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October is "Foundation Month" at Sons of Norway. Skjold Lodge supports and has benefited directly from the Foundation, both with members and their children receiving scholarships and the lodge receiving grants to help us hold cultural events.
Our 2017 October lodge meeting becomes a "Foundation Banquet" to raise money to help the Sons of Norway Foundation provide grants and scholarships to members and those in need.

Skjold Lodge has not had a Foundation Benefit banquet dinner and program for a number of years, but we thought they were nice and we are doing them again. Please read the details below about this year's banquet.

Education can be expensive - Scholarships help.
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The 2017 Banquet

Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017

Program: 4:00PM – Dinner to follow.

Restaurant Location:  Rose Garden Cafe

111 E Higgins Rd, Elk Grove Village

Downstairs banquet room (elevator available).

The Meal: Buffet dinner with Beef and Chicken, salad, side dishes and coffee/tea included.  Waitresses will take orders for other drinks and cocktails, for which you pay the waitress.

Cost: The $20 cost of your meal is subsidized by the lodge in hopes many will attend AND make a tax-deductible donation to the Foundation.

Program:  Historian Jim Gibbons, will present "Chicago’s Landmarks and the Names Behind Them”: Dan Ryan, Jane Byrne, Bessie Coleman, and Casimir Pulaski—these are all names that we hear about almost every day. Yet, who were these people and why do they hold such a place of honor on Chicago’s landmarks? Historian Jim Gibbons will explain just that and more about Chicago’s most well-known landmarks and the famous names behind them.

About Jim Gibbons, the speaker for our October 15, 2017 Foundation event:
Jim Gibbons, a Marengo resident and historian, has made a name for himself teaching the importance of history.
Using his passion for and strong knowledge of history, Jim offers riveting presentations on the 1958 tragedy of the Our Lady of the Angels School Fire, the 1963 Kennedy Assassination, the Lincoln Assassination, Pearl Harbor, the 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster, Alexander Hamilton, Amelia Earhart, Anne Frank, Princess Diana, Dwight D. Eisenhower, World War I & World War II, Chicago’s Mayor Richard J. Daley, and many more.


DIRECTIONS TO THE ROSE GARDEN CAFE:  111 East Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village.  Higgins Road is also known as Hwy 72.

From the Northwest Tollway: exit Arlington Heights Road and go south 3/4 mile to Higgins Road and turn left onto Higgins, then turn right into the 1st entrance drive (only 100-200 feet after the turn onto Higgins; best to be in the right of the 2 left turn lanes at the turn from Arlington Heights Road).

From Hwy 53/I-290:  exit Higgins Road and go east about 2.5 miles to Arlington Heights Road.  Go across the intersection and turn right into the first entrance drive (only 100-200 feet after crossing Arlington Heights Road).


Your Donation

While a donation is not required as part of the event, we hope you will help the Foundation as much as you can.

At the banquet (or on line): Some members prefer to present their donation check at the meeting (please bring your checkbook), but today you can learn more about the Foundation and make your donation on line at The Sons of Norway web site by selecting the "Foundation" tab at the top of the entry page. If you wish, you can direct your donation to support a particular effort or type of scholarship. You can make a one-time donation or join the "Klubb" and set up a recurring donation.

When you make a donation, please indicate you are a member of Skjold Lodge. Sons of Norway tracks how much individuals and lodges donate across time. The lodge has been a strong supporter of the Foundation and likes to be recognized for our efforts.

The Sons of Norway Foundation

$1,375,000 in scholarships, $390,000 in grants and more than $500,000 in humanitarian aid.

The Sons of Norway Foundation Helps Others: Funds are used for charitable, scientific, literary and educational endeavors in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans along with humanitarian aid.

*Governance: The Sons of Norway Foundation is the charitable arm of the Sons of Norway.  The International Board of Directors of Sons of Norway appoints a Foundation board of governors and the home office staff administers the work of the foundation.  This board serves without pay, so all funds donated go directly to the work of the Foundation.

*Tax-deductible Contributions: Your contribution helps those in need and helps preserve and promote Norwegian heritage in the United States and the American heritage in Norway.

Some Examples

*The Humanitarian Fund.

This fund offers emergency aid to our members, lodges and communities experiencing distress or disaster.  Over $100,000 was directed to the 911 disaster.  Over $300,000 was provided during the Red River flood in 1997.

*Helping Hand to Children.
  Helping Hand to Children, provides matching funds to lodges for mentoring or tutoring children.

Sons of Norway, through its Foundation, offers several different scholarships. One award is for 50% of the tuition of one semester for up to three years. The scholarships, generally ranging up to $2,000 help worthy students persue their educational dreams. There are several different types each with a different focus of how the money can be used. You may wish to support students who: are military veterans, have high educational achievement in the sciences, or are attending school in Norway for example.  Members of Skjold Lodge have received them.

There are several different grants up to $1,500. Skjold Lodge has received money to help us hold cultural events in our area.