After the usual networking and socializing Pub hour, the members and guests sat down for dinner.
Anders Nurmi , club President, welcomed everyone and introduced the host of the evening, Anders Nordin.

 The dinner started with herring tidbits smoked Salmon and a few traditional sing- alongs. The main course was  poached Salmon with vegetables and potatoes in hollandaise sauce, followed by apple pie, and then tea, coffee and cookies, all this was well received by the group.
A new member who attended for the first time was introduced, Andrei Khotumov, originally from Ingria, now Bellingham who has a most interesting field of work in agri-consulting in many countries across the world including North Korea!

The speaker for the evening was Aila Karpio, Honorary vice Consul of Finland. The subject was to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Finland.
During her captivating presentation, Aila took us through the eventful Finland history, starting with the crusade of Swedish King Eric in 1157,  through epic and successive periods of struggle, association and domination by Danish, Russian and Swedish kingdoms.
In 1917, Finland declared independence. In ensuing years the country also strained through the Russian Winter war in 1939 and the loss of Karelia province. Factoid: Did you know that Britain declared war on Finland in 1941?
Economically Finland has adapted admirably over time from Agricultural, Forestry, Technology, to a Service based economy.
There is currently a blossoming climate of entrepreneurial activity including gaming, and systems applications.
As shown in a short film, innovation in technology and applications will be key to the future Finnish economy.

After a question period, the successful evening was concluded with thanks to Aila, and a farewell to members and guests until next meeting .  

Anders Nordin 

Christmas Party

 

In December, instead of our usual monthly dinner meeting, we have our annual Christmas party. Our guests are welcomed into the hall by the cheerful sounds of the Runeberg Choir. We have a fabulous Scandinavian Christmas dinner, followed by dancing to live music.

Monthly Dinners

We have 9 regular monthly dinners per year, once each month except for July, August and December. Social hour starts at 6:00pm, dinner at 7:00pm and the dinner speaker starts at about 8:00pm. The dinner is Scandinavian and usually starts with herring and salmon open-faced sandwich appetizers and ends with coffee/tea and delicious Scandinavian desserts. The theme for the after dinner talk is usually business related and hopefully with a Scandinavian connection but we also schedule other speakers of interest. Two meetings of the year we have no speaker. Instead, in February we have our Annual General meeting where we discuss business for the upcoming year and elect our new board of directors. In June, we have our annual joke-telling contest and discover who, among us, is the best teller of jokes.

Midsummer Festival

Each June we have a booth at the Midsummer Festival on the grounds of the Scandinavian Community Centre. In addition to handing out information about our club, we also sign up new members. Everyone is invited to come out to enjoy this fun annual event. If you have time available, why not consider volunteering to help with our booth?

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