District Sports Director's message
Greetings to All and welcome to fall!
Cooler Temperatures, hayrides, brisk morning hikes, garden harvests, and steaming apple pie all signal the change in seasons. The District 5 Board is undergoing changes too. New directors were elected to serve in a variety of capacities at the biennial District 5 Convention. With change comes anticipation, bursting energy, and new ideas. We are fortunate to be members of District 5 where our members realize the value in what we do. Our Board is a link between the International Office and the local lodges. If you have a question or a concern, contact your Zone Director for assistance. Please keep the lines of communication open, as we move forward.
Currently, past directors are finalizing their 2017-2018 reports, and they will soon begin segueing into their new positions. We all appreciate your patience during this time of transition.
New Additions to the Sports and Recreation Line-up for 2018-2020
A tradition of fine food has been our hallmark for many years, and I ask Lodges to consider tweaking the Chili Cook-off Event previously established and make it more relevant for your lodges and members. Sports and Recreation Directors and Cultural Skills Directors could work in tandem to lead members through the Sons of Norway’s Traditional Norwegian Cooking series. The cooking unit has three levels and groups of people could partner to prepare different offerings for a lodge meeting. The first unit is entitled, Favorites, followed by Baked Goods and Desserts, and lastly Meat or Fish Dishes. Members would earn Cultural Skills pins for cooking and baking together. The fellowship and camaraderie provided by such an activity would strengthen the bonds in your lodge, and it could be enjoyable! Members who have already earned their cultural pins for the cooking unit could serve as mentors for others. The unit and its requirements can be found under the Cultural Programming tab on the SofN.com website. This activity would be a perfect way to involve your youth members; send them a special invitation to join you!
Since the Barnebirkie (Children’s Ski Race) is a District 5 sponsored activity each February, I ask that your lodges consider completing the Baked Goods and Desserts unit at the end of January or during the first three weeks of February. Traditional cookies could be made to satisfy the requirements of the unit. Additionally, favorite family cookies or bars could also be baked with the Barnebirkie event in mind. The 2019 Barnebirke is scheduled during the American Birkebeiner weekend on Thursday, February 21st. * I ask that lodges who are participating in the cookie bake take photos of their event and submit them to me for posting on the District 5 Facebook or webpage. Recognition will be sent to all participating lodges. The lodge who sends the most cookies to the Barnebirkie will receive a special gift from the District 5 Board to be used with their membership.
I will be arranging for cookie pick-ups prior to the event in February, and I will be looking for volunteers to serve on-site in a variety of ways. Monetary donations are also acceptable for the Barnebirkie. If your lodge is located quite a distance from Hayward, WI, consider supporting the young skiers in this fashion.
I have been searching for an activity that is family-friendly and one that would involve multiple generations, as well as lodge members young and older alike. To that end, I propose that all lodges plan a Friendly Five Fisheree! Google, Otter Street Fishing Club, Oshkosh, WI to see what another group does for its community! Your fisheree could be held during the warmer months or in the winter on ice. Look for more information on the District 5 Fisheree to be shared through the Friendly Friday Fifth News in the upcoming months.
Another idea for lodges in the northern climes is to institute a candlelight ski or snowshoe event. Work with a local park ranger to lay a course and set out for an evening of fun. As the Norwegians say, there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing! What a perfect night this would make for hot chocolate and a good movie to follow. Please take photos of your candlelight ski and detail where your event took place. If your members are older and wish to be outside during the daylight hours-please do so. The idea is to provide our members with activities that enhance wellness. Older members could also walk a course in your town. Participating members would earn credit toward a sports medal during this activity, walking for those with snowshoes or skiing. For more information on the Sons of Norway Sports Medal Program, go to SofN.com. Click on the Cultural Programming tab, or type the words sports program into the search box at the top of the page.
Another great activity that brings your lodge attention is the Adopt a highway or bike trail program. Both programs allow your lodge to receive signage for the portion of the highway or trail assigned. Find lodge members who enjoy being outdoors and encourage them to help you with this project. Submit an article to your local newspaper, including pictures. Blow your own horn, if you don’t, who will? This activity is good for all ages and is a great community service project.
PLEASE SEND MORE IDEAS!
I would like to hear from Lodges who wish to retain the Bowling activity. Interest in that offering has waned in recent years.
Would your lodge be interested in a Kubb Tournament? If so, please weigh-in! We can help you with that!
Please submit other ideas for sports and recreation. Nothing is written in stone and we can easily make changes.
With a change in director, this seems to be the perfect time to institute new opportunities and challenges for our members.
D5 Sports and Recreation Director
District Presidents Message
I am happy to announce to the district lodges that on February 25, 2018 the Fifth District won the American Birkebeiner Shellie Milford Spirit Of The Birkie Award. This is the highest award that the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation presents for volunteerism. There were over 2,000 volunteers working at the many Birkie week events. I would like to thank all the Fifth District volunteers who throughout the years donated cookies, and worked at the Barnebirkie registration, cookie tent, Ski Expo, and volunteer reception luncheon. The Barnebirkie is dear to me since I have been a Barnebirkie volunteer for over 25 years. Hopefully the Fifth District will continue to have a presence at the Barnebirkie in the years to come.
Last fall in October the Fifth District held its first President’s Leadership Conference at Camp Wonderland at Camp Lake, Wisconsin. There were 41 participants including the Sons of Norway International President, Jon Tehven, and the International Fraternal Director, Linda Pederson. Presentations were given, and conference participants took part in many of the interactive breakout sessions. The conference was time well spent for all who attended. The next President’s Leadership Conference will be held in the fall of 2019 should the Board of Directors again agree to hold the conference.
The Fifth District Lodge Meeting and Convention will be held at the Radisson Hotel located in La Crosse, Wisconsin on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 through June 30, 2018. By now all the lodges in the district should have elected their Delegates and Alternates. The Wergeland 5-28 convention committee has been working very hard to ensure that the meeting and convention will be a complete success. I look forward to seeing many of you in La Crosse in June.
Please take the time to view the Fifth District Website at: www.sonofnorway5.com
Fraternally og beste hilsen,
President Sons of Norway Fifth District
God Jul og Godt Nytt År from the Youth Director and the Masse Moro team!
Sarah Barnes and Kaia Ellis members of the Masse Moro administrative team are working in cooperation with the leadership from the Fifth District to redesign and market our youth heritage camp, Masse Moro. Our goal is to raise awareness and enrollment in this special Norwegian cultural experience across all 8 Sons of Norway Districts. The newly seated 2016-2018 District 5 Board voted to increase the attendance fee to $800.00 per camper for the 2017 season. Although raising this fee does not satisfy our financial commitment in making Masse Moro totally solvent, it does moves us in that direction.
Here’s how your Lodge can help:
Fundraising for Camp must become a reality. Representatives at the June-2016 District 5 Convention set the ball rolling with personal gifts, and the administrative team has also added funding. Individual delegates who were present at the meeting have spearheaded fundraising locally. Creative thinking has yielded results and numerous gifts have been credited to Masse Moro’s coffers recently. A quick game of Heads or Tails is able to generate several hundred dollars in a few short minutes. If you would like to receive the instructions for playing this game, please send me an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to add the name of your lodge to our supporter’s list!
Silent auctions have also been popular in some lodges, generating enough money for two causes, the Sons of Norway Foundation AND Masse Moro! A lefse/bake sale or a chili cook-off will not only bring attention to your lodge, but it will provide you with another opportunity to promote Masse Moro to children in your area, which ultimately is another way of generating funding for Camp! In addition, a Wisconsin family’s foundation continues to support Camp with a generous gift each year. Items can be placed on E-bay for sale with established minimum bids, so one can control the amount of sales. Local classified ads both print and via social media sites would also be helpful in fundraising campaigns. A person’s Facebook page could be used to advertise an event or to post items for sale; its value cannot be underestimated. A garage sale would also generate considerable money.
The book, The Hero Next Door: World War II in Norway, was compiled by District 5 Treasurer Mike Palecek, following an original anthology by Jean Bittner and is available for purchase. Pricing will allow Camp to realize some profit. Contact Mike in regard to sales at: email@example.com.
We have also created a Masse Moro camp songs CD that is currently for sale and is posted on the Masse Moro homepage for sale. This is a great stocking stuffer for any youth who has attended Camp or for perspective campers. It is also a great way to introduce Norwegian songs to your Lodge members! Visit www.massemoro.org and a link is shown to help you complete a purchase.
New easy-printable marketing materials are being created for Lodges to use and share with potential campers and their families, and these items will be posted to massemoro.org (go under the MORE tab at the top of the website and select “Tools for Lodges”) and sonsofnorway5.com websites when they are complete. Efforts will be made to reach out to potential campers in all Sons of Norway Districts next year, with assistance coming from Linda Pederson, Fraternal Director, Sons of Norway International staff member. I would also like to thank President Jon Tehven for his suggestions and officers from the District 1 Board for their sage advice which has enabled us to pursue many changes.
The District 5 Board is also pursuing a 501C3 tax designation which would benefit Camp. When more information is available on this pursuit, it will be officially shared by District 5 President Andrew Johnsen.
If you know a child who is interested in attending Camp for the 2017 season, consider filing your application now! Include a $50.00 check to guarantee them a place at Camp, made payable to: the Sons of Norway-District 5. Numerous payment options are available for families including an electronic option through PayPal. At this writing, there are 19 youth registered. Registration materials are now posted on our Masse Moro website: (www.massemoro.org), click the “Application Information” tab. In addition, the District 5 website has additional postings.
As you further plan your child’s summer activities, we hope that you will include Masse Moro among their many choices.
District 5 Youth Director
200 Beth Circle
Mt. Horeb, WI 53572