Thursday, August 28, 2008

President's Reception

The President's Reception was a great time for everyone! The Host Committee planned a gorgeous Hawaiin Luau for all the delegates and guests. There were Hawaiin Dancers (see previous post) and the best food and drink so far. But just as important, moreso in my humble opinion, the President's Reception gave everyone a chance to mingle and get to know each other.

Sons of Norway members and Headquarters Staff enjoying the luau

There wasn't a single point throughout the night that I didn't look around and see delegates from different districts sharing stories, reconnecting with old friends or making new ones. Not to get too sappy, but this truly is what Sons of Norway is all about. More to the point, that's what an International Convention is all about.

This year we've done a lot to bring in new programs and materials that really underscore the idea of fraternalism and togetherness. Delegates have been given Meet & Greet maps, to encourage making new friends and learning about issues outside their own districts, convention postcards for delegates to send back to their lodges descirbing all the fun and a commemorative delegate coin to bring home and remind them of the fun they had in San Diego.

If you are curious to learn more about these pieces, ask the delegates from your lodge when they get home or give us a call at the Headquarters Office.

Make sure and check back tomorro to learn about the great recruiter reception that we hosted to recognize our star recruiters!

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