What are the benefits of belonging to VASA Monitor Lodge #218

in Sacramento, California?

What is “MEMBERSHIP”?    Membership is often defined as “the state of belonging to a group or organization for reasons of happiness.”   This may be interpreted in many ways and in the Vasa Order of America lodges we like to think that persons belong for their enjoyment.  One joins because of the camaraderie of persons having the same interests, same heritage and desire to learn.  This is certainly the philosophy of the members of Monitor Lodge and the principal reason why people have joined.

However, there are additional benefits of membership in VASA, many listed below:

Financial assistance for education:

  1. At the local lodge level, Monitor Lodge, like many lodges, offers an additional opportunity for scholarships.
  2. At the district level Golden Gate District #12 provides its own scholarship program.
  3. At the Grand Lodge (national) level, the members of the Vasa Order of America are very proud to be able to offer assistance in the form of scholarships and student loan services to qualified students in quest of continued education.  THE EDUCATIONAL FUND provides annual Vasa Scholarships to worthy students, enrolled or accepted for enrollment, in accredited institutions for higher learning.  In addition, THE EDUCATIONAL FUND provides monetary support to the cultural committee for promotion of Scandinavian culture, Children's and Youth Clubs for understanding their Scandinavian heritage and enhancing cultural work, Vasa Youth camp activities in Sweden, to applicants for Swedish Language Village participation across the United States as well as non-interest bearing loans to Vasa members in need of financial assistance to complete their education.

Small groups for focused activities (all open to entire membership):

  1. Nål och Tråd
  2. Children's Club
  3. Scandinavian Festival

Genealogical archives:

  1. The Grand Lodge maintains a national archival operation at Bishop Hill, Illinois which includes providing members with access to genealogical information contained a myriad of membership records, newsletters and periodicals, minutes of lodge activities, donated special collections and the like.

 

Last update:  11/14/2018

  • Please join us for 
    “Pea Soup and Pancakes”  
    Friday, February 7, 2020 Monitor Lodge
    218 at IOOF Hall 1831 Howe Ave, Sacramento, CA 95825

    5:30 pm - Social hour

    6:00 pm - Business meeting – includes electing  2020 convention delegates    6:30 pm - Dinner @ $10 per person Children 12 and under free

    7:30 pm - Cultural presentation starts with Dick Baldwin  “Genealogy – researching your Scandinavian roots”

    Legos will be available for the kids and the young at heart

    We will be using our telephone tree to get a head count but please call or text Meribeth Bean at cell (916) 995-4965 or  Chuck Johnson at cell (916) 501-9256 if you don’t get a call and you plan to attend.  Email also OK (chuckj50@surewest.net)

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