Formed in December, 2002, and officially installed in June, 2003, Maine Nordmenn Lodge 3-664 is Maine’s only Sons of Norway Lodge. The Sons of Norway is made up of over 60,000 Norwegian-Americans in the United States, Canada, and Norway.

Mission

The mission of the Sons of Norway is to promote and preserve the heritage and culture of Norway, to celebrate our relationship with other Nordic countries, and provide quality insurance and financial products to our members.*

Meetings

Monthly meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month, September–November and January–April at the Falmouth American Legion Post, 65 Depot Road, Falmouth, ME, 04105. Special events are held at various other locations. Please see the Calendar for specific information.

Membership

You do not need to be Norwegian to be a member of our Lodge. We serve the greater community to promote understanding and broaden knowledge of all Nordic culture and welcome anyone with an interest. With pride in our heritage, we enjoy serving our membership and Norwegian-American community with optimism, enthusiasm and inspiring programs.

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Board Members

President

John Foss

I’m from Austintown, OH, and currently live in Lisbon Falls, ME. I’m in the Maine Nordmenn to learn more about my ancestry. I enjoy hiking, scuba diving, and biking.

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Vice President

Karen Solberg


My name is Karen Solberg.  I’m an Air Force brat so I was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan, lived in Kirkland lake, Ontario, Canada, back to Michigan, then to Maine.  I grew up primarily in Hallowell, Maine but now live in Westbrook, Maine.  As a first generation Norwegian, I was trying to find a group of people

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 with similar backgrounds and interests.  I was very excited when Mary Grant of Simply Scandinavian told me about Maine Nordmenn.  I joined in 2006 and have been an active member since.  I enjoy sewing, book club, walking my dogs, and working in my garden.

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Secretary
Cheryl Lunde

My hometown is Fargo, ND. I now live in Wells, ME. Being three-quarters Norwegian, I was delighted to hear that there is a Sons of Norway lodge in Maine. I joined Maine Nordmenn to learn more about my heritage and a wonderful country that I’ve had to visit on several occasions. It’s also great opportunity to learn Norwegian crafts and participate in social even

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with other like-minded Mainers. Probably the most pronounced hobby for me is painting. I primarily do watercolors, but also do some acrylics and oils. I belong to several art groups and participate in the art shows they sponsor. Traveling is a passion. I also enjoy photography, gardening, cooking, and crafts.

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Treasurer

Karl Livollen

I was born in Brevik, Norway and now live in Vassalboro, ME. I joined Maine Nordmenn because I’ve been quiet for a long time and want to make a connection with my brothers. My interests include fishing, bowling, and woodworking.

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Trustee
Robert Boylestad

My hometown is Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY. I’m now living in Chandler’s Wharf in Portland, ME. As a founding member, I will do whatever required to support the lodge and ensure its survival. My personal interest include rosemaling, traveling in our Airstream, golf and fly fishing.

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Trustee

Rosanne Graef

My hometown is Wayne, ME, and Portland, ME is where I live now. I’m a member of Maine Nordmenn because it’s my husband’s ethnic heritage. I have been to all the Nordic countries and enjoy their culture and geography. I like gardening, crafts, reading (non-fiction), community activism, and interacting with my cats.

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Co-Trustees
Mary & Jim Wiggin

Mary – I’m from Brooklyn, NY, currently live in Wells, ME, and winter in FL. The only member of his family to immigrate to the United States, my father came here during World War II at eth age of 28. Since my mom was not Norwegian, I never learned much about my Norwegian

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heritage and Norwegian food, but have now through the Sons of Norway. I’m involved with my church and enjoy cooking, crafts, and volunteering in the community.

Jim – Eliot, ME, is my hometown and I now live in Wells, ME, and winter in FL. I’m a member because of my wife’s background. I enjoy the sociability and learning about Norwegian heritage. I’m also involved in Masons and Shrine moped unit and play piano for my church.

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Counselor
Joanne Jenssen

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Program Chair

Mary Johnson

I grew up in Fort Fairfield, a small Northern Maine known for growing potatoes and the Potato Blossom Festival. I attended high school in Portland and graduated from Portland High School. I graduated from the first associate degree nursing program in Maine at Westbrook Junior College

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which was an all girls college at the time and is now UNE. I returned to the same college and earned a bachelors degree in business administration. I enjoyed a long nursing career.

My husband Bruce’s grandfather was from Norway and after joining the Maine Nordmenn , Bruce was able to connect with cousins from Norway. We were lucky to visit them in Norway and have some relatives visit us in Maine. I now live in Gray on Little Sebago Lake. After the sudden death of my beloved Bruce, I am grateful for the love and support of my family and friends. I discovered a love of pickleball last year. I love to travel and read and hang out with friends and family.

 

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Culture Skills Director
Eleanor Froiland Andrews

Clear Lake, IA, is my hometown. I now live in Wells, ME. I’m in Maine Nordmenn because of my love of all things Norse! I’m especially interested in reading, writing, exploring, and crafts.

Sports & Recreaction Director
Herb Hoppe

I grew up in Livermore Falls and Portland, ME, and currently reside in Gray, ME. I was introduced to Sons of Norway through my interest in Scandinavian Style FLat Plane Carving and a life-long admiration

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for the values and life styles of the people of Scandinavia. My personal interests include Scandinavian style wood carving, Nordic sports, literature of many genres, gardening, and our natural world. I have many other activities & interests – I’m never bored!

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Cultural Skills & Sports Medal Programs

One of the missions of the Sons of Norway is the preservation of Norwegian culture and heritage. The Cultural Skills Program and the Sports Medal Program are two ways that encourage and educate our members in learning about Norwegian traditions and sharing the enthusiasm for friluftsliv (outdoor life/outdoor recreation). No matter your age or ability, there’s sure to be something to interest you!

Cultural Skills Programs

The Cultural Skills Program includes units on Traditional Norwegian Cooking, Literature, Collecting Norwegian and American Stamps, Norwegian Rosemaling, Genealogy – Family History, Knitting, Norwegian Language & Culture, Hardanger Embroidery, Figure Carving, Weaving, Ornamental Wood Carving, Chip Carving, Folk Dancing, Music & Musicians of Norway.

Figure Carving, Folk Dancing, Handknitting, Hardanger Embroidery and Collecting Norwegian and North American Stamps are also offered for the younger set through the Youth Cultural Skills Program.

These Maine Nordmenn have earned medals by completing various projects and activities in the topic areas:

  1. Gus Karlsen – Norwegian Language and Culture
  2. Dorothy Fredriksen – Hand-Knitting
  3. Elsie Maxwell – Traditional Norwegian Cooking
  4. Carolyn Browne – Traditional Norwegian Cooking; Norwegian Rosemaling; Genealogy – Family History; Hand-Knitting. She is a “Master of Cultural Skills.”
  5. Ellie Andrews – Reading Norwegian and Norwegian-American Authors

Sports Medal Program

Members can earn pins at four levels of achievement (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Enamel) in five different sports:

  1. Gangmerke (walking)
  2. Skimerke (skiing)
  3. Sykkelmerke (biking)
  4. Idrettsmerke (sports/fitness)
  5. Svømmemerke (swimming)

These Maine Nordmenn have earned Sports Medals:

  1. Gangmerke: Ellie Andrews, Herb Hoppe (pictured below)
  2. Skimerke:
  3. Sykkelmerke:
  4. Idretsmerke:
  5. Svømmemerke:

In 2013, the Sons of Norway created The Virtual Pilgrimage, a tracing of the Kongsveien (Old Kings’ Way) to Nidaros Cathedral. For almost 400 miles, participants could get out and walk at home, tracking their mileage, while following on-line the pilgrims’ route from Oslo to Trondheim. The Virtual Pilgrimage started in 2014, the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution, and those who completed it by the end of 2015 were awarded a pin in honor of their trek.

From the Maine Nordmenn, Rosanne Graef completed the Virtual Pilgrimage and received her pin from Sports Director Herb Hoppe and President Anne-Lise Moson.

Resources

Sons of Norway Website
Sons of Norway Blog

Sons of Norway – Third District Website
Land of Vikings (LOV) – Third Districts resort in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania
Norumbega Lodge – Our nearby Lodge in Zone 2 in West Newton, MA.

Norwegian Ancestry

Royal Norwegian Embassy of the United States of America – Norwegian events, politics, economics, culture, education, travel, visas, and passports.

Nordic Calendar – Announcing activities and events of interest to Scandinavians in the United States.

*Insurance and financial products not available in all states, including Maine.