Naiset Midwest District Meeting
(Linda Graham reporting)
On Saturday, September 27, 2008, the Midwest
District of the Ladies of Kaleva met in Esko,
Minnesota at the Thompson Township Building. The
Vainottaren Tupa hosted this event and six Tupas
were represented at the meeting. Vivian Williams
took over as Matron and presided over the
meeting. A report was presented from each Tupa
to update everyone on the past year's
activities. A "Suomen Koulu" has been started
that will last for six weeks and meets every
other week in Virginia, MN. In Cloquet, the
Kaleva Ladies bring baked goods to the nursing
home and this activity is well-received by the
Activities of the Third Degree Tupas was
discussed. One Tupa holds an auction in
December. Most Third Degree Tupas meet two or
three times a year.
OLD BUSINESS: The minutes of last year's Midwest
District's meeting submitted by Helen Mallosh
were read. The Treasurer's report showed that we
are in better shape this year.
A clarification for the procedure for the cards
for Memorial/Celebration Contributions was next.
A person donating money to a specific fund in
someone's memory or celebration can send a card
to the recipient, but give the money to the
Treasurer who will send the money to the
Also discussed was the Kalevan Naiset
pins....what happens to the pins after a member
dies. Many family members just throw them away,
give them away or sell them. Some members have
asked to have them included with the deceased in
the coffin. With cremation becoming more
popular, the pins can be burned with the member.
Pins can also be returned to the Ladies of
NEW BUSINESS: Two proposals passed at the
National Convention held in Farmington Hills,
Michigan in July of this year. One specific one
was the Third Degree Ritual being allowed at the
Tupa if they have enough Third Degree Members
and if they can borrow the costumes.
A site for the 2010 National Convention to be
held in Duluth has not been confirmed so no date
has been set. A search committee has been
working on a location.
The History Project is on-going and Elaine
Ahlgren had some items dating back from 1938 to
include in the Archives.
The next Midwest District meeting for the Ladies
of Kaleva will be held in Duluth in September,
|After a delicious lunch, the group enjoyed a
program with entertainment by the Evangelical
Lutheran Church of Cloquet's Bell Choir, Ladies
of Kaleva members Kantele players, and a
recitation by Karina Kiviluoma.
Kiitos: Linda (Toolanen) Graham, 436 Michigan
Avenue, Ontonagon, Michigan 49953
Nuori Emanta, Ainon Tupa #13, Kalevan Naiset
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