Vasa Order of America - Drott Lodge #168

Vasa Order of America - Drott Lodge #168 Drott Lodge #168 Vasa Order of America. Fostering Scandinavian culture and traditions in the greater Washington, D.C. area since 1910. Drott Lodge was chartered on February 18, 1910 in the District of Columbia.

It has maintained a membership of over 200 members for many years and serves the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas. It is governed by District Lodge Pennsylvania No.9 which has lodges in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. Vasa Order of America (VOA) has close to 20,000 members in nearly 300 Local Lodges organized into 19 District Lodges in the United States, Canada, and

It has maintained a membership of over 200 members for many years and serves the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas. It is governed by District Lodge Pennsylvania No.9 which has lodges in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. Vasa Order of America (VOA) has close to 20,000 members in nearly 300 Local Lodges organized into 19 District Lodges in the United States, Canada, and

Operating as usual

ABBA Voyage!This morning (August 26), ABBA have launched a new social media channel to tease a forthcoming new project c...
08/27/2021

ABBA Voyage!
This morning (August 26), ABBA have launched a new social media channel to tease a forthcoming new project called ‘Voyage’.
The post features new black-and-gold official artwork, which presents the date “02.09.21” (next Thursday, September 2). In the caption, fans are directed to sign up at a new website “to be the first in line to hear more about ABBA Voyage”.

ABBA Voyage!
This morning (August 26), ABBA have launched a new social media channel to tease a forthcoming new project called ‘Voyage’.
The post features new black-and-gold official artwork, which presents the date “02.09.21” (next Thursday, September 2). In the caption, fans are directed to sign up at a new website “to be the first in line to hear more about ABBA Voyage”.

Bus Tour to Virginia WineriesSeptember 18, 2021Our day will be filled with enjoyable wines and tours of two of our local...
08/26/2021

Bus Tour to Virginia Wineries
September 18, 2021
Our day will be filled with enjoyable wines and tours of two of our local Virginia Wineries. Come, learn, and taste our local Virginia Wines.
The day begins with pick ups at the Commuter Lot for the ICC in Maryland (members will receive details after they sign up), and a second pick up will be in Tyson’s Corner,Virginia. We will arrive at our first vineyard about 10:45am for a tour of the 868 Winery where we will enjoy a tasting of three of their wines and enjoy a boxed lunch picnic. Following our picnic we will move onto the Twin Oaks Winery for a tour and tasting of their award winning vintag-es. Returning to Tysons for a 5pm drop off.,
Our one day excursion includes: bus transportation, box lunch, wine tours (2), 6 wine tastings, Fika prior to bus pick up, bottled water, and an entry for a door prize, and the op-portunity to shop at our lovely local wineries. All inclusive, except the shopping, of course.
Members of Drott Lodge: $50.00
Non Members/Guests: $75.00
Pre Registration is REQUIRED-we have a limit of 35 seats.
Masks will be REQUIRED for the bus portion of the trip.
Registered attendees will receive details on box lunch options, pick up locations.

Bus Tour to Virginia Wineries
September 18, 2021
Our day will be filled with enjoyable wines and tours of two of our local Virginia Wineries. Come, learn, and taste our local Virginia Wines.
The day begins with pick ups at the Commuter Lot for the ICC in Maryland (members will receive details after they sign up), and a second pick up will be in Tyson’s Corner,Virginia. We will arrive at our first vineyard about 10:45am for a tour of the 868 Winery where we will enjoy a tasting of three of their wines and enjoy a boxed lunch picnic. Following our picnic we will move onto the Twin Oaks Winery for a tour and tasting of their award winning vintag-es. Returning to Tysons for a 5pm drop off.,
Our one day excursion includes: bus transportation, box lunch, wine tours (2), 6 wine tastings, Fika prior to bus pick up, bottled water, and an entry for a door prize, and the op-portunity to shop at our lovely local wineries. All inclusive, except the shopping, of course.
Members of Drott Lodge: $50.00
Non Members/Guests: $75.00
Pre Registration is REQUIRED-we have a limit of 35 seats.
Masks will be REQUIRED for the bus portion of the trip.
Registered attendees will receive details on box lunch options, pick up locations.

A late posting .....  of our wonderful Midsommar Celebration!  Thanks to all who came out to celebrate with us at our fi...
08/17/2021

A late posting ..... of our wonderful Midsommar Celebration! Thanks to all who came out to celebrate with us at our first in-person event in over a year.

RAIN DELAY - Midsummer postponed to Sunday, June 20 at 4pm.Midsummer Picnic!Date/Time: Moved to SUnday June 20, 2021 at ...
06/18/2021

RAIN DELAY - Midsummer postponed to Sunday, June 20 at 4pm.

Midsummer Picnic!

Date/Time: Moved to SUnday June 20, 2021 at 4 pm
Location: Carderock Park, MD
Please join us tomorrow to celebrate Midsummer together. Members of Drott Lodge and ASA, and other Scandinavians around the area are welcome to gather for a casual (bring your own) picnic in Carderock Park and enjoy traditional Swedish songs played by fiddler Paul Carlson.
• We will meet at the field below the Pavilion, closer to the parking lot.
• Bring your own picnic, chairs, sunscreen/bug spray, and hand sanitizer.
• If you feel comfortable meeting outside, please join us. If you have had your vaccine, you do not need to wear a mask. We will monitor the weather and let you know in advance of any changes.

Lucia och Julfest 2020
12/06/2020

Lucia och Julfest 2020

Lucia och Julfest 2020

09/13/2020
Welcome Back Picnic!Sunday, September 13th from 11am to 1pm Join us for a picnic lunch with fellow lodge members (each f...
09/09/2020

Welcome Back Picnic!
Sunday, September 13th from 11am to 1pm

Join us for a picnic lunch with fellow lodge members (each family unit stationed 6 or more feet apart) and enjoy Scandinavian music by fiddler Paul Carlson. We will meet in Carderock Park in the vicinity of the Pavilion.

Bring your own picnic basket, blanket or chairs, and drinks (no items will be shared or distributed). In the best interest of all members and guests, please follow all MD and local regulations regarding social distancing and please wear a mask.
We will monitor the weather and let you know in advance of any changes.

In case you missed our last ABBApalooza, this Sunday (30 August) at 8pm on WETA PBS you can catch “ABBA Forever - A Cele...
08/30/2020

In case you missed our last ABBApalooza, this Sunday (30 August) at 8pm on WETA PBS you can catch “ABBA Forever - A Celebration” - Original interviews and rare archival footage tell the story of Swedish supergroup ABBA, which celebrates 40 years since its last concert and 20 years since "Mamma Mia!" put the group on the map again.

Library of Congress - Concerts from the American Folklife Center – Emma Björling and Petrus Johansson: Traditional Songs...
07/21/2020
Emma Björling and Petrus Johansson: Traditional Songs from Sweden, July 22, 2020 at 12 pm (Homegrown Concerts from the Library of Congress)

Library of Congress - Concerts from the American Folklife Center – Emma Björling and Petrus Johansson: Traditional Songs from Sweden

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 22 at 12:00pm

How to Watch:
• Facebook
• YouTube
• Or watch on LOC website: https://www.loc.gov/concerts/folklife/bjorling-johansson.html

Summary:
Emma Björling (vocals) is one of the foremost singers of Swedish folksongs performing today. She is a member of the bands Lyy and Skye Consort with Emma Björling, as well as vocal groups Kongero and Baravox. She has also toured extensively with the well-known Swedish folk band Ranarim. Emma has been singing in choirs since the age of six, and studied both jazz and classical music before following her heart back to the traditional music she first heard her grandfather play on the fiddle. She holds university degrees in Swedish traditional music (Royal College of Music in Stockholm), voice pedagogy, music theory, and ensemble teaching (Ingesund College of Music). Emma teaches at a folk music college and at The Department of Music and Media in Piteå, conducts workshops in traditional Swedish music, and writes arrangements for choirs and vocal groups.
Petrus Johansson (guitar) got his interest in music from his father, who was a professional flute player. Petrus started playing guitar and bass, mostly jazz and rock, when he was quite young. During his University studies he met Emma, and together they started playing Swedish traditional music. This led to a greater interest in the guitar as a folk music instrument, using it to provide bass lines. He is a trained guitar and bass teacher and has worked at Ingesund College of Music and several music schools. He also works as a freelance musician and has played with Mats Berglund, Svante Turesson and others.

Emma Björling (vocals) is one of the foremost singers of Swedish folksongs performing today. She is a member of the bands Lyy and Skye Consort with Emma Björling, as well as vocal groups Kongero and Baravox. Petrus Johansson (guitar) got his interest in music from his father, who was a professiona...

Drott's virtual Midsummer!Sun. June 21, 2020 at 4:00 pmDrott Lodge will be holding a Zoom event for Midsummer.  Particip...
06/18/2020
2020 Online Midsummer Celebration with Drott Lodge

Drott's virtual Midsummer!
Sun. June 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Drott Lodge will be holding a Zoom event for Midsummer. Participants are encouraged to wear a Midsummer flower wreath, display Swedish flags and blue/yellow decorations and, if you want to go all out, you can decorate your own maypole! Just like our normal Midsummer celebration, please enjoy a Swedish summer picnic in your home. Don't forget to bring out your snaps or drink for the toast! Activities will include sing-alongs with Scandinavian musicians and singers and other activities we can do together.

Only registered participants can join the Zoom event. Please register here by Friday 6/19:
http://www.memberplanet.com/events/vasadrottlodge168/2020onlinemidsummercelebration

Annual Pea Soup Plättar and Pelle Svanslös Children’s BookDate:  8 March 2020Time:  2:30pmMarit Knollmueller, current Dr...
02/28/2020

Annual Pea Soup Plättar and Pelle Svanslös Children’s Book
Date: 8 March 2020
Time: 2:30pm

Marit Knollmueller, current Drott Lodge Historian, past Drott Lodge Cultural Leader and current Vasa Order of America District 9 Cultural Leader, will introduce us to the beloved Swedish literary character Pelle Svanslös (Pelle No-Tail or Peter No-Tail), the hero of a children’s book series by Gosta Knutsson. Come and hear about Peter and his friends and their adventures in Uppsala. A new animated movie premiered in January this year, joining two other animated movies, a live-action tv series, as well as numerous books in the Pelle universe.

Our traditional Pea Soup and Plättar Dinner will follow the presentation.

This event is free for dues-paying members and $10.00 for non-members.
Children 6-12 years will be $5.00
Children under 6 are free.

We will also have a raffle with a chance to win 3 Pelle books.

Please join us on 9 February 2020:  Janet Johnson, Drott Lodge member and Certified Genealogy Researcher, will present “...
02/03/2020

Please join us on 9 February 2020: Janet Johnson, Drott Lodge member and Certified Genealogy Researcher, will present “An Immigrant’s Journey.” Travel with Enock Mattson by road, rail and ship from Borstil, Sweden to Prentice, Wisconsin, as described in his own words, his diary.

Janet will also demonstrate the Drott Lodge interactive immigrants map, where members will be able to populate fields corresponding to their own ancestors’ homes in Sweden and where they ended up in the United States of America.

This event is free to members and guests and does not require advance registration.

Drott Lodge members elected Officers and enjoyed Nordic tales by storyteller Margaret Chatham at our January meeting.Con...
01/16/2020

Drott Lodge members elected Officers and enjoyed Nordic tales by storyteller Margaret Chatham at our January meeting.

Congratulations to our 2020 Drott Lodge Officers!
• Karin Weeden, Chairman
• Ingrid Butler, Vice Chairman
• Arne Dunhem, Past Chairman
• Lisa Jacobson, Recording Secretary
• Kathy Olson, Assistant Recording Secretary
• Carol Whitley, Financial & Membership Secretary
• Susan Remmert, Assistant Financial & Membership
Secretary
• Per Sorensson, Treasurer
• Eva Dunhem, Assistant Treasurer
• Arne Dunhem, Newsletter Editor
• Webmaster, Susan Remmert
• Gunnel Hamilton, Lodge Chaplain
• Marit Knollmueller, Historian
Trustees – Three members elected to serve for 3-year terms
• Keith Shoemaker (2018-2020)
• Julie Olson (2019-2021)
• Don Morris (2020-2023)
Auditors – Three members elected to serve for 3-year terms
• Susan Remmert (2018-2020)
• Peter Olson (2019-2021)
• Larilyn Andre (2020-2023)
Cultural Committee
• Janet Sue Johnson
• Laura Rhodes

11/02/2019
11/02/2019
The 40th Bazaar is officially open!
11/02/2019

The 40th Bazaar is officially open!

Just one week until the 40th Annual Swedish Bazaar! Saturday, November 2nd 11:00am-2:30pmSt. James, 11815 Seven Locks Ro...
10/25/2019

Just one week until the 40th Annual Swedish Bazaar!
Saturday, November 2nd 11:00am-2:30pm
St. James, 11815 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, MD

All Lodge members are strongly encouraged to join us on Sunday, October 13 for our Financial Business Meeting.  We will ...
09/30/2019

All Lodge members are strongly encouraged to join us on Sunday, October 13 for our Financial Business Meeting. We will review our profit and loss statements and balance sheets for the last year. Over 100 hours have been spent in preparing our financial documents, and after final review by the auditors, the profit-and-loss statements as well as the balance sheets will be distributed to membership in an upcoming Special Edition Financial Newsletter. The newsletter and budget documents will be sent out in advance of the meeting to ensure everyone has an opportunity to review the details and can come prepared to participate and vote on proposed budget items and allocations for meetings, cultural activities, special goals, and administrative expenses.

Please be sure to attend our financial business meeting and contribute to this important discussion.

Sunday, October 13, 2:30 pm - We will start promptly at 2:30
Undercroft of St. James’ Episcopal Church
11815 Seven Locks Rd., Potomac MD

Welcome Back Crayfish Dinner and Sing-along!  Date: Sunday, September 8Time: 2:30 pm – 5:00 pmLocation:  St. James' Epis...
08/20/2019

Welcome Back Crayfish Dinner and Sing-along!
Date: Sunday, September 8
Time: 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: St. James' Episcopal Church, Potomac, MD
RSVP here: https://mp.gg/88rdz

Join our Welcome Back Swedish Crayfish Dinner with traditional (and non-traditional) group sing-along. Come enjoy the fellowship of Drott Lodge with an afternoon meal including, but not limited to, crayfish which are a staple of Swedish summer celebrations. We will bring an end to the summer and gear up for our fall programming and Christmas bazaar.

This annual event is FREE to all dues paying members! Suggested donation of $15 to guests over 12 (free to children 12 and under).

Celebration of Gerry SchuemanDrott Lodge Remembers Gerry SchuemanDear Sisters and Brothers, Our very dear Member and fri...
07/17/2019

Celebration of Gerry Schueman
Drott Lodge Remembers Gerry Schueman

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Our very dear Member and friend Gerry Schueman peacefully passed away in his home on July 3rd, 2019 at 1:30 pm with his dear wife Margaret by his side.

Gerry was an active member of Drott Lodge. He liked the challenge of selling Imported Foods at Drott's annual bazaar, at HoS SWEA bazaar, and even at the Viking Festival in Manassas. In addition, he was the knowledgeable resource for all. He supported all events such as ABBAPalooza, the Valborg and Midsummer celebrations and the Lucia and Christmas Party. He was the storage guy. He knew how to set up the lodge. He loved doing it. And, he was an expert at creating posters/signs for the lodge. All that he did for Drott was part of what he did also for the American Scandinavian Association, over 38 years. He was Margaret's strength when she was President of ASA for many years just as he was during her Chairmanship at Drott Lodge.

Gerry was a man of many talents. Gerry learned to weave rugs in Pargas, Finland when Margaret was a Fulbright Exchange teacher at Kaarinan lukio near Turku in 1996 -1997. He was quoted for saying that weaving was like playing the piano. About that time, he was doing wood carving and even studied at Sätergläntan in Dalarna, Sweden under Mats Sjöberg. Next, he was oil painting under the direction of Lasse Frosterud. He even took up Barbershop singing with the Arlingtones! Whatever he did, he did whole heartily.

Gerry found time to volunteer in so many ways! Way back in his Navy days, he was Recreation Officer on Vietnam cruises. That carried over to IBM, where he organized sports teams and banquets. His volleyball team even won a trophy. His many younger work friends often joined Margaret, daughter Angela and son Greg water skiing. What fun it must have been! When Margaret got an email asking her to be an extra on Veep, the TV show, Gerry jumped at the chance much to his delight! He was volunteering at the Kennedy Center and he had his picture in the last Friend's newsletter along with a quote.

For many years Gerry was responsible for maintaining the trail along Pimmit Run from Great Falls St. to Westmoreland in McLean, VA. Along the trail, he helped Eagle Scout candidates complete their badge requirements by helping them build bridges and improving the path. He gave others hours of his time.

His last paid job was one he felt proud to have. He was selling 50/50 Dream Foundation raffle tickets at the Nationals Ball Park! Not only did he get to experience the excitement of the ball park, but he met wonderful fans and others on the raffle sales team just in the weeks before his cancer returned.

Gerry lived each day to the fullest. Gerry and Margaret had been to the Finnish Embassy on Monday June 17th, for a concert by Olli Soikkeli, Tuesday to Blues Alley for Gunhild Carling, the Swedish Queen of Swing, and his favorite harpist on Wednesday, Lily Neill at Jammin Java in Vienna, VA. By Friday, he was at INOVA Hospital!

The Midsommar Celebration on June 29th was a celebration of Gerry who had been arranging the celebration over so many years. He built the Maypole, the Flagstand, and all the children's games. Participants celebrated Gerry in different ways, including a serenade by a member of Gerry's Barbershop Quartet, the Arlingtones.

Gerry passed on peacefully on July 3rd as a CD with Lily’s music was playing. She was special for so many reasons since Gerry first met her years ago at a Finlandia Foundation event. Her friendship meant a lot to Gerry. Gerry and Margaret always went to her concerts and even met up with her in Helsinki.

Gerry was proud to be 8% Finnish! He also became 100% Swedish after being adopted back in early 1990s by the Swedish Community! His sparkling blue eyes drew people to him and this enriched the lives of all around him. His loss is great.

Gerry leaves big shoes to fill.

Memorial Service will be held later in the Fall.

Chef Mikko with the Mikko - Fine Nordic Foods restaurant in Washington, D.C. was a good friend of Gerry's. In celebration of Gerry, they have included a celebration on their website as can be seen below:

https://www.chefmikko.com

In Truth and Unity,

Arne Dunhem
Chairman
Drott Lodge #168
VASA ORDER of AMERICA

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Potomac, MD
20854

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Drott Lodge meets most second Sundays of the month at St. James' Episcopal Church Hall at 11815 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, Maryland. See our website for a full list of meeting times http://www.drott-lodge.org/calendar-events/ Please note this is NOT our physical mailing address, see our website on how to contact us.

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Welcome Back Picnic
We also did some singing. What a beautiful day in the park.
Here is a crochet pattern for a tiny student hat! For Valborgs. Miss everyone!
A Scandinavian Christmas Monday, December 16, 2019, 7:30pm Saint Mark Presbyterian Church 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD, 20852 Tickets: $20 adv, $25 door Children & Students w ID: $15 adv, $20 door $2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley & Melissa Running & Charlie Pilzer
For any Drott Members who are interested-The Maryland, Virginia and DC Swedish Genealogy Group will meet on Sunday Nov 10th at 1:30pm. We will discuss Swedish Genealogy and try to help participants break through their brickwalls. Please message me if you would like to attend.
I would like to open a discussion to the Good of the Order, here on Facebook.. Why because the lack of time during yesterday's meeting did not allow for this discussion and the board continues to avert the situation. The Cultural Committee recently submitted a budgetary plan that would take the lodge through January 2020 for our Cultural events-not including: CrayFish Dinner within this budget some cultural funds were included for Valborgs, May's Meeting, October's meeting, and some funds allocated for the Lucia. The Cultural Committee asked for $1350 for the period including 2019 and January 2020. Our goal was to be more inclusive to our membership and develop programs that would bring in new possible members to Vasa. We thought we had done a good job. Our budgetary request to rebuked by the Chair, stating we "might be able to allocate $200 in total". Later that was "upped to possibly $700. But clearly far less than our budgetary request. A clear discussion has not be put forth on the matter, due to the lack of time yesterday. And the boards demand that the audited finances from 2018 be re-audited, even though they had been accepted and seconded. (Once accepted they cannot be "undone"-the lodge did audit the books). It is clear that the funds are available for the request, in total the lodge has funds nearing $40,000. The budgetary request was made so that programs for Oct, Dec and January would have no member fee incurred upon them. Currently the Chair wants the cultural committee to wait until an audit is completed-and it's April. A project that was to be completed by the end of March won't be done now until the end of May. But we need to confirm speakers and move forward with plans. I would like feedback from the membership on how you would like some of your funds spent. Some of the expenditures that I you should be aware of are as follows: 1. $3000 plus annually for a storage locker 2. $625 annually for Quickbooks (this year the expenditure has a discount of $70. But this contract will continue into the future for however long the board deems it. 3. $180 annually for MemberPlant a platform to communicate with its membership. 4. Attendence in the District convention-$1700.00 (rounded). 6 individuals attended. Over the years the lodge made investments in microphones, and speakers, and equipment, etc. Now its software and technology. My question is when does the lodge intend to invest in its membership-for retention and new membership. In programs that will increase our attendence and the vibrancy of our lodge? The lodge will soon be faced with a massive expenditure for the District 9 convention. A convention for ONLY 2 Lodges. The last time the Lodge held the district convention was 2009-and that convention was at the lodges expense in excess of $30000.00 I would like to know where you would like your funds to go... To developing programs for our members? or maintain the status quo where the Board decides what is for the best for the lodge?