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Scottsdale, Arizona Heritage & Culture Meeting Friday, 15 February 2013

February 2013

Why do we belong to Sons of Norway?

6:00 PM at Masonic Lodge

Located at: 2531 N Scottsdale Road

A Torsk Supper

by Ed Bergo, President The Mission Statement of the organization states that it is: 1) To promote and to preserve the heritage and culture of Norway 2) To celebrate our relationship with other Nordic Countries and 3) To provide quality insurance and financial products for our members.

Baked torsk (cod) Torsk is broiled and buttered cod fillets.

Fresh Vegetables Potatoes --- Lefse --- Dessert From Wikipedia: Cod is popular as a food with a mild flavor and a dense, flaky white flesh. Cod livers are processed to make cod liver oil, an important source of vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids. See more on cod and torsk inside…

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! Adults: $16 Children: Suggested Donation $4

Phyllis Bergo 480-812-9762 [email protected]

My parents joined the lodge in Chicago as they were preparing to travel to Norway for their first trip in 1970. It provided the knowledge and travel expertise that they needed. Phyllis and I joined Desert Fjord five years ago as we prepared to make our first trip to Norway in 2010. We have been sincerely pleased with the friends we have met and the in depth understanding of Norway then and now. Just hearing Jan Loomis say that they had taken the same Brekke tour in 2009 that we were considering was an important step of our decision making process. As we begin a new year at Desert Fjord, I want the lodge to continue to live by this Mission statement. I want us to learn more about Norway, its heritage and culture. The cooperative events that we participate in each year celebrate our Nordic interests. Ed 6 PM -- Valentine’s Day Sing Along! 6:30 PM Torsk Supper followed by our Phoenix Area Norwegian Dancers Dancing is one of our Cultural Skills Program. Join in and receive a SON award medal!

More on back page about our Norwegian Dancer Program!

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COME EXPLORE WITH ME By Elizabeth Lenci - Downs

"He possessed the physical endurance to ski fifty miles in a day and the psychological self-reliance to embark on long trips, with a minimum of gear and only his dog for company." - Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930). Tall, supple, strong . . . not massively built, Fridtjof Nansen's yearning for adventure, and even his talent for drawing in a series of brilliant achievements brought him internal fame. This is the person who made a scientific, exploratory foray into the Arctic based upon his revolutionary theory that a current carried polar ice from east to west. This is the person who designed the immensely strong and cunning ship, the Fram (Forward.) Nansen then sailed the Fram into the ice pack of Siberia, September 22, 1893 - but when the ship emerged thirty-five months later, on August 12, 1896, into open water near Spitzbergen - Nansen was not aboard. With one companion, thirty-days rations for twenty-eight dogs, with three sledges, two kayaks ... and a hundred day's rations for themselves ... Nansen had left the ship in March 1895. They made a 400mile dash to the North Pole and in twenty-three days made it closer to the Pole than anyone had previously been. Turning back, they wintered 1895-1896 at Franz Josef Land before starting south again in May, reuniting with the Fram the same day the ship reached open water at Tromsø, August 21st. Fridtjof Nansen's gift of The Fram to Roald Amundsen made it possible for Amundsen to reach the South Pole years later. The 'history of The Fram’ is in itself most remarkable. Fridtjof Nansen’s achievements include humanitarian works for the League of Nations. He was the first person to cross Greenland, whose interior had never been explored . . . crossing on skis after burning the boats behind his party to assure going - forward.

Membership Matters By Floyd Downs, Membership Secretary

Although we have leads on some possible new members, none are as yet confirmed. Since a goal of our Lodge for 2013 is to increase membership by at least 5% you are urged to reach out to friends, relatives and other contacts and invite them to join with us. Maybe our experimental shift to the Sunday afternoon meeting time will be a good talking point. Sadly I must report the passing of a long time member, Jeanne O. Olson, last December. Jeanne would have been 79 years old this Valentine’s Day. Jeanne lived alone in Cave Creek. A REMINDER: As reported here last month, SofN International dues will increase $1 for members and their spouses, $.50 for Unger Venner members who pay dues and for Golden Members. New rates took effect as of January 1, 2013 for renewals and new member-ships. Once again you are reminded that our Membership Retention Fund (MRF) can assist members having difficulty in meeting their SofN dues renewals. All such requests or referrals are strictly private and anonymous as are the names of those who volunteer the funds that support the MRF. I can be contacted in person during a meeting, by phone (480816-3875), or [email protected]

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS Amelia L Berger Leo J Dardy Gil E Witsoe Anker B Miltun Hiro Liev Cummings Lois J Sakkas Chloe Medder Dieter H Clunk Vidar Lerum Gunn Lillian Magnusen

3 12 12 14 15 18 22 24 25 26

Our Desert Fjord library does not have a biography of Fridtjof Nansen - yet - or Nansen's writings. But a selected bibliography is available.

Until next time . . . Come explore with me.


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More on The Maud

A Short History of Cod Fish Excerpts From Wikipedia

Submitted by Elizabeth Downs

The Norway Post 16 January 2013

Arctic ship "Maud" travels back to Norway The process has started to raise the arctic ship Maud out from the water and get her safely transported back to Norway from Canada. Explorer Roald Amundsen's polar ship Maud has been at the bottom of Cambridge Bay in Canada since 1930. Now the work has begun to get her out of the water, and on her way back to Norway. The ship might arrive back home next summer, informs Jan Wangaard, who is the project leader for the ship's transfer. A film crew has accompanied Wangaard on his trip to Canada. They plan to take pictures and make a movie based on the process of bringing the ship safely back to Asker outside of Oslo, where the boat will be preserved and placed in a museum.

Cod is sometimes known as clipfish (klipfish) or stockfish. Cod has been an important economic commodity in international markets since the Viking period (around 800 AD). Norwegians traveled with dried cod and soon a dried cod market developed in southern Europe. This market has lasted for more than 1,000 years, enduring the Black Death, wars and other crises, and is still an important Norwegian fish trade. If you take a trip on the Hurtigruten you will see it drying on fish racks in the Lofoten Islands and your ship may even pick up some to take south to Bergen. Since the introduction of salt, dried and salted cod (clipfish or 'klippfisk' in Norwegian) has also been exported. By the end of the 14th century, the Hanseatic League dominated trade operations and sea transport, with Bergen as the most important port. The Portuguese began fishing cod in the 15th century. The Basques played an important role in the cod trade, and allegedly found the Canadian fishing banks before Columbus' discovery of America. The North American east coast developed in part due to the vast cod stocks. Many cities in the New England area are located near cod fishing grounds. The fish was so important to the history and development of Massachusetts, the state's House of Representatives hung a wood carving of a codfish, known as the Sacred Cod of Massachusetts, in its chambers.

Wangaard says that he feels confident that the ship can handle the transfer from Canada to Norway. The low temperature in the water may have actually helped preserve the ship, he explains.

Apart from the long history, cod differ from most fish because the fishing grounds are far from population centers. The large cod fisheries along the coast of North Norway (and in particular close to the Lofoten islands) have been developed almost uniquely for export, depending on sea transport of stockfish over large distances.

Amundsen originally had the ship built in 1917, but in 1925 it was sold to the Hudson's Bay company when Amundsen declared bankruptcy. Five years later it sank, and has been lying at the bottom of Cambridge Bay for more than 80 years.

Cod was described as "British gold" and that it was folly to restore Canadian fishing rights to France. In the 20th century Iceland reemerged as a cod fishing power

Asker municipality bought the ship in 1990, but never started the process of moving the ship back to Asker. Real estate company Tandberg Eindom took over the ship in 2011, but was met with some resistance from the local population in Canada, who wanted the ship to stay in Cambridge Bay. Finally, in March, a Canadian appeals committee decided that the ship can be transferred out of the country.

Torsk Serving

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Business Meeting Minutes Sons of Norway – Desert Fjord Lodge 6-133 Business Meeting at Granite Reef Senior Center –January 10, 2013 1. Meeting called to order by Ross at 7:00pm. In attendance: Ross Berg, Ali Berg-Anderson, Ed Bergo, Phyllis Bergo, Floyd Downs, Lynn Eide, Roger Espeland, Astrid Hanson, Janis Johnson, Berit Miltun, Gil Witsoe, and Sherrie Loomis. Quorum (4+): Yes 2. December meeting minutes – motion by Floyd to accept minutes as submitted; seconded by Ed; motion carried. 3. Treasurer’s Report – Astrid Hanson a. Desert Fjord Accounts Summary report distributed; checking balance $7,795. One outstanding check to Scottsdale Masonic Lodge from April 2012; Astrid will cancel the check and re-issue a new one. There was a fraudulent expense on the checking account; Astrid worked with the bank to reverse the expense. Summary report shows a deficit of $798 (income vs. expenses); we will try to conserve funds as much as possible in 2013. b. The Auditors (Floyd Downs, Sherrie Loomis and Tyler Soine) will complete the audit of the books by end of January. c. Thank you Astrid for keeping our accounts in such great shape. Job well done! d. Arizona lodge website needs a new webmaster (previously done by Wendy Winkleman); each lodge pays $20 per year for the site. 4. Installation of officers in January Heritage and Culture meeting – Mark Anderson, Zone 7 Director, and Lyle Berge, District 6 President, doing installation. Keep it brief – acknowledge all volunteers. a. Vacancies yet to be filled: Cultural Director; Auditors; Foundation; Posten Editor/Distribution; and Trustees. Phyllis will be interim Cultural Director until that position can be filled. Trustees do inventory of all our assets. b. Janis and Berit will go through our storage unit to do inventory and throw out stuff not needed th 5. Review of January 18 Heritage and Cultural Meeting a. See attached preliminary agenda – Ed Bergo b. Cultural Director’s Report – Phyllis Bergo i. Social event – fun and games – come early; installation of 2013 Officers; Bingo (Jan Loomis to call numbers); calendar sales from boutique. c. Social Director’s Report – Gil and Brenda - supper i. Baked salmon, Hassleback potatoes, peas, and Norwegian apple cake; decorations - Phyllis d. Hired help working with Ed for set-up and clean-up 6. Future Heritage and Cultural Meetings th a. FRIDAY, February 15 , 6pm; Torsk dinner and Scandinavian Dancers – Jana Peterson is liaison. Music starting at 6pm with Norm Jensen th b. SUNDAY, March 10 , 2pm – 5pm; open-faced sandwiches; Gunnar Nerheim from University of Stavanger to do presentation on “Norway in the Age of Oil” th c. SUNDAY, April 14 , 2pm – 5pm; program TBA th d. SATURDAY, May 11 , 9am; potluck; Syttende Mai Celebration with Nordmanns Forbundet at McCormick’s Railroad Park 7. Committee Reports a. Membership – Lodge membership activity report: 151 active members (includes juvenile members with active insurance) b. Library – received gift of 20 books from Norway; Paul Wold Honor Flight video available in library c. Posten – Floyd and Ross editors for January and February Posten. February Posten articles due to [email protected] by January th 25 . Thanks guys! Seeking new Posten Editor position. YEAH! d. Sunshine – NO REPORT e. Cultural/Sports awards – “Walking to Norway” tabled for now nd f. Genealogy – next Genealogy Group meeting Saturday, February 2 , 10:30-1:00pm g. Publicity – Janis mailing Syttende Mai flyer to area Lutheran Churches 8. Other Activities a. Lefse School st i. Session 1 – Saturday, December 1 , noon to 4pm. Dawn Walters, Phyllis Bergo (and her cousin) were the Lefse School’s first attendees. th ii. Session 2 – Saturday, January 5 , noon to 4pm. Lois Sakkas and Lois Ripley, attendees. A great time was had by all. th b. Desert Fjord Business Meeting at Granite Reef Senior Center – February 7 at 7pm th c. Heritage and Culture Meeting – February 15 th d. St Olaf Choir at Mesa Arts Center – February 10 at 3pm. Tickets available at e. Arizona Kretsstevne in Mesa – cancelled for this year nd f. Springfest @ Desert Ridge Junior High School in Mesa – March 2 , 10am – 2pm 9. New Business a. Calendar showing meetings in 2013 – Phyllis b. Adopt-a-School activities – Roger c. Boutique 2012 financial summary: gross profit = $1,075 – current inventory = $1,760 10. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm

Respectfully submitted by Sherrie Loomis, interim Desert Fjord Secretary, 1/14/2013

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The Stoughton Dancers Will perform at: Shepherd of the Valley Church, 15th Ave and Maryland Prkwy. Saturday March 23, 7PM The Stoughton Norwegian Dancers entertain audiences of all ages from 2 to 102. The Scandinavian dances are complexly choreographed and full of fun, humor and gymnastics and the live music brings joy to all who listen. The dances chosen are at the discretion of the Director. Prior to each dance, the audience will hear a description of the dance, learn what country it comes from and any other interesting bits of information about it.


The Halling - a men's dance full of gymnastics and humor Audience participation dances

Come and Support the Desert Fjord Boutique Say hello Berg Anderson and her DF Team

Introduction of the bunads for a "bunad style show"

The Halling kast - hat kicking tradition

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Stop by the Desert Fjord Boutique and say hello to Ali Berg-Anderson and her Desert Fjord Team

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2013-2014 Desert Fjord Officers President

Ed Bergo


Sharon Clunk


Phyllis Bergo


Elizabeth Lenci-Downs


Lynn Eide


Knut Haldorsen


Astrid Hanson

Publicity Director, Public Relations, Outreach, and Photographer

Janis Johnson

Membership Secretary

Floyd Downs


Floyd Downs Ross Berg


Ross Berg

Posten Editor

Social Directors

Berit Miltun Nellie Lokken Gil Witsoe


Phyllis Bergo

Cultural Directors

Phyllis Bergo(acting) Beth Vander Schaff Marci Johnson

Schools and Scholarships

Ed Bergo (acting)


Sherrie Loomis Tyler Soine Floyd Downs


Tyler Soine

Ali Berg-Anderson


Carolyn Soine


Lois Ripley Lois Saakas (1yr) Knut Haldorsen (2yr) Open (3yr) Open Roger Espeland

Boutique Foundation


Database & Ref. Manual

Roger Espeland



Tyler Soine (acting)


Sons of Norway Scholarships There are a number of scholarships available from Desert Fjord Lodge, District #6 and the International office of Sons of Norway. Desert Fjord’s Oslo University International Summer School $1,000 scholarship application deadline is March 1, 2012. The Camp Norge educational stipends application of $375 is due May 1, 2012. The District #6 (which includes Desert Fjord Lodge) awards up to 3 scholarships each year. Their deadline is April 1, 2012. Applications for these various scholarships are available on their respective websites.


Answers from last month Norway Puzzler(courtesy of member Roger Haugen). The pictures are of Roald Amundsen’s home in Uranienborg, Oppegård on the Oslo Fjord. The historic snowshoes, sled and flag from Polar explorations are stored inside

The International office in Minneapolis has a number of scholarships. The deadline dates vary and can be found on their website. If you have

questions, please contact Ed Bergo, President, at [email protected] or (480) 812 9762.

Greetings and Best Wishes for a happy and peaceful 2013! Just a reminder to all who have youth eligible for one of our District 6 Scholarships. Please don’t forget the deadlines  

. Now, for this month’s Norwegian Puzzler: Question: The official dimension proportion is 16 units high by 22 units wide. Hints: The vertical dimension (16) is further divided 6:1:2:1:6. The horizontal dimension (22) is further divided 6:1:2:1:12

March 1 for Camp Skogfjorden April 1 for the College Scholarships. Call or mail to: Crystal Sundet SON Dist. 6 Scholarship Chairperson Sons of Norway D6 Scholarships 2884-G West Long Circle Littleton, CO 80120 Phone: 720-283-8592 [email protected]

WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT? It is on this page… Page 8

OTHER SONS OF NORWAY LODGES In Arizona Nordic Pines 6-167 3rd Sunday, Flagstaff Overtro Fjell 6-153 3rd [email protected] Fountain East Clubhouse, 303 S. Recker Rd, Mesa Sola 6-168 3rd. Tues. 7 PM Faith Lutheran Church 2215 S. 8th Ave. Yuma Sol Byer 6-134 3rd. Sat. Noon Elk’s Lodge, 10760 Union Hills, Phoenix To find Lodges in other states, go to Most post their monthly newsletter on their lodge website.

OTHER CONTACTS Zone 7 Director: Mark Alexander, Flagstaff – 928-699-5456 Norwegian Consulate: George Olander, 602-543-6256 Financial Benefits: Sherrill Bartley, 602-291-1111 and David Whitney, 520-360-9596

DESERT FJORD LODGE INFO Mailing address: Desert Fjord Lodge 6-133 P.O. Box 1716 Scottsdale, AZ 85252-1716 voice mail: 480-422-4334

Heritage & Culture Meeting 3rd Friday of each month at 6 PM Dinner and a program Scottsdale Masonic Lodge 2531 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale AZ 85252 480-946-1072 (use only during meeting time.)

Business Meeting 8 days prior to Social Meeting, 7 – 9 p.m. Genealogy Group Meeting 1st Saturday of the month, 10:30 am to 1 pm Both of these meet at Granite Reef Senior Center 1700 N Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale

TUBFRIM Please save stamps for Tubfrim and bring them to the monthly Heritage and Culture Meeting. Add them to the container in the lobby. Your donation will help handicapped children in Norway. Gil and Brenda Witsoe used these recipes for Our January Salmon Supper

PLEASE BRING CANNED OR DRY FOOD TO THE FEBRUARY MEETING to be donated to Vista Del Camino Food The following recipe is how I usually make Hasselback potatoes. I Bank, Scottsdale. Apple Cake like them better this way. Medium size russet potatoes Olive oil or butter Peel potatoes. Using a large serving spoon to place potato on or chopsticks on either side of the potato, slice potato into ¼ inch or less slices without going all the way through to bottom. Toss potatoes in melted butter or in olive oil. Bake in a 450 degree oven for about 1 hour, tossing potatoes several times as they brown. About ten minutes or so before you take them out, sprinkle some shredded Parmesan or cheddar cheese on top. You can leave them plain or sprinkle with herbs to serve. Also good with a dollop of sour cream.

4 tbsp. butter ½ cup brown sugar 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into small pieces Krusteaz Cinnamon Crumb Muffin Mix Melt butter and brown sugar together. Add apples and cook for a minute or two until apples soften a little. Let apples cool for a few minutes in a bowl. Make Crumb Muffin Mix as directed on pkg. Spoon ¾ batter in prepared pan. Sprinkle ½ cup crumb mixture over top. Add rest of batter in dollops. Don’t worry about not covering the crumb mixture. Spoon apples over top, distributing evenly. Don’t spoon the liquid that has drained from the apples. Top with rest of crumb mixture and bake as directed on pkg.

Lemon and Dill Sauce for Salmon 1 pkg Knorrs Hollandaise Sauce ½ to ¾ cup cream ½ to ¾ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice Fresh dill Make Hollandaise sauce as directed on pkg. Add ½ cup cream and ½ cup lemon juice. Add additional cream and/or lemon juice to make sauce the consistency you want. Add dill to taste. Makes about 2 cups.

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FROM Desert Fjord Lodge, Sons of Norway P.O. Box 1716, Scottsdale AZ 85252-1716



Please return to sender If not deliverable. Masonic Lodge is located at: 2531 N Scottsdale Road (Just south of Thomas Road)

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Desert Fjord Heritage and Culture Program February 15, 2013 Valentines Day Sing-Along at 6 PM Torsk Supper at 6:30 PM Our own Phoenix Area Scandinavian Dancers after Supper

Our leaders are Bruce and Sam Carlson, our coordinator is June Ostrom. The dancers are Jenny and Ted Rudberg, Marge and John Voth, Per Aannestad, Bente Tingulstad, Bill Bultinck, Jana Peterson, Alice Fuchs, Laurie and Earl Fuchs. We practice twice a month, and always looking for new members. Jenny, Ted, and Jana are members of Desert Fjord.

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