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Drott Lodge #168 WELCOMES YOU to our website. 

We sincerely hope you find some fun, inspiration, and camaraderie in the Drott Lodge #168 website.  We will strive to make this informational and interesting, whether it is about Viking lore, Scandinavian traditions, midsommar celebration, what to bring to a Kräftskiva party, or how to properly wear the Brudkronan.

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Sköt om dig!   

Kathy Olson

Chairman, Drott Lodge #168

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Saturday Dec 02, 2023, 10am

SWEA Bazaar at the House of Sweden


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Voted the world's most sustainable destination in the world for six years running, Sweden's second-biggest city is finally emerging from the shadow of Stockholm.

Once a major trading and shipping town, Gothenburg is now considered to be one of the greenest destinations in Europe, with 274 square meters (2,950 square feet) of green space per citizen, while 95% of its hotels are certified as eco-friendly. 

Although Gothenburg officially turned 400 in 2021, the celebrations were put on ice because of the global pandemic. But they're finally taking place in 2023, so it's a great time to visit. 

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustav, who celebrates 50 years on the throne this year, will be in town on June 4, Gothenburg's official birthday, and the city's major anniversary festival is being held in the Frihamnen port district from June 2 to 5, with concerts and art events among the activities on offer. 

The festivities will continue throughout the summer until the September 3 kick off of Göteborgsvarvet Marathon, a new 26-mile race following on from the city's popular half marathon, which takes place on May 13. -- Tamara Hardingham-Gill


In 2020 NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir was honored for two prominent awards in Sweden: Swedish American of the Year by the Vasa Order of America and Honorary Doctor of Technology by the Luleå Technical University. Both of these awards were handed over to Jessica Meir in Luleå, situated in Northern Sweden, in November 2021.

In connection with a banquet for the honorary doctors, Jessica Meir was honored both by the Vasa Order of America and the university. About 300 hundred guests applauded her when the Vasa Order of America representative Catherine Bringselius Nilsson shared some words with Jessica Meir while handing over the insignia of the Award: a golden plaque and a diploma. Vasa Order representative Göran Nilsson presented her with greetings from the Swedish King Carl Gustaf and the Ambassador of the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

The day before Jessica Meir gave a lecture about her journey, going from a 5-year old child dreaming of becoming an astronaut until she fulfilled her dream by hard work and dedication. You are welcome to listen to her lecture by this YouTube link:  Experimenting in microgravity: full circle for a scientist turned astronautYouTube


Member Arne Dunhem of Drott Lodge visited the Volvo Museum in Gothenburg in August 2022. 

There are about 100 exhibits of various Volvo's on display – which one is your favorite?

If you also visit it, you will probably find your favorite Volvo model among Volvo’s passenger cars but there is so much more to show you. They have trucks, buses, construction equipment, industry- and marine engines and even aircraft engines. Colors and design, technology and history – all in a mixture that will trigger memories and feelings among our visitors.

Enjoy the slide show with some pictures here from the museum!

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Sister Lodges In Our Vasa District, PA #9

Why not visit our two sister Lodges within Pennsylvania District #9? The two other lodges are Nobel-Monitor #130 in Cleveland, OH and Svea Lodge #296 in Erie, PA. Check out their websites to find out what they are doing.

We plan to have some joint activities together with Members of the other two lodges to include some fun events in their areas and we will travel there to spend a day or weekend with them. We will, to the extent possible, arrange car pooling. For some other events, they will travel down to us and join our events.

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