GREETINGS FRA PRESIDENTEN:
FRA PRESIDENTEN, June, July, August
April 30th UND BIG EVENT workday gave us nine hardworking
girls to help do a thorough Spring Cleaning-both inside and
out of the Lodge. Four of the Lodge TRUSTEES (Building Corporation)
members came to assist & direct what needed to be done.
Ruth B.’s soup & Joyce B.’s sandwiches were
a big hit for lunch.
awesome Syttende Mai festivities held yesterday at our lodge
is giving me smiling thoughts as I ponder writing this article.
THANK YOU to the fifty plus members, (plus at least two non-
members,) for pitching in and making everything function so
smoothly. Irene Shores and Karen Knudsvig were the main coordinators-
- -and Arden & Everett were their right and left hand
assistants. The beautiful weather was a wonderful asset to
the day as well!!!
preparation started in early May. Several dedicated, faithful
members helped with baking and cooking all the traditional
Scandinavian delicacies. THANK YOU EVERYONE!
week as I was searching my files, I came across a write up
in the July 5, 1981, Grand Forks Herald, written by Chuck
Haga entitled “NORWAY/Old Country Revisited” “Brothers
Divided by Two Countries”
lived in Norway the year of 1978-79 while on a fellowship
at University of Oslo. In June of 1981, he spent three weeks
back in Norway gathering information for this series.)
article featured my dad’s younger brother Einar that
chose to remain in Norway. When Haga met Uncle Einar, he felt
a tug at his heart. As he looked into that rugged face he
could see the images of so many that did leave that pretty
valley. He said you wouldn’t think twice if you saw
him holding a cup of black coffee at the Corner Café
of Hatton, Park River or Grafton- - -he would blend right
was 19 when my dad, age 22, and Uncle Hans, age 16, received
the letter carrying their immigration papers to the U.S. They
tried to talk him into coming with them, but he said he was
satisfied where he was. He said he would never leave Norway!
two brothers sang & sang & sang as they walked to
the area where they boarded the ship to go to America, AND
- -as they waved good bye to their mother. They were perhaps
somewhat consoled by the fact that they would be joining an
older brother & two older sisters who were already living
in the USA. Dad never saw his mother again.
father had died when Dad was 7 yrs. old. So he wasn’t
very old when he started working in the woods to help earn
a little money for his mother & two little brothers. In
their growing up years they all managed to do a lot of skiing-
and play a lot of soccer football.
is the month we celebrate Father’s Day, so- - - probably
because of the GF Herald feature article this story came to
mind. I‘m sure many of your families have similar stories.
A WONDERFUL SUMMER!
Board Meeting: Thursday, August
4, 4:30 PM
Membership Meeting: Thursday, August
11, 7:00 PM, Memorial Service
Click on the "Roman Mask" icon to obtain a membership
application form and join the Gyda Varden Lodge.
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".
ARE BEING DEVELOPED:
Today 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."
Every day online resources become available. Our Gyda Varden
Lodge believes that as people learn more about themselves,
they even become more confident. Norway has a stunning landscape
and a wonderful community and our Gyda Varden Lodge brings
the past back into our everyday life at our meetings, classes,
and the online resources you will find available at this website.
Listed are some of the online activities available at this
RESOURCES FROM UND:
may like to connect online to Norwegian studies offered by
UND, such as _an
online first-year Norwegian course. The courses: NORW
101 and 102, taught by Dr. Melissa Gjellstad, associate
professor at UND, attract diverse students from
the local campus and tri-state region as well as learners
from across the U.S. and Canada. Melissa is active in growing
the Norwegian program in ways that involve students and the
greater campus community .
Melissa's specialty is contemporary Norwegian literature (1990s-today).
Melissa Gjellstad and Danielle Skjelvar talk about their new
translation of the Norwegian book: "The War with the
Sioux: Norwegians Against Indians 1862-63".
du å lære norsk på nettet?
Fritz Library – Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special
NORSK CLUB Monthly Meeting at UND.
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
Also, there are many links to language learning videos throughout
our site. Try this link to the YouTube video titled "how
to learn norsk with english conversation". Click
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
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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.
INSURANCE & FINANCIAL PRODUCTS:
of Norway provide quality insurance and financial products
to its members. Contact Ann
Krause, FIC, our financial benefits advisor, for information.
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.
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)
FUND RAISING (cont):
Within our lodge a sunshine committee
seeks to cheer the sick and bereaved with flowers or a sympathy
card. If you hear about a member in the hospital or a death
in a family, please notify Evelyn
or 317-385-9730 cell
Varden is looking forward to providing aid
for the handicapped by supporting the
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!"
TUBFRIM 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.
MANY OTHER COMMITMENTS:
The Gyda Varden Lodge supports many other
commitments, including Trollfjorden
Language Camp, a scrapbook, and the Nordic Initiative,
among others. See the Jr.
Lodge page for many different available scholarships.
See the FOUNDATION
REPORT for the Gyda Varden Lodge on the Officer page.
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.
Nights" at the lodge we show movies from Norway.
We have a great time and enjoy pop & popcorn. Check the
on this website. YouTube
has free Norwegian movies:
with Norsk subtitles
Free Movie Title: Løperjenten - 1981
Torres Snørtewoll - 1940 med Alfred Maurstad
Tante pose - 1940
Faneflukt - 1974 Norsk
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!
SISTER-LODGE of GYDA VARDEN:
"Medlemsavis" (Members' newspaper): B-nyttnr.12012pdf..pdf
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:
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 ------------
to hear the Norwegian National Anthem: .
to hear the Norwegian violin.
en god dag! -