This is the farewell for Samhold lodge #5-473, as we are merging with Nordkap lodge #5-378, effective January 1, 2020.
We had some wonderful times these past 56 years in the northern suburbs of Michigan: first in Pontiac, next in Auburn Hills, finally in Lake Orion. It is both sad and encouraging (with the merger), but the memories will remain as I compile the legacy of Samhold, with the objective to preserve the archives at, hopefully, the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
I would like to thank the Samhold and Nordkap boards of directors in helping make this merger happen. I also thank Gene Steensma for his many years of service (I’ve lost count!) as member, president through 2017, and counselor. Thank you, Bob & Louise Giles of Nordkap in making the merger go smoothly; as well as Carol Jehle (Membership Secretary of Nordkap) in handling the transition of members. In closing, we in Samhold are honored to make several $thousands of donations to these excellent causes within the Sons of Norway: Nordkap Scholarship Fund, Masse Moro Camp Fund, Barnebirke Fund, and District 5 General Fund.
Our last Samhold gathering together, the Christmas Party of 2019, was enjoyable. Enjoy viewing the picture gallery attached here:
Wish all the best of 2020, and may the heritage of Norwegian-Americans in Michigan, and in the USA, continue growing from generation to generation.
Bill Injerd, President, Samhold #5-473, Sons of Norway