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The Victoria Lodge of Sons of Norway started in 1946 when a group of local people of Norwegian heritage got together under the direction of Ella Moeskau. The Charter declares the organization date of Lodge #7-53 as May 25, 1946. There are 75 names on the charter. Records show that Ella Moeskau was the first president.  The Lodge was named Eidsvold, for the city in Norway where the Constitution was signed on May 17, 1814.

In 1947, a small, one-room school house on Hillside Avenue was purchased for the Norwegian community's social centre. Not everyone was in favour of the acquisition. A common comment was, “It’s too far out of town.” However, the deal was approved, and Eidsvold Lodge had a new home in Norway House.

Members soon discovered that the building was too small. A kitchen was needed to prepare those delicious Norwegian treats, so the first addition was built. But to accommodate cultural and social activities, still more room was needed. A second addition was added. Now the group had enough space to meet, to dance, and to prepare food, as well as room to sit and enjoy it comfortably. The second addition was the library.

By 1960, Eidsvold was again bursting at the seams. The main hall was added to the back of the little school house. The building now had the needed space to provide for a wide variety of social events.

In the late 1980s, members considered demolishing the lower hall in order to create a larger, one-level hall. However, the city fathers, in their wisdom, wouldn’t grant a permit for a bigger hall within a residential area. Members had to renovate within the existing walls.

The result is Norway House as you see it today.

 


Norway House 1950's


Norway House 1960's


Present Day

 

LODGE OFFICERS 2022

 

EXECUTIVE

  President - Linda Murray

Vice President - Scott Ingbritson

 
  Secretary - Daphne Shaw

Treasurer - Torgeir Hansen

 
  Financial & Membership Secretary - Joan Knapp

Past President - Loretta Pearson

 

Cultural - Marg Sorensen

 

PROGRAM DIRECTORS

  Kitchen Supervisor - Carolyn Ingbritson

Sports - Van Williams

 
  Foundation in Canada - Lisa Tandberg

Youth - Lisa Tandberg

 

Leikarringen - Mel Klassen

 

SUPPORT

  Recording Secretary - Loretta Pearson

Newsletter - Scott Ingbritson

 
  Newsletter Distribution - Carolyn Vincent

Web Media - Scott Ingbritson

 
  Publicity - Carolyn Ingbritson

Marshals - Curt Jensen, Elisabeth Jensen, Don Walkey

 
  Sunshine - Anna Hendren

Asst. Historian - Joan Knapp

 
  Historian - Daphne Shaw

Asst. Librarian - Catherine Nutting

 
  Librarian - Ellen Hanson

Greeters -  Marilyn Johns, Herb Strandberg, Cathy Wetton

 

Hall Committee - Torgeir Hansen, Gary Pearson, Doug Gamblin, Bjorn Simonsen,  Bjorn Meyer

 

 

Interested in Joining?

Click HERE for a more information and a membership application
Please mail your completed application to:
Eidsvold Lodge #7-53
1110 Hillside Avenue
Victoria, B.C. V8T 2A7

 

 
   

 

                                           

 
   
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