Freya, the Nordic Valkyrie goddess of Love, Beauty and Fertility, rides a magnificent chariot drawn by her two large grey cats. Freya driving a chariot with her cats - Daughters Of Norway - Freya Lodge 50
Daughters Of Norway Freya Lodge 50 in bunads
Daughters Of Norway Freya Lodge 50 in bunads
Daughters of Norway - Freya Lodge #50

On November 14, 2009, our new Daughters of Norway, Freya Lodge #50, was warmly welcomed by the Grand Lodge and sister member Lodges, at an Institution Ceremony held in Spokane, Washington.

The purpose of Daughters of Norway is to unite into a sisterhood women who wish to preserve Scandinavian heritage, history, culture and language - and to build a strong support system and bond of friendship within the sisterhood.

We gather monthly to share Nordic folk tales, Scandinavian cooking, folk arts, language lessons and more. If you have Scandinavian family ties, or have an interest in Nordic culture, you can become a member - we look forward to seeing you!

Daughters Of Norway sharing history
Daughters of Norway sharing family histories
Daughters Of Norway summer meeting
Our summer garden party

We welcome your interest and inquiries! Our meetings are usually on the 4th Saturday of the month at 10:30 am. Meeting locations vary. Details for each upcoming monthly meeting can also be seen on our FaceBook Daughters Of Norway Freya page :)

Please email or call to learn more about our organization.

Contact:

Freya Lodge #50, Daughters of Norway
Sonia Bertsch, president: 509-879-2274
Email: slbertsch@aol.com

Website: www.daughtersofnorwayfreya.org
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/daughtersofnorwayfreya


NEXT MEETING: Norway's Constitution Day!

No Norway Constitution Day Childrens ParadeNorway Fjords

Norwegian Bunadrosen

WHEN: May 17th, 2014
Saturday at 10:00AM

WHERE: Gina Nylund's home in Greenacres

WHAT: Greetings Freya Sisters! Our May 17 meeting will be at Gina Nylund's home in Greenacres at 10:00am. Gina and her husband were born and raised in Norway, so to have our program at their home on the 200th Anniversary of Sytternde Mai, Norway's National Holiday, is pretty exciting!

Our guest speaker, Sue Sutherland, comes from Ely, MN and is the owner of the Bunad Butikken. She'll be here teaching a class on how to make bunads at Gina's house for a few days, and having taught a similar class in Spokane two years ago, she has become a friend to many of us and our "go-to" source for information on authentic Norwegian costumes.

Certified by the Norwegian Government as a Bunad Maker and trained expert on Norwegian textiles, she is the foremost Norwegian Bunad Maker in America - to say she's fascinating to listen to is to put it mildly. Come and listen, ask questions about men's, women's and children's bunad fashions from your region of Norway, and learn about the jewelry, shoes, socks, aprons, purses and cloaks that accessorize these beautiful costumes.

She'll have limited quantities of shoes, fabrics, jewelry, patterns and more available to buy - and if she doesn't have something you'd like to buy with her, she can order it and send it to you. Please bring a snack to share with the group and be ready for a wonderful day!

Kindly RSVP to Judy if you plan to attend [or need directions], at 509-448-1182 or email her at rowands@msn.com

Hope you can join us for this truly Scandinavian cultural event!

Sonia Bertsch, President

Email Sonia: SLBERTSCH@AOL.COM
Phone: 509-879-2274

IMAGES:

  • Norwegian Bunadrosen from bunadrosen.org; photo by Kjell Gripstad http://www.gripstad.no
  • Norway Constitution Day - Children's Parade - http://thornews.com/2012/05/19/norwegians-celebrating-the-constitution-day-the-childrens-day/
  • Norway Fjords - http://www.thenorwayfjords.com/Vista-Fjords.html

OF INTEREST:

:: Daughters Of Norway Standard Application Form

If you would like to join the Daughters Of Norway Freya Lodge #50, you can print out the convenient, printable application form below and bring it with you to the next meeting!

To be eligible for standard membership in a subordinate lodge of the Daughters of Norway, a woman must:

  1. be of Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, or Swedish birth or descent; or
  2. be married, or have been married to a man of Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, or Swedish birth or descent; or
  3. have a "slektning" (relative) married to a person of Norwegian birth or descent.
  4. She must be at least thirteen years of age.
Download Standard Membership application form HERE.

:: Grand Lodge Scholarship Application and Guidelines

The Grand Lodge Daughters of Norway offers scholarships to full-time college, university, technical or vocational students who are either a member of, or related to a member of the Daughters of Norway. Applicants must have at least sophomore standing and a GPA of at least 2.7. They must complete the application form and ensure that it, and all required documentation is received by the Grand Lodge Scholarship Chairperson, postmarked by June 1, 2014.

The number of applications varies with the funds, but at least one award of $1,000 is offered each year, with a second award in Convention years.

Download Scholarship application form HERE.

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