FRA PRESIDENTEN: ------May 01,
Camp Scholarships Awarded:
Norwegian Language Village – Concordia Village, Bemidji,
Hei! Norway is at the top of the world!
In April, Donna Remer experienced the Adult Weekend Camp at
Skogfjorden. She was awarded a scholarship to help with some
of the expenses from our Lodge.
Sons of Norway District IV – Trollfjorden Language and
Cultural Camp. Camp this year will be June 8-11, 2017 at Metigoshe
Ministries Retreat Center in Bottineau, ND. Jr. Lodge member,
Alexander Drake will be attending from the Gyda Varden Lodge.
Alex was awarded a scholarship to help with some of the expenses.
This will be his second year to attend and he is very excited
for the opportunity to experience Norwegian heritage first
Grants Awarded to Gyda Varden Lodge:
We received two grants this year to help with activities and
programs at the Lodge.
District IV – Zone 1 Director Kathy Daelay awarded us
with a $100 grant to assist with Norwegian cooking class supplies
and tools. We are looking forward to hosting this class in
the Fall. Watch for more details in the Hilsen.
Minneapolis Sons of Norway – Helping Hands to Members
awarded us with a $500 grant to assist with the Jr. Lodge
in “Teaching the Next Generation”!
Andriana Sethre, Jr. Lodge Leader, was excited to receive
the grant from our Financial Counselor Dan Haglund and is
looking forward to purchasing supplies to help with learning
the Norwegian language, learning new Norwegian songs, and
learning how to cook Norwegian foods. It will be a great year!
Sue Bjornstad, Lodge President
(Klikk på musen for å
se: 12 måneders
the new meeting times.)
May 11: Thursday:
----5:30pm Board Meeting.
----7:00 Social Meeting.
--------Wear your bunads if you
--------Linda Pekot will talk
about Mothers in Norway.
May 13: Saturday:
----9:00 – 11:00 Jr.
Lodge Meeting at Sherlock Park.
May 17: Wednesday:
--------11:00 – 2:00pm: Norwegian Lunch.
--------2:00pm – 4:00pm:
Coffee & Norwegian Goodies.
June 8: Thursday:
----7:00pm Social Meeting.
--------Program: Memorial Service.
from Fertile, MN.
June 24: Saturday:
Lodge attending Hjemkomst Festival.
pm, Board Meeting:
pm Social Meeting.
Bev Olson and Donna Remer,
of Nordland Rosemaling Association
presented Lucille Langheid with a
- lifetime membership & a plaque
to honor a legacy of teaching
and promoting rosemaling. --------Congratulations, Lucille!
to Gay Riskey.
She is this
year's Norsk Høstfest
Grand Champion for 2016.
Click on the "Roman Mask (discovered on a Viking Ship)"
icon to obtain a membership application form and join the
Gyda Varden Lodge on-line.
year of miracles"
everyone is invited to celebrate
Syttende mai at the Gyda Varden Lodge. Noon Lunch: 11 am -
2 pm we'll be serving smorbrød, rømmegrøt,
lefse, søtsuppe, riskrem, bløtkake, flatbrød.
Afternoon coffee: 2 pm - 4 pm and entertainers will be performing.
If you want to attend Syttende
mai and are coming to the lodge during your lunch break
from school or work you have our permission to go to the head
of the line!
på musen for å se: Barneklubb
22, 1903 the Varden Lodge of Sønner av Norge was founded.
"Varden" means "beacon" or "lookout," and is also a masculine
is the ninth century princess who first
had a vision of a united kingdom of Norway. The Gyda
was established two years later in 1905. The Gyda Lodge merged
with the Varden Lodge in 1951, to be known as The Gyda Varden
Lodge #21. See the Centennial web page (klikk
på mus å se: HUNDREÅRSDAG
contributed by Helny Ohnstad).
Myron publishes NORWEGIAN-AMERICAN HISTORY in the lodge newsletter,
"HILSEN", edited by Cindy Dahl. Contact Sharon to
get access to her archives which include an article, "THE
and an article about "Andrew
Honve & the Honve House".
fund-raising projects, lefse baking, and the fantastic
support of members and the community, Gyda
Varden has engaged in unlimited
cultural, social, and charitable activities. Each
June an impressive service is
conducted to honor the memory of departed members.
Making lefse. Else Rike rolling lefse at Gyda Varden Lodge.
RAISING SPONSORED BY THE SONS OF NORWAY:
Gyda Varden contributes through fundraisers sponsored by the
of Norway Foundation, and has benefited from the
Humanitarian Fund, which began in 1997 in response to the
Red River Flood.
---1. Disaster relief.
---2. Outreach grants for the
---3. Scholarships for Norwegian-American
Olav V Norwegian-American Heritage Fund)
MORE FUND RAISING:
Varden is looking forward to providing aid
for the handicapped by supporting the TUBFRIM
PROJECT. E-mail John Schaffer
to receive credit. --Klikk
With your used phone cards & stamps
the lodge provides medical aid for children in Norway because
we give them a "new" value. "Several
hundred handicapped children benefit from the fund raised
by TUBFRIM -- every year!"
was established in Nesbyen in 1928. Postmaster Ditlef Frantzen
took the initiative to collect and
sell used stamps to fund a better quality of life for handicapped
children and youth and to support tuberculosis research. Prinsesse
Märtha Louise is a strong advocate for TUBFRIM.
VIKING MAGAZINE ONLINE:
Flip though digital versions of Viking,
from November 2009 to the current issue. On the Sons of Norway
home page, click on Viking Magazine Online. Be sure to log
in as a member to view the whole issue. -
LODGE TRAVEL WITH BREKKE TOURS:
Char Brekke offers cultural, educational, & heritage tours
with her association with Brekke Tours.
may not need a lodge member ship to travel to a lot of places,
including festivities, conventions. Watch both the yearly
calendar & each month's calendar on the Brekke web page
for places & cost.
Surviving Oslo on a small budget:
Alternative Low Budget Travel Guide:-NORWAY
INSURANCE & FINANCIAL PRODUCTS:
of Norway provide quality insurance and financial products
to its members. Contact Ann
Krause, FIC, our financial benefits advisor, for information.
ONLINE RESOURCES ARE BEING DEVELOPED:
lodge members are mostly second generation Norwegian-Americans
and have a desire to to explore what they know -- and what
they don't know -- about their own heritage. The previous
generation of lodge members had, mostly, been born in Norway.
They've left many keepsakes (paintings, photos, music, books)
in the lodge to tell us what they have known and loved about
Norway. To understand our ancestors requires a passion for
their Norwegian heritage and sense of adventure, and their
curiosity. Although Norwegians are people who like to have
fun and try new things, language
differences and technology have conceived a generation
that will tell you, "When I was a kid I didn't listen
to my parents' stories," or "I didn't pay attention
when they taught me the dances." (Klikk
på mus å se:)
Why learn Norwegian?
RESOURCES FROM UND:
Melissa Gjellstad invites Sons of Norway members to enroll
in UND Norwegian courses. First-semester courses and second-semester
courses are both offered online. And of course you may take
the classes face-to-face on campus.
here to see more about: UND study with Dr. Melissa Gjellstad:
Melissa Gjellstad and Danielle Skjelvar talk about their new
translation of the Norwegian book: "The War with the
Sioux: Norwegians Against Indians 1862-63".
Fritz Library – Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special
NORSK CLUB Monthly Meeting at UND.
lodge offers language lessons: check the calendar page.
på musen for å se: 12
måneders kalender side.)
Our Gyda Varden Lodge includes the
wonderful Norwegian community
both in Grand Forks and in our
heritage in Norway.
Norwegian language, from Wikipedia,
the free encyclopedia.
Norway at Home - Alt For Norga: family words.
"how to learn norsk with english conversation".
for Beginners | Youth Olympic Games".
"Sesam Stasjon - Dele kaker"
"Bernt & Erling - Småkaker"
Danish, Norwegian or Swedish? Which is best to learn?
ONLINE RESOURCES - OTHER:
As you explore this website you will see many links to Norway
images, videos of Norwegian culture, and links to Norwegian
cities, businesses, blogs, museums and libraries. Because
the language may be a concern, I've linked "Google Translate"
or its icon to the Norwegian text. Click on the icon and enter
the Norwegian text. Notice the on-screen Norwegian keyboard
in the bottom left of the text box.
The icons for translation looks like:
MANY OTHER COMMITMENTS:
The Gyda Varden Lodge supports many other
2. A scrapbook,
3. The Nordic Initiative,
4. A Jr. Lodge
with many different available scholarships.
5. The FOUNDATION
REPORT for more Gyda Varden Lodge, on the Officer page,
includes some other commitments.
Within our lodge a sunshine committee
seeks to cheer the sick and bereaved with flowers or a sympathy
If you hear about a member in the hospital or a death in a
please notify Evelyn Hensrud
or 317-385-9730 cell.
calendar) We invite you to come to a lodge meeting.
Through the years, lodge members have discovered intangible
friendships fostered when enjoying traditional Norwegian activities
together, including: ()
literature and history -- Norsk Lese Lag (book club), Norwegian
language classes, rosemaling, wood carving, genealogy research,
ethnic programs, pancake breakfasts, chili suppers, corn feeds,
lefse baking, bløtkake
demonstrations, pot-luck meals, tours, and celebrations. The
meetings contain some business content, but also some youth-oriented
cultural and social events. Norwegian-Americans are passionate
about their heritage, and like to practice many of the traditions
that have been handed down generation to generation.
On "Movie Nights" at the lodge
we show movies from Norway. We have a great time and enjoy
pop & popcorn. Check the Gyda
Varden Lodge events
on this website. YouTube has free Norwegian
with Norsk subtitles
Torres Snørtewoll - 1940 med Alfred Maurstad
Tante pose - 1940
Faneflukt - 1974 Norsk film
Varden Lodge members share their enthusiasm for the Norwegian
tradition of friluftsliv (outdoor life/outdoor recreation).
Friluftsliv is for all ages and abilities. Stay Active. The
Lodge sports medal program. Contact the Gyda
Varden Sports Director.
Schaffer has received:
1,050 recorded miles of walking.
of GYDA VARDEN: BIRKEBEINER.
"Medlemsavis" (Members' newspaper): B-nyttnr.12012pdf..pdf
Demonstrating the unique bond of sisterhood, after the devastating
flood of 1997, Birkebeiner made a generous financial contribution
which helped Gyda Varden Lodge members to refurbish our beautiful
lodge building. Like coming home again, our sister-lodge believed
in our dreams and wanted to live them with us.
In 1174 a rebellious Birkebein
Party formed in Norway.
are popularly celebrated for having escorted the two-year-old
Haakon Haakonsson, an heir to the Norwegian throne, to safety
from Lillehammer to Østerdalen to Trondheim, a long
and perilous journey through treacherous mountains and forests."
This is commemorated through Birkebeinerrennet
(a ski race), Birkebeinerrittet
(a bike race), as well as the American
Birkebeiner. The Norwegian marathons
start at Rena
ends at Lillehammer near their lodge.
på mus å se: "Birkbeinerrennet
2015 Live" ).
på mus å se: "Birkebeinerrennet
English version" ).
på mus å se: "Birkebeinerrittet
på mus å se: "Birkebeinerrittet
Gyda Varden Lodge member Helny Ohnstad and others exchanged
lodge newsletters each month with Arne Halvorsen, and he is
still the Lodge President. Some are posted on this website's
web-page. I hope to find a collection
of her letters in the lodge library and post whatever I can
find. A friendship with Birkebeiner Lodge had
been built to learn from our similarities.
The benefits of sisterhood come from immersion and personal
interactions which become easier each year with on-line translators,
Norwegian classes, and student exchange programs. Typically,
by developing our communication skills and economic interests,
as members we can ask questions like:
How do we engage our youth in our Norwegian heritage?
In what ways can our two lodges gain from being partners?
In this way we can improve our understanding
of our ancestors and the world.
Lodge - Lillehammer
PO Box 484, 2600 Lillehammer
Meeting point: Glomstad Gaard & Pension, 2635 Thirteen
Meeting Time: 2nd Monday of the month - 19:00.
SISTER-CITY of GRAND FORKS: SARPSBORG.
addition, on October 10, 2005,
Forks City established a Sister City Agreement with the city
of Sarpsborg, Norway to demonstrate support for diversity,
educational opportunities, openness to different peoples,
cultures and ideas and to foster a world-view approach necessary
for next generation business." The city became
interested in building a relationship with Sarpsborg
because many Grand Forks residents have Norwegian heritage,
the school district plans to teach Norwegian language classes,
and a student exchange program began in 2007. Our lodge is
an important player in a the success of the relationship.
The Lodge Viking Ship gets ready to set sails in the EGF Heritage
Days Parade. Riding the ship are Teressa Wilde, Kendrik Wilde
and Darlene Holien. Cindy
Dahl, standing, proudly boasts: "It's
a good Viking ship".
Olger & Lucille Langheid
at the Rosemaling display
at EGF Heritage Days.
a bit of joy & vanity, Gyda Varden hopes you will join
with us and eat and celebrate the heritage and culture of
Norway and other Nordic countries around the North Sea. We
think of each member, as when one thinks of a brother who
has been lost and forgotten but found again in discovering
a beautiful source of identity. If you are not a member of
Sons of Norway we hope that after seeing all of the activities
we offer you will consider joining our organization.
in Norway ------------
Kingdom of Norway
Click to hear the Norwegian National Anthem: .
Click to hear the Norwegian violin.
en god dag! -
Kan Segla/Byssan Lull
_Danse Mi Vise, Gråte Min