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The Scandinavian Trade Association, Inc.'s mission is to educate to preserve the Scandinavian and Nordic heritage through networking and events designed to promote trade and cultural exchange. 


         

Greetings!

Another great social networking meeting was held by the Scandinavian Trade Association at Yuengling Brewery this past Saturday. Not only did those attending have the opportunity to learn about the operation of the facility, they also had great food and beverages, and time to share with each other. The evening also featured a general meeting where the organization name was officially changed from the Scandinavian Trade Association of Tampa Bay to the Scandinavian Trade Association. This change allows for future growth of the organization to include reaching out to other Scandinavians living and working in areas outside of Tampa, and even nationally. The second change was official recognition of our non-profit status that was unanimously adopted. This is a critical step in securing sponsorships that help underwrite activities in our efforts to increase membership and outreach. Third, was the transfer of all funds to a new bank account to consolidate the existing two accounts and reduce banking charges, thereby reducing overhead costs.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The location and date for VIKING FEST 17 was announced (Tampa Bay Brewing Company Westchase – Oldsmar, on the 7th of October). The group also approved the Board action of honoring Ivar as an Honorary Jarl for Viking Fest 17 for his dedication to STA and work on bringing the Viking Fest to life. The event concluded with a presentation on Scandinavian Sustainability in honor of Earth Day. Thanks to all who attended, gave their time and talent to making STA greater.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ As President I am interested in what we can achieve as an organization to promote business, trade and our culture?  What can we do better?  The Board and I welcome your opinion and constructive feedback – we need you to share your input. In turn, this will give us the opportunity to strengthen our organization based on your feedback.   Feel free to contact me if you have ideas that can spark ideas on how we can do more. Thanks to all of you, together we are making STA a meaningful force in representing the Scandinavian culture in our area.  We need your help in helping grow our organization.  Ask a friend, family member, or business to join our efforts – membership and sponsorships are a great way to help.  We have open seats on the Board – if interested contact me.  And if you just want to roll up your shelves and help our on Viking Fest – we are forming the committee and need you!  So please consider helping.

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Special Thanks:

Board member Sean Nordquist has stepped down from the Board because of an exciting new opportunity as Executive Director of the Florida Brewers Guild.  Sean has been instrumental in our progress and it is only fitting that we wish him well in his new position.  The good news for STA is will still be involved help out with Viking Fest, and so on.  Best Wishes Sean!

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Thank you for supporting our business and cultural activities!

Tom Mortenson, President


Visit our STA Website and STA Facebook for up to date information.

We are also now on Twitter @ScanTradeAssoc! and Instagram @ScanTradeAssoc

Norway’s Constitution Day


Fellow Vikings:

While many Americans focused attention on Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby in May, we Scandinavians have an event that we should promote as well.

Syttende Mai, of course! Norway’s Constitution Day.
On the 17th of May (that’s what Syttende Mai means), it’s time for our Norwegian (and Swedish, Danish, and other Scandinavians to suit up in our bunads – our traditional embroidered wool costumes – and gather together to relive memories of partying in Norway.

If you really want to make others aware of your Scandinavian roots you could parade around your neighborhood while we belt out Norwegian songs.
After which (or done separately) feast on everyone’s favorite foods like: hot dogs, lefse, gravlax, eggs, rye breads with meats and cheeses, meatballs, cabbage, boller (cardamom buns), bløtkake (whipped cream
and berry cake), rømmegrøt (sour cream porridge), rabarbrasuppe (rhubarb soup), vafler (waffles), and of course plenty of aquavit for the adults to keep us singing all evening. Ice cream for those that are
young (at any age).

Skål!
Tom Mortenson

Viking Festival - 2017:
 

We continue to have positive news about the unexpected reception and growth of the Viking Fest.  However, to accommodate the anticipated expansion, a new location is being determine and it is necessitating taking the event to Fall 2017.  This will bring Viking Fest to a more permanent status, with even more activities to make this the premier Scandinavian event in our state.

 
 
Networking Events:

Always check out our Facebook Page and the Events Calendar here for upcoming dates and partner association events!

 



































 


Come network with us! Did you know that Florida is a designated "hot spot" for entrepreneurs? An article by Nancy Dahlberg from the Miami Herald says Florida is "about 30% more entrepreneurial than the nation" and also more globally focused. Expand your horizons and join our group now! By joining the Scandinavian Trade Association, you will also be linked to many of Tampa Bay's networking partners. Read the full article here!


 



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