Renew Your Membership for 2014

39540_154799714561847_154794194562399_235684_4476963_nIt is that time again! Time to renew your Danish Club membership for another year!

We ask those renewing to send their membership to us before January 31, 2014.

Oh, and don’t forget to tell your friends, as we always welcome new members as well!

We’ve attached the Membership Form for 2014, please complete the form for yourself and your family and return to us along with a cheque payable to the “The Danish Club of Ottawa”.

As a non-profit organization we rely heavily on the help of volunteers.  The main reason The Danish Club of Ottawa has continued for survived for over 38 years is because of all the wonderful volunteers that have been so generous with their time.  If you are able to donate some time to help us at any of our events please complete the volunteer section of the membership registration form.

In addition, we also welcome your ideas for any new events, activities, etc.  Please feel free to send us an email with your ideas and/or write your ideas on the back of the Membership Form for 2014.

We appreciate your continued support and look forward to another year of activities and hyggelige times with the new and continuing members of The Danish Club of Ottawa.

Danish Christmas Church Service

Danish Christmas Church Service
Sunday, December 15, 2013, 2 p.m.
St. John’s Lutheran Church
272 Crichton Street, Ottawa

As the year is coming to an end and we start celebrating the busy and wonderful Christmas Season, the Danish Club of Ottawa will celebrate with a Danish Christmas Service.

This year we welcome to Ottawa the newly arrived Pastor Kenneth Berg and his wife, Mette, from Toronto. We hope the Capital City will look beautiful with all the lit Christmas lights and white snow on the ground when they arrive. But not too cold!

The Service is in Danish, as are our beloved hymns. But afterwards in the Church Hall next door we will speak either Danish or English around the coffee table. It is customary that we eat æbleskiver med syltetøj (apple donuts with jam) baked by Eva, Bodil and Peter, as well as other Christmas goodies brought by some generous ladies who like to bake, accompanied by tea or coffee. Everyone is welcome! Hope to see you there!

On behalf of the Church Committee
Vita Christensen


Children’s Christmas Party

149537_157216247653527_154794194562399_247455_3131937_nSunday, December 8, 2013 at 14.00 (2:00 p.m.)
St. John’s Lutheran Church
272 Crichton Street, Ottawa
Click here to Register!

Time flies and soon the snow will be flying, too. Christmas is just around the corner and what better way to bring in the holiday spirit than by coming to the Children’s Christmas Party?  Mark Sunday, December 8th and bring the whole gang to this family event for all ages.

This event gets bigger and better every year.  There will be singing around the Christmas tree and there will be crafts for the children.  And this year once again members of ParLUGment will bring some of their LEGO to our party for a hands-on experience.  Finally, there will of course be goodies for young and old!  Æbleskiver, anyone?

Rumour has it that a guest appearance will be made by the man in “red” and he will be distributing gifts to all the good children – were you naughty or nice?

Please bring a wrapped gift ($10.00 value) for your children with their name clearly in place to be given by Santa during the event.

Make sure you register in advance – click here to download the Registration Form!

See you all there!


Annual Danish Bazaar

Saturday, November 16, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lakeside Gardens

shrimp smorbrodIt’s that time of year again. The Annual Danish Bazaar.

If you have been before, you know what to expect:

  • a restaurant with many delicious kinds of smørrebrød (open-face sandwiches)
  • a bakery with real Danish pastry, and many other edible Danish goodies to take home and enjoy with your family & friends
  • Danish embroidery and decorations
  • a lottery with excellent prizes
  • a book table with a selection that varies from year to year and
  • lots more….

bazaar smorbrodIf you have not been before, now you have an idea as to what you’ve been missing out on.

The place is the same as previous years: Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre (formerly known as Lakeside Gardens).  From the Queensway, take the Pinecrest exit and travel north until you can get no further.  You will then be in the centre’s parking lot where you can park for free.

Come one, come all!!  Our most popular event…. tell your friends, your neighbours, your work colleagues!!

bazaar needleBe sure to share the attached Bazaar Flyer with your local business, local drug store or grocery store!!

Post the Bazaar Flyer anywhere you think people will notice it.

Come one, come all to enjoy some Danish pastries, traditional open face sandwiches, christmas decorations and gifts!!

Take a glance of the Pictures from previous year’s Danish Bazaar to get some insight to all the wonderful goodies that will be available.

See you there!!

Past Event – Harvest Church Service

On Sunday October 6th twenty-nine people gathered at St. John’s Lutheran Church to celebrate the beginning of the Thanksgiving weekend. Pastor Lars Skjødt-Jakobsen delivered the sermon and we all sang our beautiful Danish hymns, giving thanks and praise for all the good things we enjoy at this time of year.

Afterwards we gathered in the Church Hall, where the large table was laden with all kinds of home baked buns and cakes, coffee and tea. Truly overflowing! We spent a nice afternoon in each other’s company. I want to thank the Pastor and his wife, Lis, and their guest from Århus for driving the long way from Grimsby to be with us. As well, thank you to Bodil and Peter for decorating the Church with fruit and vegetables, and thank you to Alice Daniels for carrying the Danish flag. Moreover, a big thank you to all the Bazaar Ladies who organized this Coffee/Tea party. They are always there and ready to help!

On behalf of the Church Committee
I remain yours truly,
Vita Christensen

Join us for Bingo/Andespil!

Friday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m. St. John’s Lutheran Church Hall (272 Chrichton St)
$8 entry

It is time for our annual Bingo game.  It is without a doubt the best bingo event in town where the numbers are called in both Danish and English and there will be great prizes such as ducks, flæskestege (pork roasts), wine, and perhaps something else.  If you’re wondering about the ducks, it is a bit of a tradition to use ducks as prizes in Denmark, especially around hunting season. (Not to worry, ours are frozen, but they taste great once they’re cooked.)  As for pork roast and wine, well, those are just very good things to win, too.

See you there!


Welcome to the New Board

39540_154799714561847_154794194562399_235684_4476963_nI am pleased to present the Board of Directors elected at the Club’s Annual General Meeting on Friday, September 27, 2013. Nine people were elected to take care of the affairs of the Club for the coming year. As a first for the Club we have the youngest Board Member ever, 19-year old Brittany Hansen, granddaughter of Anna and Otto Hansen, two of the Clubs founding members. The Board is constituted as follows: President: Vita Christensen; Vice-President: Soren Laursen; Secretary: Vibeke Reid; Treasurer: Bodil Jensen; and Directors: Brittany Hansen, Steven Hansen, Peter Jensen, Grete Kryger and Neal Petersen. Outside the Board, Sue-Anne Nielsen will continue as Membership Secretary; Shawna Nielsen as Editor of the Newsletter and Catherine Droessler as webmaster.

The new Board will strive to keep the Club alive and well and hope to work closely with all the many dedicated volunteers we have. A big thank you to Sue-Anne Nielsen for staying on as Membership Secretary, you are doing a great job. As well, a big thank you to Shawna Nielsen for continuing to edit Viking News, our newsletter looks very professional. Last but not least, a big thank you to Catherine Droessler for keeping our website up to date. Also thank you to Michael Kanstrup for being our reliable and speedy printer.

A special thank you to Ted Hansen, for the many hours you have devoted to the Danish Club of Ottawa, and all the good work you have done for the Club as President during the past three years.

Also thank you to the Board Members who stepped down at the Annual General Meeting: Bodil Jensen, Helen Marjos, Louise Hansen, Niki Miller, Peter Jensen, Tove Essoudry and Vibeke Reid for a job well done.

On behalf of the Board, I remain yours truly,
Vita Christensen, President

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