We are a Scandinavian Culture Club who meets Monthly September-May on the 3rd Monday of each month at Ridge United Methodist Church on Columbia Avenue in Munster, IN. 6:30 pm. All are welcome! We enjoy Scandinavian culture by celebrating the holidays, music, language, crafts and history of Scandinavia!
Nordikids & Nordik Folk met on Monday, April 3rd to decorate Feather Twigs & dress up like Easter Witches! Easter (Påsk) is a secular event in Sweden and the fact that many children dress up as witches gives a clear indication that the origins of the spring festival predate Christianity. Folklore alleges that witches flew off on broomsticks to dance with the devil at a legendary meadow named Blåkulla. On Maundy Thursday (skärtorsdag), you'll spot kids with painted faces and broomsticks. Some knock on doors asking for treats, much like American children do at Halloween. Regarding those Feather Branches...If you're invited to a Swedish lunch at a summer house (lucky you) or elsewhere, you might be wondering why on earth there are vases filled with bunches of twigs covered in feathers. In fact, Swedes have been decorating small birch tree branches like this since the 1800s. These originally served as a reminder of Christ’s suffering and children would pretend to lash each other with them on Good Friday. Nowadays the feathers tend to be brightly colored and tend to remain on the table.
Our Nordikids went to town! Here are some photos...
Opening: In the
absence of Chairman Tim Ogrentz, Vice Chairman Herb Smith opened the meeting at
7:05 pm. The Chaplain’s Message was read by Elizabeth Allen-Flores.
Ogrentz, Herb Smith, Shelly Westlund, Mike Pearson Sr., Lynn Moline-Buwalda,
Janice Tomky, Tonia Tomky, Ingrid Lesko, Elizabeth Allen-Flores, Ron Allen,
Karin Schaffer, Sofia Nelson, Annelise Gingold-Nelson, Shana Chelich, Jean Ogrentz,
Jean Oak, Beth Raddatz, Fred Raddatz, Shelly Pehlgrim, Lynda Smith, Phyllis
Kalajian, Lisa Raddatz, Lisa Pearson, District Deputy Susan Nilsson. Guests:
Kristen Lindemulder, Roberta Rich and Donald Rich.
16. Minutes: The Minutes of the January 16th meeting
were accepted as read.
17. Financial Reports:
Secretary Jean Ogrentz: No report
Capita Tax 1224.25
oCamp Scholarship: 1868.42
District Deputy Susan Nilsson reported that there are scholarships for
Sjolunden through the American Daughters of Sweden. The deadline is march 11th.
Cultural Leader Lynda Smith reported that the treat & Culture Program is
almost filled up.
It was reported that Nordikids pianist Valerie Cook underwent surgery recently.
Faire: There will be an organizational meeting Monday, February 27th.
District Convention Delegates
Pearson Sr. (Nordikids)
from Susan Cleveland, PDM regarding nominations for District Executive Board
positions. The letter and list of
position was passed around.
from District Historian, Mariann Ekstrand calling for Historian Report due
March 15th. Our Lodge
Historian is Michelle Westlund. The forms were given to her.
21. Planning for Future Events:
Nillson reported a possible trip being organized by Bessemer No. 203 to the
Swedish Museum in Andersonville for breakfast with Pippi. She will keep us
Smith reported a possible trip to Norway, IL in June.
will start up on Sundays in April at Wicker Park in Highland, IN.
7th 6 pm: 1st
Tuesday genealogy at the Munster Library- “Free Sources”
Discussion of by-laws to be presented to the District in May. They will be
distributed by the March meeting during which time we can discuss them and
decide how our delegates should vote as they represent us.
23. Annual Business: Installation of Officers
24. Good of the Order
you to Susan Nilsson for coming and officiating our Installation.
smith: thanks to all who came out to the Munster Library for the Genealogy
Westlund: Asked for prayers for Katie as she enters a final round of interviews
for a job.
Greeting from Britt and Bruno Nilsson
Lesko: Reported having attended the Siljan-Mora-Tuna Installation and thanked
everyone for their support after the death of her mother.
Closing: Vice Chairman
Herb Smith closed the meeting at 8 pm. The next meeting will be on March 20th. Culture Program will be presented by Shelly
Westlund and snacks will be provided by Linnea Ogrentz.