Activities and Culture

This page provides information about:

  • Norwegian Culture programs
  • Culture Medals for Music 
  • Sports Medal Program
  • Other Activities

Norwegian Culture Program & Groups

Our goal for the Polar Star 50th anniversary year was for all members to earn a Sons of Norway Cultural Skills medal.  Most meetings provide an opportunity to learn or to improve upon a Norwegian cultural skill.  Medals can be earned in many cultural skills. Click here to see the Norwegian cultural skills medals. Polar Star cultural groups so far include cooking, knitting, literature, hardanger, and ornamental woodcarving. 

Sons of Norway Culture Medals for Cooking   
The focus in 2018 is on helping our members earn the Sons of Norway Culture Medal for Traditional Norwegian Food. We will be creating Norwegian meat/fish dishes at all of the 2018 Lodge meetings. Cooking teams will begin preparation at Noon. All members interested in earning cooking medals are welcome to attend. 

Sons of Norway Culture Medals for Genealogy   
The focus in 2016 was on helping our members earn the Sons of Norway Culture Medal for Genealogy. The Polar Star Lodge Fantily Tree Fair was held in April 2016. 

Sons of Norway Culture Medals for Stamp Collecting  
2015 was devoted to helping our members earn the Sons of Norway Culture Medal for Stamp Collecting. Before each general meeting, the Polar Star Frimerke Klub (Stamp Club) meets at 1:00 pm  to trade and exchange ideas to complete medal requirements. Our stamp expert, Arthur Andersen, will be available to consult and advise members on all aspects of stamp collecting.

Sons of Norway Culture Medals for Music  
2014 was devoted to helping our members earn Sons of Norway Culture Medals for Music. At each general meeting, we learned and listened to music that, "introduced the richness and variety of Norwegian music from its roots in times unknown through some of its myriad expressions in present day".
Part I:  Folk Music: Roots of Norwegian Music   
Part 2:  The 19th Century: Edvard Grieg and Contemporaries   
Part 3:  The 20th and 21st Centuries: Composers, Performers, Conductors

Sports Medal Program 
Sons of Norway recognizes the importance of healthful activities not just to prolong your life, but to improve the very quality of your life. This Sports Medal Program, which originated in Norway, will improve your attitude as well as your physical well-being.

Something for Everyone 
No matter how young or old you are, and no matter what your present physical condition, the Sports Medal Program offers a fitness plan for you. With doctor's advice, you can determine the appropriate level. Then you are assigned point or mileage requirements for medal qualifications that are within your reach. The program is great because you don't need to be a natural athlete-the only one you are really competing with is yourself. 

Different Levels, Different Medals 
As you reach each objective, you will be awarded different grades of sports medals. Begin in pursuit of the Bronze, then work yourself up to Silver, Gold, and eventually Enamel (There is no longer a fee for the pins, and only members can take part in this program). Set your own pace-your program can be for just one medal.

There are a number of Polar Star members who have significant credits toward sports medals and cultural medals but who have not submitted them for medals. If you are eligible for medals, please compile the numbers you need to request them. The lodge will obtain necessary forms. Help us make 2010 a medal year.

  • For additional information, contact the Social Secretary 
  • For forms or detailed information about sports medal requirements, go to the Sons of Norway website, click on the red Member Login icon and sign in, then click on Sports Medals in the Programs dropdown

Other Activities

Annual Høstfest - Held every November. Traditional food and craft demonstrations; delicious homemade Norwegian treats such as smørbrod, snitter, and rundstykker (open faced sandwiches).

Annual Julefest - Held every December, with traditional Christmas carols, food, and crafts.

Annual Norge Ski Jump Tournament - International event for over 100 years.  Held the last weekend in January in Fox River Grove, IL on Saturday (Junior and K70) and Sunday (K70 US Cup and Five Hills Tournament). Contact the Social Director for information. 

Barnebirke - Polar Star joins other lodges in providing home baked cookies for the annual Barnebirke - a Sons of Norway ski race for children age 3-13, held in Hayward, Wisconsin every year since 1991. Polar Star members bring cookies to the February lodge meeting. The cookies must be packed in sturdy, non-returnable containers and labeled with Polar Star Lodge, the type of cookies, and the number of dozens of cookies enclosed. The cookies are greatly appreciated by the race participants!

Book Club - contact the Book Club Leader for information about current books and meetings.

Penny Auction - Held every February; bring your treasures and go home with others!

Scholarships - refer to Scholarships.

Tubfrim - Supported by Sons of Norway, Tubfrim is a Norwegian charitable organization originally started in 1928 to help fight tuberculosis. Since tuberculosis is no longer the threat it once was, today Tubfrim resells the cancelled stamps and donates the proceeds to help disabled and needy children. 
Clip canceled stamps from envelopes, leaving at least a quarter of an inch around the edges. Be sure to take the time to cut the stamps properly. Stamps cannot be used if they are torn, have extra layers of envelope behind them, are on a string of multiple stamps (such as 3 stamps in a row without the spacing). Non-profit or bulk stamps also can't be used. 
Stamps from any country and all styles of stamps are accepted. for envelopes or postcards are over 40-50 years old, submit the entire envelope or postcard. 
Bring stamps to a regular meeting; the Polar Star Tubfrim designate prepares and periodically sends the stamps to the Sons of Norway Tubfrim chairperson. 

Volunteer Service Hours - Each member is asked to use the Polar Star Individual Tracking Sheet to track volunteer time spent during the month on projects organized by Sons of Norway at a lodge, district or International level. At each lodge meeting, members turn in their completed Individual Activity Tracking Sheets to the the Lodge Secretary and pick up new monthly forms as needed. The Lodge Secretary compiles the total and sends to Sons of Norway International for retention of its tax exempt status.  

For more information about this year's activities, click on Meetings and Events.

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