norway-2068846_1920The 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.

September 2020 Brevet

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!

Summer 2020 Brevet

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 ), 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.

June 2020 Brevet

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 .

May 2020 Brevet

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.

April 2020 Brevet

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. 

March 2020 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!

February 2020 Brevet

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.

January 2020 Brevet

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.

December 2019 Brevet

The December edition of the SynNor Brevet is now available. In this issue, you will find all you need to know about our annual holiday dinner, the Julebord, which will be held on Tuesday, December 10th. All who wish to come are asked to bring a dish to share and arrive at Gustavus Adolphus with your contribution at 6 p.m. On page 6, you can see the signup sheet to help you decide what to bring, as well as the contact information to sign up. It’s going to be a festive gathering!
Please also take a look at page 4 to see a list of nominated lodge officers and appointed positions for 2020. Voting to elect lodge officers will take place at the December lodge meeting. Take special note that we are still looking for someone to take over the position of lodge Recording Secretary. If you have any questions or are interested in the position, please contact lodge president, Chuck Draheim, for more information.
The cultural article in this issue is all about “Norway’s Christmas Markets”, in which you’ll discover, among other things, the Norwegian city that displays a gingerbread replica of itself at its Christmas market.  And, of course, the Brevet wouldn’t be complete without meeting minutes, announcements on the “Bulletin Board”, and an update on the Junior Lodge.
We hope to see you at the Julebord!

November 2019 Brevet

Once again, this month you will see that the lodge newsletter reflects our active and vibrant member community! Come to our November lodge meeting on Tuesday, November 12th and listen to Tegan Godfrey discuss the 99th Infantry Battalion, an elite unit of Norwegians and Norwegian-Americans who fought to liberate Norway during WWII. You can find out more about the 99th on the front page of the Brevet. On page 2, Lodge President Chuck Draheim provides a wrap-up of the Torsk & Meatball Dinner/Silent Auction fundraiser and an update about lodge membership goals. Food, fellowship, and fun are in full color on page 4 in photos from the Torsk & Meatball Dinner. Page 7 updates lodge members about the activities of the Junior Lodge and Peer Gynt Dancers, along with words of thanks from Junior Lodge scholarship recipients. These thank-you notes give insight into how our lodge fundraising efforts are spent and enjoyed! Read about the Norse settlement of Greenland in this month’s cultural article, “Gunbjørn’s Rock”. And, as always, the meeting minutes, “Bulletin Board”, and calendar give you a heads-up about exciting lodge activities, groups, and meetings.
Please also take a moment to peruse notices on pages 2 and 6 to see how your participation could benefit all our members by volunteering your time as lodge secretary or as a co-chair for the biggest lodge fundraiser of the year, the Festival of Nations Norway Café. You, our members, are the heart of Synnøve-Nordkap! Filling these positions is critical for the continued success and growth of our lodge. Please consider reaching out to lodge leadership if you would like more information about how you could lend a hand. Contact President Chuck Draheim ( ) or Nominating Committee Chairperson Ron Stow (

October 2019 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!

September 2019 Brevet

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 . 

We are thrilled to begin another season of Synnøve – Nordkap events and activities with our members. See you soon!

Summer 2019 Brevet

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!

June 2019 Brevet

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!

May 2019 Brevet

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.

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