Spotlight On Fraternal Community Service and Philanthropy

Community Service Highlights

Royal Neighbors Chapter 01570, Thomas, IL purchased over $400 of items to fill (12) laundry baskets with items for families and mothers. (6) baskets for families with food and things to do together and (6) baskets for Moms with personal care and “just-for-mom” items, to be delivered to the Sterling, IL YMCA Domestic Violence Program.   10/27/2017

Royal Neighbors Chapter 00270 Bagley, WI purchased 8 shopping carts of merchandise, to assemble (12) baskets of personal care and (12) baskets of cleaning items valued at over $300 to donate to Family Resources, Prairie du Chien, and Family Advocates, Platteville.          10/23/2017

Sons of Norway Lodge 6166 Vikings of the Lake, Hidden Valley Lake, CA cleaned up and adopted a local road and donated $250    10/12/2017

Royal Neighbors Chapter 00138, Grand Forks, ND helped the Salvation Army get needy Children warm winter scarfs, mittens, and caps. They purchased over $880 of supplies for $150 and made (70) Scarfs, (70) Caps, and Ear Warmers as well as (68) Pairs of Mittens and delivered them just in time for the frigid weather.   10/3/2017

Disaster Relief:

The following are just a few examples of lodge and member efforts from the month of September in the face of the massive disasters experienced in the US and its territories…………

1)      SPJST Lodge 196 – 4 members took in five families evacuated during Harvey flooding

2)      Sons of Norway Lodge 4067 – Donated $500 to Humanitarian Fund for victims of Harvey and Irma

3)      Royal Neighbors Chapter 20147 – Purchased 30 buckets and supplies ($1,750) to distribute to victims in Houston

4)      SPJST Lodge 117 – provided shelter to victim of Hurricane Harvey

5)      Royal Neighbors Chapter 20066 - collected $350 of supplies and donated $120 to school to Houston elem school

6)      Sons of Norway Lodge 1502 Donated $300 to lodge members in Houston for flood relief expenses

7)      Royal Neighbors Chapter 20077 – Donated $100 toward purchase of supplies for Houston

8)      SPJST Lodge 196 – delivered $12,000 in clothing & supplies to hurricane shelters in Houston after Harvey

9)      Royal Neighbors Chapter 00516 – Donated $100 to Salvation Army for hurricane relief

10)   Royal Neighbors Chapter 09099 – Donated $100 to Florida church damaged by Hurricane Irma

11)   Sons of Norway Lodge 3522 – Donated $100 to SofN Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund

12)   Royal Neighbors Chapter 00270 – Donated $822.50 and matching funds of $822.50 to flood relief


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










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