When you check the box on new a member form you may be eligible
to win Two Tickets to Norway.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
would kindly submit a profile & photograph
to the web-master to help to promote crediable member - officer communications.
4.11.2. TITLES AND NUMBER
The elected officers of a Local Lodge shall be President, Vice President,
Secretary, Treasurer, Financial and/or Membership Secretary and
Social and/or Cultural Director
and such additional officers as the Local Lodge may deem necessary.
Additional officers shall either be elected or appointed as specified
in the Bylaws of the Local Lodge. (8/06)
President: Guide for Leadership
Vice President: Guide for Leadership
to see a short profile_
------Membership Request Inforation.
Financial Secretary: Guide for Leadership.
SECRETARY • Guide for Leadership.
TREASURER • Guide for Leadership
Membership Secretary: Guide for Leadership.
LODGE MEMBERSHIP - Program Guide
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----------Grand Forks, North Dakota
----------58201, United States
REFERENCE • Guide for Leadership
CULTURAL DIRECTOR • Guide for Leadership
SOCIAL DIRECTOR • Guide for Leadership
Dahl (Hilsen Editor)
EDITOR • Guide for Leadership
FOUNDATION DIRECTOR • Guide for Leadership
PUBLICITY DIRECTOR • Guide For Leadership
Local Lodge Scholarship Guideline
Youth Director - Guide for Leadership
SPORTS DIRECTOR • Guide for Leadership
Office is Open.
in the activities of our lodge.
2. Develop educational programming
for children, teenagers and young adults.
3. Nurture the Norwegian culture and heritag.
4. See the .pdf link for a full description.
Sons of Norway Sports Medal-Program
almost any interest,
it's skiing or walking.
exercise goals can be achieved
earn for your accomplishments.
(Adopt A School) COORDINATOR
a FREE trip to Norway.
a chance to win a free trip to Norway
collecting cancelled stamps-for
the Tubfrim program.
your collected stamps to the next meeting
have them sent to Norway.
or 317-385-9730 cell
you hear about a member in the-hospital
a death in a family,-please
SUPPORT OFFICERS • Guide for Leadership
_ORDER OF CEREMONIES • Guide
AND ASSISTANT MARSHAL
SUPPORT OFFICERS • Guide for Leadership
Chair: Margy Gabrielsen
| --Ex Officio:
AUDITING GUIDE • Guide for Leadership
WEBMASTER • Guide For Leadership
Once a year the Auditor
must present an annual report
to the members.
__________Mel & Lila
DISTRICT GUIDE • Guide for Leadership.
ZONE I DIRECTOR
HOW TO REACH RETIREMENT DREAMS
------1516 16th St. NW
------Minot, ND 58703
"You can’t go wrong with an annuitiy."
--------Daniel W. Haglund
--------912 s 11 St
--------Moorhead MN 56560
MEMBER DISCOUNTS, GRANTS:
GYDA VARDEN LODGE PRESIDENTS:
Jan. 2015- Margy Gabrielsen
Feb. 2012 - Dec 2014 G. Paul Larson
Jan. 2011 - Jan. 2012 Cory Lien
Feb. 2009 - Dec. 2010 Glenn L. Fontaine
Feb. 2007 - Jan 2009 Don Forsman
Feb. 2003 - Jan. 2007 Glenn Fontaine
Feb 2001 - Jan. 2003 Gordon Bennett
----Adolph H. Ellingson,
of Rosanne Bliss)
_ Gyda Varden Lodge #21,
__Discounts: Call 800-945-8851
for Seniors Brochure
Adult Community Education
LOCAL LODGE PARTNERSHIP GRANTS:
LODGE PROGRAMS FOR ACHIEVEMENT:
LODGE CHECK LIST
Lodge Achievement Form
__Year of Rating 2015
calendar year ending December 31)
Showcasing your lodge’s community service
__Family Lodge of the Year Award
LODGE FORMS, CATALOGS AND SUPPLIES:
_ Membership application form
to join the Gyda Varden
__ On Line sign-up
__Lodge Supply Catalog (Sons of Norway's
__Lodge Publicity Tool Kit
Individual HourTracking (down-load form)
Individual Activity Tracking Instructions 2015
__Mini-Presentations - (downloaded
__Idea Bank _ Strong programming
__Cultural Skills Program
__Sons of Norway Logo, Vimeo
_ 2014 - 2016 SOFN CONSTITUTION
dates to remember:)
_ GYDA VARDEN LODGE: POLICY
_ AND PROCEDURES
Officers reports are due at the first meeting:
in January and July.
1. Their official acts.
2. The condition of the Lodge.
committee audits accounts
GYDA VARDEN LODGE: BYLAWS and RITUAL
APPROVAL OF BYLAWS: May 12, 2016 meeting.
Copies of Local Lodge Bylaws
shall be on file at the
____1. Sons of Norway Headquarters,
____2. District Secretary.
• Elect district delegates in even-numbered
years (delegates must be elected not less
than 90 days before opening date of convention)
What should be in the lodge bylaws?
Only laws unique to your lodge belong in your bylaws.
____1. Special membership fees (application
____2. Officer structure (membership
or financial secretary),
____3. Membership acceptance requirements
________a. Vote on membership
________b. Membership granted on
the payment of dues)
________c. The rights of affiliate
Lodge rules and procedures should be maintained separately
and should not be included in your lodge bylaws.
(Constitution Article: 4.11.4.)
At a regular meeting,
not later than September of each year,
a Nominating Committee
of three (3) or five (5) members shall be elected.
CONFORMITY WITH SONS OF NORWAY LAWS:
(from the constitution.)
or Amendments must not conflict with:
Charter and Bylaws of the International Lodge,
Bylaws of the District Lodges,
The general laws of Sons of Norway.
At the first regular meeting in October,
the Committee shall present to the Lodge
its slate of candidates recommended for office.
Nominations may also be made from the floor
at the time of election.
Changing the Lodge Bylaws.
188.8.131.52. Time of Election.
The election of Officers shall take place
not later than the first meeting
in November of each year. (9/80)
Each member of the Local Lodge shall pay, in advance,
to Sons of Norway Headquarters the three (3) categories of dues
____ 1. International dues.
____2. District dues.
____3. Local Lodge dues.
The Board of Directors of the Local
Lodge shall be responsible to the lodge for all of its actions
and shall make a complete report to the lodge at regular lodge meetings.
Download the "Member-Satisfaction-Survey"
and submit it to a support
officer at the next meeting.
a group photograph of all the officers and directors here.)
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS SUGGESTED:
THAT SENIOR MEMBER PROFILES AND COMMENTS BE LISTED.
TO BE POSTED NOTIFY
OR A SOCIAL DIRECTOR
OF MEMBERS, PREVIOUS OFFICERS, AND INSTRUCTORS
a FREE trip to Norway
Receive a chance to win a free trip to Norway by collecting cancelled
stamps for the Tubfrim program.
Bring your collected stamps to the next meeting to have them
sent to Norway
Committee Request: If you hear about a member in the hospital or
a death in a family, please notify.
Director (2006) Everett Knudsvig says:
I propose that the-Gyda Varden Lodge
donate-$25 to the Sons of Norway Foundation-for each deceased member,
and that the-member's family be notified of the donation.
-This will help our Foundation grow and it will remember passing
Director (2016) Arden Shores says:
Sons of Norway Sports Medal-Program
has an activity-for almost any interest, whether it's skiing or
exercise goals can be achieved and medals earn for your accomplishments.
REPORTS -- of their official acts and the condition of the Lodge (164.
of Norway Foundation ----40th anniversary: 1966 - 2006
-I propose that the
-Gyda Varden Lodge donate
-$25 to the Sons of Norway Foundation
-for each deceased member,
and that the-member's family
be notified of the donation.
-This will help our Foundation
-and it will remember passing
---- Foundation Director
---- Cindy Olson
"The Sons of Norway Foundation:
1. Awards scholarships and grants
---- to promote the heritage
---- and culture of Norway,
2. Provides assistance to our members,
----lodges and their communities."
Gyda Varden is a 501(c) (3)
Deadlines for the various scholarships and grants vary,
so check the dates.
Scholarship applicants must be
__ children or grandchildren of
current SON members.
passion is the Norwegian heritage and culture:
the last decade or so the SON Foundation has
awarded over $900,000 in 400 grants and 2,000 scholarships.
That is the good news.
challenge is to provide grants to qualified applicants:
At present we do not fulfill that obligation:
every grant and scholarship awarded
Eight qualified applicants do not receive funding,
yet they are also qualified.
Embracing our Norwegian heritage
By underwriting cross-cultural experiences through general
heritage and culture grants.
b. By promoting Norwegian culture opportunities and support
of the arts.
c. By sponsoring Norwegian festivals, guest lecturers and
community events through local lodge partnership grants.
Helping our communities
We support Sons of Norway initiatives through "Helping Hands
to Children Grants"
Adopt A School,
Barnas Norsk Klubb,
Outreach programs that include:
for Light (teaching the visually and mobility
impaired to cross-country ski),
Cup soccer tournaments,
Norwegian Home Guard,
Guard troop exchange.
Creating study and research opportunities through scholarships
Scholarships, for children or grandchildren of current SON
Olav V Norwegian-American Heritage Studies
(may be repeated twice in 5 years), $1,000 - $5,000.
Oslo International Summer School (2 awarded per year),
Astrid G. Cates/Myrtle Beinhauer Scholarship Fund (may
be repeated twice in 5 years), 6 @ $1,000, and 2 @ $3,000.
Nancy Lorraine Jensen Memorial Scholarship (for women
only; may receive up to 3 awards), $4,000 - $14,000
New: Helen Tronvold Norwegian Folk High School Scholarship
(number varies), $2,000.
General Heritage and Culture, up to $3,000, available
to lodges and individuals
Cross-cultural exchanges of musicians, folkdancers, bands,
artists, cultural skills, preservation projects
Local Lodge Partnership Grants, matching fund grants up
Cultural programs, hosting visiting groups, community
SON Foundation Humanitarian Fund was established in 1997
for victims of natural disasters (floods, wildfires, hurricanes,
lodge received fund after the Flood of 1997.
in Stoughton, WI, whose homes were destroyed received assistance.
my final thoughts:
I propose that the Gyda Varden Lodge donate $25 to the Sons
of Norway Foundation for each deceased member, and that the
member's family be notified of the donation.
This will help our Foundation grow and it will remember passing
and RITUAL of Gyda Varden Lodge
APPROVAL OF BYLAWS.
of Local Lodge Bylaws shall be on file at the Sons of Norway Headquarters,
with a copy sent to the District Secretary.
Local Lodge By-laws
1. The name of this lodge shall be: ____________________________________,
No. _________, Sons of Norway. City_____________________________
State/Province___________________ District _____________
2. Regular Meetings shall be held at such time and place
as the Lodge itself shall determine. Special meetings may
be called in accordance with the Constitution and By-laws
of Sons of Norway.
Membership, Qualifications and Privileges
1. To become a member of Sons of Norway, the applicant must
possess requirements outlined in the Constitution.
Membership in the lodge is effective immediately upon ONE
of the following (check one):
o payment of dues; or
o affirmative vote of the lodge.
2. The Membership shall consist of insurance and non-insurance
members either of whom may be Life, Golden, or Honorary members
in accordance with the Constitution.
3. LIFE MEMBERSHIP shall be extended to all members who were
65 years of age or older, and who had been members in good
standing in the Society for 30 years or more by 01/01/1999.
4. GOLDEN Membership shall be extended after 01/01/1999
to all members who are 65 years of age or older, and who have
been members in good standing in the Society for 30 years
5. All members shall enjoy equal privileges, except that
only those with insurance shall have the right to vote on
matters concerning insurance.
6. AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP. Members possessing a current membership
card of a different lodge may petition for affiliate membership.
Affiliate members shall pay local lodge dues directly to the
treasurer. Affiliate members may not vote within the lodge
for, or become, district or convention delegates from this
lodge and are not counted in the member totals for determining
Fees and Dues
1. The Initiation Fee for insurance members and Junior Lodge
members shall be waived; for members without insurance, the
initiation fee shall be $_______.
2. The local lodge dues shall be $_______/$_______ (spouse)
per year, plus an additional amount representing the District
and International Dues. Local dues for members age 16-23 shall
be $_______, plus an additional amount representing the District
and International Dues.
3. Life Members are exempt from payment of International
and District dues and are/are not exempt from payment of local
lodge dues, which are collected by the local lodge.
4. GOLDEN Members are billed by International headquarters
for 50% of International and District dues and are/are not
exempt from payment of local lodge dues. The local lodge dues
shall be $______per year.
5. No fee shall be charged for issuance of a transfer card
nor for membership by transfer.
1. A member who is in arrears 120 days in the payment of
dues shall not be eligible for any benefits of the Lodge,
and shall be subject to suspension in accordance with the
procedures set forth in the Constitution.
2. A MEMBER who pays all back dues and assessments shall
be reinstated effective with their original date of membership.
1. Appropriations to defray the running expenses of the
Lodge shall require only a simple majority vote for adoption.
Other appropriations from the Lodge funds shall require a
two-thirds majority of votes cast for adoption.
2. The Lodge shall maintain one or more funds. The General
Fund shall be used to defray the running expenses of the Lodge.
3. The Financial Officers of the Lodge are covered by a
blanket position bond, as provided in the Constitution, with
a deductible for each claim, which surety bond is maintained
by the Home Office, in accordance with the Constitution.
4. THE LODGE elects (choose one)
a. to retain the positions of Financial Secretary and Treasurer
with duties as described in the relevant sections of the Charter
and Constitutions of Sons of Norway,
b. to have a Membership Secretary whose duties are as specified
in the Charter and Constitutions of Sons of Norway and a Treasurer
whose duties are as described in the Charter and Constitutions
of Sons of Norway. o
5. The Lodge shall participate in the mandatory liability
insurance for District and Local Lodges as secured by the
International Headquarters. This insurance does not cover
lodge-owned real estate or buildings, or liquor liability
Changes in and Approval of By-laws
1. These By-laws may be repealed or amended by a two-thirds
majority vote of the members present and voting, provided
that such By-law changes were presented in writing and read
at the prior meeting of the Lodge.
2. These By-laws, and any changes thereto, shall become effective
upon approval by the International Headquarters.
3. The By-laws of this Lodge are subject to the terms and
conditions contained in the Charter and Constitution of the
International Lodge of Sons of Norway.
Date Adopted: ________ day of _________________________________,
Names of By-Law Committee:
Sons of Norway
These by-laws approved on the ________ day of ________________________,
By:_________________________________________ Legal Counsel
statement changes to:
mission of Sons of Norway is to promote and preserve the heritage
and culture of Norway and provide quality insurance and financial
products to its members.
of Norways misjon er å fremme og ivareta norske kulturtradisjoner,
og samtidig tilby de beste forsikrings- og finansprodukter til alle
organization has long had two primary goals:
1. to promote Norwegian culture
2. while also offering high-quality insurance products to its members.
dues and profits
from insurance products fund
Sons of Norway’s mission statement has been adapted to include quality
the new mission statement reads: “The mission
of Sons of Norway is to promote and preserve the heritage and culture
of Norway and provide quality insurance and financial products to
Second: ( a lodge revenue sharing program)
lodge revenue sharing program
programming at lodges.
will be based on the net revenue of Sons of Norway and will be paid
to local lodges based on insurance premiums received from their
This is a new strategy to increase the purchasing
of Sons of Norway’s insurance products and is
expected to increase revenue for most lodges.
now members are not
required at Sons of Norway to purchase insurance
or annuity products issued by the organization.
mission statement before change:
mission of Sons of Norway is to promote, preserve and cherish a
lasting appreciation of the heritage and culture of Norway and other
Nordic countries while growing soundly as a fraternal benefit and
offering maximum benefits to its members."