About Us

About Washington Lodge 3-428

The Sons of Norway members in the nation's capital, representing a diversity of background and nationality, share an interest in all things Norwegian and Scandinavian. We trust that all ages will find something of interest -- in our web site and in our lodge. We have around 300 members. Most are from the local area of DC, Maryland, and Virginia, but we also have members from another 16 states as well as Norway, Canada, and Great Britain (many of whom have a connection to the area).

In addition to the board of directors, our officers include Librarian, Sports Director, Youth Director, Newsletter Editor, Webmaster, Cultural Director,  and Photographer.

Our meetings are on either the 3rd Saturday of the month (afternoon) or 3rd Friday (evening), from September through June. Please see meeting descriptions for locations. Most of our meetings are held at the Lodge Cultural Center, 3846 Meredith Drive, Fairfax, Virginia (directions) or at Christ Lutheran Church, which is right across the street at 3810 Meredith Drive.

Awards

Washington Lodge was named the International Lodge of the year for 1999 at the International Convention held at Stavanger, Norway in 2000.

Our Lodge newsletter, The Capital Viking has placed first in the last Third District Newsletter Competition.

Sons of Norway Headquarters, flying a Norwegian flag
Sons of Norway headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo credit: Jonathunder via Creative Commons

About Sons of Norway

Sons of Norway was organized as a fraternal benefit society by 18 Norwegian immigrants in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on January 16, 1895. The purposes and goals of the Founding Fathers were to protect members of Sons of Norway and their families from the financial hardships experienced during times of sickness or death in the family.

Over time, the mission of Sons of Norway was expanded to include the preservation of Norwegian heritage and culture in our Society. We have grown since our beginning and are now the largest Norwegian organization outside Norway.