Somebody turned a switch… and it’s Fall!
I don’t mind the change after the long stretch of heat we had, and smoke, let’s not forget the smoke. The cooler air and hopefully more rain, will be a welcome relief for the communities that have been enduring the wildfires.
What’s really exciting about Fall? Of course, it’s that our program of events is back, and we have some great ones! Starting with this month, sorry if you missed it, but we had a good dinner with fabulous Danish open-faced sandwiches (thank you Kate Praegel and team!). We thank our speaker, Azza Rojbi, for her presentation, which you can read more about in the host’s report, by Steve Bottomley, elsewhere in this newsletter.
What about coming events? I’m glad you asked, and you will definitely want to check out the upcoming events calendar (hint, October – Red Robinson, expecting a sell-out, so get your tickets sooner than later!).
Some comments were passed my way after our recent dinner, which I feel are worthy of mention and discussion. First, it was felt that we reiterate that we are a welcoming, friendly and open group. While we don’t often have topics that evoke strong emotion and passion, sometimes we do, and we must have. We definitely will not all agree with what may be said or points made, which is a good thing. It is great that we live in a society where we are able to freely express and discuss different points of view. The speakers we invite to present topics, and who graciously accept, come from many areas, professional, special interest, lay persons, etc. We do not pay our speakers, we only offer them a meal, a small token of appreciation, and a warm, friendly Scandinavian reception and hospitality. We want them to go away feeling good about the Scandinavian Business Club, and Scandinavians in general, and speak positively of their experience. We can do this by respecting their presence, not only when we agree, but also when we disagree. This doesn’t mean we don’t voice our points and counter-points, but that we do so with a respectful tone and remain in context.
We welcome your feedback and comments, and are always looking to improve what we do and how we do it.
See you soon!
UBC Voyage - A Special Presentation
In April, in addition to our regular speaker, we were given a special presentation by Torbjørn Reitan Fyrvik who told us about the UBC Voyage Project. The goal of the project is to design and build a fully autonomous research vessel which will be tested in the Atlantic Ocean. The team is currently working on the project but they are looking for assistance. Click the link below to learn about the project, its status and how you can help make it happen!
Christmas Party Sponsors 2017
We wish to acknowledge the following businesses and individuals for their generous support of our annual Christmas Party. Our sponsors for the 2017 Scandinavian Business Club of BC Christmas Party are:
Anders Nurmi - Pacific Viking Enterprises
Solvi Stokholm - Stokhom Insurance Services Ltd. / The Cooperators
Salt Paradise Wellness and Detox Centre
Steve Bottomley - West Coast Flyer Delivery
Skinnydipper Recreation Club
Hypersonic Internet Services