Thule Lodge Celebrates Easter Food Festival

BEMUS POINT – Members of the Thule Lodge 127 met recently for the Swedish Easter food festival. The Swedish festival is known as the “egg sexa” meaning foods made with eggs. The table of food included hard boiled eggs, ham and rye bread, pickled beets, cheeses, pickled herring, and a multitude of homemade cookies. The ladies of the lodge worked hard to prepare the food and set the wonderful table for all. All those attending enjoyed the variety of foods. The Swedish table blessing was given by past cultural leader Allie Nelson Withers, who gave the blessing in Swedish and English.

Chairman of the lodge Jeff Anderson welcomed all to the gathering. The monthly business meeting was held prior to the food festival. Historian John Sipos welcomed all and led the group in the pledge of allegiance. Chaplain Diane Shaw gave the opening and closing messages, encouraging all to visit those who are ill and in need. Lodge secretary Carolyn Ostrom read the minutes of the previous meeting, gave the roll call of officers, and read the bills which needed to be paid. Financial secretary gave the monthly report, and also had been in contact with lodge members who are ill. Mrs. Sandberg reported to the lodge about the members who are ill. Treasurer Loretta Smith presented the financial report of the lodge.

Bill Glatz was recognized and honored for his 50-year membership with the lodge. Mrs. Sandberg presented the 50-year pin to Glatz, and past chairman and past New York State district master Edwin Sandberg also expressed his congratulations.

Children’s dance team leader Donna Johnson reported on the children’s dance rehearsal and upcoming events. Mrs. Johnson said that at the next Scandinavian Studies program at the Jamestown Community College on April 6, the children will be dancing for all.

Cultural leader Fanchon Fuller reported on upcoming events of the lodge. On Saturday, April 13 at 9 a.m., members will be gathering together to prepare the lodge for the spring events. Saturday April 20th will be the next lodge meeting at 2 p.m. Mrs. Fuller said that the first Friday night fish dinner will be on May 3 from 5-7 p.m. In addition to the fish dinner, a dinner of korv and rotomos will be served. Mrs. Fuller also talked about Swedish special days, including enunciation day held in Sweden.

Drawings were held at the meeting by outer guardsman Gene Smith of Kiantone, inner guardsman Don Carlson and historian Sipos. Recipients this month included Donna Sandberg, Don Carlson, Gene Smith, and Diane Shaw.

Thule Lodge is located at 4123 Pancake Hill Road, and the mailing address has been changed to P.O. Box 2033, Jamestown, NY 14702.

Thule Lodge is now into its 106th year in the Jamestown/Bemus Point area, and serves to preserve the Swedish heritage. New members are always welcome.