Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge members gathered together on Thursday September 20th to celebrate the breaking of ground for its new building on Jacobs Rd. just south of Coupeville.
Funding for this major project was gifted to the Lodge by member Fritz Cornell upon his death. Fritz died of leukemia on Dec 16, 2008. He was born in Norway on September 20, 1927, and immigrated to the United States in 1947.
Building construction is expected to be completed in 2013 and members look forward to their Nordic Lodge building being a place where all Whidbey Islanders of Scandinavian heritage can celebrate that heritage. Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge was instituted on May 19, 2001, with 87 initial charter members representing all the Nordic countries.
Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge’s officers and team leaders for 2012 officially assumed their positions on Saturday January 21st, with former Lodge President Barbara Wilson officiating. Pete Berg was installed as President, Dick Johnson as Vice President, Liz Berg as Treasurer, and Emilly MacCormick as Secretary. Team Leaders for 2012 were also recognized for the roles they have assumed.
Barbara preceded the installation ceremony with a review of events during the past year that have led up to the restructuring of our Lodge into the Planning Teams that will allow Lodge membership to more fully participate in creating the Lodge they envisioned during a brainstorming meeting in February 2011.
Officers for 2012 were elected at the November meeting and Team Chairpersons were selected by the Teams established at that meeting, after members had had an opportunity to let others know where and how they would personally like to contribute to the Lodge in 2012 and who they felt would best represent our Lodge as officers.
Noting that our new team structure, our visions, and the way we conduct our business will undoubtedly have to be tweaked in the coming months, especially as the new building is constructed, Barbara also reminded members that this new team structure for the Lodge nonetheless offers members a solid vehicle through which they can continue to express their wishes and dreams for the Lodge – be a place to be heard – and further offers them an opportunity to work together with other Lodge members in new ways.
At the January meeting the Lodge’s President of the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge, Pete Berg will be installed as President for 2012, Dick Johnson as Vice President, Emilly MacCormick as Secretary, and Liz Berg as Treasurer. Numerous other lodge members will be recognized as Chairpersons for the various other teams that were established in November to plan and implement social, cultural, operational, outreach and communications activities for the Lodge. Former Lodge President Barbara Wilson will officiate.
Lodge Members will also take pause at this meeting to recognize the national organization under which it is chartered – The Sons of Norway – by viewing the film Fram: Forward into the future: Celebrating 100 years of District 2 Sons of Norway 1910-2010.
The Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge is unusual amongst Sons of Norway Lodges in that it focuses on, as its name suggests, Nordic culture and tradition celebrating all Nordic nations.
Presiding at the January 15th Lodge meeting to officially install Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge officers for 2011 was Ted Fosberg, Past International President of the Sons of Norway.
The line-up looks a little different this year; Dick Johnson is again Nordic Lodge President for 2011, and Sid Iverson the Treasurer, but Olof Sander takes over as Lodge Vice President for 2011, Pete Berg as Counselor, and Emilly McCormick as Lodge Secretary. Emilly has also assumed the Director position of the new Cultural Committee. Sid Iverson and Pete Berg will also continue in their positions as Trustee, as will Cherie Iverson.
Assuming new support positions for 2011 are: Maurice Aasland and Les McCormick, as Greeters. Continuing in last year’s support positions are: Maurice Aasland, Marshal; Pete Berg, Sports Director; Joan Gerteis, Publicity Director; Joy Iverson, Newsletter Editor; Dick Johnson, Program Coordinator & Historian; Ingri Johnson, Social Director; Emilly & Les McCormick, Sunshine Committee; Chuck Stone, Greeter.
Liz Berg was Acting Marshall for this Installation of Officers.