Vasa Order of America
Grand Master's Message

Winter 2019 -  click to HERE to View in Swedish

 
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MESSAGE FROM THE GRAND MASTER

DEAR VASA MEMBERS,

The winter is upon us and the final issue for 2019 is before you. In it you will find Christmas Greetings from Districts and Lodges. I know all of you are busy preparing for Lucia celebrations in your Lodge / community. I am thankful for the Swedish heritage that provides meaningful cultural experiences like Lucia.

Nancy and I have been busy continuing to visit our Vasa Districts. What a wonderful time we had in September when our travel took us to Mt Vernon, WA (DL Pacific Northwest #13), and a visit to Seattle area Vasa Park, very nice. Then on to Rockport, MA (DL MA #2), hosted by Lodge Spiran # 98. Spiran Lodge was instituted in 1906 and purchased the lodge hall building in 1916 one block from the historic New England port. WOW, a beautiful location and thumbs up to members of Spiran for maintaining their wonderful piece of history. Moving on to Berlin, CT (DL CT #1), instituted in 1896 and Unionville, NY (DL NY #4) where at the Banquet we were entertained by the world famous Barnkiubben Elsa Rix, oldest Children’s club in the Order and Smorgasbandet, the well-known North American Vasa music group.

Many times in meetings I am asked questions, which I encourage, and one question that is often asked is: “why don’t you change……..”. My reply is that the GL Executive Board does not make up the rules. The Constitution can only be changed by the MEMBERSHIP. The GL Executive Board institutes what the Members vote to change during the GL Convention. Therefore, I encourage all members who feel Vasa needs to be changed to please submit a Motion to the GL Secretary prior to 1 March 2022. Your Motion will then be on the agenda for GL Convention Delegates to review, discuss and vote .

I would like to emphasize to District Historians to please send year-end reports, including the name of the current District Master to Alice Iverson GL Historian, 285 23rd St Astoria, OR 97103. The year-end reports help putting together what’s happening in the Districts and we can pull out important information for the 25 Year Vasa History Book update.

Exciting news, we have just opened a new Lodge, Brage No. 764 Peoria, IL. District No. 8 Lake Michigan. Also, receiving news From Sweden that they have had great results encouraging new members! Be sure to purchase the Grand Lodge Viking Pin to release the inner Viking in You! The Pins are available from your Grand Lodge Deputy, a member of the Grand Lodge Executive Board or me. They make great little gifts!

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

God Jul! och Gott Nytt År

In Truth and Unity,
Art Bjorkner
Grand Master