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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