distanced casual gathering. Until then, though, lodge meetings will continue to take place virtually over Zoom. On the front page, you will see that the April lodge meeting will feature special guest speaker Dixie Hansen who will share her expertise about using DNA testing to further genealogy research. The meeting takes place on Tuesday, April 13th at 7:00 PM. You will receive an email with details about how to participate.
Be sure to browse the rest of the Brevet for the familiar columns, like “President’s Letter”, “Secretary’s Report”, and “Bulletin Board”. You can also learn about the history of “Gamle Stavanger” in this month’s cultural article.
This month’s newsletter represents the hope that we all will be able to see each other in person soon. Until then, though, Synnøve-Nordkap continues to meet via Zoom and to thrive as a lodge. Our members are busy with online classes and gatherings as well as outdoor activities. You can find many ideas in this issue! You will also learn about the March lodge meeting (Norwegian-American food), get a taste of spring from lodge President Lowell Johnson, and discover the magic of “Viking Age Tapestries”.
On the front page of this month’s issue, you will see that our February lodge meeting program, via Zoom, is a webinar developed by Vesterheim about the first Norwegian emigrants to the United States in 1825, who arrived in New York City on the Restauration. On page 2, you can read messages exchanged between Synnøve-Nordkap President Lowell Johnson and Ole Hillestad, president of the Christiana Lodge in Oslo, Norway, following a devastating landslide in the village of Gjerdrum, Norway in December 2020. Lowell sent a message of support from our lodge to theirs. This is an example of this organization’s fraternity at its best. This month’s cultural article on page 6 also shows how Minnesotans and Norwegians share culture and knowledge for the betterment of all.
Throughout this issue, you will also see a reminder that language camp and postsecondary scholarship applications are available (page 5), the Peer Gynt dancers are planning an outdoor performance in May, if COVID-19 conditions and restrictions allow (page 5), the Genealogy Group continues to meet virtually (page 7), a variety of online classes can keep you engaged (page 5), indoor and outdoor exercise opportunities abound (page 4), and proceeds from the sale of some Norwegian clothing benefit the junior lodge (page 7).
The SynNor Brevet staff sends you wishes for continued friendship and good health.
Lowell Johnson will be installed as Synnøve-Nordkap’s president for 2021-2022 at the January 12th lodge meeting via Zoom, along with the other lodge officers who were elected by members in December 2020. Lowell introduces himself and his goals for the lodge in his first “President’s Letter” on the front page. You can read more about the January lodge meeting theme, “Learning During the Pandemic”, and the installation of officers on page 4. “My Nordic Experience” on page 3 describes how one member applied for and used a lodge Nordic Experience Scholarship for virtual classes. All 2021 scholarship applications, Nordic Experience, Language Camp, and Postsecondary, are currently available on the lodge website. You can read about them in this Brevet and on the lodge website https://synn-nord.org/scholarships/ In this issue, you will also find brief articles about the Norwegian winter solstice, Norwegian American Norman Borlaug, and Norway’s World Heritage Sites. And, as always, this issue contains the “Secretary’s Report”, “Bulletin Board”, “Calendar”.
The SynNor Brevet staff wishes all Synnøve-Nordkap members a Happy New Year with the hope that we will meet in person again soon.
In this issue, you will find Chuck Draheim’s final “President’s Letter” as his 2-year term as lodge president comes to an end. President Draheim shared so much of himself as he led Synnøve-Nordkap during his tenure, including the postcards from his family archive that he shared each month in the Brevet.
On Tuesday, December 8, the monthly lodge meeting will again be held virtually via Zoom. On page 3, you will see an invitation to show off a gingerbread creation at that meeting. Also, at the December lodge meeting, members will vote on 2021 lodge officers, which are listed on page 4.
Scandinavian culture shines through in this issue, as well, at the bottom of page 3 and in a full article about “The Tradition of the Yule Log” on page 6. In this issue, you will also find more information about applying for Sons of Norway Foundation scholarships (page 5), “Sunshine News” (page 7), Scandinavian calendars still available (page 7), reaching out if you need a helping hand (page 5), and board & lodge meeting minutes (pages 2-3).
As 2020 comes to a close, the SynNor Brevet staff wishes you happy holidays, peace, and good health until we see each other again.
Nominations for 2021 lodge officers are listed on page 3. Voting will take place at the December virtual lodge meeting. Information about Sons of Norway Foundation grants can be found on page 5. Grants are available to individual members and to lodges for special programs. This month’s cultural article on page 4 explores Nordmarka, a recreational area near Oslo, Norway. If you haven’t already, you will want to visit Nordmarka after reading this article!
Find details on page 6 about how to order Norwegian and Swedish calendars and note cards. On page 6, you will also find information about Tuesday’s virtual lodge meeting, however you should have received a separate email with specifics about how to connect.
Synnøve-Nordkap Brevet staff wishes all of our lodge members peace and good health during these challenging times until we can meet in person again.
October is Sons of Norway Foundation Month. On the bottom of page 3, you can read about how you can make a tax deductible donation directly to the foundation. This issue is full of Scandinavian culture, too, with articles about trolls, VIKING.TV, Leif Erikson, movies, and musical theater!
On page 6, you will find details about how to order Norway or Sweden calendars and/or note cards. Mary Beth Mutchler will be taking orders via email or phone. Your order will be delivered to you this year, too.
As always, you can also find a message from lodge president Chuck Draheim, meeting minutes, the lodge calendar of upcoming events, and the “Bulletin Board”.
As we approach another change of seasons during the COVID-19 health crisis, Synnøve-Nordkap continues to pursue engaging methods for members to socialize with and to support each other. With members’ health and safety being the top priority, this issue of the Brevet reflects how lodge members have been maintaining their participation in Nordic-inspired activities.
President Chuck Draheim’s letter on page 1 discusses lodge meetings, past and present. After an August break, monthly lodge meetings resume on Tuesday, September 8th at 7:00 pm via Zoom. You will receive a separate email with specific information regarding this meeting.
On page 3, you will see a special notice about an exciting recognition for Synnøve-Nordkap. The junior lodge under the leadership of Susan Stow has helped win another “Family Lodge of the Year” award for 2018. Junior lodge members act as ambassadors for Synnøve-Nordkap and represent our lodge with all the enthusiasm, good will, and graciousness that we could hope to see. On page 6, you can see how some of the junior lodge members attended virtual language camp this summer. While not the same experience as in previous years, Skogfjorden 2020 was fun and engaging with music, crafts, and, of course, a lot of Norwegian language!
Check out the announcement on the bottom of page 3 if you are interested in sharing a favorite Nordic recipe, book, author, piece of music, etc. Sometimes the best way to discover something new is with a positive review by someone you know and trust. Share yours and watch future Brevet issues for what others love!
In this month’s issue, you will also find an article about “The Ice Front”, some recipes, poetry, the August board meeting minutes, and other general lodge announcements. We hope you keep reading!
Take note on page 1 in the “President’s Letter” that, as much as we want to meet together in-person for lodge events, the summer picnic has been cancelled. The Synnøve-Nordkap board of directors continues to meet and is following local and state guidelines regarding the health and safety of our members. Board members also continue to communicate with the leadership at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church as the decisions they make about reopening their building also impact future lodge meetings. A lodge preparedness plan surrounding the COVID-19 health emergency is also in the works. This and information about lodge social gatherings will continue to be communicated to members in this and future newsletters, on the website, and in the mail for those members who are not online.
On page 3, you will see some of the members who joined in on the July lodge meeting which took place online. Some members have been keeping themselves busy with creative endeavors and had the opportunity to show off their results during the virtual lodge meeting. Also look on the bottom of page 3 to see if your name is listed as having a membership anniversary this year. If so, please take a moment to contact Ron Stow ( 651-439-7255 or email@example.com ), so he can order a pin to give you the next time we are able to safely gather.
On pages 4 – 6, Scandinavian culture takes the stage. You can read an article about the Stalheim Hotel and its fascinating history, discover a fun summer recipe, read some poetry, play a game, and have a laugh.
And, of course, in this issue you will find board meeting minutes, lodge notices, and the lodge calendar. We thank you for taking the time to read the Brevet each month and extend our wishes for good health to you all.
On page 1, you will find a letter from lodge president, Chuck Draheim. Along with his supportive words to members is a link to a special message from headquarters titled, “A Message on Racism from Sons of Norway CEO Chris Pinkerton”. This message describes how the Sons of Norway finds itself in the unique position to be “a positive force” in this moment and how each of us can learn and be a part of the change we wish to see in our world.
In this issue, you will also find member anniversaries, notes of thanks from lodge scholarship recipients, member updates from home, and an article on “The Legacy of Viking Women”. We also find ourselves with more daylight than at any time during the year, so that can mean only one thing — midsummer celebrations! Ron Stow crafted a brief article on page 5 about midsummer celebrations in Norway. So, speaking of celebrations, how about we meet via Zoom on Tuesday, June 23rd to celebrate midsummer in our own way! You will be receiving another email about how and when to connect with us on Tuesday night.
Because we hope to see you all in person very soon, we have a summer picnic on the calendar for Tuesday, August 18th. However, before we get too excited, we are going to wait a little bit longer before we commit to that in-person get-together. The lodge board of directors continues to communicate and hold virtual meetings, so you will be notified when a final decision about the summer picnic is made.
It has also come to our attention that, as we want to connect with each other via phone, email, or even letters, many people don’t know just how to find the lodge member directory. The Synnøve-Nordkap lodge directory is available on our website. You can reach the page by clicking on the link below. The directory itself, however, is password protected. If you are a current lodge member, you can request the password by contacting Connie Chrissis at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The May issue of the SynNor Brevet is now available.
In this issue, we hear words of encouragement from lodge Vice President Lowell Johnson on the front page as well as how lodge business is being conducted when we cannot hold meetings in person.
On page 3, lodge member Gary Hanson shares his family’s experience with the 1918 flu pandemic. Gary’s story about his grandmother Lizzie is a wonderful example of how larger historical events come to life with family stories. During these not-so-normal times, when we all are requested to stay at home, what are you doing? Are you writing your story? Are you thinking about your family’s past? Susan Stow and Mary Beth Mutchler have been calling members just to check in, say “Hello,” and offer some cheer. As they talk to members, they’ve discovered that, indeed, life does look a little bit different these days. And, these activities and details will be part of our family stories. You can read what some of our members have been doing if you look for ❤︎ ❤︎ in this issue.
And, the May newsletter wouldn’t be quite right without a nod to Syttende Mai, Norway’s Constitution Day. On pages 4 & 5, Ron Stow shares a special Syttende Mai he was fortunate enough to celebrate with his relatives in Norway.
Let’s make our own history by coming together to celebrate each other and Syttende Mai in a virtual lodge meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 via Zoom. The Board of Directors has held two meetings like this, and we hope that meeting this way can begin to satisfy at least a couple parts of that “food, fun, and fellowship” that we miss. You’ll have to grab your own snack, though. All you need is a computer (with camera and microphone) or phone (the smart kind or even a landline) and follow the directions that will be sent out in a separate email. There will be detailed instructions there. We hope to see you!!
As we look forward to seeing each other again face-to-face, we hope to meet on Tuesday, August 18th for a picnic at Island Lake Park in Shoreview. This replaces our cancelled midsummer picnic which happens in June. Please watch your inbox and lodge website for more information as the lodge board of directors continues to follow state health department guidelines for social gatherings.
Thanks to all of our members for making Synnøve-Nordkap part of your story.
Like so many things right now, this edition of the lodge newsletter is just a little different than usual. Please read the special message on the front page from lodge president, Chuck Draheim. As President Draheim reminds us, “Sons of Norway began as a fraternal organization to assist Norwegian immigrants in their times of need, and this is still true today.” He offers some suggestions for us to stay connected and to lend a helping hand.
You will be reminded throughout the newsletter that all lodge activities are cancelled until further notice. The Synnøve-Nordkap board will continue to pay attention to recommendations regarding social gatherings and will keep members updated via email, the lodge website, and the next issue of the Brevet.
The March edition of the SynNor Brevet, Synnøve-Nordkap’s monthly newsletter, is now available. The front page gives you a sneak peek at the monthly lodge meeting on March 10th. Mike Lynch will be our special guest speaker and will give a presentation on northern lights and the night sky. You can read about animals in Viking art on page 5 in this month’s cultural article and find out what some of our lodge members have been doing to stay busy on page 4. You will also find all of the usual columns, such as the Secretary’s Report, Junior Lodge Update, Bulletin Board, and Calendar. There are big changes afoot at the Norway Café this year, Synnøve-Nordkap’s contribution to the World Café at the Festival of Nations. Discover this exciting news and how you can participate in our lodge’s largest fundraising event of the year on page 2 from lodge president Chuck Draheim. Happy reading!
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the February 11th lodge meeting will feature Jenn Hovland, local florist and horticulturist, whose presentation will be “Flowers and Gardens of Norway”. You can read a little bit about Jenn and her presentation on page 1 of the Brevet. If you’ve been wondering what’s new with Sons of Norway financial services, take a look at page 4. At the bottom of page 4, you will also see how you can get involved in this year’s district convention. You can read about Norway’s North Cape on page 5, its cultural history and what you’ll find if you visit today. On page 7, you will discover who Ole and Torkel are and how lodge members of any age can benefit from our lodge scholarship programs. And, as always, peruse the newsletter for a word from lodge president Chuck Draheim, counselor Sharon Amann, meeting minutes, and important meeting dates.
The annual lodge Chili Dump dinner will be held during the January lodge meeting, January 14th at 6:30 p.m., this year rather than at the February meeting as it has been in previous years. The cover page will give you all the details and how to sign up to participate. We need volunteers to make the event a success!
Speaking of volunteers, if you read the article on page 4, you will see that our lodge needs member representation at the 2020 District 1 Convention, which will take place in June at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, MN. This is an exciting opportunity to share, learn, and meet new people. Throughout the newsletter, you will see many other ways in which lodge members volunteer their time and represent Synnøve-Nordkap in the community. Our members put themselves out into the world with enthusiasm and pride in their Norwegian heritage!
Since it’s never too early to begin planning for our lodge’s biggest fundraising event, page 9 contains some exciting news about Synnøve-Nordkap’s participation in the Festival of Nations this year. There are some BIG changes coming, and we hope you will play a part!
On page 5, you will learn about the “Evolution of Skiing in Norway”. And, as always, look for fun and beneficial information in the other regularly published columns, such as the “President’s Letter”, the “Secretary’s Report”, and the “Bulletin Board”.
Throughout the newsletter, in the columns lovingly written by fellow lodge members each month, you get to know our members and also discover things about the lodge that you may not have known, as well as, of course, learn about past and upcoming lodge events. Stay warm and enjoy this month’s SynNor Brevet.
The Synnøve-Nordkap Lodge is bustling this October, and you can find out about all of the goings-on in this month’s issue of the SynNor Brevet. On page 1, you can read a bit about the guest speaker for our October 8th lodge meeting Ethan Bjelland, who will discuss life in Modern Norway. On page 7, you will find news from the Sons of Norway District 1 as well as how the phrase, “If it is to be, it is up to me,” can serve our lodge. There is an invitation, also on page 7, from our lodge Sports Director Jacqueline Carlone to join others from our lodge on Saturday, October 5th at the Spring Café at Como Lakeside Pavilion. Take a look at page 11 for a member profile, which features Dolores Jacobson and her spectacular Hardanger embroidery. There are also some important announcements on the “Bulletin Board”.
You won’t be able to miss, though, all of the excitement about Synnøve-Nordkap Lodge’s annual fundraiser The Torsk & Meatball Dinner, Bake Sale, and Silent Auction! Page 5 will give you all of the information you need about dining options and reservations, while page 6 mentions many different opportunities to get involved. Peruse the entire newsletter, though, for ideas, opportunities, and other tidbits about this fabulous event!
In this issue, you will find information about the September 10th lodge meeting (Bunads, Bunads, Bunads), a cultural article about “The Legend of Peer Gynt”, a recap of summer lodge happenings from Lodge President Chuck Draheim, as well as other interesting and useful lodge information. One important notice you will see on the “Bulletin Board” (page 7) is that Pat Carlson is stepping down after many years as chairperson of the Norway Café at the Festival of Nations. We are looking for lodge members who would like to act as co-chairs for this essential lodge fundraiser. If you are interested or would just like more information about these positions, please contact Chuck Draheim email@example.com .
We are thrilled to begin another season of Synnøve – Nordkap events and activities with our members. See you soon!
In this edition, you will find photos from the Midsummer Picnic in June as well as some more photos from the Festival of Nations in May. Our lodge community is active and vibrant, as you can see by taking a peek at this latest newsletter. Also look for an article about “Viking Navigation” and a fun read about one of our lodge’s newest members. We hope you enjoy it!
On Tuesday, June 18th, our lodge will celebrate Midsummer with a picnic. There will be food, games, and entertainment. May was an incredibly busy month for Synnøve – Nordkap with the Festival of Nations and syttende mai celebrations. In the June edition of the Brevet newsletter, you will find details about the Midsummer picnic, discover the record number of krumkake made for the Festival of Nations, and so much more!
In this edition of the lodge newsletter, you will find important information about volunteering for our lodge at the Festival of Nations, about our lodge syttende mai celebration, and about other upcoming lodge events & classes.