Clubs Lillehammer Lodge invited to golf tourney

Lillehammer Lodge #1-633 met April 21, at Christ the King Church with members signing the register, including 16 officers. A song was introduced by Phyllis Neilsen and sung in English and Norwegian.

The president read an announcement of the establishment of a new SON Lodge in Saint Paul, MN. The new lodge is Tjel Syn. Members approved a gift of $50 to help with the expenses of the new organization.

All members are invited to attend a golf outing: The Annual Lutefisk Open at Owatonna, MN, on July 17. �

There will be a Nordic Fest at the Vesterheim, Decorah, IA July 28-30.

A genealogical group meets the last Thursday of each month at the Old Courthouse Museum at 200 W. 6th St. in Sioux Falls. Anyone looking for help is welcome to come.

The members approved a gratuity of $25 to $50 for groups providing entertainment at the Lodge meetings. �This would be for those who have not specified fees and/or charges.

Approval was voted to have the picnic shelter reserved (and fee paid) near the Yankton ball park as usual for our annual picnic. �Jean Silvey will take care of this and submit that cost.

A "noisy can" was passed for donations for the Scholarship Fund.

Earl Reese reported receiving a letter with information about the River Boat Days parade floats. Reaction was positive, plans will go forward.

Analyn Schmidt was congratulated on being named as Volunteer of the Year in the Yankton community.

Laura Martindale is recovering from surgery at home. She is able to get around with a walker so is making progress.

Marlys List shared a letter from Sverre Holte, who lives at Kolbotn (close to Oslo) with his family.

As a young man, he was a classmate of Chuck Lubbers of the Yankton area.�Mr. Holte had given a unique flag of Norway to Chuck Lubbers and his mother Audrey Lubbers gave it to the Lists who passed it on to the Lodge.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by the Double Eagle Chorus. They presented a program of spirituals and "golden oldies" greatly enjoyed by the membership.

Lillehammer Lodge #1-633 met May 17 at Christ the King Church with 32 members present.

Musician Phyllis Neilsen accompanied the singing in Norwegian of Ve Er Et Folk.

Brooks Ranney (and Viona Ranney, travel director) will have a D-Day program at the June meeting. Vi is requesting members to invite friends and especially veterans to this meeting on June 21. �She also reviewed several tours available to members.

The folk dance group will be meeting for regular practice in June but they are looking for new directors.�Helen Severson announced that there are two vests available. �Cost to be determined later.

Don Frasch reminded the Lodge that the meeting date (17 Mai) is Syttende Mai, the Norwegian National holiday. �This is the 100th anniversary of their independence from Sweden. He also noted that the paper clip given to each member as they signed in was to be worn on their lapel. The paper clip was invented by a Norwegian. During WWII Norwegians wore either a red coat or red hat as a silent protest against the Nazi occupation and to protest the treatment of the Jews. When the Nazi commanders realized this, they gave their troops orders to shoot anyone they thought was wearing this as a protest. �The Norwegians then adopted the wearing of a paper clip on their lapel or trouser cuff to show their protest.

The 2005 Opdalslag will be held in Centerville on Sept. 10-11. Registration must be in by Aug. 20. Contact Earl Reese locally for more information.

Entertainment was provided by The Interchangeables, a barbershop quartet made up of Phyllis Christiansen, Dorothy Olson, Mary Uhrich, and Gloria Brandon. �The members enjoyed a great program of old favorites. �The quartet will be going to Washington, DC in June and will sing at several places including Arlington Cemetery and Mount Vernon. �

Senior Citizens Center weekly card party

On June 1, there were 18 bridge and 25 pitch players. Winners at bridge were: first � Meryl Reed; second �� Lovella Matson; Low � Reidella Engman.

No one shot the moon during the pitch games.

Refreshments were furnished by Marlene Amundson and Doris Schmidt.

All seniors are invited to join the party every Wednesday.

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