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SynNor Brevet Published monthly by Synnøve-Nordkap Lodge #1-008 WEB SITE: District 1 Family Lodge of the Year 2006, 2008 January 2014 Number 14:1 Skiing. Sharing. Learning. The mission

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SynNor Brevet Published monthly by Synnøve-Nordkap Lodge #1-008 WEB SITE: District 1 Family Lodge of the Year 2006, 2008 January 2014 Number 14:1 Skiing. Sharing. Learning. The mission of Ski for Light is to enhance the quality of life and independence of visually or mobility-impaired adults through a program of cross-country skiing. Come to our January 14, 2014 Lodge Meeting at 7:00 p.m. to listen and learn about this inspiring program! Ski for Light, Inc. is an all-volunteer non-profit organization founded in 1975 that teaches the basics of classic cross-country skiing to adults who are visually- or mobility-impaired, while giving participants who have already learned the basics the chance to improve their skills or just have fun on the snow. All of this takes place during an annual week-long event at a U.S. location that changes from year to year, and is made possible by the volunteer sighted and able-bodied experienced cross-country skiers who attend as guides and instructors. But Ski for Light is much more than a learn-to-ski program. During the Ski for Light week each disabled skier is paired for the entire week with an experienced, sighted, able-bodied cross-country skier who acts as ski instructor and guide. The disabled person skis in tracks or grooves in the snow, while the guide skis in a parallel set of tracks. The guide informs the skier about upcoming changes in the terrain and trail, offers instructional tips and suggestions, support as necessary, encouragement, and describes the countryside. The visually- and mobility-impaired adults who attend each Ski for Light week come from all over the U.S. and from several foreign countries. Many of them come to Ski for Light with a desire to become more physically active and fit, and to find recreational opportunities that are lacking at home. Most of these skiers discover, in the process of learning how to crosscountry ski, that they can accomplish much more than they believed. They leave Ski for Light with a sense of accomplishment and motivation that carries over to every aspect of their lives back home. Most of the guides discover that in the process of giving of themselves they are getting as much or more back in return. Many of them return to each event, year after year. Ski for Light relies on the generosity and support of individuals, corporations, fraternal groups and foundations to keep the cost of each event affordable. Sons of Norway members and lodges have played a major role in the evolution of Ski for Light. In the very beginning, in 1975, the Sons of Norway Foundation worked in concert with Olav Pedersen and others to bring the idea of Ridderrennet to America. Sons of Norway members and leaders such as Bjarne Eikevik worked tirelessly during the years that followed to make sure the idea took root. Over the years countless Sons of Norway members have supported SFL by participating as guides, and many local lodges, have provided significant financial and other support to our activities, including Synnove-Nordkap Lodge #1-008! Did you use your Norwegian Holiday words? There s still time to impress friends and family!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!= God jul og godt nytt år (goo yuhl oh goot neett ohr) New Year s Eve = nyttårsaften (neett ohrs af-ten) Christmas gifts = julegaver (yuh-leh-gah-vehr) Patterned cardigan sweater = kofte (kaf-ta) Coat, scarf, gloves, boots = frakk, skjerf, hansker, kalosjer (frak,share-ff, hahns-kaer,kal-ah-shaer) Scandinavian Culture and News Editor s note: We are looking for someone to help us with this page. Lodge member Judy Stanke did a great job for the last two years, but is no longer available. Can you help? Contact one of the editors to find out more. The following article recently appeared in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and contains food for thought. In Norway, it's a less-stressful classroom atmosphere [Article by: REBECCA LOWEN; November 7, :25 PM] This past July, our family moved to Oslo for six months. We left behind our 9-year-old son s ADHD medication, which he started taking last year. The medication did wonders for his standardized test scores, which our suburban school district seems to care about a lot. But we wanted to give him a break from the side effects, and we did not have high expectations about what he or his sister would learn in the classroom in Oslo, where instruction would be in Norwegian, a language new to them. When our son started school in August, we weren t sure what to expect. We didn t anticipate that his ADHD would disappear, but this is what seems to have happened. It isn t that ADHD is unknown here; 3 percent to 5 percent of Norwegian schoolchildren have it. But our son s behavior no longer fits the condition, and his teacher here sees no evidence of it. The characteristic signs fidgeting, inattention in the classroom, weepiness over homework, trouble falling asleep at night are gone. Incredibly, he cannot wait to get to school each day. He is rapidly learning Norwegian. He is happy to do homework and, in fact, sometimes works ahead or asks his sister to make up math problems for him to solve. At night, he readily reads before falling asleep, something he would never do back home. What accounts for this dramatic change? Neither his diet nor the amount of screen time two factors sometimes implicated in the rise in ADHD has changed significantly. What has changed is his school experience. He has three recesses here, rather than just one, as in Minnesota. The school day is about an hour shorter than at home, giving him extra time to play before doing homework. He enjoys nearly two hours of unstructured, outdoor play every day. His classroom experience is also very different here. His classroom is virtually free of technology. There is an interactive whiteboard, but it is not used much. The teacher has no computer; she is thus liberated from the tyranny of endless messages that teachers back home receive. She also does not grade assignments during class; with the shorter day, that can wait. The entire day, she is both physically and mentally present with her students. Education here focuses on the whole child. So while most of the week, our son gets instruction in the three Rs, he is also learning to cook, do needlework and dance. And every other week, regardless of weather, his class takes a half-day field trip. This usually involves a long walk to a park where they grill hot dogs and play. Perhaps the field-trip time could be better spent in the classroom. But a recent study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development suggests that Norway s education system is doing an excellent job producing a population with high literacy and numeracy. Norway ranked sixth among industrialized countries in both these categories. The United States, in contrast, ranked 16th in literacy and 21st in numeracy. Building camaraderie, as opposed to competition, is also a goal here. This is a main reason for the field trips, the teacher explained to me; group cohesion is considered important to learning in school. This contrasts with school back home, where the kids talk about who is in which math track and at times even know each other s test scores. The group esprit among Oslo classmates has nothing to do with ethnic homogeneity. None of the children in my son s class are native Norwegian speakers. At home they speak, variously, Urdu, Russian, Icelandic, Polish, Chinese, English and Spanish. This diversity is reflective of Oslo itself, where 30 percent of the population is composed of immigrants or children born in Norway to immigrant parents. The day I observed our son s class, the teacher focused almost entirely on reading and writing. The students sat at their desks most of the day, with periodic breaks for a song or game. The teacher moved around the room, taking time to sit with each child and talk about his or her work. In Minnesota, our son s classroom bustles with activity, as the students move from subject to subject and from individual work to group work, to rug time, and to other classrooms. The Oslo classroom, in contrast, was placid. In Oslo, the teacher knows each child well, in part because she has just 13 students and a full-time aide. The teacher-student ratio in our son s classroom back home is good by American standards, but twice that of his Oslo classroom. One more difference: Our son has taken no standardized tests here and won t, as students learning Norwegian take these tests only in their second year in the school. So we only have his enthusiasm, and his teacher s evaluation of his abilities, by which to judge his educational experience here. In January, we will return to Minnesota and to our kids routine of testing, competitive pressures and a long school day with little play time. We re hoping that our son can somehow hang onto the love of learning that he discovered in Norway. Rebecca Lowen teaches American history at Metropolitan State University. Nobel Peace Prize 2013 received by OPCW Director-General: Working Together for a World Free of Chemical Weapons, and Beyond Tuesday, 10 December 2013 Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü this afternoon accepted the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The United States Permanent Representative to the OPCW has the rank of Ambassador and is based in The Hague, Netherlands, the seat of the OPCW. The current permanent representative is Robert Mikulak, who has been a member of our lodge since He was in Oslo recently with the OPCW delegation to receive this prize. Synnøve-Nordkap Lodge normally meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM At Gustavus Adolphus Church 1669 Arcade Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota For information, contact one of our officers. (See back cover for list.) Web Page: Sons of Norway International: SynNorBrevet, Synnøve-Nordkap Lodge, Issue Page 2 Lodge News Fra Presidenten PASS IT ON! It's obvious you value your Norwegian Heritage. Grow that love in your children and grandchildren. Apply for a scholarship to Skogfjorden. Our lodge has the funds to help with the cost. Give them the opportunity to learn what it means to be Norwegian and enjoy a wonderful outdoor experience at the same time. Contact Kathy Manderscheid for more information. Cut out all those Christmas stamps and give them to Mary Beth Mutchler. She will get them to Tubfrim. You can do good for a very little effort. Be sure to put January 19 on your calendar. The Stoughton Dancers are coming to town. These young dancers are amazing. You'll be learning more about that event. Thank you to everyone who helped make our lodge successful in Soon it will be a new year. Make a New Year's resolution to be more active in your lodge Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Kathy Scholarship Opportunities for Member Families Snakker Norsk? Once again your lodge will be helping with part of the cost for your camper. Thanks to a generous donation from Meredith Berg we know we can offer support. And it s not too early to think about lan- : guage camp? Concordia Language Villages Skogfjorden program schedule is already available on their website Norwegian USA: Bemidji, Minn. Youth Exploration 1 Week Jun 09-Jun 14, 2014 Ages 7-11 Norwegian USA: Bemidji, Minn. Youth Exploration 1 Week Jun 16-Jun 21, 2014 Ages 7-11 Norwegian USA: Bemidji, Minn. Youth Immersion 2 Weeks Jun 09-Jun 21, 2014 Ages 8-12 Norwegian USA: Bemidji, Minn. Youth Immersion 2 Weeks Jun 23-Jul 05, 2014 Ages Norwegian USA: Bemidji, Minn. Youth Immersion 2 Weeks Jun 23-Jul 05, 2014 Ages Norwegian USA: Bemidji, Minn. Youth Immersion 2 Weeks Jul 07-Jul 19, 2014 Ages Please go ahead and register your camper directly with Concordia so that you might take advantage of any early regis- Sunshine News Our bell-ringers collected $ for the Salvation Army on December 7. Thank you for ringing on the coldest day of the season. Guess that s what we d expect from hardy Norwegians, but it is much appreciated! One of our bell-ringers was Sharon Kalmes, pictured at left. Another of our members whose name was in the news recently is Bob Smith. He had an article printed in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on December 27. Titled The Great Minnesota Exodus Tax Acts of 2013, the article may be found on our website with this newsletter. Bob has been an Auditor for our lodge for many years. Gratulerer, Bob! HELP US KEEP TRACK OF OUR MEMBERS! Mary Beth Mutchler is our sunshine person. If you know of someone who is sick, had surgery, etc., please call her at or her at and she will send a card from the lodge. Also, if your phone, , or address change, please let us know or - Thanks! SynNorBrevet, Synnove-Nordkap Lodge, Issue Page 3 Board Meeting Minutes, December 3, 2013 Lodge News Attendees: Kathy Stevens, Ron and Susan Stow, Linda Holmstrom, Laura Sherman, Sharon Kalmes, Mary Beth and Dave Mutchler. We began by reviewing the November meeting; $330 was collected and donated to the Foundation. We set updated goals for 2014; they will be published in the January newsletter. Susan gave a Junior Lodge report. The dancers will again be in the Winter Carnival parade; we approved the $60 registration fee and the cost of renting a better loudspeaker system for the float. Our dancers will be ushers when the Stoughton dancers perform at Concordia College in St. Paul on January 19. We will have a table for publicity at this event. Ron gave a brief report on the Middel-Lag activities. See their Facebook page for information. We discussed our needs for the 2014 slate of officers. Ron Stow graciously agreed to serve as Vice President for 2014, but with no commitment to then become President (again). We are still looking for two hostesses for the January meeting. We discussed our coming programs for Ski for Light will be the January program. We also discussed how to get more feedback from our members. After considering a survey, we are now leaning more toward a kind of icebreaker to allow more member interaction while still getting the information we need. Submitted by: Dave Mutchler, Secretary The next board of directors meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, January 7 at the Shoreview Library conference room, as the usual meeting site is not available. Lodge Meeting Minutes December 10, lodge members and guests attended our December Julebord at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church. We began at 6:00 with hors d oeuvres and hot glog, which went over well on a snowy night. That was followed by the main feast of Scandinavian delicacies prepared by our members at this organized pot-luck dinner. We extend our thanks and gratitude to Sharon Kalmes who again organized this event. Mange tusen takk, Sharon! And thanks too to all of you who helped with table setup, serving, cleanup, etc. After dinner, President Kathy Stevens held a brief meeting, at which the 2014 slate of officers was approved. We welcomed new members Bill Lund and Kathy Fischer, who joined that evening. Bill knows several lodge members including Axel Torvi and Bob Barduson. Kathy came with Erna McGuire. Again this year, member Lowell Johnson graced us with some goofy, Norwegian-style songs. He then teamed with Susan Stow to lead the group in singing Christmas carols. Later, Susan and Ron led a dance too. Kathy gave a PowerPoint presentation prepared by Headquarters on Sons of Norway. Of course, dessert and coffee and conversation followed, as usual. Everyone seemed to have a good time enjoying the festive evening and the good food and fellowship. Submitted by Dave Mutchler, Secretary SynNorBrevet, Synnøve-Nordkap Lodge, Issue Page 4 Tues. Jan. 7 Tuesday Jan. 14 Sun. Jan. 19 Sat. Jan. 26 Tues. Feb. 4 Tuesday Feb. 11 Synnøve-Nordkap Board Meeting Shoreview Library conference room 4570 Victoria St. N (just north of Hwy 96) Synnøve-Nordkap Social Event Program: Ski for Light Luther Hall at Gustavus Adolphus Stoughton Dancers in St. Paul! Beutow Theater; Concordia University 1282 Concordia Avenue in St. Paul Come early for the exhibits and demonstrations Our Peer Gynt dancers were asked to usher. See next page or our website for the flyer for this event. St. Paul Winter Carnival Grande Day Parade Again this year we will have a float and our dancers will be in this parade. Synnøve-Nordkap Board Meeting Shoreview Library conference room 4570 Victoria St. N (just north of Hwy 96) Synnøve-Nordkap Social Event Video & Chili Dump: Member Biographies This is Part 2 of the video that Ron Kvaas made for the Landmark Center exhibit, Featuring some of our lodge members, it is different than the video shown last year. Luther Hall at Gustavus Adolphus 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 7:00 PM 2:15 PM 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 6:30 PM Reminder! Members Providing Lunch for the January 14 th Lodge Meeting: Pat Carlson & Diane Anderson Genealogy Group The January 4 meeting will be from 10 to 12 am at the Stillwater Library, rd Street North, Stillwater. One block north of Myrtle, on street parking is available on both 3 rd and 4 th Streets. There is a parking ramp that can be entered from the 3 rd Street side. The meeting room (Margaret Rivers Room A) is on the top floor of the library. After the meeting the group will select a restaurant in Stillwater for those who desire to go out to lunch. The February 1 Genealogy Meeting will be at the White Bear Lake Library, 4698 Clark Avenue, White Bear Lake from 10 to 12 am. Dave Hegdahl will be sharing information about his family tree. The genealogy group assisted Dave in his investigation to learn more about his ancestors. During a recent trip to Norway, Dave was able acquire further details. Mindekirken Events: Go to for more information on activities. Beginning Rosemaling A Vesterheim/Sons of Norway s Collaboration Class in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for Cultural Skills - Instructor: Shirley Evenstad This is the third year we are offering Beginning Rosemaling Class-- a collaboration between Vesterheim Museum and the Sons of Norway--as a way to further promote our Norwegian heritage and also a means for people in the Sons of Norway Cultural Skills Program to earn their rosemaling pin. Class will be held at Church of the Good Shepherd, 48th and France, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January 19, 26, and February 2, 9, 2013 four Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Price is $85 per members for Vesterheim and Sons of Norway members and $105 for non-members. For more info, contact Vesterheim Museum at , or Norwegian Language Classes (1) Norwegian In Five Minutes A Month series. Class 6:30-7:00 PM Tuesdays before lodge meetings. January 14: Lessons 14 & 16. (2) Norsk Nordmenn og Norge Class 6:30-7:45 PM Thursdays, 1/mo. NEW LOCATION: Hayden Heights Library, 1456 White Bear Ave., 55106, between Larpenteur Ave. E. and Arlington Ave. E. Date: January 16: Chapter 26 p For information, contact class co-facilitators: Crystal Bloecher and Sheryl Hove (Thursday class). New participants welcome! Cultural Skills Unit 7: Language and Culture Group January 14: No meeting. Location: Eat lunch together at the back corner table. Discuss Level 1 test. SynNorBrevet, Synnove-Nordkap Lodge, Issue Page 5 COME, Share in the Fun... Stoughton Hi School Norwegian FOLK DANCERS Performing Sunday, January 19 at 2:15 pm Concordia University, St Paul Beutow Theater, 1282 Concordia Av, St Paul - FREE PARKING OPEN at 1:15 - EXHIBITS, DEMONSTRATIONS, BOOTHS Adults: $8.00, Students: $5.00, Children under 6, $1.00 For more info: or Plans are being made by lodges to arrange buses to this event --- from the North, the west and the Northeast... plan now for a Big Day for DISTRICT ONE and the STOUGHTON HI SCHOOL NORWEGIAN DANCERS More about the high school dancers: The Norwegian Dancers have strong tradition at Stoughton High School, and there are signs of this written on the walls. The group practices every morning in the high school in the same room. This r
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