October 2021
It was a great day for golf last week when we held our annual joint Swedish-Dutch golf tournament. I enjoyed seeing so many new and familiar faces. Below you can see a video clip from our tournament last week .
Last year the SACC Executive Forum was held virtually so it was great to see that in 2021 it was conducted as an in person event. To see a list of the distinguished speakers from the event that was held last week please click here. On behalf of SACC USA and SACC Arizona, we look forward to bringing the SACC community back together again for the SACC Summit in Phoenix in November. The topic for the summit is What's Next: The Future of Connectivity, Mobility and the Workforce of Tomorrow.

As you know Swedes treasure their fika and today is Kanelbullens Day- Cinnamon roll day. This day is celebrated in offices and homes around Sweden by feasting on a cinnamon roll.

Ida Pond
Executive Director SACC GA
November 2-4, 2021
SACC Summit Phoenix, AZ

November 10-11, 2021
Green Connections, San Diego
November 18, 2021
Virtual Mixology
December 2, 2021
Glögg Mingle
December 18, 2021
Lucia Gala

Swedish Organizations in Atlanta
We had the honor of speaking with Göran Rygert founder of Vasa Drängar in Atlanta, and Jay Lutz President of Vasa Drängar in Atlanta.
 What is your connection to Sweden?

Göran: I was born in Småland but grew up on Öland. I have a Master’s Degree in architecture from Chalmers and moved to Atlanta 1993 after 33 years of work in Malmö and Stockholm.
Jay: We had a Swedish exchange student in my home when I was in high school which sparked my interest for Sweden. In college I studied abroad in Skinnskatteberg, Sweden. I stayed in Stockholm during the summer afterwards and worked. After graduating I received a Fulbright Fellowship to do graduate work. I spent a year studying Swedish literature so now I speak Swedish and I even teach it.
Tell us a little bit about your organization, what does Vasa Drängar in Atlanta do?

Vasa Drängar is a nonprofit men’s choir which started in 1996. Göran was asked to put together a group to sing some Swedish songs at a crayfish event. “We found that people appreciated it and we like to sing, so we kept going since then, 25 years ago.”
Vasa Drängar sing at many Swedish events and for other organizations. Vasa Drängar do not just sing in Atlanta, they also travel around in the United States to sing at various events.

How do you become a member in Vasa Drängar?

To be a member we require that people can read music. It is not a requirement but it helps if you have been part of a choir before. We sing songs in different languages, so you do not need to speak Swedish.  
Do you have anything planned for the coming months?

We do not have anything planned right now because of the pandemic but hope to have something soon. We are currently planning an American Union of Swedish Singers’ a big convention that will take place in 2023 here in Atlanta where choirs from all over the United States - even from Sweden - get together for a big concert. 

If you want to become a member or want more information about the big concert that is planned, please contact Göran or Jay.
Kanelbullens Dag
October 4
For the perfect recipe (in English) for Swedish cinnamon buns click here!
Articles about SACC-GA Members
Kennesaw GA. — The cost of shipping goods to the United States is skyrocketing. 
A small distributor in Georgia said they're getting hammered by the rise in costs, that have increased four-fold over the past year. 
Experts said it's because of a number of factors coming together. From uncertainty due to the pandemic to the labor shortage and rising inflation, they said consumers are going to end up paying more for the products they love. Read the article and view the clip from Alive 11 here!
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