Welcome to Monitor Lodge 218 – Sacramento

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Chartered April 8, 1912 in Sacramento, Monitor Lodge #218-Sacramento is a local lodge of the Vasa Order of America, a Fraternal Society originally established for the benefit of Swedish immigrants more than a century ago, but now dedicated to preserving and sharing our Swedish and Nordic culture and heritage.  It was organized by Bernard Anderson of Fylgia Lodge, San Francisco and was the fourth lodge organized in Golden Gate District #12.  The lodge was named in honor of John Ericsson, the Swedish born designer of the iron clad ship Monitor, famous for exploits in the Civil War.  


At our meetings, you will find an opportunity to socialize with fellow members of Nordic roots sharing common history and interests.  Please check out our Calendar to find out more about our upcoming events and explore the rest of the website to learn more about the various things our Lodge has to offer.

Membership is open to men and women over 14 years of age of Nordic roots, (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish or Icelandic,) who would like to rediscover the traditions of their forefathers as well as those who are not of Nordic ancestry but are interested in Swedish and Nordic heritage and cultureClick here to learn more about joining our Lodge

We invite you to attend our monthly meetings and special events.  Youth and children under the age of fourteen are always welcome to participate in Monitor Lodge activities and there are often activities specifically tailored for them.


Last updated 08-08-2021


What events are coming up in the next few weeks?

The next few weeks and months will be a challenge to us all as attending events and social contact will be significantly restricted.  At the moment all Monitor-related in-person events are being evaluated on a regular basis based on COVID guidance issued by the CDC and the state's Department of Public Health.  The Lodge will continue to host virtual meetings using ZOOM as needed.   . 

We were able to meet in person on Saturday, August 14th at the Carlsons for our annual Kräftskiva (crawfish party) and it was well attended.   More information and some pictures can be found in our September newsletter sent to members. 

We were planning our first in-person business meeting at IOOF Hall on Friday, September 10th but the resurgence of COVID has caused us to resume utilizing ZOOM to hold ouor meeting.    This meeting will include the initiation of the nomination process for our 2022 officers as well as status reports from our Bylaws and Scholarship working groups.

If conditions change for the better and there are no changes to current health mandates, we hope to hold the balance of our scheduled meetings and events through the end of the year at the IOOF Hall as planned starting in October.   IOOF is requiring everyone to sign in at the building and at present Monitor is asking attendees to abide by whatever masking and social distancing requirements are in place at the time of each meeting.    At present, we are not allowed to prepare food at the Hall nor may we share food brought from home with non-family members.  

Last updated 09/05/2021


What's new?   

Despite occasional streaming hiccups, you can watch Swedish television news, sports, tv series and children’s/youth programs at: 


Sorry, no subtitles ?? but some news videos will have audio in the speaker’s native language.

Njut av!     Enjoy!

Last updated 01-16-2021


  • Please Due to the current Corona virus situation, all in-person lodge events have been canceled until further notice.   However, Monitor will be hosting virtual ZOOM meetings and occasional cultural events as outlined in our 2021 calendar.  If you have questions, please call or text:  Chuck Johnson, Chairman – (916) 501-9256 or Ed Netzel, Vice Chairman – (916) 416-1144

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