Meetings, Events

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Regular lodge meetings:

Meetings take place in the Valhalla Room at the Scandinavian Centre, 739 20th Ave NW, Calgary.

Monday April 6, 7:30 p.m. CANCELLED

Monday May 4, 7:30 p.m. CANCELLED

Under review:

Syttende Mai celebrations

Zone 4 Sports Weekend

Lodge meeting June 1, 7:30 p.m.

St. Hans Fest

Happening now: 

Registration for Trollhaugen Camp 2020 is now open, and will close May 31. Requests for classes and accommodation are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications for Youth Development Awards (camperships) are due by May 15.

E-mail troll.registrar@gmail.com if you need forms.
Camp runs from August 9-15
Theme: Sports in Norway.

Cost for the week: Non-Member – $405, Member $355, Senior $160, Youth (age 5-18) – $305, Ages 0-4 $30.



Zone 4 Sports Weekend

May 29-31, 2020 in High River, AB
Accommodation options:
Heritage Inn, $105.09/night, taxes included. Book early if you want a main floor room. Second floor access is stairs (no elevator). WiFi, pool, fitness room, pub, restaurant. Ph: 403-652-3834

Super 8 High River, $129/night + taxes for Standard 2 Queen or 1 King room. Free breakfast, pool, fitness centre, WiFi. Rooms have microwave and fridge. Ph: 403-652-4448

Ramada, $134 – $154/night + taxes depending on type of room. Free hot breakfast, fitness & business centre, pool. Rooms have microwave, fridge, Keurig machine, iron & ironing board, small kitchen sink. Ph: 403-603-3183.

When booking, tell the hotel you are with Sons of 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.” 

Dan Rude, District Secretary, adds that District IV Board members will be meeting by teleconference to discuss the situation.

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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. 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.

Congratulations:

Hurray for the Canadian team at the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in China! Scott Harrison (son of members Trish and Dean) and his teammate Steve placed third out of 34 international teams.

Here are links to news footage showing ice sculptors at work and photos of the festival.

global news article
Harbin Festival photos

2018

International Sons of Norway Convention in Bloomington, MN
August 15-18, 2018
Report by Alison Wiigs

At last, my chance to see where Sons of Norway began. The convention headquarters was a modern hotel in Bloomington, just south of Minneapolis.

The optional leadership workshop on Aug. 15 was well attended and offered a great variety of speakers on subjects such as successful community service projects, taking good photos for the Viking, and using modern media.

In the evening Russ and I had dinner and a tour at the huge new Vikings football stadium (US Bank stadium). We glimpsed many areas one would never see if a game was on.

We used Thursday to explore the light rail system, from the hotel to the downtown terminus, then the line to St. Paul, ending at the beautifully refurbished train/bus station. The return trip included the Mall of America, just two stops past our hotel. In the evening charter buses took everyone to the historic Landmark Center in St. Paul for the President’s Reception.

The delegates met on Friday and Saturday to discuss resolutions and bylaw changes. The committees had worked diligently to group similar proposals together and make recommendations. In other cases, a variety of topics deemed uncontroversial were grouped together in a ‘consent agenda’. Any delegate could ask that an item be pulled for separate consideration. Simplification of the Norwegian and Canadian fee structures was part of a consent agenda and passed without comment. Beginning in 2020, individual memberships will rise to $58 Cdn. Of that amount, $10 comes back to the lodge and $8 to the District. Family memberships (all individuals living in the same household) will be $88 (with $20 to the lodge, $16 to the District).  Current Golden Members will remain with their current reduction percentage of dues.

Ron Stubbings, of Port Coquitlam, BC, is our new International President! He cycled 2800 km, almost the entire route from Vancouver to Minneapolis, as a fundraiser for the Canadian and International Sons of Norway Foundations. Marci Larson and Elaine Nelson returned as Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Mark Agerter is Vice-President.

Hamar, Norway, is the site of the International Convention in 2020, August 16-23. What a beautiful place to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Sons of Norway!

Thank you for the opportunity to represent Zone 4, District IV at the 2018 International Convention.

Syttende Mai – A cold, rainy day – so we kept ourselves and our flags dry and paraded indoors! Kids’ snacks and games followed, and a sold-out dinner for 70. It was a full evening, with speeches, choir, folk dancers, and bunad show. Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen. Link to photos here

Ellestad-Wiik Duo
January 7 at the Scan Centre, Valhalla room. A most enjoyable afternoon of music and song – here’s hoping they will come back again.

2017

Ski for Light – Monday February 6. Thank  you to lodge volunteers who provided lunch and transportation for visually-impaired skiers assembling at the Scan Centre.

See photos of the Ski for Light week at Kananaskis with the link below –
https://www.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=1AbMm7Fw2YtWRQ&emid=shareprintviewer&linkid=link

2016

Fjord horse farm/cowboy dinner – July 24 Click on the link Valhalla Fjord Horse Event – July 24, 2016 for Ron Reine’s photos.

2014

Syttende mai 2014 was a very special time!

Pictures and videos shared by Ron