Resource Blog

Member resources and ideas including recruitment, administrative, programming and community engagement.

September is Lodge Improvement Month

It might not on your calendar, but September is National Self Improvement Month, an opportune time to choose a hobby, start working out or begin eating healthier. But what if instead we considered ways to improve our lodges? Because many are now getting restarted after a summer off, September is a great time to consider how we can improve our lodges [...]

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Record Retention: What to Keep and What to Toss

Do you have boxes of lodge materials in your garage or basement? Since most lodges take some time off from meetings over the summer, now is the perfect time to do some housecleaning. Sons of Norway does not cur­rently have official rules regarding the retention of lodge paperwork. Here are some suggested guidelines for what should be kept and what should [...]

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Lodge Officer Updates

The deadline for reporting was December 15, 2017. By this target date, 65% of lodges had reported their 2018 officers which is the highest rate of compliance for this program in over 15 years. Didn’t report your officers by December 15th? New rosters should still be provided to Sons of Norway Headquarters online, by fax (612-827-0658) or by email ([email protected]). However, [...]

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2018 Lodge Officer Updates

The deadline for reporting was December 15, 2017. By this target date, 65% of lodges had reported their 2018 officers which is the highest rate of compliance for this program in over 15 years. Didn’t report your officers by December 15th? New rosters should still be provided to Sons of Norway Headquarters online, by fax (612-827-0658) or by email ([email protected]). However, [...]

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Updating Member Information

Keeping members’ contact information current can be a challenge! When members move to a new address or change other contact information, they often forget to inform their lodge and/or Sons of Norway Headquarters. Here are some ways to capture these updates: At a Meeting The top 6 lodge officers and the editor can download a membership list from their profile page [...]

By |November 18th, 2018|Categories: 2018, Resource Blog|Tags: , |Comments Off on Updating Member Information

Help Your Lodge Shine

Check out the Communications Tool Kit in the Administrative Resources section of the website to help you enhance your lodge communications. In the tool kit you will find: Newsletter Service –Ready-to-use content to help your lodge’s newsletter stand out. Sons of Norway’s Brand Guidelines – A helpful guide on how to incorporate elements of Sons of Norway’s updated brand. Branded Materials for [...]

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Include Young People

Check out the ideas in the following article that was provided by the Association Societies Alliance. It first appeared in the July 2009 issue of the Association Focus, a publication of the Midwest Society of Association Executives. Sons of Norway reprinted it with permission in the October 2009 Viking Resource. Simma & Kate's Strategies for Cross-Generational Relationship Building By Simma Lieberman [...]

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What Qualifies as Community Support and Volunteer Activities?

Community Support/Volunteer activities have the primary goal of serving people outside of Sons of Norway. There are two general criteria that have to be met for an activity to qualify: 1) The lodge has to arrange for participation in a volunteer/community service event. (Hint: the volunteer activity likely appears on the lodge calendar and/or is listed in the lodge newsletter as a [...]

By |November 12th, 2018|Categories: 2018, Resource Blog|Tags: , , |Comments Off on What Qualifies as Community Support and Volunteer Activities?

Year End Report Reminder

A packet of year-end forms were mailed to lodge secretaries at the beginning of November. The packet included a Lodge Achievement Form, a Family Lodge of the Year Form and an American Fraternal Alliance Year End Report. The Lodge Achievement and Family Lodge of the Year forms are due to Sons of Norway Headquarters by Feb. 1, 2018. Do not mail the [...]

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2018 Lodge Officer Updates

The deadline for reporting was December 15, 2017. By this target date, 65% of lodges had reported their 2018 officers which is the highest rate of compliance for this program in over 15 years. Didn’t report your officers by December 15th? New rosters should still be provided to Sons of Norway Headquarters online, by fax (612-827-0658) or by email ([email protected]). However, [...]

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