Vasa Order of America



Grand Master's Message

Grand Master Art Bjorkner's Spring Message for 2019

THE GRAND MASTER'S MESSAGE
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MESSAGE FROM THE GRAND MASTER

DEAR VASA MEMBERS,

Greetings to all in the Vasa Universe. Spring has sprung, flowers are starting to bloom here in Vasa Park New Jersey, and, as the safest sign of all, the rain showers continue.

Nancy and I were able to take a break from the New Jersey winter to attend the DL Pacific Southwest No. 15 Convention in Woodlands outside of Los Angeles in February. We flew from Tampa instead of from the New York the area. That was good planning, because a winter storm developed off the East Coast the day we were flying! Early April we had a Grand Lodge Ex­ecutive Board meeting and an Archives Board meeting in Warwick, Rhode Island in conjunction with Rhode Is­land District No. 3 Convention. It was a delight to renew acquaintances with our many friends. We congratulate the new officers in DL 15 and DL 3 and give thanks to the retiring officers! I ap­preciate the hard work you do for Vasa.

Next, we will be attending New Jersey District No. 6 Convention in sunny Cape May, New Jersey and then off to District No. 19 and District No. 20 in Sweden. Upon returning to the USA my suitcase manager will be busy because in three days I’ll be off to District No. 18 Alberta, Canada!
This time of year, May and June, Vasa activities pick up in earnest as there are festivals and parades. Great time to join in and advertise VASA.

The new Grand Lodge website is up and running but still needs work from all Districts and Lodges to become current. We are asking all Districts and Local Lodges to appoint a member to maintain their respective web pages with current officers and an up-dated event calendar. To get started, contact the Grand Lodge Webmaster Robert (Bob) Anderson and request assistance in setting up a user name, password and a tutorial in managing the web page.

Don’t forget the Grand Lodge is on most social media platforms. I enjoy seeing many Lodges putting informa­tion and pictures on Facebook.

This year the Grand Lodge provided 17 college scholarships and 10 lan­guage camp scholarships to Sjölunden. Your generous donations help make this possible.

At the Executive Board Meeting, the following are some of the interesting topics that were addressed:

The OAB form and matrix has been revised. Both are available from the GL Secretary.

The GL Historian Alice Iverson, 285 23rd St. Astoria, OR 97103 requests material for the 125th Vasa anniver­sary book. Articles and pictures from 1995-present can be sent.

Convention lapel pins for the 2022 Convention are on sale at $5 each. All members of GLEB have pins for sale, or contact me.

Remember the Order wants a VI­BRANT, ENTHUSIASIC MEM­BERSHIP – GET THE WORD OUT! TV TV TV (Talk Vasa) with ENTHUSIASM!

in truth and unity,
Art Bjorkner
Grand Master