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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.

May 11, 2024 - "Comfort Dogs"

This is the last luncheon before the summer break, business casual, wear your favorite golf shirt. This is the 64th anniversary of the Chicago Torske Klub.
Our speakers are Ray and Jan Premoller, representing Eunice Comfort Dogs in Northbrook IL, talking about the comfort dog services.

April 13, 2024 - "For the Love of Cod"

About 10 years ago we enjoyed the presentaion of author Eric Dregni as he talked about his book "In Cod We Trust". He is back in town and anxious to join us for our traditional dinner while he talks about his latest project: "For the Love of Cod-A Father and Sons Search for Norwegian Happiness"

March 11, 2024 - "Father/Son/Daughter Day- Frank Lloyd Wright"

On this day we invite sons, daughter, fathers and your friends to our luncheon. Tom Maxson has agreed to talk about his work with the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. He notes, "Frank Lloyd Wright is a huge contributor to Chicago architecture history. I have been a volunteer interpreter for the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. I am certified to give all the different tours the Trust offers. I plan to just talk a bit about his early years in Chicago and Oak Park...mentioning a few elements that set his building apart from other architects."

February 10, 2024 - "Ladies Day-Sweater Day Garry Grube on Bee Keeping"

On this day we invited members, spouses, friends, and basically anyone that wishes to come. Our speaker emerged from within; our Corresponding Secretary Garry Grube had some update in the bee community in Chicago. He spoke to us in 2014 as a new keeper following his original inspiration from Harry Patterson in 2009. It's an interesting topic. He agreed to present after we had to cancel January.
Garry is currently the Chicago Director of the Illinois BeeKeepers Assoc.
In his presentation, he referenced a number of videos that were not shown. Garry provided these for your leisure viewing:
Trucking bees to California Almonds
Dealing with the Varroa mite
Researcher Doctor Samual Ramsey, who re-defined our understanding of the Varroa mite
And for anyone willing to sit for 45 minutes and watch what is the next curse of the honeybee

January 13, 2024 - "Canceled"

We had to cancel after the Elk Club found no electric and could not prepare the food during the ice and snow storm of that weekend.

December 9, 2023 - "Family Christmas Celebration"

Luncheon followed by an afternoon of seasonal sing along and stories led by our Pastor David Langseth and family. All families and friends are invited.

November 11, 2023 - "How is Norway Doing in Green Tech?"

Luncheon followed by a presentation by Egil Juliussen, PhD. This presentation explored what Norway is doing to be a leader in green technologies. Recall that Egil did an excellent job presenting to us about self driving vehicles in 2015.

Please note that this luncheon price remains $35, as in the last months.

October 14, 2023 - Review of the Forest Preserve

Our luncheon speaker was Carl Vogle, the Director of Communications for the Forest Preserves of Cook County, which protects nearly 70,000 acres of natural public land throughout Cook County and is one of the oldest and largest forest preserve districts in the United States.

September 9, 2023 - Torske Klub September Reboot

Regroup after a summer break to enjoy the torske. Our speaker was Matt Nygaard, the President of NorCham - Chicago Chapter.

September 10, 2023 - Scandinavian Day at Vasa Park

The annual festival takes place on the 10th. The Chicago Torske Klub will have a table there. Join us. https://www.scandinaviandayil.com.

We continue to watch the COVID-19 situation. We are obligated to follow state and local rules for separation and masking if needed, as well as any requirements of the Elk's Club on the day of the luncheon. We know that the elks are anxious to see us, and we understand that seating may be a little more spaced for them and us. We rely on your good judgement at the luncheon.

Torske Klub Members - January 2020

The reservation line 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

Special Items

  • Don Hoganson is honored with Royal Norwegian Order of Merit in 2009
  • Alfred Newgard's Pea Soup (erttesuppe) Recipe
  • The Three Kings - by Rob Alsaker - Submitted in the May 2007 newsletter, this is an article about Robert and Evy Alsaker's adventure in Norway searching for the origins of a photo of the three kings of Scandinavia Countries and ending up viewing the compass that Roald Amundsen took to the South Pole.
  • Check out the photo album for some of the pictures from May 2007 events and the NACC trip to Tromso in July.
  • Photos of Rob and Evy Alsaker as they attended the Brooklyn NY Syttende Mai Parade in 2008
  • Chicago Norske Klub Book - History of the Norske Klub, where the Torske Klub was founded and hosted until the 1980s. Good memories of the artifacts and people provided by Robert Alsaker.
  • Chicago Norske Klub 40th Anniversary - 40th anniversary book, provided by Robert Alsaker.
  • Recollections of Chicago Torske Klub, by Dr. Ray Newgard on the 62nd Anniversary


    Future Events 2022-2023 Season

    Future events are our Saturday luncheons, every 2nd Saturday of every month that contains the letter "R", plus May. Watch our site or Facebook for schedule changes.

    • September 9, 2023 - Luncheon
    • October 14, 2023 - Luncheon - Leif Erikson Day . Carl Vogel - Forest Preserve
    • November 11, 2023 - Luncheon - Egil Juliusen - Green Tech in Norway
    • December 9, 2023 - Christmas Luncheon - Spouses and family invited
    • January 13, 2024 - Sweater Day - Luncheon
    • February 10, 2023 - Luncheon - Ladies Day
    • March 9, 2023 - Luncheon - Father son daughter day -
    • April 13, 2023 - Luncheon -
    • May 11, 2023 - Luncheon
    • June, July and August we fish, golf and enjoy the summer.


    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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