|WHEN WE NEXT MEET:
Sunday, June 22, 2003
Ruritan Club, Witchduck Rd
3:00 PM SMÖRGÅSBORD SETUP Doors open and setup
begins. Sue Airth will
setup for the meeting and meal (note this is the last time Sue will
this service after doing it for so many years; we all thank her deeply
this enormous contribution to the Society). Sandy MacGregor will
the beverage table.
4:00 PM Den Lyckliga Timmen (the happy hour): Club
provides the soft
drinks, beer & wine, but depends on the membership for the hors
(cheese, crackers, nuts, etc).
4:40 PM Sing-along with Ted Johnson in Swedish and
5:00 PM Välkommen to members and guests by President
Storaasli, followed by Du Gamla Du Fria, My Country Tis of thee, and
Namn Til Bords Vi Gå, after which, we can get in the buffet line.
DINING: This basically is a Midsommar smörgåsbord picnic
should bring food dishes consistent with that (note, despite the name,
there should be more than butter and goose on the table). Glenn
hopefully some other volunteers will clean the picnic area outside
Saturday, June 21, and Bob Olson will provide a charcoal grill and
for those who wish to grill hamburgers, kielbasa, brats, etc.
GUESTS: a $5.00 contribution for each adult sixteen or older.
guests, please include in your food contribution enough for yourselves
5:45 PM There are plans in the works to have a Maypole
and greenery, and
a boom-box with Swedish music for dancing around the Maypole.
occur either outside if the weather is pleasant or inside if the weather
too hot or raining or Thor is throwing his hammer around too much.
6:35 PM The raffle will be held. The prizes are provided
by the members.
Note, it's fun when the kids win, so we need more prizes for children.
6:45 PM Hälsä Dem Där Hemma and the clearing
of tables and stacking of
DIRECTIONS TO OUR MEETINGS
If coming from the peninsula, take I-64 across the Hampton Roads Bridge
Tunnel, follow I-64 to I-264 East. Follow I-264 to the Witchduck
exit; after exiting, turn left onto Witchduck Road. About ¼
to ½ mile is
Ruritan Drive (fire station light is there). Turn left on Ruritan,
the end of the street, the
building is on the left.
When Last We Met
American Society met on May 18, 2003 at the Ruritan
Club, Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach. Sue Airth set up for the
meal, and Sandy MacGregor set up the beverage table. We greatly
their fine service.
The fellowship hour or den lyckliga timmen began at 4:00 P.M. with soft
drinks, beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres provided by the members.
totaled 26 persons.
Ted Johnson was unable to attend but
we managed to sing, a cappella,
Du gamla du fria; and America. Then we recited the Swedish table
At 5:00 P.M. we partook of a pot luck dinner of several entrees and
desserts provided by the members.
| President Barbara Carlson Storaasli
called the meeting to order at
6:00 P.M. Guest Carolyn Meakin was introduced. Then those
no longer with
us were remembered and honored. The group then discussed their
past events and those who participated in them.
Hans Blix, Annika Sorenstam and Jon Ericsson
were nominated for the
"Notable Swedes" listing.
The menu for the June meeting was selected
to be a smörgåsbord. Sue
Airth will serve her last meal for the Society in June.
Diane Newlon conducted the raffle which
consisted of adult prizes
only. No children were present at the meeting.
The meeting then adjourned and the tables
and chairs were stacked.
Ed Unser, Secretary
President - Barbara Carlson Storaasli (423-6711), Vice-President
Hilton, Treasurer - Donald Lundquist, Secretary -
Edward Unser, Asst.
Secretary - Merrie Jo Milner, Raffle Master -
Diane Newlon, Web Master
- Larry Leonardson, Beverage Master - Sandy MacGregor,
Master - Ted Johnson, Newsletter Editor ? Glenn Gerdin.
Ole and Lena Department. [This joke came from Scandinavian Yokes,
by Paul F. Anderson, (Eggs Press, Minneapolis, MN, 1979) p. 20. The
was lent to your editor by Leland Peterson.]
A Diamond's Curse
Vhile vaiting for a streetcar over on
Vashington Avenue, Dagmar
noticed dat da voman standing next to her vas vearing a wery big diamond
So Dagmar says to da voman, "Dat's really
a big stone, I bet it must
"Ya," says da voman, "dis is da famous
So Dagmar says to da voman, "Oh, dare
must be an interesting story
"Ya," says da voman, "it comes vit dis
"Ya?" says Dagmar, "So vat is da curse?"
So da voman says, "Mr. Cedergren!"
Old Norse Mythology Department:
This is the eleventh installment of
this feature intended to inform
the membership about the mythological heritage of the Scandinavian
The main source here is my mythology book: Encyclopedia of World
, A. Cotterell Gen. Ed., Barnes & Noble Books, New York, 2001,
The Treasures of the Gods
The gods owned special treasures made
by dwarves, the most skilled
craftsmen in the mythical world. Odin had a spear, Gungnir, which
shield, armor, or hide could stop. He also had a gold ring, Draupnir,
which eight rings of equal weight and value dropped every ninth night.
Freyr (the principal fertility god) owned a ship, Skidbladnir, which
got a fair wind when its sail was raised. However, Skidbladnir
be folded up and kept in a pocket when not in use. Freyr also
golden boar which ran across the sky and sea faster than any
illuminated the night with light from its bristles.
The most important treasure of all belonged
to Thor. This was his
famous hammer, Mjollnir, which would never fail to strike, could never
when thrown and always returned to his hand. The gods relied
on the hammer
greatly and felt it was the best treasure of all, since it was used
to defend them from the giants. Mjollnir's properties were so
it was not only used for protection, but was also raised over objects
bless them. The most notable example of that being Balder's funeral
Also, if Thor raised it over the bones of his two goats after they
eaten, they would spring back to life, big and succulent, and ready