Clubs Lodge schedules lutefisk supper

Lillehammer Lodge 1-633 met at 7 p.m. Sept. 20, at Christ the King Church. Phyllis Nielsen led us in Skjaere Havre, a harvest song, singing first in English and then in Norwegian. We sang the national anthems of Norway and the United States, followed with the pledge of allegiance to the flag. Guests were Gordon and Jane Olson. The secretary's report was read and accepted with one change. The SON convention in Rapid City was a District 1 convention, not the state convention. Treasurer Clarice Holm's report was read and approved. Laura Martindale reported no new applications for membership. Considerable discussion about plans to serve a lutefisk supper led to the decision to schedule it after Jan. 1. Next month we will make further plans for a bake sale to be held yet this year. In remarks for the good of the order, Vi Ranney announced plans for a tour to Branson in November, with just a few openings still available, and for a Scandinavian tour in June, 2005. Arlys Saoi reported on new books available. Wayne and Esther Knutson, delegates to the recent District 1 convention in Rapid City, gave their report, and Carol Broderson reported on the International convention held on Aug. 18. District 1, of which Lillehammer Lodge is a member, had 37 delegates at that convention, which was the largest number from any district. Our next meeting will be on Oct. 19, with the "Two And A Half Danes" presenting the program. Our meeting was closed by president Carol Broderson. Jean Silvey introduced Wayne Knutson to present the program. He presented "Write Your Own Story" ? a challenge to each of us to enjoy reminiscing about our early years, as he had recorded memories of his early childhood. Lunch was served following the birthday song and Norwegian table prayer. ESA celebrates 75th anniversary

Epsilon Sigma Alpha International celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2004, with a garden party at the home of Mary Geffre Johnson. State President Sheba Schlaikjer, Sioux Falls, was a guest for the evening of Alpha Lambda chapter.

A musical get-acquainted game was enjoyed by the members to find their partner for the meal. A salad buffet was served by hostesses Jan Gregory, Carol King and Mary Jonson. The anniversary cake was served by Audry Miiller, Desa member, and her sister, Elly.

Dorothy Wright, president, presided at the business meeting. Reports were presented on the 75th International Convention held in Little Rock, AR. A parade of states was held with over $10 million given to the St. Jude Children�s Research Hospital in 2003-2004. South Dakota�s contribution to the hospital was $21,119.04 with 100 percent participation of the state chapters.

Mary Geffre Johnson attended the International Convention and was recognized for her 6th Degree in ESA and 52 years of service. Newly elected International President Colleen Cape, Kansas, will lead the organization with her theme �ESA � Embrace the Power.� Phoenix, AZ, will host the 2005 International Convention.

The meeting concluded with Pat Dusseau, Maria Heimstra and Dorothy Wright presenting the educational program, �Getting to Know Your Sisters.�

Philanthropic projects for the chapter have consisted of members donating schools supplies to the Vermillion and Elk Point school systems and assisting with the St. Jude Research Hospital Bike Ride. Hats, caps, scarves and mittens have been donated to the state project Hats for Hope. The items will be distributed through the �Welcome Table.� Members are assisting with bingo at the Sioux Valley Care Center each month.

Alpha Lambda chapter welcomes two new members, Julie Kleeman and Sonya Gonzales.

The State Fall Council meeting with the state president�s theme �Let�s Safari Through ESA Together� was held in Vermillion with Theta Omega as hostesses for the chapters in the state. Forty-two members were in attendance.

It was announced S.D. ESA will be setting up and implementing a Web site this fall. It was voted to give the Ronald McDonald House a microwave oven.

Alpha Delta chapter, Mitchell, issued an invitation to attend the state convention at the Holiday Inn, April 30-May 2, 2005.

Epsilon Sigma Alpha was founded in 1929, as a leadership-service organization with approximately 15,000 members and 1,200 chapters in the U.S. and abroad. ESA offers its members leadership training, education and fellowship to assist and enhance their local and national philanthropic work.

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