The Sons of Norway, District 4, held their annual Sports Weekend in the Community Complex in Meota, hosted by Nisse Lodge of North Battleford, June 7, 8 and 9, under the direction of Arlene Walker of Meota and her co-workers.
Registration was Friday with a light supper following. The flag presentation featured flags from Canada, United States, Norway, Saskatchewan and Sons of Norway. The national anthems were sung for Canada, United States and Norway.
There was a display table with woodwork, Norweave, artwork and Rosemaling work done by local artisans and silent auction items were on hand for bidders along the north wall.
The Friday 50/50 was won by Barbara Johnson of Edam.
The Meota Hobby Band entertained and several folks enjoyed an old time dance to two.
That evening a surprise number was done by three fellows. It was hilarious!
Saturday morning saw 17 members at the bowling alley in the city, competing; 11 at the Meota Golf Course and the balance at the hall playing Norwegian whist. Lunch was available at each venue.
The turkey buffet started at 6 p.m. with Arlene’s daughters Jodie and Tracey and their friend Wanda Weber tending to kitchen duties and as waitresses. All the tables had centrepieces of Norwegian figurines – all as cute as could be.
Arlene opened the evening program by introducing Master of Ceremonies Grant Gunderson from Glaslyn who in turn introduced Russell Wiigs of Calgary who brought greetings from District 4. The 50/50 winner Saturday was Ken Dormier of Edmonton.
The retiring of the colours followed and the flags were returned to the starting point.
Cowboy poetry with Louise Lundberg from Mervin was next followed by a fashion show under the direction of Marion Ottas of Edam.
Songs and music by Joan and Wilf Rice of North Battleford was the last item.
Sunday morning the directors and presidents held a meeting at 9 a.m. followed by a tasty brunch. The sports weekend in 2020 will be hosted by the Calgary group.
Prizes were presented to game winners by Arlene Walker and Dave Ottas. The bowling winners in the morning were Dave Ottas and Nancy Iverson, the random winners were Lyle and Betty Lambert of Lethbridge, Alta. Participation prizes were given to four members from Lethbridge who played golf. Norwegian whist winner in the morning was Eric Callbeck, afternoon winner was Lorna Pearson.
The attendance shield with highest percentage of their members from a distance attending went to Aspelund Lodge from Red Deer, Alta. Others came from Lethbridge, Calgary, Edmonton and Clareshome, Alta., and Saskatoon.
Success of this event is credited to the leadership of Arlene Walker and her many volunteer helpers, with outstanding decorations, setting up and taking down displays etc., all a group project which every one enjoyed.
Missing at the event was a faithful member Bev McCrimmon who helped Arlene make some of the decorations. She is home from the hospital but was not strong enough to come. We missed her presence.