In 1908, a lodge was formed in Northeast Ohio as part of the Vasa Organization - a Swedish fraternal organization. There are VASA organizations in Sweden, Canada, United States, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway.
This year, Nobel-Monitor Lodge #130 will celebrate their 100th anniversary. The Lodge has approximately 300 members and in addition to preserving the Swedish heritage and culture, they are quite active in doing works for the good and welfare of the other members.
A ceremony based on century old tradition and rituals takes place to accept new members. The members take an oath to, among other things, tend to the needs of the other members.
There will be a dinner dance in April to commemorate this event.
The Vasa Order of America began as an opportunity for Swedish immigrants to meet other Swedes when they came to this country. Initially only Swedish men were allowed to join.
Through the years, the Vasa Order changed in many ways, including the inclusion of all Scandinavian countries and of course, women are now welcome. The Order is still rich with traditions and rites form "the old country".
Nobel-Monitor also offers scholarships and language lessons.