Clear Lake Kick-off Picnic at Crissy Fields, May 7

The perfect warm-up for an awesome CL season!

This years kick-off party for the Clear Lake season was held at Crissy Fields. Party-meisters Lala and Solveig had prepped picnic food and lawn games for participants of all ages!

The winds were really strong on this sunny day, but fortunately the picnic spot was somewhat sheltered by the hills and trees of the Presidio. Some of the younger members had fun flying kites.

Valborgsmässoafton Bonfire at Ocean Beach

People starting bonfire on the beach to celebrate spring

Earth, wind and fire, and lots of awesome people!

A very popular tradition by now, Stein Petersen hosted yet another wonderful Valborg bonfire on Ocean Beach.

It was a wonderfully sunny day, but as always at this time of year it gets pretty darn windy out there. Most people were dressed for the weather, and the fire kept going until the sun had set.

March Happy Hour at Foreign Lens, SF

We are SO happy that in-person events are happening more and more, and to see members and friends show up for our Happy Hours!

On March 24, long-time YSC member Erik Eklund hosted a happy hour at Foreign Lens in San Francisco, near Telegraph Hill. Foreign Lens is an interesting, bohemian combo of art salon and music venue.

The turnout was pretty good! We had about 30-40 people join that night. It was first quite cramped until people realized there was a spacious downstairs. Thanks to Erik for hosting, and cheers to many more fun events this year!

2022 – Annual General Meeting Recap

YSC Board

On Sunday February 27, the 9 member board of the YSC and about 35 members met at the Swedish American Hall for our annual general meeting. It was wonderful to have a chance to mingle and reconnect in person with our new and old members in our traditional location again.

The board reported on the current state of the club, including 2021 financial status, the condition and maintenance performed at our two properties and the events and activities we hosted during the year.

We were disappointed to report that we were unable to reschedule our delayed 70th Anniversary party in 2021 and asked the membership present whether we should continue to try and reschedule in 2022. The consensus and vote was to concentrate on moving forward and plan for a spectacular 75th anniversary celebration in 2025 instead. We will plan to do so!

There was good discussion about the future direction and longevity of the YSC. There was agreement and much excitement about the plans to focus on maintaining a full social calendar and get our membership engaged and positioned for growth in 2022.

For those of you unable to join us in person, the full board 2022 financials report, the ‘State of the Club’ presentation deck and meetings minutes can be found on our website at

The club thanked the board members who’s terms were ending, Erdman Rogge, Alan West, Henrik Thorenfeldt, Lars Gunnilstam and Laura Flink, for their years of service to the club.

In anticipation of increased 2022 activities, the directors had decided to increase the size of the 2022 board to 10 members and opened the nomination process with 5 seats to fill. After lively nominations and voting the following 5 new board members were elected to 3 year terms:

  • Lars Gunnilstam
  • Laura Flink
  • Jeanette Flodell
  • Aaron Zorndorf
  • Marthe Nyborg

Congratulations and thank you for your commitment to the YSC! You can learn more about the 2022 board of directors by reading their brief bio’s at

We look forward to an exciting 2022 and hope to see you all at many traditional, familiar events and new activities and occasions to celebrate our Scandinavian traditions and heritage.


Ulrika Lidström
YSC President

Urban Hike 2017 – Recap

On a pristine Sunday morning, 30 members of the Young Scandinavian Club rubbed the sleep from their eyes and put on their hiking boots. The club was embarking on an urban hike, up and down the hills of our beloved city of San Francisco. Although our club name signifies “Young”, we had hikers from eight different decades, ages 19-82! The rainy weather delayed the event one week, but there was only sunshine and a cooling light wind this December day. Starting at Andrew Vik’s home near the Swedish American Hall, the six-mile hike saw several central San Francisco attractions that give the city its quirky reputation. Hidden gardens and colorful stairways, famous vista points, Seward mini-park and slides, and the city’s narrowest street– hikers sure got their Instagram photos in! Vik, long-time member and organizer of the hike, has lived in San Francisco his whole life. He organized a similar hike almost 20 years ago. Three members from that hike were also present this time around to lead the group, a testament indeed to Vik’s insider knowledge and tour-guiding bravado. Bagels, yogurt, fresh fruit and more were provided to fuel the sleepy hikers at 10am. Breakfast was washed down with some strong coffee (as our Scandinavian culture would command of us) before setting off to Corona Heights Park. Pausing to pet dogs at the park and take photos, the group continued onwards and upwards toward the Mount Olympus pedestal, where the dismantled Triumph of Light statue once stood. The statue was a gift to the city from the 24th mayor of San Francisco, Adolph Sutro, in 1887. The view from the Upper Terrace stretches out to the Pacific Ocean. Passing through the neighborhoods touching Tank Hill and the Interior Greenbelt off Stanyan Street, we hiked up to the famous Mount Sutro tower. After a small pause for water, the group continued on to the designated lunch spot at one of the humps of Twin Peaks. This mountainous crest is a famous vista point and, evidently for teenagers, one of the best makeout spots in the city. The club was surrounded by tourists and locals alike taking in the cityscape views. The rest of the hike was downhill from this point, if only figuratively and not in spirit. We went next to Seward Park for some fun on a mini playground and double-lane slide. A few rounds up and down the slide gave way to many childlike smiles from our elated hikers. Our second to last pit stop was outside the Alfred E. Clarke Mansion, a storied house that embodies the history of San Francisco. Built in 1891 by an Irish policeman with a colorful yet brutal reputation, the house survived the 1906 earthquake and fires in the Castro neighborhood. It has served as a hospital at one point, and became a city landmark in 1975. The mansion is an amalgam of architectural styles throughout the 20th century, and it remains one of the biggest formerly private houses in California with 45 rooms on five floors. It is now subdivided in 15 rental apartments and actively inhabited today. After all the history and vistas, the hikers descended back to the Castro around 3pm. However, it wouldn’t be a Scandinavian hike without a rewarding beer at the end of it! We congratulated our efforts with a resounding “skål” at The Lookout bar, grateful for our beautiful city and the new relationships we made that day. Want to join our hike on March 24th in the North Beach district of San Francisco, including Coit Tower and a snack at the Norwegian Seaman’s Church? Sign up here or purchase tickets from the link on the Facebook event. Tickets will sell out again! Written by YSC member Karolin Palmer-Picard

Scandinavian Movie Night Recap

Wednesday night (Feb 7th, 2018) at the Swedish American Hall was the place to be! While swing-dancing took place in our Freja main hall, the Young Scandinavian Club members joined together for its first movie night. A popular event in the mid-2000s, the film night is back and hosted by the same YSC member today, Andrew Vik.

Partnering with Vik in the presentation was Swedish Society of San Francisco president Ted Olson. With a full-house, the club was treated to a viewing of “Sami Blod” (2016), a coming-of-age story of a reindeer-breeding Sami teen, Elle-Marja, and her attempt to escape the racism of Lappland the 1930’s. Elle-Marja and her sister Njenna are sent to state school where indigenous students are groomed to assimilate into Swedish society. The story unfolds as to how they struggle to hold on to their cultural traditions and the crumbling bond between two sisters.

The film won the top film prize in Göteborg Film Festival 2017 and the Valhalla Award for Best Nordic Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. When the film won the 2nd prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival, the actress playing Elle-Marja gave an acceptance speech in Sami.

Before the showing of the film, guests were welcomed with refreshments of wine and beer, and light bites in the Svea Room before sitting down in the library. With the high turn-out we saw the first night, the next film screening will be announced very soon. Watch the newsletter and/or Facebook for the details.

 By YSC member Karolin Palmer-Picard