Newsletter, January 2000 Edition
President: Leland Peterson 489-7061
|WHEN NEXT WE MEET:
Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000
Ruritan Club, Witchduck Road
4:00 Members are reminded to bring crackers, cheese, nuts and other snacks for the happy hour.
5:00 Before we eat, our Society songs and Swedish table grace.
5:45 Our new members include Bryan and Jennifer Jackson (she is Dan Garvin's daughter), Glenn Gerdin, John and Birgit Weirich, Steve and Henriette Emmanuel, and Anders and Ingrid Thorell.
6:00 (A) The Treasurer's annual report from Don Lundquist on revenue,
| expenditures, and current membership. The floor will be open
for suggested events to be funded, such as buying Swedish raffle items,
printing a song book, etc.
(B) The Gourmet Committee led by Marilyn Melendy will report on suggested featured dinners for the year. The floor will be open for discussion on the possible switch of the pancake dinner to March and to reserve February for seafood, including lutefisk.
Reporting in February will be the History Committee led by Georgie Unser and the Ceremonies Committee led by Bentley Anderson.
6:30 The floor will open for discussion of songs to be included in our song book before Ted Johnson leads us in singing.
6:45 Members are reminded that raffle prizes are donated by members, who have shown great generosity in the past.
7:00 The cleanup is a communal effort undertaken by all two-legged members of good physique.. Many thanks for your cooperation...
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issues annually. January is the month for renewal.
***The Swedish Emigrant Institute in Vaxjo, Sweden, after discovering our WebSite, has sent us an e-mail asking us to contribute something for next summer's exhibition on Sweden's influence in America. We plan to send some numbers of our newsletter.
When Last We Met
After the meal, 12 little Swedish maidens (and Gentlemen) exited the
room, along with Lisbeth Coker, to prepare for the Sankta Lucia Procession.
Bentley Anderson gave us a brief description of the history behind the
procession. Lucia was a young Italian girl who brought hope to the
poor in Sweden. She was martyred for her beliefs in 304 AD.
The Italian version was brought to Sweden by the Christianized Vikings.
The one chosen to be Lucia is usually the one who is awarded the Nobel
Prize in Literature. The celebration began in the 19th Century.
It is focused on the hope that spring will be coming. Lucia mean
“Lucidity on Light”. Following this explanation we had the Lucia
Procession while we sang Sankta Lucia and Stallon Vonen stgarnan.
The little ladies entered, being led by Maria Coker, who wore the crown
with the 7 candles to dispel the dark of winter. In the midst of
only the soft glow of candlelight the young maidens (and gentlemen) looked
like angels with their glistening halos and carrying candles. Melissa
Baumgardner and a “little buddy” were
|at the end of the procession, Melissa wearing a smaller Lucia Crown.
The participants were Maria Coker, Sarah Coker, Carrie Mae Bafba, Kathleen
Jackson, Jenny Epperson, Kristin Epperson, Milly Stedfast, Irene Zielinski,
Nicholas Emmanuel, Marcus Emmanuel, and Melissa Baungardner. Lisbeth
Coker was in charge of this tradition as, as usual, did a beautiful job.
Even though she now lives in Richmond, she plans to continue to make this
contribution in the future. Thank, Lisbeth, for helping to make our
Christmas Program such a success.
After the procession, Ted Johnson led us in singing Yingle Bells and other Christmas songs. Thomas R. McLeen played the piano and sang some Swedish songs, Including Stilla Natt, Heliga Natt. Our President then thanked everyone for their participation, including decorators, cooks, and participants.
Don Lundquist gave the Treasurers Report. He encouraged members
to buy raffle tickets and calendars. Leland extended an invitation
to all guests to become members.
|DIRECTIONS TO OUR MEETINGS
If coming from the peninsula, take I-64 across the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, follow 64 to 264 East (144). Follow 264 to the Witchduck Road exit, after exiting, turn left onto Witchduck Road. About 1/4 to ½ mile is Ruritan Drive (fire station light is there). Turn left on Ruritan, go the end of the street, building is on the left
IN THE NEW YEAR
God Jul och Gott Nytt År!
to disappear. The pea soup is best when cooked on very large scale; thus, the version served in the Army has a well-deserved good reputation since it is normally cooked in 200 litres batches. But you might want to try it on a somewhat smaller scale...
500 grams yellow split peas
1.5 - 2 litres of water or vegetable bouillon
(can be made from bouillon cubes!)
2 finely chopped onions
20 - 30 grams of fresh, whole ginger
5 - 10 grams of majoram or thyme or both
optional: 500 grams of diced bacon
Proceed as follows:
The pea soup is often served together with some mustard. A very (old)
Swedish tradition is also to serve it together with hot punsch, an arrak-based,
intensely sweet liquor.
The Leonardson’s have purchased a case of yellow peas. There are twelve bags to a case, 6 -7 bags are available for members to purchase for $4.95 a bag. Call Lenny or Nellie at 721-6827 to reserve your bag.