Wow, now where did that year go?!
I hope you have all enjoyed a Merry Christmas with family and friends!
Looking back, we hosted 8 regular monthly Dinner and Speaker events, our Annual General Meeting, the Annual Christmas Party, and had our booth at the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival! Your board of directors has been busy and working hard on your behalf. It takes a lot of work to plan and organize these events and I want to thank the board for all their dedication and diligence to make these things happen, please take a moment to thank them when you get a chance.
Just a few short weeks ago we had our fabulous annual Christmas Party at the Scandinavian Community Centre. Everyone attending seemed to enjoy the great smorgasbord by Kate Praegel and her team, I know I did and everyone I talked with expressed their praise. I want to especially thank Paul Andreassen, on behalf of the board and members, for all his efforts in organizing and hosting another successful event. While the event is a tradition that is expected and loved by many, it is one that we have to consider changing. We have been experiencing declining attendance over many years and struggle to approach break even. For this reason we think the time has come to do something different and will be exploring all options. Any input from the membership will be welcome and we will actually be seeking input and opinions. All ideas will be considered, date, day of the week, time of day, venue, entertainment, food, etc.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m getting excited for 2018!
We have a great program planned for the coming months, beginning January 10th with Alan de la Plante talking about his experiences photographing and traveling the Formula 1 racing circuit! I promise you that you will not want to miss this event!
February we have our Annual General Meeting. This year we are combining it with our Joke Telling event and plan to run through the formalities efficiently. Nominations are open for the board of directors as there are some openings. Terms are two years and open to qualified individuals, contact the board for more information.
March we tentatively have the Consul General for South Korea, Gunn Kim, as our speaker, an event that should be very interesting and we are very much looking forward to.
April, May and June, we are still planning, but have some exciting possibilities.
Hoping to see you all soon.
Have a safe and happy New Years! Wishing everyone health and prosperity in 2018 and beyond!
Did you miss our October dinner event? We apologize for the last minute cancellation by Red Robinson, who had something unforeseen come up that made it so he could not attend on that evening. He expressed sincere regrets and said he would like to try again next year. We will have to wait and see if something can be worked out to make that happen.
If you did make it out to the event, you will have not have been disappointed as we were especially grateful to have Rnold Smith (pronounced as ‘Arnold’) be available and generous to fill-in at such short notice. Rnold was entertaining, starting off with a quite good Elvis rendition, and then giving us a great lesson on “How to achieve better marketing results without spending more“. I know for some this may not have sounded so exciting, but it was as Rnold gave a great presentation with a lot of insightful and compelling information that can be used not just for your business, but for an employment situation and even in one’s personal life. Highly recommend, if you get the chance to attend one of Rnold’s presentations, or seminars, you should do so as you won’t be disappointed.
Now, it’s two months to Christmas and 2018! So little time, so much partying to do!
After you’ve done your ‘trick or treating’ and eaten too many candies, you will want to come out to our November 8th dinner event celebrating Finland’s 100th anniversary. Our special guest, Aila Karpio, Honorary Vice-Consul for Finland in Vancouver, will be giving us all a presentation on Finland’s first 100 years.
Don’t forget, we can never forget, November 11th, take some time to remember our fallen soldiers!
Next up, you won’t want to miss the Fabulous Annual Christmas Party on Saturday December 2nd! Warm up with glögg and the Runeberg Chorus presenting Christmas carols, followed by Kate’s Scandinavian Christmas smorgasbord (including two necessary herring stations). Can there be more? Yes, of course there will be music and dancing with Richard Tyce and the S-Bahn Band! Always great, always entertaining! And in-between there somewhere make room for desserts, tea and coffee! Oh yeah, almost forgot, everyone gets a drink ticket included with their admission.
Then it’s Christmas! Santa Claus is coming to town…
Boxing Day, shop, shop ‘til you drop! I guess that applies to before Christmas too… there’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday! Too much commercialism, you say? Yeah, maybe just relax and enjoy some time with family and friends, that sounds good!
Register for our events before you forget, go to www.sbc-bc.ca and sign up, maybe sign up a guest or two, or more, to join you!
Now, last month I neglected to announce and welcome our new member, Mogens Gade, to the Club. Mogens has attended many of our events and finally decided to join, so please say ‘hi’ and welcome him next time you see him.
Also, last but not least, I would like to thank, on behalf of the Executive Board, fellow Board member Anders Nordin for his service leading our Speaker Committee over the past two to three years. Anders decided recently to step aside from this committee, while still remaining an active member of the board (thankfully!). Anders brought stability, planning and success to the team bringing you all the great speakers we have had, and will continue to have. The committee will now be headed by Henrik Laursen, who has served very actively on the committee over the past two to three years as well. Thank you, Anders, and continued success, Henrik!
Looking forward to seeing you all soon, stay safe!
Somebody turned a switch… and it’s Fall!
I don’t mind the change after the long stretch of heat we had, and smoke, let’s not forget the smoke. The cooler air and hopefully more rain, will be a welcome relief for the communities that have been enduring the wildfires.
What’s really exciting about Fall? Of course, it’s that our program of events is back, and we have some great ones! Starting with this month, sorry if you missed it, but we had a good dinner with fabulous Danish open-faced sandwiches (thank you Kate Praegel and team!). We thank our speaker, Azza Rojbi, for her presentation, which you can read more about in the host’s report, by Steve Bottomley, elsewhere in this newsletter.
What about coming events? I’m glad you asked, and you will definitely want to check out the upcoming events calendar (hint, October – Red Robinson, expecting a sell-out, so get your tickets sooner than later!).
Some comments were passed my way after our recent dinner, which I feel are worthy of mention and discussion. First, it was felt that we reiterate that we are a welcoming, friendly and open group. While we don’t often have topics that evoke strong emotion and passion, sometimes we do, and we must have. We definitely will not all agree with what may be said or points made, which is a good thing. It is great that we live in a society where we are able to freely express and discuss different points of view. The speakers we invite to present topics, and who graciously accept, come from many areas, professional, special interest, lay persons, etc. We do not pay our speakers, we only offer them a meal, a small token of appreciation, and a warm, friendly Scandinavian reception and hospitality. We want them to go away feeling good about the Scandinavian Business Club, and Scandinavians in general, and speak positively of their experience. We can do this by respecting their presence, not only when we agree, but also when we disagree. This doesn’t mean we don’t voice our points and counter-points, but that we do so with a respectful tone and remain in context.
We welcome your feedback and comments, and are always looking to improve what we do and how we do it.
See you soon!
Hello all, we’re baaack…
As September draws near and summer starts to wind down, our hiatus is coming to an end. Hope your summer has been good and you’re feeling energized for the coming months as we push towards Christmas and winter time! I know, I know, I can hear you grumbling, “but it’s not even Labour Day yet!”
Before moving forward, let’s reflect a bit…
Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and we’ve had plenty of those in our beautiful province this summer. Our thoughts are with those who have been, and continue to be, affected. I’m sure most of us have been fortunate to not have been directly affected, but probably we all know someone who has. I hope there is relief soon for everyone!
I’m going to make this message short and sweet…
First, go to www.sbc-bc.ca and have a look at our new website! Yes, this is a work in progress and we have plenty of work still to do, but we’ve made the jump and are on the new software, which we’ve needed and wanted to do for well over a year. A super special, big, huge, thanks to Paul Andreassen for a lot of time and hard work to get us to this point! Please take a moment to thank him next time you see him.
Second, our Dinner & Speaker events begin again on September 13th, coming up quickly, so please mark it on your calendar now, or better yet, go online and register while checking out the new website!
We will have a presentation on the European Refugee Crisis by Azza Rojbi. Azza is a peace and social justice activist in Vancouver. She immigrated to Canada from Tunisia in 2011 and has since been involved in the immigrant and refugee community in Vancouver. She is a writer and researcher on the issue of immigration and refugees in Canada as well as on the current refugee crisis in Europe. Azza will be providing a balanced and facts-based presentation that will inform and enlighten us on this important issue. Also, we will be presenting our Annual Scholarship Award to this year’s recipient at this event.
Your host for this evening will be Steve Bottomley. Catering will be by the ever-popular Kate Praegel, who, with her team, will be serving us with Danish open-faced sandwiches for the main, with herring and rye bread for starters, and peach cobbler for dessert! Yum! I’m hungry with anticipation already!
FUTURE DINNER & SPEAKER EVENTS:
Please mark your calendars for the following dates:
October 11th: Red Robinson:
Rockin’ radio for six decades. The legendary disc jockey (DJ) was the first in Vancouver to play rock’n’roll music on radio, and the first in Canada to play it on a regular basis. This promises to be a packed event, so don’t forget to register early when registration opens up after the September event.
November 8th: Finland’s 100th Anniversary:
Tentatively being presented by Tom Nyberg, Finland’s Honorary Consul in Vancouver for British Columbia and Yukon Territory
Join us as we celebrate Finland’s first 100 years, and maybe get some insight into what’s up for the next 100 years.
CHRISTMAS PARTY Saturday December 2nd:
Mark the date in your calendars for our annual Christmas Party, featuring a Scandinavian Christmas smorgasbord dinner, entertainment, dancing, door prizes and, of course, socializing with fellow party goers!
Looking forward to seeing you soon,
Christmas Party Sponsors 2017
We wish to acknowledge the following businesses and individuals for their generous support of our annual Christmas Party. Our sponsors for the 2017 Scandinavian Business Club of BC Christmas Party are:
Anders Nurmi - Pacific Viking Enterprises
Solvi Stokholm - Stokhom Insurance Services Ltd. / The Cooperators
Salt Paradise Wellness and Detox Centre
Steve Bottomley - West Coast Flyer Delivery
Skinnydipper Recreation Club
Hypersonic Internet Services