Icelandic National League of North America
9 6 th A n n u a l C o n v e n t i o n
Master of Ceremonies: Sunna Furstenau & Brad Hirst Opening Comments: Claire Eckley, President of Icelandic National League of North America
Greetings: Ambassador Hjálmar W. Hannesson, Consul General of Iceland
Honorary Lifetime Membership Award Presentations
Chris Byron (Icelandic American Association)Lyle Hillman presenting
Dawn Hjalmarsson (Icelandic Canadian Frón) - Judy Bradley presenting
Thora Arnason Dech (icelandic Hekla Club)
Sir Magnus (Mike) Olafson - Sunna Furstenau presenting
Steingrimur (Stony) Steinolfson (Icelandic American Association)- Keith Stinson presenting
Laurence S.G. Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award:
Gunnvör Danielsdóttir Ásmundsson
Presented by: Patsy Zdrill and Kathleen Dahlin (daughters of Laurence Johnson)
Closing: Claire Eckley, President of Icelandic National League of North America
RECEPTION TO FOLLOW AWARDS
Sponsored by Donald K. Johnson
Chris Byron grew up in Edinburgh, North Dakota. His Icelandic family was very important to him. They shared their Icelandic background and Chris developed a tremendous pride in his heritage. When Chris eventually moved from North Dakota to Minnesota, he found Minnesota’s Icelandic Community. He joined the Icelandic American Association of Minnesota where he served on the Board of Directors and participated in all of the events, working hard on any task that he undertook. Most important to Chris were the events that included Icelanders visiting from Iceland, when he often found a connection. Chris continues to learn about his heritage. He and his wife are SNORRI Plus graduates. Chris participates in the Icelandic National League of North America Conventions, joined the INL of NA board, and became the Regional Representative to the INL of NA for the Midwest. Every year Chris returns to Mountain, North Dakota and Pembina County for August the Deuce. He has worked with Lyle Hillman and been instrumental in the organization of the INL of NA and its participation in the event.
Nominated/Presented by: Steingrimur Steinolfson
Thora Arnason Dech is a member of the Icelandic Hekla Club and Honorary Member of the Icelandic American Association of Minnesota. Born on Westman Island, Thora moved first to to Reykjavik then to Winnipeg and, finally, to Minnesota. She has always been involved with Icelanders. Many of Minnesota’s Icelandic Costumes have received her sewing skills. Thora is an Icelandic cook, Editor of an Icelandic cookbook, and active volunteer in Minnesota’s Icelandic activities.
Dawn Hjalmarsson of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is a tireless volunteer in all The Icelandic Canadian Frón activities including serving on the Board of Directors as secretary and media liason to the Scandinavian newsletter, and volunteer with Folklorama, Winnipeg's annual multicultural celebration. She is also an Icelandic cook. The cultural events that maintain and support the promotion of Icelandic culture and heritage in Winnipeg are possible because of dedicated volunteers like Dawn.
Sir Magnus (Mike) Olafson began life in Gardar Township, North Dakota. He was considered the North Dakota historian of Icelandic Pioneers. His knowledge of our Icelandic ancestors and the immigrants to our region was phenomenal. He fostered many relationships with our friends in Canada and in Iceland. Magnus received many honors, including the Knight’s Cross of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon and the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award from the Icelandic National League in Iceland. He died April 24, 2015 in Wedgewood Manor, Cavalier, ND, at age 94.
Steingrimur Steinolfson “Stony” is a Mountain, North Dakota Icelander and today also, a Minnesota Icelander. Stony is a proud, enthusiastic, worker for all things Icelandic. A co-founder of the Icelandic American Association of Minnesota, he brought celebrations for Thorrablot, Leifur Eiriksson, Meet and Greets, and Icelandic Soccer Picnics to Minnesota while working at North Dakota Icelandic events including August the Deuce. He assures the Icelandic presence at community Scandinavian occasions.