Meeting JANUARY, 2020

Date: Wed, January 8, 2020
Time: 10:30 am Social, 11:00 am Brunch

11:45 am Program: Erik Pihl, Nordic Museum Community Engagement lead

Payment is now closed.

Note new start time is 10:30 am

Location:  Leif Erikson Lodge, Sons of Norway, Ballard  (this is not the Nordic museum)

Address:  2245 NW 57th St., Seattle, WA 98107

Phone: (206) 783-1274 Website:

Parking: Some parking available at the Lodge with more at 2 nearby surface lots and on the street.


Please join us in the NEW YEAR at a NEW TIME for brunch and a unique opportunity to experience the Seattle Nordic connection! The bright social hall at Leif Erikson Lodge, enveloped by 100-year old Norwegian murals and wood, overlooks downtown Ballard. It is near Market Street and Ballard Avenue shops as well as the acclaimed National Nordic Museum. Welcome the New Year with friends while enjoying coffee, tea and orange juice (Prosecco for mimosas will be available for an additional cost.)

Brunch, catered by the iconic Husky Deli in West Seattle, will include a selection of finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, mini quiche, jumbo shrimp and assorted cookies and chocolates.  GF options are available.

The presentation by Erik Pihl will discuss the origins of the National Nordic Museum and its journey from a regional Museum founded in 1979 to Congressional designation as a National Museum in 2019. Since the new Museum’s opening in May 2018, its audience has grown threefold and is attracting a broad and diverse audience—for example more than half the Museum’s visitors do not have Nordic ancestry. The Museum’s new role as an international convener will be highlighted, including the way in which the Museum is building relationships between the Nordic countries and the US through events, exhibitions and programs.

Erik G. Pihl serves as the National Nordic Museum’s Community Engagement lead, where he manages the Museum’s relationships with communities working to expand the Museum’s reach and engagement. After serving as a Trustee on the Museum’s Board from 2003 to 2016, Mr. Pihl joined the Museum staff in 2016 to help prepare for the opening of the new Nordic Museum (May 2018). Mr. Pihl has an extensive professional background in the museum field specializing in external affairs and philanthropy leadership for more than 20 years. 


Beverages included: Coffee, English Breakfast Tea, Herbal Decaf Tea, Half & half, Sugar/Splenda, Orange Juice

MIMOSA OPTION:  2 servings of Prosecco (in flutes) will be included for those selecting the option “including Mimosas”

Brunch includes:

  • ¼ Sandwiches (roast beef/cheddar, turkey/havarti, ham/swiss, GF available)
  • Mini Quiche (ham/broccoli/cheese, spinach/bacon/cheese, vegetarian)
  • Fresh fruit selection
  • Jumbo shrimp w/ lemon and cocktail sauce
  • Assorted cookies and chocolates.

If you have any of the following Dietary Preferences, please email your dietary needs to our Meetings and Programs Committee:

Willing to be a Greeter? Members, if you are willing to be a Greeter please email our Meetings and Programs Committee:

Payment Policy: Payment must be received by the due date. (If paying by check, there may be a short grace period for checks that might still be in the mail.) No payment will be collected on the day of the meeting.

Cancellation/refund: Once the “guaranteed” number of attendees has been submitted to the venue, NO cancellation will result in a refund UNLESS:

1. The venue is willing to charge only for those who actually attend, however, this is extremely rare.

2. Another member would like to attend and agrees to reimburse the member who has cancelled, also accepting the ordered menu selections.

Disclaimer: The Newcomers Club of Greater Seattle is not responsible, and assumes no liability, for any loss or injury to property of persons who participate in our activities.

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