Newsletter - August 2010

Happy Special day to those born in the month of August

8.4 Claudia Taden
8.6 Hazel Oetjen
8.22 Jean Perry
8.31 Lilli Tragos

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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?

Einar Hovind’s Norway
» Bodil Jørgensen
» Future ASF Programs

Einar Hovind’s Norway

Einar was good enough to allow his Shaver Lake cabin to become an “auction item” at last year’s Christmas Party. You may remember that Peter Haslund served in the capacity of Auctioneer, and his wife Bets served as an overly active bidder! The proceeds of the auction were designated to support the Scholarship Fund.

Bets was successful in outbidding the competition despite Peter’s best efforts at encouraging others to bid for this 5-day stay in the Sierras. But in the end, the bidding war ended in success for Bets. It was in late July that the Haslund clan found its way to Shaver Lake, and a good time was had by all.

It was easy to see why Einar described this cabin retreat as resembling his native Norway. At 5,500 feet elevation, the surrounding area is stunningly beautiful, surrounded by huge pines and a beautiful lake. “Peace and Quiet” were available in abundance, and everything smelled of fresh pine. As described by one family member, “It was a return to nature!”

Einar would probably modify that to say, “It was a return to Norway!”

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Bodil Jørgensen

  Bodil pictured here at ASF Scholarship Lunch

Bodil Jørgensen died peacefully in her bed on July 4, 2010. She had been in a good deal of pain because of a broken shoulder and was under the care of her physician. A Memorial Service is being planned for her at 2 pm on August 21 at the El Montecito Presbyterian Church, 1455 East Valley Road in Montecito.

I will remember Bodil for her sense of humor! She and her husband, Finn, toured the world and enjoyed their lives together. I remember seeing the two of them together at an ASF Christmas party many years ago and thinking to myself....they are behaving like newlyweds -- this was after many years of marriage! What a pair of role models! When Finn died some years ago, something in her went along with him. She would say, “I miss him terribly.”

In recent years, Bodil found both interest and excitement in being with other Scandinavians by being engaged with the ASF. Bets and I drove her to our Annual meeting in Solvang which she professed to enjoy very much.

I know that I speak for all who knew her when I convey our condolences to her daughter, Tina Jørgensen Jougla, for the loss of her Mom. She was one of a kind -- a genuine Danish character -- and she know how to be fully alive!

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Future ASF Programs

Our Program Committee, under the leadership of Heidi Poley, who writes:

We hope you will be able to join us at the house of ASF member Lilli Tragos who will host our Fall event, guest speaker UCSB Professor Apostolos Athanassakis. Prof. Athanassakis will speak on Icelandic sagas and the Poetic Edda. If anyone is interested in doing a little homework on the Poetic Edda, here is a description from Wikipedia:

The Poetic Edda is a collection of Old Norse poems primarily preserved in the Icelandic mediaeval manuscript Codex Regius. Along with Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda the Poetic Edda is the most important extant source on Norse mythology and Germanic heroic legends.

Codex Regius was written in the 13th century but nothing is known of its whereabouts until 1643 when it came into the possession of Brynjólfur Sveinsson, then Bishop of Skálholt.

Be looking for this event to be scheduled in October.

The Young Vikings will be hosting a Tea Party in September at the home of Ellen Zissler. Stay tuned for details.

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