Category Archives: Meetings

2012 Lodge officers to be installed on Saturday, January 21st

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.

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.

National History Day Competition: update from Coupeville students

The National History Day program is an exceptional avenue of academic opportunity for students who love history. Projects are built upon thousands of hours of labor and show a dedication far exceeding most academic standards. Champions all, these students demonstrate the kind of excellence that is possible from all our students.

Each year for the past several years, our Nordic Lodge has helped support Coupeville student participation in this annual History Day Competition. History Day Advisor Wilbur Purdue and two of his students – Heni Barnes and KT Wynn – came to our November general membership meeting to tell us about their plans for the 2011 competition. As in previous years, we found ourselves inspired  – and filled with enthusiasm for them!

About twelve Coupeville students in all are already in their beginning stages of research.  The theme for the competition this year is Debate & Diplomacy in History: Success, Failures, Consequences. Topics being explored by these students include Cloning, the California Condor, the Gadsden Purchase, Kenniwick Man, WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots – Women Pilots of WWII), Homeland Security, the Judge Boldt Decision (Native American treaty fishing rights), the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Grand Coulee Dam.  Students will put in hundreds of hours of research on their topics on their own time.  Presentations however, can be no more than 10 minutes in length.

Students may present their work in one of five ways: as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a web site.  Student Heni Barnes’ topic is the Gadsden Purchase and will be a documentary; KT Wynn’s topic is Kennewick Man, and will be a performance.

In March 2011, Western Washington State University will host the Regional competition, where students’ work will be judged by professional educators and historians.  If their work is chosen as ‘the best’, they will move on to the Statewide competition on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Bellevue College. If they are winners in the Washington State contest, they will be eligible to attend the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park in June.

Coupeville students have brought back major awards for many years, including this past year, at both the State and National levels.

We know they will do well once again this year!

More information about History Day competitions can be found on the following websites.