MEETINGS AND EVENTS

COME TO A MEETING! We meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 2:00PM - 4:00PM at the AYUA Ukrainian Center, 136 East Illinois Avenue, Palatine, Illinois, with a program on Norway or Norwegian culture and history.  Starting in 2018, all meetings will start with a "themed" pot luck lunch where you are invited to bring a dish of your choosing (matching the "theme" if you can).

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Part of our charter is to share our love of this beautiful country with others in our community.  GUESTS ARE VERY WELCOME AT OUR EVENTS AND MEETINGS!

 

2018

JANUARY

01/09/2018, 6:00PM

BOARD MEETING
While not open to the public - any active member may attend lodge board meetings.

01/21/2018, 2:00PM

LODGE MEETING

1PM: Audits for the Lodge and the building society will be done starting at 1 pm and continuing until finished.
2PM: Lunch.  Everyone, please bring some open-faced sandwiches (smørbrod) to share. Cake will be provided (by Lisa), followed by the Installation of 2018 Officers. PROGRAM: “Nordic beer tasting” led by Jim Secora.
After the meeting, the Building Society will meet.
Photo attribution: Creative commons CCO / PIxabay.com

01/27-28, 2018 Saturday NOON-4:00PM

Junior Norge Ski Club Winter Ski Jumping Tournament
Noon – 4:00 PM, Fox River Grove, IL
$15.00 at gate, children 12 and under free www.norgeskiclub.com



FEBRUARY

02/13/2018, 6:00PM

BOARD MEETING
While not open to the public - any active member may attend lodge board meetings.

02/18/2017, 2:00PM

LODGE MEETING
PROGRAM: “What’s happening in Norway today?” presented by Professor Charles Peterson, Professor of Communication Arts & Assistant to the Provost of North Park University.

February is "Norwegian Sweater Month" at Sons of Norway", so wear your Norwegian sweater to this meeting.



2nd Annual CHILI COOK OFF: You bring it - We'll eat it!  Bring yours to the meeting and see if it gets voted best!
Anyone may participate (please let Kathy Secora know if you are going to participate - while this isn't required, it helps Kathy plan for the day).
 Just  bring your pot full of chili, preferably  with a way to keep it warm. Judging will be people’s choice.  We will pass out a "ballot" to everyone to deposit by their favorite chili.  If you are not entering a chili to be judged, please contribute a side or dessert that goes with chili.

Photo attribution: Creative commons CCO / PIxabay.com  


BRING COOKIES TO THIS MEETING! for the February 22, 2018, Barnebirkie Youth Ski Tour in Hayward, Wisconsin (learn more HERE).
Photo attribution: http://www.birkie.com/
COOKIES?
YES! 1,000 children participate in the Barnebirkie and they get hungry as do all the others participating and attending in ski events over the weekend. In prior years Skjold Lodge and other District 5 lodges have donated over 1,500 DOZEN cookies for a single event!  Cookies should be nut-free. Please label your bag or box with the approximate count in dozens. If you don't get around to baking, we will also accept money for buying “Oreos” or other appropriate cookies. Photo attribution: Creative commons CCO / PIxabay.com 

MARCH

03/13/2018, Tuesday

BOARD MEETING 6:00PM
While not open to the public - any active member may attend lodge board meetings.

03/18/2018, Sunday

SPECIAL LODGE MEETING - Skjold News Benefit

LODGE MEETING 2:00PM

PLAY DICE, PLAY CARDS, EAT WAFFLES, DONATE TO SUPPORT SKJOLD NEWS!
We are changing our Skjold News Benefit from an auction to a fun meeting celebrating “International Waffle Day” with plenty of heart-shaped waffles and playing Norwegian themed dice, card and board games. In lieu of the auction we hope that you will bring your checkbook and make a donation to the lodge to help support the production and distribution of our newsletter, "Skjold News".
Details are on our News-Benefit page.


NOT ABLE TO ATTEND BUT WOULD LIKE TO HELP?
Any donation in an amount of your choosing helps the lodge. See our
News-Benefit page for donation details.


APRIL

04/08/2018 Sunday, 1:30PM

We hope you enjoy Skjold Lodge events and meetings, but please also support other lodges in our area.POLAR STAR LODGE EVENT/MEETING.
The meeting starts with a 1:30PM pot luck luncheon.


Polar Star Lodge will have a local poet, children’s author and a talented woodworker speaking at their April 8 meeting. Curt Vavang is a Chicago native (with Norwegian Heritage) who has published two full length poetry books, a scant bagatelle, and the nature of things. He has also published two rhyming children’s books, The Prince and The Elf, and The Prince, and the Elf Too. Enjoying woodworking as a hobby since he was a teenager, Curt is the Past President of the DuPage Woodworkers Club and teaches wood working classes at the Woodcraft stores. Curt will be sharing his life journey through his poetry and his love for woodworking.

04/10/2018 Tuesday

BOARD MEETING 6:00PM
 While not open to the public - any active member may attend lodge board meetings.

04/15/2018, Sunday

LODGE MEETING 2:00PM
We start with an old-fashioned pot-luck at 2 pm.  Our program will include presentations by various members on their favorite cultural medal. Maybe we could even form a group to work on one together. Information on Syttende May festivities will be available.

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04/21/2018, Saturday

April starts the "season" for visiting the Viking ship.

FRIENDS OF THE VIKING SHIP

Come visit the Viking in 2018!
April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT
Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive
Geneva, Illinois

04/27/2018, Friday

Bjornson Male Chorus Dinner and Concert,

Cocktails 6:30OM, Dinner 7:30PM

Avalon Banquets, Elk Grove Village, IL Cocktails 6:30 PM Dinner 7:30 PM, $35.00 per person John Lee 847-741-4210.


MAY

05/08/2018, Tuesday

BOARD MEETING 6:00PM
 While not open to the public - any active member may attend lodge board meetings.

05/17/2018, Thursday

SYTTENDE MAI EVENT #1: Norwegian Constitution Day Concert
, Norwegian Memorial Lutheran Church, Chicago, IL, 7:30 PM Refreshments following concert



05/19/2018, Saturday

 FRIENDS OF THE VIKING SHIP

<CLICK THEIR LOGO FOR DETAILS AT THEIR WEBSITE>

 
SYTTENDE MAI EVENT #2: Norwegian Constitution Day Banquet, Park Ridge Country Club, Park Ridge, IL Social Hour 6:00 PM, Dinner 7:00 PM, $75.00 per person Carol Hoidahl 847-358-1527  www.nnleague.org
 

05/20/2018, Sunday

SYTTENDE MAI EVENT #3: Norwegian National League Norwegian Constitution Day Parade, Hodges Park, Park Ridge, IL, Barbra Kronborg-Mogil 847-823-7596 www.nnleague.org
Everyone is welcome to march in the parade with Skjold Lodge. Not a member of the lodge or another group marching that day? - not a problem, we love to have extra folks who just want to participate as we march ending up at all the Syttende Mai festivities.

NOTICE: ***NO SKJOLD LODGE MEETING IN MAY***
CELEBRATE ALL THE SYTTENDE MAI ACTIVITIES WITH US!

JUNE

06/12/2018, Tuesday

BOARD MEETING 6:00PM (CANCELLED)
While not open to the public - any active member may attend lodge board meetings.

06/17/2018, Sunday

LODGE MEETING 2:30PM (at Good Templar Park, Geneva, Illinois)
PROGRAM:  For our June "meeting" we are asking members to gather in support of the Midsummer/125th Anniversary Viking Ship Festival at Good Templar Park (Open June 17 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm).
Meet the other members at at Good Templar park at 2:30PM. We’ll tour the Viking and then, for those interested, meet at 4PM for supper (We are still deciding on the location. Stockholm Inn??). NOTE/UPDATE(5/21/2018): We discovered that this is a bigger event than we thought. While we will be there at 2:30PM if you arrive then, we may want to change our itinerary some. We'll post the details here.


  FRIENDS OF THE VIKING SHIP

Midsummer/125th Anniversary Viking Ship Festival
June 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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06/19/2018 (Tuesday)- 6/24/2018 (Sunday)

SWEDISH DAYS, GENEVA, ILLINOIS
Come fest at one of the Best of the West - Swedish Days, Geneva's Midsommar Festival! The whole family will enjoy fabulous food, carnival rides, live music & entertainment nightly, plus Sweden Väst, the tent that's everything Swedish.


06/23/2018 Saturday AND 06/24/2018, Sunday

The Viking Ship is open from 1:00PM to 4:00pm both of these days during the Geneva Swedish Days

FRIENDS OF THE VIKING SHIP

Visit the Viking during Geneva Swedish Days at special times
June 23 and 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT
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JULY

07/10/2018, Tuesday

BOARD MEETING 6:00PM
 While not open to the public - any active member may attend lodge board meetings.

07/14/2018, Saturday

FRIENDS OF THE VIKING SHIP

JULY SPECIAL OPEN DAY, 1:00PM
<CLICK THEIR LOGO FOR DETAILS AT THEIR WEBSITE>

07/15/2018, Sunday

LODGE MEETING 2:00pm

LODGE MEETING - ANNUAL PICNIC
PROGRAM: "Summer Picnic": Annual Picnic at AYUA. We will have pølse, hot dogs, and beverages. Games (Viking and other) will be available for those interested. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.  Photo attribution: Creative commons CC0 / Pixabay.com


07/21/2018, Sunday


 FRIENDS OF THE VIKING SHIP

July 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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July 22, 2018, 10:30AM

VASA PARK CELEBRATES 65 YEARS
JOIN OTHERS CELEBRATING THIS IMPORTANT OCCASION
JULY 22, 2018
*Park Opens at 10:30am
*Church service at 11:00am.
*Herring Breakfast will be available starting at 11:30 a.m.(The breakfast cost is $10 per person. Please make a reservation (see celebration flyer).
*Cash Bar will be open at 12 noon. Water and pop will also be available.
*Hamburgers and hotdogs will be available for sale by our Boy Scout friends from St. Charles starting at noon.
*There are plenty of picnic tables but it would be a good idea to bring your own chairs.
*You are encouraged to bring your own picnic baskets if you choose.
*Planned activities:
---Games for all (hopefully a Kubb game or two)
---Dancing
---Raising of the Maypole
---Entertainment

AUGUST

08/14/2018 Tuesday

BOARD MEETING 6:00pm
While not open to the public - any active member may attend lodge board meetings.

08/18/2018, Saturday

 FRIENDS OF THE VIKING SHIP

<CLICK THEIR LOGO FOR DETAILS AT THEIR WEBSITE>

08/19/2018, Sunday

LODGE MEETING 2:00PM
PROGRAM:  GENEALOGY
Meeting in our regular meeting room on the 2nd floor of the Ukrainian Center. We will work on forms for getting our Level I Genealogy medal and on helping people who have gotten stuck in their search.  Please bring your family tree materials with you. If you want to get a head start, go to www.sofn.com for the forms. For our potluck snacks/meal, please bring something that your (Norwegian) grandmother liked to make or eat.

08/25/2018, Saturday

Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S Lake Shore Drive 
Chicago, IL 60637
12 Noon

DEDICATION OF MEMORIAL PLAQUE COMMEMORATING THE STAVE KIRKE FROM 1893

Please join Norwegians from Orkdal who have traveled to Chicago to attend the dedication of a memorial plaque at the original site in 1893 of the stave kirke there at the International Columbian Exposition.

The Exposition was a world's fair held in Chicago in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the New World in 1492.

WE SUPPORT THE VIKING SHIP FROM THAT SAME EXPOSITION IN 1893. NOW IS A CHANCE TO CONNECT TO ONE MORE SPECIAL NORWEGIAN ARTIFACT FROM THAT EXPOSITION.


SEPTEMBER

09/09/2018, 10:00AM - 6:00PM
39th ANNUAL SCANDINAVIAN DAY
Enjoy a late summer day with traditional food, crafts, gifts and entertainment representing the five Nordic Cultures as we celebrate the 63rd year of Vasa Park, 35W217 Route 31, South Elgin, Illinois 60177.
Skjold Lodge has a booth serving polse in lefse and "uff da burgers" (sloppy joes), along with beverages and home baked goods. Skjold participates each year with a food booth and a membership table. Learn more about Skjold at Scandinavian Day. 

The Scandinavian Day Festival celebrates both traditional and modern music.

Along with local favorites, the Festival will have:

10:30am    Church Service
Opening Ceremony and Welcome
Flags of the Nations
12:00pm    ABBA Salute Dancing Queen
1:30pm    Ron Eckberg
2:00pm    Footstompers
2:45pm    Leikaringen "Heimhug" - Norwegian Dancers
3:15pm    Swedesong Girls Ensemble
4:00pm    Chicago Swedish Glee Club
4:45pm    Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago
5:15pm    Footstompers

This year has something for all!

 


09/11/2018, Tuesday

BOARD MEETING 6:00pm
While not open to the public - any active member may attend lodge board meetings.

09/15/2018, Saturday

FRIENDS OF THE VIKING SHIP

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09/16/2018, Sunday

 
LODGE MEETING 2:00PM
PROGRAM:  MOVIE AFTERNOON - MOVIE KON-TIKI
Bring your movie snacks and enjoy a movie with your fellow lodge members
SYNOPSIS:Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947, together with five men, to prove that South Americans already back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the sea and settle on Polynesian islands. After gathering financing for the trip with loans and donations, they set off on an epic 101 day-long journey across 8,000 kilometers, all while the world was watching. KON-TIKI tells about the origin of Heyerdahl's idea and the events surrounding the group's voyage. This is a re-make of a 1951 documentary and it received an 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 

RUNNING TIME: Since the movie is 1 hour and 36 minutes, we'll gather in the meeting room, settle in and start the movie almost immediately. You can get up at any time for more snacks and other "necessary" breaks.

The film is an international co-production between Norway, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

It was the highest-grossing film of 2012 in Norway and the country's most expensive production to date. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards. It is Norway's fifth Academy Award nomination. The film was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 70th Golden Globe Awards. It is the first time a Norwegian film has been nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe.

OCTOBER

10/06/2018, Saturday

10/06/2018 Saturday, 9:30AM
Skjold Lodge Book Club
Cafe 14 on Highway 14 in Palatine, IL
Skjold Lodge is starting a book club.  The first meeting will be October 6 at 9:30 am at Cafe 14 on Highway 14 in Palatine, IL. The purpose of our club is to enjoy Norwegian Literature and to work on earning our Cultural Medals in Literature. For the first medal you can read any kind of Norwegian books.  Please be prepared to summarize one book written by a Norwegian or Norwegian/American author and recommend to the group. We will plan on meeting once a month. If you have questions, or want to let me know you are coming: Kathy Secora, 847-991-2287 or ksecora@mc.net.

Photo attributions: Creative commons CC0 / Pixabay.com.

10/06/2018 Saturday, 1:PM

SCANDINAVIAN PARK ANNUAL FISH BOIL
Park opens at 1:00PM with the boil between 2:00-2:30PM
COST: $20 per person - Hot dog plate available - $5.00
FISH BOIL INCLUDES: Fish, potatoes, onions, peas, cukes, beets, bread, dessert and coffee.

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Cash Bar will be available.
RESERVATIONS PLEASE by October 2, 2018: 630-632-2020 or by e-mail to jlseife@comcast.net

10/09/2018, Tuesday

BOARD MEETING 6:00PM
While not open to the public - any active member may attend lodge board meetings.


10/13-14/2018 (SATURDAY [10AM-5PM] - SUNDAY) [1PM-5PM]
OPEN HOUSE CHICAGO (Minnekirken invites you to visit)

Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church - Minnekirken
614 N. Kedzie Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois
As part of this annual Chicago event featuring 250 different places to visit , Minnekirken will once again be open to the public to share its beauty, history, and charm. The Chicago Area Friends of Vesterheim are pleased to invite you to this benefit for Vesterheim! Everyone is welcome.
Learn more about the weekend at https://openhousechicago.org/ and include a visit to Minnekirken!


10/21/2018, Sunday 2:00PM

SPECIAL LODGE MEETING - FOUNDATION MEETING

AUYA Ukrainian Center
136 East Illinois Avenue
Palatine, Illinois
2nd floor meeting room


At this annual meeting we try to raise funds for the Sons of Norway Foundation.

An October Fest themed late lunch will be served at 2 pm. The cost is $15.

PROGRAM: Our featured speaker will be Kathy Glasder, mother of Pyeongchang Olympic ski-jumper Michael Glasder. Kathy will speak about her son Michael’s training beginning at Norge Ski Club and beyond, and his experiences in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Each year our October lodge meeting is replaced with a special lodge meeting to help raise funds to support the Sons of Norway Foundation.




NOVEMBER

11/03/2018 Saturday, 9:30AM
Skjold Lodge Book Club
Cafe 14 on Highway 14 in Palatine, IL
At our first meeting we discussed books we’ve been reading that we would recommend and what the book club's future plans would be. For this second meeting we decided to read drama or poetry—so everyone have a play or poem by a Norwegian or Norwegian/American author to discuss. New members may join us at anytime. If you have questions, or want to let me know you are coming: Kathy Secora, 847-991-2287 or ksecora@mc.net.

Photo attributions: Creative commons CC0 / Pixabay.com.

11/04/2018 SUNDAY, 11:30AM - 3:30PM

Sons of Norway - Polar Star Lodge Høstfest
 St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Montgomery, Illinois
***Taste Traditional Norwegian Food
***Shop for Scandinavian gifts and jewelry.
***Polar Star Norwegian Choir
***Lefse and Krumkake demonstrations; Norwegian Craft demonstrations: rosemaling, Kolrosing, Jewelry, and knitting. 
www.polarstarlodge.com


11/10-11/2018, Saturday-Sunday 10AM-4PM

Norsk Jul Market Rosemaling Sale Holiday Gifts and Bake Sale
Good Templar Park, Geneva, IL
http://www.rosemaling.org/



11/11/2018, SUNDAY, NOON - 4:00PM

SKJOLD LODGE 27TH ANNUAL HERITAGE FEST
LOTS OF FUN THINGS TO SEE AND DO! Demonstrations and displays, Children's activities, Music, Dancing, Food,  Crafts for sale, Bake sale table and lots more!


11/13/2018, Tuesday

BOARD MEETING 6:00pm
While not open to the public - any active member may attend lodge board meetings.

11/17/2018, Saturday 2:00PM

Taste of Norway
Minnekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Church
2614 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL.
Cost: FREE

Pea soup, raffles, cookies and cakes. Stock up on Norwegian crafts and baked goods.  SPECIAL THIS YEAR: Added to all the fun items are gifts and clothing items from the recently closed “The Trolls Cove” store which were  donated for this year’s event.
https://www.facebook.com/minnekirken/

*NEXT MEETING*

11/18/2018, Sunday

LODGE MEETING 2:00pm
PROGRAM: – We discuss Marcus Møller Thrane -  a Norwegian author, journalist, and the leader of the first labour movement in Norway later known as the Thrane movement (Thranebevegelsen),



DECEMBER

12/09/2018, 3:00PM-6:00PM Sunday


LODGE CHRISTMAS PARTY
NO LODGE MEETING IN DECEMBER - Replaced by Christmas Party.

Christmas Party Location:
AUYA Ukrainian Center
136 East Illinois Avenue
Palatine, Illinois

Photo attribution: Creative commons CC0 / Pixabay.com
SANTA will be visiting so please bring a specially wrapped gift for each child coming with you. (You bring a gift for the child and Santa gives it to them).  Please mark it with their name.  The Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago will be with us once again in traditional dress to make the party more festive. This is an enjoyable party with lots of good food.

FOOD:  We are having a catered buffet and a large dessert buffet.
COST: The cost of this year’s party is $15.00 for each person over the age of 14.

PLEASE RSVP SO WE CAN PLAN:  You can pay at the door but please reserve. RSVP and other details are available at our Christmas Party Page.


12/11/2018, Tuesday

BOARD MEETING 6:00pm
While not open to the public - any active member may attend lodge board meetings.