Thule Lodge completes its 114th year | News, Sports, Jobs


FALCONER – The Thule Lodge is the Swedish organization founded 114 years ago in the Jamestown area.

The main purpose of the lodge was to help Swedish immigrants settle in the United States with housing, employment and education. Many Swedes settled in the Jamestown area and worked in the many furniture factories that then existed.

Today, Thule Lodge serves to preserve Swedish heritage through events and activities. One activity is the annual Christmas dinner known as Dopp I Gryta. The Swedish expression means soaking breads.

This year, the catering at 3C’s served as a buffet meal. All participants were required to wear masks when entering Falcon’s Nest in Falconer and crossing the service line. This year’s meal included Swedish meatballs, korv, rotmos, rice pudding, beets, cucumber salad, ham, pickled herring, limpa bread and many types of cookies. The outgoing president also brought some of his homemade pickled herring for everyone’s enjoyment.

Cultural leader MaryAnn Eva Ingrao delivered a pre-meal blessing in Swedish. Thanks to Treasurer Loretta Smith and Membership President Bernice Veights for organizing the meal, and Gene Smith for making reservations.

After the meal there was a brief business meeting. Lodge President Tom Eckberg welcomed everyone and Lodge Historian John Sipos all took the pledge of allegiance to the American Flag. The minutes of the previous meeting and the Treasurer’s report were distributed for this meeting. During the meeting, new member Vicki Ann Aiken was sworn in by outgoing president Tim Miller and lodge vice president Susan W. Sipos. New members are always welcome.

Historian Sipos reported the Thule Lodge article in the international Swedish magazine called VASA Star. Secretary Sipos read the list of candidates for the lodge officer positions for 2022 and asked if there were any other nominations from the hall that did not have any. The installation of the new officers will take place at the next meeting. The monthly reunion award went to Lori Johnson.

A closing invocation was delivered by Lodge Chaplain Diane K Shaw.

Thule Lodge wishes everyone a Happy New Year as they enter their 115th year.

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