PENNSYLVANIA No. 9
VASA ORDER OF AMERICA
A Swedish-American Fraternal Organization
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Welcome to the website of Pennsylvania District #9 of the Vasa Order of America!
We are excited to have a real presence on the World Wide Web. 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. Like many other fraternal and ethnic organizations in the United States, we have seen our membership decline in recent decades and several local lodges disappear. But the Executive Board of the District is determined to turn things around. Re-launching our websites at the District, as well as, each of the local lodges is a first step in that effort. While most of our current members are 2nd or 3rd generation Swedish-Americans, we are aware that there are many Swedes who have arrived in our area more recently, along with many others, who share our interest in preserving and celebrating our Swedish cultural heritage. We are planning in the coming months and years to expand our activities both at the local lodge level and through collaboration across the District. We invite you to join us in that effort! Please check out our websites to see how our plans unfold.
PA District #9 offers scholarships to youth and adults - the youth every year to Concordia Language Camp and for adults every two years to explore their Swedish heritage. Karin Weeden was the recipient of the Adult Scholarship in 2020. She used her scholarship money to travel to Sweden to learn about their National Parks. Scroll down the home page to see pictures and a description of her adventures! Check out the Scholarships Tab above to learn about our scholarship process for adults and youth. Applications for 2024 are available now. Members, what could you learn with $3,000?
Direct Members - it's that time of year again to renew your memberships. What does $25.75 get you?
Pennsylvania District #9
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!
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Phrase of the Month:
A Swede doesn’t tell you to “chill,” they ask you to “bring your spikes down”: Tagga ned.
OTHER INTERESTING EVENTS IN THE OHIO/PENNSYLVANIA/MARYLAND/DC AREAS
Jamestown, NY - Scandinavian Cultural Days at Jamestown Community College are held the first Saturday of the month from October through May.
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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Active communication is very important to grow our three Lodges and make a difference. If you have not signed-up yet, here is your chance to become a member in one of our Lodges: Nobel-Monitor, Svea, or Drott. Click and Sign-up below