BEMUS POINT - The Thule Lodge, located at 4123 Pancake Hill Road, met recently to set the schedule of events for the fall season. Prior to the meeting, a corn and hot dog roast was held at the lodge, and enjoyed by many. Chairman Jeff Anderson welcomed all to the roast, and then opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Florence Swanson served as the chaplain of the day, and led the opening and closing prayers, and message. Swanson asked that members remember those who are ill and in need. Secretary Carolyn Ostrom gave the role call of officers and then read the minutes of the previous meeting. Financial Secretary Donna Sandberg read the list of those who are ill, and Treasurer Loretta Smith gave the financial report.
Cultural leader Fanchon Fuller announced dates of upcoming events at the lodge. On Friday, Sept. 6, a fish dinner will be served at the lodge from 5-7 p.m. In addition, a second choice will be offered which will be Swedish Kaldolmar and rotmos. Saturday, Sept. 21, from 4:30-7 p.m. will be the annual Swiss Steak dinner. Thursday, Sept. 26, will be the monthly meeting of the lodge beginning at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the meeting. On Friday, Oct. 4, a fish dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. A second choice menu will be offered. The annual harvest dinner will be on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 4:30-7 p.m. All dinners are open to everyone and all are welcome to attend. All members are encouraged to support the lodge through the dinners.
Children's dance leader Donna Johnson announced that the children will have a picnic at the Vikings Club.
Secretary Carolyn Ostrom read a letter from Grand Lodge Master William Lindquist. Lindquist is the grand master of the VASA Order of America. In his letter, he outlined the objectives for the VASA organization, and announced that the Grand Lodge convention will be held in Rye in 2014. Scholarships will be awarded to students.
Lodge dues for 2014 are now payable to Sandberg. Special awards were presented to Anderson, Audrey Larson and Mary Pancoast.
Thule Lodge was organized 106 years ago in the Jamestown/Bemus Point area for the fellowship of the Swedish immigrants. Thule is a part of the national and international VASA organizations. Thule Lodge continues to preserve the Swedish heritage through events and activities. New members are always welcome.