January 2023

Lodge Office Phone - (360)779-5209
Trolls' Den Phone - (360)779-2384

Sons of Norway Mission Statement
The mission of Sons of Norway is to promote and preserve the heritage and culture of Norway, to celebrate our relationship with other Nordic countries, and to provide quality insurance and financial products to its members.

Poulsbo Sons of Norway 2-44 - President's Message

Happy New Year and Godt nytt ar,

We are starting another year at the lodge. So great to have you among us once again, supporting the lodge activities and events. December was fantastic, I wish it did not have to end. Julefest started it off with a fantastic Nordic Market, Taste of Norway, Viking bonfire and Lucia procession, and Santa Pancake breakfast. Very many volunteers came out and helped, and everyone did their part to make it successful. The success comes on a personal level as well as being a part of a body of membership who care about what we are in this community. I am very proud of all of you. Tussen tak!

Now we turn the yearly page and look to the future. Many are the possibilities for our social get togethers, whether it’s the Trolls’ Den, Friday Night Dinners, lodge meetings, coffee Tuesdays and Thursdays, Needleworking, Wood Carving, Choir or Dance. Which reminds me that it would be great to have some Norwegian language lessons available to those who desire to have a richer understanding of their culture. Let me know if you would be willing to lead some teaching classes for interested members of the lodge.

The lodge meeting this month will welcome in the new board January 10 at 7 pm as well as announce the Man and Woman of the year, hope to see you there. The Friday Night Dinners will be lighter fare soup suppers for $10. Many of us take the chance to meet friends for dinner and these delicious meals will keep it going for us to gather. At the end of January on the 28th will be the lutefisk dinner that we have continued to serve annually. Even if you think you might not care for the fish, don’t you think ought to give it a try? You are living in “Little Norway” after all!

Thank you for being a part of the lodge!

Paul Anunson

This Old House

Happy holidays from the building association and may 2023 be the best year of our lives. The building association (BA) has done some major accomplishments In the last 7 months. Just a few to mention is the fence at the rear of the building, the stairs, repair of the deck, sump pump, sound abatement in Viking room and just the normal maintenance of the building where it is running very well. We have also been hit with major expenses just to name a few the walk-in freezer and the elevator Which has depleted over $24,000 in our reserve. The BA is working well with LUC and TDAC and have completed several projects with them. To sum this up the Sons Of Norway lodge Poulsbo building is over 50 years old and needs a quarter of $1 million dollars in repair. Several major repairs are the roof, elevator, bar sink and rear upper deck! The building has served us very well for the last 50 years and the BA wants to give it a very long lifetime. In order to do this we need to make the necessary repairs. The BA Will be holding an auction on March 18 our goal is to raise at least $100,000. We have been donated some wonderful products, vacation packages, fishing trips, restaurant deals, building supplies along with many surprises. We are looking for assistance and wonderful products for the auction. Please contact the office. We thank the Sons Of Norway and all the members who have donated to the building association and helped the building association. In closing the nine members on the board of the building association are some of the best people on this planet. They volunteer their time and fix almost everything that can go wrong with this building.


Paul Nicholson

Chairman of the building association Sons Of Norway Poulsbo Washington

Kort om Kultur

Visste Du?
(Did you know?)

The What and Why of Lutefisk: The making and consumption of lutefisk is an old practice in Norway, and also in neighboring Sweden and Finland, and this method of preparing stockfish may even date to well before the Viking Age. Lutefisk first appeared in Norwegian literature in 1555 in the writings of Olaus Magnus.

What: Drying stockfish, a type of cod, allows the fish to be preserved and stored for years while keeping its full nutrition. This was especially important before the days of refrigeration.

Why: Soaking the dried, unsalted stockfish (”torrfisk”) in a lye solution (wood ashes mixed with water) is a very efficient way to reconstitute the fish and the lye breaks down the protein in the fish into amino acids that are easily absorbed by the small intestine. The process begs the question: How did a bunch of Nordic farmer-fishermen figure out this process? They weren’t chemists but they were very observant and learned from their experiences. Also, when they ate lutefisk, they felt good and it filled them up! Lutefisk isn’t a joke everywhere. Only Norwegian Americans have to put up with all the jokes and songs like:

O Lutefisk, O Lutefisk, how fragrant your aroma,
O Lutefisk, O Lutefisk, you put me in a coma.
You smell so strong, you look like glue,
You taste just like an overshoe,
But lutefisk, come Saturday,
I tink I eat you anyway

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Poulsbo Sons of Norway Scholarship information available in February

Sons of Norway District two youth camps.  Information and registration coming soon.

Sons of Norway district two Youth Camps 2023. Information and registration coming soon!

In Memorium
We remember our members who have passed away:
Warren Rosvold
If you have recently lost a loved one or know a lodge member who has recently passed away please contact the office (360)779-5209

Weekly and Monthly Events at the Lodge

Monday 4:30-7:00pm - Youth folk dancing

Mondays 7:15 - 8:00 - Informal Scandinavian music and dancing (January 9 and 23)
Thursdays at 6:00pm - Norse Room -Wood Carvers
Thursdays at 6:00pm - Trolls' Den - Trivia

Thursdays at 7:30pm - Marine Room - Men's Chorus
Fridays at 7:00am - Marine Room - Rotary Breakfast
Fridays at 10:00am - Viking Room - Needle Workers
First Tuesday - Lodge Board meeting
Second Tuesday - Lodge meeting - 7:00pm Marine Room
Second Wednesday - Building Association
Third Tuesday - Vikings
Fourth Tuesday - Ladies Book Club
Fourth Wednesday - Building Association

2023 Coming Events


1 - No Pancake Breakfast

6 - Beef & Barley Soup

13 - Oyster Stew

20 - Moroccan Beef Lentil Soup

27 - No dinner due to Lutefisk dinner

28 - Lutefisk Dinner - tix on sale 1/1/23


3 - Zuppa Toscana

5 - Vern's Famous Pancake Breakfast

10 - Valisblot: Viking Bonfire


18 - BA Auction fund raiser

We are looking for volunteer crews!

Contact Jaymie:

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Volunteers Needed. Contact the Lodge Office for more information.

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