What is Sons of Norway?
Sons of Norway is a Fraternal Benefit Society for people of Norwegian background, by birth, descent, or affiliation. It is an International Society operating from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from Alaska to Norway. We are served by three areas of supervision; International, District, and Local. The International Headquarters are located in Minneapolis. There are eight districts and Sioux Falls is a part of District #1.
Our Lodge, Gjoa #65 (named after Roald Amundsen´s ship) was instituted in November 1906. We meet on the second Thursday of the month at the Nordic Hall, located at 218 W. 13th. Street, at 7:00 p.m. The evening starts with a business meeting, and then a program, followed by a potluck lunch, provided by the members who bring a variety of food to share. The exception is the June, July, and August potluck picnics, which are held at the lower level of Tuthill Park on the second Thursday at 6:00 p.m. In case of rain, the picnics are held in the lower level of Nordic Hall at 218 W. 13th Street in Sioux Falls. The Lodge provides chicken, coffee, and cold drink.
Effective January 1, 2012, our annual dues are now $41.50 for the Primary Member and $34.50 for the Spouse, or $76.00 per couple. We support the Nordland Fest, the Nordland Heritage Foundation, and Syttende Mai Celebrations. Scholarships are available to children and grandchildren of members for the Nordland Fest Language Camp at Augustana College, Skogfjorden Language Camp at Bemidji, and Masse Moro Norwegian Heritage Camp at Fall Creek, WI.
Every year we put on a Torsk Dinner the first Friday in March, which is open to the public as our only fund raising project. We donate to the Salvation Army, Union Gospel Mission, Glory House, Food Pantry and the Angel Tree at the Empire Mall. Memorials are given to the Sons of Norway Foundation, in the event of the death of a member.
We invite you to contact one of the following committee members for an application to join Sons of Norway or request further information about our Lodge and Sons of Norway.
President, Michael Paulson, 605-376-6228
Vice-President, Martha Nelson 605-334-6068
Treasurer, Keith Dykstra, 605-543-5936
Membership Secretary, Elaine Ohnstad-Eide, 605-582-8682
Benefits of Sons of Norway:
The mission of Sons of Norway is to promote, preserve, and cherish a lasting appreciation of the heritage and the culture of Norway and other Nordic countries while growing soundly as a fraternal benefit society and offering maximum benefits to its members.