DANISH SOCIETIES OF DANIA & DANNEBROG - 2021 CONVENTION
1150 9th St
Modesto, CA. 95354
The Danish Societies of Dania and Dannebrog of California and Nevada have rescheduled their annual convention for September 9-11, 2021. The change is due to COVID, and it is hoped that the September dates will be late enough to allow for a safe gathering. The convention, where Grand Lodge officers and delegates meet to conduct annual business and elect new officers, will be held at the Double Tree Hotel in Modesto, California.
In their December 2020 newsletter, it was stated, “In light of the issues affected by Covid 19, our Annual Dania & Dannebrog Conventions had to be postponed from April 22-24, 2021 to September 9-11, 2021. Both Executive Committees ponder on this topic and felt we were delaying our date well after the benefit of the newly implemented vaccine program will be in place. Hopefully, there will be no need for further delays. Please mark your calendars. Remember our theme will be a Celebration of the American Graffiti, so come prepared for our casual Friday night attired in your 1950-60’s garb. We will keep you posted of any additional changes that may occur. John Scheuber and the Bornholm Convention Committee”.
Dania Grand President Jana Heer said that the past year has been difficult as most of the lodge meetings have been canceled, as well as the original 2020 convention which had been planned for April. She said that one lodge has been using Zoom for their meetings. They’ve also been using telephone conference calls. Jana holds the distinction as the first female Dania Grand President who has also served as Dannebrog Grand President.
The shared mission of The Danish Societies of Dania & Dannebrog is stated on their website, “We are a charitable organization that honors and celebrates Danish American heritage. We raise and maintain funds so that we can comfort the sick and distressed, award scholarships to our youth and supplement our retiree’s pensions. We meet regularly to network, enjoy Danish customs, and always have a good time. We are looking for new friendships to enrich our club.”
During normal times, the branches have wonderful monthly gatherings to celebrate their Danish heritage with much “hygge” and great food. They encourage anyone interested in Danish culture to join them, as they are always looking for new members. They also maintain a scholarship fund for college students who are members, or children of members.
California branches are located in San Francisco, Fresno, Salinas, Livermore, Castro Valley, Petaluma, Ferndale, San Jose, Santa Maria, Solvang, and Modesto. The Nevada branch is in Reno. Anyone interested in more information, or membership is encouraged to contact the Grand Secretaries - Tim Heer email@example.com or Natalie Heer firstname.lastname@example.org.
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