Newly-elected Lodge officers will be installed at the upcoming General Lodge meeting on January 20th. Doing the honors will be Doug Warne, former president of Leif Erikson Lodge, host of the weekly Scandinavian Hour for 58 years and the recent recipient of the St. Olav Medal awarded by King Harald V of Norway for Doug’s distinguished service to Norway.
In addition to the installation of new officers, Camille Richey, a second-year PhD student in the Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington will give a presentation about Finnish painter, Aksell Gallen-Kallela and his important contribution to the construction of the Finnish identity.
A lunch of “frikadeller” red cabbage and potatoes will be served following the program. A $7.00 donation will be appreciated from those wishing to stay for the lunch.
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.
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.