Spotlight On Fraternal Community Service and Philanthropy

Community Service Highlights

SPJST Lodge 196, Houston West collected and delivered supplies and clothing to several Houston shelters housing people displaced by Hurricane Harvey. (4) members of the lodge opened their homes to displaced families.       8/25/2017 through 9/1/2017

Sons of Norway Lodge 4499, Jotunheimen in Billings, MT had 38 members help clean Stewart Park.   8/19/2017

Royal Neighbors Chapter 01570, Thomas, IL donated school supplies and other items (markers, Kleenex, staplers, folders, socks, t-shirts, backpacks, paper shredder, glue sticks, paper, puzzles, and cash donation) to the School in Tampico and Abilities Plus in Kewanee.      8/17/2017

SPJST Lodge 180, Burleson, TX Donated 24 hats and 49 tee shirts valued at $1095 to the youth explorers of the Burleson Police Department.    7/11/2017

Sons of Norway Lodge 5168 Valhall, Rockford, IL participated in the Midway Village 2nd Annual Rockford Plate Gala.  The event transports guests to Rockford during the roaring 1920s! Guests give a secret password to enter thru a Speak Easy & then enter into the historic village neighborhood who have opened their doors for this special night. In each of the five homes, a different Rockford ethnic group featured fabulous food, music, traditional clothing, educational displays, decorations, photo ops, and much more! 15 members and 6 non-members volunteered a total of 138.5 hours to make this happen. 7/12 – 7/28/2017

Royal Neighbors Chapter 01397, Indianapolis, IN collected school supplies [(95) two pocket folders, (25) packages of loose leaf paper, (128) spiral notebooks, (165) pens and several sheets of poster board] for the Union School of Modoc.  7/15/201

Royal Neighbors Chapter 01391 Sauk City, WI collected used women’s apparel, shoes, and purses then cleaned, weighed, and bagged the items for donation (over 600 lbs) to Hope House in Baraboo, WI. The Chapter also shopped for and delivered other needed items such as dish soap, laundry detergent, cereal, juice, diapers, baby wipes, Lysol, trash bags, paper towels, disinfecting wipes, and bleach to the Hope House.    6/1 – 6/20/2017

SPJST Lodge 160, San Angelo, TX awarded 4 Scholarships (totaling $500) to Kids for the CORE Group to attend a Summer Camp in Kerrville Texas.         6/6/2017

Royal Neighbors Chapter 01570 in Thomas, IL - Worked on plans to plant a pollinator garden on the Hennepin Canal Parkway at Lock 31.  Attended planning sessions to discuss grant opportunities & timeline for construction.  Sprayed grass remover to prepare soil for planting.  Attended planning session 05-17 to discuss volunteers, watering plants, mulch & planting schedule.  05-22 planted & mulched garden.  5-23, 5-25, 5-31 & 6-03 watered garden.  Each watering takes 2 trips of filling five 10 gallon tubs of water & driving to lock 31 (1 mile) to water plants.    5/6 – 6/1 2017

Sons of Norway Lodge 4067 Thor – 10 members spent 30 hours cleaning up 6 miles of ditches     5/25/2017

Royal Neighbors Chapter 20174 in Milan, IL - Partnered with 4H Hume Hustlers to help plant flowers in tubs on Main St in Tampico, plant flowers and clean up Reagan Park, and clean up Booth Park. We planted 9 tubs on Main St. in Tampico, at Reagan Park we planted flowers, picked up sticks, raked around bushes and blew off sidewalks (the day before, trimmed around all benches and blew off the sidewalks). At Booth park, raked up wet leaves around tennis court and picked up sticks.  We bought all the flowers and food to serve everyone lunch when work was completed.         Entire month of May

SPJST Lodge 084, Dallas, TX – 17 members collected and donated $250 worth of diapers to Supply Hope that helps homeless families.       5/1/2017

Royal Neighbors Chapter 20142, Oakland, CA.  Since it was so cold in the Oakland area in May, we purchased beanie hats to give to the homeless all through May in areas where our volunteers are located. The Beanies, socks, hygiene items, food and educational materials (valued at $172) were handed out on April 30th.

Sons of Norway Lodge 1582 Elvesvingen in Mankato, MN had 50 members who collected canned goods and other non-perishable and fresh items (valued at $100) for the Echo Food Pantry in Mankato 4/8/2017

SPJST Lodge 088, Houston, TX - Fourty Seven members dyed and decorated 60 dozen eggs and prepared food for the community Easter Egg hunt.   4/8/2017

Royal Neighbors Chapter 01373, Atlantic, IA purchased and donated 250 small toys and bagged candy ($45.29 value) to Atlantic Specialty Care for their Easter Egg hunt for the residents of Cass County.      3/21/2017

SPJST Lodge 080 in Holland, TX had 15 members work together with the Bartlett group - “FOOD FOR FRIENDS” to prepare and cook 200 food plates of hamburgers, chips, cookies, juice, and mints for delivery to shut ins in the Bartlett-Granger-Walburg area          3/17/2017

Royal Neighbors Chapter 00138, Grand Forks, ND had (3) members spend 28 hours time and get some really great buys on groceries (spent $120) and donated over 200 lbs. of food to the St Joseph’s Food Cupboard.                  3/8/2017

Sons of Norway Lodge 3433 Scandinavian Heritage Society in Rochester, NY held discussions (about climate change, habitat conditions, protecting both the polar bears and the seed vault for future generations), did a presentation, and sponsored an exchange student from Greenland (to talk about Greenland and the country’s relationship with climate change and the polar bears) at the Seneca Park Zoo in conjunction with Polar Bear Awareness Day and the Svalbard, Norway seed vault.     2/25/2017

SPJST Lodge 88 in Houston, TX visited and made cupcakes with the residents of Needville Rest Home    2/25/2017

Royal Neighbors Chapter 00183, Grand Forks, ND donated over 200 lbs. of groceries to the St Joseph’s Food Pantry & much needed supplies (laundry soap, paper towels, bathroom tissue, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.) to the CVIC (Community Violence Intervention Center).                     2/2 & 2/8/2017

Royal Neighbors Chapter 01397, Indianapolis, IN and Chapter 07072 Guthrie Center, IA made, collected, and donated (30) blankets, (42) towels, (42) washcloths, and (18 large & 12 small) bed quilts for local homeless shelters.           1/17/2017 & 1/28/2017

SPJST Lodge 185 New Braunfels, TX worked 1 on 1 with students to re-shelve books, make copies, and cut out materials for the New Braunfels library     1-4-2017

Sons of Norway lodge 2001 Leif Erikson in Seattle, WA placed a fundraising sign and a red & green box in the entry to their hall. Members & guests contributed 210 lbs. of food and hygienic items and collected $588 in donations for the local food bank.   12/14/2016

SPJST lodge 142 in Houston, TX made $7,250 in monetary donations (Toys for Tots - $1000, Shriner’s Crippled Children’s Hospital - $500, Shriner’s Children’s Burn Hospital - $500, Ben Taub Children’s Ward - $500, Memorial Hermann Children’s Ward - $500, Texas Children’s Hospital - $500, Meals on Wheels - $500, Operation Interdependence - $2000, Boots for Troops - $500, and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital - $750.   12/11/2016

Royal Neighbors lodge 270 in Bagley, WI helped conduct a fundraiser for Zion Lutheran Church. Seven members and twenty volunteers baked cookies, made candy and caramel corn which were then sold at a “Cookie Walk” at the Bagley Hotel. Home Office matching funds of $802.50 were also raised.               12/10/2016

Sons of Norway lodge 2001 Leif Erikson, Mount Vernon, WA - the committee for Norway Park Forestry/Stream Restoration cuts and trims trees, plants trees, sells wood, keeps streams within their beds, builds and maintains sheds and buildings, etc. for the park.    11/30/2016

Royal Neighbors Chapter 01391, Sauk City, WI collected $176.77 in donations at the Christmas party and after calling Hope House a local women’s shelter about their needed supplies, purchased and delivered the supplies to the shelter.    11/14/2016

SPJST Lodge 092 Fort Worth, TX had 19 members and 36 non-members get together for their monthly “Ladies Circle” and raise money that was donated to local charities - Meals on Wheels, The Women’s Shelter, and Tarrant County Food Bank.         11/08/2016

Sons of Norway – Since the 1980s multiple lodges collect cancelled stamps, trim, box up and donate to Tubfrim (a Norwegian based organization that works to improve the quality of life for children and youth with tuberculosis and handicaps). Lodge 2001, Leif Erikson, Seattle, WA collected stamps from participating lodges (35 lbs.) at the Sons convention. They boxed, labeled and coordinated shipping the donation for 2016 to Norway.              10/31/2016

SPJST lodge 202, Jourdanton, TX Seventeen youth members and five non-members collected 170 lbs. of pet supplies, $230 in donations, and various cleaning supplies at the Pleasanton Walmart which were then donated.        10/22/2016

Royal Neighbors chapter 02648, Boscobel, WI Five members and 3 non-members members went to a local orchard, purchased apples, made 20 pies & crust from scratch, took pre baked or frozen pies to local senior citizens who could not make pies for themselves.     10/12/2016

KSKJ Life, American Slovenian Catholic Union lodge 108, Minooka, IL held a raffle (25 members & 100 non-members attended) and raised $1,560 to purchase Holiday Wreaths for veterans graves at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.    10/1/2016

Royal Neighbors Chapter 03122, Valparaiso, IN had 15 members and 8 non-members purchase and deliver $157.45 of food items to 3 separate food pantries, $50.00 of crafts and books to the Family House, and $50.29 in cleaning products To First Contact (all in Valparaiso)       9/19/2016

KSKJ Life lodge 171, Duluth, MN 21 members and 1 non-member worked 88 hours at a fundraiser for the Gary-New Duluth Development Alliance. The development alliance project includes renovation of an existing community center, adding a dog park, a skateboard park, a community garden, and other projects.            9/15/2016

SPJST Lodge 151, Wharton, TX 2 members spent 22 hrs. mowing the Velehrad Cemetery, weed whacking around the graves, and sweeping out the buildings.           9/4/2016 through 9/6/2016










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