President's Message
 
February 27, 2020


We are finally turning the corner and heading towards Spring. Less than a month to go and already there are early flowers showing in some yards in the Lower Mainland.
We had a lively Annual General Meeting as a start to our dinner meeting in February. We returned two hard working directors to the board for two-year terms - Solvi Stokholm and Steve Bottomley. Thank you Solvi and Steve for your hard work for the club. We also elected a new director, Tammy Stefansson-Evans, also for two years. Tammy has been helping the board as a volunteer for the past two years and agreed to join the board as a full director. Thank you Tammy, for your great help and suggestions and for your commitment to our organization!
We also debated a motion to raise membership dues by $10 for full members and $5 for spousal members. After a protracted discussion, the membership voted to table the motion pending further consideration by the board. This issue will be discussed at a future General Meeting.
We were also delighted to welcome two guests to our dinner, Jacob and Linn who are visiting from Denmark. As it happens, Linn is a physician in Copenhagen and has an interest in cardiology. She is working towards cardiology as a specialty while also working towards her Phd. This work has brought her to Canada to help spread the availability of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AED's) in the community.  We were very happy that Linn has agreed to be our speaker for March and will tell us about the importance of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the community to increase survival for persons with cardiac arrest outside hospital. She will share experiences with a novel citizen responder program where citizens can register to an app and be dispatched and guided to start early CPR and defibrillation if they are nearby a cardiac arrest.
We have also confirmed that our very own Tom Dunn will be our feature speaker in April and will be speaking about emergency preparedness for personal, family and business continuity.

Please join us on March 11th for a delicious Scandinavian three course dinner and a great talk about heart health and saving lives in our community!
 
See you soon!

Paul Andreassen
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President's Message
 
January 30, 2020


Our dinner in January was a great event with an interesting talk by Mr. Ron Shore. Ron told us about the discover of the remains of a Liberator Bomber that crashed in mountainous terrain in British Columbia during WWII. Ron was involved with efforts to retrieve a part of the aircraft to include in a memorial to the crew. This memorial, which can be seen in Thompson Regional Park, near Chilliwack BC.

We will be holding our Annual General Meeting from 7 - 7:30pm on February 12th, 2020. There will be some reports and updates from the Board of Directors and Committees, the Finance report will be voted on, there will be an election of some director positions (nominations are open, contact the board if you want to nominate someone or stand yourself, none can be accepted from the floor), plus any other business. Information will be sent to members prior to the meeting. Only members in good standing are eligible to vote, ensure your status is up-to-date, and if you are unsure, contact us to find out your status. Please join us to help support the club and give it future direction.
In addition to our AGM, we will be having a Cultural Sharing evening. Bring a few photos from your homeland or small cultural items to talk about. Photos should be your own, not taken from other sources. Please make sure all items are marked with your name. We will use your photos and items to create a display in the lounge between 6:00pm and 7:00pm. The display will be moved into the hall for the remainder of the evening.
 
See you soon!

Paul Andreassen
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President's Message
 
December 30, 2019


Welcome to the last issue of the Scandinavian Business Club newsletter for 2019. This year has seen a few challenges for us but we nevertheless had many enjoyable dinners with interesting guest speakers and wonderful social gatherings. We finished off the year with a lively Christmas Party with traditional Scandinavian buffet dinner. The Runeberg Choir started our evening with beautiful Christmas Carols while we warmed up with a glass of Glögg. For dinner we enjoyed many kinds of herring followed by the buffet with Swedish Ham, roast pork, vegetables and many other delicacies! After dinner, we socialized and danced to the music of the Classic Reflections Dance Band. What a wonderful time we had and we look forward to another great party next December. Mark your calendars and don't miss the next Scandinavian Business Club Fabulous Christmas Party on December 5, 2020. We already have the hall booked and our planning is under way!

This month, we welcome, as our guest speaker, Mr. Ron Shore of Telesave Communications. Ron has lived an exciting life with many experiences including time in the navy, mountain climbing, cycling across Canada and travel to 58 countries, every province of Canada and most of the United States. Ron will tell us about his work in creating a memorial for the crew of the Liberator Bomber, KK214, which crashed, while on a training flight from Abbotsford Airport, on June 1, 1945 on Mount Welch in the Cheam Range of British Columbia.
Our dinner this month will be one of our favorites, Danish Open Face Sandwiches with soup. Looking forward to seeing you all at dinner,
 
See you soon!

Paul Andreassen
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President's Message
 
October 29, 2019


Welcome to another issue of the Scandinavian Business Club newsletter. We had a very enjoyable social evening for our dinner this month. Many members came to enjoy a delicious dinner of Danish Open Face sandwiches and the friendliness and camaraderie for which we are known. This month, we are privileged to have, as our guest speaker, Dr. Kari Turunen who is the new Artistic Director of the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Dr. Turunen brings a wealth of education and experience to the position and we expect an interesting and exciting talk.
Don't forget, our Christmas party is coming up on December 7th. We will be welcomed into the center, as usual, by the Runeberg Choir singing Christmas carols, a delicious Scandinavian Christmas dinner and music and dancing on into the evening. Mark your calendars and tell your friends, colleagues and clients about this wonderful event. If you have a small office, why not consider having your office Christmas Party with us?
 
Looking forward to seeing you all at dinner,

Paul Andreassen
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