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IMG 2605A salute welcomed 21 American travel agents.

The 21 Americans, who were special guests to Aalborg and North Jutland, arrived on their last evening of their visit to Nytorv in Aalborg. Here they were received with a salute, fired by Aalborg Kanonlaug before entering Jens Bang Stenhus to be initiated into the Guild of Christian the Fourth.

The 21 Americans had been guests since Thursday, October 3, and were invited to Aalborg and North Jutland by a number of companies to experience our Region. The 21 people are executive travel agents in the United States.

This Monday evening - the last night of their adventure tour - the 21 travel agents were to finish their tour in North Jutland in Aalborg, with being admitted into the Guild of Christian the Fourth.
Chiefbencher Niels Voss Hansen warmly welcomed the guests into Christian the Fourth Guild in the old wine cellar in Jens Bang's Stenhus. The guests were festively presented to the guild and its activities, including a presentation of the guild's brothers. They were told the history of the guild, before they got a key to the secret entrance to the premises. To find this secret entrance, the newly initiated were led around in the city under musical guidance to the entrance, where one of the new members, on behalf of all the others, tested that the key could open the door.

Back in the wine cellar, the new members were invited to the galla dinner of the Guild of Christian the Fourth, consisting of two wonderful red sausages, a glass of beer and a glass of potatojuice (snaps).

After the ceremonial the travel agents and their hosts went to a farewell dinner at the Utzon Center, which marked the final of their visit to Aalborg and North Jutland.

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Photo: Fini Ryming

Inger RislandFor the 20th time, Inger and Bjørn Røisland brought a bunch of happy Norwegians to the Guild of Christian the Fourth.
The initiation was, as usual very lively and the participants from Tvedestrand were in a high spirit, when the new members had to show their white socks (a special gimmick for people coming from Tvedestrand).

The group also song a couple of beautiful and special songs, for the benchers.

As it was the 20th time Inger and Bjørn Røisland had a group in the Guild, the chief bencher held a little speech and presented Inger and Bjørn with a bottle of “Laugsbitter” and two “shot glasses” engraved with C4.

In return Inger promised that they would return year after year – which we already are looking forward to.

It was a really good day with lot of humor and good vibrations. 

Veteraner 01Initiation of Danish Veterans (including former Blue Barets, etc.) and the corresponding Norwegian organization NVIO.

19 new brothers and sisters were initiated, in presence of about 45 members. It created an excellent atmosphere in Duus´ Wine cellar.

This was the 25th time the associations held a meeting in Aalborg.

On account of that chief bencher Niels Voss Hansen handed over the Crest of Christian the Fourths Guild to chairman of the NVIO local branch in Larvik, Knut Erik Jørgensen and the chairman of the Danish Veterans “Limfjorden” Ole Nørholt.
The morning ended with lunch for the participants in Duus`s Wine Cellar.

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UNMILPOCOn September 4, there was initiation of students from UNMILPOC.

United Nations Military Police Course abbreviated UNMILPOC is an international military policy course held by the Danish military police at Aalborg Barracks twice a year.

This year the course has its 50th anniversary, the first course being completed back in 1969.

The current course consists of 26 students from no less than 14 nations, one student even from Australia.
Before the initiation of the 26 students and a single new instructor, the course was officially welcomed to Aalborg at the city's old town hall.

13It is a tradition the keynote speakers and others involved in the 4th of July celebrations are initiated into Christian the Fourth’s Guild.

This year 20 people were initiated. Among those were the new president of the Rebild National Park Society, Jørgen Bech Madsen and his wife, the Danish keynote speaker Ole Sønnichsen, journalist and the author of several biographies, praised by the critics a.o. the book about Danish William S. Knudsen “One Dollar Man”. He has also written the great documentary story “The Journey to America”.
The American keynote speaker was Henrik Fogh Rasmussen was initiated in 2008 together with his parents Anne Mette and Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former prime minister of Denmark. Henrik Fogh Rasmussen is the founder and president of Argonne Global.

Finally the Danish youth speaker Caroline Amalie Skade and Kurt Sørensen, who brought greetings from Danes in the U.S., were initiated.

A special event was the initiation of Louise Pflug Carlslund. She is a grandchild of our former treasurer, Erik Pflug, who was a respected member of the Board years ago.

After the initiation everybody left for the tent lunch in Rebild Hills.

During the dinner, the chief bencher awarded the keynote speakers Ole Sønnichsen, Henrik Fogh Rasmussen, the mayor for a day Edvard Bladt and Kurt Sørensen, from U.S. who brought greeting the danes i U.S., with a tie. Amalie Skade was given a beautiful scarf.

Before, during and after our music director played the “lur” an ancient instrument from the bronze age.

Usually the 4th of July celebrations in the hills takes place in sunshine, but this year it almost rained away.

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Photos taken by: Jens Morten (The Wine Cellar) and Fini Ryming (Rebild)