Danish Brotherhood Lodge #14 in Kenosha Works to Rebuild After Fire

  • October 03, 2020
  • Danish Brotherhood Lodge #14 - Kenosha, WI


By Linda Steffensen, NFDA Secretary and Danish Pioneer Editor

As many of you may be aware, the historical Danish Brotherhood Lodge #14 building in Kenosha, Wisconsin was destroyed by a devastating fire set by rioters and looters in late August 2020.

I have spoken several times with Sir Bob Ibsen in Kenosha, WI. Bob has been instrumental in Danish Brotherhood Lodge #14’s success through the decades. Bob was knighted by the Queen of Denmark while serving as national president of the Danish Brotherhood in America. Bob and his wife Elaine celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2019. 

Bob Ibsen is so thankful for the national Danish-American community's support of Danish Brotherhood Lodge #14 in Kenosha during this very difficult time. From The Danish Pioneer's recent front page article about the fire, Bob informed me that already several thousands of dollars have been sent directly to "Danish Brotherhood Lodge #14" c/o Bob Ibsen, 7821 - 8th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53143. People have also been sending encouraging letters and cards in addition to lifting up the spirits of Bob, Elaine and the entire Danish Brotherhood family! Your continued support is very much appreciated and needed.

Some of the younger members, including Danish Brotherhood #14 leaders Roger Willems and Robert Nelson, have also set up a GoFundMe Page that has already generated $19,642 out of a goal of $750,000 from 338 donors (as of September 22, 2020).

A separate fund to assist the Danish Brotherhood member who was injured and the owners who lost their mattress shop has raised $45,565 out of a $100,000 goal from 987 donors (as of September 22, 2020). 

NFDA President Bruce Bro and I will continue to keep in touch with the Ibsens and the Danish Brotherhood as fundraising and developments happen, so we can inform the national Danish-American community.

I have attached two recent messages from the Danish Brotherhood Lodge #14 with updates and the recent cover page of The Danish Pioneer.

Kenosha Brotherhood Message #1

Kenosha Brotherhood Message #2

Danish Pioneer Coverage August 30

I have also attached some pictures which summarize the devastating situation in Kenosha. The Danish Brotherhood Lodge #14 is strong and will move forward from this tragedy. My family and I are longtime members of the Danish Brotherhood Lodge  #35 in Illinois, and the Danish Brotherhood is a great organization to be a part of. Thank you again to the national Danish-American community for your support of Danish Brotherhood Lodge #14 as they rebuild in Kenosha, Wisconsin. We are all thinking of you and send our support and very best wishes!

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PO Box 1003
Wilmette, Illinois 60091

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