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This year’s Icelandic Open Golf Tournament held at Links on the Lake on Friday 29 July had everything that you could ask for in a great day.

There was sun, heat, a golf course in great shape, fantastic food, and most importantly, friends and family.

The Icelandic Open is a wonderful way to begin the penultimate celebration of Icelandic heritage. It has become the unofficial kick off for the Íslendingadagurinn, and it is returning to its former glory. In 2010 there were 108 golfers, and in 2011 there were 128. This could be continued to 144 for a full complement.

Spread the word; tell all your family and friends what a fun day it was. Encourage them to join you for the fun next year.The new “big top” format, using a large tent on the driving range, for the reception immediately following the Golf Tournament provided a tasty finger food buffet catered by chef Stefan of the Mask restaurant. This format allows the Friday evening free to spend with family and friends.

Fundraising events would not be nearly so successful if they were not supported by the generous folks who sponsor these events. The Board of Directors of Lögberg-Heimskringla in conjunction with the organizing committee of the Icelandic Open Golf Tournament want to recognize these sponsors who have time and time again been there with monetary support.

Many of those sponsors have stepped forward many times during the history of the Icelandic Open.Ken and Sheila Palson on behalf of Ken Palson Enterprises Ltd. have been significant contributors at several levels this year as in past years. Another major sponsor, Iceland Naturally, has added their support several times.

Indus Automation Inc. was the lunch sponsor this year. All sponsors at all levels are recognized on the website with all the details of their participation.The Icelandic Open is an important fund raising event for the Lögberg-Heimskringla, and all of our participants and sponsors are greatly appreciated. Without the support of the sponsors, the Golf Tournament could not happen. Thanks to all the major sponsors for their contributions. Hole sponsors are also very important to the Icelandic Open.

The majority of these sponsors have been contributors for many years and deserve recognition for their loyalty and support
.Lögberg-Heimskringla exists to keep Icelanders across North America connected with the each other including extended family and friends in Iceland. Lögberg-Heimskringla plays an important role in continuing the heritage and culture of Iceland in the New World.

Lögberg-Heimskringla needs your support to ensure that this will last for many generations to come. Another successful Icelandic Open golf tournament was held prior to the Icelandic Festival in Gimli again this year. The success of the event is due primarily to the Planning Committee co-chaired by Brad Sveinson and Bruce Eyford.

The Board of Directors wishes to recognize their joint efforts including the work of their committee members. The numerous volunteers who take on so many of the duties that make the day the fun day that it has become further enhance the actual event. Volunteers make the Icelandic Open happen. They man the registration table, hand out the T-box gifts, put up the signage, put up the tables for the buffet, run the special events at the Holes, pass out vínarterta and pönnukokur at the LH Hole, help the photographer by listing names, events etc, sell tickets for the raffles and draws and of course the Mulligans

Whatever task is at hand, a volunteer is there getting it done. All the things that make a function enjoyable are accomplished with the help of volunteers and we salute them. Thanks to every one of them.

Both Brad and Bruce have not only worked to organize the Icelandic Open but both of them have been major sponsors. Their efforts have increased participation and added more fun to the day.  Brad’s Idavoll Bungalow Condominiums by Character Homes has made significant contributions as has Bruce through Investors Group.

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