2018 Convention Preview from Chairperson Ken Johnson

The Third District 2018 Convention Committee has been at work for over a year planning a great Convention.

  • Wednesday, June 6, 2018: Calling all Golfers for the 2018 Convention Golf Outing. Delegates, nondelegates and guests are all invited to join this golf outing. Golfers will return in time to get ready for and attend the Memorial Service.   
  • Wednesday, June 6, 2018 the Convention will officially begin with the Third District Memorial Service which will be held at St. Marks Church (a Stave Church not too far from the convention site).  We will have a school bus and car pools to take everyone from the hotel to the Church and back to the hotel.
  • When we arrive back to the hotel those who have purchases either a delegate or non-delegate’s package will be invited to the President’s Reception.  There will be a buffet dinner and dancing to the Norwegian music provided by DJ Sean LeFleur.  The President’s Reception is included in both the delegate and non-delegate packages.  Tickets for the reception alone can be purchased for $75.00.
    • Thursday morning June 7, 2018 the Bi-Annual meeting will open and Thursday night will be a free night to enjoy the sites near the hotel.   There will be information packets available of the nearby restaurants and other places of interest such as Jakes 58, the only casino in Suffolk County (Minutes from the hotel).
  • Friday evening, June 8, 2018, following the second day of meetings, there will be a Viking Auction, the profits of which will be donated to the 3D Charitable Trust.
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018 we will conclude our meeting as early in the day as possible.  In the afternoon, delegates and guests can enjoy visiting local places of interest.  There will be more information regarding this as we get closer to the time of the Convention.
  • Also on Saturday, June 9, 2018, following the Installation of the Offices of the Third District. the Grand Banquet will be held.  Dinner and dancing to the music of the Swedish Meatballs, a 5-piece band led by Ellen Lindstrom.  The banquet is included in both the delegate and non-delegate packages.  Tickets for the banquet alone may be purchased for $75.00 per person.  Note: A special price of $135.00 is also available for the purchase of tickets for both the President’s Reception and Grand Banquet ($150.00 value).
  • On Sunday, June 10, 2018, we are hoping that everyone will join us across the street for breakfast at Applebee’s.  This will not be just any breakfast.  You will be served by District Officers and Convention Committee members.  ALL PROFITS WILL GO TO THE CHARITABLE TRUST.  Tickets for the breakfast are $15.00 and can be purchased with your delegate or non-delegate package or by contacting Karen Olsen-Helmold (see below).

2018 Convention Committee Members:

HONORARY CHAIR Mary Andersen (Third District President – Bondelandet Lodge) PO Box 7, Exton, PA 19341-2026 610-524-1355 andersen.maryb@gmail.com
CHAIRPERSON Kenneth Johnson (International Director – Henrik Ibsen Lodge) 3 Derby St., Patchogue, NY 11772 631-289-3580 Kgjohnson@optonline.net
CO-CHAIR/REGISTRAR Stephen Helmond (Zone One Director – Norden Lodge) 183 Evergreen Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714 516-935-0751 Kgjohnson@optonline.net
SECRETARY Les Johannessen (Norden Lodge) 7 Nichols Rd., Huntington Station, NY 11746 631-421-9482 bigjobber@aol.com
TREASURER Shirley Erland (Norden Lodge) 4030 Jerusalem Ave. 1A, Seaford, NY 11783 516-785-4424 sme924@optonline.net
PUBLICITY/JOURNAL Barbara Bernsten (Norden Lodge) 10 Pershing Ave., Valley Stream, NY 11581 516-791-3983 barbarajb1230@optonline.net
REPORTS/BOOKS Karen Olsen-Helmond (Third District Secretary – Norden Lodge) 183 Evergreen Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714 516-935-0751 kolsen2@verizon.net
SPORTS/GOLF Audun Gythfeldt (Nor-Bu Lodge) PO Box 702, Pocono Pines, PA 18350 570-646-3817 Audun99@ptd.net
CULTURAL ARTS DISPLAY AND CONTEST Gail Martinsen (Third District Cultural Director – Suncoast Lodge) 18544 Water Lily Lane, Hudson, FL 34667 727-863-3145 gail8402@aol.com
WAYS AND MEANS Karin Ryan (Loyal Lodge) 152 Caldwell Ave., St. James, NY 11780 631-862-8017 karinryan1@yahoo.com
VIKING AUCTION Judy Fleming (Loyal Lodge) 28 Park Avenue, St. James, NY 11780 631-862-8052 judy0517@aol.com
CO-VIKING AUCTION Betsy Grabher (Norge Lodge) 93 Constellation Rd., Levittown, NY 11756 516-520-1953 bobandbets@optonline.net
BANQUET Susan Olson (Third District Youth Director, Loyal Lodge) 97 Locust Drive, Rocky Point, NY 11778 631-398-2080 dancnswede@optonline.net
EXCURSIONS Turid Mann (Loyal Lodge) 43 Pearl Street, Patchoque, NY 11772 631-289-2386 TuridMann@gmail.com
REFRESHMENTS/COOKIES Torun Reduto (Loyal Lodge) 152 Caldwell Ave., St. James, NY 11780 631-862-8017 karinryan1@yahoo.com