The Friendly Fifth

President Messages

District President Har Ordet

Kjære Venner,
            As of now I am sure that most of the members of the District have received word that the 2020 Fifth District Convention/Meeting and the 2020 International Convention/Meeting have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  There was a unanimous vote by the International Board of Directors to cancel the 2020 conventions/meetings.  President Ron Stubbings has instructed all sons of Norway Officers, Directors, and Delegates to, “continue in service until the regular session lodge meetings of 2022”.  As members of Sons of Norway we need to follow President Stubbings instruction in order to maintain our cohesiveness as a fraternal in this time of uncertainty.
            As your District President I am requesting that all local lodge Presidents and Officers be prudent, and that they follow all State and Federal government mandates concerning the COVID-19 virus.  Be thoughtful and do not put yourself or any of your lodge members in any undue risk.  Stay in touch with your other lodge members using the telephone and electronic means (conference calls or skype).
            These are difficult times we are all experiencing.  It is my hope that when this pandemic is over the Sons of Norway will continue to be as strong and vibrant as ever.
            It is with sadness that the Fifth District has lost one of its finest members, Gene Steensma, who passed away on March 25, 2020.  Gene was a past Fifth District President, an International Director, and a long-time member and President of Samhold 5-473.  Gene will always remain in the hearts of those who knew.  Keep Gene’s family in your prayers as they go through their time of mourning.        
Med beste hilsen,
Andrew Iver Johnsen
Sons of Norway Fifth District President