Founders’ Day: January 16

No doubt: Those hearty Norwegians who founded Sons of Norway back in 1895 can be considered visionaries for forging the cornerstone of what would become a 50,000-member financial and international cultural organization.

The 18 founders would be exceedingly proud of today’s members who collectively log hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours each year in service to their communities. They would be amazed at the breadth of events held by Sons of Norway members who contribute to making their cities and towns vibrant places to live and gather. Astonishment would not be too strong a word to describe how the founders might react to knowing that in 2019 Sons of Norway is a $360 million life insurance company, and that the Sons of Norway Foundation, in operation for more than 50 years, partners with its generous donors to provide numerous grants, scholarships and camperships every year.

Founders’ Day is the perfect time to pause and be proud – of the founders and their vision, and of the commitment of all Sons of Norway members to carry out our mission in the New Year. Take a few minutes now to learn more about the founders with this history video, or show it at your next lodge meeting. And if you get a chance, share your best photos that demonstrate your Nordic pride by using the hashtag #SOFNNordicPride on social media.

Happy Founders’ Day!