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VOLUME 2, ISSUE 1E, Jan 2015
Vol 2, Issue 1E
Jan 2015
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Newsletter—Sons of Norway Elveby 1- 604 Omaha, NE / Council Bluffs, IA
January 2015
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu
President : Matthew Johnson
Posten editors: Roger & Carole Davick,
Papillion, NE 68133, 402.292.5759 or
[email protected] or [email protected]
Elveby Webmaster: Pam Reynolds
Elveby’s newly elected officers:
Jan 14: 9:30 am Breakfast, Village Inn (72nd & Giles).
Jan 16 Fri Gorat’s, 2015 Installation of Offiers.
Jan 26: 6:30 pm, Board Mtg; Erickson Sederstrom
bldg. 10330, Regency Pkwy Dr., Omaha
Sons of Norway Dinner
Jan 16 Fri 6:00 : Installation of Officers .
Gorat’s Steak House
4917 Center St, Omaha, NE
Arrival about 5:30 - Cash Bar
Dinner about 6:00
Filet Mignon - 8 oz, baked potato, house salad and
$ 40
Whiskey Rib Eye - 10 oz, baked potato, house salad
and vegetable
$ 33.
Steak Sandwich - Homemade potato chips -
$ 17
Salmon - rice, house salad and vegetable Chicken Piccata - rice, house salad and
Cheese Ravioli breadsticks, house salad and
$ 29
Gorat’s Burger - home made potato chips.
$ 10.50
$ 18
$ 16
Deserts available to purchase.
Prices include tax and gratuity.
President: Matthew Johnson
V. President: Geir Rosoy
Secretary: Earl Rogers
Treasure: Dick Brokke
Membership Sec: Mary Holoun
Social Directors: Charmayne Hodnefield &
Roger Davick
Cultural Directors: Coni Rogers, Karen Mullen
and Todd Fossum.
Scandinavia: Scandinavia is a r egion in nor ther n Europe. The Scandinavian Peninsula is the largest peninsula in
Europe and it extends
from above the Arctic
Circle to the North and
Baltic Seas. Scandinavia
is a historical and geographical region covering much of Northern
In the past, Scandinavia
has been defined as the
three kingdoms that historically shared the
Scandinavian Peninsula.
Today, most define
Scandinavia as a region
which include these five: country & capital as follows
1. Norway, Oslo.
2. Sweden, Stockhom.
3. Denmark, Copenhagen.
4. Iceland, Reykjvik.
5. Finland, Helsinki. (sometimes includes Greenland, .but the
Faroe Islands and Greenland both belong to the Kingdom of Denmark.)
(Note: Carole and I had a stop-over at Reykjviklanded five years
ago enroute to Oslo.).
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Appointed Officers:
Kristine Rock
Ethnic Coordinator Sharon Lilledahl
Foundation Director
Ann Denholm
Kristine Rock
Sharon Lilledahl
Erle & Candie Carter
Music song
Parade Chairperson
Elaine Vaag
Posten Editors
Roger Davick
Carole Davick
John McGuire
Sports Director
John McGuire
Sunshine Lady
Arlene Lee
Trustee Ole Swingen, Harald Flatoan
Uffda Hans
Todd Fossum
Youth Group Director Becky Shipman
2014 Elveby Board of Directors.
Geir Rosoy
V. President Sandy Olsen
Earl Rogers
Treasure: Dick Brokke
Mem. Sec Laura OConner
Social Dir Charmayne Hodnefield 402.884.1898
Cult.Co-Dir: 1 Linda Iske
Cult Co-Dir: 2 Todd Fossum
Cult Co-Dir: 3 Mary Ann Johnson 402.734.1845
Zone 7 Director Coni Rogers
Members of Elveby:
We are hoping you will sign up below
to help set up and take down for our
monthly meetings. It would mean that
you arrive an hour early for start time
(2:00 vs 3:00) and then stay a bit longer
in putting things away. We usually have
little problem with closing up. (you will
find out where things go . . . .)
If you will be kind enough to sign on,
call Charmayne Hodnefield
402-402.884.1898 or
Roger Davick 402.292.5917.
A social committer leaders will give you
a reminder call the day before. Takk.
Social Committee Set-up
Feb 15 1.____________________
2. ___________________
3. ___________________
4. ___________________
Mar 15 1. _________________
3. ___________________
4. ___________________
Happy birthday to you: Jan 2015
(Gratulerer med dagen til deg )
Treasurer's Report –Elveby Lodge
11/25/2014 through 12/7/2014
By Dick Brokke
Total Income $ 0.00
January birthdays
1. Robert Denholm,
1. Jean Hill,
1 Mary Ann Johnson,
3 ErIe Carter,
4 Karsten Simonsen
4 Linda Ray
6 Hilma Debauche,
10 Veljean Brown
13 Vicki Jorgenson,
14 Regina Brokke
14 Richard Jorgensen
15 Grace Wilson,
16 Wayne Mattson
18 Pauline Brager,
18 David Kuhr,
19 Kristine Rock,
20 Geir Simonsen,
20 Knute Meinstad
21 Marjorie Nabity,
25 Ashley Kohl,
26 Charles Goodell,
27 Isacc Henderson
29 Kari Franklin,
30 Natalie Brokke,
Total Expenses
Overall total
$ 186.20
- 186.20
Our Elveby Christmas party was held on Dec 7.
Our Christmas get-together was well attended with about 40 members
and guests and we had a ton of food to eat. I believe the Caniglia family
(with about ten adults and kids) would win a prize for the “mostest”. Kristin read
to our younger children with many of the older people listening.
We did have the priviledge of signing up two new members for this
Christmas, Betty Winthers (she has been coming to many of our meetings) and
Julie Thorsen who attended with her husband, Lar r y Thor sen (a r eal Scandinavian name). I believe they attended as guests of Mary and Hal Holoun.
Sharon Lilledahl brought her granddaughter, Amber, who joined SON as a
junior member. Thanks Sharon, and Congratulation to all 3 new members….
We also had a new visitor, Stein Hordvik (another real Norskie name) ,
who is from Bergen, Norway. His parents belonged to Sons of Norway. We look
forward to his attending other SON meetings in the future.
We don’t seem to ever lack food and the Christmas food table was no different. Linda, at right, is
helping out a bit. The
picture below shows a
gathering of members to
listen to Kristin read a
Christmas story and Atle
is making a point. The
right side shows members after our meal. We are most blessed to have a
meeting place at Augustana Lutheran Church.
This may keep you warmer this winter.
A Norwegian saying: “There is no such thing as bad weather, only
bad clothes”.
Et norsk ordtak: "Det finnes ikke noe slikt som dårlig vær, bare
dårlige klær ".
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Adv: Gadgeteer Store: 7317 Douglas, Omaha, NE 68114 ,
Tele 402.397.0808, Email ,
1 Block South of Dodge at 74th & Douglas, Ask for Rita
Adv: Little Scandinavia Store:
2619 North Main St. in Elkhorn, NE 69022, 402.289.2307.
Many Scandinavian items. Carl & Leona Anderson.
Sons of Norway,
Elveby Lodge Board meeting
Dec 7 , 2014
Minutes: November minutes r ead and appr oved with
amended changes. The purchase of the ham for the Christmas party was incorrectly designated as a donation. A bill
for $18.00 will be submitted to the treasurer. Also the date
for the installation was incorrect and was changed from January 18 to Friday, January 16, 2015.
Attendance 11: Meeting was held at Augustana Lutheran Church and presided over by President Geir Rosoy
Old Business: J anuar y meeting for installation of officers. Becky Shipman and Charmayne Hodnefield reported on
the restaurants and stated that Gorat’s would be their first
choice. The board agreed to have them make the reservations for Friday January 16, 2015. Attendees will be able to
order from the menu, cost to range from $8 to $36. Reservations will be made for 40 attendees. There will be no entertainment.
The following board agenda items were not discussed:
Concordia Language Village Scholarships, Piggy for Foundation donations, T-Shirt/Sweatshirt design/prices, and Sons
of Norway End of Year report
New Business: Member ship: Car ole Davick r epor ted
that we have 149 members. We have 2 new members, Marsha Gunderson and Betty Winthers. Treasurer: Dick requested that the cash box be replaced as it was very difficult
to open. Board approved the purchase.
Cultural/Social: Marta Mjeldheim reported that the Ethnic Festival was very busy with the sale of baked items resulted in $482. for the lodge. Coni and Earl Rogers were
kept very busy demonstrating lefse. Gerald and Betty Anderson’s lefse sales comprised over ½ half of the total
sales. Carole Davick suggested the lodge purchase a
stamp for the passports as she was initialing all of the
passports presented at the Elveby Lodge table. Board
approved the purchase of the stamp for next years
Durham Ethnic festival.
The February Social meeting is scheduled for Sunday
February 15, 2015 at 3:00 PM. Activities to include the
DVD “Frozen”. Meal to include Tomato soup and Grilled
Youth: Sandy Olson officially handed over her duties
to Becky Shipman.
Posten Editor: No r epor t.
Respectfully Submitted,
Earl Rogers
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What does it mean to be Scandinavian?
Scandinavia is often mentioned by people campaigning for
Scottish independence (more frequently than Ireland, which
really is a bit odd). However, most Scots don’t actually
know that much about Scandinavia, so let me try to describe
what it means to be Scandinavian.
See page 1: Let me first point out that Scandinavia is really just Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The wider group of
countries that also includes Finland, the Faeroe Islands
and Iceland (and sometimes also Greenland) is called the
Nordic Countries.
The main bond uniting Scandinavia is the fact that the languages; Danish, Norwegian (Bokmål & Nynorsk) and Swedish are mutually intelligible after a bit of exposure. Danish
and Swedish are probably about as different as English and
Scots (and to stretch the analogy a bit further, Norwegian is
then like English spoken with a Scottish accent). There’s obviously also quite a lot of shared history, but a lot of it involves wars between Denmark and Sweden.
All Danes, Norwegians and Swedes will agree that they
are indeed Scandinavians, but it’s not an identity that can be
separated from the actual nationality. If you’re Danish, you’re
also Scandinavian, and you can’t be Scandinavian without
also being Danish, Norwegian or Swedish.
The Nordic Countries (not just Scandinavia) have operated
a passport union (which allows all Nordic citizens to travel
freely without a passport) since 1954. It’s quite similar to
the Common Travel Area uniting the UK and Ireland. The
Nordic countries have not traditionally allowed dual citizenship, but instead it’s somewhat easier to become a citizen in
one of the countries if you were born in another Nordic country than if you were born elsewhere.
There used to be a currency union but it broke up in 1914.
This is the reason all the countries call their currencies the
crown (krone/krona),
Otherwise, there aren’t many tangible benefits to being
Scandinavian. There have been several attempts at creating
some kind of political union in the past, but these have typically failed because the individual countries don’t actually
agree on very much. Also, Denmark typically is keen to
include Iceland in everything , and Sweden doesn’t want
to exclude Finland, which means all Scandinavian pr ojects end up involving all Nordic countries.
However, something still unites Scandinavians. It’s very
clear if you go to an international meeting (such as an academic conference): The Danes, the Swedes and the Norwegians will typically end up as one group
in the evening because they share so
many linguistic and cultural bonds. It’s
just something you don’t think much about
until you leave Scandinavia.
(info from the internet)
<<<Scandinavia as a 19th century political vision
shows a Norwegian, a Dane and a Swede. This
image is considered emblematic of Scandinavism
and is widely used in the Scandinavian school
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Norway foods at Christmas:
On Christmas Eve, traditional dishes are served varying regionally in cuisine, depending on availability.
In Northern and Western Norway, pinnekjott,
(salted and dried ribs of mutton) is the more common
dish, whereas Lutefisk and cod are popular in Southern
Norway . In Eastern, pork rib roast is common.
Other less popular traditional foods exist as well,
such as smalahooe (mutton head)(predominantly in
Voss, rakfisk, morrpølse, medisterkaker and
medisterpølser (dumplings and sausages made of
minced pork meat). Turkey has recently made its way
into the variety of cuisines enjoyed during Jul.
Eating porridge, once the staple of Norwegian cuisine, with a single almond in it, is a widespread custom, and whomever gets the almond wins a prize. According to tradition, a single bowl of porridge is left for
nissen , the Norwegian equivalent of a guardian spirit.
Similar to gnomes in appearance, they were associated
with the farmstead often fulfilling some of the same
functions of Santa Claus in English speaking countries.
Brewing is closely associated with the preparations
for jul, and most Norwegian breweries release a traditional Christmas beer , which is darker, stronger and
more flavorful than the common Norwegian lagers.
Breweries also produce a special soda, known as
julebrus. Aquavit is also a common digestif to accompany the heavy, often fatty meals.
Tradition prescribes seven kinds of julekaker, pastries and coffee bread associated with Christmas. However, no authoritative list exists, and there are great
variations. Gingerbread and gingerbread houses are
commonly decorated with sugar frosting. In some instances, ginger bread cookies are used for decorating
windows as well as the Christmas tree.
It seems that 1 dish we could never do without was Jello and
to this day, it is available in out house.
Sven enters the confessional and tells the priest that he has
committed adultery. "Oh, no," said the priest, and thinking
of the most promiscuous women in town, he asked "Was it
with Marie White?" "I'd rather not say but the Priest asked
again, "Was it with Betty Smith?"
"I'd rather not say," says Sven. So the priest gives him absolution and Sven leaves. While leaving the church, Ole asks
if he received absolution. "Yes, and two very good leads!"
Editor’s remark: I was browsing the internet a couple
of days ago and ran across a quiz which would tell
you whether or not you were a Norskie, a Swede or a
Dane or other Scandinavian. Guess what, I turned out
be a “Swede”! hohoho rd
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Christmas in Norway
Christmas Eve is the time when presents are exchanged. The
gifts are sometimes brought by Santa Clause (called
'Julenissen' in Norway). Present are also brought by the
small gnomes called 'Nisse'. There are also hobgoblins
(Nisse) decorations. Children pick up the presents from under the Christmas Tree and read the cards on the presents
out loud.
As in Finland, a sheaf of wheat is often left out for the
birds to eat over Christmas. Also a type of rice porridge is
sometimes left for the 'Nisse' who is believed to guard the
farm animals.
In some parts of Norway, children like to go carol singing and most children do! Often children will dress up as
characters from the Christmas Story, such as the Shepherds
and Wise Men, and go singing from house to house in their
local neighbourhood. Sometimes they carry with paper stars
on them.
Another tradition in parts of Norway is that families
light a candle every night from Christmas Eve to New
Year's Day.
Christmas wasn't celebrated in Norway until about
1000 or 1100, when Christianity first came to the area.
Before this people celebrated jul or jòl in the middle of winter. It was a celebration of the harvest gone and a way of
looking forward to the spring. Lots of beer (juleol) was
brewed and drunk in honour of the old pagan Scand’ gods.
Maybe the most famous custom about Christmas in Norway is the big Christmas Tree that Norway gives to the UK
every year. The tree is given as a present to say 'thank you'
for the help that the people of the UK gave to Norway during World War II. The tree stands in Trafalgar Square in the
middle of London and often hundreds of people come to
watch when the lights are turned on.
A traditional Norwegian Christmas Tree decoration are
small paper baskets called 'Julekurver' which made in the
shape of a heart. It's said that the writer Hans Christian Andersen might have invented them in the 1860s!
In Norwegian Happy/Merry Christmas is 'God Jul' or
'Gledelig Jul'.
Many different types of cakes and biscuits are eaten over
the Christmas period in Norway. One of the most popular is
a special bread called 'Julekake' that has raisins, candied peel and cardamom in it. (very well known).
Rice Porridge is eaten on Christmas Eve either as a meal
at lunchtime (served with butter, sugar and cinnamon) or as
a dessert to the main evening email (with whipped cream
mixed in!). If you find an almond in your portion you're traditionally given a pink or white marzipan pig.
The main meal is normally pork or mutton ribs served
with 'surkal' (white or red cabbage, finely chopped and
cooked with caraway seeds and vinegar) and potatoes.
Very common, now “meat balls or Turkey. eod