Sonja Lodge No. 38, Sons of Norway, was organized on Oct. 2, 1937, with 53 charter members. The Lodge was named after Sonja Henie, the Norwegian Olympic Gold Medal-Ice Skater and film star. Currently, Sonja Lodge has over 235 members.
Our newly remodeled building is on one level, has a commercial kitchen and enough room to accommodate all members and guests.
Our traditional Lutefisk and Meatball Dinners are held the last weekend of January. This annual event helps us contribute to many charitable organizations, both locally and through the Sons of Norway Foundation. Members have also made a strong commitment to volunteer and support Food for Lane County.
Sonja Lodge encourages participation in Norwegian language classes, Chip Carving, Hardanger, Rosemaling, and Genealogy. Members are also active in the Sports Medal and Cultural Medal programs. Learning how to make Lefse and Flat Bread has become a yearly tradition. Many traditional Norwegian food dishes can be found at our potluck dinners.
In 1941 the Sonja Daughters was organized. This group of women actively support Sonja Lodge through social events and fund raising. Their annual Bazaar in October features handcrafted items, demonstrations, baked goods, a split-pea soup luncheon and a Norwegian cultural display.
The Norsemen, under the direction of Ed Amundson, are members of the Pacific Coast Norwegian Singers Assoc. and participate at many events, such as Sangerfest, the Lodge Leif Erikson celebration, Syttende Mai, and the Scandinavian Festival in Junction City. The Noras, an auxiliary group of women was formed in 1958.
Membership in Sonja Lodge continues to grow. We welcome everyone who is interested in learning more about Scandinavian, and especially Norwegian culture and heritage. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month, except in July and August. We invite you to join us!