Welcome to Monitor Lodge 218 – Sacramento

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Chartered April 8, 1912 in Sacramento, Monitor Lodge #218-Sacramento is a local lodge of the Vasa Order of America, a Fraternal Society originally established for the benefit of Swedish immigrants more than a century ago, but now dedicated to preserving and sharing our Swedish and Nordic culture and heritage.

At our meetings, you will find an opportunity to socialize with fellow members of Nordic roots sharing common history and interests.  Please check out our Calendar to find out more about our upcoming events and explore the rest of the website to learn more about the various things our Lodge has to offer.

Membership is open to men and women over 14 years of age of Nordic roots, (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish or Icelandic,) who would like to rediscover the traditions of their forefathers as well as those who are not of Nordic ancestry but are interested in Swedish and Nordic heritage and cultureClick here to learn more about joining our Lodge

We invite you to attend our monthly meetings and special events.  Youth and children under the age of fourteen are always welcome to participate in Monitor Lodge activities and there are often activities specifically tailored for them.


Last updated 08-28-2018


What's new?    We have revived our lodge lending library where you will find books in Swedish, books in English by Swedish authors and a few books about Sweden.  Contributions to the library are always welcome.


You can find our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MonitorLodgeSacramento


Last updated 01-11-2019


What events are coming up in the next few weeks?


We celebrate our 107th anniversary with a luncheon on Saturday, April 6th at the DoubleTree Hotel in Sacramento.

Sunday, April 14th,will be the next Children's Club meeting at Lisa Rea's home.


On Saturday, May 4th, we have our annual Sill Frukost (herring breakfst) and smorgasbord at Chris Bodelson's and Chuck Johnson's home.


Friday evening, June 7th, will find us all enjoying good food and camaraderie with music and dancing as we celebrate Midsommar.



Last updated 04-02-2019


  • Please join us for


    Friday, June 7, 2019

    Monitor Lodge 218 at IooF Hall
    1831 Howe Ave, Sacramento, CA 95825

    5:30 pm  -  Social hour

    6:30 pm  - Midsommar Smörgåsbord

    $5 per person (members, family and guests - children 12 and under free) and bring a dish (see listing on reverse)

    7:00 pm  -  Short business meeting

    7:30 pm  -  Midsommar festivities

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

     Wear your costume if you have one.

    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)

    tack så mycket!

    Monitor’s June gathering promises to be a Swedish delight! We’re going to celebrate Midsommar with good food, music, and dance. If you have a Swedish costume, this would be the perfect time to show it off for all to see. No authentic costume? Then put on your favorite Swedish (or Scandinavian) T-shirt to get in the mood for midsommar! Have some flowers in the garden? How about making a flower wreath for your hair?  Let’s enjoy this very special Swedish holiday with all our friends and kick off “Sommar 2019!

    We will have the Midsommar majstång (maypole) set up right in the middle of the hall. Traditionally it is decorated with fresh green foliage—birch twigs are especially popular in Sweden—and with lots of flowers. If you can, try to come early—let’s say 5:00—with some greenery and flowers to help decorate our majstång.

    At the end of the evening we will have dancing and some lessons led by our very own dance master, Barry Moore.

    Potluck Smörgåsbord

    Yes, this is a potluck dinner with a Swedish twist for midsommar!

    The bar will be open at 5:30 for our social hour and during that time we will be setting out the dishes you bring for our potluck smörgåsbord.

    Please bring enough food to serve 4-5 people. Please have your dish ready to serve so we just have to put it out on the appropriate table. Put your name on your plate or bowl so you get your dishes back at the end of the evening.

    You never know exactly what to expect for a potluck, but we’re hoping to get a good variety of Swedish foods. We’ve assigned members to bring food based on names/alphabet.  Please look at the next page to see what table you’re assigned to.   

    Please contact Linnea Koze (kitchen coordinator) at (503) 807-8112 or Chuck Johnson (916) 501-9256 if you have any questions.

    Table 1  (Members from Don & Joyce Johnson to James & Melissa Netzel)

    Traditionally the smörgåsbord begins with herring of all kinds: Dream Herring, Mustard Herring, Currant, Herring, Onion Herring, Island Herring, Lemon Herring, Elderflower Herring, Archipelago Herring, Lingonberry Herring. The variety of different kinds of pickled herring is a never-ending story! Maybe you can create a herring variation of your own by starting with a jar of pickled herring. You could also bring some salmon such as smoked salmon or gravlax.  Shrimp is also served with this first course. This is the table where we could use some deviled eggs, some fresh boiled new potatoes with dill, and some cheese. If you can bake, we’d love to have some fresh homemade limpa for this table too!

    Table 2  (Members from Donna Niemoller to Larry Wood)

    Think COLD food. This table will focus on cold cuts such as various sausages, sliced ham, cold roast beef, and different pates. Various salads and cold side dishes are served with this course also such as pickled cucumbers, potato salad, cabbage salad, pickled beets, jellied veal, chicken salad, fresh green salad, pickles and olives.


    Table 3  (Members from Theresa Alberts to Violet DeBord)

    Focus on HOT food for this table. We will have a strip outlet available if you want to bring your dish in a crockpot to keep it warm. You could also put your serving dish in the oven for a short time to keep it warm before serving.

    Think about bringing some Swedish meat balls for this table or some warm sausages like the little prinskorv. Spareribs are popular on this table for midsommar. Hot side dishes are needed here too like cabbage rolls, brown beans, red cabbage, boiled new potatoes with dill, and a Jansson’s Temptation.

    Table 4  (Members from Mark Delle to Chuck Johnson)

    DESSERTS! We’d love to have some homemade baked goods for this table—some cookies or maybe a light cake. This is the spot for a mixed fruit salad. And STRAWBERRIES! Midsommar would not be midsommar without strawberries—served alone with a little sugar and whipped cream—or with ice cream, on top of a meringue, or in the form of jordgubbstårta (Swedish version of strawberry shortcake). Please don’t forget to bring the strawberries!

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