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Feb 1 – Dist 2 ski Races @ Trollhaugen Feb 9 – Pancake Breakfast February 2014

Feb 14 – Valentine dinner

Volume 98 Issue No. 2

President’s Message POULSBO SONS OF NORWAY LODGE #2-44 January 2014 Lodge Meeting Highlights

Welcome and Congratulation to our new lodge officers. We have some new faces as well as many returning officers, some in new positions. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to serve as a lodge officer this year. All our officers are volunteers and welcome the opportunity to share their experiences with new members. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to serve on the board, ask one of our officers. Now is a great time to start thinking about running for office next year!

2014 Lodge Officers President – David Rice Vice President – Glen Robbins Secreatary – Barb Mitchusson Assistant Secretary – Julie Swenson Treasurer – Kathy Moncrief Membership Secretary – Mary Gerstel Social Director – Rhonda Mitchusson Co-Cultural Directors – Grace Overby and Elisabeth Moseng Youth Director – Alisha Anunson Sports Director – John Emrick Publicity – Judy Morgan Foundation Director – Phil Swenson Auditor – Sue Dabinett Auditor – Amy Swenson Auditor – Phil Swenson Trustee – Vacant Trustee – Rob Kodalen Trustee – Vacant Historian – Ralph Naddeo Assistant Marshal - Roger Swenson Marshal – Donna Kodalen Greeter 1 – Donna Rice Greeter 2 – Osa Chapman Musician – Marlene Taylor Assistant Musician - Janice Peterson Counselor – Wade Moncrief Editor – Joanne Graves Building Association President- Bob Loveland Ladies Club President – Barb Mitchusson Monthly Meeting Time Change The Monthly lodge meetings now start at 7:00pm. Don't be late!

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Treasurer Kathy Moncrief reported the Lodge to be $16,457.26 in the red. This was largely due to transfers from Ladies Club to the Building Association. The Lodge is actually in good shape at the end of 2013. Plans are being made for folk musicians from Denmark and Norway to visit the lodge in June and August. Les Faulk will be voted in as a new member to the Building Association. February 9th Pancake Breakfast is a change from the 1st Sunday breakfast to accommodate a big boating event.

Lodge office number: 360-779-5209 Lodge Fax number: 360-779-5223 Trolls Den number: 360-779-2384 Proposed Policy Change Election of Delegates to District Convention The Lodge President and Secretary shall be entitled to attend the District Convention held in the year in which they hold office. All other delegates shall be elected by the Lodge. An election shall be held for all nominees who have attended at least six Lodge meetings and volunteered for at least four Lodge events during the last twelve months. All nominees shall be voted on at the same time and those receiving a majority of votes cast shall be elected. Delegates shall bear their own expenses except as otherwise provided by motions passed in accordance with the Lodge by-laws.


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Måken articles due by the 15th turn them into the new President or the office

2 Super bowl partyTrollsden

9 Pancake Breakfast



Sat 1 Dist 2 Ski Races Trollhaugen





Norwegian Classes – Tai Chi 10:30 Kaffe Stua Beginners 5:30-6:30 Dinner -5:00 to 7:00 11am-2 pm Advanced Beg. 5:30-7:30 Lodge Board MeetingAdvanced Int. 7:30-8:30 7:00pm Leikarringen 4:30 to 7:pm Library 4:30 – 6:30 Check with John Emrick Folk Dancing – Beginners or the lodge office for 7-8:15pm & specials Beyond Basics 8:15-:159 pm

10-noon – Adv Norwegian Ladies Club

Norwegian Classes – Tai Chi 10:30 Kaffe Stua Beginners 5:30-6:30 Lodge meeting -7:00pm 11am-2 pm Advanced Beg. 5:30-7:30 Advanced Int. 7:30-8:30 5:00 to 7:00 Dinner: Leikarringen 4:30 to 7:00 Check with John Emrick pm or the lodge office for Library 4:30 – 6:30 specials Folk Dancing – Beginners 7-8:15 pm & Beyond Basics 8:15-9 pm

10 to noon Advanced Norwegian




17 No Norwegian 18 19 classes tonight Tai Chi 10:30 Kaffe Stua No Leikarringen 11am-2 pm Library 4:30 – 6:30 Book club1:00 @Liberty Folk Dancing –Beginners Bay Books 7-8 pm & 5:00 to 7:00 Dinner: Beyond Basics 8-9 pm Snack Bar menu with Live music party specials



Norwegian Classes – Tai Chi 10:30 Beginners 5:30-6:30 5:00 to 7:00 Dinner: Advanced Beg. 5:30-7:30 Snack Bar menu with Advanced Int. 7:30-8:30 specials Leikarringen 4:30 to 7:00 pm Library 4:30 – 6:30 Folk Dancing – Beginners 7-8:15 pm & Beyond Basics 8:15-9 pm

269 Kaffe Stua 11 am to 2 pm



Nordic Needleworkers 10 to 1 pm

Woodcarving Support Gresham Crew 6:00-8:30pm Meatloaf Vestre Sund Mannskor 7:30-9 pm


Woodcarving Support 6:00-8:30pm Trivia Night



Nordic Needleworkers 10 to 1 pm Valentine dinner for two Candlelight and entertainment Shorty and Jan- rolled stuffed pork loin

Vestre Sund Mannskor 7:30-9 pm

20 10 to noon Advanced Norwegian



Nordic Needleworkers 10 to 1 pm

Woodcarving Support 6:00-8:30pm Emrick crew – Steak and Vestre Sund Mannskor Shrimp 7:30-9 pm

27 10 to noon Advanced Norwegian



Nordic Needleworkers 10 to 1 pm

Vestre Sund Mannskor 7:30-9 pm Rice crew - roast pork Woodcarving Support 6:00-8:30pm Trivia Night

Feb 2014 To Help with Tuesday Night Dinners please call Wade Moncrief (360)297-3571. More Crews/Volunteers are needed for Friday Night Dinners, contact Wade at 297-3571. For various reasons, menus and/or the cost of meals may vary from time to time from what is shown on the calendar. Call the lodge office or Trolls Den for the most current information regarding meals.

FOR THE GOOD OF THE ORDER Leikarringen Youth Folk Dancing The Leikarringen high school dancers will be performing in Victoria Canada on Presidents day weekend. Our younger dancers will be performing at local retirement homes over the winter months. Nordic Needleworkers Instruction in Hardanger embroidery and help in other handwork is available Fridays from 10 to 1 p.m. in the Viking Room. Call Grace at 360779-2460 for more information.

Woodcarving Woodcarving continues on Thursdays from 6 to 9 pm in the Norse Room. All levels of expertise are welcome. For info call Jeff Iller at 698-7175.

Norwegian Language Classes Classes continue, call Stan for placement 360-779-2460 . No Classes January 20 Women’s Book Discussion Meets third Tuesdays at Liberty Bay Books at 1:00 pm. Feb. 18 this month. Read books by Scandinavian authors. Chosen book for Feb is “the One Hundred Year Old Man” by Jonas Jonasson.

Library News The library is open again on Mondays from 4:30 to 6:30 pm and before and after lodge meetings. It can be opened at other times upon request. Contact Grace Overby at 779-2460.

Folk Dancing Classes continue on Monday nights: 7-8:15 Beginning Folk Dancing 8:15-9:15 Beyond Basics Feb 17--Live Music Party Potluck Snacks, No partners needed. Leather soled shoes preferred. Coordinator and teacher Julie Buckel 360-3949698 February Lodge Meeting The February lodge meeting will be Tuesday Feb 11 at 7:00pm. Note the time change. Barb Mitchusson will give a power point presentation about the background and history of our lodge. Tai Chi Every Tuesday at 10:30 join fellow lodge members for Tai Chi in the Marine Room. Call Linda at 779-2656 or linda476 at for more information. Vestre Sund Mannskor Enjoy Norwegian heritage in song at meetings on Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 pm. Men who enjoy singing are invited to join the group. If interested, call Warren Rosvold at 930-05041. You can also find more information at: ps/ Summer Camps District 2 youth summer camp registration opens February 14. Applications are available on line at outhcamps.html During the two week overnight camp youth learn Norwegian, folk dancing, traditional crafts, and songs. Some of them even learn to like pickled herring. District 2

has three two week camps starting June 29 at Camp Trollhaugen on Stampede pass. Camp Nidoaros on the Oregon coast starts July 13, and Camp Normana on Lake Riley near Arlington starts July 27. For more information about camp see Joanne Graves or Alisha Anunson. Scholarships Scholarships for camp and Oslo International Summer school are available for children and grandchildren of Poulsbo Sons of Norway members. See Joanne Graves (297-2186) for details. Stay Connected Are you still getting a paper copy of the Måken? Contact Vicky at the office or Joanne (207-2186) if you would like to get your Måken via email. Volunteer Most of our lodge activities are planned, managed and run by volunteers. This includes our Friday night dinners, Rotary Breakfast, Kaffe Stua,, and a variety of annual events. If you can help out once a year, once a month, or once a week, contact one of our board members or Vicky in the office. We would be happy to help you find a place to volunteer. Lutefisk Dinner Thank you to everyone who helped with the Lutefisk dinner. Since the Maaken was going to press before the dinner, I won't try to list everyone who helped. Know that we could not have done the dinner without you! Tussen Takk!

2014 Calendar of Events February 1 ski races @ Trollhaugen 14 Valentine dinner March 14 St Patrick Dinner April 19 Easter Egg Hunt TBD Spray Rib Night 26 Lodge Spring cleaning May 4 Cinco De Mayo Dinner 5 Leikarringen end of year Party 13 Lodge Memorial Service 17 Syttende Mai 16-18 Viking Fest 19 Leikarringen Registration 26 Memorial Day June 16 Family potluck and folk dance TBD Heritage day camp 21 Mid-sommer Fest 29-7/12 Youth Language camp July 3 Fireworks on the Fjord 12 Borderfest 13-26 Youth Language Camp Tbd Ole Berg Golf Tournament TBA Seafood fest 27-8/9 Camp Normana 29 Feast of St. Olaf August 7 Ladies Club Picnic 11 Folk Dance Workshop 14-17 Stemne September 20 Ladies Club Rummage Sale TBD Western Night October 9 Leif Erickson Day 31 Halloween Party TBD Dist 2 adult Heritage weekend TBD Lodge Cleanup day November 11 Lodge elections 8 Veterans Day 29 Decorate the lodge December 6 Julefest/Bazaar 11 Ladies Club Christmas Party TBD SHARENET Auction 15 Children’s Lucia Party 19 Lodge Christmas Party 25 Christmas Day TBD Family potluck and folk dance 31 New Year’s Eve party

Friday Night Dinners Friday dinners are popular with many of our members. The crews are all volunteers and strive to have a varied menu with quality food, preparation, and service. We can always use additional volunteers, if you are interested in forming a crew or working on a crew, please let me know.

District 2 Ski Races Join us at Trollhaugen on stampede pass Saturday, February 1 for the annual District 2 ski races. See the flier on our website for more details.

February 7 - Gresham Crew - Meatloaf 14 - Shorty & Jan - Rolled Stuffed Pork Loin 21 - Emrick/Sharpe Crew Steak & Shrimp 28- Rice Crew - Roast Pork

Ladies Club News New officers were installed by former Lodge President Wade Moncrief at the January meeting: Barb Mitchusson, president; Linda Abercrombie, vice president; Sherry White, secretary; Mary Gerstel, treasurer; Melinda Dietlein, counselor: Donna Daly will be installed as social director at a future meeting. Many of our members worked the lutefisk dinner. We will have a Valentine themed luncheon meeting on February 6.

March 7 - Holt Crew - Potato & Chili Bar 14- Gresham Crew - St Patrick's Dinner 21- Rhonda & Rick Mitchusson Crew - Menu TBD 28 - Moncrief Crew - Menu TBD Wade Moncrief- 360-2973571

Valentines Dinner at the Lodge

Friday, February 14 join us for a romantic candlelight dinner for two featuring Shorty and Jan's rolled stuffed pork loin. There will be Karaoke for entertainment.

Mardi Gras Float Starting February 5th through March 4th all members and friends are encouraged to go to the casino and vote for our Sons of Norway float! We have a chance to win some money for our lodge so everyone please get down and vote for our float. You must have a club card but they give you one right at the door! So please go vote for our float! Lodge Rentals Are you planning a special event or need a place to entertain friends or family? Consider renting a room at the lodge, the Marine Room for large parties or the Viking Room for smaller parties. Contact Vicky in the office for prices and availability.

Exciting News! Sons of Norway Virtual Pilgrimage Announced Sons of Norway is eager to announce its 2014 Virtual Pilgrimage! This exciting new member benefit will be an expansion of the current Sports Medal Program and reward members for living an active lifestyle. The Virtual Pilgrimage mirrors Norway’s existing Pilgrimage route from Oslo to Trondheim, a route that was once walked by King Olav Haraldsson (9951030, canonized St. Olav in 1031) himself in the early 11th century as he spread Christianity throughout Norway. The Virtual Pilgrimage encourages members to get out and exercise. Start a walking or running group with lodge members, take a jog around the park, walk your dog, but be sure to track each step. The new member benefit will release materials on the Sons of Norway website in January, 2014. As you walk, you can coordinate your progress with online features and instructions to help you learn about the cultural history of the route: such as historic medieval churches, significant cities, tourist checkpoints and iconic destinations in Norway. After each walk, note your mileage, visit the Sons of Norway Pilgrimage homepage and learn about sites you passed as if you were actually trekking the miles in Norway. The 387 mile route starts in Oslo and ends at the iconic Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim. This journey is one of the most popular pilgrimage paths in Norway and the world. Travelers come from all over to follow the network of routes called St. Olav’s Ways. Norway’s regional pilgrim centers provide resources and guidance for pilgrims on their journey to Nidaros Cathedral, the site of St. Olav’s valiant death in the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030. As a Sons of Norway pilgrim you will start at Oslo’s Medieval Park and walk through the towns of Eidsvoll, Hamar, Lillehammer, Ringebu, Otta, Oppdal, and Skaun. As you walk you will learn about significant historical and cultural sites along the way. To learn more about the Virtual Pilgrimage and how to participate, please visit the Sons of Norway Website.

AWAKE AT NIGHT Last month in the Maken, the question was asked how much money is enough. I don’t believe there is one answer that will fit everyone. I believe the answer has to be what keeps you awake at night. In a recent business article, this 61 year old man was asking himself, “Will I outlive my money?” Some of his comments were; “my 401k looks like a roller coaster, my house has lost value, will Social Security be there, statistics say I could live to be 90 years old, and will I run out of money before I run out of time?” These are real concerns for those folks that are staring at possible retirement. For those folks in their 30s or 40s, this may seem like no big deal. I have plenty of time and tomorrow I will get serious about my golden years, but right now let the good times roll. I’ve got news for all of you young folks; I used to think the same way. Now that I’m in my so called Golden Years, there are some things that I wished I had done different when I was younger. One serious mistake was to cash in two $10,000 twenty pay whole life insurance policies that I had purchased when I was 21. Each one of those policies, today would be worth anywhere from $60,000$100,000. The reason I cashed them in was I thought the answer to my future was in the stock market. I have since learned that the market goes up and the market goes down. This happens just about every 10-15years, so if you retire at seventy you can expect to go through two of these. When the market goes down it sure would be nice to have some backup income. It won’t be there unless you start doing something now! By now I mean start

sending some money out into the future. One of the best ways to do this is to start a Flexible Annuity. As I mentioned in the Maken last month a flexible annuity can be used to enhance your IRA/401k. After 59 ½ roll your IRA distributions into your annuity. The annuity grows tax deferred and you still have to pay the tax on the distribution. Some of you have money in CDs. Some of it is for emergencies, but some of it is just sitting there, not needed, earning maybe 1% taxable. Why not put those funds into a Flexible Annuity. One of the things the annuity and or IRA/Annuity combo can do for you is give you Peace of Mind. Knowing that you have another nest egg growing that will be available to you when you feel the pinch of inflation, will help you sleep at night instead of lying awake and wondering if you will run out of money before you run out of life. Marlene and I are here to help you get rid of some of the stress. You can telephone me at 1-866648-8889 or email me at “”. Marlene Taylor, a Charter Life Underwriter, (CLU) will be able to assist you in all of your estate planning needs. She can be contacted at 360-426-5595. Ralph M. Naddeo -Financial Benefits Counselor. 1-866-648-8889, e-mail

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