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If you have any Scandinavia-related news/events stories that we can add to our monthly newsletter, please submit your written content and pictures to Susanne Nagy via email

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We would like to know if we could find a few volunteers from our membership as the Board performs many tasks. We would love to have your help!

We would also like help with publishing our newsletter, This task can be broken down into several tasks to share so no one is stuck with full responsibility.

Would you like to write Birthday Cards and get well cards to members?

Would you be willing to call on other Scandinavian friends to become members?



Past Young Vikings !
Young Vikings of Santa Barbara was a group of young college students from 18-25 with Scandinavian Roots or interest in Scandinavian culture.


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» DUAL CITIZENSHIP COMING FOR DANES, PRESENT OR FORMER.
» A funny for St. Patrick's Day
   

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Greetings members of the American Scandinavian Foundation of Santa Barbara!

January 30, 2017

On this rather glorious Monday afternoon, I write to you first to say thank you for electing me as your President of our Board of Directors, to update you about our upcoming events and to make a special appeal.

The compelling reasons behind my joining the Board have to do with my abiding appreciation for Denmark and her culture. I believe there are many facets of Scandinavia from which the world can benefit. For example, on Friday, February 24th at 7pm at the Faulkner Gallery, we will jointly host a panel discussion on the Costs of Incarceration in California. State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson and her husband, retired Superior Court Judge George Eskin will be among four dynamic panelists to share their insights after having visited Scandinavian prisons. We are hosting this event in conjunction with the Center for Global Dialogue with the aim of sparking a state-wide conversation about improving our methods of incarceration and rehabilitation so as to reduce recidivism. This is just one aspect of Scandinavia from which we can learn. I am sure you can think of many areas in which Scandinavians have contributed. Cuisine! Healthcare! Science! Architecture! Education! Design! Conservation! And Hygge! Sometimes, our community forgets about Scandinavia's ingenuity and cozy living. I hope you will join us and spread the word about our February 24th event!

Like a thriving plant, we need to grow--grow in our numbers, in vitality and in our effort to promote international understanding by sharing our heritage. Active membership-- yours-- is vital. First, please join or pay your annual dues, if you haven't done so already. Thank you! Second, the Board welcomes you, your ideas and your presence! Please let us know what you would like to see our Foundation do this year. When you meet people with an affinity for Scandinavia, invite them to an upcoming event, to see our new FaceBook page and please get their contact information. We thank our new interns, Johanna Smeeds and Fanny Hansson for making our presence known in the FaceBook world!

Sometimes, we need to think outside the box in seeking creative ways to broadcast our presence in the community. Board member, Art Kvaas, has done just that! Can you imagine having our Foundation lauded from the podium of the gorgeous Granada Theatre by the Santa Barbara Symphony?! They'd announce that we are the sponsors of the Scandinavian music on the nights of April 15th and 16th. Can you picture our name and information being featured prominently in the Symphony's literature and season's mailings, broadening our outreach to thousands in our community who already hold a deep interest in Scandinavia but who do not know about us?! We'll have a table to meet and greet Scandinavian music concert-goers that weekend, inviting them to our events and organization. The cost is $5000 to sponsor these concerts. Toward that sum, Art has pledged $1000 and Board member, Lilli Tragos, has generously joined him by adding another $1000!

We invite you to help us with this effort! Remember, sometimes you must invest first, to reap later! If you'd like to make a pledge, of any amount, please respond to this email. We have until February 28th to collect pledges. Also, join members in attending the concert on April 15th. A future mailing will be sent soon with more information. If you would like to pledge, please contact me at revhaslund@yahoo.com

In May, our ASFSB Scholarships will be awarded to bright, young students. You can help by encouraging local high school seniors or college-age students to apply to the Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation that manages our scholarships and note their affiliation with Scandinavia. We will hold a special event to honor our recipients in May.

I thank Art for his daring vision, Lilli and Art for their generosity--- and you for being a member of the American Scandinavian Foundation of Santa Barbara! I look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely,

Melitta Haslund
American Scandinavian Foundation of Santa Barbara
President

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Are you ready for a little Christmas shopping?

Do you need a Scandinavian calendar for 2016 to start planning your upcoming events? How about note cards or a flag mouse pad? Let ASF help you…

We are taking orders for 2016 Scandinavian Calendars, note cards ($2 for one individually wrapped-4x5.5 inch card…Denmark-Nyhavn, Finland-Porvoo, Norway-Eidsborg Stave Church, Sweden-Windmills on Oland) and mouse pads (8 3/4 x 7). We will either deliver them to you (within the Santa Barbara area) or we can schedule you to pick them up at Heidi Poley’s house. Please respond by November 30, 2015

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF. PRINT, FILL OUT AND SEND BACK WITH CHECK.

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DUAL CITIZENSHIP

Former Danish citizens, who have lost their Danish nationality by acquiring a foreign nationality, will be able to reacquire their nationality by making a declaration to the State Administration (Statsforvaltningen), provided they fulfill certain requirements. The declaration must be made between September 2015 and August 2020.

For more information please email Lilli Tragos at:lillimt@cox.net.

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Scholarship Dinner
May 3, 2015



CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL PHOTOS

Wow, is all I can say to this year’s scholarship winners. It seems that every year the completion gets tougher so these teenagers need to do more with their young lives in order to win a scholarship.

Once again we had three outstanding students, Ben Haslund-Gourley (renewal) who will begin his sophomore year at UC Santa Barbara in the fall, Luke Larson who will be graduating San Marcos High School in June as an AP Scholar with Distinction, and Ella Stimson graduating Dos Pueblos High School and hopes to attend UC Davis in the fall.

We met at the Santa Barbara Gourmet Dining room at 5pm on Sunday evening for a wine social hour until 5:30pm. The program started at 5:30pm with Art introducing Raissa Smorol, a Scholarship Foundation representative so she could speak of the Scholarship Foundation of SB and how they operate. After this the proud parents had the distinct pleasure of introducing their child so they could say a few words.

Also at this event the ASF board of directors gave another award, the Marie A Jendresen award, to Art Kvaas, who has served many years on the board and has served on and chaired almost every committee. He has been invaluable to the ASF, a wonderful thank you to Art for his commitment to continuing to serve and promote our organization.

Might I say too that the food was absolutely outstanding this year at the Gourmet Dining Room. It was a perfect night to honor such wonderful people.

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL PHOTOS

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Padaro Family Picnic

On April 19, 2015 we had our family gathering and, once again, enjoyed the company of our ASF members at Padaro Grill.  We were lucky to find a nice long table with shade for the pleasant breezy afternoon. It was a lovely day to sit and enjoy some good conversation and lunch. While most of us order our lunch from the grill we always bring dessert to share. Who can pass up homemade goodies of brownies and chocolate chip cookies.

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Santa Barbara Symphony

I would like to give a big thank you to Art Kvaas for helping to schedule the “New World Symphony” event on April 11th at the Granada Theater. We were able to enjoy Orchestra seating for half the price which included a drink ticket.  But that’s not all. Art scheduled a personal tour for our group of 19 before anyone arrived of the back stage, dressing rooms and stage area. The stage was already set up for the nights’ performance so we were able to see what it felt like to be a performer. Since we were in the theater we were invited to stay and enjoy the talk the conductor gave prior to the performance.
What a lovely evening!

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Carpinteria Salt Marsh Tour
by Heidi Poley

Saturday, March 28, 2015 was a lovely day for the ASF group and friends to meet with Conservation Manager, Bruce Reitherman at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh for a docent lead tour.  While we strolled along the well maintained path Bruce told us about the flora and fauna, how the salt marsh works and about the Santa Barbara Land Trust. We stopped along the bridge for questions and answers while looking at the fish below. After strolling back to the entrance, some folks stayed to eat their picnic while others enjoyed the local establishments in downtown Carpinteria. A warm thank you to Scott Van Der Kar, a board member of the Land Trust, for helping to organize this event.

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High School Student's first solo flight
Erich Strange, a Santa Barbara High School student and son of ASFSB member Heidi Bergseteren on Thursday completed his first solo flight on his plane, a 1972 Cessna-172. Congratulations to Erich and his family.

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Dual citizenship bill pases in Denmark
On December 18, 2014, the Danish Parliament passed Bill No. 44 amending the Danish Nationality Act (Acceptance of dual citizenship and payment of fees in cases of Danish nationality), according to the Danish Ministry of Justice. The law will upon affirmation take effect on September 1, 2015, when the 1- year notice in the 1963 convention expires. Until the new law goes into effect, the existing rules still apply. Learn more about Dual Citizenship in Denmark at: www.justitsministeriet.dk, www.ft.dk, www.statsborger.dk and www.danes.dk

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Glogg Afternoon, December 14, 2014
By Heidi Poley

On a beautiful sunny afternoon in December, ASF members and a few non members gathered at the house of Heidi Poley to taste a variety of different gloggs. One was too sweet, one was very citrusy, and one was just right. The perfect one, in my opinion, was the recipe that is used for the ASF Christmas party every year. On December 7th Heidi made 5 gallons of glogg for the party. There was a half-gallon left over and this was one of the gloggs tasted for this event.

After some tasting, good conversations and snacks (for those hungry folks) we gathered and settled into the living room to hear three Norse mythology stories from David Atkins. He chose his favorite three to read for our group.

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Ceramics with Cat Vallance, November 8, 2014

Hurrah to our second annual Ceramics Clay Camp at the Parks & Recreation Ceramics Studio with Catherine Vallance. This year’s theme was natural leaf pressing to form artful designs. Some chose to use this theme others had their own ideas. There were Christmas ornaments, cheese platters, house signs, coasters, plates & little creative projects from the kids. Most of the projects were for Christmas gifts (mine included). Once again, Catherine gave us extra time to get all our wonderful projects completed and worked hard to get them ready to hand out at the ASF Christmas party.

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Rosemaling with Ingrid Nordgren-Pratt,
September 27, 2014


Many years ago at an ASF meeting, Ingrid Nordgren-Pratt came to talk with us and showed us many of her beautiful works of art. On September 27th, we invited her back to the Woman’s Center for another talk but this time we asked if she would give us a painting demonstration and teach us a few Rosemaling brush strokes. Ingrid is a wonderful lady. She and her husband literally packed up their entire house to show us all the furniture pieces that she has painted on. She can paint on anything. What a talent!

Jessica Poley, the youngest in the crowd, was viewing up close and in awe of how easy Ingrid made the painting look. It’s not as easy as it looks but with lots of practice we all can learn.

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DUAL CITIZENSHIP COMING FOR DANES, PRESENT OR FORMER.

Sweden, Finland and Iceland accept dual citizenship. Norway and Denmark do not. Denmark strips its nationals of their citizenship, when they voluntarily become foreign citizens. This is about to change.

"The Danish Parliament and several of the political parties have reached an agreement to accept dual citizenship in the future. The Minister of Justice will formulate a bill in the fall, which is expected to be ratified in the summer of 2015. Danish citizens will be able to keep their Danish citizenship, even if they move to another country and become citizens of that country. Foreigners, living in Denmark, will not have to forfeit their original citizenship to become Danish citizens. The parties behind the dual citizenship agree on all this. It means a lot to many people, who retain a strong connection to their father/motherland.

A broad majority supports the acceptance of dual citizenship. It will promote the integration of people from all over the World. The parties also agree to establish a transitional period for former Danish citizens, who have lost their Danish citizenship in connection with becoming citizens of another country. "

Many Danish citizens reluctantly gave up their Danish citizenship when they became US citizens.
I did that 25 years ago. Since I'd like to get my Danish citizenship back, I picked up an application from The Danish Ministry of Justice during my vacation in Denmark last month. I was born in Denmark and speak and write Danish, which helps, have family and friends in Denmark who can verify my answers in the application. It also helps to have kept connections to Denmark over the years (being a member of ASF might help).

When foreign nationals become US citizens, the US does not require that they renounce their foreign citizenship. If you presently are a Danish citizen, do not become an American citizen before the new law is ratified, as you will lose your Danish citizenship and then have to apply to get the Danish citizenship back. The Danish Government plans to propose this new law at the beginning of October 2014. It then goes through three readings/hearings before it can become law, which should happen at the end of this year. That new law will not be in effect till next summer due to a European convention having to do with dual citizenship and military service. After the law is passed there is a window of 5 years in which you can apply to regain your Danish citizenship.

If you are interested in learning more about US/Denmark dual citizenship or receiving a copy of the application, call me at 969-7882.

Lilli M. Tragos

 

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A funny for St Patrick's Day

The reason the Irish celebrate St. Patrick's Day is because this is when St. Patrick drove the Norwegians out of Ireland.

It seems that some centuries ago, many Norwegians came to Ireland to escape the bitterness of the Norwegian winter. Ireland was having a famine at the time, and food was scarce. The Norwegians were eating almost all the fish caught in the area, leaving the Irish with nothing to eat but potatoes. St. Patrick, taking matters into his own hands, as most Irishmen do, decided the Norwegians had to go.

Secretly, he organized the Irish IRATRION. (Irish Republican Army to Rid Ireland of Norwegians.) Irish members of IRATRION passed a law in Ireland that prohibited merchants from selling ice boxes, or ice, to the Norwegians.... in hopes that their fish would spoil. This would force the Norwegians to flee to a colder climate where their fish would keep.

Well, the fish spoiled all right, but the Norwegians, as everyone knows today, thrive on spoiled fish. So, faced with failure, the desperate Irishmen sneaked into the Norwegian fish storage caves in the dead of night and sprinkled the rotten fish with lye, hoping to poison the Norwegian invaders.

But, as everyone knows, the Norwegians thought this only added to the flavor of the fish, and they liked it so much they decided to call it 'lutefisk,' which is Norwegian for 'luscious fish.'

Matters became even worse for the Irishmen when the Norwegians started taking over the Irish potato crop and making something called 'lefse.' Poor St. Patrick was at his wit's end.... and finally on March 17th, he blew his top and told all the Norwegians to 'GO TO HELL!'

So they all got in their boats and emigrated to Minnesota, the only other place on earth where smelly fish, old potatoes, and plenty of cold weather can be found in abundance.

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