“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou
Look at the picture and take a deep breath. Can you smell the fall? The apples? The apple cider? I hope the picture conjures up warm and fuzzy feelings and memories. I hope your mind is taking you down this colorful trail and you can really smell the leaves!
I recently returned from a business meeting in Denver. While there, I joined District 6 Trollheim lodge for a walleye fish dinner. What made it better is that I was able to reconnect with Kaye Wergedal, District 6 Public Relations Officer. Kaye is a former District 3 member who was instrumental in our Albany convention. Kaye went out of her way to point out the beautiful Colorado sights I should see. I felt right at home and would not hesitate to go there again. In fact, I would feel comfortable attending any Sons of Norway lodge event. Why is that?
That feeling of connection is so hard to explain. You have to experience it. How do you experience it? Attend lodge activities, in your lodge, your zone, other zones, the District, other Districts’ events and make connections. That feeling is among the best things about Sons of Norway! Equally important is how we make our new members feel (and we are getting new members). Make a special effort with new members; a kind word, a heartfelt welcome, include them. They will never forget how you make them feel.
Always remember what brought us together in the first place and share it with newcomers. We will be entering the holiday season soon. The time of the year when people turn to family. Let’s open our Sons of Norway family to new members!
PS: don’t forget, Leif landed first!!