About

The Young Scandinavians Club was founded in 1950 by Arnold Rolkert, Gunnar Engen, Carlo Hojsgaard, Peter Larsen Bernard and Ulla Lindberg.

The Young Scandinavians Club, or YSC for short, is a social club for Scandinavian and Scandinavian-American individuals and families of all ages in the San Francisco Bay Area. Events take place throughout Northern California. Members have access to club-owned cabins in Clear Lake and Lake Tahoe, while social and cultural events take place year round in and near San Francisco.

The Young Scandinavians Club, or YSC for short, is a social club for Scandinavian and Scandinavian-American individuals and families of all ages in the San Francisco Bay Area. Events take place throughout Northern California. Members have access to club-owned cabins in Clear Lake and Lake Tahoe, while social and cultural events take place year round in and near San Francisco.


Our History

  • 1950

    On August 19, 1950, Arnold Rolkert gathered a group of friends together including Gunnar Engen, Carlo Hojsgaard, Peter Larsen Bernard, and Ulla Lindberg tto form what they called The Young Scandinavians Club of San Francisco. Thirty members attended the club's first general meeting the following January, and Arnold became its first president. The name was later changed to simply The Young Scandinavians Club.

  • 1960

    YSC incorporated as a nonprofit organization; 10th anniversary banquet at Canterbury Hotel (anniversaries celebrated every 5 years since); first ski cabin rented at Lake Tahoe.

  • 1961

    Lisa Gille (now Wiborg) begins four-year reign as president. She later serves another year. Started renting current Clear Lake cabin.

  • 1963

    Clear Lake property acquired for $28,000 - $10,000 down and $200/month for 10 years. 40 members take group flight to Scandinavia.

  • 1964

    Cabin Manager and Activities Director positions elevated to Executive Committee status.

  • 1966

    Members make major improvements to Clear Lake property, including septic tank, parking area, and leach field.

  • 1967

    New bathrooms constructed at Clear Lake cabin. Executive Committee status.

  • 1974

    Clear Lake loan paid off. The cabin and it's 3/4 acre lot is ours.

  • 1976

    New pier built at Clear Lake.

  • 1980

    New floating dock at Clear Lake.

  • 1979-1981

    Formed CL Task Force to rebuild cabin. Produced architectural plans and received bids from contractors for 2-story building, cost $135 to $160K. Plans were dropped due to an existing building moratorium and resulting permit problems. It was decided to renovate instead.

  • 1981-1982

    Major renovations on Clear Lake cabin, with member Inge Sullivan as key contractor. Total cost $80,000. (Plumbing connections for two shower stalls and a toilet were installed in the men's dressing room)

  • 1986

    New floating docks with new steel pilings and sea wall reconstruction at Clear Lake.

  • 1993

    Tahoe cabin purchased for $190,000.

  • 1996-1999

    A Bathroom Subcommittee was charged with expanding and remodeling the bathrooms at CL. After ten different design schemes construction drawings were submitted for bidding. The plans incorporated a separate new structure complete with handicapped access and resistant to periodic flooding. At a cost of $106,000 it was decided that we might as well build a whole new cabin. Preliminary drawings for a 2-story structure were made for a presentation at our 50th anniversary. The Bathroom Subcommittee was disbanded in 1999.

  • 1997

    Andrew Vik, 24, becomes youngest president in YSC history; changes made to the bylaws to include Tahoe Cabin Manager on the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees at six full members (formerly five plus an alternate)

  • 2000

    YSC celebrates it's 50th anniversary with a grand party at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. Guest of honor: Arnold Rolkert - the first president, flies in from Sweden and delivers this speech.

  • 2003

    Clear Lake - Replaced 21 year old Ski Supreme with a brand new Moomba ski boat.

  • 2007

    Bathrooms finally remodeled according to 1982 scheme - move wall to add a toilet and a shower from men's to women's roroom, and installing two showers in men's room using existing plumbing. Purchase new gas stove, an electric double oven and a refrigerator for the pantry.

The Board Of Directors

The Board of Directors consists of nine positions. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day affairs of the YSC, it also works to develop a vision for the club that reflects current membership needs and keeps the club alive, healthy, relevant and Scandinavian.

The YSC is always is need of talented, motivated members to serve on the board and/or the various committees. Annual elections take place at the beginning of each year. Click here for the latest By Laws, and here for the Pre 2010 By Laws.

Here are the members of the board of directors for YSC, for the year 2017:

Peter Nordström

Carsten Hughes

Bianca Tisell

Michelle Beason

Henrik Thorenfeldt

Joshua Brost

Lars Gunnilstam

Stein Petersen

Chris Healey