The SM&SF Club was established in 1898 as the Swedish Music & Sick Fraternity. At that time, Swedish singing societies were popular in the Midwest, with singing competitions being held throughout the year. The early Swedish immigrants were also a strong ethnic group that took care of each other, both physically and financially, during times of illness and death.
Today, the SM&SF Club is a non-profit social club with membership that exceeds 600 members. It still maintains an old tradition of caring for the community by its annual “Kick-In for Cancer” fundraisers that have raised over $30,000 a year to benefit the local hospital’s oncology departments and our local hospice care providers.
I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. I would like to thank our members for volunteering and participating in club events throughout August. It makes us stronger not only as a club, but as a community.
In addition to the increase in events, we are also experiencing an influx of new membership applications, which also speaks to the strength and success of the club and membership. All of this is occurring in spite of Covid 19.
Let’s support each other and our club and keep things headed in the right direction. Hope to see you soon.
Boyce Wallin, President
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