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If you ever find yourself in Chicago the second Saturday of the month,  and you have a craving for some Torsk, the solution may be a visit to the Chicago Torske Klub. - Stavanger Aftenblad - 26 May 2006

Welcome to the Chicago Torske Klub Web Site at torskeklub.org! It's good to be in Chicago on the second Saturday of the month.  We will update this monthly for current events and dinner meeting news.

September 9, 2017 - Torske With Traveling Salesmen

Mr. Rornald Solberg will present: "0ohs and Ahs:Those MagnificentTraveling Salesmen (and Saleswomen) of Illinois". As key national retailing centers, it is no coincidence that Chicago and the state of lllinois have introduced more than their fair share of enterprising traveling salesmen. For more than 150 years, a 19th century Marshall Field and his "whiz bang drummer" have joined with the likes of 20th century super-salesman Ron Popeil and his "Pocket Fisherrnan" to introduce products, services and concepts that are still with us to this day. Join Ron Solberg as he recounts the amazing stories of our traveling salesmen.

Mr. Solberg is the author of "The Whizbangs of Oohs and Ahs - AmericabSalesmen: Their Lore, Lives, an Laughs" and has spoken in front of dozens of lllinois audiences. He was also the 2006 recipient of the "Distinguished Teaching in Social Studies" award by the lllinois Council of Social Studies.

Join us for the kickoff luncheon of this 2017-2018 Torske Klub season.

Vasa Park - September 10, 2017

We will again be at a booth at Vasa Park encouraging men or the community to join us for lunch. For all our members, family and friends who want more information on this yearly event, see the Scandinavian Days Website

Tom Peterson - New Recording Secretary

You will notice a new face when you check into the luncheon. Tom Peterson has agreed to join the board, and serve as the Recording Secretary. Garry Grube continues on the board, but asked to step down from the secretary duties to attend to the family farm. You also notice a new response for email reservations and a new phone number for reservations

Out thanks to both Tom and Garry for their service.

Congratulations to the Hon. Perry Gulbrandsen

Our boss, Lowell Olberg, announced at the May Torske Klub lunncheon that our good member, the Hon. Perry Gulbrandsen (retired) has been selected to receive the Norwegian Royal Order of Merit. This award is given by the King of Norway to people outside the country who provide outstanding service in the interests of Norway. It is well deserved, given his work in the Norwegian Community, including the preservation of the 1896 Viking Ship.


Torske Klub Members - January 2017

The NEW reservation line as of Sept. 2017 is (847)886-4841   Leave a message with reservations noting name, member number and number of reservataions.
Alternately, send an email to reservations @torskeklub.com

See some photos in our picture book

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Future Events

Future events are our Saturday luncheons, every 2nd Saturday of every month that contains the letter "R", plus May.

Our program chairman announces the coming events:

  • September 9, 2017 - Traveling Salesmen
  • October 14, 2017 - Leif Ericson Day Celebration
  • November 11, 2017 - Luncheon
  • December 9, 2017 - Christmas Celebration
  • January 13, 2018 - Luncheon- Sweater Day
  • February 10, 2018 - Ladies Day Luncheon
  • March 10, 2018 - Father, Son, Daughter Day Luncheon
  • April 14, 2018 - Luncheon
  • May 12, 2018 - Anniversary Luncheon
  • Other programs to be announced. All programs are subject to change.

Meeting dates and reservation deadlines are here.
Note to all Torske Klub Members:

By resolution of the Board of Directors, the Torske Klub will provide a single, free raffle ticket to all members who bring one or more guests to a meeting, excluding father/son and ladies day.

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