SVEA LODGE #296
VASA ORDER OF AMERICA
A Swedish-American Fraternal Organization
Instituted May 20, 1914
Photo: Lake Erie, PBellingham
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We are a Benevolent Society, making monetary contributions to valuable organizations, as well as, collecting tangible donations for local social service agencies.
We strive to honor our aged members with cards and phone calls to let them know we value them. Aged members who reside in nursing/care facilities are given their memberships paid for by the Lodge. The Old Age and Benefit Fund, managed by the Grand Lodge is made available to members with a monetary gift up to $3,000, depending on age and years of membership.
In September, we did a Swedish Death Cleaning - minus the Death part. Members brought in Swedish memorabilia and decorations to trade or give to another member. Items not claimed at the end were donated to Good Will.
Our next Benevolence will be to Holy Trinity Church located at 17th & Walnut. They have recently opened up a free laundromat and shower facilities at their location for neighbors and friends who are homeless or have an unstable home situation. Appointments are necessary. Director, Ron King has asked for shampoo and body wash for their folks who will be using the showers. We will be collecting those items for the next few months.
Top Left: Judy and Lorraine are affixing the Human Trafficking Hot Line # sticker to the back of hotel soaps for the SOAP Project.
Top Right: Pat is showing the labeled soap that will be distributed to hotels to help keep those properties safe.
Left: 40 dinner bags were assembled for Our Neighbor's Place. Guests chose from ham, chicken, or PB&J sandwiches, fruit, dessert, chips, and a beverage.