On Monday, May 19, the Whidbey Island Lodge turned 13 years of age! To celebrate its birthday – and Syttende Mai as well – the Lodge held a celebratory dinner for members and their families and friends. Good food, music and conversation was enjoyed by all! Monday’s celebration was also the first Lodge birthday & Syttende Mai to be held in the Fritz Cornell Nordic Hall. Construction of the new Hall was completed in June 2013. Thanks go to member June Fitzpatrick for the photos. Hip Hip Hurrah!
Lodge members celebrated their 12th Anniversary as well as Syttende Mai on Saturday May 11th with great food and fun. Guest speaker for the event was Shirley Fjoslien, a long-time Seattle area resident of Norwegian Heritage who volunteers for the Nordic Heritage Museum. Shirley delighted everyone with a talk about Scandinavian Influences in the Pacific Northwest that included countless informative facts and tales that peaked everyone’s interest – even other long time Seattle area residents!
Members also said farewell at this celebration to the Coupeville Rec Hall, which has been a regular monthly meeting place for several years.
Beginning in September 2013, the Lodge will hold its monthly meeting and celebrations in their new building located at 63 Jacobs Road, Coupeville.
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.