norway-2068846_1920The 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.

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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