JUNEAU - Juneau's Sons of Norway and Friends of Scandinavia lodge will hold its Annual Membership Dinner 2008 on Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Treadwell Banquet Room of the Baranof Hotel. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a halibut dinner at 6 p.m.
There will be live Scandinavian music from Dale Wygant and friends and a dance floor for those who wish to practice their moves. Club members are encouraged to bring guests and if a guest decides to join the club during the event, their dinner will be at no cost (the cost of the dinner is $25). Guest speakers will discuss upcoming regional and international Sons of Norway conventions and the possibility of Alaska's Sons of Norway lodges hosting a convention in Juneau in years to come.
Scandinavian culture is not new to Alaska. Many Alaskans have geneology that is part Scandinavian. Norwegians came to Alaska to fish, log, mine, to herd reindeer in Kodiak for example. Petersburg has a strong Norwegian heritage being established first by Norwegians to develop a fishing industry there in 1890's. Juneau's first Sons of Norway Lodges were in Douglas and Juneau when the first gold mines were operating in the early 1900s. Alaska has lodges in Kodiak, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka and Petersburg. The Juneau Lodge, "Svalbard Lodge," was chartered in 1935.
The Juneau Sons of Norway and Friends of Scandinavia lodge is a nonprofit international, fraternal organization which raises funds during cultural events throughout the year for scholarship programs and community service. The mission of the Sons of Norway organization is "To promote and preserve the heritage and culture of Norway, to celebrate the relationship with other Nordic countries, and to provide quality insurance and financial products to its members."
The Sons of Norway District 2 Web site, which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska is www.sonsofnorway2.com/, which includes information on lodges in the Northwest, youth camps, cultural events, scholarships, financial benefits and membership. The Sons of Norway International Web site is www.sofn.com.