After the usual networking and socializing Pub hour, the members and guests sat down for dinner.
Anders Nurmi , club President, welcomed everyone and introduced the host of the evening, Anders Nordin.
The dinner started with herring tidbits smoked Salmon and a few traditional sing- alongs. The main course was poached Salmon with vegetables and potatoes in hollandaise sauce, followed by apple pie, and then tea, coffee and cookies, all this was well received by the group.
A new member who attended for the first time was introduced, Andrei Khotumov, originally from Ingria, now Bellingham who has a most interesting field of work in agri-consulting in many countries across the world including North Korea!
The speaker for the evening was Aila Karpio, Honorary vice Consul of Finland. The subject was to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Finland.
During her captivating presentation, Aila took us through the eventful Finland history, starting with the crusade of Swedish King Eric in 1157, through epic and successive periods of struggle, association and domination by Danish, Russian and Swedish kingdoms.
In 1917, Finland declared independence. In ensuing years the country also strained through the Russian Winter war in 1939 and the loss of Karelia province. Factoid: Did you know that Britain declared war on Finland in 1941?
Economically Finland has adapted admirably over time from Agricultural, Forestry, Technology, to a Service based economy.
There is currently a blossoming climate of entrepreneurial activity including gaming, and systems applications.
As shown in a short film, innovation in technology and applications will be key to the future Finnish economy.
After a question period, the successful evening was concluded with thanks to Aila, and a farewell to members and guests until next meeting .