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Local DON member elected Grand Lodge president

FALLBROOK – Hulda Garborg Lodge #49 member and Fallbrook resident Joy Tweedt Cook was elected president of the Daughters of Norway Grand Lodge at the group's convention, July 23.

The biennial convention was held in Reno, Nevada with delegates from all the lodges attending. The Grand Lodge Board is the governing body for the subordinate lodges and was founded in 1908. There are currently 30 lodges from the Midwest to the Pacific Coast. The newest lodge will be instituted Aug. 26 in Omaha, Nebraska, founded by former Fallbrook resident Janna Armbruster.

Cook joined DON in November 2011; she was the president of her lodge for eight years before becoming the Judge this year. She is Norwegian on both sides of her family and has been a registered nurse since 1968.

On being elected, Cook said, "I'm grateful to the sisterhood of Hulda Garborg Lodge, for this once in a lifetime opportunity. The strength and uniqueness of this lodge is reflected in my being the third member of Hulda Garborg, to be elected president of the Grand Lodge Board of the Daughters of Norway (a national board)."

The delegates for Hulda Garborg were president Judy Lucas of Oceanside, vice president Sheryl Zinsli of Winchester and trustee Jody Winterstrom of Fallbrook. Other members attending the convention included trustee Julie Watts of Temecula, trustee Melissa Resnick of Fallbrook, financial secretary Margaret Dewey of Murrieta, Barbara Judd of Oceanside, Lucette and Suzy Moramarco of Fallbrook, and Linda Hoffman of San Diego.

Any woman of Scandinavian descent, or married to a person of Norwegian birth or descent, is eligible to join the lodge; the next meeting is Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. at the Fallbrook Woman's Club, 238 W Mission Road. For more information, email Zinsli at [email protected].

Submitted by Hulda Garborg Lodge #49.


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