Nordik Folk

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!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Happy "97th" Birthday to
Nordik Folk Member
Ruth Mertes!!!!!

Grattis på födelsedagen!!!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Now on sale at Ikea: horse-free meatballs

Now on sale at Ikea: horse-free meatballs: Swedish meatballs are once again being sold at Ikea, with the Swedish furniture giant promising customers its version of the classic Swedish dish is now free of horsemeat.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Agenda 3/18/2013

Agenda NFolk3/18/2013

Nordik Folk Business Meeting 3/18 3013

Please join us as we meet again for
Nordik Folk No. 761
Business Meeting No. 3
March 18, 2013
6:30 pm
Ridge United Methodist Church

*Remember, we are going to start promptly at 6:30
Vi ses där
See you there!

Swedish with Steve! Episode 2: A day in the life of a Swede


Sjolunden Scholarships

Sjolunden, the Swedish Language Village of Concordia Language Villages, is offering funding for their summer programs.  Students can write a short essay about why they want to learn Swedish and submit it for a chance to earn a scholarship to the Swedish Village.  The submission deadline is april 12 and more information can be found at their website scholarship page,

For questions about Sjolunden please contact them at (800)224-4750.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Viking Lecture cancelled for March 5th

The Viking Lecture Series at the Munster Library has been 
CANCELLED for this evening!
We will meet again on the first Tuesday (the 2nd) of April!
Enjoy the snow!


Vikings - Episodes, Video & Schedule -


   It definitely feels Nordic out there today!  So many of us are looking for things to do on this snow day (in between shoveling and Swedish Language Lessons). Here is another thing to do while you are sipping hot cocoa.  Vikings on the history channel!!!  Please let me know what you think in the comment section below.  What did you think of it?

Vikings - Episodes, Video & Schedule -

Swedish with Steve! Episode 1: Introduce Yourself!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Viking Lecture Series 
Tuesday - March 5th
Munster Library 
 8701 Calumet Avenue

Register here:

This will be lecture 23 (Swedes in the Baltic and Russia) and
 lecture 24 (The road to Byzantium)

Free to all - Refreshments will be served.   
Bring a friend

 NOTE:  The weather is looking like a big storm may hit us on Tuesday.    If we are going to cancel, I will send out an email by mid afternoon, so please check your email before coming!  

Sunday, March 3, 2013


Congratulations to Lynda Smith and Ruth Mertes who both recieved their 25 yr Pins for membership in their dual lodge, Siljan-Mora Tuna!!!
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Initiation of Tonia Tomky

Congratulations, Tonia!
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Nordik Folk Installation Smorgasbord 2013

     On Sunday, February 24th at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Munster, Indiana,  Nordik Folk gathered to Install the new officers for 2013.  Congratulations to them all!

Chairman:  Michael Pearson, Jr.
Vice Chairman:  Herb Smith
Treasurer: Beth Raddatz
Financial Secretary:  Jean Ogrentz
Assistant Financial Secretary:  Bryan Tomky
Recording Secretary:  Linnea Ogrentz
Assistant Recording Secretary:  Michelle Westlund
Master of Ceremonies:  Fred Raddatz
Assistant Master of Ceremonies:  Lisa Raddatz
Cultural Leader:  Annelise Gingold-Nelson
Chaplain:  Janice Tomky
Outer Guard:  Les Lesko
Inner Guard:  Ingrid Lesko
Lodge Historian:  Michelle Westlund
Trustees:  (3yr Chair) Lisa Pearson
(2yr) Phyllis Kalajian
(1 yr) Wanda Huszar
Auditors:  (3 yr Chair) Jean Ogrentz
(2 yr) Herb Smith
(1yr) Timothy Ogrentz

*Remind me next year to get a group picture of all the officers in attendance.  That would be really nice to add to the yearly History.

Lynda Smith, Sten Hult, Nancy Hult and Lisa Pearson

Deputy Nancy Hult & Chairman Michael Pearson, Jr.

Phyllis Kalajian, Les and Ingrid Lesko, Little Linnea & Lisa Raddatz

Nancy Hult, Shelly Westlund & Sten Hult

Nancy Hult congratulating newly installed Master of Ceremonies, Fred Raddatz

Nancy Hult congratulation newly installed Assistant
Master of Ceremonies, Lisa Raddatz

Nancy Hult and newly installed Chairman
Michael Pearson, Jr.

Minutes of the Meeting for February 18, 2013

Vasa Order of America
Nordik Folk No. 761
Minutes of the Meeting
February 18, 2013

Members Present:  Linnea Ogrentz, Lynda Smith, Annalisa Blue, Herb Smith, Steve Westlund, Shelly Westlund, Mike Pearson Sr., Mike Pearson Jr., Beth Raddatz, Fred Raddatz, Lisa Pearson, Les Lesko, Indrid Lesko, and Tonia Tomky.

  1. The Meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm.  The Chaplain’s Message was read by Shelly Westlund in the absence of Chaplain Janice Tomky.
  2. The Minutes of the January meeting were accepted as read.  Motion to accept Shelly Westlund/seconded by Lynda Smith.  All were in favor.
  3. Financial Report:  
A.  Expenses $771.75 per capita tax
$70.00  church donation
$17.09  printer ink
    Income $441.00 Fest
$55.00   Pins
$175.00 Dues
   Scholarship Fund $120.00 50/50 & DVD sales

         Main Total $4692.64
   Scholarship Fund   $1427.42
  1. Committee Reports:  None
  2. Unfinished Business:  Delegate selection (Annual Business)
  3. Correspondence:  
     A.  Convention letter requesting ads. (new business)
           B.  Letter from the Grand Lodge
                regarding the OAB Fund (read aloud).
C.  Vasa Park $25 membership renewal letter (new business).

  1. Planning for future events
A.  Installation “smorgasbord”
    1.  Set up at Noon , 1 pm start
    2.  Drinks:  coffee, pop
                3.  Sign up to bring a dish
B.  Swedish Pancake/Pea Soup fundraiser:  It was discussed and decided to hold off
                 until we have a better location.  Fall would be better.  Discussion tabled until August
C.  Viking lecture series:  Tuesday, March 5, 2013
D.  Genealogy:  Monday, March 11, 2013
   VIII.  New Business
   A.  Convention Ad:  Herb Smith made a motion that we buy a $50 ½
                page Ad.  Steve Westlund seconded.  All were in favor.  Linnea Ogrentz will create
                and send in the Ad.  It will have officer’s names and a congratulations to Brahe Lodge
    for 100 years.
B.  Regalia?  Lynda Smith will bring to the Installation to be passed on to the newly
    elected Master of Ceremonies (Fred Raddatz)..
C.  Lynda Smith motioned to renew our Vasa Park Membership for $25.  Annelise Nelson
     seconded the motion.  All were in favor.
D.  Temporary time change for meetings.  We’ll be getting started promptly at 6:30 and
doing our Cultural presentations at the end of the meeting while Chairman Mike Pearson
Jr. has class at 8 pm.
IX.   Annual Business:  Delegates to the District Convention
       A.  Nordik Folk:
1.  Michael Pearson Jr.
2.  Katie Westlund
3.  Ingrid Lesko

     B.  Nordikids
1.  Emily Pearson

    C.  Alternates
1.  Shelly Westlund
2.  Linnea Ogrentz
  X.  Good of the Order:  Cultural Display is under way by Cultural leader Annelise Nelson with the help of Phyllis Kalajian and the older Nordikids.  Samples of Princess Cake.

XI.  Closing 7:50.  Our next meeting will be March 18th, 2013.

XII.  Cultural Program:  Annelise Nelson presented “Sports and Health in Sweden.”  She talked about the professional sports in Sweden including football (soccer), ice hockey, bandy (the fastest team sport in the world), Athletics (steeplechase, high jump, javelin, hurdles).  Other popular sports in Sweden include orienteering, gymnastics, swimming, martial arts, riding sports, ice hockey, handball, rugby union, skiing, track and field.  Sweden also is successful in tennis, boxing, motorsports, cycling,  and basketball.