Poulsbo Sons of Norway May Maaken newsletter
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MAY 2023
Sons of Norway Mission Statement
 The mission of Sons of Norway is to promote and preserve the heritage and culture of Norway, to celebrate our relationship with other Nordic countries, and to provide quality insurance and financial products to its members. 
Lodge Office Phone - 360-779-5209
Trolls' Den Phone - 360-779-2384
Poulsbo Son's of Norway 2-44 - President's Message
It’s that time of year again to remember our heritage and celebrate with Norwegian constitution day. Viking Fest is coming May 20 and we are getting ready to parade and beer garden and have a great time being a part of Poulsbo and the festival known as Syttende Mai. Many lodges do something to honor the day and if you go to Ballard on Wednesday the 17th you will see the parade of bunads and flags to show Norwegian pride. The Ballard lodge is even having an open house to come and visit that day, so perhaps you can go see the other great Sons of Norway lodge in the area. And I don’t believe there is another parade for Syttende Mai this grand this side of Oslo.
Several groups have started in the lodge to socially gather and share our common interests. Thanks to Social Director Ashley Figlan for getting this together: business networking, country line dancing, German beer tasting, book readings, to name a few.  If you have some ideas of activities, please share them and maybe we can make that happen! Cultural director Alisha Anunson planned an activity for the last lodge business meeting cultural program to build sandwich cakes, or Smorgsatorte. Three teams participated and made each cake with care and beauty, filled with salad and seafood and meats and cream cheese, for an instructive turn into Norwegian cuisine. The winner was picked by a show of applause, but all were winning entries and I enjoyed the presentation very much.
I just wanted to thank you all who have worked so hard to make this a place to be and belong.  I notice it when you go out of your way to make people comfortable and dwell more on the positive aspects of our lodge. As we grow in lodge membership it can be challenging to navigate all the different interests and personal opinions of how things ought to proceed. We follow process and procedure when appropriate so that things can go as smoothly as possible.  It’s not always the quickest but it is meant to serve us well. Thanks for being a part of it!
The parade for Viking Fest is Saturday the 20th and we usually line up around 1 pm at Lions Park before the parade starts. Bring Norwegian sweaters or costume and Norway flags and walk with the lodge as we represent Sons of Norway! See you down at the lodge!
Paul Anunson
President, Poulsbo Sons of Norway
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Support the lodge's latest project:  We are raising funds to update the Marine Room men's and ladies' bathrooms with sparkling new counters, sinks and faucets.  
Everyone LOVES Fresh Lefse!  Purchase yours online – $10.00 for a package of 5 rounds!  
You can pick up your order at the Lodge (in the Norse Room) on:   Friday      5/19   1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday 5/20  11:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday    5/21  11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Or contact Sandi Walsh to make alternate arrangements: 
Happy May Fellow Sons of Norway Members,
My name is Lori Hill, some of you may know me as a past President of our Ladies Club which sadly ended a few years ago, as did our beloved  Kaffe Stua due to the Covid Pandemic. Well,  I am pleased to announce that we will be bringing Kaffe Stua back to our lodge to share our rich Norwegian Culture and History with the community through the love of Norwegian food.  “Kaffe Stua” in Norwegian means  “Coffee in the Livingroom”, or  an experience of, “Hygge” , Cozy, through time spent together over the sharing of food and drink. For many years has been the pleasure of our lodge to offer our community “A Taste of Norway”, through the preparation and serving of Norwegian delicacies, such as various soups, opened faced sandwiches, pickled Herring and various salads as well as Krumkake and Lefse, cheeses and desserts. Our Kick off date for our first Luncheon will be Wednesday, June 14 at the lodge. Our goal is to start out offering this event once a month, with the hope that we can expand to twice a month or more in time. We are currently looking for volunteers for various functions for this event. We are in need of volunteers for food prep and serving, room and table set up, dishwashers, and clean up. These are not easy tasks and will require the ability to work with a team, to multi task where needed   and to learn and train in several aspects of Norwegian food prep and to obtain a Kitsap county Food Handlers Certificate. Training, prep classes and orientation will be provided. We are excited to bring this fun and tasty experience back to the community. If you are looking for a place to volunteer your time once a month and to experience a fun culinary part of Norwegian culture, please contact: Lori Hill @ ilovetosail53@yahoo.com .  
Heritage Camp 2023 - June 27-29 from 9am-3pm. At Heritage Camp this year, we will be learning all about the history of POULSBO as we do crafts, baking, and games. We will have a jam-packed, three days of fun and learning! The cost is $90 for non-members and $60 for Sons of Norway members. We have a maximum of 40 campers ages 7-12. Registration ends May 14th and it's filling up quickly! Register online at https://bit.ly/HeritageCampRegistration23 
2023 Lodge Board
 President – Paul Anunson
 Vice President – Scott Kankovsky
 Counselor – Tony Smallbeck
 Secretary – Helen Wytko
 Assistant Secretary  - Michelle Meng
 Treasurer - Ingrid Simms
 Membership Secretary – Mary Gerstel
 Trustee 1 – Tim Larson
 Trustee 2 – Sherry White
 Trustee 3 – Jerry Block
 Cultural Director- Alisha Anunson
 Youth Director - Kari Carlsen
 Social Director Ashley Singer
 Sports Director – Lorena Maxwell
 Publicity Director - Leif Saunders
 Foundation Director – Beth Farley
 Auditor 1 – Karen Zabinski
 Auditor 2 – Amy Swenson
 Auditor 3 - Laura McDonough
 Editor – Joanne Graves
 Musician – Kathy Haug
 Historian – Kristi Durham
 Marshal 1 – Jaymie Cizek
 Marshal 2 - Curtis Vincent
 Greeter 1 – May Mathiesen
 Greeter 2 – Keri Kankovsky
 Building Association President - Paul Nicholson

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 Poulsbo Sons of Norway Scholarship applications are on line here: 

 2023 applications are now closed.  2024 scholarship information should be available in the fall.

If you have recently lost a loved one or know a lodge member who has recently passed away please contact the office (360)779-5209 
Weekly and Monthly events at the Lodge
Monday 4:30-7:00pm - Youth folk dancing
Mondays 6:30 - 7:45 - Informal Scandinavian music and dancing (first and third)
Thursdays at 6:00pm - Norse Room -Wood Carvers
Thursdays at 6:00pm - Trolls' Den - Trivia
Thursdays at 7:30pm - Marine Room - Men's Chorus
Fridays at 7:00am - Marine Room - Rotary Breakfast
Fridays at 10:00am - Viking Room - Needle Workers
First Tuesday - Lodge Board meeting
Second Tuesday - Lodge meeting - 7:00pm Marine Room
Second Wednseday - Members Business Networking 6:30-7:30pm
Second Wednesday - Building Association
Third Tuesday - Vikings
Fourth Tuesday - Ladies Book Club 1:00
Fourth Tuesday - Ingeborg Society - 6-8pm in the Viking Room
Coming Events


7 - Vern’s Famous Pancake Breakfast
9 - Lodge Memorial Service, 7:00pm
12 - Orca night book reading
12 - Pulled Pork Sliders on Hawaiian rolls
19-21 Viking Fest

10 - Shield Maiden Self Protection Training
14 - Kaffe Stua
17-  Midtsommer Festival and Nordic Market
25 - 1st Annual Cornhole Tournament 2-7pm
27-29 - Poulsbo Lodge Youth Heritage Camp

 8 - border Fest ( Dist 2 event at Peace Arch Park
15 - Trollhaugen Steak fry

 18-20 Norsk Folk Dans Stemne - see flier below

15-17 -Adult Heritage Retreat at Trollhaugen(see below)
 See below for event  details
We are looking for Friday Night Dinner volunteer crews! 
Contact Jaymie: JaymieCizek@gmail.com
See our website at poulsbosonsofnorway.com or our facebook page for the latest information
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