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!