Vasa Order of America
District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8
|District Cultural leader and Nordik Folk member|
The District Lodge Lake Michigan No. 8 106th Annual Convention and meeting was held May 30 - June 1st at the Chicago Marriott Southwest in Burr Ridge, IL. Delegates from all 19 District Lodges and one Children's Club were on hand to discuss the future of the order as well as celebrate it.
Represting Nordik Folk as delegates for 2014 were: Linnea Ogrentz, Emily Pearson, Shelly Pehlgrim and Kristin Schmal. April Nelson represented Nordikids. Several of our Nordik Folk members who hold District Positions were on hand: Mike Pearson Sr. (Vice District Master), Joella Hultgren (Assistant District Secretary & Valthornet Editor), Lynda Smith (Supervisor of children's & Youth Clubs), Tim Ogrentz (District Cultural Leader), and Herb Smith (2nd Year Auditor).
Along with all of the District Board Member Reports, there is a place for new discussion usually regarding the future of VASA and our lodges as membership continues to dwindle. There was a nice moment during the convention where we divided into discussion groups on the behest of Jubileum No. 755, to share ideas and to ask important questions about membership. These were some of the ideas/observations: Many delegates felt that local lodges needed more cultural events and shorter business meetings. It was suggested that we all ask ourselves why we joined VASA, and what we think would make it appealing for others interested in Scandinavian Culture to join. What can we do within our local lodges to make our meetings, programs and events worthwhile and interesting to our communities?
Distinguished Service Award
|Vice District Master Mike Pearson & Assistant District Secretary & |
Distinguished Service Award Recipient
Joella Hultgren dual member of Svea No. 253 and Nordik Folk 761, received the District Lake Michigan No. 8 Distinguished Service Award for 2014. It was presented to her by our own Past Chairman & Vice District Master, Mike Pearson. Joella has been the Editor of the Valthornet since 2007. She is also the Assistant District Secretary. Joella has certainly provided distinguished Service to Vasa and we congratulate her on her accomplishment. We are lucky to have such a distingushed member in our lodge. She joins Lynda Smith, who received the award at last year's convention.
Vasa Scholarship Awards
|Concordia Language Camp Recipients:|
Melissa and Jennifer Pearson, Harry Ogrentz & Steven Lesko
|District Scholarships: Katie Westlund, Rachel Hannigan, |
Abigail Ogrentz & Emily Pearson
|Grand Lodge Scholarships: Katie Weslund, Rachel Hannigan|
& Abigail Ogrentz
2014/2015 District Officers: