Published 6:53 pm Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sons of Norway

Normanna No. 52 Lodge of the Sons of Norway had a Leif Erickson dinner on Oct. 12 with about 75 members and guests present. Orville and Irene Goskeson entertained with their music. Orville played the guitar and Irene the saw.

The guest speaker was Deb Nelson Gourley, author of several Norwegian books, both in English and Norwegian.

The meal was catered by Conger Catering. The dessert of rice pudding was made by Leda Anderson and Ann Hanson.

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A good time of fellowship was had by all.

November through April meetings will be held the third Saturday of the month at the Senior Center at the Skyline Plaza at 10 a.m.


Freeborn 4-H

The Freeborn 4-H Club met for its first meeting of the new 4-H year at 1 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Freeborn American Legion Hall. There were nine members and eight parents present. Since last year’s president and vice president graduated out of 4-H, Secretary Monica Bye called the meeting to order. The group welcomed three new families to the club. Roll call was answered by what their favorite Halloween costume is.

There was no secretary’s report. The treasurer’s report was given by Chris Anderson. Key Leader Sandy Anderson read the remarks from county fair concerning the club’s banner, booth and community pride. Anderson reminded everyone to get signed up online for projects for this year, and she had information for those that needed it. Anderson explained to the members where to find the Clover Update Newsletter and that each family should read it as it keeps everyone up-to-date on the 4-H news.

The group held the election of officers with the following results: president will be Monica Bye, vice president and secretary will be Chris Anderson, Travis Bye will be the treasurer. Anderson volunteered to report to the newspapers. Anderson and Linda Jacobsen will be working on updating the history scrapbooks.

A motion was made by Abbey Redman and seconded by Bye for Anderson to make up a basket to be donated for the Freeborn Area Cancer Auction.

A discussion was had about what meeting time best works for all families. The general opinions were for the second Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. The next meeting was planned for 5 p.m. Nov. 10. This was the awards banquet, which was catered by TB3’s.

With no other business Abbey made a motion to adjourn the meeting, and Taylor Jacobsen seconded. The club then had its Halloween party. They played Halloween bingo and a dice double game. They also played a card game with candy bars for prizes. They then enjoyed Halloween treats for lunch.


Freeborn American Legion Auxiliary


The Freeborn American Legion Auxiliary No. 552 started the new year with a meeting on Sept. 15. This was held at the Freeborn Legion Hall. President Sandy Anderson called the meeting to order. The auxiliary pledge was recited. The charter was draped in memory of Doris Fogal who had just passed away. The secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved. Bills were presented and paid. The poppy report from May was given under old business. The group decided on its poppy order for the coming year, and they will be ordered by the treasurer.

The first item for new business was the presenting of Blue Star Banners to Nancy Jensen and to Betty Johannson for members of their families serving in the armed forces.

The date for our Community Coffee Time was set. This was held Saturday. The monthly meeting would follow at 10 a.m.

On Dec. 2 will be the hospice tree-lighting and Christmas potluck and bingo party. Santa will arrive at 3 p.m., and this is sponsored by the Freeborn Boosters. The auxiliary will be serving coffee and cookies while Santa is there. At 4:30 p.m. the hospice tree-lighting ceremony will take place with the reading of the names to be remembered. The auxiliary potluck will follow at approximately 5 p.m., and bingo will begin at approximately 6 p.m. The entire community is invited to these events, and no one leaves bingo empty handed!

The date for the auxiliary’s annual soup and pie event will be on Jan. 19, 2013. The serving will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Legion Hall.

Memberships were discussed. The group still has quite a few members who have not yet renewed. Anderson will be notifying them in the next newsletter.

The group started gathering names for candidates for both girls and boys state. They will use a fill-in form this year rather than having the candidates write a report.

The group dispersed some of its funds from the poppy and general fund by donating to the department president’s project, to the $5 Bill Shower, to the ALA Hospital and to the Christmas gift shop. They planned to decide at another meeting whether more will be donated.

With no other business, the meeting was adjourned.



The Freeborn American Legion Auxiliary No. 552 held its meeting on Oct. 13 at the Freeborn Legion Hall. President Sandy Anderson called the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance and the auxiliary pledge were recited. The charter was undraped from the loss of Doris Fogal.

The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were given and approved. The district dues and junior dues were motioned to be paid and the motion was seconded and carried.

Under old business, the group still has a few members who have not yet renewed their memberships for this year. Anderson will add a note to the next newsletter. The group has one new membership so far. The secretary will get an invitation sent off to both the department and district presidents with the listing of upcoming sponsored events.

The group has received a memorial from the family of Doris Fogal. The money will be deposited while the group thinks of something special that the Legion Hall is in need of.

The Community Sewing Group will not be meeting until January. There was a very low turn out for the October meeting. Depending on the turnout for January, there may no longer be a Community Sewing Group. New sewing patterns were received in the October mailings and these were given to Viola.

Anderson asked if the group was going to send out veteran appreciation cards again this year to the members of the Freeborn American Legion. The answer was yes. Anderson would take care of this.

Anderson brought up the topic of sending Christmas cards to the veterans hospital. Information about this was in the October mailing. Everyone thought this was a great idea. Anderson had brought along some Christmas cards, and all members present signed them. She will get them mailed to the hospital.

Anderson was instructed to put together a buddy basket for fall conference. She will send it along with someone from another district who is attending the conference.

The next meeting was at 10 a.m. Saturday following the Community Coffee Time.