Newsletter, May 1999 Edition
President: Leland Peterson 489-7061
|WHEN NEXT WE MEET:
Sunday, May 16, 1999
Ruritan Club, Witch Duck Road.
3:00 doors open for setup
4:00 club fellowship
5:00 buffet dinner of Swedish soul food
5:40: business meeting, travel award
6:00 sing along, birthday celebration, and Memorial
7:00-7:30 cleanup and doors closed
|Johnson, Merrie Jo Milner, Larry Leonardson, Betty Peterson, and Lizbeth
and Alan Coker. Let it not be said that we are not up to full support of
one of our most famous traditions, the preparation and consumption of tasty
foods perfected over the centuries. Marilyn Melendy will order a
decorated birthday cake...
5:40 The treasurer, Don Lundquist, who acquitted himself with great distinction in our April raffle, will report on the state of our treasury and membership enrollment. The
president Himself will tell another joke about the Norwegians and invite a retaliatory response from Arild Bertilrud, one of our honorary Swedes who is really Norwegian and not ashamed of it. Are there other Norwegians in our membership besides Arild, Betty Peterson, and Twila Nelson? The president will also take from the table a
motion to establish a $1000 travel award for May, 2000.
If it passes, we will establish a committee to set the conditions for the award.
6:00 A birthday celebration and , anticipating Memorial Day, a recital of the names of former members who contributed much to our society before they passed on.
This would be an appropriate time for Ted Johnson to lead us in two Memorial anthems, Faith of our Fathers and Tryggare Kan Inge Vara (Children of the Heavenly
Father). We can close this part of our program with our traditional Sing Along, which must include Kungssangen and Santa Lucia. Here it would be well to remember
|that it was Maury Nelson who initiated our annual Santa Lucia ceremony
more than two decades ago.
6:45 Our raffle that so much entertains the young and the old. Many thanks to those who contribute prizes and more to those who buy the tickets and contribute much to our
7:00 -7:20 At the end of our April meeting, a small army of volunteers restacked the tables and chairs in 15 minutes or less, a wonderful showing that has established a worthy precedent. Sandy McGregor, one of our newest members, did not to hesitate to grab the sweeper at the end and left the
meeting room as spick and span as a Navy dining hall!
Betty Peterson's father, Joseph Onrud, 97 years old with a broken hip, returned to the hospital with complications on Saturday, April 17. Betty and Leland will leave for
Minneapolis on April 22. The scheduled trip to Orsa, Dalarna, has been postponed.
The month of June will be a travel month for Bob Olson. California in June! Because of this, he will need someone to do the beer, drinks, etc. for the June meeting.
|WHEN LAST WE MET
The Swedish-American Society began the April 18th meeting with a social
hour at 4:00 p.m. At 5:00 p.m. we prepared for the meal by singing
DuGamla Du fria, and America the Beautiful led by Ted Johson. We
then had our Swedish table grace. This was followed by the meal consisting
of Baked Cod, Salmon, potatoes and vegetables. As usual the wide
variety of desserts were delicious. Following the meal, the children
went with Nellie into an adjoining room to make bookmarks. Our Club
After the meeting, Leland shared some Swedish humor from a book he is
studying in order to brush up on the Swedish language. Ted Johnson
led us in singing some Swedish
Please do your calling as soon as you receive the newsletter. Betty will call you on Friday the 16th for the count. Many thanks for your cooperation.
If coming from the peninsula, take Interstate 64 across the Hampton
Roads Bridge Tunnel, follow 64 to 264 East. Follow 264 to the Witchduck
Road exit, after exiting,
The children will be making decorated hot/cold mugs. We will be using mostly crayons and markers so dress should not be a concern.
SWEDISH-AMERICAN SOCIETY OF
October 17 Flask a la Olesson
A MODEST PROPOSAL
1. Beginning in May, 2000, as a part of our raffle, we have a
drawing for $1000 to fund in part travel expenses for one person
for a two-week trip to Sweden.
2. The award would be restricted to those members or family members
between the ages of fifteen to thirty who have never
traveled to Sweden for pleasure as private individuals.
3. Funding would come from the donations of members, who would nominate
candidates for the award. As few as
nine members contributing an average of ten dollars a month would bring us very close to the total in a year's time.
4. A second source of funds could be from fund raising events.
5. Funds collected monthly would be placed in an interest bearing
savings account or other suitable investment. Pledges
would be held by the Treasurer until the designated time for execution.
6. The annual prize could be named in honor of any past member
who made notable contributions to the Swedish American
Society of Tidewater, Virginia (i.e., the Maury Nelson Award, Nels Anderson Prize, etc.).
Submitted for discussion, amendment and a vote
at the regularly scheduled meeting of May, 1999, by Leland Peterson.