Resource Blog

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

Members’ Privacy Is Critical to Sons of Norway

As a Sons of Norway officer, you must respect the privacy of members. (Read our privacy promise now.) As an officer in this organization you have agreed to never share or use members’ personal contact, health or other information for anything other than approved Sons of Norway business. You are obligated to safeguard members’ information by handling it in such a [...]

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2018 International Folk Art Competition & Exhibition

Encourage your local lodge members to show off their artistry and celebrate Norwegian culture by participating in the 2018 International Folk Art Competition & Exhibition, part of the International Convention Bloomington, Minn., 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, photography and [...]

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Affiliate Members

Winter may bring snowbirds to your lodge. At the same time as they are enjoying the sunshine and warmth of their temporary location, they may wish to continue experiencing the fellowship of a lodge. Consider inviting these temporary residents to become affiliate members of your lodge. What is an affiliate membership? Affiliate membership allows an individual to belong to two or [...]

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Ignite Your Recruitment Efforts Through Volunteerism

Sons of Norway has a lot to offer its members: an engaging fraternal spirit, stable financial products and outstanding member benefits like Viking, just to name a few. New members are looking for more, though. Increasingly, we’re seeing an interest in connecting with communities as much as connecting with Norwegian heritage. How can lodges turn this shift into an advantage? Volunteerism. [...]

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Plan now to boost membership in 2018

Will your lodge be participating in community-wide festivals or events in in the upcoming year? Make the most of these opportunities to build interest in Sons of Norway and invite more prospective members to join. After attending Olympia Norway Day last April, Hovedstad 2-094 in Olympia, WA, recruited 75% of their 2017 new members within three months. They had member enrollment [...]

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Turning Your Members into Recruiters

The holidays may seem like the distant future, but for Sons of Norway they’re right around the corner. In fact, September through December is our busiest time. The next four months account for a significant portion of Sons of Norway’s annual recruitment, so it’s easy to see why the rest of the year will go by like a breeze. Because the [...]

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Application Fees in 2018

The Simplified Dues Structure, that will be implemented on Jan. 1, 2018, is designed to standardize dues amounts that are collected by US lodges. As a result of this simplification, our application form is being redesigned. The new form will not include a space to note the assessment of an application (initiation) fee that is charged by some lodges. Does your [...]

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Benefits of Heritage Membership

Sons of Norway members enjoy registering their young relatives (ages 0 - 15 years) as Heritage members. This is a great way to foster a future appreciation for Norwegian culture and heritage. Our youngest members can enjoy the following benefits of the organization: Cultural Skills Heritage Members can earn pins as they learn! There are five Cultural Skills units written specifically [...]

By |November 30th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Resource Blog|Tags: , |Comments Off on Benefits of Heritage Membership

So Little Time; So Many Members to Recruit

The countdown to winding up our 2017 member recruitment campaign, a component of our #Growingto2020 initiative, has begun. Only a few weeks remain to increase this year’s membership rolls and ensure a vibrant future for your lodge. Remind your current members and top recruiters that lodges will receive these prizes in 2018 as congratulations for meeting their 2017 10% recruitment goals: [...]

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Sons of Norway Sport Medal Program

Looking for another way to get members involved in your lodge? Consider using the Sports Medal Program to promote social activities in a healthy way by starting a walking group, setting up an exercise competition, forming a cross country ski group or organizing a biking group. Sons of Norway’s Sports Medal Program is a way for members of all ages and abilities [...]

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