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January 2012

GOTT NYTT ÅR 2012! District Master’s Message To all District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8 Members, As I’m writing this, Christmas is quickly approaching and the spirit of the season is in the air. As I attended and participated in the annual Jul Gran event at the Vasa National Archives in Bishop Hill, Illinois on December 2nd, I was touched by all of the special notes to loved ones on the Jul Gran ornaments that we hung on the Archive Christmas Tree. This is a great way to remember and honor our loved ones that have passed. The Jul Gran was a sight to see. I have been on the move since September. I attended the Satellite Lodge # 661 50th anniversary celebration in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Ted Ruser emceed the event and shared many memories of the lodge’s history and growth throughout the years. Great job Ted and congratulations to Satellite Lodge! I attended the 100th anniversary party at Bessemer Lodge # 203. The banquet hall was elaborately decorated and music filled the air! What a celebration! The District 8 Executive Board was well represented there and even our Grand Master, Bill Lundquist was in attendance. Chairman Jim Pelzman emceed with help from the entire lodge. Congratulations Bessemer Lodge! District 8 had an Executive Board meeting the first weekend in November. The budget year is winding down and so far we are in pretty good shape. Fortunately our finances and investments are remaining strong. I would really like to thank the man overseeing District 8’s finances, District 8 Treasurer, Brent Erickson. Brent Erickson has done an outstanding job as Treasurer. Thank you Brent! I have important news concerning the Old Age And Benefit Fund (OA&B). With the announcement of the OA&B maximum benefit being raised to $3,000.00 last year many members have been requesting the maximum amount. The announcement of this increase came at the same time the economy took a downturn and many of us were and continue struggling with our finances. The volume of $3,000.00 requests being processed in District 8 has caused a significant drop in the fund balances that these payouts are made from; enough so that the District 8 Executive Board has become concerned. After much discussion, the Executive Board came to a difficult, fiscally responsible decision. Effective immediately, in District 8, the maximum annual amount that may be requested from the OA&B will be $1000.00. The maximum lifetime amount still remains $3,000.00 but members will have to request it over a minimum of 3 years. Persons with exceptional cases requesting the maximum lifetime amount or more than the $1,000.00 annual limit can petition the District Board by letter or email and a decision will be made on a case-by-case basis. A letter from me to each District Lodge will have gone out by the time you receive this newsletter. Vasa Park in South Elgin, Illinois had another fantastic year! I have been involved with Vasa Park for many years. This year we have a new President, Judy Seifert, a dual member from Hagar Lodge # 721 and Viljan Lodge # 349. I

2 was elected to the position of Vice President of the park. I would like to congratulate Judy Seifert and wish her the best of luck for a successful season at Vasa Park. Thank you to Walter Anthonsen of Siljan – Mora - Tuna # 134 for all his dedication as President. I would also like to thank the many other Vasa members who volunteer their time and talents on behalf of Vasa Park. While we are reflecting about the holiday season, may our memories of loved ones, celebrations that we always look forward to and have fond memories of, help us maintain the spirit of the season. I do hope that all of you had a wonderful and joyous time over the holidays and look forward to a prosperous new year for the Vasa order of America. In Truth and Unity, Tom Cleveland District Master, District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8

DISTRICT LODGE LAKE MICHIGAN NO. 8 EXECUTIVE BOARD 2011 - 2012 District Master: Tom Cleveland 1117 Foxpointe Drive Sycamore, Illinois 60178 (815) 895 – 2102 Cell: (815) 739 - 3100 Email:

Executive Board Member: Steve Westlund 55 West Joliet Street Schererville, Indiana 46375 (219) 322 – 5190; Cell: (219) 682 - 6932 Email:

District Historian: Iva Lynn 6035 Riva Ridge Drive Indianapolis, Indiana 46237 - 5001 (317) 714 - 9986 Email:;

Vice District Master: Edward L. Hultgren 13650 Amblewind Place Carmel, Indiana 46074 – 8227 (317) 733 – 3493 Email:

Supervisor Of Children’s / Youth Clubs: Lynda Smith 1502 Azalea Drive Munster, Indiana 46321 – 3812 (219) 923 – 8777 Email:

Inner Guard: Gene M. Kiesel 1426 Kennebec Road Grand Blanc, Michigan 48439 (810) 695 – 2563 Email:

District Secretary: Nancy Hult 14951 South Kenton Avenue Midlothian, Illinois 60445 (708) 687 – 8943 Email: Email:

District Cultural Leader: Andrea Wilczynski 4332 Maple Avenue Brookfield, Illinois 60513 - 2318 Home: (708) 485 - 1516 Cell: (630) 750 - 8828 Email:

Assistant District Secretary: Joella D. Hultgren 13650 Amblewind Place Carmel, Indiana 46074 – 8227 (317) 733 – 3493 Email:

Past District Master: Sheila Lundquist 1456 Kennebec Road Grand Blanc, Michigan 48439 (810) 695 – 3248 (810) 845 - 5065 Email:

District Treasurer: Brent Erickson 4876 North Sheffield Avenue Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin 53217 - 5962 Home: (414) 962 - 8920 Email:

District Chaplain: Inez Törnblom 1301 Providence Circle Elgin, Illinois 60120 - 5076 (847) 695 – 9890 Email:

Hospital Fund Secretary: Linda S. Tylk 1960 West Richton Road Steger, Illinois 60475 - 1394 (708) 747 – 4717 Cell: (708) 805 - 3040 Email:

Master of Ceremonies: Lars Jenner 5062 North Kimball Apartment # 2 Chicago, Illinois 60625 (309) 883 - 0322 Email:

Outer Guard: Timothy Ogrentz 12849 South Manistee Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60633 (773) 646 - 0279 Email: Auditor: Herb Smith – 3 years 1502 Azalea Drive Munster, Indiana 46321 – 3812 (219) 923 – 8777 Email: Auditor: Paula Stopka – 2 years 115 Crissey Avenue Geneva, Illinois 60134 (630) 208 - 9850 Email: Auditor: Eric Swanson – 1 year 8433 North McKinley Road Flushing, Michigan 48433 (810) 639 – 6705 Email: VALTHORNET Editor: Joella D. Hultgren 13650 Amblewind Place Carmel, Indiana 46074 – 8227 (317) 733 – 3493 Email:

Executive Board Member: Susan Cleveland 1117 Foxpointe Drive Sycamore, Illinois 60178 (815) 895 – 2102; Cell: (815) 546 - 1097 Email: ************************************************************************************************************************************** *

HÄR OCH DÄR by Lillemor Horngren

UPPLAND This historical province is situated north of Stockholm. Its earliest mention was as early as 1296. Its southern border runs through the Old Town of Stockholm and shares

3 its border with Södermanland’s northern border. The bulk of Uppland’s population is within Stockholm County. A beautiful archipelago and the Baltic Sea border the eastern part. The two largest cities are Uppsala and Norrtälje. Uppsala is known as a university town with a beautiful castle. It is the site of the Archbishop of the Church of Sweden, the Lutheran Church. The famous botanist Carl von Linné was born there and his home and gardens attract numerous visitors through the year.

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER CONTINUATION OF THE STORY OF KING MAGNUS Magnus Eriksson was king of Sweden for 46 years, longer than any other in our history. During his reign Sweden was the largest country in Europe comprising Sweden, Finland, Norway and Skåne, which Magnus bought with cash. The first twenty years were happy and have been called Sweden´s medieval greatness. Culture and literature flourished. Books were written in Swedish for the first time; earlier the learned persons had written in Latin. Magnus put an end to slavery in 1335 and the first Constitution of laws for the whole country was established and lasted four hundred years. The last twenty years Magnus was struggling to pay the national debt and keeping down rebellious factions. This was the time of our first international celebrity, author and Sweden´s only saint who was canonized by the Pope, Holy Birgitta. While Magnus was a child, a council ruled the country, and his mother, the Norwegian princess Ingeborg, had the real power. When Magnus was eighteen, he married Blanche (French for White, in Swedish Blanka) of Namur, the French speaking part of Flanders. She was related to the French royal family. Young King Magnus and his entourage traveled for five months to get to Namur to fetch his bride - boat to the Netherlands and then by road inland. They made their home in Vadstena, in the Folkunga dynasti brick palace, which still exists. They had three children in rapid succession, sons Erik and Håkan and daughter Åsa. There is a famous painting by Albert Edelfelt where the queen rocks her little son Erik on her knee and sings: "Ride, ride, ranka. The horse’s name is Blanka." It is still a beloved children’s song. After the children were born, Magnus and Blanka never again touched each other, for the King had a young nobleman as his adviser and lover, Bengt Algotsson, later Duke of Finland and Halland. Holy Birgitta who was related to the royal family and worked as keeper of the Queen’s household is the principal source of this. She condemned the king and even the queen for the hedonism and ungodliness which she said took place at Court. Birgitta had dreams which often came true. She seemed to have supernatural powers and people were afraid of her. She

The northern part of the province consists of forests while the lower parts are mostly plains. The archaeological site Birka and the Royal residence Drottingholm Castle are listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Uppland’s province symbols are: Flower Kungsängslilja Snakes head Bird / Animal Havsörn Sea eagle Mushroom Stensopp (Karl Johan svamp) Porcini / Cep Fish Asp Asp Insect Cinnober bagge Red all-eating beetle (threatened with extinction) nicknamed Magnus "King Caress". Magnus Eriksson was a good and mighty king whose life and good name were ruined by "Holy" Birgitta. Birgitta wanted the royal palace in Vadstena for her own cloister. King Magnus gave her the palace. In return Saint Birgitta promised him that he and his queen would be buried in the cloister church. Birgitta got her cloister, but the promise she gave was never kept. King Magnus died in 1374 in a shipwreck off Norway’s coast and his body was never found. It is unknown where Blanka died. Little Prince Erik grew up to be King of Sweden but died before his parents in the Plague with his wife and children. The second son, Håkan, became King of Norway. Inez Törnblom, District Chaplain Viljan No. 349

KAPLANENS HÖRNA FORTSÄTTNING PÅ HISTORIEN NÄR SVERIGE AV KUNG MAGNUS Magnus Eriksson var kung över Sverige i 46 år - längre än någon annan i vår historia. Under hans tid var Sverige störst i Europa och omfattade Sverige, Finland, Norge och senare Skåne, som Magnus köpte kontant. De första tjugo åren var lyckliga, Sveriges medeltida storhetstid. Kultur och litteratur blomstrade. Böcker skrevs för första gången på svenska - förut hade allt varit på latin. Magnus avskaffade träldomen år 1335. Han etablerade våra första grundlagar och de gällde i fyra hundra år. Under de sista tjugo åren kämpade Kung Magnus med att försöka betala statsskulden och hålla i styr politiska fiender. Nu fick vi vår första internationella "kändis", en författare och Sveriges enda helgon, som var kanoniserad av Påven, Heliga Birgitta. Medan kungen var liten, var det hans mor, den norska prinsessan Ingeborg, som hade makten. När Magnus fyllde arton, gifte han sig med Blanche (franska för Vit, på svenska Blanka) av Namur, Flanderns fransktalande del. Hon var släkt med franska kungahuset. Unge Kung Magnus och hans följe var på resa i fem månader till Namur för att hämta hans brud -

4 med båt till Nederländerna och sedan landsväg. De satte bo i Vadstena, i Folkungaättens palats av tegel, som fortfarande finns där. Blanka födde tre barn i snabb följd, sönerna Erik och Håkan och dottern Åsa. Det finns en berömd tavla av Albert Edelfelt där drottningen gungar sin lilla son Erik på sitt knä och sjunger: "Rida, rida, ranka. Hästen heter Blanka". Den är fortfarande en kär barnvisa. När barnen hade fötts, rörde Magnus och Blanka aldrig mer vid varandra, för kungen hade en ung adelsman som rådgivare och älskare, Bengt Algotsson, som blev hertig av Finland och Halland. Källan till detta var Heliga Birgitta, som var släkt med kungafamiljen och arbetade som drottningens husfru. Hon kritiserade våldsamt kungen och också drottningen för vällust och ogudaktighet, som hon sade försiggick vid hovet. Birgitta drömde saker, som ofta blev verklighet. Hon verkade ha övernaturliga krafter och folk var rädda för henne. Hon gav Magnus öknamnet Kung Smek. Magnus Eriksson var en god och mäktig kung, som fick sitt liv och goda rykte förstörda av "Heliga" Birgitta. Birgitta ville ha kungliga slottet i Vadstena som sitt eget kloster. Kung Magnus gav henne palatset mot löfte att han och hans drottning skulle bli begravda i klosterkyrkan. Birgitta fick sitt kloster, men hon höll aldrig sitt löfte. Kung Magnus dog år 1374 i ett haveri utanför Norges kust. Hans kropp hittades aldrig. Vi vet inte var Blanka dog. Lille Prins Erik växte upp och blev Kung av Sverige men dog före sina föräldrar i Pesten med sin fru och sina barn. Den andre sonen, Håkan, blev Norges kung. Inez Törnblom, Distriktskaplan Viljan No. 349

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NEWS FROM LOCAL LODGES SILJAN – MORA - TUNA # 134 16 October 2011: A monthly meeting held at United By Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Evergreen Park, Illinois, included a Hallowe’en Party and Soup Supper. 20 November 2011: The election of officers for 2012 took place at the meeting: Past Chairman – Sten Hult; Chairman – Lisa Cianci; Vice Chairman – Ted Emmett; Recording Secretary – Nancy Hult; Financial Secretary – Ted Emmett; Treasurer – Barbara Emmett; Chaplain – Audrey Hiryak; Master Of Ceremonies – Diane Rosengren; Outer Guard – Ed Mercier; and Inner Guard – Mavis Carlberg. Members also enjoyed the annual Christmas Party at United By Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Evergreen Park, Illinois. submitted by Sten Hult

KRONAN # 179 25 September 2011: Our 101st Anniversary was celebrated. Members enjoyed a lunch from Brown's Chicken, including chicken, mashed potatoes, and cole slaw, with ice cream for dessert.

The charter was draped for the passing of two members, long time lodge Treasurer Ruth Helgeson and Sheri Peterson. Chairman John Nygard read a memorial he had written and read at Ruth Helgeson's funeral. A motion was passed to send a memorial in Ruth Helgeson's name to Mayfair Lutheran Church. A motion was also passed to purchase a brick at Vasa Park in memory of Sheri Peterson and her husband Wayne Peterson, who passed on earlier this year. The day concluded with a few fun rounds of Bingo. Everyone won a prize. 23 October 2011: A Halloween theme adorned the hall, which was decorated with many pumpkins, candy, and skeletons! A lunch was enjoyed of sandwich trays and salads, ending with a dessert of Swedish flop and pumpkin tarts. Louise Nygard presented the program for 2012. Everything was accepted and those meeting dates and activities can be found on Kronan’s website; they will be mailed directly to members by the end of the year. Election of officers took place. All positions stayed the same with the exception of Chaplain, Vice Master Of Ceremonies, Assistant Secretary, and Cultural Leader. The day concluded with a costume

5 contest. Six members dressed up: Kim Bojarski came as a cat (complete with ears and a tail), Bob Anderson had a scary skull mask and witch’s hat, John Nygard put on a scary troll mask with a witch’s hat, Marcela Carlson came in a witch’s mask, Dan Szymanski came as a skeleton, and Audrey Fields put on a spider web cape. All who participated won a prize. Louise Nygard finished the day with a short game of “finish the sentence”. She read a sentence that contained a quote, song, television commercial, or slogan, and members had to finish the missing part of her sentence. Fun was had by all. 20 November 2011: The hall was decorated in a Christmas theme for the Holiday party which included many Scandinavian decorations including julboks, candles, ornaments, and trees. A delicious meal of Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, string bean casserole, and limpa bread was enjoyed by all. The charter was draped for the passing of Past Secretary and Past Assistant Secretary Dorothy Chapman. A motion was passed to donate the two Christmas bulbs received from the National Archives in Dorothy Chapman's name, as well as Ruth Helgeson's name. A beautiful Lucia program followed for the members. Kim Bojarski served as Lucia, while Jamie Stone, Joan Asplund, and Audrey Fields served as her court. Virginia Lindroos read the legend of Saint Lucia, and then the girls processed in singing “Sancta Lucia”, followed by “White Christmas” in Swedish and English, and “Silent Night” in Swedish and English. Jamie Stone sang a gorgeous solo of “Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus”. All songs were accompanied by Marcela Carlson on the piano. Kim Bojarski served Lucia buns to the members while they sang along to traditional Christmas carols led by Virginia Lindroos. (right) Jamie Stone, Audrey Fields, Kim Bojarski, and Joan Asplund.

Everyone was asked to bring a $5.00 grab bag, and those who did received a raffle ticket. By raffle, when their ticket was called, members were then able to choose a present from the table. “Santa” (Louise and John Nygard) concluded the day by giving a nice gift of a reusable shopping bag to everyone in attendance. submitted by Kim Bojarski

BESSEMER # 203 16 October 2011:

Some of the many attendees at the 100th Anniversary Dinner and Celebration from the Grand Lodge, District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8, Bessemer No. 203, family, and friends.

photograph collage composed by Susan Nilsson The lodge celebrated its 100th Anniversary with a very well attended banquet at the Royal Palace in Chicago Ridge, Illinois. Among the highlights of the day's event were the distribution of pins, many well wishes from various lodges, and dignitaries and guests who came from as far away as California. Officers of the Grand Lodge, including Grand Master William Lundquist and his wife Past District Master Sheila Lundquist, and District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8 were in attendance. Three members received pins for over sixty years of, what an accomplishment! The food was great, the atmosphere was fun, and the event ended with the musical sounds of Mark Nilsson, our former Solstralar member and Chicago, Illinois DJ. Everyone joined in for the singing of some traditional Swedish songs. Here's to the next 100 years!!! submitted by Susan Nilsson

SVEA # 253 24 September 2011: The Scandinavian Film Group met at the home of Michelle and Josh Escalante to view the film “The White Lioness”, about Swedish author Henning Mankell’s Detective Kurt Wallander, starring Rolf Lassgård and Charlotte Sieling, and directed by Per Berglund. Tasty refreshments were brought by those attending. 2 October 2011: : The slate of officers for 2012 was presented by the Nominating Committee, consisting of Faye Bevelhimer, David Duff, and Jean Tygum, with assistance from Eva Berglund and Michelle Escalante. A very interesting and delicious program, “A Month Near Provence”, was presented by Faye and John Bevelhimer, who gave a wonderful video tour on their month – long visit to France, the Mediterranean Sun Coast, Spain, Monaco, and Italy. (left) John and Faye Bevelhimer at their home base in France.

To help members get a real taste of southern France during the travelogue, Faye and John Bevelhimer

6 served French wine, French bread, and French Brie cheese during the wine discussions. (right) John and Faye Bevelhimer in Florence, Italy.

We journeyed with them to southern France on a pictorial visit of French markets, vineyards, ancient Roman sites, medieval towns, picturesque rural French villages, and more. For a month, they lived in the small French village of Saint – André– de – Roquepertuis, out of the way of traditional tourists. The audience enjoyed the beautiful photographs, the in – depth descriptions, the personal anecdotes, and the French wine and food. The meeting refreshments were provided by Rosanna and Swan Swanson, Sarah and Eric Swanson, Susie and Mark Swanson, Katherine Gagné, and Barbro and David Jarrell. Gevalia coffee was donated by Eva Berglund. 22 October 2011: The Scandinavian Film Group met at the home of Michelle and Josh Escalante. The featured film was “My Life As A Dog”, about young Ingemar in 1959 Sweden, who while coping with an abusive older brother and a dying mother, becomes obsessed with Laika, a Russian dog. Tusen Tack to all who contributed hors d’oeuvres and snacks for the refreshments. 25 October 2011: The Fourth Tuesday Luncheon Group gathered at The Legend Classic Irvington Cafe, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The eclectic menu is full of surprises in this historic Irvington section of the city. The restaurant also features a terrific selection of craft and imported beers along with wines which are hand selected for quality and value. Tack Så Mycket to the coordinators Eva Berglund, Donna Bergstrom, and Patricia Hoffmann. 6 November 2011: The slate of officers for 2012 was announced by the Nominating Committee: Faye Bevelhimer, David Duff, and Jean Tygum, with assistance from Eva Berglund and Michelle Escalante. Elected were: Chairman – John Bevelhimer; Vice Chairman – Jean Tygum; Treasurer – Marvin Anderson; Recording Secretary – Faye Bevelhimer: Assistant Recording Secretary – Kristina Grasso; Financial Secretary – Sarah Swanson; Chaplain – Donna Bergstrom; Master Of Ceremonies – Dennis Danielson; Inner Guard – Eva Berglund; Cultural Leader – Glenn Sweitzer; Assistant Cultural Leader – Carin Young; Historian – Jenne Swain; Hospitality / Refreshment Coordinators – Jean Bang and Ulla Williams; Auditor (3 years) – Scott Clarkson; Auditor (2 years) – Josh Escalante; and Trustee (3 years) – Wesley Hanson. Sarah Swanson presented an interactive and audience participation program about heritage scrapbooking. We learned how to archive important photographs and documents, and Sarah Swanson showed us how to create beautiful and meaningful scrapbooks. The art of heritage scrapbooking is based on the warmth of traditions, the comfort of family, and the desire to build a lasting and meaningful connection between past and future. You are the storyteller --- the keeper of the gate to your own family’s rich and fascinating history, and a priceless legacy that is yours to build upon and share with the generations to come. The refreshments were provided by Faye and John Bevelhimer, David Duff, and Barbro and David Jarrell. Eva Berglund generously contributed the Gevalia coffee. 16 November 2011 – 20 November 2011: We participated at the annual International Festival held in the West Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our cultural exhibits and merchandise booth have been award – winning. The theme for 2011 was “Ethnic Life Celebration, Culture, and

Tradition”. Our exhibit highlighted the Swedish high school graduation activities, featuring Michelle Escalante’s Saab convertible in which sat five mannequins suitably dressed in graduation outfits and student caps that are white with black / dark blue trim and black peaks. Susie and Mark Swanson managed the Swedish Emporium merchandise area. Edward Hultgren created several display boards that listed facts about Sweden and information about their educational system. Many lodge members helped in setting – up, creating the exhibit, greeting visitors, manning the cultural booth and merchandise booth, and taking down the exhibit: Jean Bang, Faye and John Bevelhimer, Ingrid and Marissa Childs, Carol and Scott Clarkson, Dennis Danielson, Christina Escalante, Michelle and Josh Escalante, Kristina Grasso, LaVonne Heighway, Joella and Ed Hultgren, Earl Hurst, Sue and Tom James, Barbro and David Jarrell, Iva Lynn, Sussie Nilsson, Jenne Swain, Susie and Mark Swanson, Charlotte Swenson, Jean Tygum, Eija Vesterqvist, Ulla Williams, and Carin Young. 22 November 2011: The Fourth Tuesday Luncheon Group met at Pearl Bistro in Indianapolis, Indiana. Pearl Bistro presents upscale cuisine with a casual feel. They serve healthy, innovative fare and classics from around the world. The menu changes with the seasons and uses the freshest local produce, meats, and ingredients. Tack Så Mycket to the coordinators Eva Berglund, Donna Bergstrom, and Patricia Hoffmann. 26 November 2011: The Scandinavian Film Group met to view the 2005 Norwegian mystery drama “Kissed By Winter”. It is an outstanding thriller that had five main themes: the power of guilt, the need to confront our demons, the universality of grieving, the danger of rushing to conclusions, and the need to be forgiven. The movie starred: Annika Hallin, Kristoffer Joner, and Kridtjov Såheim. Tack Så Mycket to Michelle and Josh Escalante for hosting the event. 4 December 2011: Lucia Celebration and Julfest is always a special event and this year’s festivities were held at the Latvian Community Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. This year’s Lucia was Marissa Childs, who is 14 years old and a 9th grade honor student at Highland Junior High School. At school she plays on the Varsity Soccer Team, and plays the Flute in the Anderson High School Marching Highlanders Band and Alto Saxophone in the Jazz Band. (right) Lucia for 2011, Marissa Childs.

Marissa is a member of the Drama Club and had parts in the school productions of “Beauty And The Beast” and “Aladdin”. As a student of Svea Skolan she’s participated in Swedish language classes and has also helped for several years at the Svea Lodge booth at the annual International Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. At church Marissa is a member of the Youth Hand Bell Choir and the Youth Group. She’s been a lifelong volunteer with Pet A Pal, an organization which does pet visits and pet parades at local nursing homes. Marissa is the daughter of Svea Lodge No. 253 members Ingrid and Mark Childs of Anderson, Indiana. A record number 216 people attended, with 57 children at the event. The Lucia procession coordinator was Diann Ryan, assisted by Jonas Björk. Sara Olsson directed the children of Svenska Skolan, and other youths, in the Lucia pageant. The procession and children’s performance was followed by singing Christmas carols

7 in a multitude of languages led by Iva Lynn, Eija Vesterqvist, and the Svea Singers. A delicious smörgåsbord, glögg and other beverages, raffles, Jultomte, ring dancing, and tempting merchandise for sale at the Swedish Emporium, managed by Susie and Mark Swanson, all contributed to a memorable and happy event. submitted by Joella D. Hultgren Cultural Leader and Publicity Committee

VILJAN # 349 25 August 2011: An Ice Cream Social was held at Bethany Lutheran Church, in Batavia, Illinois. Thank you to refreshment coordinators Paula and Jim Stopka for providing the fixings for delicious ice cream sundaes. 11 September 2011: The 32nd Annual Scandinavian Day Festival was celebrated at Vasa Park. This was our lodge’s major fundraiser for the year. Activities included a church service, free pony rides for the kids, a living history display, and a special exhibit celebrating Scandinavian delights and Nordic Foods. Entertainment included Bjornson Male Chorus, DeKalb Footstompers, Nordic Folk Dancers, Ole and Sven, Sun City Concert Band, and Sun City Dance Band. Thank you to the many lodge members who helped at this festival. We always have a smooth and successful event because our membership is so willing to help! Great Job! 22 September 2011: The meeting was held at Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia, Illinois. The program, “A Baltic Tour”, was a travelogue of the Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The presenters, Dee and Don Radkte, shared the experience of their trip to this lovely and often overlooked part of the world. Refreshments were coordinated by Jason Lekander. Before the regular meeting, there was a convention planning meeting. This was an important meeting to attend for those interested in helping and sharing ideas. Lots of help will be needed, with a variety of opportunities to contribute, and it is a great way to get more involved in Vasa and our lodge, as well as to share the many talents of our membership. 15 October 2011: Vasa Park’s Fish Boil and Harvest Fest were held at Vasa Park, in South Elgin, Illinois. This was the final event for the season and a great one to attend. Everyone enjoyed a traditional fish boil under the park’s majestic oaks. Congratulations to the newly elected Vasa Park Board Members from our lodge. They include: Judy Seifert, Board President; Tom Cleveland, Vice President; Jackie Moline, Secretary; Jack Grandin, Treasurer; and Mary Jean Nystedt, Viljan’s Board Representative. Clearly, our lodge is well represented and takes an active role in Vasa Park’s continued success! 27 October 2011: A meeting was held at Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia, Illinois. Thank You to Jackie Moline, Mary Jean Nystedt, and Judy Seifert for the delicious treats at the meeting. Thank You to Paula Stopka for coordinating a fun game that encouraged members to get to know one another better. 17 November 2011: A soup supper and election of officers combined in a recipe for success at Bethany Lutheran Church of Batavia, Illinois. Homemade soups and sandwiches in the company of friends was a wonderful way to spend a late autumn evening. Prior to the supper, there was a brief convention planning meeting for those interested in helping with the 2012 District Convention that our lodge is hosting. After supper, homemade desserts were served, followed by a short business meeting that included the election of lodge officers for 2012. Congratulations to our Officers, including our new Master Of Ceremonies, Jason Lekander. Thank you to the food coordinator for this meeting Helen Anderson, who

also supplied the sandwich fixings, and to all the chefs who provided soup and dessert. Everything was delicious! 10 December 2011: Our Annual God Jul Smörgåsbord was celebrated in the fellowship hall at Bethany Lutheran Church. A social hour was followed by dinner. The lodge provided ham, korv, coffee, milk, and punch; members brought delicious traditional Scandinavian dishes to share. Tomten made an appearance and gave gifts to the children and grandchildren attending, and there was a Jul program including our annual Swedish carol sing – a – long! Members also brought nonperishable food items to contribute to the local food pantry. Thank you to Ruth Beck and Dee Radtke who coordinated the event and accepted reservations. This is always a popular event for members and guests. Thank you also to the folks who helped to set – up the hall beforehand and cleaned up afterwards. submitted by Susan Cleveland

LINDE # 492 27 August 2011: Thanks again to Liza and Rolf Ekstrand for a wonderful crayfish party. If you couldn’t attend, you missed a great event. 10 September 2011: The annual picnic and reunion of all Skansen members, old and young / former and current, took place at Christ The Victor Lutheran Church, in New Berlin, Wisconsin. Two new members were initiated, Dan and Mary Schroeder; Dan Schroeder is the son of member Alice Schroeder and the nephew of Marge and Jake Gruel. We also recognized Lillemor and Richard Horngren for 51 years of service to Vasa. They were presented with their 50 years Jewels; letters were read by Past Chairman Brent Erickson and Chairman Liza Ekstrand. (above) Dan and Mary Schroeder were initiated.

Congratulations and Thank You for all you have done for Vasa! Lillemor and Richard Horngren now live in Tennessee. (Please see their photograph on the last page of the newsletter.) Afterwards we all enjoyed a pot luck lunch. It was well attended. “Retired” Skansen members spoke about their years in Skansen and some of the activities and stories.

(above) Skansen “kids” reunion: Walter Horngren, Marianne Ekstrand, Sonia Stephenson, Lisa Horngren, Jim Moxon, Ingrid Moxon, Margo Kinservik, Andy Moxon, Mike Kinservik, Darlene

8 Backman, and Joyce Strom; in front are Avie Anderson and Birgit Moxon.

1 October 2011: The 21st annual Scandinavian Fest was held at Ronald Reagan Elementary School, in New Berlin, Wisconsin. A ribbon cutting ceremony featured Mayor Jack Chiovatero. This full day event included entertainment by The Finnish Men’s Choir; Sue and Kirsti Pajunen (Scandinavian Folk and Light Classical music); Lee Hoofnagle playing the Finnish Kantele; Lekspel Scandinavian Musicians with Gammaldans Music; Lykkeringen Norwegian Folk Dancers (youth and adult); and the Linde / Kipakat Folk Dancers. (right) Marion Bruce was a great help to Norma Devine, who was the Chairman coordinating the children’s activities.

Arts and Crafts included sales and exhibits from Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Norway; gifts; clothing; Rosemaling Demonstrations; Genealogy Consultants; Children’s Activities; a Sami Exhibit; and Raffle Prizes, including a tray of Swedish delicatessen items. Our lodge served Swedish pancakes with Lingon, Swedish meatball plates, and a combination plate of pancakes and meatballs. We had a limited number of items to sell such as hardtack and lingon. In addition to the Swedish Pancakes and Meatballs sales from our lodge, other food for sale included Finnish Makkara and Pulla; a selection of Norwegian open faced sandwiches, rosettes, and lefse; Danish Kringles; Big Olaf’s Supercones; and hot and cold beverages. Parking was free. Thank you to all our helpers at this long but successful day: Marge and Jake Gruel, their daughter Joan Swessel, Brent Erickson, Elaine Johnson and her brother Bob, Kurt Andersson, Eleanor Flood, Bill Shogren, Liza and Rolf Ekstrand, Marianne Ekstrand, and Marion Bruce. 30 October 2011: A business meeting was held at the home of Liza and Rolf Ekstrand. Nominations were made for 2012 Officers. It was decided that, going forward, we will consider all the meetings social events with a theme or program. The Executive Board will hold a business meeting every other month at one of the officer’s homes. Everyone is invited to attend the Executive Board meetings. 12 November 2011: The Swedish American Historical Society of Wisconsin’s annual Jul – Butik was held at Redemption Lutheran Church. 3 December 2011: The annual Swedish Julbord / Smörgåsbord luncheon was held at Christ The Victor Lutheran Church in New Berlin, Wisconsin. Attendees brought their favorite Swedish Christmas lunch dishes to share. A short meeting followed to elect the Officers for 2012. The nominations are: Chairman – Liza Ekstrand; Secretary – Marge Gruel; Vice Secretary Kay Nickolett; Treasurer – Marianne Ekstrand; Financial Secretary – Ashley LeBlanc; Auditor – Dan Schroeder; Trustee – Brent Erickson; Children’s Club – Anne Marie Hummel and Sonia Stephenson; and Sunshine – Karen Schneble. 11 December 2011: The Swedish Lucia event and Christmas party were held at Whitnall Park Lutheran Church in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. Skansen Children’s Club No. 113 performed. Afterwards attendees enjoyed smörgåsbord refreshments, including open faced sandwiches and baked goods, Christmas breads,

cookies, coffee, and juice. There was dancing around the Christmas tree, followed by raffle drawings. This event was free to the public. 25 December 2011: The Swedish – American Historical Society of Wisconsin, Inc. held the Swedish Julotta morning service to welcome Christmas 2011 at Whitnall Park Lutheran Church in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. This traditional Swedish service strives to maintain the customs and memories of Swedish - Americans who immigrated to our area in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. It is always beautiful and soothing. Hymns and liturgy cherished in Sweden and brought to America were highlighted in both Swedish and English. Guests were offered an opportunity to worship as early Swedish settlers did and as Sweden does today. To complete the Swedish Christmas experience, worshipers were invited to enjoy coffee following this Julotta service. contributors Liza Ekstrand and Marge Gruel

SATELLITE # 661 11 September 2011: A meeting was held at the Portage Senior Center, together with the Sons Of Norway. A Lucia has been chosen, and Janis Forsberg will organize the children’s program. The cultural program was “Summer Vacation Reports” with a talk by Cliff Davidson, a joint member of our lodge and the Sons Of Norway. Cliff Davidson spoke on his recent trip to Norway. Roger Drong reported that he is planning some programs on Scandinavian art for 2012. Smörgåsbord refreshments were coordinated by hostess Audrey Engstrom, and members contributed appetizers, fruit, and desserts. 24 September 2011: The 50th Anniversary of the lodge was celebrated at a gala dinner party held at the Beacon Club, in Portage Michigan. We were honored by the presence of several officers from District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8, including District Master Tom Cleveland, Past District Master Jake Gruel, and Past District Secretary Marge Gruel, and Vasa members from other local lodges. A special dinner, featuring Signature Salmon and Prime Rib, including all the trimmings and dessert, was served. Ted Ruser served as the Master Of Ceremonies. Anders Bergh prepared a slide presentation with pictures of members, past and present, that was shown throughout the evening, many compiled by the late Helen Long; table decorations and flowers were arranged by Carol Olson and Karin Forsblad. Ted Ruser presented a large amount of historic tidbits about the formation and growth of the lodge. Holly Jensen made the guest name tags. Coordinators were Judy and Ted Ruser. 2 October 2011: A delicious Dorr County - style Fish Boil Dinner was held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Attendees were encouraged to arrive early to witness the annual fish boil festivities which took place outside the church building in the parking lot. There was BIG excitement in the neighborhood that day! The hosts for this event were Ted and Judy Ruser, who provided the fish, onions, and potatoes. Roger Drong supplied the wood, and David Olson (son of lodge Chairman Carol Olson) and Ted Ruser set up and tended the fire and boil. Members were invited to contribute cole slaw and cherry pies. William Baldwin, husband of Gena Baldwin, and Tala Davidson submitted applications for membership.


(above) Ted Ruser and David Olson tended the fish boil.

The program was a presentation by Roger Drong pertaining to Norwegian Landscape Art --- Nightline. The Nominating Committee reported that many of the current officers have agreed to run for re – election for 2012. 6 November 2011: A meeting was held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Sandy Neal, Manager of the Gift Loft, was introduced. Officers for 2012 were nominated and elected. The program for December’s Lucia Fest was finalized; planning and programs for the 2012 calendar year were discussed. Holly Jensen suggested participating in the annual “Taste Of Kalamazoo”, and working with Askeladden lodge. The host for this meeting was Ken Long, and the refreshments included open faced sandwiches provided by the members. 10 December 2011: The annual Lucia Fest Pageant and Christmas Celebration took place at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Janis Forsberg coordinated the children’s program. Kaijsa Johnson was the Lucia. Ingrid and Lars Johnson, and Eric and Steven Olson, participated. Susan Jones accompanied at the piano. Refreshments included Swedish cookies, cheese and crackers, Glögg, and coffee. submitted by David B. Runstrom Newsletter Editor

BISHOP HILL # 683 24 September 2011 – 25 September 2011: The annual Agriculture Days were celebrated at Bishop Hill, Illinois. 28 October 2011: The Hallowe’en Gotcha party and meeting was held. The cultural program, “Trip To Egypt”, was presented by Vickie Massey. The refreshment committee included Maria and Michael Stravsbaugh, Chairmen; Mary Nordstrom; Naomi and Frank Peterson; and Don Robinson. 18 November 2011: The election of officers for 2012 took place. The cultural program, “Bee Keeping”, was given by Martin Gutzmer. The refreshment committee included Dianne and Ron Lindbom, Chairmen; Helen Anderson; Kathryn Carlson; Marilyn and Wilbur Nelson; and Morris Nelson. 2 December 2011: The annual Christmas Party, Smörgåsbord, and Lucia Program were enjoyed by members and guests. Each family brought a dish to share and a present for the gift exchange. The refreshment committee included Sue and Warren Schulz, Chairmen; Judy and Roger Anderson; Cheryl Dowell; Deane Hamline; Delaine Litchfield; Lynn Myhre; Gwen Strand; and John Tornquist. The decorating committee was chaired by Sally and Harlan Nelson; the Lucia Chairwoman was Patty Christianson assisted by Pride Of The Family No. 209; the raffle was coordinated by Jeff Anderson; and the table set - up was organized by Jeff Anderson and Rollie Krause. submitted by Jeff Anderson

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9 October 2011: A Soup and Chili supper meeting was held at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church. We welcomed two new members: E. Margaret Main, who is Harold Johnson’s sister, Bob Pearson’s cousin, and Debra LaLonde’s aunt; and Michelle Pearson, who is the daughter of Bob and Marcia Pearson. A special program was presented by Ron Carlson on the picture “Grace”. The refreshment hosts were Dee and Ron Carlson. Members brought tasty dishes to share, such as salads, cheese and crackers, and desserts. 13 November 2011: We enjoyed a terrific Thanksgiving Feast at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church. We welcomed the Vasa Country Club of Lapeer, Michigan to join in our Thanksgiving celebration. The event began with a business meeting and nomination of officers for 2012, followed by the Thanksgiving feast. Attendees shared side dishes such as cole slaw, sliced tomatoes, pickled cucumbers, pies, and other desserts. Following the feast, Sheila Lundquist presented a program on Christmas Crafts. 27 November 2011: The business meeting and dinner was held at the home of Sheila and Bill Lundquist, and included planning for the upcoming Saint Lucia dinner. 10 December 2011: The annual Christmas Smörgåsbord and Saint Lucia Pageant, celebrated with members, family, and friends, were held at the Elks Club in Grand Blanc, Michigan. In addition to cocktails and glögg, and dinner featuring a traditional Swedish Christmas Menu, there was entertainment for this spectacular event. submitted by Debra LaLonde

JUBILEUM # 755 9 October 2011: What a busy Autumn! Our lodge meeting was held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. We were honored by the attendance of District Master Tom Cleveland and his wife Susan Cleveland, District Executive Board Member. Our program speaker was Charles Waity, “the Norwegian we allow into our group.” From his own ancestors’ perspective, Chuck Waity retold the familiar story of why so many Scandinavians risked so much to come to America. Chuck Waity’s great - grandfather was born in Voss, Norway in 1785. He raised 7 children on a 5.3 acre farm, of which 2 acres could not be cultivated. They left for America in 1837 via Bergen, Norway, and Göteborg, Sweden, arriving in New York; he with the name Gerhard Waethe. That was only half the trip. He then traveled up the Hudson River to Albany, along the Erie Canal to Buffalo, and thence through Lake Erie, Lake Huron, and Lake Michigan to Chicago --- by water, all the way from Norway! There, Gerhard Waethe joined a group of 50, under the leadership of a preacher’s son named Ole Reining, and they set out to found a settlement called Beaver Creek. Beaver Creek was one of two known Norwegian settlements to fail. Chuck Waity’s great - grandfather, great - grandmother, and a great - aunt died in Beaver Creek. The survivors scattered. One of Waethe’s (now Waity’s) sons, apparently lived on to marry and have children who had children, one of whom is our own Chuck Waity. Another survivor of Beaver Creek was a book, written by Reining in the winter of 1837 -1838, with advice to would - be emigrants. Reining’s book began with an interesting tidbit. “Norwegians knew of America before the Black Death.” The plague struck in the 14th century, before Columbus, so the memory of the Viking voyages and abandoned settlements had lived on. Reining put many rumors to rest. One was that America had also been devastated by the Black Death, so there were houses, previously cultivated farms, and furniture ready for occupation. (It wasn’t that easy!) The most extraordinary one, at least to me, was that Southern slave owners would stop American canal boats and seize a few Norwegians to work their plantations!

10 Reining explained the American system of land division by orderly square sections and acres, totally unlike the convoluted holdings in fjords back home. He laid out the typical prices of cattle and provisions, and explained that manual labor was easy to find and paid relatively well because of all of the canals that were being built. Gerhard Waity had made use of this very opportunity as the crops in Beaver Creek failed. What is religion like in America? Reining took this opportunity to criticize the preachers harshly. (That chapter was removed when the book was published in Norway). Taxes — low. Language — English, and it’s difficult to learn. Disease, wild animals, and Indians are all very real dangers — this was only five years after the Black Hawk War. Immigrants needed good health to survive the rigors of so much travel, and enough money. Passengers had to provide their own food and water for a sea voyage (this was before steam) of several months. And not all captains were honest men. Then came the ongoing journey to the frontier, and they had to bring, buy, or trade for everything they needed. Tobacco pipes and rifles brought especially good prices. The necessities of frontier life: bed clothes of fur, wodmal clothing (a strong, woven fabric), a spinning wheel, farming and woodworking tools, had to be brought along or purchased. It is easy in the abstract to understand why people left a hard life in search of a better one, but how very hard things must have been for people to take such a huge risk and face so many dangers! It is humbling, and it also reminds us just how strong people can be in the face of necessity. 13 November 2011: Our meeting featured retired North Park University professor Greg Athnos, telling the story of Edvard Grieg, “Influence Of Edvard Grieg’s Music”. Because Edvard Grieg is the most famous Norwegian composer, we invited members of the Idun Lodge of the Sons of Norway to attend as well. Professor Athnos clearly explained why Scandinavian, and especially Norwegian, music sounds distinctive. It features three distinctive elements: a three - note descending motif (1-7-5), a steady drone, and a Lydian scale, which is neither major nor minor. The drone is produced by the Hardanger fiddle (Hardingfele), which has four additional non - bowed strings beneath the fingerboard; these resonate as the melody is played. Edvard Grieg began a promising career as all gifted composers did, at the conservatory in Leipzig. Following in the footsteps of Mozart and Beethoven, “real composers” aspired to write concertos and symphonies according to an established pattern. But in the mid - 19th century, times were changing. Revolution was sweeping Europe, and with it came a growing sense of national and cultural identity. Influenced by Ole Bull and Rikard Nordraak, Edvard Grieg consciously set out to give Norway a musical voice. His Piano Concerto in A minor departed from the usual concerto formula. The piano, not the orchestra, comes in first, and the three - note motif of Norwegian folk music is introduced right away. Edvard Grieg is perhaps best known for the music he wrote for Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, including “Solveig’s Song” and “Hall of the Mountain King.” We listened to a recording of the former, and the Norwegian music elements were all plain to hear when Professor Athnos pointed them out. Edvard Grieg’s crushing disappointment, according to Professor Athnos, was that he uniquely expressed the Norwegian musical voice through classical instruments and forms, but Norway didn’t care. So he turned back to “the working out of something big” in 1877, but abandoned a piano trio (piano, violin, and cello) in 1878, and composed nothing for a period of two years. During this period of depression, he found his own voice in the poetry of Aasmund Vinje, and set many of these poems to music in his later years.

Like many artists, Edvard Grieg became more famous and appreciated after his death. 11 December 2011: As I write this, Lucia is past and Christmas is almost here! And still no snow in Madison, Wisconsin — climate change or just the Midwestern weather being fickle? Time will tell. Lucia Fest and Smörgåsbord were held in Peterson Hall, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. submitted by Robert T. Merrill Historian

NORDIK FOLK # 761 17 September 2011 – 18 September 2011: The lodge participated in the Duneland Heritage Days Event at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Porter, Indiana. We sold crafts as well as Swedish meatballs, potatoes, lingon, and drinks at Duneland Heritage Days. A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to help our lodge at the Dunes Heritage Fest weekend. Even though the weather was not perfect, we had a great time serving up meatballs and potatoes and we made a lot of new friends. Tack Så Mycket! 15 October 2011: A “Trick Or Treat” event was held in Centennial Park, in Munster, Indiana. 17 October 2011: A lodge meeting was held at Ridge United Methodist Church. 23 October 2011: For the past two years, District Lodge No. 8’s Conventions have included a Children’s Camp and a cultural program that went into great detail about the history of the Vikings. The customs, traditions, clothing, and other aspects of daily life were explained, and trading methods as well as battle activities were discussed. Last spring, it was suggested by Master Of Ceremonies Annalisa Blue, that the lodge hold a VIKING BANQUET in the fall, which could continue the study and celebration of our Viking roots! (left) Herb Smith in appropriate attire at the Viking Dinner.

The day of the Viking Feast found the members of Nordik Folk No. 761 assembled for an afternoon of historical fun (some would even say hysterical!) A dinner was held at the Munster Westminster Presbyterian Church, where the lodge members participated in a true Viking Feast. Participants ranged in age from 10 months to 60+ years. Each family did research and brought a dish that records indicate were eaten by Viking families. Root vegetables, leek soup, dried fruits, and nuts were included along with wild boar (pork roast), baby dragons (roast chickens), and meatballs, of course. Special thanks to the Oak and Ogrentz families for providing the yummie Pork Roast! All members were encouraged to dress in Viking garb, and they really outdid themselves! (right) five Vikings attended: Winfield Smith; Michael Pearson, Jr.; Michael Pearson, Sr.; Bryan Tomky; and Herb Smith.

11 Many of the men not only wore outfits that were historically accurate, with fur coverings on their lower legs and forearms, capes of wool, and tunics, but they also had shields made of wood and trimmed with metal, swords, broad axes, and other weapons. The women came in aprons and shifts, held together with brooches, adorned with beads, and some even had fashioned head coverings in the Viking style. The feast started at 1:00 pm and was attended by almost 40 lodge and children’s club members. District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8 Vice District Master Ed Hultgren and his wife Joella (Assistant District Secretary) drove up from Carmel, Indiana to partake in the festivities. Before food was served, each place setting had a puzzle with a secret message in the Runic alphabet. (right) Joella Hultgren and Shelly Westlund enjoyed the authentic Viking meal.

As the puzzles were solved, Phyllis Kalajian walked around the room awarding prizes from her large black kettle full of SWEDISH FISH! After dinner, many of the younger folk went out to the church yard to play KUBB. Later they played a “fish tossing” game. (left) Costume winners were: Michael Pearson, Jr.; Phyllis Kalajian; Ava Tomky; and Brendan Tomky.

Before everyone left for home, those in attendance were asked to vote on the Best costume for a Man, Woman, Boy, and Girl. The winners were: Vice Chairman Michael Pearson, Jr.; Trustee Phyllis Kalajian; Brendan Tomky; and Ava Tomky, respectively. A great time was had by all and the lodge has decided that they are going to make this an annual event! Tack Så Mycket! 24 October 2011: The Genealogy Club met with Herb Smith. 6 November 2011: Members gathered together to decorate the Indiana Welcome Center for the holidays. 7 November 2011: The Genealogy Club met with Herb Smith. 13 November 2011: A workshop with instructor Carol Bender to learn Dala Painting and Rosemaling was held at the home of Lynda and Herb Smith in Munster, Indiana. This event welcomed both Nordik Folk Adults and children from Nordikids No. 208. Materials such as paints, brushes, and canvas were provided to create a project to take home. 21 November 2011: A meeting was held at Ridge United Methodist Church. Cultural Leader Shelly Westlund presented a program on the Swedish Folk Painting known as Dalmalning. A history was given and examples were shown. Participants in a recent Dalmalning workshop brought their creations to display. We welcomed new members Lynn and Wayne Buwalda, recently from California.

27 November 2011: Lynda and Herb Smith hosted a Glögg making party at their home in Munster, Indiana. The glögg will be sold at our Luciafest. All of the profits will go to the lodge scholarship fund! Other beverages, korv, and snacks were enjoyed by the helpers. 4 December 2011: Together with Nordikids No. 208, Lucia Fest 2011 was held at Wicker Park Social Center, in Highland, Indiana. The Lucia Queen was Melissa Pearson. Fundraisers were Glögg sales and a 50 / 50 raffle for the Scholarship Fund. See more about this event under Nordikids No. 208, on page 11. 5 December 2011: The Genealogy Club met with Herb Smith. contributed by Linnea Ogrentz and Lynda A. Smith


JULGRANSPLUNDRING From December 26th to January 13th, Swedes ask friends and family to share the joyous season and bounty of foods. January 13th is Saint Knut’s Day --- the end of the Christmas season. Coax some hearty souls to help you take down the decorations (to be stored until next year), and to eat any cookies or candy left on the tree. Play Swedish Christmas songs while the group is at work. Before the bare tree is hurled out into the yard, you must all join hands and dance around it, singing “Nu Är Det Jul Igen!”

Gott Nytt Ǻr 2012! ********************************************

UPDATE YOUR MAILING LIST! Local lodges should update their mailing list regularly.

Membership lists change frequently because of initiations, moves, and deaths, and there may be errors from previous lists. Misdirected mail results in added expense for the

Grand Lodge, the District Lodge, and your Local Lodge. You may request a current list of who from your lodge receives the VALTHORNET and the VASA STAR by contacting Joan

Graham, Grand Secretary, 5838 San Jose Avenue, Richmond, California 94804; e-mail: or Joan Graham will update your mailing list with your help. Please keep the list current and correct.

YOUTH CORNER District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8 Children’s Clubs are: Vårblomman #54 – North side of Chicago, Illinois: (773) 282-9423 Förgät Mig Ej #64 – Far Northwestern suburbs of Chicago, Illinois: (847) 516-3103 Skansen #113 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin and suburban areas: (262) 782-2238 Nordikids #208 – Northwest Indiana and southern suburban Chicago, Illinois: (219) 923-8777 Pride of the Family #209 – Bishop Hill area of Illinois: (309) 375-6844 In Truth and Unity, Lynda Ann Smith District Lodge # 8 Youth Supervisor / Grand Lodge Youth Director

FÖRGÄT MIG EJ # 64 Thank you note: Dear Lynda Smith and VASA District Lodge No. 8, On behalf of Förgät Mig Ej No. 64, I want to say Thank You so much for the $650.00 check you gave our group. During these difficult financial times for your organization and America, we really appreciate the extra effort you made to financially support our children’s club. We enjoyed our time at VASA Park for Midsummer and we look forward to a New Year starting in the Fall. We are also excited about all the new songs and dances that our scholarship winner, Kelsey Ruth, will be bringing back from her camp experience. Again, thank you for your kindness and generosity. Tusen Takk Tack Så Mycket Liv Marit Bell, Treasurer Förgät Mig Ej No. 64

SKANSEN # 113 9 December 2011: The children’s group performed their Lucia program for the Swedish consulate meeting. 11 December 2011: Sankta Lucia Celebration and a Swedish traditional Christmas party were held at Whitnall Park Lutheran Church in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. The Children’s Club Skansen No. 113 performed.

NORDIKIDS # 208 17 September 2011 – 18 September 2011: The Children’s singing and dancing group performed at the Duneland Heritage Days Event at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, in Porter, Indiana. This event was the perfect venue to showcase the Scandinavian culture presented by the children singers and folk dancers. The children performed on both days during the event. 15 October 2011: Children participated in the Centennial Park “Trick Or Treat” in Munster, Indiana.

12 26 November 2011: The Nordikids, directed by Lynnea Sinwelski, performed at the Museum Of Science And Industry, in Chicago, Illinois, during the “Christmas Around The World”

festival. Our Nordikids were wonderful! They sounded so good and looked so good; we are blessed to have them all as a part of our lives! Tack så mycket to all of the parents and grandparents and family who made the long trip to the Museum Of Science And Industry and came to cheer us on with your support. Below you will find two links (Part 1 and then Part 2) to their performance on youtube:

4 December 2011: Luciafest was held at Wicker Park Social Center, in Highland, Indiana. This was a wonderful way to start off the Christmas season with our Nordikids Performance and Luncheon. This year’s Lucia Queen was Melissa Pearson, 11 years old and the daughter of Lisa and Michael Pearson of Hammond, Indiana. Lynnea Sinwelski directed the youngsters in singing and dancing. It was a magical afternoon of Swedish holiday festivities, a bake sale, a craft table, kid’s games, door prizes, and the raffle drawings of a cash prize, a gourmet food basket, and a porcelain Swedish Doll. 10 December 2011: Led by director Lynnea Sinwelski, Nordikids performed at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Welcome Center. 17 December 2011: The IKEA in Bolingbrook, Illinois was the venue for this Nordikids performance, under the direction of Lynnea Sinwelski. Meals at IKEA were enjoyed. 18 December 2011: Another Nordikids performance was presented at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, Indiana. Tack Så Mycket to director Lynnea Sinwelski. submitted by Lynda Ann Smith Nordik Folk No. 761 / Nordikids No. 208

PRIDE OF THE FAMILY # 209 22 October 2011: In conjunction with the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, and coordinated by Patricia Christianson, we held a Christmas ornament workshop with chokolad bullar and a saffron braid for treats. We had 24 participants---the youngest was 5 years old and the eldest was 91 years old! We made paper angels, julgranskaramellan, paper chains, straw stars, pine cone tomtar, paper heart baskets, and decorated julpepparkakor. Judy Middleton, an honorary member of the lodge and the Head Curator of the Bishop Hill Heritage Museum at the Steeple Building, helped with the event. 25 November 2011 and 26 November 2011: The first Christmas ornament workshop turned out so well that we had four more sessions just like it during the first weekend of our julmarknad in Bishop Hill, Illinois. On both days, they were held at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Reservations were accepted, but walk – ins were also welcomed as space was available. Donations received will fund future craft workshops. The whole family was encouraged to participate together in these workshops which had the atmosphere of en oppesittarkväll, when families would sit up late working on presents and Christmas preparations. 2 December 2011: The annual Christmas Party, Smörgåsbord, and Lucia Program were enjoyed by members and guests. The Lucia Chairwoman was Patti Christianson who was assisted by the Children’s Club. submitted by Patti Christianson



DISTRICT SCHOLARSHIPS Thank you notes: Dear Mrs. Smith, Thank you and the Lake Michigan No. 8 Lodge for your generous award of $1,000.00 from Vasa’s South Side Chicago Scholarship. Your support is greatly appreciated and will help me to reach my goal of pursuing a career in Environmental Engineering. I was looking at pictures of my trip to Sweden in 2002 with my grandmother, mother, and brother. It was a great trip, with many amazing memories. It helped me realize that searching your Swedish heritage can bring a family together. The Swedes are known for their environmental awareness and love of nature. By traveling to Sweden, I realized this. I know that this common thread helped me to decide my future career in Environmental Engineering. Again, thank you for your award. I hope to one day help others, as you have helped me when I needed your financial support. With gratitude, Dylan Bender, Jubileum No. 755 Michigan Technological University (from the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, 22 May 2011:

Bender Earns Scholarship Dylan Bender, a son of Dan and Carol Bender of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, has been selected to receive the Lake Michigan Lodge No. 8, Vasa Order Of America Scholarship. Dylan Bender, a senior at Lincoln High School is a member of Vasa’s Jubileum Lodge of Madison, Wisconsin. He has attended the Swedish language program at Concordia Language Village for five summers. Dylan Bender plans to attend Michigan Technological University this fall to pursue a major in Environmental Engineering.) July 12, 2011 Dear District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8, Please accept this letter of thanks, for choosing me as one of the winners of the South Side Chicago Lodges Scholarship. I am genuinely honored to be a recipient of this award. The money will certainly come in handy, as I pursue my college education at Purdue West Lafayette, Indiana. Vasa has offered me wonderful opportunities. These will always be appreciated. Sincerely, Rachel Hannigan, Nordik Folk No. 761 Purdue University Dear Lake Michigan District No. 8, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to you for choosing me as a scholarship recipient. My heritage and Vasa have always been important to me, and I really appreciate all of the support that I have received over the years from everyone involved. I’ve always felt like I have another family. This scholarship has been and will continue to be a great help to me as I go through my freshman year of college in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Not having to focus on finances and hold a very time – consuming job has allowed me to keep my attention on my studies and some extracurricular activities. I am enrolled in fifteen credit hours of

classes, two of which are honors classes. I am also involved in clubs such as a microfinance group and am enjoying my college experience very much. I miss being able to attend Vasa functions while I am away at school, but I continue trying to study my heritage while I am away. Sometime within the next couple semesters I plan on taking a 300 – level Scandinavian culture class! This scholarship helps me not only toward obtaining a great degree, but also toward becoming a better – rounded person. Again, I thank you all so much for that opportunity. In Truth and Unity, Katie Westlund Nordik Folk No. 761 Nordikids No. 208 Indiana University

Sjölunden Language Camp Thank you notes: August 7, 2011 Dear Mrs. Smith and Vasa District, THANK YOU so much for sending me to camp, I LOVED IT. I had two GREAT weeks and am already planning on going back next year. I learned a lot about Sweden and the language. I am still using Swedish words every day like “Tack” and “Ja”. I had fun in the classes, and met many nice friends whom I hope to see again next year. I know that next year I will learn more Swedish words and get better at speaking the language. The food was GREAT and all of the activities were fun. I did Science as a special activity the first week and Canoeing the second week. I would like to do sailing next year. I went up by bus, but then I got to show my parents and brother the camp and my cabin on the last day. I picked the name Rafael and you can see me if you go to and then look at the camp pictures on July 23 rd. I am in other pictures but this one has my name on it. My picture is about a quarter of the way through the pictures. THANK YOU SO MUCH for giving me this experience. I learned so much about both Sweden and my heritage. I am sorry for the delay in getting this to you, but I went immediately from Sjölunden to my Boy Scout camp in northern Wisconsin. I just got home yesterday. I appreciate your kindness in helping me to really appreciate my heritage. Philip Nelson Hagar Lodge No. 721 Nordikids Music Club No. 208 Dear Lynda, I want to thank you for your support and guidance. If it wasn’t for you, I never would have made it to camp --- which I LOVED!! You’re the best! Love, Harry Ogrentz Nordikids No. 208 (left) Harry Ogrentz from Nordikids No. 208


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Dear Sir or Madame, Thank you so much for the scholarship to Sjölunden. It was a life-changing experience that I will remember forever. I feel like I learned more in the two weeks than I ever would have imagined. I learned not only the language but the culture including weaving, dalamålning, and sailing. I met lots of new people and I tried lots of new foods. I will never forget the amazing counselors who helped me through the two weeks. Now with this new knowledge I can launch forward in my abilities. I am edging more and more close to being fluent in Swedish and one day traveling to Sweden. Thank you so much for granting me this experience. I would love to go back another time. Thank you, Sofia Nelson Nordikids Music Club No. 208 (before Language Camp) Dear Mrs. Smith, Thank you so much for helping me get into the camp! I am so excited and can’t wait to share all about it with my other club members. I am so appreciative that you would help me to get in. My Scandinavian heritage is very important to me and I can’t wait to share that. Thank you! Sincerely, Kelsey Ruth Förgät Mig Ej No. 64 (after Language Camp) Dear Lynda, Thank you so much for helping to send me to Sjölunden, the Swedish Concordia Language Camp. I had such a great time and really got to learn the basics of the language and then more about the culture. We even learned about holidays which was really cool! I got to dance around the maypole at Midsummer, and I even helped make the maypole! I also learned basic phrases such as, “Hej! Hur mör du?” In English it means, “Hello! How are you?” I can’t wait to share with all of my family, friends, and of course my Scandinavian club. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to go to this camp and learn more about my heritage. If I can, I’d love to even go next year! I had a fantastic time and I have you and VASA to thank for that. Thank you again for sending me to Sjölunden. Kelsey Ruth Förgät Mig Ej No. 64

VASA BRIDAL CROWN Our District has a beautiful gold bridal crown available to members and their children and grandchildren.

This crown

carries the tradition of Sweden where many churches provide such a crown for the use of their congregations. An application

to use it must be completed, and after the wedding, we ask that the crown be returned along with a photograph or two of the

bride wearing it on her wedding day. If you or someone in your

Lynda Smith

District Supervisor of Children’s / Youth Clubs

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor, Having gotten Valthornet for a period of time I want to congratulate you for a very good publication. I appreciate the content very much and wish all the best for the future. Warm regards Stig S채lgeback Grand Lodge Cultural Director, Sweden

CULTURAL CORNER Greetings, I hope everyone has been thinking about the displays for the District Convention! As you know the theme for the Cultural Room at this convention is Nordic Mythology. Each Local Lodge was sent a form to be filled out and mailed back to me with information regarding the convention displays. Please list your first 3 choices for your display. The requests will be filled on a first come first serve basis. You will be notified if you do not get your first choice. On the form I have included examples. Also the Local Lodge Cultural Leader Reports will be due to me no later than Friday, February 3, 2012. Please make sure you turn in your report so that it can be included in the Convention Book. Mail to: Andrea Magnuson Wilczynski, 4332 Maple Avenue, Brookfield, Illinois 60513 - 2318 or e - mail to: It would be wonderful to have every lodge represented in the Cultural Room and with a report in the Convention Book. In Truth and Unity, Andrea Magnuson Wilczynski District 8 Cultural Leader **************************************************** NOTICE: The January 2012 issue of the Valthornet is actually 17 pages long. Only 16 pages will be printed in paper form. The additional page, containing the

16 list of Upcoming Events and Local Lodge Contacts, is included in the 17 page Valthornet that is found on the Vasa web site. See the bottom of page 3 for directions!

17 Check out the website for the most up-to-date information and upcoming events.

Om Byn Bishop Hill 1850 Kom Erik Jansson tillsammans med ca 250 andra Svenskar till Bishop Hill; Han vandrade från Biskops Kulla över till Norge för att vidare ta sig till England och USA. Erik Jansson styrde sin lilla grupp av mäniskor med järnhand. Efter fyra år i Bishop Hill mördades Erik Jansson i Cambridge Domstol av en man med namn Rooth; Erik Jansson sköts kallblodigt ner och dog omedelbart. Eftersom att han utsåg sig själv till apostel trodde folk i Bishop Hill lång tid att han skulle uppstå igen, detta inträffade aldrig, och Erik Jansson begravdes på kyrkogården i Bishop Hill. Idag är Bishop Hill ett kulturmärkt område, med sina gamla byggnader, och sina hantverksaffärer. I Colony Store kan Du finna både julskinka och Kalles Kaviar, Du finner även ABBA’s Sill. Du kan också få ett gott mål Svensk mat på någon av byns tre restauranger. Bishop Hill är en underbar liten by att turista i, vandra omkring i och titta på olika museum, eller komma in till Vasa ordern of America national arkiv, och för att finna sina rötter i USA såväl som i Sverige. Arkivets byggnad uppfördes 1974, idag har vi fina ljusa lokaler för olika ändamål, i bottenvåningen finns en ljus lokal för utställningar eller konferanser av olika slag. Det finns också tillgång till en underbar trädgård för pick nick. Det är alltid något som pågår i Bishop Hill – Julmarknad, Valborgsmässo eld, Jordbrukdagarna, Traktor paraden, Lucia, äggdagarna. Sammarbetet i byn är en viktig del av vårt dagliga arbete för att bevar våra Svenska intressen. Under åren har det donerats många fina alster till Arkivet, vilket har blivet ett museum för våra besökare, ett stort tack till alla som har bidraget med olika föremål och pengar till vårat fina arkiv. Viktoria Kofoid – Almgren, Archivist Vasa Order Of America National Archives, Inc.

THE CENTRAL SWEDISH COMMITTEE OF CHICAGO Central Swedish Committee of Chicagoland (CSCofC) Irene Strom Spejcher at 847-394-1108


About The Village Of Bishop Hill In 1850 Erik Jansson, together with about 250 other Swedes, walked from Biskopskulla to Norway to eventually get to England and the United States. Erik Jansson ruled his small group with an iron fist. After four years at Bishop Hill he was murdered by a man named Rooth. He was shot down in cold blood and died instantly. Since Jansson had portrayed himself as some kind of an apostle, some of the Bishop Hill residents thought he would rise again but, when this did not happen, he was buried in the local cemetery. Today Bishop Hill is a landmark district with its old building and handicraft shops. In the Colony Store you can find Hamand Kalle’s caviar and ABBA’s Herring. You can get a good Swedish meal at any of our three local restaurants. Bishop Hill is a quaint little village where a tourist can walk around and look at the museums or come to the Vasa Order of America National Archives to search for their roots in the United States and Sweden. The Archives facility was built in 1974 and offers rooms for various purposes. The ground floor is a bright hall for exhibitions and conferences of various kinds. There is also access to a wonderful garden for picnics. There is always something going on in Bishop Hill – Valborgsmasso fire, farm days, tractor parade, Santa Lucia, and aggdagarna. Cooperation in the village is an

World Economic Forum Competitiveness Rankings The Global Competitiveness Report 2011 - 2012 of the World Economic Forum finds that Switzerland tops the overall rankings. Singapore overtakes Sweden for second position. Northern and Western European countries dominate the top 10 with Sweden (3rd), Finland (4th), Germany (6th), the Netherlands (7th), Denmark (8th), and the United Kingdom (10th). Japan remains the second - ranked Asian economy at 9th place, despite falling three places since last year. Sweden, overtaken by Singapore, falls one place to 3rd position. Like Switzerland, the country has been placing significant emphasis on creating the conditions for innovation-led growth. The quality of its public institutions is first - rate, with a very high degree of efficiency, trust, and transparency. Private institutions also receive excellent marks (3rd), with firms that demonstrate the highest ethical behavior (3rd), supported by strong auditing and reporting standards (2nd), and well - functioning corporate boards (1st). Goods and financial markets are also very efficient, although the labor market could be more flexible (25th). Combined with a strong focus on education over the years (2nd for higher education and training) and a high level of technological adoption (2nd), Sweden has developed a very sophisticated business culture (2nd)

important part of our daily work to preserve our Swedish heritage. Viktoria Kofoid – Almgren, Archivist Vasa Order Of America National Archives, Inc. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

PICNIC TABLES There are now four outside picnic tables at the Vasa National Archives. Each table represents a state in our District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8. District Secretary Nancy Hult and Grand Lodge Executive Board Member – Midwest Region / Vasa Order Of America National Archives, Inc. Vice President / Past District Master Sten Hult donated the table for Illinois; Svea Lodge No. 253 donated the table for Indiana; Viking Lodge No. 730 donated the table for Michigan; and Past District Secretary Marge Gruel and Grand Lodge Deputy District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8 / Vasa Order Of America National Archives, Inc. Secretary and Financial Secretary / Past District Master Jake Gruel donated the table for Wisconsin.

Scandinavian Park, Inc. NFP Upcoming Event Mark Your Calendar! Make note of events at Vasa Park, Route # 31, South Elgin, Illinois. (847) 695 – 6720

Saturday, March 3, 2012 Scandinavian Park, Inc. NFP’s Annual Spring Dinner Dance and Fundraiser. Des Plaines Elks Club, Des Plaines, Illinois. and is one of the world’s leading innovators (2nd). Last but not least, the country boasts a stable macroeconomic environment (13th), with an almost balanced budget and manageable public debt levels. These characteristics come together to make Sweden one of the most productive and competitive economies in the world. from the World Economic Forum web site

NORDIC COUNCIL New Berlin, Wisconsin The Nordic Council is looking for new members, replacements for some of the board members, and new ideas for 2012. Monthly meetings are held from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the New Berlin Public Library, in New Berlin, Wisconsin. The final meeting in 2011 was held on November 1, 2011. Please consider joining! Contact Marge Gruel for information at 262 – 782 – 4522 or via email: or Upcoming meetings dates are: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm Monday, April 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm Monday, June 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm

19 Monday, September 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Fest Site Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm - Scandinavian Fest

Monday, October 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm

IN MEMORY Edith Margery Katzenberger – Svea No. 253 Edith Margery Katzenberger passed away on October 15, 2011 at age 90 years. Edith Katzenberger was a first generation Swedish - American and was born January 14, 1921 to the late Nels and Bena Nord in Indianapolis, Indiana. Edith Katzenberger attended Warren Central High School and graduated from Shortridge High School in 1938. With her husband, H. Morris Katzenberger, she owned Katzenberger Vending. She later worked for Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center - Broad Ripple. Edith Katzenberger was a long - time member of Salem Lutheran Church, and was a current member of Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, and the Swedish American Fraternal Organization, Vasa Order of America, Svea Lodge # 253. Edith Katzenberger was also an avid Pacers, Indiana University, Colts, and Indy Racing League fan. She was preceded in death by her husband Herbert Morris Katzenberger and brother, Harry Nord (Paula). Edith Katzenberger is survived by daughters Nancy Utz (Lloyd), Linda Hack (Ray), son Steve Katzenberger (Katie), 8 wonderful grandchildren, and 9 beautiful great grandchildren.

Richard Allan Priem – Linde No. 492 Richard Allan Priem, longtime resident of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, passed away Monday, November 7, 2011, at age

78 years. He was a special friend and comrade for 50 years of the late Robert Paul Thekan and was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Ruth Priem. Richard Priem was the brother of Ronald, Roger (Valerie), and Russell (Donna) Priem, and is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. Richard Priem was a longtime member of the Finnish - American Society of Milwaukee, and Linde Lodge 492 Vasa Order Of America. He was retired after 30 years of service at Boston Store.

SONS OF NORWAY TORSK SUPPERS The Sons of Norway Fosselyngen Lodge # 82 invites the public to their monthly Torsk Dinners at the Norway House, 7507 West Oklahoma Avenue, West Allis, Wisconsin, from 4 pm to 7 pm. The buffet includes: Boiled Cod Fish, Norwegian Meat Balls, Boiled Potatoes, Vegetables, Pickled Beets, Cranberry Sauce, Flat Bread, Dessert, and Coffee. The cost is: $13.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Children (4 years old to 11 years old). Dinners were held on 24 September 2011, 22 October 2011, 12 November 2011, and 3 December 2011. Dinners are scheduled for 28 January 2012, 25 February 2012, and 24 March 2012. Call (414) 321-2637 for future reservations.


UPCOMING EVENTS Grand Lodge Convention 2014 - Hosted by District Lodge New York No. 4 District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8 Annual Convention 2012 18 – 20 May 2012 – Hosted by Viljan No. 349 District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8 Annual Convention 2013

May 2013 – Co-Hosted by Brahe No. 245 and Linde No Siljan-Mora-Tuna #134

15 January 2012 – Regular Meeting and Chinese Dinne

19 February 2012 – Installation of Officers and Catere

18 March 2012 – Regular Meeting and Saint Patrick’s D Party 15 April 2012 – Regular Meeting and Swedish Bingo

15 July 2012 – Picnic at the Hult residence in Midlothia Illinois

19 August 2012 – Regular Meeting and Ice Cream Soc Svea #253 8 January 2012 – Installation of 2012 Officers; Ole Vesterqvist: Aspirin Research 5 February 2012 – David Young: Roots Of Modern Architecture In Sweden 4 March 2012 – Jim Swanson: Traditional Norwegian Woodcarving

1 April 2012 – LaVonne Heighway: A Summer In Swed Years Ago

6 May 2012 – Ingeborg Lundberg, John Seest, and Eija Vesterqvist: Nordic Dance

10 June 2012 – Midsommar Festival and Pot Luck Picn Smörgåsbord

23 June 2012 – Saint John’s Festival with Latvian, Lithu Polish, & Scottish.

4 August 2012 – Kräftskiva, Singing, and Pot Luck Din

9 September 2012 – John Seest: Swedish Pipe Organs Organ Music

7 October 2012 – Ingeborg Lundberg: Midwifery In Sw Viljan #349

28 January 2012 – Scandinavian Breakfast and Installa Officers for 2012 Linde #492

4 February 2012 – Installation of Officers and Coffee S

19 March 2012 – Annual Peasoup and Pancake Dinner Norway House September 2012 – Swedish Immigrant Program Satellite #661 8 January 2012 – Regular Meeting Bishop Hill #683 January 2012 – Julgransplundring Party, with Pride Of Family #209

February 2012 – Slå Katten Uti Tunnan Party, with Prid The Family #209

23 June 2012 – Midsommar; Dancing at the Majstång a Colony School

4 July 2012 – Galva Freedom Fest Parade, with Pride O Family #209

28 July 2012 – Lodge picnic in Galva Park, with Pride Of The Family #209 December 2012 – Lodge Christmas Party / Lucia Smörgåsbord Jubileum #755 8 January 2012 – Story Hour 12 February 2012 – Carol Bender presents Swedish Folk Art 8 March 2012 – Pea Soup and Pancakes Dinner at Arbor Covenant Church 15 April 2012 – Ed Hultgren presents the Nordic Arctic and also Beppe Wolgers 12 May 2012 – Wesley Hanson: Civil War Music and Authentic Instruments 23 June 2012 – Midsommar Celebration at Arbor Covenant Church Nordik Folk #761 9 January 2012 – Genealogy Club at Ridge Methodist Church 14 January 2012 or 15 January 2012 – Julgransplundring 16 January 2012 – Business Meeting and Elections February 2012 –Viking Program at Munster Library, second week of every month 20 February 2012 – Business Meeting 26 February 2012 – Installation Dinner Pride Of The Family #209 7 and 21 January 2012 – Continue work on the Nils Holgersson quilt 4 and 18 February 2012 – Continue work on the Nils Holgersson quilt March 2012 – Dance Workshop, Dinner, and Evening Barn Dance 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27 April 2012 – Astrid Lindgren Festival


LOCAL LODGE CONTACTS Siljan-Mora-Tuna # 134


February 1908 Evergreen Park, Illinois

(708) 352 – 0042

Lisa Cianci

Thor # 147

3 October

1908 Channahon, Illinois Sandra Fletcher

(815) 458 – 0974

Linné # 153

20 September

1909 South Bend, Indiana Judi Parmley Kronan # 179

(574) 272 - 4625 6 September

1910 Chicago, Illinois John Nygard Bessemer # 203 Evergreen Park, Illinois Jim Pelzman Brahe # 245 Rockford, Illinois Scott Johnson

(847) 677 - 5181 16 October 1911 (708) 423 – 4057 30 January 1913 (815) 601-3922

Svea # 253


May 1913 Indianapolis, Indiana Faye Bevelhimer Nobel # 288

(317) 842 - 1783 19 February 1914

Moline, Illinois

(309) 797 – 6914

Linda Lootens

Viljan # 349

7 October

1916 Batavia, Illinois Thomas Cleveland Austin # 466

(815) 895 – 2102 6 April

1925 Chicago, Illinois

(773) 477 – 0875

Robert Oberg Linde # 492

6 June

1927 New Berlin, Wisconsin Liza Ekstrand Joe Harbor # 534 Saint Joseph, Michigan Eleanor Anderson Satellite # 661

(262) 782 – 2238 27 April 1929 (269) 926 – 6303 22 April

1961 Kalamazoo, Michigan Carol Olson Bishop Hill # 683

(269) 623 - 3756 25 March

1968 Bishop Hill, Illinois Jeff Anderson Hagar # 721

(309) 932-2068 12 November

1977 Mount Prospect, Illinois Keith Emrikson Viking # 730

(847) 297-4645 15 May

1981 Flint, Michigan Eric Swanson Lindgren # 754

(810) 639 – 6705 14 October

1995 Green Bay, Wisconsin

(920) 662 – 1088

Ray Suennen Jubileum # 755 Madison, Wisconsin Gunnard Swanson

Steven Westlund 17 November 1996 (608) 835 – 5152

Nordik Folk # 761

29 January 2006

Munster, Indiana

(219) 322-5190


The list includes a name, location, telephone number, and/or e-mail address for each of the 19 local lodges in District # 8. Please send contact information to Joella Hultgren (editor) at:; (317) 733 – 3493; or 13650 Amblewind Place, Carmel, Indiana 46074 – 8227.

Vasa Order Of America VALTHORNET Joella Hultgren 13650 Amblewind Place Carmel, Indiana 46074 - 8227

23 District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8 NONPROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID Indianapolis, IN Permit No. 5677

FIFTY YEARS OF SERVICE TO VASA (left) On Linde New and Jewels Lillemor former the Vasa Bishop S책 done for Lodge

September 10, 2011, at a Lodge No. 492 meeting in Berlin, Wisconsin, Lillemor Richard Horngren received for Fifty Years of membership in Vasa. and Richard Horngren are residents and archivists at National Archives in Hill, Illinois. Congratulations and Tack Mycket for all you have Vasa, District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8, and Linde No. 492!

VALTHORNET is the official publication of the District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8, Vasa Order of America, and is published in Indianapolis, Indiana. The VALTHORNET is published quarterly in the months of January, April, July, and October. All news items, photographs, and regular articles should reach the editor by the 15th day of the month before the month of publication, i.e.

24 15 March, 15 June, 15 September, and 15 December. All address changes should be sent to: Gail Olson, Vice Grand Secretary, 654 Western Highway, Blauvelt, New York 10913; Email:


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