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Message from the
Our eventful December starts with Finland’s Independence Celebration that will be held December 2. A wonderful program is in store for you followed by a Finnish dinner.
The independence of Finland is now 100 years old. This makes Finland one of the youngest independent nations within the European Union. Finnish independence was not easily acquired – it required a heavy toll in pursuing the Civil War. Finnish Independence has been even costlier to maintain. Finland had to fight three wars – Winter War, Continuation War and Lappish War – to maintain its independence. The wars were none of which it wanted nor initiated.
Continued Finnish Independence after the wars was a miracle. Finland had lost two wars to its neighbor that was 52 times bigger, that most Finns hated and that was in control of Finnish policies after the war. After the war, Finnish leaders became trusted friends of its historical enemy. Paasikivi – Kekkonen – Presidents following the wars – diplomacy converted its biggest enemy to its biggest and most profitable trading partner. Finland and its well-being today is the result of its Presidents diplomatic skills – the world of today could learn from this.
Our recent Scandinavian Market was highly successful – both in attendance and in revenue. It was nice to get together with other Nordic neighbors and meet friends while enjoying local foods of Finland and Norway.
Over several years Gene Belttari has been in charge of organizing Charity Poker events, an important fundraiser for us. I would like to thank him for his management of those events. This year we broke all past records in revenue.
Make sure you mark your calendars for other important events happening this month, including Friday night suppers, the Novi Band Concert, Finnish American Singers concert, a Little Christmas concert, Pikkujoulu with a Finnish Christmas dinner and finally our Candlelight memorial Service. Check our calendar for days and times of these important events.
Finally, I want to thank all our tireless volunteers for another successful year. It takes a lot of effort to keep the Center in operation, it takes a lot of “sisu” which we Finns are famous for.
Have a wonderful, peaceful Christmas Holiday and look forward to seeing you at the Finnish Center in 2018.
Center and Gift Shop Open
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