SVEA LODGE #296
VASA ORDER OF AMERICA
A Swedish-American Fraternal Organization
Instituted May 20, 1914
Photo: Lake Erie, PBellingham
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SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FROM
OUR GRAND LODGE AND PA DISTRICT #9
DEADLINE FOR THE DISTRICT YOUTH AND ADULT
SCHOLARSHIPS IS MARCH 16, 2024
Background / Purpose The Vasa Order of America began as an organization dedicated to assisting Swedish immigrants in dealing with life issues as they adjusted to life in America. As the wave of immigration subsided, the organization’s focus shifted from providing benefits to preserving and understanding Swedish culture at the time of the immigration and how it has changed to the present time. While the Order still provides limited financial benefits, fellowship among people with Swedish/Scandinavian heritage and interests grew in importance for the organization.
CONGRATULATIONS to Leyla Wilk. She was named the 2023 District Youth Scholarship award winner. Leyla is the granddaughter of Karen Chilcote of Nobel-Monitor #130. Her award sent her to Sjölunden at Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, MN for a 2 week Swedish language immersion camp. We will be anxious to hear of her experiences.