Meetings, Events

Feb
13

Norwegian film at Calgary European Film Festival

Lots of information about the Nov. 7-15, 2020 festival (on-line this year) in the November lodge newsletter. The Norwegian film is “The Men’s Room.”
Or go directly to the CEFF website: https://calgaryeuropeanfilmfestival.ca/
to see movie trailers, set up an account, and buy tickets.

Food Bank Support

In celebration of Sons of Norway’s founding 125 years ago, Valhalla lodge is joining the District IV campaign to “Can Hunger.” Both funds and food donations are welcome. Tax receipts are issued immediately for on-line donations to the Calgary Food Bank at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/m/54212
Food donations will be collected Nov. 21 and Dec. 12. Calgary residents wishing a pickup, please contact secretary@sofncalgary.ca by Nov. 20 or Dec. 11 with your name, address, and phone number. Out-of-town residents are encouraged to support their local foodbank.

Regular lodge meetings:

The next meeting will be by Zoom, at 7:30 p.m. Monday December 7th.

Syttende Mai celebrations

Eighteen people contributed a total of over 40 e-mails, photos, and videos about Syttende Mai. The 2020 Syttende Mai dropbox file features celebrations in Norway, raising the flag at the Scan Centre, beautifully set tables, and much more. Here is the link.
Three winners were drawn from the 18 names:
1. Osa Hamarsnes, a one-year Sons of Norway membership
2. Audny Dypvik, UFFDA cookie stamp and S/N notepad, pen, keychain
3. Chris Mylde, rosemaled greeting cards, S/N notepad, pen, keychain
Thank you to all the participants!

Covid virus updates:

Zone 4 Sports Weekend –  Rescheduled for Spring 2021

The Scan Centre is open with reduced room capacities to allow for social distancing. Sanitizing stations in place. Masks required when entering or moving around.

Trollhaugen Camp 2020 was cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns. The theme for 2021 will be Sports in Norway.



2020 Conventions postponed 

“Sons of Norway has been closely monitoring the global COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the upcoming 2020 District and International Lodge meetings. The Sons of Norway International Board of Directors has voted to postpone the International Lodge Meeting and Convention scheduled for August 2020 in Ringsaker, Norway. Pursuant to the national emergency provisions in the Charter and Constitutions, the meeting will be postponed until 2022.

In addition, the International Board, through its interim authority granted by the International Lodge, has voted to postpone all 2020 District Lodge meetings until 2022. These postponements serve to continue the 2018-2020 biennium into the year 2022. It is expected that all district and international delegates and those installed in leadership positions for the 2018-2020 biennium will continue in service until the regular session lodge meetings of 2022.”

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Some past  activities:

Calgary European Film Festival (CEFF)
November, Globe Theatre.
The Festival grows with each successive year, with 22 nations being represented in 2019. Valhalla lodge supported the showing of Blind Spot, the deeply heartrending story of a mother’s struggle to understand the capacity of her teenage daughter’s mental illness.

Sarah Granskou presented a family-friendly performance with music, story-telling, and interactive puppetry based in Scandinavian tradition at the Scan Centre on August 25th, 2019. Her husband accompanied the stories with his Setesdal-style fiddle, and their older son played jazz piano and sang harmony for one of Sarah’s songs. A talented family! Our lodge sponsored this event.