BEMUS POINT - Members of the Thule Lodge, located at 4123 Pancake Hill Road, met recently at the lodge for the nomination of officers.
Robert Fuller, past chairman, read the report of the nominating committee. Jeff Anderson was nominated to serve as the lodge chairman and Susan Sipos was nominated to serve as the vice chairman. Carolyn Ostrom was nominated to serve as the lodge secretary, and Donna Sandberg was nominated to serve as the financial secretary. Loretta Smith was nominated to serve as the lodge treasurer. Officers will be elected at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, with nominations from the floor accepted. All members of the Thule Lodge are welcome to attend the Nov. 17 meeting.
At the recent meeting, Ralph Veights, lodge chairman, called the meeting to order. Mrs. Ostrom gave the roll call of officers and the chaplain's message was given by Fanchon Fuller, cultural leader. John Sipos, lodge historian, led the pledge of allegiance, reminding all that the pledge was first said 120 years ago at this time by millions of school children to mark the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in America. Donna Johnson gave a report on the Children's Dance team and said December will be a busy time for the group.
Auditor Wayne Nelson gave a financial update on the lodge, with some recommendations. The recommendations will be discussed at the next meeting.
Gene Smith gave a report on the dinners served this year, and the positive responses of the people attending. Mrs. Fuller gave a history of folding awnings and sunny days in Sweden. As the winter season approaches, the length of daylight in some northern parts of Sweden will be reduced to a couple of hours per day.
Drawings were conducted by Smith, the outer guardsman, and Sipos. Recipients were Veights, Bill Wittenbrook and Tom Eckborg. Refreshments were served following the meeting and included home made soup and jello.
The Thule Lodge serves to preserve the Swedish heritage through events and activities. The lodge, which is a part of New York State District 4, is completing its 105th year in the Jamestown/Bemus Point area. New members are welcome.