Roseville Rotary Club
Regular Meeting, May 23, 2016
Midland Hills
 
President-elect Terry Carlson called the meeting to order. Greg Carlson led the flag pledge.  Melanie Mogg offered the invocation. Greg Carlson introduced visitors and guests.
 
General club announcements and business
 
Jeff Norton noted and thanked the many sponsors to date of this year’s Taste of Rosefest. He asked members present to refer any potential sponsors to him.  June 23, is coming up fast. It’s less than five weeks hence.
 
Thursday, June 9th we’ll be volunteering at Bridging from 4-6 p.m.  If you are interested in participating please contact Roger Reistad, pforms@qwestoffice.net
Next Monday is Memorial Day, there will be no meeting on May 30.  The June 6 meeting will be held at the Radisson Roseville.
 
Program
 
 
 
 
Brad Kirscher introduced John A. Yilek who spoke on his new book, History of Norway. John, a Norwegian history instructor, author, retired banking and commercial lawyer and native of Roseville was joined by Kay Sandeen of Sandeen's Scandinavian Gifts in St. Paul, who sold signed copies of the book.
One thing’s for certain, Norway isn’t just about sardines and oil rigs.
 
Spanning several centuries of Norwegian history John took us on a ‘short course’ journey from the beginnings of agriculture in the area that is now Norway, around 4000 BC, through the onset of the Viking period when the island of Lindisfarne off the coast of northern England was raided in 793 AD. 
John’s stories were terrific. About warlords and princes; the Black Death, and tales of heroes such as Claus Helberg, the Norwegian resistance fighter who famously carried out sabotage on a Nazi heavy water plant during World War II and the not so notable King Harold Hardrada who invaded England in 1066 to expand his territory and was roundly defeated at the battle of Stamford Bridge in Yorkshire.
 
If it’s anything like his talk, his book, History of Norway will be a very fast-paced and entertaining read about Norway from the ice age to the EU.
 
 
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