Januar Fra Presidenten Kathy

A Season of Change, Happy New Year! I wish you and your family peace, joy, and prosperity in 2021. This past year was an unprecedented one for our Third District, our Sons of Norway, and really the world. Lodges throughout our order had to make difficult decisions about meetings, gatherings, and events.  But we have survived and endured.  We can be grateful for the freedoms we used to take for granted—for the health professionals and other workers who keep us safe, and for our connections, family, and friends. Please think back to the things we have accomplished this past year.  We learned how to ZOOM, we’ve persevered keeping our lodges informed and still meeting – if not in person, at least virtually and through our newsletters. The 3D Board has been working virtually being able to connect from Maine to Florida breaking down geographical barriers, reducing travel and lodging costs to the 3D, and allowing members to spend safe time at home while still getting things done. Satellite branches of local lodges are organizing, something not seen in the SON organization before. We’ve also seen lodges donating money, food, and medical equipment to support people affected by the coronavirus.

Let’s take a new perspective on daily activities such as cooking, handcrafts, book reading, or those odd jobs you have been putting off. Find joy in spending time making something nice for yourself or others. A good place to start is the Cultural link on the Sons of Norway website.

I hope that in the new year we will be marching in parades, hosting membership dinners, serving lefse at local events, and attending Scandinavian Fairs to raise our Norwegian Flag!! But we will just keep moving forward and doing what we need to do. So, let’s “turn the page” to 2021 with anticipation and expectation.

Fraternally, Kathy