Resource Blog

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

Recruitment Made Easy

Holding new member recruitment events is a great way to promote your lodge and increase your membership. What better way to entice potential members than with food and fellowship? One of the best partners you have in your efforts to recruit new members is your Financial Benefits Counselor. Your FBC will help organize a New Member Dinner and make a presentation [...]

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Plan a Foundation Fundraiser

To recognize Sons of Norway Foundation month, lodges are encouraged to plan a fundraiser. Why not take the opportunity to turn your fundraiser into a ‘fun’draiser—an excuse to get people together to have a great time, while raising money for a good cause. A ‘fun’draiser can help support the Foundation, and engage and bond your membership, while providing another opportunity to [...]

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Celebrating and Invigorating your Lodge with the Lodge Achievement Program

The Beginning In 1961, the International Board initiated a program called Lodge of the Year (LOY), which was to be administrated by the District Presidents. This program was introduced so that district officers would be more aware of lodge activities, and to help find both weaknesses and strengths in fraternal programs. Using this program, each district board would determine their district’s [...]

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2018 International Folk Art Competition & Exhibition

Members had an opportunity to show off their Norwegian artistry by participating in the 2018 International Folk Art Competition & Exhibition as part of the recent International Convention. Amateur and professional Sons of Norway members competed or exhibited work in various Norwegian folk art categories including rosemaling, hardanger embroidery, hand knitting and several others. All participants received a certificate of recognition [...]

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Recap of the 2018 International Convention

From August 16 - 18 Sons of Norway members and delegates from throughout our organization came together for the 2018 Biennial International Convention, held in Bloomington, MN. When approved, the official minutes of the lodge meeting will be distributed to all International Board Officers and Directors, delegates and Sons of Norway lodges. A synopsis of changes to the policies, procedures and [...]

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Tracking Events and Hours

Throughout the year, lodges are asked to keep a running total of the number of events and activities they organize, as well as all the hours their members volunteer on behalf of Sons of Norway. This tracking, usually done by the Lodge Secretary, can be accomplished in several different ways: *        Using the pdf forms (Individual Hour Tracking [...]

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Year End Reporting

Putting together a thought provoking and engaging program may seem like a real challenge, but it shouldn’t. New and unique ideas can be right under your nose and need only a little digging to find. Take Kristiania 1-047 in Rochester, MN, as an example. Their recent program attracted over sixty people, including several guests. What did Kristiania do and can it [...]

By |August 12th, 2018|Categories: 2018, Resource Blog|Tags: , |Comments Off on Year End Reporting

Sightseeing Scandinavian Style

Scandinavians, especially Norwegians, have left their mark across the United States and Canada. A tour of local Norwegian landmarks is a terrific way for your members to learn a little more about their heritage and connect with their fellow members at the same time. A tour can also bring generations of members together and be a great way to get families [...]

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2018 International Folk Art Competition & Exhibition

Please encourage your local lodge members to show-off their Norwegian artistry by participating in the 2018 International Folk Art Competition & Exhibition, part of the International Convention Bloomington, MN, August 16 -19. Amateur and professional Sons of Norway members can compete or exhibit work in various Norwegian folk art categories including rosemaling, hardanger embroidery, hand knitting and several others. All participants [...]

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2018 Recruitment Update

New member recruitment is underway. Earlier this year the International Board set a new member recruitment goal of 3,300 paid members. That's a new member recruitment goal of 9% across all lodges. For a lodge of 70 members, this is a goal of 6 new dues paid members. For lodges of 50 or fewer members, the goal is to recruit 4 [...]

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