2016 Officer Installation
Sunday Evening Banquet & Luncheon
Lodges presented 2014-2016 President Ronna with farewell gifts. Lodge gifts were also presented to our hosting lodges. The new Grand Lodge officers for the 2016 - 2018 biennium were installed on Sunday, July 24, 2016. Ronna Clymens (Grand Lodge President 2014 - 2016) made her farewell remarks. Debbie Grisso was the pianist for the installation.
Heidi Inga Dragsten Barcia (Grand Lodge President 2012 - 2014) had the pleasure of installing the new officers. Installing Marshal was Sandy Hansen. The Daughters of Norway Grand Lodge officers for 2016 - 2018 are: Janna Armbruster, President; Karen Bartos, Vice President; Ronna Clymens, Judge; Karen Erickson, Secretary; Joanne Gray, Financial Secretary; Chris Engstrom, Treasurer; Sonia Bertsch, Two-Year Trustee; and Perralina Palm, Four-Year Trustee.
The Sunday luncheon guest speaker, maritime historian Olaf Engvig presented stories and photographs of some of the world's most famous ships from Norway's great days in sail. These stories have not been available internationally, due to language issues, until now. These stories have been published in English in a beautifully illustrated book called Legends in Sail.
The convention concluded with a banquet at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Burlingame, California. We were entertained by the Nordahl Grieg Leikarring & Spelemannslag and the Southern California Damekor. There was a very special surprise at the conclusion of the banquet. Katie Allen's husband created wooden Fjord horses that were rosemaled by lodge sisters across the country and were randomly given away to lodge sisters attending convention. All of the Daughters of Norway sisters want to thank our wonderful 2016 convention hosts - Sigrid Undset Lodge #42, Palo Alto, CA and the Anne Grimdalen Lodge #34, Cupertino, CA for a wonderful time of sisterhood. Mange Takk!
The Stjernen #7, Frida Hansen #37 and Agnes Mathilde Wergeland #52 announced their bid for the 2018 convention! The 2018 Daughters of Norway Convention will be held in Seaside, Oregon July 25-28, 2018. We are already looking forward to meeting with our sisters again.