June, 2018 Newsletter

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Maine Nordmenn Maanedlig Nyheter

Monthly events and activities for June 2018Meeting location: Falmouth American Legion, 65 Depot Road, Falmouth, ME 04105 (unless otherwise noted)
Website:  www.mainenordmenn.com

June 7 – Summer Crafts, more information below
June 12 – Book Club, 9:30-noon, Jar City movie, Carolyn Browne’s home in Vassalboro – brunch provided by Maine Nordmenn members

  • Following book club, some folks will be staying to paint Santas for our holiday sales; we’d love to have “helpers” 

June 30 – Summer Picnicmore information below

SUMMER PICNIC– June 30, 11 AM – 2:30 PM

  • Free for Maine Nordmenn members and their families as a thank you for your membership
  • Wells Harbor Community Park, 331 Harbor Road, Wells – directions below
  • Bring a salad or dessert to share
  • Maine Nordmenn will provide hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers
  • Free parking
  • Pavilion reserved for Maine Nordmenn from 11-2:30; public areas available until dusk
  • Convenient restrooms
  • Kubb and corn hole games (Kubb game provided by the Brownes, Bill and Carolyn, and corn hole provided by Karl Livollen)
  • Playground and child-friendly beach for young and old alike
  • RSVP to John Foss By June 23johnefossjr@gmail.com

Directions:  Wells Turnpike exit, left onto Rt. 109, left onto Rt. 1, right onto Harbor Road, parking lot on right (look for Pavilion for convenient parking)

SUMMER CRAFTS– 10AM-4PM, Carolyn Browne’s home in Vassalboro.
Carvers and rosemalers will be available on the dates indicated to assist those learning these crafts (barring some unforeseen circumstance).  All are welcome to bring their knitting/crocheting, carving, painting, or other crafts to enjoy the day.

Potluck lunch – each day there will be a potluck lunch to share in good food and conversation, bring a dish to share.

June 7 – Sally Abrahamson and Herb Hoppe will be available to assist carvers
July 31 – Sally Abrahamson and Herb Hoppe will be available to assist carvers, Bob Boylestad will be available to assist rosemalers
August 16– Sally Abrahamson will be available to assist carvers; organized craft project – gnome wall hangings (materials provided to Maine Nordmenn members)

 A special thank you to Carolyn for being our host and to Bob, Herb and Sally for sharing their craft!

Maine Nordmenn is exploring the possibility of participating in the Norumbega Christmas Fair November 10 to raise funds to support our lodge and its activities.  In order for this activity to be successful, it will take the work of volunteer artists and craftsmen to make products for sale. This is a great opportunity for you to share your craft to support our lodge.

We welcome any handmade Scandinavian arts/crafts.  We especially would like to have a variety of Scandinavian holiday ornaments (painted, rosemaled, carved, knit, crocheted, quilted, stained glass, etc.) so, if you have an idea, please make 3-6 ornaments to donate to this endeavor.  If you make handmade cards, we’d love to have an assortment of those as well.

If you have an idea for a larger holiday decoration, we’d welcome that as well; 1-3 of each item would be adequate.  We’d love to have a variety.  We are more focused on quality than quantity.

The summer craft dates provide an opportunity to get together with fellow Maine Nordmenn members and work on crafts to contribute.  We are working on a planned activity in August so, check the next newsletter for more information.

Carolyn Browne, carolynbrowne@gmail.com, and Cheryl Lunde, cheryllunde1@gmail.com, have begun to work on this project.  Feel free to contact them if you have an idea to contribute to this effort.

We hope to know more by the next issue of the newsletter and will provide it to you at that time.

IMPORTANT CLYNK NOTICE– help raise funds
The Clynk account number has changed in recent months.  If you have older tags on Clynk bags, please replace the tags with ones with the new account number.  To get new tags and bags, contact John Foss at johnefossjr@gmail.com.

As a reminder, recycling beverage containers through the Clynk program is an easy way to assist Maine Nordmenn in fundraising.

TUBFRIM– help children with disabilities
Tubfrim is an organization in Norway that resells cancelled stamps and donates the proceeds to help children with disabilities. Sons of Norway and Maine Nordmenn are proud to support Tubfrim in their work to support children in need.
You can help:  Simply clip canceled stamps from envelopes, leaving at least a quarter of an inch around the edge. Bring your clipped stamps to a Maine Nordmenn meeting. Carolyn Browne is the chair of this project and will see that the stamps are forwarded to SON.

Occupied (Okkupert) is a Norwegian political thriller series based on an idea by Jo Nesbø. It’s a Norwegian production in cooperation with France and Sweden. Two seasons are available on Netflix.  It is based in Norway in the Norwegian language with English subtitles.  The episodes last about 50 minutes each.  Recommended by Paul and Anne-Lise Moson.

DISTRICT CONVENTION– June 4-10, Hauppauge, NY
John Foss, President, will be attending the District Convention representing Zone 2.  Karl Livollen, Treasurer, was elected to represent Maine Nordmenn at the March membership meeting.

RESOLUTION to District Convention – the Maine Nordmenn have moved the following resolution to the Convention:

WHEREAS, the Sons of Norway is composed of chapters in Canada, Norway and the United States;

WHEREAS, Canadian, Norwegian and American businesses are able to manufacture, produce, and supply the Sons of Norway with needed products, merchandise, and services, including SON branded items;

WHEREAS, there are Canadian, Norwegian and American businesses  that produce their products, merchandise, and services within those respective countries;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Sons of Norway purchase all products, merchandise, and services available to SON and its lodges from one of the chapter countries; i.e.from Canadian, Norwegian and American businesses, where production has occurred within those respective countries.


  • Herb Hoppe for taking the lead in coordinating the Maine Nordmenn Book Club
  • The crafters and bakers for supplying the sale tables at Syttende Mai
  • Carolyn and Bill Browne for donating a Kubb game to Maine Nordmenn
  • Karl Livollen for making corn hole games
  • The Browne’s for hosting summer crafts
  • Sally Abrahamson for sharing her carving skills
  • Bob Boylestadfor sharing his gift of rosemaling
  • Herb Hoppe for sharing his skills of carving
  • YOU ALL for your membership and participation in Maine Nordmenn

July 31– Summer Crafts
August 16– Summer Crafts
Sept. 11, 9 AM – Book Club, discussion of Growth of the Soil – location to be announced

Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
When it was first published in 1917, Growth of the Soil was immediately recognized as a masterpiece. Ninety years later it remains a transporting literary experience. In the story of Isak, who leaves his village to clear a homestead and raise a family amid the untilled tracts of the Norwegian backcountry, Knut Hamsun evokes the elemental bond between humans and the land. Hamsun’s novel is a work of preternatural calm, stern beauty, and biblical power—and the crowning achievement of one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.
Happy Father’s Day – God Farsdag

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