Members and Friends of the Scandinavian Business Club
I would like to introduce myself as your new President. I am honoured to be chosen to be your representative for the next two years and I will carry out that duty to the best of my abitily. I was unable to be in attendance at our AGM in March due to having surgery two days before and was still recovering but, I heard good reports of the attendance and that the meeting was well run. I am pleased to introduce our Board of Directors for the coming year:
Paul Andreassen - President
Solvi Stokholm - Director, Vice-President, Christmas Party Committee Chair
Steve Bottomley - Director, Membership Committee Chair
Henrik Laursen - Director, Speakers Committee Chair
Tom Klausen - Director, Midsummer Committee Chair
Anders Nurmi - Director at large, Immediate Past President
Our speaker committee has arranged for Kristoffer Vik Hansen of Spare to be our speaker for April. Kristoffer will be telling us about the work Spare is doing to improve urban
transportation through the implementation of shared mobility systems.
We are now officially into Spring and will have just two more dinner meetings for this season. The arrival of Summer will by marked by the Midsummer Festival at the Scaninavian Community Centre. We will have our booth, as usual, and will be looking for volunteers to spend a couple of hours over the weekend to help us out. Please let us know if you would like to help promote our club.
We have already begun planning the 73rd Annual Scandinavian Business Club Christmas Party, set for Saturday December 7th. We will feature the traditional Scandinavian Christmas Smörgåsbord lovingly prepared by Kate, and this year are planning to have a DJ as a change from our previous year's entertainment.
As always, we welcome suggestions for how we can improve the club including possible guest speakers. I look forward to serving you.
See you in April!
Well, we’re going to try again, since we cancelled/postponed our February event due to the weather conditions we will be repeating it for March. Also, because of that, there isn’t much to update on this month and much of this message is the same.
Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) for our members, is on March 13th at 7 – 7:30pm; you must be a member in good standing to vote (2018 calendar year to present, if you’re not sure, ask). We will review the financials from 2018 and vote on some board of director vacancies to be filled. Dinner will be served up right after the AGM (Salmon as the main, with trifle for dessert), to be followed by our second annual Jokesters event! Our very own comedian, Steve Bottomley, has organized 3 talents to entertain us, Bryan Hanson, Julia Stretch, and headliner Andy Canete! Well done Steve! We will also have an open mic for anybody who wants to get up and tell a joke, Scandinavian flavoured jokes are preferred!
Regarding the board vacancies that will be voted on during the AGM, I may as well advise what some people already know, and that is that I am stepping down as President but may stand for re-election to the board as a regular director to facilitate and assist with transition for the new slate of officers. Therefore, you will also be voting for a new President on March 13th.
Our speaker committee is hard at work lining up speakers for April and beyond, stay tuned for updates. Also, never too early to start planning to attend the Midsummer Festival in June! And, of course, mark the date for the Annual Scandinavian Christmas Party on Saturday December 7th, come one, come all! We will feature the traditional Scandinavian Christmas Smörgåsbord, and this year our musical entertainment will be provided by a DJ.
See you soon!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! Hope you had a good 2018 and you’re enjoying the holiday season!
Did you make it out to our Annual Scandinavian Christmas Party that took place on Saturday Dec. 1st? I hear that it went really well (I couldn’t attend as I was out of town)! I’d like to give a big shout out and kudos to the board members who attended and made this event happen and go so well, Solvi Stokholm, Steve Bottomley, Henrik Laursen and especially Paul Andreassen who carried much of the load, and can’t forget Tom Dunn who, while no longer a board member, continues to help out whenever he can (which we all really appreciate)!!
So, those of us who didn’t attend the Christmas Party missed out on a great Scandinavian Christmas Smörgåsbord (put on by the awesome Kate Praegel and team!), great music by the Silver Stars band, who had people dancing the night away, and of course before dinner there was the Runeberg Chorus and glögg to warm you up! There were door prizes too, including a couple of Canucks tickets from Thomas Gradin. We’re always looking for feedback and would really appreciate hearing from those who attended the event, and from those who didn’t we’d like to know why, is there something we could do differently?
What’s coming up in January?
Our dinner event on Wednesday, January 9th! This month we are making it a social dinner with no formal speaker or presentation. We had a challenge to confirm a speaker, so we thought it would be good to try this out and let everyone socialize more and catchup after the holidays, to say hello to the New Year, and goodbye to the old! I’m not sure if the club has done this before, but if successful we will consider making this an annual event. We will have a couple of club topics that we will throw out there for discussion and feedback. There will be time for people who may wish to make some announcements, say a few words, or maybe speak a bit about themselves, their business, any updates they would like to share, etcetera. We will have to impose a time limit to ensure that some long-winded people (you know who you are!) don’t monopolize the microphone!
February will be the Annual General Meeting before dinner, and after dinner will be our 2nd Annual Evening of Jokesters. We will keep the number of jokesters down to maybe three this year as last year we had a whole bunch who were really great, but it was a little unwieldy to manage as we are already time crunched.
Call for Director Nominations:
Part of the AGM proceedings is to elect directors to the board as some directors’ two-year terms are completed. We need some director candidates! If you have any interest at all to serve on the board, or wish to nominate someone, then we need to hear from you as soon as possible as we need to vet potential candidates in advance, and as such there will not be any nominations from the floor at the meeting.
With the New Year comes the time for us to pay our annual membership dues, still only $50 after all these years! If you would like to receive an invoice to pay online, please contact us and let us know. You can also pay at the first dinner event, or at the time of registering online.
Well, gotta run, hope to see you soon!
Halloween is done and now less than 60 Days to Christmas!
More importantly (for us anyway), just over 4 weeks until our Annual Scandinavian Christmas Party on Saturday December 1st! Early bird rates ($10 off) until November 15th, group rate discount of 10% for six or more!
We’ve confirmed the Silver Stars band will be our live musical entertainment! And, of course, the Runeberg Chorus will perform before dinner, it would not be the same without them! Yes, there will be glögg to warm you up! Catering will be by Kate Praegel and team, always providing the best Scandinavian Christmas Smörgåsbord!
Yes, we’re looking for door prize donations (and, no, this doesn’t include those white elephant gifts you want to get rid of…!), also for silent auction.
Too many reasons to not miss this event so mark the date and signup!
November 14th will be our last regular monthly dinner event of 2018! Our featured presentation will be about International Submarine Engineering, a global leader in remotely controlled submersible vehicles for 40 years and based right here in Port Coquitlam! Hear about them from their Business Development Manager, Phil Reynolds.
Our October dinner event a couple of weeks ago, was excellent, if we must say so ourselves! Rev. Peter Smyth, of the Mission to Seafarers in Vancouver, told us about the seafarers that visit the Port of Vancouver on all those ships we see in the harbour and at Delta Port. We learned how the Mission works to support all these men and women, on-board the ships and on shore. It was interesting to learn of the many nationalities, how they cope, what the issues are and that the work of the Mission, and other support groups, is appreciated and needed.
We were especially proud to award two Annual Scholarships this year, at the October dinner event. Attending in person to receive her award was Emily Moller-Hansen, together with a contingent of family and friends. Gabriella Stokholm-Shaw was unable to attend as she is away studying in Alberta, but will attend an event later in the Spring when she has completed her studies. Her award was accepted by her mother, Solvi Stokholm.
Coming up in the New Year will be some great events as we are busy confirming some excellent speakers. February, of course, will be our AGM and back for a second year will be an Evening of Jokesters to entertain! We will keep the number of jokesters down to a more manageable number this time, but it will be hard for Steve, our jokester wrangler, to choose from all those he has in the wings wanting to participate!
Well, gotta run, hope to see you soon!