Swedish-American Society 
Newsletter, May, 2000 Edition

President: Leland Peterson 489-7061
Web master: Larry Leonardson 721-6827

Sunday, May 21, 2000 
Ruritan Club, Witchduck Road


 3:00   Setup by Sue Arith, Sandy MacGregor and              Dilworth Committee members.

4:00 Happy Hour

5:00 Dinner with club birthday cake for dessert.
The Swedish National Anthem, America, and the Table Grace, I Jesu Namn.
Dinner: Salmon, Baked, Broiled, Casserole, and other for your delectation.

5:45  Business Meeting

6:00  A brief memorial program followed by No. 89 in the Swedish Song Book, "När Guds röst till välkomst bjuder," a surprise for everyone not forewarned   The 23rd annual birthday party.  Dessert will be our specially decorated birthday cake.  No. 28 in the Song Book will be appropriate:"Ja, må han leva."  Other songs led by Ted Johnson, including No. 25, "I Ban a Swede.".

6:15-6:30 Bentley Anderson on some traditional May festivals.

6:30-6:50 Sing-Along with Ted Johnson

6:45  Raffle with Andy Andersson.

7:00  No. 22, "Hälsa dem därhemma" for closing, after which the cleanup.

4:00  Hors d'oeuvres for the beverages (soft drinks, beer and wine) are traditionally provided by the members.

5:00  Vegetables and breads to complement the salmon will be gratefully received from the members.  The birthday cake should suffice for dessert.  If you have questions, call Marilyn Melendy at 625-2494.

President - Leland Peterson 489-7061 
Vice President - Alise Dilworth 
Secretary - Georgie Unser 
Treasurer - Don Lundquist 
Newsletter Editor - Nellie Leonardson 
Web Master-Larry Leonardson 721-6827

Swedish 102
On May 6 we completed the tenth chapter in our Säg Det På Svenska textbook, which is a series of narratives to gain, with the aid of a grammar book and dictionary, an ability to read Swedish. Kjerstin Bertelrud has ordered from Stockholm ten copies of a new text that stresses the conversational approach and has three complementary paperback texts and four tape cassettes. The texts and cassettes will cost about $100, far less than the $250 advertised in magazines for courses in Swedish. Assuming the new materials will reach us in time, we intend to begin using them on May 20th at the Larchmont public library in Norfolk. We have at least seven members in the course and will have room for two or three more if others are interested.. Highly recommended for English-only speakers who intend some day to visit Sweden.

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When Last We Met
 The April meeting of the Swedish-American Society was held Sunday, April 16th. The social hour was from 4 to 5 p.m., during which time we enjoyed a variety of hors de’oeurves and beverages.  At 5, we joined together in singing “Du Gama”, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”, and prayed the Swedish Table Grace, “I Jesu Namn”. The entree consisted of lamb served in a variety of ways, accompanied by vegetables, bread and fabulous desserts, especially the Swedish desserts prepared by Ingrid Thorell, which were “out of this world” delicious as well as beautiful to see. 
 After the meal, the children gathered in another room for their craft time which was led by Mary Jo Milner this month.  They made adorable little Easter Bunnies.  Our President, Leland Peterson introduced the guests including Eric Boninger, who has now become our newest members, and his financee Jan Hassell, and also Kristina Bissett, who is a friend of the Bertleruds.  Leland announced that he was donating a song book in memory or former member Nel Anderson.  He suggested that perhaps other members may be interested in donating a song book in memoriam.  Ten song books have been purchased by members, and ten belong to the class. 
 Ted Johnson led us in singing from the song books, including “Gubben Noah,” “Helan Gar,” “Kostervacsen,” and “Halsa dem darhemma.”  Don Lundquist, our Treasurer, announced that our treasury was in good shape.  After the short business meeting, Leland introduced Anders Thorell of the Chesapeake Volvo-Penta Corp., who gave a very informative presentation on “A Swedish Industrial Success.”  Anders has been with Volvo for 23 years, and is the manager of the Corp.  The word Volvo in Latin means “I roll.”  Volvo was founded in 1927 by Gustav Larsson and Assar Gabrielson.  The first car was the “Jakob.”  The Volvo Group includes cars, trucks, buses, boats, and aircraft.  They are manufactured in Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands - the largest plant being in Gotenburg, Sweden.  They are the 2nd largest manufacturer of buses and the leading manufacturer of construction equipment.  They also make the double decker buses in London. The presentation was followed by the raffle led by Andy Andersson.
 The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 p.m.  There 
were 42 people present, including 6 children. 

   Respectfully Submitted,
    Georgie Unser - Secretary

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
The childrens craft this month is a repeat from last year’s popular Midsömmar pole.  Dried flowers and tiny ribbons will be needed, please donate these items if possible. We will try to have extra poles available if adults would like to make their own poles this year. 
For June’s craft, we need terra cotta flower pots and their saucers.  If you have any to donate, please bring them to this month’s meeting so Nellie can prepare them for the June craft


Serving Size  : 1
Categories    : Main dish 
Low-cal Vegetables
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  90       g            Potatoes -- peeled
  1/2      ts           Salt
   1        t            Oil or margarine

Grate the potato. Heat a frying pan. Take 1/2 to 1/3 of the grated potato and put in the frying pan.  Spread it out, it should be thin as a lace. Fry until it's golden brown, turn and fry the other side. Serve with unsweetened lingonberry jam
  Could be eaten alone or with some meat.

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In Memoriam

   Helen Baldwin 1981 
   Anna Rydingsvard 1982 
   Harry Nelson 1983 
   Bror Anderson 1984 
   Hartha Swedberg 1984 
   Virgil Rissell 1987 
   Marie Warren 1987 
   Genevive Cadotte 1988 
   Harry Johnson 1988 
   Gota Anderson 1988 
   Nels Anderson 1990 
   Anna Anderson 1990 
   Alice Belton 1992 
   Clarence Walburg 1993 
   Karin Rosendahl 1994 
   Edna Carroll 1996 
   Maury Nelson 1996 
   Elsa Truelove 1997 
   Bob Wilson 1998 
   Julia Herman 1999 
   Diane Garvin 1999


Just a Few Little Notes In Passing 
The salmon dishes can be any variety of recipes so whatever folks want to bring. 

The club will provide the Club Birthday cake which will serve as our dessert. 

The new Swedish textbooks and cassette tapes have arrived. The cost for each is less than the initial estimate, $85.00. If possible, please bring a check for the meeting reading on May 20th or at the club meeting on May 21st. A considerable investment has been made in this purchase, and the sooner we can help make the payment the


An event of singular significance will be commemorated throughout the year 2000: the Vikings’ discovery of North American 1000 years ago, an achievement claimed in the old Saga texts and later proven true by archaeological evidence found in Canada in the 1960s.  The artifacts confirmed that 500 years before Columbus set foot on these shores, Scandinavian seafarers in quest of new territory had discovered (and temporarily settled in) North America.  These intrepid adventurers crossed the Atlantic Ocean in wooden longboats with large square sails.  Icelandic Vikings (hailing from Norway) made seven exploratory journeys to the new continent (from settlements in Greenland), according to written records. 
 The US based Leif Ericson Millennium Committee, a nonprofit corporation comprised of prominent Scandinavian-Americans, has organized three of the year’s highlights: The traveling exhibition titled, Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga, which starts its two-year tour at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC (April 29 - September 4, 2000) then go to New York City, Ottawa, Los Angeles, Houston, and Chicago.  Comprised of more than 200 artifacts, including Viking jewelry, woodcarvings, and grave goods, the exhibition explores the historical impact of the new archaeological finds. 
 In honor of the Vikings’ historic voyage across the Atlantic, the Sailing of 15 Viking Ships, built as faithful reproductions of the original vessels, will take place in August 2000.  The ships will cruise along the North American coastline departing from L’Anse aux Meadows, Canada, heading for New York City and Philadelphia, PA, before ending up at Annapolis, MD, site of the US Naval Academy. 
 The Viking Millennium International Symposium, an interdisciplinary conference on Viking culture, will be held at the sites of the first European settlements in the New World in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. (Sept. 16-24, 2000). Headed by four prominent Scandinavian archaeologists, the two-day event will offer both academic and popular sessions.  For details on both the above, visit 
the website listed below.