About Vasa Order of America

 

Founded as a Swedish-American fraternal society, it is now open to all of Scandinavian descent. The purpose of the organization is to preserve the culture and heritage of the Scandinavian people. There are local lodges in the United States, Canada and Sweden. Most lodges meet monthly and organize, promote or participate in events and programs of interest to the Scandinavian-American community. Festivals with Nordic food specialties, music, folk dancing (by both adult and children), and observance of special holidays are among the activities of the Vasa Order which consists of regional districts, 15 in the US, 2 in Canada and 2 in Sweden.

The organization is governed by a Grand Lodge that meets every fourth year to consider constitutional issues and set policy for the districts. Membership at the governing level is elected by delegates from more than 200 local lodges.

The Vasa Order offers cultural and social programs, folk dancing, help in tracing Scandinavian ancestry, scholarships, youth activities and children's clubs. Of the 237 Vasa Lodges in the US, Sweden and Canada, 14 make up Southern California's District Lodge No.15. Persons, 14 years or older, of Swedish or other Nordic ancestry or who are committed to the promotion and advancement of Nordic heritage and culture, are eligible for membership in the Vasa Order of America.

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