February is Installation Potluck time! We had a grand crowd and lots of food to share as Lynda Smith did the honors of Installing our new officers for 2015. The list of officers is here:
Many thanks to outgoing Chairman, Michael Pearson Jr., and congratulations to the new Chairman: Timothy Ogrentz!
|Lynda Smith, Lisa Raddatz with baby Wren, Tonia Tomky|
|Harry Ogrentz and Jean Ogrentz|
|Tim, Harry & Jean Ogrentz|
|Bryan and Tonia Tomky|
|Phyllis Kalajian and Annelise Nelson|
|Bryan, Tonia and Janice Tomky|
|Micheal Pearson Jr., and Lynda Smith|
|Newly installed Chairman, Tim Ogrentz & Lynda Smith|
|(l-r) Herb Smith, Lisa Pearson, Fred Raddatz, Jean Ogrentz, Janice Tomky, Beth Rattatz, Harry Ogrentz, Lynda Smith, Michael Pearson Jr. Front: Tim Ogrentz|
|Chairman Tim Ogrentz|
|Lisa, Cristine & Jennifer Pearson|
|Mark and Barb Hannigan|
|Lynda Smith, Joanne Ortman & Don|
In other news, February was all about planning the newest addition to our yearly calendar... the Nordic Faire. Planned for May, our hope is to invite the community to come and enjoy our Nordikids and taste some authentic Scandinavian Food, dance some authentic Scandinavian dances, hear some authentic Scandinavian music and experience Scandinavian painting, wood carving, and crafts. We want this event to be a great example of community outreach and we intent for the event to grow every year and become a regional source for all things Scandinavian! Of course, bringing the communities attention to our Children's group and Lodge will be an added bonus.
We continue to discuss membership, the future of VASA and what our goals are for our corner of Scandinavia here in Northwest Indiana. The District Convention is drawing near (May 29-31) and organization politics is a big topic. One thing we all agree on is that moving VASA forward, and bringing an antiquated organization into the 21st century is essential.
Agenda for the Feb 16th :
Minutes for the Feb 16th Business meeting: