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Current Newsletter (New Year 2011)
The Honorary Consul of Iceland in Toronto
Invites you to attend an evening to celebrate
the rich literary traditions of Iceland
and the launch of the first
Thursday, January 9 2014, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Bloor West Village, Toronto
(Exact address will be sent after attendance is confirmed)
Please RSVP by January 8
More Information on the Retreat:
Don't miss this great opportunity!
Gail Einarson-McCleery, O.F.
Honorary Consul of Iceland in Toronto &
Past President, Icelandic National League of North America
Our 2nd Vice President, Sunna will be giving a very interesting presentation in Iceland soon under the auspices of the Icelandic National League of North America and the University of Iceland. She is an excellent speaker, who received a standing ovation at the INL of NA convention in Seattle earlier this year, and has also spoken at two INL of Iceland Conventions, as well as touring Iceland on the International Visits Program and speaking in 12 locations!
Here is what she says about her topic, ´Passing the Torch´
´The presentation will include a video slide show --- as always. This presentation is 30 minutes with about 500 photos that help me tell the story.
I will tell a few pioneer stories about the early days (they passed the torch to us), a few stories about the people of today (how we are working to keep the flame going), promote the Snorri Programs (a way to Pass the Torch to younger generations), and I will talk about my new nonprofit organization, "Icelandic Roots." www.icelandicroots.com, and how Hálfdan Helgason is "passing the torch" to me as he teaches me more about Icelandic Genealogy as well as how I have purchased his genealogy database. it is the core of the new nonprofit company, "Icelandic Roots."
Hálfdan is going to be on my Board of Directors and will continue as a genealogist with me on the database. People pay a membership fee to access this amazing website. It is very unique including over 520,000 people (and growing.) It includes many people born in Iceland and many descendants of the Icelandic pioneers to America.
The website has the capacity to show cemetery records, headstone photos, photos of people, google maps of locations, emigration information and lots of stories about these people -- bringing them to life. Members can search for cousins, find out more about their ancestors that lived in Iceland, and learn about those that emigrated from Iceland and their descendants.
The presentation is at 12 noon at the Main building of Háskóli Íslands. The talk will be in English, followed by the opportunity for queries and discussion.
Sunna Pam was born and raised in the Pembina region which lies in the northeast corner of North Dakota. Her father's side is Icelandic and its people moved to America in the years 1882 to 1895. She addresses the question of "Why is the Icelandic heritage in North America worth preserving for the younger generations of Icelanders and Icelandic immigrants and how will it be maintained?" She also talks about the fulfillment her interest in local roots has brought her, as for some time Sunna Pam has worked in genealogy research.
Don´t miss it!
ICELANDIC GENEALOGY DATABASE ACCESS
The outstanding Icelandic Genealogy Database of Hálfdan Helgason has been purchased by Sunna Pam Furstenau. The new non-profit organization, Icelandic Roots, will manage this database. The “Cousins Across the Ocean” project and other heritage, cultural, and educational endeavors associated with her work will be managed through this organization. Sunna will serve as President and continue to work as a volunteer in the organization - not taking a salary. Hálfdan will serve as a Director on the Board and will continue to work as a volunteer for the organization.
Icelandic Roots is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-political, charitable organization with a mission to educate, preserve, and promote Icelandic Heritage including genealogy, literature, language, culture, traditions, and history of the people of Iceland including those that immigrated and their descendants.
The Genealogy Database is now available online. You can join as a member to do your own research in this huge database that is for everyone with Icelandic heritage. People in North America and Iceland can find their ancestors and relatives. The information can help you learn more about where they lived, their occupation, their immigration, and more. This database is unique. It holds the stories and genealogy data of many Icelanders that went to North America and their descendants. New features include information about Cemeteries, Places, Histories, Documents, Photos, and more.
Charitable activities will be to support projects, events, educational scholarships, and activities which focus on the history Iceland and her people including the heritage, genealogy, literature, language, culture, traditions, and more.
For information, see the website: www.icelandicroots.com
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Hotel Venue - INL Convention 2014
The committee has met and a reservation has been made for the venue. All events (other than tours) will be conducted at this site.
This will be the Canad-Inns - Polo Park in Winnipeg. Their website is www.canadinns.com, with the central reservation line as 1-888-33-22623 (CANAD) and local reservation number is 204-269-9090. The general office phone number is 204-775-8791.
There are 100 rooms being held for the event with a daily rate of $120.00 which includes vouchers for 2 breakfast meals. The group rate number (238367) to reserve into this offer.
There is also a plan in place for overflow beyond the 100, but those accommodations will be off-site with shuttle services. The room rate on the overflow rooms will be slightly more at $129.00.
Since 1999 The Snorri Program has offered 212 young individuals to participate in a 6-week diverse program in Iceland: 2 weeks in Reykjavík studying Icelandic, 3 weeks with relatives and 1 week exploring Icelandic nature.
Why? To strengthen the bonds between Iceland and North America
Who? Available for 18-28 year olds of Icelandic descent
When? June15 - July 25, 2014
Deadline: January 14, 2014
12-16 applicants will be selected by the Snorri Foundation
Since September 2003 the Snorri Foundation has created a program for over 100 individuals to participate in a 2-week cultural program; an ‘in-depth’ program that you will get so much more out of than you’d get as an ordinary tourist. Relatives, history, culture, nature and everything in between!
Who? Anyone over 30 who’s interested in Iceland
When? August 20 - September 2, 2014
Deadline: January 28, 2014
15-20 individuals will get an opportunity to participate
HOW TO APPLY
Website for both programs; fees, application forms & information www.snorri.is
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: Both programs are non-profit. Grants are offered to all younger participants.
Please note that Snorri Plus is almost full for 2014.
Icelandic National League of North America October 2013 Meeting Highlights
The 2014 INL of NA Winnipeg Convention: Registration will be through the Lögberg-Heimskringla website, or by mailing in the registration. Convention details are being developed. Visit www.inlofna.org for more information.
Honourary Lifetime Awards and Laurence Johnson Award: Nomination deadline is January 31, 2014. Awardees will be announced at the convention.
The INL of NA is facing financial challenges. Our treasurer projected a possible $2000 deficit for 2013 in January. As of the end of September the actual deficit is $2300. The board discussed several possibilities to increase revenue, but in the meantime the board voted to remove $5000 from the contingency fund to cover known expenses through the end of the year.
The board is considering a proposal to increase local club membership fees payable to the INL of NA by fifty cents per person in 2014. This fee increase would need to be approved at the Annual General Meeting which will take place at the INL of NA convention in Winnipeg. Currently the club membership fee is $4 per person for the first 50 members and then $2 per person for each additional member. Research into membership fee history revealed that the 1933 membership fee was $1 per member.
Snorri West Update: The 2014 program goes to Washington, D.C., Toronto, Kinmount, Hekkla, Ottawa, L´Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland and Halifax. A presentation on the program was made at the INL of Iceland and used a small fraction of the 6,000 photos snapped by the 2013 Snorri West members. See www.snorri.is and www.inlofna.org
Icelandic Charity Christmas Donations: The INL of NA will again gather donations from local clubs and individuals willing to donate to the “Mother’s Charity” in Iceland. Deadline is Dec. 1, so the funds can reach Iceland before Christmas.
INL of NA Communications Project: A request to local clubs to offer advice to the INL of NA on whether to continue the INL Regional Director position and/or revive the Communications Director position was sent out in October. Clubs are being asked send their thoughts on these positions by the end of November so the board can discuss the issue during the December meeting.
Developing a non-profit U.S. based organization to help financially support the INL of NA:An investigation into creating a non-profit organization was announced. Several legal issues need to be resolved but if the status could be created, this could be a means to raise funds for INL of NA operations.
By-Laws need to be re-written: The INL of NA is a Charitable Status organization in Canada. A change in Canadian law requires that the INL of NA by-laws be rewritten to conform to the new rules. The new by-laws would need to be approved during the Annual General Meeting in Winnipeg.
The INL of NA board meets again on Thursday December 5, 2013.
Icelandic National League of North America September 2013 Meeting Notes
· The INL of NA 2014 Winnipeg Convention Update: The organizing committee will meet the week of October 7 to begin the bulk of its work in developing the convention. One of the first tasks will be to determine if an on-line registration and event management system will be used for the convention.
· Communications: The ongoing project to improve communications between the INL of NA and local clubs continues. The INL of NA is measuring the effectiveness of the INL of NA Regional Director positions and the new concept of an INL of NA Communications Director position. Local clubs will be asked to consider whether the regional director positions are necessary or would one communications director position be sufficient. The INL of NA will ask the local clubs to discuss this topic in upcoming meetings and then send feedback to the INL of NA which will take up the issue at the November meeting.
· The Snorri West 2014 Tour will occur in an Eastern corridor and start with June 17 celebrations in Washington DC. The Snorris will then continue to Toronto, Kinmount, Hekla and Ottawa for Canada Day. Thanks to a partnership with Parks Canada they will continue to L´Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland. The tour will conclude in Halifax. Now back in Iceland, the 2013 Snorris are helping promote next year´s tour, as is the Canadian Ambassador in Reykjavik, who hosted a ´welcome home´lunch for the 2013 Snorri‘s on their return to Iceland.
· 2014 INL of NA Calendars: The Volcano calendar is a big hit and a second printing may occur. If clubs need to restock they should contact the INL of NA office soon. Turnaround time for another printing is approximately two weeks.
· 2015 INL of NA Calendars will feature the waterfalls of Iceland. Club members who have taken photos of Icelandic waterfalls and would like to submit a photo should contact the INL office soon. The deadline for submissions is November 2013.
· International Visits Program to Iceland: There were four finalists for the next IVP tour to Iceland. The committee which now includes Halldor Arnason, from the Icelandic National League of Iceland finally settled on sending Birgitta Wallace, who is a Researcher at L’Anse aux Meadows. The committee felt there was strong interest for this topic in Iceland.
· International Visits Program to North America: The committee is now putting out information in Iceland to solicit a candidate to tour North American clubs in 2014.
· INL of NA Biographies Project: Biographies are being written and edited. Legal consent to include previously published biographies is also being attained on some of the biographies. The material is being collected on line and will eventually be made available to the public through the INL of NA website.
Icelandic National League of North America June 2013 Meeting Notes
· The INL of NA 2014 Winnipeg Convention Update: The planning committee is laying the convention groundwork, establishing work groups and developing fundraising events. The groups will get very busy in the fall, applying final touches to the convention plans.
· On-line convention registration is being explored for future INL of NA conventions. A recommendation will be made at the September INL of NA meeting. The Winnipeg convention may be the first to take advantage of this new registration process.
· Snorri West 2013 is about to launch. Four participants in this summer’s program are being briefed in Iceland prior to departure. They will explore the settlement communities in Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and North Dakota. Their visit will also include a stop at the Calgary Stampede.
· Plans for future Snorri West visits are being developed with the 2014 visit focusing on an eastern continental corridor and the 2015 tour aiming for a western continental corridor.
· Work has begun to develop a program for enhancing INL of NA communications with local clubs and media. A committee will offer specific proposals for the September meeting.
· The International Visits Program brings Icelandic speakers to North American clubs and North American speakers to Iceland to share cultural, artistic and historical presentations. Program organizers are currently looking for candidates to share their expertise in a lecture tour to Iceland.
Submissions requested for 2015 Calendar: Waterfalls
Amanda Allen, who is designing and producing the 2015 calendar is accepting submissions until the end of November. Photos can be emailed to her at this email. Alternatively if that's not possible send a cd with the digital photo(s) on it to her mailing address: 532 14th Ave East. #302 Seattle, WA 98112 USA
If possible she'd like to receive the photos at a resolution of 300 dpi, but if that can't be done she can adjust the size and resolution on her end. The biggest criteria is simply having everyone's name and the name and location of the waterfall so that can be printed in the calendar.
NEW: Check out the website for the Donald K. Johnson Icelandic Film Series. The confirmed showdates on the website will be updated as they occur.
This might be an easy way for clubs have an on-line posting about their showings. The preview for the film is posted on the site, so you could refer people there o they could see what the film is all about.
Here's the link: http://inlnafilmseries.wordpress.com/
Introducing the 2014 INL of NA Calendar
“Volcanoes of Iceland”
It's beautifully designed, informative, and features major volcanoes of Iceland. Photographs were graciously provided by professional photographers Mats Weibe Lund and his son Christopher.
The 2014 INL of NA Calendar is now available
$12.00 plus shipping
Contact the INLofNA Office
103-94 First Avenue
Gimli, MB R0C 1B1
or the INL chapter nearest you
Did you know an Icelander first drew Bugs Bunny? An Icelander was also one
of the first to explore the Arctic and develop rust resistant wheat. There
are many people of Icelandic origin who have done things that are helping
you and me to this day and will continue to do so into the future. Many of
the Icelanders who made significant contributions to North America and
beyond were not members of an established Icelandic club. Therefore, their
stories have not been kept alive and are dimming as the years go by. We
want to capture those histories and memories before they fade away
completely. The INLofNA’s Icelandic Biographies Committee is working to
collect biographies of people who have made major contributions to society,
no matter what field of study (politics, science, industry and technology,
cultural, the arts, etc.)
The Biographies Committee would like your assistance in compiling a list of
the people described above. If you have someone you feel should be
included, please send the name and general information, such as their
contribution, to email@example.com. Completed biographies will
be posted on the INL website for everyone’s enjoyment.
Would you like to help with this project? There are many things that are
needed, but most important is your referral of anyone that has made a
Other thing include:
-can you translate Icelandic to English?
-would you like to research and write biographies?
-are you able to edit existing biographies?
-are you able to improve the quality of pictures that are submitted?
Below is one of the Biographies of people, now deceased, that we are
Biography of Charlie Thorson written by his grand daughter
INL of NA 2013 Annual General Meeting Notes
· President Ron Goodman opened the meeting by saying this year was interesting, as two new Provisional member clubs were welcomed: Chicago and Washington, D.C. He said the INL of NA needs to work on elevating the organization’s profile among the member clubs. This theme was echoed throughout the meeting.
· 1st Vice President Claire Eckley reported that she is searching for the next International Visitor Program candidate. She is working with the Chicago club; Snorri West program; ensuring an INL of NA presence at August the Deuce and Islendingadagurinn festivals.
· 2nd Vice President Sunna Pam Furstenau reported on her successful IVP trip to Iceland; the growth of the INL of NA Facebook page; and the growth of the Icelandic On-Line club including signing up three more members to the club at the convention.
· Dianne O’Konski reported that the 2014 INL of NA calendar will feature Icelandic volcanoes. Amanda Allen will take over the 2015 calendar.
· The Icelandic Biography project is launched and a webpage on the INL of NA website will appear shortly with more information.
· This year’s INL Reads! selection is “The Young Icelander,” by Jóhann Magnús Bjarnason and translated by Borga Jakobson.
· Snorri West will bring four participants from Iceland this summer to explore Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and North Dakota between July 10 and August 7. Planning is underway for a future western or eastern tour.
· Settlement tour to Blaine was a success. Interest is high for another settlement tour at the 2014 convention.
· Discussed ways to improve communication flow from INL of NA to local clubs.
· New duties of INL Regional Directors was presented. The Ontario and Manitoba positions are open. INL Club representative position was also discussed.
· Reports were also presented on the Donald K. Johnson Icelandic Film Series, INL website traffic and club web services available through the INL of NA website.
· 2014 INL of NA convention will be May 15-18 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The slogan is “Winnipeg-Welcoming Icelanders since 1875.” The theme is “Footsteps,” which will celebrate contributions to North American life by Icelandic individuals and groups.
June 17 Celebration Poetry Contest For Young People Ages 7 to 25 years
The Jon Sigurdsson Chapter IODE and the Icelandic Canadian Frón
invite young people to write a poem on the theme of The Significance of June 17th about Jon Sigurdsson or Icelandic Independence
Two poems will be selected:
One from ages 7 to 14
One from ages 15 to 25
The two winning poets will have an opportunity to read their poems on June 17th at the Jon Sigurdsson Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Manitoba Legislative grounds. The time of the event is 7:00 p.m. Other speakers at the ceremony will include the Lt. Governor of Manitoba, the new Consul General for Iceland, a representative from the province and one from the city.
Contest deadline is May 21, 2013.
Please submit poems by email to Karen Botting, President of Jon Sigurdsson Chapter IODE, at firstname.lastname@example.org
2013 INLNA Calendar Photos available for viewing
The theme of Icelandic flora allows for an enormous variety of plant life, from lichens and mosses, to flowers and grasses, to trees. There were many more wonderful photographs submitted than could be used in the 2013 Iceland in Bloom calendar. We have decided to make them available for viewing to the public through the INL of NA website. Click here and see what Iceland can offer us!
an INLNA chapter near you in September or October.
Check with your chapter for more details.
Viðar Hreinsson, an independent literary scholar, grew up on a farm in the North of Iceland. A lecturer on various aspects of Icelandic literary and cultural history at universities in Iceland, Denmark, and Canada, he also acted as general editor of the acclaimed five-volume series The Complete Sagas of Icelanders, published in 1997.
Viðar’s two-volume biography of Icelandic-Canadian literary giant Stephan G. Stephansson was published in Icelandic in 2002 and 2003. Volume I was nominated for the Icelandic Literary Prize in 2002 and the completed work received the 2003 Award for Excellence in Scholarly Writing.
An English, one-volume version of this biography is now available in English: Wakeful Nights. Stephan G. Stephansson: Icelandic-Canadian Poet. It has already received good reviews in Lögberg Heimskringla and Kirkus Review.
An outspoken environmental and political activist and former Director of the Reykjavík Academy, Viðar Hreinsson has since written two biographies and worked on developing new and critical approaches to Icelandic literary and cultural history.
Viðar will present Stephan G. Stephansson's biography, discuss his immigrant experience, introduce his profound poetry and philosophy of life that is highly relevant today, and finally read a few of his poems in Icelandic.
Review: Lögberg-Heimskringla • 15. júlí 2012
Article in Iceland Review
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INL OF NA WELCOMES ITS NEWEST MEMBERS….
THE ICELANDIC ASSOCIATION OF WASHINGTON, DC
and Icelandic Care Home Höfn Society, Vancouver, BC
INTRODUCTION OF THE 'ICELANDIC ONLINE CLUB'
Since 1919, the 'Icelandic National League of North America' has been meeting the needs of their members in many various ways, including local clubs where members can interact and participate with one another. Although the benefits of joining a local club are immeasurable, it has not been an option for members living outside the radius of local clubs. Realizing the needs of those members, the INLNA has been exploring the benefits of technology to meet those needs, and are excited to announce the addition of a new, interactive, online club called the 'Icelandic Online Club.'
By creating an online club, the INLNA feels this will allow members who are unable to participate in a local club due to their location, to be able to participate in an interactive online club, by using various methods of technology to meet the needs of its online members. Although this cannot replace the personal interaction provided by participating in a local club, it will allow those that were never able to participate, to benefit from being in an Icelandic club. The new online club will be a fully participating chapter of the INLNA, members will have access to 'Icelandic National League' information, voting rights at the annual Convention, and inclusion in INLNA projects.
The INL of NA will be launching the new interactive, 'Icelandic Online Club' December 31, 2011. For additional information on the club or how to join, go to http://inlofna.org/IOC/ . Help spread the word to others, or be one of the first to join the new online club! The club is available to all Icelanders, people of Icelandic descent, and people interested in all things Icelandic. Come join us!
INL of NA t-shirts, Great Gift!
We still have a few of the beautiful INL of NA t-shirts available, sizes small and medium.
The t-shirts are $15 plus shipping costs of:
$4 each within Canada ($19) and $5 each to U.S.A. ($20)
They are 100% good quality cotton and sizes are quite generous.
Measuring (from armpit to armpit across front)
-- the small is 18 inches
-- and the medium is 19.5 inches across front
Email Gwen at the INLOFNA Office
Send cheque to:
#103 - 94 1st Ave.
Article in the Globe and Mail Report on Business magazine: http://bit.ly/icelandshardroad
Good blog on the ICESAVE crisis: Sigrún Davíðsdóttir's Icelog
Icelandic River Roast
Enjoy Delicious Coffee While Supporting Local Heritage Projects
Every pound purchased supports the work of
Icelandic River Heritage Sites
(project details at: www.icelandicriver.com)
To order, contact: email@example.com or phone 204 378 2758