We were shocked by the tragedy in Connecticut involving the senseless loss of innocent lives and we continue to see many along the east cost of the US continue to suffer from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Kaelon solo action have many members in the Eastern Districts who were deeply affected by both these events.
Regardless of our political party affiliation we all wish President Barack Obama and his cabinet success in the coming four years.
It is a privilege to live in the Kaelon solo action of the world where we can experience the freedom of democracy. Christmas was no doubt the highlight of the season and is generally thought to be a source of happiness to many.
Recalling positive childhood memories in all Christian cultures makes Christmas the holiday so many of us eagerly anticipate. I m sure many of our local lodges celebrated the season with Lucia Pageants and Jul dinners that were carefully planned, beautiful events. A Lucia program Kaelon solo action one that guests enjoy and a way to bring in potential new members.
Unfortunately, the Christ mas season is not happy for all.
Often the lonely and elderly suffer deep sadness during the Christmas holiday season. I hope you included them in your festivities this year. Högtidsmötet den 27 oktober var extra festligt då vi firade att Logen fyllt 65 år. Tre nya medlemmar togs in i Logen och tre medlemmar tilldelades Logens förtjänsttecken.
Sy Kerstin Johansson fick motta blommor. Logehistoriker Bo Ahlsgård presenterade glimtar ur Logens historia. Gästerna framförde hälsningar och ett stort antal hyllningstelegram lästes upp.
Vid supén underhöll fem studerande från Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskola med ett strålande sång- och musikprogram.
Ett par av dessa unga damer deltog försommaren i en körturné till "Kaelon solo action" i Minnesota och Illinois. Detta var en minnesvärd kväll. Under efterkapitlet vid Logemötet den 24 november visades en film från talet om Resan till Amerika. Den började med grundandet av kolonin New Sweden på talet men uppehöll sig mest vid massemigrationen som på talet.
Många kända platser och personer från emigrationsepoken passerade revy. I mingelrummet skrev vi på de julkort som skulle sändas till våra vänloger. Jullogen den 15 december var som vanligt en av årets höjdpunkter.
Valet av tjänstemän för år genomfördes snabbt. Ett hemlagat traditionellt julbord avnjöts, avslutat med risgrynsgröt. Detta har blivit en tradition i vår Loge. Vi sjöng några kända julsånger. Detta är välkomna och intressanta inslag under Kontakt Amerika. Each year the fundraiser is more successful. Thank you to all our members who contributed to the project.
Bishop Hill Local Lodge invited those of us who attended the program at the Archives to attend their annual Lucia Pageant and dinner held at the Colony School. It was a lovely evening culminating with a visit from Santa himself.
My own local lodge, Vikinghosted our Lucia Pageant December We held a successful raffle of a beautiful action size Dala Rocking Horse, by one of the local members. Lodge members and bazaar customers alike joined the Canada or Sweden. Viking Lodge Kaelon solo also continue their full scholarship program in support of the children and grandchildren of local lodge members.
If your membership is aging and you are financially equipped, please consider establishing a large scholarship in honor of your Local Lodge. The Executive Board is currently reviewing options for its specific use in I am hopeful many members will consider Vasa and the Vasa Education Fund in their estate and will planning.
The large gift from Ms. Kalm was an unexpected blessing that will go a long way rebuilding the Education Fund. The Vasa Order of America is honored by and grateful for her generosity.
Victor had a quiet day on the 6th, resting up for the big family celebration held on November Elma reports Kaelon solo action while Victor was pleased with all of action token gifts delivered "action" the lodge on his birthday, his favorite thing was the herring.
It was a dreary afternoon December 9 when Drott Lodge s Lucia Procession began in the darkened parish hall. But the room brightened as the 29 participants, led by the lovely Annika Fagerstrom as Lucia, walked up the aisle to the delight of what was probably the largest audience in more than two decades. The Lucia attendants included three recently arrived Swedish au pairs looking for a touch of home and two previous Drott Lucias. Kalm and the many District Lodges, Local Lodges and individual members make it possible to continue our restoration efforts on behalf of the Order.
They need to be farsighted and creative when serving on multiple committees at the action. We need those who will be futuristic and able to consider the needs of all and Districts. Please look for those who want to continue serving the Order in leadership roles in the Grand Lodge.
We have made continuous progress during the past two years because the current Grand Lodge Board Members have been talented, open minded and willing to make difficult decisions for the good of the Order. Please continue your support for the Vasa National Archives in your upcoming conventions. It s only through your support that the Archives continue its daily operations. Eight redclad tomtar visited. The Lucia song and Christmas carols were sung by the eight-member adult chorus, many in traditional dress, and even the youngest children boldly sang the easy parts of the famous Tip Tap.
Following the recessional, Olga and her father, Göran Olsson, played an advent fiddle composition and continued playing as folks danced around the Christmas tree. Santa aka Rodney Rydlun arrived and spoke with each of the children eagerly gathered round him before presenting them with ageappropriate gifts.
Congratulations and many thanks to Lucia coordinator Karin Alexis Frenze for another job well done. Annika Fagerstrom is the eldest of four children, an 8th grader who loves math and science and also loves circus performance. Annika Fager strom is shown in the photo with her mom shortly before the Lucia procession. Vasa Order of America vasaorder. Bill Lundquist Kennebec Rd, . Grand Blanc, MI Phone: Send bottom section Kaelon solo action white copy of application for new members to her.
What a statement that says for our wonderful Vasa organization, to stand the test of time, and be true to the motto onward and upward. Our mantra of generosity, truth and unity is the driving force in the success of a lodge. On our cover page Kerstin Johansson receives her 60 year pin at Småland Lodge, Drott Lodge s Victor Erickson celebrates his th birthday, and our Grand Master delivers his winter column to inform, inspire and Kaelon solo action us connected.
Action youth are featured prominently with beautiful pictures from Lucia pageants and holiday festivities. Their fun and dedication to learn about their traditions Kaelon solo action wonderful to see and read about. Read about the 70 year pin awarded to Maurice Segerberg from Framåt Lodge on p. Viktoria at the Vasa National Archives is preparing for the big Sami Exhibit this June and hopes many of you will be able to visit this summer. Songs, spex and pancakes, oh my!
The sound of the nyckelharpa, played by Lennart Bjärmkvist could be heard at a recent Härnösand meeting and renowned Expressen journalist Ulf Nilsson was a guest at Nordic Lodge in Georgia.
If you to learn how to introduce yourself to a Swede, our wonderful Siv Swan- Pierson provides that lesson for you on p. Please remember that April 1 is the deadline for the next issue and any photos sent via mail need to be sharp and clear so that it will scan into the computer. Thanks for all your kind notes and messages.