What are the benefits of belonging to VASA Monitor Lodge #218

in Sacramento, California?

What is “MEMBERSHIP”?    Membership is often defined as “the state of belonging to a group or organization for reasons of happiness.”   This may be interpreted in many ways and in the Vasa Order of America lodges we like to think that persons belong for their enjoyment.  One joins because of the camaraderie of persons having the same interests, same heritage and desire to learn.  This is certainly the philosophy of the members of Monitor Lodge and the principal reason why people have joined.

However, there are additional benefits of membership in VASA, many listed below:

Financial assistance for education:

  1. At the local lodge level, Monitor Lodge, like many lodges, offers an additional opportunity for scholarships.
  2. At the district level Golden Gate District #12 provides its own scholarship program.
  3. At the Grand Lodge (national) level, the members of the Vasa Order of America are very proud to be able to offer assistance in the form of scholarships and student loan services to qualified students in quest of continued education.  THE EDUCATIONAL FUND provides annual Vasa Scholarships to worthy students, enrolled or accepted for enrollment, in accredited institutions for higher learning.  In addition, THE EDUCATIONAL FUND provides monetary support to the cultural committee for promotion of Scandinavian culture, Children's and Youth Clubs for understanding their Scandinavian heritage and enhancing cultural work, Vasa Youth camp activities in Sweden, to applicants for Swedish Language Village participation across the United States as well as non-interest bearing loans to Vasa members in need of financial assistance to complete their education.

Small groups for focused activities (all open to entire membership):

  1. Nål och Tråd
  2. Children's Club
  3. Scandinavian Festival

Genealogical archives:

  1. The Grand Lodge maintains a national archival operation at Bishop Hill, Illinois which includes providing members with access to genealogical information contained a myriad of membership records, newsletters and periodicals, minutes of lodge activities, donated special collections and the like.

 

Last update:  11/14/2018

  • Please join us for

     “Fika and conversation”

    Friday, March 6th, 2020

    Monitor Lodge 218 at IOOF Hall

    1831 Howe Ave, Sacramento, CA 95825

     6:30 pm  -  Social hour

    Please note we are starting an hour later than normal and please bring your Swedish cookies, cake or pastries to share

    7:00 pm  -  Short business meeting:

    7:30 pm  -  Cultural presentation starts

    Transport of Swedish ore during WWII”

    presented by Brian Horsfield”

    Legos will be available for the kids and the young at heart 

    We will be using our telephone tree to get a head count but please call or text Meribeth Bean at cell (916) 995-4965 or

    Chuck Johnson at cell (916) 501-9256 if you don’t get a call and you plan to attend.  Email also OK (chuckj50@surewest.net)

    ALSO:

    SAVE THE DATE!

    Please join us for our

    108th Anniversary Celebration and Lunch – Saturday, March 14, 2020

    Member Anniversary Pin Recognition - Raffles -  Silent  Auction - Music
    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 2001 Point West Way

    Complimentary Parking, bring your parking ticket to the luncheon for validation.

    IMPORTANT!

    Please be aware that we are holding our anniversary luncheon a month early because April 2020 is a very busy month for Monitor Lodge as we not only have the Scandinavian Festival on April 18th but we are also the host lodge (along with Sierra Kronan) for this year’s Golden Gate District #12 convention being held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Sacramento.

    If you have questions, please call or text:

    Chuck Johnson, Chairman – (916) 501-9256 Ed Netzel, Vice Chairman - )916) 416-1144

    Yvonne Magneheim, Recording Secretary – (916) 801-7580

    Tack så mycket

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