Category Archives: 2011


Julefest 2011

This gallery contains 30 photos.

Once again the celebrating began in early December (the 10th)  and what a good time was had by all!  And once again the photos speak for themselves  and continue to remind us the heritage we like to share with one … Continue reading

Lodge forms planning teams for 2012

Challenged to step up and into the future their new Lodge home will make possible for them, 24  Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge members formed six planning teams at their general meeting on Saturday, November 19th.  Elected to the 2012 Administrative Team that will  guide the other five teams were:  Pete Berg, President, Dick Johnson, Vice President, Liz Berg, Treasurer, and Emilly MacCormick, Secretary.

The Communications, Cultural, Operations, Outreach,  and Social Planning teams will begin meeting soon to start mapping out and fine-tuning strategies and activities that will help Lodge members achieve the long-range vision they see for themselves in preserving Nordic heritage here on Whidbey Island.

This team approach to Lodge organization for 2012 was chosen to optimize opportunities for members to play a role in Lodge planning  as well as to make the Lodge more cohesive and inclusive.

Stepping up to the future!

Although ground has not yet been broken on the land purchased earlier this year for construction of their own Lodge building, Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge members are busy planning for their future.

Circle discussions to follow pancake breakfast
Following a pancake breakfast beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday November 19th, 2011,  Lodge members will continue their conversations by focusing on identifying the  interests, skills & experience of those present and on the formation of the leadership teams that will allow them to step up to and into the future their own Nordic Lodge meeting facility will make possible for them.

Tour of Lodge building site
The pancake breakfast and meeting will be followed by a tour of the land on which the new Lodge is to be built for those members who have not yet visited the site.

Scandinavian baked goods make a hit!

At the annual Island County Biz Expo on  October 15-16, sponsored by the   Economic Development Council , Lodge baked goods were once again a hot item for attendees.   Speciality items from members’ Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish recipe files –  such as lefse, spritz and and goro cookies – were particularly popular this year, but other types of breads and cookies sold well too.

The Lodge has participated in the Biz Expo event for several years now, and anticipates returning next year.  This annual bake sale is the Lodge’s main annual fundraiser.

Lodge members are preparing for annual bake sale

In preparation for the WhidbeyIsland Nordic Lodge’s annual Bake Sale, ovens got turned on Monday October 10th for a special group baking session that included making spritz and goro cookies.  What fun!  And how lucky the folks will be who get to buy these specialties!

The Bake Sale will take place at the Island County Biz Expo, sponsored by the  Economic Development Council,  on Saturday and Sunday October 15-16 in the Coupeville High School Gym.

Get there early if you want to be able to choose from a large variety of Scandinavian goodies!

Land is being prepared for construction of Lodge building

Lodge construction siteJust south of Coupeville,  Lodge members are busy preparing land that was recently purchased for the purpose of building the Lodge’s own home!

A groundbreaking date for construction of the new Lodge building is not yet set.

10th anniversary celebration!

About 80 Lodge members, friends & families joined together on Saturday May 21st to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge.  Barneleikaringen danced, the Shifty Sailors sang, and following a  fantastic dinner, all listened to Kristine Leander, Executive Director of the Swedish Cultural Center, speak  on the immigration of Scandinavians to the Northwest in the early 1900’s, the imprint they left behind, and how we are now celebrating our heritage.

Efforts to form the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge began in 1999, when Sid Iverson began a campaign to identify and assess the interest of Scandinavians on Whidbey Island in having a lodge.  As a result of Iverson’s efforts, which included the mailing of 750 postcards inviting people with Scandinavian names to informational and organizational meetings,  the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge was instituted on May 19, 2001, with 87 initial charter members representing all the Nordic countries.