FRA PRESIDENTEN: ------January
Greetings and Best Wishes for a wonderful 2017!
As your new Sons of Norway Gyda Varden Lodge President I look
forward to a year filled with fun, culture and food! Since
I have only been a member for four years I will look to all
of you for guidance and assistance with programming and events
throughout the year. Please feel free to call or email me
with your thoughts and ideas.
Webster’s definition of a Norwegian:
--- -of your relating to Norway,
its inhabitants, or their language. As a great grand-daughter
of a Norwegian immigrant I am proud to call Norway ‘home’
and am glad that I have had the chance to visit Norway.
Throughout the upcoming year my hope is to strengthen that
relationship with Norway and learn more about ‘our’
Sue Bjornstad Godt nytt år! Happy New Year!
KALENDER for JANUARY:
Thursday, January 12
5:30pm Board Meeting
7:00pm Social Meeting
____Installation of Officers
____Tour of Norway –
____Brekke Tours and Travel
KALENDER for FEBRUARY:
(Notice the new meeting times.)
The next Board Meeting is the
first Thurs in March.
Thursday, February 9
Social Meeting: 2:00pm
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.
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:
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?
lodge offers language lessons: check the calendar page.
klikk 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"
& Erling - Småkaker"
Danish, Norwegian or Swedish? Which is best to learn?
ONLINE 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".
Fritz Library – Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special
NORSK CLUB Monthly Meeting at UND.
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:
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.
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)
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!"
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
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 card.
If you hear about a member in the hospital or a death in a
please notify Evelyn Hensrud
or 317-385-9730 cell.
FRA PRESIDENTEN, December
TUSEN TAKK for all your support and patience for the past
two years. The time has flown by and I have enjoyed the time
spent together with all of you. - - -But I am happy to have
our current Vice-President, Sue Bjornstad, take over as President.
She will be installed
at the January 2017 meeting.
you also to ALL the Faithful Officers and Members of the Gyda
Varden Board of Directors including all the Committee Members
& Trustees that make our lodge function successfully and
Christmas Party was a most enjoyable time. The 4:00 Potluck
was amazing (as per usual) and the program was both meaningful
Pekot read the Christmas Story in Norwegian, and we sang some
of the traditional Norwegian Carols (a verse pa Norsk &
English) led by G. Paul Larson & accompanied by Sharon
Myron. Else Rike and Linda P. taught the group the Norwegian
song “O, Jul med din glaede” and the fancy steps
to circle around the tree. What a fun time!
all of a sudden Santa & Mrs. Claus appear, each from a
different direction. They each had a humorous little story
to read before they got to the task of handing out the treat
bags. (Thanks Cindy & Tom)
forget to say A BIG THANK YOU to all of the crew that decorated
the tree and lodge and filled all the treat bags; AND ANOTHER
BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT ATTENDED.
Langheid shared a letter they received from Norway addressed
to Gyda Varden Lodge from Gunnar and Ingjerd Kjelstad wishing
“A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to all our old
and new friends in USA” He visited our Lodge a couple
of times- -10 to 15 years ago. He was president of Sons of
Norway Lodge in Lillehammer/Kringen, Norway. Lucille has the
book he has written entitled “135th Anniversary of Norwegian
Immigrants from Lillehammer/Kringen area”. If you are
interested in reading the book, talk to Lucille.
NYTTAR! Margy Gabrielsen
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
Torres Snørtewoll - 1940 med Alfred Maurstad
Tante pose - 1940
Faneflukt - 1974 Norsk
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.
UTVIKLING side (CULTURAL
Schaffer has received:
1,050 recorded miles
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 ------------
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