Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NORWEGIAN CLUB OF DETROIT
(Senate - October 06, 2000)
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[Page S10078] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NORWEGIAN CLUB OF DETROIT Mr. ABRAHAM. Mr. President, I rise today to recognize the Norwegian Club of Detroit, which will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in Orchard Lake, Michigan, on October 14, 2000. Only Ireland has had a larger percentage of its population immigrate to the United States than has Norway. As Norwegians arrived in Michigan, the Norwegian Club of Detroit was there to help them adjust to their new homeland, while at the same time continue to celebrate the familiar traditions of home. The Norwegian Club of Detroit was organized in 1925. Originally consisting of only engineers, it quickly expanded to include Norwegians from all walks of life, providing an important cultural, social and professional network for Michigan's Norwegian community. An example of the Club's importance to the Norwegian community can clearly be seen during World War II, when members managed to mobilize and ultimately provide support to Norwegian military forces who escaped the Nazi invasion. Members also organized training in Canada to assist in the war effort of the Allies. The Norwegian Club of Detroit remains an important factor in celebrating and promoting Norwegian and Scandinavian cultural, political and economic ties to the State of Michigan. One of the first groups to participate in the Ethnic Festivals in Detroit, the Club also has helped support performances by the Scandinavian Symphony, a visit by the Hjemkomst Viking ship reproduction, as well as various Norwegian performers and artists. Mr. President, 2000 is an extremely important year in the Norwegian- American community. It is the 100th Anniversary of the founding of Oslo, Norway's capital city, as well as the 1000th Anniversary of the Viking discovery of North America. This year also marks 175 years of Norwegian immigration to the United States. Amidst all of this, and on behalf of the entire United States Senate, I wish the Norwegian Club of Detroit a Happy 75th Anniversary, and continued success in the future. ____________________