Swedish-American Society 
Newsletter, Febueary 2002 Edition
President: Bentley Anderson 340-9757
Web master: Larry Leonardson 721-6827

                        Sunday, February 17, 2002
                        Ruritan Club, Witchduck Rd.


3:00 PM   SMÖRGÅSBORD SETUP  Doors open and setup begins.  Sue Arith and Sandy MacGregor will setup for the meeting and meal.  Bob Olson will set up the beverage table.

 4:00 PM   Fellowship Hour: Club provides the soft drinks, beer & wine, but
depends on the membership for the hors d'oeuvres (cheese, crackers, nuts,

5:00 PM    Välkommen to members and guests, followed by Du Gamla Du Fria, My Country Tis of thee, and I Jesu Namn Til Bords Vi Gå, after which we all get in the buffet line.

DINING:    Margit Thunander, Joanne Lundquist, and Betty Peterson are doing dom Svenska pankakorna for the main course.  Every year, like the new model Volvos, their pankakor are better than ever.   Members and guests are asked to bring  side dishes appropriate for the main course.

5:45 PM    Business Meeting.
      -Treasurer's Report.
      -Other Business.

6:00 PM   Hans Thunander will give us another of his celebrated talks on
Swedish history.

6:30 PM   Sing along with Swedish form our Song Book.  Ted Johnson will
lead us from the keyboard in various Swedish Songs including Hälsä Dem Där

6:45 PM   Raffle with Diane Newlon made possible by gifts from the members, and very important in keeping our Treasurer from attacks of anxiety.

7:00 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 Road
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, go to
the end of the street, the building is on the left.


Nellie Leonardson will again work with the kids on arts and crafts as she
has graciously done in the past. (Hurray!)

 When Last We Met

      The monthly meeting of the Swedish-American Society was held at the
Ruritan Club, Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, on January 20, 2002.  The
attendance was 32.  The social hour began at 4:00 PM with  hor d' oeuvres
and beverages.  At 5:00 PM we sang Du Gamla Du Fria and My Country Tis of Thee.  We then said the Swedish table grace 'I Jesu Namn.'  Afterwards we partook of several soups and ham and side dishes and desserts.

      Leland Peterson recited a light-hearted conversation between Ole the
Norwegian and Osama Bin Laden, which was enjoyed by all.

      Our president, Bentley Anderson, introduced Ted Johnson's guest Bev
Cook.  He also introduced guest Sean Dirksen.

      Don Lundquist gave the treasurer's report which included the budget
for 2002.  He reported a balance of $1,684.75.

      Rich and Shirley are producing a play titled "Manuela and the
General" concerning Simon Bolivar, which will be presented at the Holheimer
Theater at Virginia Wesleyan College and at the Actors' Theater in the
Pembroke Mall.

      A raffle was held by Diane Newlon for prizes contributed by the

      Bentley Anderson read a letter from the Prime Minister of Sweden
condemning the terrorist attack and expressing his support for our war
against terrorism.  Our president followed with favorable comments
concerning Sweden's change from strict neutrality to support for us.

      Plans for the coming year were discussed including a musical program
by the Carlsons and Ted Johnson.  Planned menus included pancakes for
February, fish for March, lamb for April, potluck for May, a June cookout,
a September barbeque, and October meat balls and pork roast.

      Ted Johnson led us in singing Klöstervalsen, Ja må han leva, Dansen
den går uppå Swinnsta skär, Helan går, Barndomshemmet, Hår hur västvinden susar, När jag är tio år, and Hälsa Dem Där Hemma.

      Then the meeting then adjourned and cleanup followed.

                                    Respectfully Submitted,
                                    Ed Unser, Secretary

                              CLUB OFFICERS
               President  -  Bentley Anderson      340-9757
                      Vice-President  -  Glenn Gerdin
                      Treasurer  -  Donald Lundquist
                        Secretary  -  Edward Unser
                   Asst. Secretary  -  Merrie Jo Milner
                      Raffle Master  -  Diane Newlon
                      Web Master  -  Larry Leonardson
                       Beverage Master  -  Bob Olson
                      Concert Master  -  Ted Johnson

Ole and Osama Joke:  Those in Minnesota may not know this, but Ole was
shot.  He was up with his four-wheeler cutting some trees by the Canadian
border.  Some Rangers hunting for terrorists spotted him, and using the
loud speaker, shouted to him: "Who are you and what are you doing?"   Ole
shouted back: "OLE.  BIN LOGGIN'!"    (Contributed by Marilyn Melendy.) 

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