June 2017 Newsletter

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President of Vonheim

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As noted elsewhere in this newsletter, David Engen from the Alt for Norge TV reality show was our speaker at our May 20th Lodge meeting. He was very humorous and entertaining in talking about his experience in visiting Norway and being on Norwegian TV We really enjoyed his presentation. He had to leave early to catch a plane. He did say he would enjoy coming back to talk to us further

Our next Lodge meeting will be Saturday, June 10th. We will have guided conversation with a goal of getting to know each other better as well as discussing what types of activities and programs we would like to have in the Lodge. In addition, we will be playing Bingo as well as having an Ice Cream Social.

On Sunday, June 25th, Scandinavian Day will be held in Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. We Norwegians are joining with the Swedes in holding this all-day event with a church service in the morning and musical and dance entertainment in the afternoon. Children’s activities will also be held. Vonheim Lodge and Oslo Lodge are having a potluck lunch at 12 noon in the pavilion Bring a food item and a beverage of your choice.

The Vonheim Lodge Board held a meeting on May 18 to plan lodge activities for the remainder of 2017. This schedule of events will be covered in the next Saga.

Tussen Takk!
Don Teigen


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Adults Get Help with Reading and Math

June 2017

Volunteer organizations are receiving money to help adults with reading, writing and math.

Altogether 79 nonprofits will be helping adults. The organizations will hold courses in reading, writing, math and computer skills. The organizations have received 25 million kroner from the Ministry of Education. The money will give people the knowledge they need to get a job and for life in general.

“It is positive that several volunteer organizations are helping adults. [They are] making voluntary contributions in an important way so that adults acquire new knowledge,” says Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.

Many different nonprofits will organize courses. Money will go toward training that will take place among other places in shelters, volunteer centers, prisons and libraries. Organizations such as the Red Cross, Mental Helse (a mental health-focused organization), Caritas Norway (a Catholic development and relief organization) and Folkeuniversitetet (adult continuing education) are some of those who will receive money.

They will first and foremost help adults with little education. People should be helped where they live. You can look up where the nearest courses are arranged.

“The nonprofits meet adults in many different places. Adults who are not working also need new skills. Often, new knowledge allows them to participate in public life. This can result in their getting a job,” says Gina Lund. She is director of Kompetanse Norge (the Norwegian Institute for Adult Learning), which has the responsibility of distributing the funding.

Voksne får hjelp til å lese og regne

juni 2017

Frivillige organisasjoner får penger for å hjelpe voksen med å lese, skrive og regne.

Til sammen 79 frivillige organisasjoner skal hjelpe voksne. Organisasjonene skal holde kurs i lesing, skriving, regning og digitale ferdigheter.

Organisasjonene har fått 25 millioner fra Kunnskapsdepartementet. Pengene skal gi folk kunnskap som de trenger for å få jobb og i livet ellers.

– Det er positivt at flere frivillige organisasjoner hjelper voksne. Frivillige bidrag på en viktig måte til at voksne får ny kunnskap, sier kunnskapsminister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.

Mange ulike frivillige organisasjoner vil arrangere kurs. Pengene blir gitt til opplæring som skal foregå blant annet i krisesentre, frivillighetssentraler, fengsler og bibliotek. Organisasjonene Røde Kors, Mental Helse, Caritas Norge og Folkeuniversitetet er noen av dem som får penger.

De skal først og fremst hjelpe voksne med lav utdanning. Folk skal få hjelp der de bor. Her kan du sjekke hvor nærmeste kurs blir arrangert.

– De frivillige organisasjonene møter voksne på mange ulike steder. Voksne som ikke er i jobb har også behov for ny kompetanse. Ofte kan ny kunnskap gjøre at de deltar i samfunnslivet. Det kan igjen gjøre at de får jobb, sier Gina Lund. Hun er direktør i Kompetanse Norge, som har det ansvaret for pengene som blir delt ut.