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Grand Master's Message

Winter 2018 -  click to HERE to View in Swedish

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Happy New Year!

Christmas came and went as quickly as always and so did the better part of a couple months of the new year. A year that is the beginning of the end of my term as Grand Master. By the time you read this, I will have attended the Convention at District Lodge Pacific Southwest #15. As Birgitta and I have done many times before, we will rent a car and drive to the “Southland.” It’s a nice drive down US 101, going through a number of quaint towns on the Pacific Coast. It takes a little longer than jumping on Interstate 5 and going down California’s Central Valley, but given the difference in scenery and traffic, the choice is quite simple. This trip will take us through the destruction in Montecito where fire and mudslides have devastated the area.

The Grand Lodge Convention in Sacramento, CA is just a few short months away. Your Lodge should have received a letter or email asking you to consider placing a greeting in the Convention Program Book. I implore you to consider placing a greeting in the book if you haven’t done so already. The cost for a full-page ad is $100, with a ½-page and a ¼-page for $50 and $25 respectively. Please contact Victoria Fedor-Thurman at if you don’t have access to the letter. The deadline for placing a greeting is the end of March, but please don’t wait until the last day. All proceeds go to defray the cost of hosting the convention.

In the last issue of Vasa Star you received all information about the convention, including a day-by-day schedule (on page 34) and instructions for signing up for all the events you want to attend (on page 35), including the Thursday golf tournament, the Friday Welcome Reception, the Saturday Opening Banquet and the closing Friday Grand Banquet, as well as all the planned tours. Two of the tours, San Francisco on Sunday and the Gold Country on Wednesday July 4 are open to all. The remaining tours are reserved for visitors only, as all Officers and Delegates will be busy working. I highly recommend that you take the opportunity to attend this special Vasa event that only happens once every four years. You will have the opportunity to meet Vasa members from Canada, Sweden and all over the U.S.

We are now well into the new year and I want to remind all secretaries to send me names, addresses and ages of members who will be celebrating milestone birthdays in 2018, to allow me to send them birthday greetings. This should start with 75 years of age and after that every five years including everyone over the age of 100. Thank you to all who already sent me this information. Please do not include birthdays that have already occurred this year, as I cannot send belated greetings.

In several issues of Vasa Star I have talked about our arrangement with Volvo, giving Vasa members the benefit of purchasing a Volvo automobile at a discount essentially equivalent to the employee discount. It is available to all Vasa members after one year of membership in the United States. This Vasa benefit includes the option of “overseas delivery” and is in addition to any other promotional discounts that are offered from time to time. The “overseas delivery” option includes airfare for two to Sweden for picking up the car. The program is available to you by registering at Unfortunately Volvo is currently not offering any similar programs in either Canada or Sweden. For the “partner code” needed for registration, contact GS Joan Graham by email or phone 510-526-5512. Your PIN number will be sent to you after you have registered.

Make your meetings worth attending!
Be enthusiastic!     
In Truth and Unity,
Tore Kellgren, Grand Master

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