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Welcome to Pennsylvania District #9 of the Vasa Order of America!

The Vasa Order of America, founded in 1896, consists of 20 district lodges in the United States, Canada, and Sweden. District Lodge Pennsylvania #9 was established in 1908 to form a regional umbrella for local lodges in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Most of our activities are conducted through our local lodges Nobel-Monitor #130 in Cleveland, OH, Drott #168 in Potomac, MD, and Svea #296 in Erie, PA. Each local lodge offers traditional Midsummer and Lucia/Christmas celebrations, in addition to regular (mostly monthly) meetings throughout the year. Please contact the local lodge nearest you for details.

We are currently working to expand our activities and events at the District level, in collaboration with the local lodges. This website is an important part of that effort. Plans are being developed for concerts/music events, visits to places and museums of Swedish cultural significance, sporting events, tours of Scandinavian businesses, and other events. This will be the main focus at our upcoming 60th biennial District Convention which will take place at The Lodge at Geneva State Park on the shores of Lake Erie on September 27-29, 2024.

The Vasa Order of America was originally started as a fraternal organization offering health benefits and other support for Swedish immigrants. Now most of our members are 2nd or 3rd generation immigrants with Nordic origin or connections, while some have arrived in our area more recently. We all share an interest in preserving and celebrating our Swedish cultural heritage.

Bo Carlsson

District Master

Pennsylvania District #9

SOV I RO - It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Sharen Swanson Tizzano.   Sharen  passed away on Tuesday, June 18, at the age of 85 at her home surrounded by her family.  She is the beloved mother of Danny, Lorri, Tony, Dominic, Sheilah, and John. She is the grandmother of 21 and great-grandmother of 28.  Sharen served Nobel-Monitor lodge for many years, more recently as financial secretary for 20 years. She was the District Secretary from 2000-2018.  She was diligent, conscientious, and dependable. 

With Deepest Sympathy to her Friends and Family for whom she was a true matriarch.

Lo, there do I see my father.

Lo, there do I see my mother and my sisters and my brothers.

Lo, there do I see the line of my people, back to the beginning.

Lo, my brethren call to me.

They bid me take my place among them, in the halls of Valhalla,

where the brave may live forever.


In addition to our website, we also have a District #9 Newsletter. We will send it out regularly, approximately 4 times per year.  For current information about each of the Lodges go to their websites:

Check out the News Tab.  In the section for District Newsletters, read Spring 1992 Distrikt Tidningen!

Make sure that you sign-up for the Newsletter!  Click here: Sign-up Today For Our District No. 9 Newsletter!


Welcome Summer!


District Lodge Pennsylvania #9 is dramatically  improving its public face with our Wild Apricot website.

We are very excited about this development. Our website describes who the District Lodge PA #9 is and how we impact Scandinavian culture.  You can also find a description of our parent organization, Vasa Order Of America.  We are one of 18 Districts in the United States, encompassing Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.

The website works very well on any smartphone or regular computer so you can access the website from anyplace, at any time. 

Keep checking this website for frequent updates and news about District Lodge PA #9.

Our 60th Biannual Convention for Pennsylvania District #9 will be held September 27-29, 2024

at the beautiful Geneva-on-the-Lake Convention Center, Geneva, Ohio! 

In addition to the Business portion of our Convention, delegates, officers, friends and family will be able to enjoy activities like zip lining, yoga, swan paddle boats on the grounds of the Convention Center.   But, also available in downtown Geneva on the Lake will be their annual Grape Festival, exploring all things Grape!  Come and be part of this epic event - expanding our Scandinavian heritage through Local Lodge support and enjoying the camaraderie of our Lodge Members!

Registration information can be found on the Local Lodge Websites, through your Local and District Officers as well as this District Site.    You may register here and download a copy of the Registration Packet:

60th Biennial Convention Registration final 7-6-24.pdf

 The Convention Registration packet  will share instructions for Registration, Lodging, Payments and Agenda!    Any questions, contact Pat Bellingham, District Secretary.

Village of Hoyanger in Norway               PBellingham

Join Us For Fun-filled Events Together With the 3 Sister Lodges In Our Vasa District, PA #9

Why not visit our three sister Lodges within Pennsylvania District #9? The lodges are Nobel-Monitor #130 in Cleveland, OH, Svea #296 in Erie, PA, and Drott #168 in Washington, D.C. Check out their websites to find out what they are doing.

We plan to have some joint activities together with members of the other lodges to include some fun events in their areas and we will travel there to spend a day or weekend with them.  We can, to the extent possible, arrange car pooling.

More information about these events later.

Here are the websites for our three sister Local Lodges:



Drott Lodge:

 ReEnergize & ReBuild Events

Restart & ReEnergize Working Group Meetings

August 8,  2024 6:30PM Zoom


  • September 27, 2024 4:00 PM
    Geneva Conference & Convention Center 4888 N. Broadway, Geneva, Ohio 44041

Become A Member in any of our 3 Lodges closest to you!

Become a Local Lodge Member by logging on to the respective websites listed above. 

You will receive their Newsletter in order to be informed about what is happening within the Lodges.



Jamestown, NY - Scandinavian Festival - July 19-20, Northwest Arena, Jamestown NY

Luray, Virginia - Luray Caverns -  The cavern system is adorned with speleothems such as columns, mud flows, stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, and mirrored pools. The caverns are perhaps best known for the Great Stalacpipe Organ, a lithophone  made from solenoid-fired strikers that tap stalactites of various sizes to produce tones similar to those of xylophones, tuning forks, or bells. (Wikipedia). 

Cleveland, Ohio - The Henry Ford -   You might want to visit the Factory Tour and the Museum of American Innovation at The Henry Ford complex.

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Pat Bellingham

C/O Luther Memorial Church Office: 814.454.0106


225 West 10th Street

Erie, PA 16501

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