BEMUS POINT - The Thule Lodge recently named its officers for the coming year.
The lodge is entering its 106th year as the Swedish fellowship organization for this area. Located at 4123 Pancake Hill Road, Bemus Point, the lodge serves to preserve the Swedish heritage through events and activities.
Ralph Veights has served as the lodge chairman for the past two years. At the recent lodge meeting Jeffrey Anderson was installed as the new chairman for 2013. Edwin Sandberg, past chairman and past New York district master, installed the new chairman in a special ceremony in front of lodge members. After the installation of Anderson, Donna Sandberg led Anderson, lodge financial secretary, around the room to formally introduce Anderson to all members. During the special ceremonial procession, the processional music was played by John Sipos, lodge historian, on the piano.
Seated, from left, are, Loretta Smith, treasurer; Donna Sandberg, financial secretary; Ralph Veights, immediate past chairman; Jeffrey Anderson, chairman of the lodge; Susan W. Sipos, vice chairman; and Carolyn Ostrom, recording secretary. Standing, from left, are Robert Fuller, trustee; Wayne Nelson, auditor; Fanchon Fuller, cultural leader; Tim Miller, trustee; Gene Smith, outer guardsman; Edwin Sandberg, auditor; Diane Shaw, chaplain; Don Carlson, inner guardsman; Bernice Veights, assistant mistress of ceremony; John Sipos, historian; Donna Johnson, mistress of ceremony and Children’s Dance Team leader; and Jerry Erickson, auditor. Absent from photograph is Tom Eckberg who will serve as a lodge trustee.
Ralph Veights, Thule Lodge 127 chairman, hands the gavel to Jeffrey Anderson, 2013 chairman, during the installation ceremony. Veights will serve the lodge as the immediate past chairman.
Other officers installed included Susan Washington Sipos as vice chairman, Carolyn Ostrom as lodge secretary, Loretta Smith as treasurer, Donna Sandberg as financial secretary, and Diane Shaw as chaplain. Also installed were Gene Smith of Kiantone as the outer guardsman, Don Carlson as the inner guardsman, Fanchon Fuller as the cultural leader, Donna Johnson as the mistress of ceremony, and Bernice Veights as the assistant mistress of ceremony. Sipos will continue to serve as the lodge historian.
Plans are being set for events of the lodge, which will include a fish fry on the first Friday in May. Lodge meetings will continue to be held on the third Saturday at 2 p.m. through April. In May, the lodge changes its meetings to the fourth Thursday at 7 p.m.
New members are welcome.