Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and Organizations Sons of Norway meets June 17 Carol Broderson, reporter Sons of Norway, Lillehammer Lodge #1-633 met on June 17 at Christ the King church in Yankton. President Earl Reese led the group in the anthems of Norway and the U.S., accompanied by Vionna Ranney, as well as the pledge to our flag. The program was presented by Carol Sarringer of Volin, speech/language clinician for the Hurley-Parker schools. This position requires a masterâ�?�?s degree in communication disorders and she has been with the school system for 17 years. Ms. Sarringer works with children birth to 21 years of age. Progress of learning takes time, with special sounds hard for some to learn and parental help is frequently needed. Testing criteria varies by age level with some having autism problems with various levels of severity. She fielded a lot of questions from members. The meeting continued with the roll call of officers and minutes of the last meeting by Secretary Beverly Lowe. Gene Iverson gave the treasurerâ�?�?s report with a discussion of reimbursement of convention expenses. Upcoming events in the area are Midsummer, June 20 at Dalesburg Lutheran Church north of Vermillion; Nordland Fest at Augustana College, June 20-21; Riverboat Days, Aug. 16; Hostfest, Oct. 3-5 in Minot, ND (contact Vi Ranney for info on bus trip). This led to a discussion of a possible float to be entered in the Riverboat Days parade. Fund raiser ideas were discussed with several options offered for consideration. Convention activities held June 12-14 at Mankato, MN were reported by the delegates. Voting delegates number about 225 and about 25 guests were also registered. JoAnne Christensen reported on the meals, Norwegian costumes worn by some of the members, vendors offering a wide variety of items and the crafts competition. JoAnne also spoke about a rosemaling class in Sioux Falls taken earlier in the week. Connie Kendall reported on the silent auction, which brought in a total of $3,160 for the SON Scholarship Foundation and the purchases she made from the wide variety of vendors for a variety of Christmas gifts for her family. Carol Broderson reported the convention theme was â�?�?Norse Star to North Starâ�? which was painted on the voting paddles. Also reporting on the caucuses where â�?�?Sister Lodgesâ�? were proposed and delegates picked for the International Convention later in the year. In the General Assembly the â�?�?Sister Lodgesâ�? proposal was accepted and a proposed name change for the SON was rejected. The next convention will be in Rochester, MN in 2010. Marion Elmquist spoke on â�?�?Ski for Light,â�? a program for furnishing ski guides for blind skiers. This started in Norway 45 years ago and is also used in Canada and the U.S. The July meeting will be held July 15 at 6 p.m. at the Nebraska Gavins Point Overlook with a potluck supper and a talk by the ranger at that station. The birthday song was sung for the June birthdays and the table prayer led by Arnold Anderson.

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