Friday, August 15, 2008

Countdown to Convention: 12 Days Left

To make an event like the Sons of Norway 60th Biennial Convention a success, there needs to be a balance between business meetings and fun for everyone. We think that the combined efforts of the Host Lodge and Sons of Norway Headquarters staff has done a great job doing just that. If you've looked over the agenda in your Report Book you'll notice that there is something fun to do each day of the convention.

Wednesday Night
The plan is to kick things off on Wednesday, August 28th, with the Opening Ceremonies and President's Reception. I can't say much about this event yet because we want it to be a surprise, but I promise you that it will definitely be a night to remember for everyone! International President Ted Fosberg and the Host Committee have a really fun evening in store.

There are a couple of really fun things that I highly recommend. First, beginning at noon on Thursday the International Folk Art Exhibition & Competition will open to delegates. Walking through the exhibition and seeing all the amazing pieces of artwork is always a great way to spend some free time. There will be rosemaling pieces, woodcarvings, woven art and so much more! And remember, every piece you see was created by a Sons of Norway member. The high level of artistry and craftsmanship of our members is always a source of pride for everyone here at the Headquarters. Also, don't forget that if you see something that you think you'd like to try Sons of Norway offers a Cultural Skills Program, which is free to members.

Another fun event on Thursday will be a private recruiter's reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. This is open to delegates, guests and other convention attendees who have recruited a new member between June 28th and August 28th. This is going to be a really great event with music, cocktails and time to mingle with other recruiters. If you haven't recruited a new member yet, there's still a couple weeks left and I strongly encourage you to try because you are going to want to miss this evening.

Friday night there will be an optional harbor cruise, which I hope you all have signed up for. We did something similar at the 2006 Convention in Vancouver, B.C. and it was one of my favorite memories from that convention. Knowing the Host Committee, I can promise this cruise will be just as much fun! Dinner Cruise will be a unique and memorable experience that combines 25 scenic miles of magnificent San Diego Skyline and fine dining. The 2 1/2 hour harbor dinner cruise includes a glass of champagne upon boarding, a three-course dinner served, a no host bar and DJ entertainment. The DJ will play a variety of music for your listening and dancing pleasure. While cruising, the San Diego Bay welcomes you with a gorgeous sunset, beautiful views of the San Diego skyline by night, Coronado Bay Bridge, Seaport Village, the Star of India – the world’s oldest active ship and the Pacific Fleet which is host to some of America’s most historic warships such as the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan and the retired aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Midway.

After spending three days together, the last evening of an International Convention is a special night and this year is no different. There will be a banquet and dance held to celebrate our last evening together. There will be a social hour, followed by the banquet, presentations of awards and then the dance. This is always a fun night for everyone as friends, both new and old, spend one last evening together before going home.

Remember, there's going to be a lot more going on; these were just a few of the fun and exciting events that are planned for this year's Sons of Norway International Convention. Make sure to keep checking back to learn more about what's going to be happening in San Diego!


MJ said...

ACK! 12 days to go and I have a million things to do between now and then. See ya in SD, Erik.

Sons of Norway said...

That's probably a sentiment shared by many of the convention attendees. However I have great confidence that when the 27th rolls around everyone will be ready for a great convention!