OKLAHOMA CITY — Sons of Norway, Lodge 1-1671 Hundreårsjubileum, was instituted June 4, 2006, at 4 p.m. in “The Eclipse Room” Remington Park, Oklahoma City.

The name “Hundreårsjubileum” in Norwegian means 100 Year Centennial. May 17, 2006, was the 100th year anniversary of Norway’s independence from Sweden, and also the 100th year anniversary of state hood for Oklahoma.

Master of Ceremonies was John Drivdahl, Zone 8 Director, Waco, Texas. Presentation of colors, Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthems from Canada, Norway, and the United States of American were sung. The invocation was the Norwegian Table Prayer.

A dinner was served with accompaniment by Karin Gifje playing Hardanger Fiddling. President of the Hundreårsjublieum Lodge is Randy Ice, Oklahoma City. Greta Thompson from Ada is the language teacher officer.

The mission of the Sons of Norway is to promote, preserve, and cherish a lasting appreciation of the heritage and culture of Norway and other Nordic countries while growing soundly as a fraternal benefit society and offering maximum benefits to its members.

Attending from Ada as charter members of Norwegian descent were Erna Jørgensen Leach, Greta Bjørntvedt Thompson, Karsten Thompson, Sarah Thompson, and Michele Cook, along with their families. Erna and Greta wore their National Outfits or Bunads, which represent the city, county, or area of the person’s home or heritage. Erna is from Bergen; Greta is from the eastern part of Norway, Kragero.

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