Newsletter, June, 2000 Edition
President: Leland Peterson 489-7061
3:00 Doors open and set up
PROGRAM NOTESFOOD: Bring your favorite cookout meats,
usually hamburgers, steaks, hot dogs, kielbasa, lamb chops, or whatever
your favorite is.
|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
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|When Last We Met
The May meeting of the Swedish-American Society was held Sunday, May 21st. As usual, everyone who partook of the good snacks, good beverages, and especially the good company seemed to enjoy the Happy Hour from 4 to 5 p.m.. At 5, we had the singing of “Du Gama”, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”, and prayed the Swedish Table Grace, “I Jesu Namn”. The buffet followed with a variety of salmon dishes, side vegetables and the delicious variety of bread that Kierstin Bertilrud so faithfully provides.
Following the meal, Nellie and the children went to the craft room to work on individual Midömmar poles. They did a great job as usual. Our President, Leland Peterson opened the business meeting with the announcement that the club has acquired a storage cabinet and a file cabinet in which to store the club’s belongings. The cost of these items were $ 114.00, plus $6.00 for the cost of the keys. Leland put a motion before the club that we have 10 sets of Swedish language booklets for language classes. The set including 3 books and 4 tapes would cost $85.00. The motion was seconded and carried. Hans Thunander announced that a short wave radio frequency can be found on the Internet. The need for a new coffee pot was announced and it was agreed that Sue Arith would purchase one and be reimbursed by the club. Phyllis Heberling announced that there is an article in “Tidewater Women” about the Swede Club. The announcement was made that Gladys Nelson.
After the business meeting, Ted Johnson, with all the necessary flourishes, led us in the singing of the Swedish version of Happy Birthday - “Ha Ma han leva”, in celebration of the club’s 23rd birthday. Marilyn arranged to have a beautiful birthday cake for the occasion, served with ice cream. Leland talked about the hardships suffered by those ancestors who migrated to America. He read a list of what each one had to bring with them on their journey to America. It took as many as 67 days in the 1850's, and many died on the ship from diseases. Bentley Anderson read the names of those members who had died since the club was founded by the Rydingsvards. Leland then read some Swedish jokes. Ted Johnson then led us in a peppy version of “När Guds Röst Till Välkomst bjunder” - “When the Roll is call up Yonder, I’ll be there.” We also sang “I Ban a Swede”, “Helan gär”, “Johan pä Snippen”, “Kostervalsin”, and “Halsa Dem darkhemma”, thus making good use of the new songbooks.
Bentley then gave a presentation concerning May celebrations. He adorned a Swedish hat to set the
|mood and proceeded to tell us about Walburgers Eve, or the Eve of the
feast of St. Walburgs. The ladies dressed alike in regalia to suit
the celebration of Spring. Everyone gathered around the bonfire, which
was an ancient ritual. May Day is a marching day for labor beginning
in 1880. Originally it was the New Year when accounts were settled
for the year. Ever since 1890, an industrial parade is held.
June 6th is the Swedish National Flag Day. Hans explained that “May
Pole” means “Flower Pole”. Leland mentioned that we would be discussing
information about the Vikings at our June meeting. Andy then held the raffle
There were 38 in attendance including 3 children. The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 and tables & chairs were put away.
Georgie Unser - Secretary
The Vikings Return to North
An exhibition catalog, produced by the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, is available at the exhibit.