This is a busy time with Lodge nominations and elections. For those who accepted a position a BIG THANK YOU!! Lodge members, please, support the officers, whether a returning officer or new officers, as they take on the challenge of leadership. Some will bring refreshing new ideas; some will have a learning experience and some will be comfortable in their continuing space. Remember change can be refreshing in while remembering the significance of our longstanding traditions and ceremonies. In the meantime, this is your Lodge, your Sons of Norway. If we want our lodges to continue to grow, we must recognize what our members expect from our lodges. So, let’s speak up and let’s also listen. And…. By staying focused on the future of our lodges the more the road ahead will start to appear brighter and less hazy.
Besides the end of Daylight Savings, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and First day of Advent we have World Kindness Day. I feel that this day is representative of who we are as Sons of Norway members. The purpose of World Kindness Day as outlined by the World Kindness Movement is “to highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us.” Now, doesn’t that sound like us.
November is a beautiful time of year here in the Northeast. Colors I have no names for. Some of our lodges are still having nice enough Autumn weather to pick a day and get out and breath some fresh Fall air and see the changing of the leaves, see the geese flying south, maybe group with some other lodge members for a ramble. Don’t forget to use the walk for your sports medal.
Lodges are meeting, we’re coming out and members are enjoying seeing each other. I was honored to be asked to speak in Brooklyn for the Faerder and Brooklyn Lodges memorial. Beautiful people and so gracious. I was pleased to attend the anniversary for Noreg Lodge on such a lovely day at a wonderful venue with a delightful group, and then there have been phone conferences with other lodges. Sons of Norway is busy doing business.
A big November holiday is Thanksgiving. It is a time when many families travel long distances to celebrate together. If you must travel, be informed of the risks involved and stay safe. Even with all the challenges we are up against, we will find a way to celebrate and give Thanks in a way that celebrates our families, SON communities, country, and all we have to be thankful for.