Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Opening Ceremonies

Wednesday was the grand kickoff of the 2008 Biennial International Convention! The day began early with delegates arriving in the morning to check in and pick up their registration packets. The Headquarter's Office in San Diego was abuzz with activity again as we made final preparations for the big day ahead.

In the afternoon, after most of the delegates had checked in, it was time for the opening ceremonies and Presidential Reception. During the opening ceremonies, International Lodge Officers, VIP's and special guests were introduced and seated before the entire delegation. Then it was time for some musical entertainment from the Marine Band San Diego.

Next up there were greetings from the office of the Mayor of San Diego, Valhall Lodge and District Six President, Janie Kelly, which was followed by welcoming statements by Consul Geir Toennessen, Consul Sean Barr and Consul Gordon Kovtun.

The opening ceremonies then ended with remarks from International President Ted Fosberg and Sons of Norway CEO John Lund. Both had many great things to say about the delegates, staff and volunteers in attendance and shared their anticipation about the next 4 days. With that, the convention was officially opened by Ted Fosberg and delegates were invited to a luau President's Recption.

Hawaiin Dancers at President's Reception

Make sure and check back for more about the President's Reception later.

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