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This has been quite a productive year so far. For years, a small group of members, led by Pia E. and Birgitte R., have been working to organize and catalog all of Ellen Lodge 21 books, documents, photos and artifacts. It’s pretty amazing how many items an organization can accumulate in 100+ years. Thanks to the Museum of Danish America, Ellen Lodge was able to donate archival material (minutes, record books, songbooks etc.) unique to our lodge to their genealogy center. These items will be added to the DSS National Board collection. Other items such as the National constitution and duplicate items that they already have may be sent to the Danish American Archive and Library, another appropriate home or returned to Ellen Lodge.
At the April meeting the members voted on which items should stay with our lodge and what items should be shipped to Iowa. Once that decision was made, the ladies separated what was staying and what was being donated. The items to be donated, were packed up and sent with Theresa S., who personally drove to Elk Horn, and delivered the items to the Museum. It’s a great feeling to know that our lodge history will be in safe keeping for years to come.
We also initiated two new members into our lodge: Pia H. and Mindy B. Pia became an official member at the April meeting and Mindy was initiated at the June picnic. They are both a great addition to our Ellen Lodge family.
Our second annual Mountain picnic was on June 16, held at the home of Sam and Pia E., co-hosted by Birgitte R. As always, they were the perfect host filling our day with a welcoming atmosphere, games, contests, food supplied by attendees, and great conversations. There were 35 in attendance which included members, family and friends.
The youngest members and guests were challenged to a lego contest. They were given until 1 pm to build a winning lego display. Alas, all teams won. The adults were also challenged in the “Whatchamacallit Thingamabob” contest. It was our job to figure out the proper use of a variety of items. There were some interesting guesses and at least one person would actually know the name and use of each item.
The only drawback being in the mountains is that the weather is so unpredictable. Between the wind and the “sprinkling”, we all were in, then out, then in…..But again our hosts adapted and everything went on as planned. Pia found out she could accommodate a lot more people in her house than first thought. Being indoors made it easier for everyone to keep tabs on the World Cup soccer game since Denmark was playing. The good news at the time was that they won that game even though they lost later in the week. A big thank you to Pia and her family for a fun day away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
We also use the picnic as a great time to collect gift cards and much needed items such as shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent, etc. for the Mountain Peace Shelter. The shelter assists families of domestic violence. We also collect clothes and other household items for the Platte Canyon Community Partnership resale boutique. Money from the boutique goes back into the community to provide financial assistance for the backpack project which supplies weekend meals for children throughout the school year, high school scholarships to graduate students from area high schools, Boys and Girls Club and to the Mountain Peace Shelter.
On the first weekend in November Ellen Lodge is invited to participate in the annual Trollheim Christmas Craft Fair. It is our one constant money maker for the year. So, every month a note is put in our lodge minutes stating when the next craft session will take place. Birgitte R. is the creative mind behind 99% of our projects. Six to eight of us meet at her house and attempt to duplicate the different craft ideas she puts before us. By November, we have enough items to display and sell at the fair. Every year we discuss whether we want to continue the crafts and so far the answer has always been “yes”. It’s such a great way to spend time with our Sisters. So, as long as our creative leader is willing, we’ll keep making our crafts.
2018 has also been a year for severe weather: Snow, drought, hurricanes, floods and now fires. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you and your family to keep you safe and out of harms way.
Christine Jensen Hix
Ellen Lodge #21 Annual Picnic
Saturday June 16, 2018 11 A.M.
Picture: Pia’s Grandmother Arla’s favorite pastime was a “skovtur” (trip to the woods/picnic) with family and friends
Bedstefar (Grandpa) Alfred, Farmor (Grandma) Arla and Mor (mom) Anna Lis ca. 1961
Wikipedia states: “A picnic is a meal taken outdoors as part of an excursion – ideally in scenic surroundings, such as a park, lakeside, or other place affording an interesting view …. an isolated spot (a nest) where family or friends can enjoy a meal together away from the distractions, demands, and public nature of a communal life.... and usually in the summer.” Also, let’s not forget the fun and games. How about a Lego challenge for the kids and any adult who still feels like a kid? And, remember our 2010 “What is it?” challenge? Let’s do it again – bring a “whatchamacallit thingamabob” so we can all give our take on what it may be.
So bring your family – once again, don’t forget the kids, grandkids, great grandkids - to 1343 Tapadero Road in Bailey on June 16th at 11 a.m.
What: Ellen Lodge #21 Annual Picnic
Who: Everyone and their families
Where: “Westfork” – 1343 Tapadero Rd. Bailey Colorado 80421
Contact: Pia 303-883-0200
Bring: 1. Food item to share – please sign up on separate sign-up sheet or contact Pia
2. Picnic/lawn chair if you have one
We provide: meat (BBQ provided by the lodge), condiments, drinks, fun and games
Suggestions/information: We recommend leaving the high heels at home but bring sunscreen, a hat and light jacket. We are at almost 9000 feet. We ask everyone to please refrain from smoking.
Directions: Google maps will work but just in case:
Let us know who will be joining us, including the ages of kids if any and what food item you will bring to share.
We hope to see you for a day in the Rockies on June 16th
Hosting: Pia and Sam
Co-hosting: Gitte and Jeff
Ellen Lodge 21, Colorado
Our first meeting was held on February 17, 2018 at Sister Tita Jergensen’s house. Since it was the first meeting of the year we had several things to discuss and go through for 2018. We started the meeting by welcoming our guest, Pia H. who will be our newest member of our lodge at our April meeting. Also Shaun, who is the father of our young members Brenna and Keelin, he was there to see his daughters receive their Sisterhood pin. Brenna and Keelin are the granddaughters of Sister Theresa. We also have another young member Bergen, who is the granddaughter of our Sister Ethel, Bergen also received her Sisterhood pin at this meeting. Our lodge is so happy to have so many young members to be interested in our heritage and enjoying the Danish traditions.
We started supporting the Mountain Peace Shelter last year and will continue in 2018. The shelter provides emergency shelter, advocacy and support services, and a 24/7 crisis hotline. We donate the most needed items as well a gift cards, that the residents can use for gas, diapers and other necessities. We collect donations at our Summer Picnic, October Luncheon and at our Christmas Luncheon.
Our lodge has also set up a Sunshine committee that will visit Sisters in need. Sister Tita has taken the lead with this committee. We have several elderly Sister that need our attention, and they will get visits and cards to brighten their day.
We have a new website, thanks to Sister Pia E. and Sister Emily. It is beautiful and we are very grateful for all the work they put in it. Please have a look at it on danishsisterhoodcolorado.weebly.com
After our meeting we were served a delicious lunch of “make your own Danish open sandwiches”. It was served in the perfect Danish style. Thank you to Sister Tita and Sister Ethel, and with a lot of help from Sister Bergen.
Our March meeting was held at Sister Lynne's clubhouse in Centennial, CO. We welcomed three guests this time, Sister Dorthe's daughter-in-law Paulina and granddaughter Ella. Also Sister Theresa brought her granddaughter Alicia. Our Sister Alicia is currently working on updating our membership directory and it should be ready in April. Our meeting was short and swift and we handed the over the word to Sister Pia E. who gave us an amazing presentation of Haandarbejdets Fremme (Handcrafters Guild). The Guild is celebrating their 90th anniversary on March 20th with an exhibition in Greve Museum, DK where our Queen Margrethe II and Crown Princess Mary will attend the opening. Sister Pia E. brought us on a journey of the cross stitch. It was very interesting and in ways surprising where this craft started and has move to and onward. Being a lodge that enjoys crafting, Sisters brought cross stitch that they had and it was presented on 6 long tables and stories were told about what each Sister brought. It was a wonderful afternoon. Sister Birgitte had set up a table with cross stitch lesson for those who wanted to learn how to cross stitch. Little heart pattern had been made before hand and our young members and guests had a go at stitching. They all did a great job!
Sister Lynne and Sister Glenda servered us a lovely lunch, with quiche and salad and a delicious homemade cake. It was a great day of hand craft and socializing.
Ellen Lodge 21 will meet again in April with business, more heritage and socializing.
Birgitte Jappe Ross
Ellen Lodge 21 President
The kids are back to school and the nights are cooler which means Summer is coming to an end. As much as I hate to say goodbye, I always look forward to Fall and watching the colors change. It’s such a beautiful time of the year.
Even though Ellen Lodge 21 takes a break from our monthly meetings, we still have plenty of hi-lites to mention. First of all, did you know that Mount Rushmore was created by a Danish Sculptor? At the April meeting, Judy gave a report on Gutzon Borlum (1867-1941). His father was a Danish Mormon. He is best known for Mount Rushmore. He not only created the model, but he also picked the site for the sculptor. In his spare time he also sculpted 100 apostles and saints for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York and designed the Stone Mountain sculpture in Atlanta, Georgia, plus a sculpture of Abraham Lincoln that was exhibited in the White House by Theodore Roosevelt.
Theresa's granddaughters, Brenna and Keelin, were initiated into our lodge. Not only did they join the Sisterhood, but they also got to celebrate their 10th birthday with all their new Danish Sisters on April 15.
The Museum of Nature and Science in Denver hosted the “Vikings Beyond the Legion” exhibit April through August. Ellen Lodge 21 was invited to be part of the Scandinavian Festival held at the museum on May 7. Our lodge, along with the Denver Danes, represented the Danish community in Denver. It was a one day event that featured dancing, singing, knitting, food, rosemaling patterns for children to color and much much more. The museum welcomed 5200 guests that day and many of them attended this wonderful event.
June means it’s time for our Annual Lodge Picnic. This year it was very special because it was held in the mountains at Pia’s new home. Moving to the mountains was a dream come true for Pia's family and thank goodness, she wanted to share it with her Ellen Lodge family. Birgitte, her husband Jeff, Pia and her husband Sam hosted the picnic with the assistance of Sam and Pia's daughter Emily and her boyfriend Joel. After a long drive we were pleasantly surprised to find our host family waiting for us to arrive with “valet parking”. They were all so organized from beginning to end. There were 35 in attendance with many of them first time guests. We had a family of four, the Hansen’s, who had just moved to Colorado, join us, the family of Ronnie Tronoe, owner of the Taste of Denmark Bakery in attendance, husbands, sons and daughters…….It was great to see such family participation. The porch was lined up with a main course of pulled pork, baked beans, vegetables, salads and of course, desserts. The food was delicious and no one went home hungry. Our honored guest was Bergen (15), granddaughter of Sister Ethel. Bergen’s entire family was present to see her initiated as our newest member of Ellen Lodge. Our hostess Pia, always wanting to test our knowledge of Denmark, gave us a fun quiz. A few of the attendees (Inge and Judy) did quite well earning them a prize. Some of us didn’t do as well. If they’d had a prize for the lowest score, I think I would have won. There was plenty of room to hike the property or play games that had been set up, but most of us just enjoyed visiting with each other. Thank you to the host families for making this day so special. It was a perfect setting for a perfect day.
With no scheduled events in July, The lodge Board met on a Saturday to review the past year and make plans for 2018.
We have continued to have craft sessions once a month for the Trollheim craft fair to be held November 3rd and 4th. The crafts are time consuming, but it is such a fun way to spend time with Sisters. Of course, Danes can’t do anything without food, so we always take some time off to have lunch prepared by one or two of the Sisters in attendance. Thanks goes out to Birgitte for sharing her home and for coming up with all the craft ideas.
Now that summer is coming to an end, it’s time to get back to our monthly meetings, discuss plans for the October luncheon, the Christmas gathering, donations to make, organizations to sponsor. All this was discussed at our first official meeting of the summer in August. Joanna also gave a heritage report on her great grandmother with numerous photo albums. We were all envious of how many ancestral family photos she has acquired along with her organizational skills to put them in a semblance of order.
Sister Dorthe’s son, Daniel was deployed to Afghanistan. His wife Paulina and their children moved from Hawaii and will be living with Dorthe until Daniel’s return. Our members have really enjoyed getting to know Paulina. She has already shown us her creative talent at our craft sessions. She also proved she knows her way around the kitchen by making her potato salad recipe from Equador for the August lodge meeting. We are so pleased that she will be able to share her time with us while in Colorado.
Thoughts and prayers to our Danish Sisters and Brother’s and the men and women serving our country throughout the Nation.
Submitted by Chris
Ellen Lodge #21,Past President
Ellen Lodge 21 held the first meeting of the New Year in February at Sister Tita’s home. We had a busy meeting with the budget for 2017, charity and our revised by-laws. Thanks to our very dedicated Sisters, Chris, Jeralyn and Pia for working on the update of our by-laws. Ellen Lodge 21 members discussed the changes at this meeting and some suggestions and additions were made.
We have added an additional charity, Totes for Hope which helps school children, who are on reduced or free lunches at one of our local elementary schools here in Colorado, get food for the weekends. We are doing a canned food drive at our monthly meetings to help feed these children and their families. The Food Bank of the Rockies is also helping us fill the Totes for Hope. We will also be helping once a month with packing the food for the children at a local church. This program will start in April and with the hope of making life better for these children and their families. Another charity that we will consider next year is The Blue Bench, a suggestion by Sister Tita.
We are again this year doing our craft at Sister Birgitte’s house once a month and will be selling it in November at the Christmas craft sale at the Sons of Norway Lodge. It is a lovely social gathering with lots of crafts, lunch and a good deal of chatting and laughter.
We have several members this year who have received their 10 and 25 year membership pins, Kathy, David and Keven 10 years and Magaret, Glenda and Judy 25 years. Congratulations to all of you and thank you for your dedication to our lodge.
We also have 3 new members that will be initiated at our April meeting. Theresa’s 2 granddaughters, Keelin and Brenna and also Ethel's granddaughter, Bergen. We look forward to welcoming these 3 young ladies to our lodge.
Our activity committee, is coordinating an outing for the lodge to go and see the The Viking exhibit at the Museum of Nature and Science in Denver. This wonderful exhibit started on March 10th and will run till August 13th, 2017. Looking forward to the trip.
This February meeting was long, but we were rewarded with delicious smørrebrød (Danish open sandwiches) prepared by Sister Tita and Sister Ethel, followed by coffee, tea and beautiful Valentines cookies and raspberries. No one went home hungry! It was a great afternoon seeing everyone again after the Christmas vacation and catching up. The weather even behaved. You never know what the Colorado weather will present us with!
Our March meeting was held at Sister Birgitte's house. We had a much shorter meeting than in February. On the agenda was the approval of our by-laws and they were approved. Sister Judy has spent many hours putting all the photos from the National Convention in albums and we will help put captions by the photos at our next meeting in April. Thank you to Sister Judy for all her hard work. Sister Judy is now handing over the Historian job to Sister Malinda and as a thank you to Sister Judy we gave her a scrapbook album. We adjourned our meeting and Sister Birgitte gave a presentation about the Danish author Karen Blixen with photos from Birgitte's and her husband’s trip to Denmark and Karen Blixen's home last year.
Then time for lunch, which was prepared and served by Sister Birgitte and Sister Pia. Freshly baked croissants, from our Danish bakery Taste of Denmark, which was filled with pesto, ham and cheese, accompanied by a delicious salad prepared by Sister Pia. The dessert was a good old fashioned Danish æblekage (apple cake) with tea and coffee. The chatter was lively and a lot of catching up among the Sisters. It was a beautiful day and with a sign of spring in the flowerbeds.
Our next meeting will be just before Easter and with that Ellen Lodge 21 wishes everyone in the DSS a lovely Easter.
Respectfully submitted by
Ellen Lodge 21 President
The first ever Danish restaurant to be awarded 3 Michelin Stars:
Restaurant Geranium in Copenhagen - January 2016. the Danish news had a short program on this and dinner that night was 20 courses at a cost of $470.
Here are a few links which may be of interest:
Henne Kirkeby Kro - this is the one Joanna sent us an article about recently. It just earned it's first Michelin Star.
Visit Copenhagen - Gastronomy
This year, the NE/CO District Convention was held in Omaha, NE on October 5th and 6th. It was hosted by Danish Brotherhood Lodge #1 and Sisterhood Lodge #6, Danner Lodge. We once again drove east across the Colorado and Nebraska plains, Chris, Gitte and I - 9 1/2 hours each way to be specific. We took turns driving and of course we never run out of topics for conversation, so the time went by pretty fast. We checked into our hotel and then headed for dinner next door. A pretty lively place with dancing, pool and loud music - felt like we were back in our more youthful days. Friday morning we took off toward Elk Horn, Nebraska to the ever popular store, "Little Scandinavia". The shop owner, Leonora is starting to recognize us when we show up. We spent several hours perusing all the great items and left with bags full of treasures. Then on to downtown Omaha in search of antique shops. Well they were there at one point and it looks like they are coming back with a major "revamp" of downtown but at this time they are few and far between. We returned to the hotel to pick up our national Rep, Trustee Kim Isager. Then on to an evening with the other Lodges. Great sandwiches and entertainment by comedian, singer and accordion player, Johnny Roger Gomez. Lots of fun with no lack of audience involvement.
The next Morning, we were back at the Vennelyst Hall for a joint Brotherhood and Sisterhood meeting. The guest speaker was John W. Nielsen, Executive Director Emeritus of the Danish American Archive and Library in Blair, Nebraska. An excellent speaker who emphasized the importance of forwarding and preserving any and all items which have to do with the Danish American Immigrant experience to the DAAL. After lunch we had our D.S.S. District meeting. A very productive meeting with a memorial for the Sisters who passed away during the past year and another excellent and passionate presentation this time by National Trustee, Kim Isager. We had a little time after the meeting to shop in a nearby quilt/antique shop and to take Kim to the Scandinavian shop in Elk Horn. Then it was banquet time. Wonderful company, great food, some of us lucked out in the raffle, some walked away with silent auction items and the son of our morning speaker was speaking this evening, John Mark Nielsen, Executive Director of the Danish Immigrant Museum. He spoke of the importance of maintaining and promoting the museum - outreach, the great financial shape it is in, his trip to Denmark and being part of the Centennial Celebration of the Rebild Fest. All very interesting. We concluded the evening back at the hotel with a cup of joe and an after midnight chat. Sunday we headed back east - 9 1/2 hours with new ideas and possibilities for Ellen lodge #21.