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!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Nordik Folk No. 761 starts up again

Please join us at
 Nordik Folk No. 761
as we begin our Fall Season!
Meetings and Cultural Programs every
3rd Monday
Ridge United Methodist Church
Munster, IN
6:30 pm

Monday, April 10, 2017

Nordik Faire Planning

Members: Please join us for the final planning days for our 3rd Annual Nordic Faire 2017:
Mondays at 6:30pm
Ridge United Methodist Church
*keep an eye for email updates*

KUBB in the Park!


Small but delightful crowd gathered on April 9th for a few rounds of the 
Viking lawn game!
Next "Kubb in the Park" is April 23rd
in Wicker Park
Highland, IN
at 1 pm
Join us!
Nordikids Celebrate Easter the Scandinavian Way

  Nordikids & Nordik Folk met on Monday, April 3rd to decorate Feather Twigs & dress up like Easter WitchesEaster (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...


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Waffle Day

Thursday, March 2, 2017


Genealogy w/ Herb
at the Munster Library
 March 7th
6 pm
"Free Resouces"
Call (219)836-8450 to reserve a spot
or visit:

Nordik Faire Planning

Nordic Faire Planning Meeting
March 13th
at Ridge United Methodist Church
6:30 pm
**Please join us**

The Nordic Faire is scheduled for 
April 29th at
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Vendors, Scandinavian Food & Entertainment

All hands on deck!

February Nordik Folk Minutes of the Meeting

Vasa Order of America
Nordik folk No. 761
February 20, 2017
Minutes of the Meeting

13.  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.

14.  Attendance: Linnea 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.

15.  Membership Applications: None

16. Minutes: The Minutes of the January 16th meeting were accepted as read.

17. Financial Reports:
·         Financial Secretary Jean Ogrentz: No report
·         Treasurer: Beth Raddatz
o   Main Account:
Ø  Per Capita Tax              1224.25
Ø  Church Donation            100.00
Ø  VASA CEF                    820.00
Ø  Nordikcreations                84.00
Ø  Glogg                              110.00
Ø  Fest sales                           12.00
Balance:                                   5091.69

o   Camp Scholarship:                      1868.42

18.  Committee Reports:
·         Youth: District Deputy Susan Nilsson reported that there are scholarships for Sjolunden through the American Daughters of Sweden.  The deadline is march 11th.
·         Culture: Cultural Leader Lynda Smith reported that the treat & Culture Program is almost filled up.
·         Sunshine: It was reported that Nordikids pianist Valerie Cook underwent surgery recently.  
·         Nordik Faire: There will be an organizational meeting Monday, February 27th.

19.  Unfinished Business: District Convention Delegates
·         Katie Westlund (new?)
·         Carolyn Kuzminski (new)
·         Ron Allen (new)
·         Elizabeth Allen (new)
·         Mike Pearson Sr. (Nordikids)
·         Alternate: Barbara Hannigan

20. Correspondence:
·         Letter from Susan Cleveland, PDM regarding nominations for District Executive Board positions.  The letter and list of position was passed around. 
·         Letter 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:
·         Susan 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 informed
·         Lynda Smith reported a possible trip to Norway, IL in June.
·         Kubb will start up on Sundays in April at Wicker Park in Highland, IN.
·         March 7th  6 pm: 1st Tuesday genealogy at the Munster Library- “Free Sources”
·         2nd Monday Genealogy:

22.  New Business: 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
·         Thank you to Susan Nilsson for coming and officiating our Installation.
·         Herb smith: thanks to all who came out to the Munster Library for the Genealogy group.
·         Shelly Westlund: Asked for prayers for Katie as she enters a final round of interviews for a job.
·         Susan: Greeting from Britt and Bruno Nilsson
·         Ingrid Lesko: Reported having attended the Siljan-Mora-Tuna Installation and thanked everyone for their support after the death of her mother.

25.  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.

     In February, we held our Annual Installation Potluck dinner.  Nordik folk families enjoyed chicken and many, many sides before Our District Deputy, Susan Nilsson, officiated the Installation of Officer Ceremony.  Congratulation to our 2017 Nordik Folk Officers!

Vasa Order of America
Nordik Folk No. 761
Officer’s List

Chairman:                                            Timothy Ogrentz
                                                            12849 S. Manistee Ave.
                                                            Chicago, IL. 60633

Vice Chairman:                                    Herbert Smith
                                                            1502 Azalea Dr.
                                                            Munster, IN 46321

Treasurer:                                            Beth Raddatz
                                                            2207 N. Delaware Pkwy
                                                            Munster, IN 46321

Financial Secretary:                              Jean Ogrentz
                                                            2165 Hart St.
                                                            Dyer, IN 46311

Assistant Fin. Sec:                                Emily Pearson
                                                            7309 New Hampshire Pl.
                                                            Hammond, IN 46323

Recording Secretary:                            Linnea Ogrentz
                                                            12849 S. Manistee Ave.
                                                            Chicago, Il. 60633

Assistant Rec. Sec.                               Shelly Pehlgrim
                                                            3012 Crane Place
                                                            Hammond, IN 46323

Master of Ceremonies:                          Janice Tomky
                                                            2927 Bristlecone Drive
                                                            Schererville, IN 46375

Assistant M of C:                                  Ingrid Lesko
                                                            8610 Steeple Hill Drive
                                                            Hickory Hills, IL 60457

Cultural Leader:                                   Lynda Smith
                                                            1502 Azalea Dr.

Chaplain:                                             Elizabeth Allen-Flores
                                                            3336 176th St.
                                                            Hammond, IN 46323

Guard:                                                 Harry Ogrentz
                                                            12849 S. Manistee Ave.
                                                            Chicago, IL. 60633

Lodge Historian:                                  Michelle Westlund
                                                            55 W. Joliet St.
                                                            Schererville, IN. 46375

3-year Chair:                                        Phyllis Kalajian
                                                            2235 Sandcastle Dr.
                                                            Dyer, IN 46321

2-year:                                                 Steve Westlund
                                                            22 West Joliet St.
                                                            Schererville, IN 46375
1-year:                                                 Lisa Pearson
                                                            7209 New Hampshire PL.
                                                            Hammond, IN 46323

3 year chair:                                         Timothy Ogrentz
                                                            12849 S. Manistee Ave.
                                                            Chicago, IL 60633

2 Year:                                                 Herb Smith
                                                            1502 Azalea Dr.
                                                            Munster, IL 46321

3-year:                                                 Jean Ogrentz
                                                            2165 Hart St.
                                                            Dyer, IN 46311