On June 7, the Scandinavian Award of Merit was presented to Tim Miller at the Sheldon House by "Toots" Porter. The event had many in attendance, with a buffet of Swedish foods, though it was said the herring was not as good as Miller's.
Miller was nominated by the Connie Sherman, manager of the Vikings, where Miller has given over 25 years of hard work and dedication.
Miller was on the board (House Committee) for over six years. He served as vice chief, as well as the chief for two years - only two other members have been chief for two years. Miller is currently co-membership chairman for the Vikings.
Tim Miller is pictured with his family.
Toots Porter prepares to present the Scandinavian Award of Merit to Tim Miller.
Being the chief of the lodge is a day-to-day responsibility along with hard work. Miller fixes the lodge's water problems, plumbing problems and even fills in as a dishwasher.
This man does it all, and he does it because of what the Vikings stand for, a fraternal organization made of Scandinavian members. He is a proud Swede and is proud of his heritage.
"I have been the manager of the Vikings as well as a member for over 20 years, and Tim is one great volunteer that asks for nothing in return," Sherman said. "He is proud of his Scandinavian heritage and reflects this in his everyday life."
Miller is married to Janet and has two children - a daughter, Julie, who is married to Matt Harper; and a son, Randy.
Rachael and Kamryn Harper are his granddaughters, all of whom were in attendance for the award ceremony.
Miller makes his own Korv and pickled herring, of which there is an ongoing battle of whose herring is the best. It is believed Miller has never missed the annual Doppa Gryta; he always helps with the cutting of the Winka ham and Korv.
Miller is also a member of the Thule Lodge and serves as a trustee. He has helped hundreds of hours with this club. Miller pan fries fish, as well as helps with their maintenance needs. Miller's family keeps up the Scandinavian tradition. His granddaughters dance with the Thule Children Folk Dancers and also attend Swedish events at JCC.
For more information on the programs of the Scandinavian Studies Program, call 665-0883.