Swedish Club of Southeastern Michigan
Arpi Swedish Male Chorus
The Arpi Swedish Male Chorus, a member of the AUSS, American Union of Swedish Singers, meets regularly on Tuesday evenings at the Swedish Club, located at 22398 Ruth St. in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Organized in the 1930's it was the forerunner, nucleus and organizer of the Swedish Club (of greater Detroit) and now continues as an integral part of the Swedish Club. It is dedicated to the preservation of Swedish and Scandinavian ethnicity through music, and often times entertains at the Club and public events and through its AUSS association with some 24 choruses throughout the country, uses its talents to "reach out" nationwide. Fred Rohrbach directs the chorus, Sheila Johnson is piano accompanist. Arpi, at present, has 40 members and we welcome all who have the desire to sing.
Jenny Lind Club
Jenny Lind, baptized Johanna Maria Lind, was born on October 6, 1820, in Stockholm, Sweden. She made an impact on the entire world as an unrivaled coloratura soprano and became known as the "Swedish Nightingale"'
As of 1999, The Jenny Lind Club has established a Scholarship Fund in Vocal Music in memory of its namesake, Jenny Lind.
"I sing after no one's method--only,
as far as I am able, after that of the birds;
for their Master was the only one who
came up to my demands for truth,
clearness and expression."
Look for Jenny Lind Club upcoming events in the Web page--Calendar page.
Norwegian Men's Club
Scandia Women's Chorus of Michigan
The Scandia Women's Chorus was organized in May, 1976 by Bea Määttälä. Seventeen women attended the first rehearsal. Original member , Bea Määttälä is still with the chorus
Jean Branzei served as director from 1976 to 1987. Lillian Lagerkvist started as an accompanist in 1978 and was named director in 1987. Lillian retired in 2004 . We now welcome our new director, Ruth Ann Zimmer.
The chorus, of approximately 40 women, sing not only Swedish and English songs, but songs of all the Scandinavian countries. Although several singers were born in Sweden, most of the members do not speak fluent Swedish.
In 1980, the chorus was accepted into the Central Division of the American Union of Swedish Singers (AUSS), and in 1982, the chorus became the second women's chorus to be accepted into the membership of the National American Union of Swedish Singers, formerly an all-male organization.
Other than performances in many Michigan cities, the chorus has been featured and performed in such places as: Oakland, Nebraska; Estes Park, Colorado; Lindsborg, Kansas and Cleveland, Ohio. In 1997, the chorus toured Sweden and was a featured participant in the Midsummer celebration in Tällberg, in Dalarna.
The largest combined chorus in the AUSS !
Sons of Norway
History of Nordkap Lodge, 5-378
Sons of Norway
Nordkap Lodge 378 is the oldest Sons of Norway lodge in Michigan and is part of the organization’s Fifth District. It is named for Nordkapp (North Cape), a thousand-foot-high cliff at the top of Norway.
Nordkap Lodge began on August 10, 1929, when a group of about 35 Norwegians met at the Danish Brotherhood Hall in Detroit with a representative from the Sons of Norway in Minneapolis to organize a Detroit chapter. Those present were accepted as members, an election was held, a committee to draft bylaws chosen, and three names were presented as possible names for the new chapter: Roald, Nordkap, and Torghatten. As there was already a Roald Lodge in the Fifth District, the members decided to vote on the other two, and Nordkap won.
In September, the new lodge met at the Strathmor Masonic Temple and planned a Leif Ericson Fest. Norwegian films were shown, a Halloween party and basket social were planned, and the lodge was off to a good start. However, the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression intervened, and interest waned. The lodge suspended meetings in 1931, but membership was at 54.
The lodge was reorganized in 1935 at the Odd Fellows Hall on Fenkell Avenue in Detroit and retained the Nordkap name. Only five of the original members were in attendance, but 22 others joined.
Beginning in 1940, the meetings were conducted in English rather than Norwegian. During the war years of 1940-1945, Nordkap worked hard for the cause of Norway during its occupation by the Germans. In 1944, the meetings were held in the basement of Kaleva Hall at Montville Place in Detroit.
For approximately the last 30 years, monthly meetings have been held at the Swedish Club in Farmington Hills. Through the years, the lodge has sponsored countless dinners and dances; participated in numerous ethnic festivals and bazaars; arranged exhibits at museums, schools, and libraries; and supported many international and charitable organizations. It currently offers a very active college scholarship program, supported through various fund-raisers and the generosity of its members.
Monthly meetings include social and cultural programs. There are often speakers, videos, presentations, games, craft and cookie-baking workshops, and “show and tell” to help members honor and learn more about their Norwegian heritage. A lending library offers an extensive collection of books and tapes on a variety of Norwegian subjects, with rentals free to members.
The lodge marches as a unit with the Swedish Club each July in the Farmington Founders Festival parade. Nordkap also hosts special celebrations at Christmas, midsummer, and the 17th of May (Syttende Mai), Norwegian Constitution Day.
Lodge programs are planned to interest all, but they are specifically targeted to attract and engage young people. Membership in Nordkap Lodge is open to all who are interested in the preservation of Norwegian culture and heritage. For more information, see Nordkap’s Web site at http://www.detroitnorwegians.com/
Swedish Club of Southeastern Michigan
Art Pierre (left), Past President of the Swedish Club, accepts a beautiful oil painting from artist Earl Lundin(right), that he presented to the Club. The painting can be viewed and enjoyed as it is displayed in our Club's reception room.
Swedish Club Women's Organization
The purpose of our organization is to support and assist the Swedish Club in various activities, and to help preserve the customs and culture of Sweden. All women members of the Swedish Club or spouses of members in good standing with the Swedish Club are members of the Women’s Organization. We consider it our obligation to work on any project undertaken by our organization.
We meet the second Saturday
morning each month, excluding July and August, with officers elected every two
years. Financial Report for the Swedish Club
Our responsibility, financially, is to help support the Swedish Club by
doing fundraisers. All profits from
our annual Sunday brunch are given to the Club and profits from selling crafts
and bake goods at Midsommar are given to the Club.
In November each year we participate in the Scandinavian Bazaar at the
Finnish Center by selling crafts, bake goods, and serving lunch.
The profits from this are deposited in our savings account and that money
is used for buying, or assisting in buying, major items for the Club.
We meet the second Saturday morning each month, excluding July and August, with officers elected every two years.
Financial Report for the Swedish Club Women's Organization
Our responsibility, financially, is to help support the Swedish Club by doing fundraisers. All profits from our annual Sunday brunch are given to the Club and profits from selling crafts and bake goods at Midsommar are given to the Club. In November each year we participate in the Scandinavian Bazaar at the Finnish Center by selling crafts, bake goods, and serving lunch. The profits from this are deposited in our savings account and that money is used for buying, or assisting in buying, major items for the Club.