By Rachel Kytonen
If you’re interested in promoting and preserving the heritage and culture of Norway, be sure to visit SAC’s on Third in Cambridge for an informational meeting.
The Sons of Norway will hold an informational meeting at SAC’s on Third, 332 3rd Avenue N.W., on Tuesday, May 17, at 12:30 p.m. If you would like to join for lunch at 11:30 a.m., be sure to call 763-689-6555 and make your reservation.
The purpose of the May 17 informational meeting is to see if there is enough interest in the Cambridge area to start a lodge, and anyone interested in more information regarding forming a new lodge is invited to attend.
The mission of Sons of Norway is to promote and to preserve the heritage and culture of Norway, to celebrate their relationship with other Nordic Countries, and provide quality insurance and financial products to our members.
Sons of Norway District Lodge No. 1 President Bob Hoover said anyone can join Sons of Norway who has an interest in Nordic activities.
The organization also promotes activities in cultural skills, rosemaling, wood carving, genealogy, language, hardanger, ethnic cooking and many other skills. It also promotes sports medal activities such as walking, skiing, swimming and bicycling.
Hoover, who has been a member since November 1973, said many friendships are made within the organization.
“Our members enjoy a common interest in the culture, and many new friends are made,” Hoover said. “Along with monthly meeting, cultural and social programs, exchanges with other lodges to include folkdancing and language lessons are made. We also have biennial district and international conventions.”
Hoover explained in 1895 when Sons of Norway was organized, it was only men who could join and hold insurance, so the women had their own group called Daughters of Norway.
In the beginning insurance companies would not sell to immigrants, so sons of Norway was started to aid Norwegian immigrants, and the organization is now 116 years old.
The cost to join Sons of Norway is $42 for the first member in a family and $37 for a spouse. Age 16 to 23 (Unger Venner) is $21 and Heritage member, under age 16 is free, and could be a child or grandchild.
Sons of Norway has grown from a small, local group into an international organization with more than 60,000 members and has become the world’s largest Norwegian organization outside Norway.
“I feel there will be a great interest in the community, and encourage everyone to attend the informational meeting,” Hoover said. More information on Sons of Norway can be found at www.sofn.com/home/index.jsp.