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Danish Sisterhood of America

    • March 01, 2021
    • (CST)
    • December 31, 2021
    • (CST)

    NFDA is proud to partner with DSS to promote and preserve the Danish Sisterhood!  This page is designed to show events, meetings and gatherings of the Danish Sisterhood.  If you would like to add a meeting or event, please email the details to info@DanishAmerica.org.  Please include the following information:

    Event Name (Include your lodge name and number)
    Event Description
    Date, Time, and Location

    You can also include photos and graphics for us to show.

    Thank you for your involvement in DSS and your interest in Danish America!

    • August 12, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • September 09, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Virtual Meeting

    TIVOLI LODGE #300 MONTHLY VIRTUAL GATHERING

    Join us for a monthly virtual komsammen (get together)! Our time together includes a program on Danish traditions or culture, time to get to know each other, and a brief business meeting. 

    This Danish Sisterhood Lodge differs from other lodges because we are a 100% virtual lodge! Our members join us from around the country and enjoy each other through the use of Zoom technology.  Contact us by email at tivolilodge300@gmail.com for Zoom call information.



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    Danish Sisterhood Website

    • August 14, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Ed Brannfors' Ranch - La Center, Washington

    DANISH PICNIC IN SOUTHERN WASHINGTON

    The annual Portland Danish Brotherhood and Danish Sisterhood picnic will take place in August! All are welcome.

    The picnic will feature hot dogs and drinks. Plates and utensils will be provided. You are asked to bring potluck picnic items, Danish food would be great! Feel free to bring your own beer as well. Folding chairs are also needed.

    When:  Saturday, August 14th, 12:00 pm

    Where:  Ed Brannfors' ranch, 36416 NE Taylor Valley Road, La Center, Washington

    • August 15, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • September 12, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • The Danish Home - Chicago, IL

    DANISH SISTERHOOD OF CHICAGO GENERAL MEETING

    DANISH SISTERHOOD OF AMERICA
    Dagmar Lodge #4, Chicago

    General meetings are traditionally held at The Danish Home of Chicago (5656 North Newcastle Avenue).  Please join us.

    Sunday, August 15, 2021
    TBA or Danish Home in the yard 
    2:00pm to 2:30pm Social time
    2:30pm to 3:30-4:00pm Meeting

    Sunday, September 12, 2021
    Scandinavian Day, South Elgin. IL
    10:00am to 5:00pm Scandinavian Day Festival

    For Information, please contact:

    Events Coordinator Bente Rasmussen, 630-699-0332 
    E-mail: benterasmussen1@aol.com

    Secretary Jean Jackson, 708-784-0827
    Email: jean.m.jackson@att.net

    www.DanishSisterhood.com

    • August 18, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • December 15, 2021
    • (CST)
    • 5 sessions
    • Virtual Meeting (Zoom) - Kenosha, WI

    DANISH SISTERHOOD LODGE #20 OF KENOSHA REGULAR MEETING

    Danish Sisterhood Lodge No. 20, Kenosha, WI is holding virtual meetings via Zoom on the third Wednesday of each month.   

    DANISH SISTERHOOD OF AMERICA
    Lodge # 20
    Kenosha, Wisconsin

    For more information:

    Majbritt Stewart, Lodge President
    mandmstewart@mac.com | 847-812-1551 

    Anna Nielsen, Lodge Secretary
    annamnielsen88@gmail.com | 262-412-4482

    Danish Sisterhood National Website

    • August 18, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • December 15, 2021
    • (CST)
    • 5 sessions
    • Virtual Meeting on Zoom

    VIRTUAL MEETING - DSS LODGE #15 MILWAUKEE

    Dronning Margrethe Lodge #15 | Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Organized September 21, 1891

    Meetings currently being conducted on Zoom.

    Emailannmarieccc@gmail.com

    Spring 2021 Newsletter

    Lodge Website


    Lodge Facebook Page

    • August 18, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • December 15, 2021
    • (PST)
    • 5 sessions
    • Aldersly Danish Retirement Home - San Rafael, CA

    DANISH SISTERHOOD MARGRETHE LODGE #24 MEETING

    Connect with your Danish heritage by joining the Danish Sisterhood. We are part of the Supreme Lodge of the Danish Sisterhood of America, an organization with lodges in many states and in Canada.

    Our lodge was established in San Francisco in March 1894. We were proud to celebrate our 125th Anniversary in 2019. We now have our monthly gatherings at the Danish Retirement Home, Aldersly, located in San Rafael. After our short meeting we always enjoy an authentic traditional Danish lunch. If you are looking for Danish hygge, great food and meeting new friends you found it. You don’t have to be Danish to join.  Please come visit us and feel free to bring a friend along. Cost for lunch is $25.00. Please be sure to RSVP via email to Lizette.

    Margrethe Lodge #24 Website

    Danish Retirement Home, Aldersly
    326 Mission Ave.
    San Rafael, CA 94901

    Email Lizette Burtis lburtis@sbcglobal.net  for more information, or to register.

    • September 11, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • March 12, 2022
    • (PST)
    • 7 sessions
    • Zoom Meetings - Portland, OR

    DSS MT HOOD LODGE #81 REGULAR MEETING

    Meeting Every 2nd Saturday 




    • December 01, 2021
    • (CST)
    • December 01, 2024
    • (CST)
    • 4 sessions

    THIS DATE IN DANISH AMERICAN HISTORY - THE DANISH SISTERHOOD OF AMERICA

    The Danish Sisterhood of America was founded on December 1, 1883 by Christine Hemmingsen, a Danish immigrant from Orup, Denmark. Inspired by the success of the Danish Brotherhood of America, Mrs. Hemmingsen established Christine Lodge #1 in Negaunee, Michigan. The Danish Sisterhood of today continues to grow with numerous lodges located throughout the United States and Canada.

    The Danish culture is rich – its history long and distinguished, going back thousands of years. Membership in the Danish Sisterhood of America is a wonderful opportunity to connect with your Danish heritage, learn more about Danish customs and traditions, and strengthen your connection to Denmark. A cordial invitation is extended to you to join the largest national Danish organization dedicated to preserving and sharing these deeply rooted traditions. 

    Danish Sisterhood History

    Danish Sisterhood Website

    • December 24, 2021
    • (CST)
    • December 25, 2022
    • (CST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Denmark and United States

    GLÆDELIG JUL!

    Christmas in Denmark embodies the spirit of joy and enthusiasm to the maximum. As December approaches, every house and street is lit up with colourful lights, so much so that it neutralizes the effect of a dull winter. Most Danes believe that Christmas is about carols and songs, the aroma of spruce, oranges and freshly baked cookies. One of the city's oldest traditions is being adorned with thousands of candles to create an atmosphere of warmth, togetherness, relaxation and love. Usually, every store and street is elaborately decorated with green, red or white paper hearts, since this is the Danish symbol during Christmas. Again, even houses and dinner tables are ornamented with lights and hearts. Christmas cookies and æbleskiver are made for both the children and adults. Read on to learn more about the customs and traditions of Christmas in Denmark. 

    Some people in Denmark give and receive extra Advent presents on the four Sundays of Advent.

    Different types of Advent candles and calendars are popular in Denmark. A Kalenderlys (calendar-candle) is an Advent candle and most people have one of these types of candles. A Pakkekalender (gift calendar) is also a fun way to countdown to Christmas Eve. There are 24 small gifts for the children in the calendar, one for each day until Christmas Eve.

    Julekalender (christmas calendar) is a television series with 24 episodes. One episode is shown each day in December with the last one being aired on Christmas Eve. The first Julekalender was shown on TV in Denmark in 1962. The two main Danish TV channels DR and TV2 both show different versions of Julekalender each year. The theme of the stories in the Julekalender normally follow a similar storyline, with someone trying to ruin Christmas and the main characters saving Christmas!

    Christmas Parties are held from 1st November to 24th December where everyone has a good time! Making cakes and biscuits is popular in the time before Christmas. Gingerbread cookies and vanilla ones are often favorites.

    In Denmark most people go to a Church Service on Christmas Eve about 4.00pm to hear the Christmas sermon or talk. It's also an old, traditional custom to give animals a treat on Christmas Eve, so some people go for a walk in the park or woods and they might take some food to give the animals and birds. You might also go for a walk to give you an appetite for the Christmas meal!

    When they get home the main Christmas meal is eaten between 6.00pm and 8.00pm. It's served on a beautifully decorated table. Popular Christmas foods include roast duck, goose or pork. They are served with boiled and sweet potatoes, red cabbage, beetroot and cranberry jam/sauce.

    Most families have a 'ris á la mande' (a special kind of rice pudding, made of milk, rice, vanilla, almonds and whipped cream) for dessert. All but one of the almonds are chopped into pieces. The person who finds the whole almond gets a present called a Mandelgave (almond present). Traditionally the little present was a marzipan pig! Now a marzipan pig is still sometimes given, but it's also often something like sweets or a little toy.

    After the meal the lights on the Christmas Tree are lit, people might dance around the tree and sing carols. Then it's time for people to open their presents. The Christmas tree normally has a gold or silver star on the top and often has silver 'fairy hair' on it to make it glitter.

    On Christmas day people meet with their family and have a big lunch together with danish open-faced sandwiches on rye-bread.

    In Denmark, children believe that their presents are brought by the 'Julemanden' (which means 'Christmas Man' or 'Yule Man'). He looks very similar to Santa Claus and also travels with a sleigh and reindeer. He lives in Greenland, likes rice pudding and is helped by 'nisser' which are like elves.

    St. Lucia's Day (or St. Lucy's Day) is also celebrated on December 13th, although it's more famous for being celebrated in Denmark's neighbor, Sweden.

    In Danish Happy/Merry Christmas is 'Glædelig Jul'.

    • January 30, 2022
    • (CST)
    • January 30, 2023
    • (CST)
    • 2 sessions

    A GREAT DANISH AMERICAN BIRTHDAY - CHRISTINE HEMMINGSEN

    Christine Hemmingsen (January 30, 1840 - August 24, 1884) is remembered as a caring, compassionate, and courageous woman. Her home was open to friends and a mecca for old and young Danes seeking to adjust to the ways of the new world. Sorrows were shared, and joys multiplied by family fellowship. They cared. One day, after a brief illness, a young woman who was a friend of the Hemmingsen’s, died, leaving a bereaved husband and two children. The grief was even greater, as the financial burden of funeral expenses was realized. Christine’s kind heart reacted to their friends grief and problems – but she also acted. She was very much aware of fraternal organizations including the Danish Brotherhood, with “sick and death benefit” as their purpose. But they were for men. And so, motivated by compassion, caring, and concern, she took steps to formally organize Danish women into a funeral benefit society.

    [Taken from “Origin of Danish Sisterhood of America and History of Christine Lodge #1” by Millicent Jensen, Member of Christine Lodge #1, April 1, 1983]

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    • April 16, 2022
    • (CDT)
    • April 16, 2023
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Fredensborg Palace, Denmark

    A ROYAL BIRTHDAY
    HM QUEEN MARGRETHE II


    From The Royal Danish House website - Once again this year, Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday on 16 April will be marked differently than usual. Like last year, The Queen will spend the day at Fredensborg Palace, where the birthday will be celebrated privately.

    When Her Majesty The Queen turned 80 years old almost a year ago, the day turned out to be different than planned. In light of the situation with COVID-19 in the Danish society, the round birthday was celebrated at Fredensborg Palace with digital congratulations from inside Denmark and abroad, joint singing and Her Majesty’s address to the Danish people in the evening. One year later, the situation with COVID-19 continues to mean that The Queen’s birthday must be celebrated differently than the traditional way. Her Majesty and the royal family will therefore not come out on the balcony during the changing of the guard at Amalienborg at 12:00 noon this year. Instead, The Queen will celebrate the day privately at Fredensborg Palace.  

    However, it will still be possible to send The Queen a birthday greeting via the Royal Danish House’s digital platforms. On the morning of 16 April, a congratulations list will be set up on the Royal Danish House’s website, where it will be possible to send personal felicitations to The Queen. Due to the continued spread of COVID-19, it will not be possible to show up physically at Det Gule Palæ at Amalienborg to handwrite a greeting for Her Majesty. The birthday will be marked throughout the day on the Royal Danish House’s social media and website. 

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    Margrethe Alexandrine Þorhildur Ingrid, Her Majesty The Queen, became Queen of Denmark in 1972. Margrethe II was born on 16 April 1940 at Amalienborg Palace as the daughter of King Frederik IX (d. 1972) and Queen Ingrid, born Princess of Sweden (d. 2000)

    Foto: Per Morten Abrahamsen

    The Queen’s motto is "God’s help, the love of The People, Denmark’s strength".

    The Royal Family comprises Her Majesty The Queen’s relatives, including HRH Princess Benedikte and Her Majesty Queen Anne-Marie.

    Christening and confirmation:  HM The Queen was christened on 14 May 1940 in Holmens Kirke (the Naval Church) and confirmed on 1 April 1955 at Fredensborg Palace.

    The Act of Succession:  The Act of Succession of 27 March 1953 gave women the right of succession to the Danish throne but only secondarily. On the occasion of her accession to the throne on 14 January 1972, HM Queen Margrethe II became the first Danish Sovereign under the new Act of Succession.  In 2009, The Act of Succession was amended so that the eldest child (regardless of gender) succeeds to the throne.

    A seat on the State Council:  On 16 April 1958, the Heir Apparent, Princess Margrethe, was given a seat on the State Council, and she subsequently chaired the meetings of the State Council in the absence of King Frederik IX.

    Wedding:  On 10 June 1967, the Heir Apparent married Henri Marie Jean André, Count of Laborde de Monpezat, who in connection with the marriage became Prince Henrik of Denmark. The wedding ceremony took place in Holmens Kirke, and the wedding festivities were held at Fredensborg Palace. Prince Henrik passed away on 13 February 2018.

    Children:  HRH Crown Prince Frederik André Henrik Christian, born 26 May 1968, and HRH Prince Joachim Holger Waldemar Christian, born 7 June 1969.

    2020 Birthday Address to the Public:
    English Translation
    April 16, 2020

    More Information:

    Royal House Website

    • October 05, 2023
    • (CDT)
    • October 08, 2023
    • (CDT)
    • Twin Cities, Minnesota

    2023 DANISH SISTERHOOD NATIONAL CONVENTION



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