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15-Jun-19
June Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:20 am by Chairman HansKristian Christensen, with 18 members present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed; no password taken.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Vice Chairman Pat Higgins, Treasurer Larry Lancaster, Cultural Leader Chuck Holm and Chaplain Pat Ponnay.

Chairman Christensen declared the minutes (5/18/19) accepted as presented.

Sunshine Committee Report: Christina suffering from skin bacterial infection and had to be treated in ER. Kathy sent a card to Annie.

Cultural Report: Lynn told us about today's displays and table decorations (thanks to Dorothey and Lynn) celebrating US flag day (the Star-Spangled Banner was adopted June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress) and when a red flag with a white cross (Dannebrog) fell from the sky June 15, 1219, during the Battle of Lyndanisse in Estonia. Denmark's flag is the oldest continuously used national flag. Dorothey mentioned that June 6 was a national flag day in Sweden.

Committee Reports: Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Sunday, June 23, noon in Rohner Park, Fortuna. Bring a Scandinavian dish for the potluck. Flyers available. Next meeting Monday, August 5, 6:00 pm at the Sons of Norway Hall, Eureka, pizza provided.

Unfinished Business: None.

Correspondence: [1] June issue of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] June issue of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter. [3] Booklet describing Bishop Hill, Illinois. [4] Updated District program book pages covering new and returning District officers.

Planning for Future Events: [1] July 20, Anniversary dinner, refer to new business. [2] August 17, potluck, Mary in charge.

New Business: [1] A meeting was held following the public Swedish pancake breakfast. Only a few in attendance planned to travel to Steelhead Lodge for the anniversary dinner. A current show of hands resulted in six members wishing to do so. Following discussion, motion, Anne Christen, second, Kent Willis, to reconsider the location of the anniversary dinner, carried. A couple of other restaurants were suggested. Mel read the menu for the Sunset Restaurant at Cher-Ae Heights Casino, Trinidad. Following additional discussion, motion, Mel Lundberg, second, Irene Johnson, to have the anniversary dinner Saturday, July 20 at Sunset Restaurant. Motion amended to accept Sunday, July 21, if the Saturday date is not available, carried. Mel will look into reservations and let the secretary know so he can notify lodge members.

Good of the Order: [1] John congratulated those who worked the public breakfast. Heidi said it was "worth the wait." John also congratulated HansKristian (who received a Never Give Up trophy for his entry in the annual Kinetic Sculpture Race), showing members a photo of the Kattbuss license plate on the back of the sculpture. Participation resulted in a great deal of publicity. Kids, especially, loved the Kattbuss. [2] Kathy contributed to the birthday barrel. [3] Heidi drew Anna's name for the attendance award. She was not present. Quarters were collected and the new award amount ($13.25) will carry over to next month's drawing.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 12:00 pm. Next meeting: Saturday, August 17, 11:00 am, followed by potluck and bocce ball.



18-May-19
May Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:12 am by Chairman HansKristian Christensen, with 20 members and one visitor present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed; no password taken.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Assistant Financial Secretary Kent Willis.

Chairman Christensen declared the minutes (4/20/19) accepted as presented.

Initiation of new member John Babin, who was approved by the membership committee. Motion, Marsha Willis, second, Heidi Holtermann, to vote on acceptance by show of hands, carried unanimously. Chairman Christensen conducted the initiation with the assistance of Dorothey Lancaster, Marsha Willis, Pat Higgins, Pat Ponnay and Mel Lundberg.

Sunshine Committee Report: Kathy sent a card to Shirley.

Cultural Report: Chuck handed out 'When in Sweden (Sverige) Speak Swedish (Svenska),' 'Neighbours (Grannar) How Do You Live with Them?' and the Swedish and English lyrics for, and a recording of Agnetha Fältskog's Waterloo. "Wa, Wa, Wa, Wa, Waterloo, du är mitt öde, mitt Waterloo."

Committee Reports: Raffle baskets requested for next month's Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Sunday, June 23, Rohner Park, Fortuna. Short discussion regarding folk dancers and music. The next SMFA meeting will be held Monday, August 5, 6:00 pm at the Sons of Norway Hall, Eureka, pizza provided.

Unfinished Business: [1] A motion that Shirley Thomsen be made an honorary life member was made and seconded during the March meeting. That proposal was repeated during last month's meeting. Following positive comments, the vote to do so received unanimous approval.

Correspondence: [1] May issue of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] May issue of The Lindbergh Flier, Lindbergh Lodge's newsletter. [3] May issue of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter. [4] Thank You letter from Amber Madrone, director of philanthropy, Hospice of Humboldt, for the donation in memory of Nellie Hanson. [5] Email containing Vasa's harassment policy and complaint procedure. [6] Flyer announcing Sweden Day Sunday, June 2, 11:00 am till 6:00 pm, Micke Grove Park, Lodi. [7] Request for a donation from Vasa's National Archives, Bishop Hill, Illinois. [8] Email containing the new local lodge password.

Planning for Future Events: [1] May 26, set-up 3:00 pm for public breakfast. [2] May 27, Swedish pancake breakfast open to public 8:00 am till 12:00 noon. Flyers available for publicity. Heidi will put it on Facebook and share on internet. Sign-up sheet for workers. Menu modified. [3] June 15, Barbecue potluck, Mel in charge. [4] July 20, Anniversary dinner at Steelhead Lodge, Klamath Glen. Mel will look into reservations.

New Business: [1] Motion, Irene Johnson, second, Pat Ponnay, carried, to donate $25 to the National Archives. [2] District convention report by Larry, noting that the event ran smoothly. Motions regarding bylaws changes and expenditures were addressed Saturday, as were issuance of certificates of recognition, including one for Balder's timely submission of annual assessments and report. Subjects of importance included the requirement that local lodges follow all liquor laws, District Lodge banking has been changed from Chase Bank to Bank of America, the suggestion that dues be collected by credit card since younger members do not use cash or checks and that local lodges consider having public events outside of monthly meetings, such as Balder's pancake breakfasts. Dorothey and Larry put together a basket consisting of a glögg set and liquor for Saturday evening's auction. It had many bidders. A memorial service was held Sunday morning for members passed away since the last convention. New District officers include District Master Ed Netzel (Monitor Lodge) and Vice District Master Jeff Vanover (Nord Lodge). [3] Chairman Christensen told those present the new local lodge password. [4] Motion, Marsha Willis, second, Irene Johnson, carried, to give HansKristian $75 toward the cost of his kinetic sculpture.

Good of the Order: [1] An article about Balder's recent and upcoming events appeared in the current issue of The Vasa Star. [2] It was suggested that the lodge give HansKristian $75 to help with the cost of his kinetic sculpture entered in this year's race May 25 through May 27. Return to new business. [3] Heidi drew Juan's name for the attendance award. He was not present. Quarters were collected and the new award amount ($8.75) will carry over to next month's drawing.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 12:37 pm. Next meeting: Saturday, June 15, 11:00 am, followed by barbecue potluck and bocce ball.



20-Apr-19
April Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:09 am by Chairman HansKristian Christensen, with 14 members and one visitor present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed; no password taken.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Vice Chairman Pat Higgins, Trustee Ivan Johnson and Auditor Irene Johnson.

Chairman Christensen declared the minutes (3/16/19) accepted as presented.

Initiation of new member Carolyn Taberner, who was approved by the membership committee. Motion, Kent Willis, second, Felicity Christensen, to vote on acceptance by show of hands, carried unanimous. Chairman Christensen conducted the initiation with the assistance of Pat Ponnay, Christian Nielsen, Kent Willis, Dorothey Lancaster and Marsha Willis.

Sunshine Committee Report: Zena and Mel spoke about her visit with Carol Daniel's daughter. Carol, a member of the Sons of Norway Fram Lodge, Eureka, is now off radiation treatment.

Cultural Report: Chuck provided printed information, phrases part två, including the Swedish and English lyrics for, and a recording of Agnetha Fältskog's Fram för Svenska Sommaren, and told us more about formal and informal phrases and correct pronunciation for speaking Swedish. Many "roll their R's" in southern Sweden. During påsk (Easter), children dress as witches, carry a broom and knock on doors for treats. Norwegians read crime novels and many visit the mountains for final skiing and weather prediction.

Committee Reports: Last year's folk dancers will not be able to perform at this year's Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. The next meeting and potluck will be held Monday, May 13, 6:00 pm at the Sons of Norway Hall, Eureka.

Unfinished Business: [1] A motion that Shirley Thomsen be made an honorary life member was made and seconded during last month's meeting. A vote on that proposal can take place during next month's meeting. [2] Larry and Dorothey will prepare a basket of local items for the District convention. [3] Don sent an 'In Memoriam' for Nellie Hanson to The Vasa Star. The cost was ten dollars. He also sent 24 filled-out raffle tickets and $20 to Lindbergh Lodge, host of this year's District convention.

Correspondence: [1] April issue of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] April issue of The Lindbergh Flier, Lindbergh Lodge's newsletter. [3] April issue of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter. [4] Formal invitation from hosts Lindbergh and Framat Lodges to attend the District convention to be held next weekend at the Crowne Plaza of Silicon Valley. [5] Email from Grand Lodge Secretary Joanie Graham stating that the new matrix to determine amounts available to members receiving assistance from the Grand Lodge's Old Age and Benefit Fund will become effective May 1st. A new application form was attached and the application process is to be handled by the chairman and the secretary.

Planning for Future Events: [1] May 18, Syttende Mai, Pat Ponney in charge. [2] May 27, Swedish pancake breakfast, Larry in charge. Preparation, serving and publicity details were discussed. Kent suggested posting small signs in town, and offered to make the signs. Mel noted that the ham served last year was "too salty." Set-up for the public breakfast Sunday, May 26, 3:00 pm.

New Business: None.

Bills Received: None.

Good of the Order: [1] Movie, Chocolat, and popcorn May 12 in the Danish Hall. [2] The Victorian Inn is having Easter brunch this weekend. [3] HansKristian, Felicity, Lynn and Irene, with Lynn's assistance, contributed to the birthday barrel. [2] Visitor John Babin drew Larry's name for the attendance award. He contributed it to the general fund. Quarters were collected and the new award amount ($4.00) will carry over to next month's drawing.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 12:02 pm. Next meeting: Saturday, May 18, 11:00 am, followed by Syttende Mai celebration and bocce ball.



16-Mar-19
March Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:01 am by Chairman HansKristian Christensen, with 17 members present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed; no password taken.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Financial Secretary/Trustee Zena Lundberg, Past Chairman Mel Lundberg, Master of Ceremonies Dorothey Lancaster and Inner Guard Anne Christen.

Chairman Christensen declared the minutes (2/16/19) accepted as presented.

Initiation of new member Anne Justus, who was approved by the membership committee. Chairman Christensen conducted the initiation with the assistance of Pat Higgins, Pat Ponnay, Christian Nielsen and Marsha Willis.

Sunshine Committee Report: Annie said that Shirley is "doing fine" and likes to talk.

Cultural Report: Chuck provided printed information, including the Swedish and English lyrics for, and a recording of Agnetha Fältskog's S.O.S., and told us more about correct pronunciation for speaking Swedish.

Committee Reports: This year's Scandinavian Midsummer Festival will be held in memory of Nellie Hanson. Marsha will carry the Swedish flag and contact folk dancers. Scandinavian dishes are requested for the noon potluck. Lindy Mantova will play his accordion beginning at 12:30. A flag ceremony will take place at 1:00 with HansKristian emceeing. Participating lodges are asked to provide a couple of baskets for the raffle. There will be a Viking table with a Lego Viking ship and the crafting of chain mail. Costuming will be available for taking photos. The next meeting and potluck will be held Monday, May 13, 6:00 pm at the Sons of Norway Hall, Eureka.

Unfinished Business: Larry Lancaster was nominated as delegate for next month's District convention April 26-28 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Milpitas. There being no additional nominations, the secretary cast a white ballot, electing Larry as delegate. Motion, Marsha Willis, second, Pat Ponnay, to cover the cost of registration and mileage, carried, and amended not to exceed $150.

Correspondence: [1] March issue of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] March issue of The Lindbergh Flier, Lindbergh Lodge's newsletter. [3] March issue of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter. [4] Check for $250 received from the Grand Lodge convention fund. [5] Request from District Secretary Mary Wahlberg for baskets or gift certificates for the District convention raffle. [6] Notice from Grand Lodge Secretary Joanie Graham that The Vasa Star deadline for the next issue has been extended to April 15. [7] Email from Past District Master Jim Melin about a Swedish Wine Trip on a Google bus to Sonoma County Saturday, March 23, limited to 40 attendees, $130 apiece. [8] Additional information regarding the upcoming District convention, copies of the seven proposals to amend the District bylaws and raffle tickets offering a chance for two cash prizes.

Planning for Future Events: [1] April 20, Easter potluck, Anne and Marsha in charge.

New Business: [1] Motion, Christian Nielsen, second, Irene Johnson, that Larry obtain a gift for the convention raffle, carried, and amended not to exceed $100. [2] Motion, Marsha Willis, second, Christian Nielsen, to purchase $20 worth of convention raffle tickets, carried. [3] Motion, Christian Nielsen, second, Larry Lancaster, that Shirley Thomsen be an honorary life member of Balder Lodge. This proposal must be read during two more consecutive meetings prior to voting. [4] Motion, Marsha Willis, second, Heidi Holtermann, to contribute $50 to Hospice of Humboldt in memory of Nellie Hanson, carried. [5] Don will send 'In Memoriam' information to The Vasa Star.

Good of the Order: [1] Mary, Annie and HansKristian contributed to the birthday barrel. [2] New member Anne Justus drew Kathy's name for the attendance award. Quarters were collected and the new award amount ($5.50) will carry over to next month's drawing.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 12:06 pm. Next meeting: Saturday, April 20, 11:00 am, followed by Easter potluck.



16-Feb-19
February Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:18 am by Chairman HansKristian Christensen, with 19 members present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed; no password taken.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Vice Chairman Pat Higgins and Trustee Ivan Johnson.

Motion, Marsha Willis, second, Ken Willis, carried, to accept the minutes (1/19/19) as presented.

Installation of Past Chairman Mel Lundberg and elected Assistant Financial Secretary Kent Willis by Chairman Christensen, assisted by Master of Ceremonies Dorothey Lancaster.

The charter was draped in memory of Nellie Hanson, who passed away January 20, 2019. She'd been a member since July 12, 1986. The secretary read the obituary. A moment of silence was observed.

Sunshine Committee Report: None.

Cultural Report: Chuck provided printed information and told us about the Old Norse Futhark, a runic alphabet, and correct pronunciation for speaking Swedish.

Committee Reports: The next Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association meeting and potluck will be held Monday, March 4, 6:00 pm at the Sons of Norway Hall, Eureka.

Unfinished Business: None.

Correspondence: [1] February issue of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] February-March issue of The Lindbergh Flier, Lindbergh Lodge's newsletter. [3] February issue of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter. [4] Letter and application form District Scholarship Chairman Emma Hanlon announcing this year's District scholarship awards. Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2019. [5] Request for donation or "pledge to donate" to digitize microfilmed records received from Bill Lundquest, president of the National Archives. [6] District convention delegate information, instructions and forms received from District Secretary Mary Wahlberg. [7] Letter from District Master Sven-Ove Westberg and Past District Master Victoria Fedor-Thurman thanking the lodge for donation to the Grand Lodge convention fund. Monies in the fund were not used.

Planning for Future Events: [1] March 16, hobo potluck, stew and bread provided, bring salads and desserts, Felicity and Don in charge. [2] April 20, Easter party, Anne and Marsha in charge.

New Business: [1] Chairman Christensen appointed Pat Higgins, Pat Ponnay, Kathy Holtermann and Heidi Holtermann as the sunshine committee. [2] Heidi was appointed to the media committee. She has created a Facebook page for the lodge. Don will continue to update the lodge's website. [3] Marsha and Pat Ponnay were appointed as representatives to the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association. [4] Don was appointed to the archive (history) committee. [5] Don, Mel and Zena were appointed to update the local bylaws. [6] Larry said he'd be willing to serve as this year's delegate to the District convention April 26-28 in Milpitas.

Good of the Order: [1] Electronic files of the record of proceedings (120 pages) for the Grand Lodge meeting held July 2018 and the updated constitution (72 pages) for the Grand Lodge, District Lodge and local lodges are available. [2] Enjoy the movie, A Man Named Ove, and popcorn Sunday, April 14, 1:00 pm in the Danish Hall. [3] Kent explained the costs for December's refreshments. Larry noted the Lucia program and Julfest was a wonderful celebration. [4] Pat and Mel contributed to the birthday barrel. Printed copies of a birthday toast were provided so all present could sing. [5] Potential member Carolyn Taberner drew Marsha's name for the attendance award. Quarters were collected and the new award amount ($5.75) will carry over to next month's drawing.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 12:24 pm. Next meeting: Saturday, March 16, 11:00 am, followed by hobo potluck and games.



19-Jan-19
January Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:09 am by Vice Chairman Ivan Johnson, with 19 members and two visitors present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed; no password taken.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Chairman Mel Lundberg, Assistant Recording Secretary James Lancaster, Financial Secretary/Trustee Zena Lundberg and Auditor Robin Lancaster.

District Master Sven-Ove Westberg and his wife, Rose-Marie, were introduced. They are members of Sveaborg Lodge 449, Concord.

Vice Chairman Johnson declared the minutes (11/17/18) accepted as presented.

Treasurer's Report: Register reports 11/1/18-11/30/18 and 12/1/18-12/31/18 presented.

Sunshine Committee Report: Mel, Zena and Kristina suffering from Humboldt crud. "Good to see Annie back."

Cultural Report: Are You Scandinavian? Chuck presented a hilarious set of questions, including, with input from District Master Westberg, eating a hamburger with fork and knife, Friday tacos and Saturday candy.

Committee Reports: The next Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association meeting and potluck will be held Monday, March 4, time and place to be announced.

Unfinished Business: Marsha asked for additional help with set-up for the next Lucia Julfest.

Correspondence: [1] December and January issues of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] December and January issues of The Lindbergh Flier, Lindbergh Lodge's newsletter. [3] December and January issues of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter. [4] Forms and instructions from District Secretary Mary Wahlberg for the yearly report and Grand Lodge and District Lodge assessments. [5] Crystal star and Thank You letter from Joseph Rogers, CEO Hospice of Humboldt.

Planning for Future Events: [1] February 16, Valentine party potluck, Pat in charge. Bring items for auction. [2] March 16, hobo party potluck, Don and Felicity co-chair.

Annual Business: [1] The secretary read the yearly report, as approved by the auditors, to those in attendance. Motion, Marsha Willis, second, Dorothey Lancaster, carried, to accept the yearly report. [2] Election of officers: HansKristian Christensen, chairman, Pat Higgins, vice chairman, Don Christensen, recording secretary, Lynn Wachter, assistant recording secretary, Zena Lundberg, financial secretary, Larry Lancaster, treasurer, Chuck Holm, cultural leader, Pat Ponnay, chaplain, Dorothey Lancaster, master of ceremonies, Marsha Willis, assistant master of ceremonies, Anne Christen, inner guard, Mary Kemp, trustee, Irene Johnson, auditor, and Don Christensen, historian. District Master Sven-Ove Westberg installed the new and returning officers, assisted by Dorothey Lancaster and Marsha Willis.

New Business: [1] Chairman Christensen thanked District Master Westberg and the members. [2] He appointed Dorothey, Lynn and Mary as the membership committee.

Good of the Order: [1] The December 29 and January 2 issues of the Times-Standard contained articles and a photo of the kids in costume for the Lucia program. [2] HansKristian said he planned to have a kinetic sculpture in this year's race and will ask the lodge to be a sponsor. [4] Pat and Christina contributed to the birthday barrel. [5] Sven-Ove drew Jamie's name for the attendance award. He was not present. Quarters were collected and the new award amount ($11.50) will carry over to next month's drawing.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 11:59 am. Next meeting: Saturday, February 16, 11:00 am, followed by Valentine party potluck and auction.



17-Nov-18
November Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:06 am by Chairman Mel Lundberg, with 18 members present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed; no password taken.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Assistant Recording Secretary James Lancaster, Treasurer Larry Lancaster, Inner Guard Lynn Wachter and Trustee Heidi Holtermann.

Chairman Lundgren approved the minutes (10/20/18) as presented and corrected: Anne Christen was nominated as inner guard.

Initiation of new members Kristina Watson and Felicity Christensen, who were approved by the membership committee. Motion, Zena Lundberg, second, HansKristian Christensen, carried, to accept the applicants by show of hands. Chairman Lundberg conducted the initiation with the assistance of Ivan Johnson, Pat Ponnay, Christian Nielsen, Dorothey Lancaster and Marsha Willis.

Sunshine Committee Report: Annie is back home.

Cultural Report: Cornhole game equipment has been set up for use in the next room. It's a modern version of De Windt's 1883 parlor quoits. He was the first to use bean bags and a slanted board with a hole.

Committee Reports: The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival meeting will be held following today's Thanksgiving dinner.

Unfinished Business: [1] Kent requested help with setting up tables and decorating for the Lucia and Julfest, then cleaning up afterwards. HansKristian will portray Santa Claus and Kristina will be Santa's assisting elf. Members are asked to bring cookies and open-face sandwiches. [2] Mel decided that next year's calendar of events be taken care of following the meeting.

Correspondence: [1] November issue of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] November issue of The Lindbergh Flier, Lindbergh Lodge's newsletter. [3] November issue of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter. [4] Thank You card received from Ivan and Marsha Johnson. [5] Request from Mike Peterson for information for next year's District program book. [6] Letter and 'Light Up a Life' brochure from Joseph Rogers, CEO Hospice of Humboldt. Candle lighting ceremony will be held Wednesday, December 5, at Humboldt Hospice, 3327 Timber Fall Court, Eureka.

Planning for Future Events: [1] December 15, Lucia celebration at Calvary Lutheran Church in Eureka. Kent in charge. [2] January 19, crab and pasta feed, Mel will get the crab, if available, Christian will cook the spaghetti, Zena will prepare the sauce, Don will bring bread, salad and dessert.

New Business: [1] Motion, Marsha Willis, second, Christian Nielsen, carried, to contribute by purchasing a Swarovski crystal star ($65) from Hospice of Humboldt. [2] Motion, Marsha Willis, second, Dorothey Lancaster, carried, that Kent purchase up to $50 worth of Christmas buns. [3] Motion, Christian Nielsen, second, Mary Kemp, carried, to order four District program books ($6 each) for lodge use. [4] Motion, Dorothey Lancaster, second, Kent Willis, carried, to charge the current market price for crab and $5 for spaghetti in January. [5] Motion, Dorothey Lancaster, second, Zena Lundberg, carried, to invite District Master Sven-Ove Westberg to January's meeting and crab feed. Mel noted that District Deputy Mimi Holtermann is expected to conduct the installation of officers.

Annual Business: Second nomination and election of officers: chairman, HansKristian Christensen, vice chairman, Pat Higgins (Kent Willis declined), recording secretary, Don Christensen, assistant recording secretary, Lynn Wachter, financial secretary, Zena Lundberg, assistant financial secretary, Kent Willis (James Lancaster would be unable to be present for most of the meetings), treasurer, Larry Lancaster, cultural leader, Chuck Holm, chaplain, Pat Ponnay, master of ceremonies, Dorothey Lancaster, assistant master of ceremonies, Marsha Willis, inner guard, Anne Christen, trustee (three years), Mary Kemp, auditor (three years), Irene Johnson, historian, Don Christensen. There being no opposing candidates for office, the secretary cast a white ballot electing the nominees.

Good of the Order: [1] Mel congratulated the new officers. [2] Kent contributed to the birthday barrel. [3] Christina drew Pat Higgins' name. She was present. Quarters were collected and the new award amount ($6.25) will carry over to the January meeting.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 12:01 pm. Next meeting: Saturday, January 19, 11:00 am, followed by the crab and spaghetti feed.



20-Oct-18
October Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:12 am by Chairman Mel Lundberg, with 15 members and one visitor present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed; no password taken.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Vice Chairman/Trustee Ivan Johnson, Assistant Recording Secretary James Lancaster, Assistant Master of Ceremonies Marsha Willis and Trustee Heidi Holtermann.

Motion, Zena Lundberg, second, Irene Johnson, carried, to accept the minutes (8/18/18 and 9/15/18) as presented.

Sunshine Committee Report: Ivan recovered from pneumonia. His wife, Marsha, taken to emergency twice because of blood clots.

Cultural Report: Currency currently in use in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries.

Committee Reports: The next Scandinavian Midsummer Festival meeting will be held Saturday, November 17, in the Danish Hall following Balder Lodge's Thanksgiving dinner.

Unfinished Business: None.

Correspondence: [1] September and October issues of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] September and October issues of The Lindbergh Flier, Lindbergh Lodge's newsletter. [3] September and October issues of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter. [4] Anniversary card received from Skögen Lodge, Redding. [5] Email from Joanie Graham, Grand Lodge secretary, noting the filing of IRS tax form 990-N for all local and district lodges with income less than $50,000. [6] Computer file of updated district program book.

Planning for Future Events: [1] November 17, Thanksgiving dinner, Dorothey in charge and will bring a ham. CC Catering will provide turkey, stuffing, gravy and potatoes. List available for potluck dishes. Turkey bingo will follow dinner. [2] December 15, Lucia celebration will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church in Eureka. Kent in charge.

New Business: [1] Motion, Christian Nielsen, second, Dorothey Lancaster, carried, to obtain two $10 gift certificates for turkey bingo. [2] Kent told us about December's Lucia celebration and requested volunteers for table setup, decorations and goodies. Mel stressed having open-face sandwiches.

Annual Business: First nomination of officers: chairman, HansKristian Christensen, vice chairman, Kent Willis, recording secretary, Don Christensen, assistant recording secretary, Lynn Wachter, financial secretary, Zena Lundberg, assistant financial secretary, James Lancaster, treasurer, Larry Lancaster, cultural leader, Chuck Holm, chaplain, Pat Ponnay, master of ceremonies, Dorothey Lancaster, assistant master of ceremonies, Marsha Willis, inner guard, Annie Wentworth, trustee (three years), Mary Kemp, auditor (three years), Irene Johnson, historian, Don Christensen.

Good of the Order: [1] Kent suggested having a pool of members to fill in for absent officers, thereby gaining experience holding office. [2] Zena and Dorothey contributed to the birthday barrel. [3] Mary drew Ivan's name for the attendance award. He was not present. Anne drew Zena's name. She was present. Quarters were collected and the new award amount ($3.50) will carry over to the November meeting.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 12:12 pm. Next meeting: Saturday, November 17, 11:00 am, followed by Thanksgiving dinner and turkey bingo.



18-Aug-18
August Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:14 am by Chairman Mel Lundberg, with 18 members present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed; no password taken.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Asst Recording Secretary James Lancaster, Master of Ceremonies Dorothey Lancaster and Trustee Heidi Holtermann.

Chairman Lundberg declared the minutes (5/19/18) accepted as presented.

Sunshine Committee Report: Annie at St Luke's recovering from a fall. Nellie in Redding recovering from an infection.

Cultural Report: [1] Discovery of a rare Viking pin at Birka, Sweden. [2] Two royal crowns and a royal orb stolen from a cathedral in southeastern Sweden.

Committee Reports: The same Scandinavian Midsummer Festival officers were re-elected and dates were set for the next two festivals: July 28, 2019, and July 26, 2020, to be held at Rohner Park, Fortuna. The next meeting will be held Saturday, November 17, in the Danish Hall following Balder Lodge's Thanksgiving dinner.

Unfinished Business: None.

Correspondence: [1] August issue of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] August issue of The Lindbergh Flier, Lindbergh Lodge's newsletter. [3] Anniversary cards received from Jenny Lind Lodge 388, Turlock, and the Grand Lodge. [4] Email from Joanie Graham, Grand Lodge secretary, listing the changes to Old Age and Benefit applications. [5] Request from the Vasa National Archives in Bishop Hill, Illinois, for a donation. [6] Email from Joanie Graham, Grand Lodge secretary, listing the results of the voting on the motions submitted to the Grand Lodge convention.

Planning for Future Events: [1] September 14, set-up for next day's Swedish pancake breakfast. [2] September 15, Swedish pancake breakfast, Larry in charge. A short meeting will follow clean-up. [3] October 20, Oktoberfest beef stew potluck and beer tasting, Mary in charge. [4] November 17, Thanksgiving dinner and movie, Dorothey in charge.

New Business: [1] Motion, Larry Lancaster, second, Christian Nielsen, carried, to donate $25 to the National Archives. [2] The public breakfast will be held from 8:00 am to noon. A sign should be placed near city hall, along with samples and tickets. That should bring people to the Danish Hall. Additional advertising was recommended. Discussion as to the size of plate, amount of food and transportation of samples. Motion, Ivan Johnson, second, Marsha Willis, carried, to use the larger nine-inch plate. There will be a bocce ball tournament with food sales that morning, but shouldn't interfere with the breakfast. Bargain lover's weekend tables will be available in the adjoining room for one dollar per foot. [3] Bring beer for tasting during the Oktoberfest. [4] Dorothey will provide a ham for November's Thanksgiving dinner. Motion, Mel Lundberg, second, Irene Johnson, carried, to have CC Catering also prepare turkey and gravy.

Good of the Order: [1] Ivan thanked Don for the pizza and cake. [2] Don thanked Mel and Zena for the lasagna, Pat for the decorations, Lynn for the salad and Kristina for the dessert treats. [3] Marsha, Don and Lynn (for Dorothey) contributed to the birthday barrel. [4] Christian drew Pamela's name for the attendance award. She was not present. Quarters were collected and the new award amount ($12.50) will carry over to the September meeting.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 12:03 pm. Next meeting: Saturday, September 15, following the Swedish pancake breakfast.



19-May-18
May Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:05 am by Chairman Mel Lundberg, with 15 members present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed; no password taken.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Asst Recording Secretary James Lancaster, Asst Financial Secretary Mary Kemp, Asst Master of Ceremonies Marsha Willis and Trustee Heidi Holtermann.

Chairman Lundberg declared the minutes (4/21/18) accepted as presented.

Sunshine Committee Report: Ivan's wife, Marsha, will start chemo treatment. Dorothey well and Shirley "doing fine" at Brookdale.

Cultural Report: [1] Chronology of key events in Swedish history, 1905 to the present. [2] Violence in Sweden. [3] Stockhome, a restaurant offering Swedish street food, will open for business at 220 Western Avenue, Petaluma.

Committee Reports: The next Scandinavian Midsummer Festival meeting and potluck will be held Monday, June 4, 6:00 pm at the Sons of Norway Hall, Eureka. Scandinavian foods are requested for the festival potluck.

Unfinished Business: None.

Correspondence: [1] May issue of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] May issue of Lindbergh Lodge's newsletter. [3] May issue of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter. [4] Flyer announcing Sweden Day at Sveadal, Saturday, June 2, 8220 Croy Road, Morgan Hill. [5] Copies of the 89 motions and 21 officer's recommendations to be presented and acted upon during the Grand Lodge Convention in Sacramento.

Planning for Future Events: [1] May 27, set-up for next day's public breakfast, Dorothey in charge of decorating, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. [2] May 28, Swedish pancake breakfast, Larry in charge. Folk dancers will entertain. [3] June 16, barbecue potluck, Mel in charge, then bocce ball at the Fireman's Park courts. [4] June 24, Scandinavian Midsummer Festival at noon in Rohner Park, person in costume needed to carry the Swedish flag, Dorothey will provide a raffle basket. [5] Day in July not yet set for dinner at Steelhead Lodge, contact Mel. [6] July 21, Anniversary dinner, discussion.

New Business: [1] Motion, Dorothey Lancaster, second, Irene Johnson, carried, that the folk dancers may receive breakfasts free-of-charge. [2] Motion, Ivan Johnson, second, Don Christensen, failed, to celebrate the lodge's anniversary at the Angelina Inn. [3] Motion, Ivan Johnson, second, Christian Nielsen, carried, to celebrate the lodge's anniversary at the Victorian Inn. [4] Swedish pancake breakfast in September, discussion. Motion, Larry Lancaster, second, Irene Johnson, carried, that a public Swedish pancake breakfast take the place of the potluck scheduled for Saturday, September 15, and be followed by the scheduled business meeting.

Good of the Order: [1] Don announced that Ken Campbell and Linsey Aitken from the banks of Loch Lomond would be entertaining with Scots music, songs and stories this evening in the west end of the Arcata Playhouse building. [2] Mel announced there would be a catered Big 4-style lunch, Saturday, June 2, noon, at the hall. Cost (non-members of Valhalla and Ydun): $16, RSVP by May 26. He also mentioned the Holy Ghost Celebration, May 26-27, at the Portuguese Hall, Arcata. [3] Larry's son, Robin, graduated from St John's College (near Annapolis) and plans to attend law school. [4] Christina drew Nellie's name for the attendance award. She was not present. Quarters were collected and the new award amount ($9.00) will carry over to the August meeting.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 12:17 pm.

Next social: Saturday, June 16, noon, barbecue potluck and bocce ball.

Next meeting: Saturday, August 18, 11:00 am, followed by pizza, lasagna and bocce ball.



21-Apr-18
April Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:01 am by Vice Chairman Ivan Johnson, with 13 members present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed; no password taken.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Chairman Mel Lundberg, Asst Recording Secretary James Lancaster, Financial Secretary/Trustee Zena Lundberg, Asst Financial Secretary Mary Kemp, Master of Ceremonies Dorothey Lancaster, Inner Guard Lynn Wachter and Trustee Heidi Holtermann.

Vice Chairman Johnson declared the minutes (3/17/18) accepted as presented.

Sunshine Committee Report: Dorothey recovering from pneumonia. Ivan's wife has trouble with walking and a question of why spots in her lungs.

Cultural Report: [1] Viking Age hoard of silver coins and jewelry found on Rügen Island, Germany. [2] Swedish began as a dialect of Old Norse. [3] World's first road allowing electric vehicles to recharge installed outside Stockholm.

Committee Reports: The next Scandinavian Midsummer Festival meeting and potluck will be held Monday, June 4, 6:00 pm at the Sons of Norway Hall, Eureka.

Unfinished Business: None.

Correspondence: [1] April issue of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] April issue of Lindbergh Lodge's newsletter. [3] April issue of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter.

Planning for Future Events: [1] May 19, soup and salad potluck, Pat in charge. [2] May 27, set-up for next day's public breakfast, followed by dinner at local restaurant. [3] May 28, Swedish pancake breakfast, Larry in charge. Sign-up list of duties for the breakfast was passed around. [4] June 16, barbecue potluck, Mel in charge.

New Business: None.

Good of the Order: [1] Don distributed copies of Anniversary cards sent to local lodges. [2] Irene and Christian contributed to the birthday barrel. [3] Pat Higgins drew Dorene's name for the attendance award. Quarters were collected and the new award amount ($5.00) will carry over to next month's drawing.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 11:23 am. Next meeting: Saturday, May 19, 11:00 am, followed by soup and salad potluck.



17-Mar-18
March Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:21 am by Chairman Mel Lundberg, with 17 members present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed; no password taken.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Vice Chairman/Trustee Ivan Johnson, Chaplain/Auditor Pat Ponnay and Trustee Heidi Holtermann.

Chairman Lundberg declared the minutes (2/17/18) accepted as presented.

Sunshine Committee Report: Ivan's wife receiving treatment for her lungs.

Cultural Report: [1] Information and photos about the Vasa's short, tragic launch and the Fram's first voyage into the Arctic ice pack. [2] Facts about St Patrick.

Committee Reports: The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival will take place Sunday, June 24, noon in Rohner Park, Fortuna; set-up at 10:00 am. In addition to the potluck lunch, program and music by Lindy Mantova, there will be games and a display of flags. A basket for the raffle is requested. Dorothey said she'd take care of that. The next meeting and potluck will be held Monday, June 4, 6:00 pm at the Sons of Norway Hall, Eureka.

Unfinished Business: None.

Correspondence: [1] March issue of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] March issue of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter. [3] Card received from Ivan and Marsha Johnson thanking HansKristian, Kristina and the lodge for last month's fish fry. [4] Victoria Peterson-Lovegrove's mom, Anita Peterson, passed away March 2nd in Santa Clara.

Planning for Future Events: [1] April 21, open-face sandwiches, Marsha in charge. [2] May 19, soup and salad potluck, Pat in charge.

New Business: [1] Motion, Marsha Willis, second, Dorothey Lancaster, carried, to place a quarter-page Greetings at a cost of $25 in the Grand Lodge convention book. Don will do so. [2] Motion, Kent Willis, second, Marsha Willis, carried, that the secretary summarize the four proposed motions to the District Lodge convention. The first is to merge the positions of District Lodge auditors and trustees. The second is to document the job requirements, financial recording and reporting requirements. The third is to consolidate the duties of the Sweden Day treasurer and the District Lodge treasurer. Discussion followed. The fourth is to amend the duties of the District Lodge treasurer. [3] Motion, Marsha Willis, second, Dorothey Lancaster, carried, that Balder's delegate vote in favor the four proposed motions.

Good of the Order: [1] Annie, Jamie, Mary and Don (for HansKristian) contributed to the birthday barrel. [2] Mary drew Kent's name for the attendance award. Quarters were collected and the new award amount ($4.00) will carry over to next month's drawing.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 12:04 pm. Next meeting: Saturday, April 21, 11:00 am, followed by open-face sandwiches and a movie.



17-Feb-18
February Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:01 am by Chairman Mel Lundberg, with 20 members present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed; no password taken.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Assistant Recording Secretary James Lancaster and Inner Guard Lynn Wachter.

Chairman Lundberg declared the minutes (1/20/18) accepted as presented.

Sunshine Committee Report: Ivan pretty much over walking pneumonia, but now has bronchitis. Ivan's wife suffering lack of mobility. Dorene's ankle was broken a month ago and is still tender.

Cultural Report: [1] There was an incredible light phenomenon, a sun halo, in far northern Sweden during the first week of February. [2] Prices for second-hand rentals went up six percent across Sweden last year. [3] A power plant in Vasteras, northwest of Stockholm, is burning discarded clothing from the H&M clothing chain. It intends to be a fossil-free facility by 2020. [4] Current issue of Archaeology contains an article on the late ninth-century invasion of Anglo-Saxon England by tens of thousands of Vikings, later followed by massive waves of Norse settlers. Many of today's Yorkshire place names derive from the Old Norse. [5] Current issue of Discovery has an article about new DNA-driven research of how the Vikings lived, where they traveled and who they really were.

Committee Reports: The next Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association meeting and potluck will be held Monday, March 5, 6:00 pm at the Sons of Norway Hall, Eureka.

Unfinished Business: [1] Mel again asked for volunteer delegates for the District convention April 27-29 in Milpitas. Larry nominated Kathy, who said she would be willing to do so, and received approval by those in attendance.

Correspondence: [1] February issue of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] February-March issue of The Lindbergh Flier, Lindbergh Lodge's newsletter. [3] February issue of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter.

Planning for Future Events: [1] March 17, corned beef and cabbage dinner, Christian in charge, bring desserts and items for auction. [2] April 21, open-face sandwiches, Marsha in charge.

New Business: [1] Motion, Christian Nielsen, second, Dorothey Lancaster, carried, that Kathy be advanced the cost of attendance as Balder Lodge's delegate to the District convention.

Annual Business: [1] Installation of elected trustee Heidi Holtermann and elected auditor Christian Nielsen by Chairman Lundberg, assisted by Dorothey Lancaster and Marsha Willis.

Good of the Order: [1] Mel said that past member Dixie Wilson donated a punch bowl, etc, to the lodge and will be moving from the Bay Area. Don passed around a thank you card for the members to sign. [2] Dorothey told us about the table decorations for the fish fry and seafood potluck following the meeting. [3] Pat contributed to the birthday barrel. [4] Kathy drew HansKristian's name for the attendance award. Quarters were collected and the new award amount ($5.25) will carry over to next month's drawing.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 11:43 am. Next meeting: Saturday, March 17, 11:00 am, followed by corned beef and cabbage dinner.



20-Jan-18
January Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:24 am by Chairman Mel Lundberg, with 16 members and one visitor present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed; no password taken.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Assistant Recording Secretary James Lancaster, Chaplain/Auditor Pat Ponnay, Trustee Kathy Holtermann and Auditor Robin Lancaster.

Chairman Lundberg declared the minutes (11/18/17) accepted as presented and amended. [Motion, Kent Willis, second, Dorothey Lancaster, not carried, that the lodge not approve donations unless the membership consists of at least 50 persons. Discussion followed, the vote was against.]

Sunshine Committee Report: Mel was ill with flu. Ivan still has walking pneumonia.

Cultural Report: Sweden switched to driving on the right side of the road Sunday morning, September 3, 1967, at 4:45. Traffic stopped and all vehicles carefully drove to the right side of the road and waited until 5:00 am. A message came over the radio that Sweden had switched and that all vehicles could then continue no faster than 30 kilometers per hour (18.6 mph). Traffic was carefully monitored by more than 10,000 police. Following the change-over, fewer people died in traffic accidents. Many countries still have left-hand driving, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, India, Cyprus, Pakistan, South Africa and Thailand.

Committee Reports: The next Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association meeting and potluck will be held Monday, March 5, 6:00 pm at the Sons of Norway Hall, Eureka.

Unfinished Business: [1] Marsha reported on last month's Lucia program in Eureka. Swedish visitors were in attendance. She recommended better coverage in the local newspaper, more sandwiches and mentioned that her 'papa goat' disappeared.

Correspondence: [1] January issue of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] January issue of The Lindbergh Flier, Lindbergh Lodge's newsletter. [3] January issue of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter. [4] January issue of the District newsletter. [5] Christmas card from Kathy Holtermann. [6] Christmas greetings from Karen Elliott, Skogen Lodge secretary, and a copy of the lodge's Sankta Lucia program. [7] Notice and form from Grand Lodge Secretary Joan Graham for presentation of motions for consideration during the quadrennial meeting, June 29-July 6, 2018, in Sacramento.

Planning for Future Events: [1] February 17, seafood potluck, Anne chairperson. [2] March 17, corned beef and cabbage dinner, Christian in charge, bring desserts and items for auction.

New Business: [1] Mel discussed the use of the hall kitchen by CC Catering. [2] Mel appointed the current membership committee, Dorothey, Lynn and Mary to continue as same. [3] Mel appointed Dorothey and Marsha as representatives for the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association. [4] Mel appointed Ivan, Irene and HansKristian as the sunshine committee. [5] Mel appointed HansKristian as the media committee. [6] Mel asked for volunteer delegates for the District convention April 27-29 in Milpitas. There were none. [7] Mel appointed Larry as historian. [8] Past and current dues paid, Victoria Peterson-Lovegrove was reinstated.

Annual Business: [1] Don read the yearly report, as approved by the auditors, to those in attendance. Motion, Marsha Willis, second, Irene Johnson, carried, to accept the yearly report. [2] Installation of elected officers will take place during next month's meeting. [3] Mel appointed Lynn Wachter as inner guard and Zena Lundberg as one-year trustee.

Good of the Order: [1] Eva mentioned New York Times articles about current events in Sweden. [2] Ivan thanked Kent and Marsha for last month's Lucia program and HansKristian and Kristina for their portrayal of Santa and assisting elf. [3] Dorothey brought copies of the Xenophobe's Guide to the Swedes, Norwegians, Scots, English and Americans, and the Times-Standard Urge containing a photo of the kids in costume for the Lucia program. [4] Mel contributed to the birthday barrel. [5] Kristina drew Ivan's name for the attendance award. Quarters were collected and the new award amount ($4.16) will carry over to next month's drawing.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 12:32 pm. Next meeting: Saturday, February 17, 11:00 am, followed by seafood potluck and a movie.



18-Nov-17
November Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:03 am by Chairman Mel Lundberg, with 21 members present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed; no password taken.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Assistant Recording Secretary James Lancaster, Trustee Kathy Holtermann, Auditor Robin Lancaster.

Application for membership received from Juan Ortego. He was recommended by Nellie Hanson and approved by the membership committee. Motion, Ivan Johnson, second, Larry Lancaster, carried, to accept the applicant by a show of hands. The vote was unanimous in favor of acceptance.

Initiation ceremony was held for Pamela Leach and Juan Ortega. Chairman Lundberg was assisted by Master of Ceremonies Dorothey Lancaster, Assistant Master of Ceremonies Marsha Willis, Chaplain Pat Ponnay, Vice Chairman Ivan Johnson and Past Chairman Christian Nielsen. The new members were welcomed by those in attendance.

Chairman Lundberg declared the minutes (10/21/17) accepted as presented.

Sunshine Committee Report: Ivan suffering 'walking' pneumonia. Mary recovering and doing well.

Cultural Report: Dorothey told us about her family's trip to Sweden and Finland. Larry will show photos of the trip following the meeting. A well-preserved Viking sword was found on a remote mountain in southern Norway. An article with photos was presented.

Committee Reports: The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association will meet Saturday, November 25, 1:00 pm in the Danish Hall. There will be a potluck and 'white elephant' exchange.

Unfinished Business: [1] Kent told us that the Lucia program will be held Saturday, the 16th of next month, 1:00 pm at the Calvary Lutheran Church, 716 South Avenue, Eureka, set-up, 10:00 am. Sandwiches, cookies and silver garlands are needed. Flyers are available. A visit from Santa is expected. Printed programs and Lucia buns will be provided. Motion, Dorothey Lancaster, second, Marsha Willis, carried, to cover those expenses. [2] Chairman Lundberg read his proposed calendar of meetings and events for next year. Much discussion followed, including the volunteering of chairpersons for social activities. Motion, Marsha Willis, second, Kent Willis, carried, to accept the amended calendar.

Correspondence: [1] November issue of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] November issue of The Lindbergh Flier, Lindbergh Lodge's newsletter. [3] November issue of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter. [4] Letter from Benita Robinson: "I have made the decision not to renew my membership...I am in the process of moving to Brookings, Oregon..." [5] Letter from Joseph Rogers of Hospice of Humboldt announcing this year's Light Up a Life. A crystal pendant is available for a donation of $60 or more. The Light Up a Life ceremony will be held at the Hospice building, 3327 Timber Fall Court, Eureka, Wednesday, December 6, 4:00 pm. [6] Request from the Eureka Rescue Mission for a donation. [7] Cover letter from Michael Bray, secretary of the Golden Gate Resort Center, with a copy of minutes for August 27th, announcing the dissolution of the Center. Amounts of $2,500 and $300 were donated to the District Lodge's scholarship fund.

Planning for Future Events: [1] December 16, Lucia program at Calvary Lutheran Church in Eureka.

New Business: [1] Motion, Kent Willis, second, Dorene Lewis, that the lodge not approve donations unless the membership consists of at least 50 persons. Discussion followed. [2] Motion, Christian Nielsen, second, Dorothey Lancaster, carried, to donate $60 to Hospice of Humboldt.

Annual Business: [1] Second nomination and election of trustee and auditor (three-year terms): Kathy Holtermann, Annie Wentworth and Heidi Holtermann as trustee; Christian Nielsen as auditor, prior names were withdrawn. A secret ballot was held for trustee. Larry and Dorothey counted the ballots. Heidi was declared trustee. Don cast a white ballot for Christian as auditor.

Good of the Order: [1] Nellie received a special welcome; she'd not been in attendance for some time. [2] Heidi told us about her FaceBook page listing lodge activities. [4] Larry and Kent contributed to the birthday barrel. [5] Pamela drew Pat Higgin's name for the attendance award. She was present. Quarters were collected and the new award amount ($4.75) will carry over to January's drawing.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 12:50 pm. Next meeting: Saturday, January 20, 11:00 am, followed by Swedish pancakes and pea soup.



21-Oct-17
October Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:21 am by Chairman Mel Lundberg, with 17 members present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed; no password taken.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Assistant Recording Secretary James Lancaster, Assistant Financial Secretary Mary Kemp, Trustee Kathy Holtermann, Auditor Robin Lancaster.

Application for membership received from Pamela Leach. She was recommended by Kent Willis and approved by the membership committee. Motion, Zena Lundberg, second, Dorothey Lancaster, carried, to accept the applicant by acclamation. The initiation will take place during next month's meeting. Chairman Lundberg requested an initiation practice following today's potluck.

Chairman Lundberg declared the minutes (9/15/17) accepted as presented.

Larry told us that the turnout for September's public pancake breakfast was less than expected. A different local event might be considered for a second future breakfast.

Sunshine Committee Report: Mary recovering from knee surgery. Irene suffered another surgery. Dorothey recovery from pneumonia. Shirley "doing fine."

Cultural Report: Dorothey and Larry had planned a video presentation of their trip to Sweden and Finland, but due to a display problem, their presentation will be next month. Copies available of a brief history of the lodge, as requested by the Grand Lodge Convention Committee.

Committee Reports: The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association will meet Saturday, November 25, 1:00 pm in the Danish Hall. There will be a potluck and 'white elephant' exchange. Chairman Lundberg appointed Dorothey Lancaster and Marsha Willis as delegates.

Unfinished Business: [1] Chairman Lundberg arranged a "traditional" Thanksgiving dinner with CC Catering. Motion, Christian Nielsen, second, Irene Johnson, carried, that the cost to members be $12, non-members, $15. [2] Kent said that this year's Lucia program will be held Saturday, December 16, 1:00 pm at the Calvary Lutheran Church, 716 South Avenue, Eureka. He noted it's a more central location with a possibility of attaining new members. Sandwiches and "lots of cookies" will be needed following the program. Don will notify local members.

Correspondence: [1] October issue of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] October issue of The Lindbergh Flier, Lindbergh Lodge's newsletter. [3] October issue of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter. [4] Announcement and form for the 2018 Scholarship Program from District Scholarship Chair Emma Hanlon. [5] Email from Karen Concepcion: "Due to an increase in care giving responsibilities and upcoming travel...I will not be renewing my membership..." [6] Letter from Vasa National Archives President Bill Lundquist requesting financial support of the archives.

Planning for Future Events: [1] November 18, catered Thanksgiving dinner. [2] December 16, Lucia program at Calvary Lutheran Church in Eureka.

New Business: [1] Don suggested notifying local members to pay next year's dues by the last day in December. The District collects the coming year's assessments based on the lodge's membership of January first. The money for assessments was not collected for three members this past year and a set date for advance payment of dues, as allowed in the local bylaws, would be of benefit to the lodge. Motion, Marsha Willis, second, Larry Lancaster, to pay dues by the December meeting. The motion was rescinded. Following much discussion, Chairman Lundberg appointed a committee, Kent Willis, Anne Christen, Larry Lancaster and himself to consider and report in November regarding the suggestion. [2] Motion, Marsha Willis, second, Dorene Lewis, carried, that the business meeting scheduled for December 16 be cancelled. Don will notify local members. [3] Victoria Lovegrove-Peterson will be dropped from membership due to non-payment of dues.

Annual Business: [1] Chairman Lundberg said he intends to resign from office due to stated reasons. [2] First nomination of trustee and auditor (three-year terms): Kathy Holtermann and Annie Wentworth, trustee, Mel Lundberg and Robin Lancaster, auditor. [3] Don requested input for next year's calendar of events.

Good of the Order: [1] Zena said that five persons had told her how much they enjoyed the Swedish pancake breakfast. She and Mel contributed $100 because they were not able to attend. Mel told us of the ongoing success of Nord Lodge's public pancake breakfast in Fresno. Nord's members will put on their 50th breakfast in February next year. [2] Christian said that Valhalla and Ydun Lodges will host a movie day beginning Sunday, November 12, 1:00 pm. The Danish film, Brothers, will be shown. [3] Dorothey encouraged everyone to look at the hall's remodeled kitchen. [4] Dorene and Zena contributed to the birthday barrel. [5] Irene drew Christina's name for the attendance award. She was not present. Quarters were collected and the new award amount ($8.75) will carry over to next month's drawing.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 12:32 pm. Next meeting: Saturday, November 18, 11:00 am, followed by catered Thanksgiving dinner.



15-Sep-17
September Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 4:42 pm by Past Chairman Christian Nielsen, with 10 members present; quorum established.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Chairman Mel Lundberg, Vice Chairman/Trustee Ivan Johnson, Financial Secretary Zena Lundberg, Assistant Recording Secretary James Lancaster, Assistant Financial Secretary Mary Kemp, Chaplain/Auditor Pat Ponnay, Trustee Kathy Holtermann, Auditor Robin Lancaster.

Past Chairman Nielsen declared the minutes (8/26/17) accepted as presented.

Sunshine Committee Report: None.

Cultural Report: None.

Committee Reports: [1] The next Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association meeting will be held November 25, 1:00 pm, in the Danish Hall, with a potluck and "white elephant" gift exchange.

Unfinished Business: None.

Correspondence: [1] September issue of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] September issue of Lindbergh Lodge's newsletter. [3] September issue of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter.

Planning for Future Events: [1] October 21: First nomination of officers and Oktoberfest, Benita in charge, sign-up sheet available. [2] November 18: Thanksgiving dinner, date reserved with CC Catering, menu to be decided.

New Business: [1] Motion, Kent Willis, second, Benita Robinson, carried, to hold December's Lucia program at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Eureka. Possibly cancel the December business meeting. [2] Kent mentioned a prospective member.

Good of the Order: [1] Larry thanked all present for setting up and preparing for the breakfast. [2] No donations to the birthday barrel. [6] Marsha drew Christina's name for the attendance award. She was not present. Pat drew Annie's name. She was not present. Eva drew Lynn's name. She was present. Quarters were collected and the new award amount for next month's drawing will be $3.50.

Meeting adjourned 4:59 pm. Next business meeting: Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am, followed by Oktoberfest.



26-Aug-17
August Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:14 am by Past Chairman Christian Nielsen, with 16 members and special visitor District Master Jim Melin present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Chairman Mel Lundberg, Financial Secretary Zena Lundberg, Assistant Recording Secretary James Lancaster, Inner Guard Benita Robinson, Trustee Kathy Holtermann, Auditor Robin Lancaster.

Past Chairman Nielsen declared the minutes (7/22/17) accepted as presented and corrected: September 16, 8:00 am, public Swedish pancake breakfast. Kent suggested folk dancing during the breakfast.

Sunshine Committee Report: None.

Cultural Report: A copy of an Old Norse map of the Viking world by Sandra Rimmer was presented. A Viking feast, mead tasting and displays will follow the meeting.

Committee Reports: [1] The next Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association meeting/potluck is scheduled for November 25, 1:00 pm, in the Danish Hall, along with a "white elephant" gift exchange.

Unfinished Business: [1] The bills received during last month's meeting did not receive a motion to pay. Motion, Marsha Willis, second, Larry Lancaster, to pay the bills, carried.

Correspondence: [1] August issue of District Lodge Golden Gate's newsletter, including the Executive Board meeting minutes for June 10 in San Jose. [2] August issue of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [3] July/August and September issues of Lindbergh Lodge's newsletter. [4] September issue of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter. [5] Letter from Dianne Keating announcing the placement of the commemorative brick in the Heart of Hospice pathway along the east side of the Chapel of the Redwoods. [6] Cover letter and update of the Grand Lodge Convention planning committee's activities and the rates for ads and greetings in the program book. [7] Thank You card "for the warm welcome and hospitality" from Marylin and Keith Crawford. [8] Current version of the Vasa directory.

Planning for Future Events: [1] September 15, 3:00 pm, set-up for the public breakfast, followed by a business meeting. Tables for rummage sale available for six dollars. [2] September 16, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, Swedish pancake breakfast. Larry provided a sign-up sheet for the breakfast. Anne will distribute flyers to businesses in town. [3] Benita in charge of the Oktoberfest. [4] Sandra is continuing to cater events.

New Business: [1] Application for membership received from Pamela Hanson.

Good of the Order: [1] Kent spoke about the "lifeblood of Scandinavian culture" to attract people to the lodge. [2] District Master Melin thanked the members for the signed card recognizing Svea Lodge"s anniversary. He presented the lodge with a certificate of appreciation recognizing Balder"s Swedish pancake breakfasts "in connection with community" events. He told us about District Lodge Golden Gate's membership challenge with District Lodge Pacific Southwest, which District Lodge Golden Gate won this year. He also said that next year's District convention will be held in Milpitas. [3] Dorothey thanked Don and Felicity for their work on the Viking displays and Lynn for her decorations. [4] Don thanked Dorothey for her display and HansKristian, Kristina and Rex Grow for preparing food for the feast. [5] Dorothey, Marsha and Don donated to the birthday barrel. [6] Pamela Hanson drew Benita's name for the attendance award. She was not present. Quarters were collected and the new award amount for next month's drawing will be $20.57.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 12:00 noon. Next business meeting: Friday, September 15, following set-up at 3:00 pm for the public breakfast.



22-Jul-17
July Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 4:49 pm by Chairman Mel Lundberg, with 22 local members and five visitors present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed.

Visitors Mikael and Corky Peterson, Norden Lodge, Fresno, Keith and Marylin Crawford, Svea Lodge, San Jose, and past member Dixie Wilson were welcomed.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Assistant Recording Secretary James Lancaster, Trustee Kathy Holtermann, Auditor Robin Lancaster.

Chairman Lundberg declared the minutes (617/17) accepted as presented.

Sunshine Committee Report: Mel and Irene doing fine. Shirley welcomes visitors.

Cultural Report: Marylin Crawford will give a presentation on the founder and institution of Balder Lodge following this evening's anniversary dinner.

Committee Reports: [1] The next Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association meeting/potluck is scheduled for November 25, 1:00 pm, in the Danish Hall, along with a "white elephant" gift exchange.

Unfinished Business: None.

Correspondence: [1] July issue of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] Flyer announcing Svea Lodge's 101st anniversary dinner, August 6 in San Jose. [3] Flyer announcing Monitor and Sierra Kronan Lodges' kräftskiva, August 5 in Loomis. [4] Flyer announcing an appearance of The Baytles, Grand Lodge convention fundraiser sponsored by Lindbergh Lodge, August 11 in Los Altos. [5] Email from Ulrika Friesen, Svea Lodge, challenging members to each raise $20 for the upcoming Grand Lodge convention.

Planning for Future Events: [1] August 26: Viking feast and mead tasting. [2] September 15, 3:00 pm, set-up for the breakfast, followed by a business meeting. Tables for rummage sale available for six dollars. [3] September 16, 8:00 am, public Swedish pancake breakfast. Kent suggested musical entertainment.

New Business: [1] Mel will contact Sandra about catering Thanksgiving dinner. [2] Darrel and Gun Heyer were dropped from membership due to nonpayment of dues. They were contacted numerous times. [3] Mel explained the seating situation for the anniversary dinner. A few attendees will have to eat at the Victorian Inn because of a lack of space for everyone in the Ivanhoe Restaurant.

Good of the Order: [1] Irene thanked the person who made a donation to the Cancer Society in her name. [2] Corky told us that next year's District convention will be held at the Crown Plaza in Milpitas. [3] Heidi donated to the birthday barrel. [4] Christina drew Vicki's name for the attendance award. She was not present. Quarters were collected and the new award amount for next month's drawing will be $15.57.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 5:37 pm. Next business meeting: Saturday, August 26, 11:00 am, followed by a Viking feast and mead tasting.



17-Jun-17
June Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:15 am by Past Chairman Christian Nielsen, with 13 members and three visitors present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed; no password taken.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Vice Chairman/Trustee Ivan Johnson, Assistant Recording Secretary James Lancaster, Assistant Financial Secretary Mary Kemp, Treasurer Larry Lancaster, Master of Ceremonies Dorothey Lancaster, Inner Guard/Trustee Benita Robinson, Trustee Kathy Holtermann, Auditor Robin Lancaster.

Past Chairman Nielsen declared the minutes (4/15/17) accepted as corrected (Motion by Kent Willis to move the September 8th business meeting to Friday, September 15th, and the September 9th Swedish pancake breakfast to Saturday, September 16th, second by Marsha Willis, motion carried.) and the minutes (4/28/17) accepted as presented.

Initiation of new members Pat Higgins and Christina Carrion, introduced by Kent Willis and approved by the membership committee. Past Chairman Christian Nielsen conducted the initiation with the assistance of Dorene Lewis, Marsha Willis, Chuck Holm and Pat Ponnay.

Sunshine Committee Report: Irene recovering. Ivan Johnson's wife starts chemo treatment next week. Mel scheduled for back surgery June 23.

Cultural Report about the world's measurement mishmash, the Old Norse means of measurement and an Old Norse map of the Viking world.

Committee Reports: [1] This year's Scandinavian Midsummer Festival will take place Sunday, June 25, in Rohner Park, Fortuna, beginning with potluck lunch and BBQ at noon, followed by a flag ceremony, folk dancing and accordion music by Lindy Mantova.

Unfinished Business: [1] One hundred and thirteen breakfasts served to the public brought in $900 plus.

Correspondence: [1] May and June issues of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] May issue of The Lindbergh Flier, Lindbergh Lodge's newsletter. [3] May and June issues of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter. [4] Letter from Dianne Keating, Hospice of Humboldt, requesting a review of the wording for the commemorative brick on the Heart of Hospice Path. "Once the bricks are installed, we will send you an invitation to view your brick placement."

Planning for Future Events: [1] Updating the kitchen will affect the scheduled July 22nd catered anniversary dinner and the August 12th Viking feast. [2] Set-up for the public breakfast on Friday, September 15, 3:00 pm, will be followed by a business meeting. [3] The public Swedish pancake breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, 8:00 am.

New Business: [1] One membership application received from Pamela Hanson. [2] Following discussion, motion by Mel Lundberg to hold the anniversary dinner at the Ivanhoe Restaurant, second by Irene Johnson, motion carried. [3] Motion by Kent Willis to charge $35 per non-member and $10 per member for the anniversary dinner, second by Dorene Lewis, motion carried. [4] Chairman Lundberg also scheduled a business meeting for Saturday, July 22, 4:30 pm, followed by the anniversary dinner at 6:00, reservations required. [5] Don recommended moving the Viking feast and mead tasting to Saturday, August 26, those in attendance agreed and Past Chairman Nielsen so declared.

Good of the Order: [1] Zena and Mel donated the meat for this afternoon's barbecue, and she welcomed the new members. [2] Visitor Carlos drew Kathy's name for the attendance award. She was not present. Quarters were collected and the new award amount for next month's drawing will be $9.61.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 12:04 pm. Next business meeting: Saturday, July 22, 4:30 pm, followed by the 101st anniversary dinner at the Ivanhoe Restaurant.



15-Apr-17
April Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:15 am by Chairman Mel Lundberg, with 19 members present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed; no password taken.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Assistant Financial Secretary Mary Kemp, Trustee Kathy Holtermann, Auditor Robin Lancaster.

Chairman Lundberg declared the minutes (3/18/17) accepted as presented.

Sunshine Committee Report: Irene is taking chemo pills, with minimal side effects; surgery scheduled for May 12.

Cultural Report: History of the Swedish Krona (crown) presented.

Committee Reports: [1] Swedish pancake breakfast will take place Monday, May 29; open to the public 8:30 am. A new Swedish pancake recipe will be enjoyed this year. Set-up will be Sunday, May 28, 3:00 pm, followed by a business meeting (if necessary). [2] Next Scandinavian Midsummer Association meeting will be Monday, June 5, 6:00 pm at the Sizzler in Eureka. This year's Festival will be held at Rohner Park in Fortuna. Lunch will include BBQ, followed by a flag ceremony. It will be very similar to past Scandinavian Midsummer Festivals. Marsha agreed to be the flag bearer for our lodge.

Unfinished Business: [1] The Swedish pancake breakfast start time and schedule was clarified by committee chair Larry. Volunteers signed up for specific pancake breakfast tasks and times. Thank You to Larry and all of the volunteers.

Correspondence: [1] April issue of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] April issue of The Lindbergh Flier, Lindbergh Lodge's newsletter. [3] April issue of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter. [4] Letter from Joseph Rogers, executive officer, Hospice of Humboldt, thanking the members for the $150 commemorative brick on the Heart of Hospice Path. "Installation of the bricks is planned for this summer."

Planning for Future Events: [1] May 29: Swedish pancake breakfast, Larry chair, Christian will handle shopping. [2] June 17: Meeting, followed by summer solstice potluck. Mel will barbecue tri tip roast. [3] July 22: Anniversary dinner will be catered. Chairman Lundberg will take care of arrangements. [4] August 23-September 4: Humboldt County Fair. [5] September 15-16: Bargain Lover's Weekend change will affect date for the public breakfast.

New Business: [1] Two membership applications were received: Patricia (Pat) Higgins and Christina Carrion. [2] Motion by Kent Willis to move the September 8th business meeting to Sunday, September 15th, and the September 9th Swedish pancake breakfast to Monday, September 16th, second by Marsha Willis, motion carried. [3] Motion by Marsha Willis to pay for the ligonberries, second by Zena Lundberg, motion carried.

Good of the Order: [1] Easter potluck was decorated with eggs on the tables, some with chocolate, some with prizes inside. [2] Zena thanked everyone for the cards and phone calls. [3] Songs in Swedish by Swedish musicians were recommended to help with language learning. Swedish music was recommended for the Swedish Pancake Breakfast. [4] Larry thanked Eva for the maps of Stockholm, Turku and Åland. [5] Irene and Christian donated to the birthday barrel. [6] Lynn drew Marsha's name for the attendance award and she was present to win. Quarters were collected and the new award amount ($5.31) will carry over for next month's drawing.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 11:58 am. Next business meeting (if needed): Sunday, May 28, following set-up at 3:00 pm. Next regularly scheduled meeting: Saturday, June 17, 11:00 am.



18-Mar-17
March Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:16 am by Chairman Mel Lundberg, with 13 members and one visitor present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed; no password taken.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Assistant Financial Secretary Mary Kemp, Chaplain/Auditor Pat Ponnay, Trustee Kathy Holtermann, Auditor Robin Lancaster.

Irene introduced a prospective member.

Chairman Lundberg declared the minutes (2/18/17) accepted as presented.

The charter was draped in memory of Hubert (Hub) Nelson, who passed away February 23. Don read the obituary. A moment of silence was observed.

Sunshine Committee Report: Irene will have surgery soon.

Cultural Report: Articles on the monarchy and a timeline of the monarchs of Sweden were presented.

Committee Reports: The next Scandinavian Midsummer Festival will take place at Rohner Park in Fortuna. Lunch will include BBQ, followed by a flag ceremony. In all other ways it will be very similar to past Scandinavian Midsummer Festivals.

Unfinished Business: [1] Don ordered four District program books at $6 each. Motion to pay for the program books by Treasurer Lancaster, second by Benita Robinson, motion carried.

Correspondence: [1] March issue of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] March issue of The Lindbergh Flier, Lindbergh Lodge's newsletter. [3] March issue of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter. [4] Email from Past District Master Victoria Fedor-Thurman requesting a short history of Balder Lodge, as well as purchasing a one page ad in the Grand Lodge convention program book. Don emailed her the requested history. [5] District convention attendance fee(s) due by April 15. [6] Email from District Secretary Mary Wahlberg requesting prizes for the District convention. If not attending, a donation would be appreciated. [7] Letter from Hospice of Humboldt Executive Director Joe Rogers describing the recently opened Ida Emmerson Hospice House, an end-of-life in-patient care facility. A winding path of commemorative bricks will be installed between the Hospice House and the Chapel of the Redwoods. An enclosed form can be used to donate to include an inscribed brick in the path. [8] A $40 donation in memory of Hub Nelson was received from Mr and Ms G Benzonelli. Don will send a Thank You letter. [9] Invitation from Desert Viking Lodge 682 to attend its 50th anniversary celebration May 6 at the Indian Wells Golf Resort. [10] Raffle tickets for a 50/50 drawing during the District Lodge convention, and a request for two baskets for a basket drawing.

Planning for Future Events: [1] April 15: Easter potluck, Marsha, chair. [2] May 29: Swedish pancake breakfast, Larry chair, Christian will handle shopping. [2] July 22's anniversary dinner will be catered, Chairman Lundberg will take care of arrangements. [4] Chairman Lundberg requested all committees be structured, with designations in advance regarding who will perform which roles, who brings what, who does what.

New Business: [1] Vasa Star obituary for Hub Nelson, $20. Motion by Treasurer Lancaster to pay the obituary fee, second by Irene Johnson, motion carried. [2] Motion by Christian Nielsen to purchase a Hospice of Humboldt 'Heart of Humboldt Path' brick in memory of Hub Nelson and departed members of Balder Lodge for $150, second by Dorothey Lancaster, motion carried. Don and Christian will handle details.

Good of the Order: [1] Eva presented a National Geographic issue about the Vikings. [2] Chairman Lundberg recommended visiting the Ferndale Museum. [3] Snowapple, a Dutch trio, will perform tomorrow evening in the West End of the Creamery Building in Arcata. [2] Eva, Benita, Annie and Jayme donated to the birthday barrel. [4] A drawing was held for the attendance award. That person was not present. Quarters were collected ($3.60) and added to the award amount, which will carry over to next month's drawing. [5] Ivan thanked everyone for bringing so much good food. [6] Chairman Lundberg and Christian are in the process of obtaining a new lectern.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 12:08 pm. Next meeting: Saturday, April 15, 11:00 am, followed by Easter potluck.



18-Feb-17
February Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:02 am by Chairman Mel Lundberg, with 16 members and two visitors present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed; no password taken.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Vice Chairman/Trustee Ivan Johnson, Assistant Financial Secretary Mary Kemp, Chaplain/Auditor Pat Ponnay, Master of Ceremonies Dorothey Lancaster, Trustee Kathy Holtermann, Auditor Robin Lancaster.

Kent told us about prospective members, as did Christian.

Chairman Lundberg declared the minutes (1/21/17) accepted as presented.

Sunshine Committee Report: Irene is undergoing chemotherapy.

Cultural Report: Getting around in Sweden, as opposed to doing so in the US, taxes, and healthier Swedish lifestyles, including longer average life spans.

Committee Reports: Next Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association meeting will be held Monday, March 6, 6:00 pm, at the Sizzler Restaurant in Eureka.

Unfinished Business: None.

Correspondence: [1] February issue of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] January/February issue of The Lindbergh Flier, Lindbergh Lodge's newsletter. [3] February issue of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter. [4] Letter and form to apply for District Lodge scholarship. [5] Email announcing a presentation by Professor Emeritus Hans Gösta Ringertz on Nobel Prize revelations, February 17 at the San Jose Odd Fellows Hall. [6] Email announcing "a night of hockey with the Swedish community and the San Jose Sharks" April 4, Sharks vs Canucks, contact Michael Bay, 650-851-9495. [7] Email announcing a special group rate, including reserved seating for the 142nd Running of the Preakness, May 20 at Golden Gate Fields, contact Jim Melin, 408-272-1700. [8] Letter from Executive Director Joe Rogers and order form to dedicate a brick as part of Hospice of Humboldt's 'Heart of Hospice Path.' [9] Email from District Master Scott Schulkin stating the requirements and benefits of holding District Lodge office.

Planning for Future Events: [1] March 18, St Patrick's Day potluck, Dorothey, chair. [2] April 15, Easter potluck, Marsha, chair.

New Business: [1] Treasurer Lancaster recommended transferring a stated amount from checking to savings. Motion by Christian Nielsen, second by Kent Willis, carried, accepting the recommendation. [2] Hospice of Humboldt's 'dedicate a brick' request will be discussed during next month's meeting.

Good of the Order: [1] Mel thanked Christian for all that he does for the lodge. [2] Kent drew Annie's name for the attendance award. She was present. Quarters were collected and the new award amount ($4.25) will carry over to next month's drawing.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 11:57 am. Next meeting: Saturday, March 18, 11:00 am.



21-Jan-17
January Meeting

Minutes - Danish Hall, Ferndale

Meeting called to order 11:24 am by Chairman Christian Nielsen, with 18 members present; quorum established; opening ceremonies observed; no password taken.

Roll Call of Officers found the following absent: Cultural Leader Hubert Nelson.

Chairman Nielsen declared the minutes (12/17/16) accepted as presented.

Sunshine Committee Report: Shirley is residing at Brookdale Senior Living, 2401 Redwood Way, Fortuna.

Cultural Report: Public holidays in Sweden, including those always on Sunday, de facto, eves always on Saturdays, klämdag, boxing week and the first days of January.

Committee Reports: A Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association meeting was held Monday, January 9, at the Pantry Restaurant in Eureka. This year's festival will be held in Fortuna, beginning noon Sunday, June 25, with a flag ceremony and accordion music by Lindy Mantova.

Unfinished Business: None.

Correspondence: [1] January issue of Sveabladet, Svea Lodge's newsletter. [2] January issue of Sierra Kronan Lodge's newsletter. [3] Letter from Mel Thomsen providing Shirley's new mailing address and inviting members to visit her at Brookdale. "Thank you for thinking of my mom. She always looks forward to hearing what is going on in the lodges." [4] Assessment calculation worksheet stating that the assessment amount per member is $35.35. [5] Email from Grand Secretary Joanie Graham passing on a message from William Lundquist, National Archives president, that the lodge keep a printed copy of the attached 'collection policy.' The policy includes the mission statement, history, scope of collection, categories, acquisitions, etc.

Planning for Future Events: [1] February 18, Valentine's Day cake and ice cream.

New Business: [1] Kathy Holtermann declined her nomination as vice chairman. [2] Nomination of delegates to the District Convention, April 21-23, in Sacramento: Kathy Holtermann accepted. Motion by Irene Johnson, second by Pat Ponnay, that Kathy serve as delegate.

Annual Business: [1] Nomination reopened for vice chairman: Ivan Johnson, who accepted and, being unopposed, the recording secretary cast a white ballot. [2] Don read the yearly report, as approved by the auditors, to those in attendance. An additional $1.42 in savings interest was added to the income. Motion by Ivan Johnson, second by Marsha Willis, to accept the yearly report. [3] Election of officers: Christian Nielsen, past chairman, Mel Lundberg, chairman, Ivan Johnson, vice chairman, Don Christensen, recording secretary, James Lancaster, assistant recording secretary, Zena Lundberg, financial secretary, Mary Kemp, assistant financial secretary, Larry Lancaster, treasurer, Don Christensen, cultural leader, Pat Ponnay, chaplain, Dorothey Lancaster, master of ceremonies, Marsha Willis, assistant master of ceremonies, Benita Robinson, inner guard, Ivan Johnson, trustee, Don Christensen, auditor, and Larry Lancaster, historian. Past District Master Mel Lundberg installed the new and returning officers, assisted by Don Christensen and Lynn Wachter.

Good of the Order: [1] Marsha told us that Kent offered to be in charge of this year's Lucia program. [2] Christian thanked Mel for his support the past two years. [3] Mel thanked the members and officers. [4] Mel contributed to the birthday barrel. [5] Christian drew Annie's name for the attendance award. She was present. Quarters were collected and the new award amount ($4.64) will carry over to next month's drawing.

Closing ceremonies observed. Meeting adjourned 12:28 pm. Next meeting: Saturday, February 18, 11:00 am, followed by cake, ice cream and a movie.


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