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October 18, 2023

Dear Members and Friends of the Finnish Room Committee and Finlandia Foundation Pittsburgh (the Pittsburgh Finns), 

Our holiday party this year is early--on Sunday, November 12 in the early afternoon. It is the Finnish pre-Christmas celebration  Pikkujoulu. During the party we will also have a 30-minute zoom session so that those who cannot attend in person can join us. The party will be held in a central location near Shadyside Hospital in Oakland. Don't worry about parking because parking on the street is free on Sunday. We will be sending out invitations soon.
We have good news and major strides to share.
As you may already know, FinnFest was hosted in Duluth, Minnesota this year. It was the first year in which the festival returned in person since the pandemic days. About 3,000 people attended. Our tori table raised just over $1000 in profit from sales. These funds went directly into the Finnish Room building fund at the University of Pittsburgh.

Finnish Room Committee representatives including Frank Eld met in September with essential building project staff of the University of Pittsburgh and made significant decisions for the progress of the Finnish Room. Three architectural firms were interviewed and the committee came to an agreement to hire one. We are proud to announce that the Finnish Nationality Room will begin its construction in 2023! 
We have begun an active social schedule --Vappu was celebrated at a member's home in May and was well attended. Traditional food and drink were abundant. The following month Juhannus was celebrated at a different member's home. The beautiful home and backyard welcomed many new families.

We'd like to thank all members, and those involved once again for their donations and their PATIENCE with the Finnish room project - a project decades in the making, passed on to new generations to come. 
We should not stop supporting our project and our group.  We are ALL now builders of our ROOM. Also, we need to keep our group going through yearly dues. 


Dues cover the academic year, which falls from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024. If you haven’t paid dues or want to make a donation, you need to follow separate procedures for the two organizations we are members of—the Finlandia Foundation Pittsburgh Chapter and the University of Pittsburgh Finnish Room Committee.

Finlandia Foundation Pittsburgh:
Dues are $5 yearly. We also appreciate donations for office supplies, if you would like to add something extra to the $5. 
Make the check payable to “Finlandia Foundation Pittsburgh” and send it to “Sally Morton, 5250 Liberty Ave, Apt 447, Pittsburgh, PA 15224-2380.”
Finnish Room Committee:
Dues are $10 yearly. You can also include donations for the Finnish Room, since all monies sent to our Committee go into the same fund while we are building the room. 
By mail:
Make the check payable to “University of Pittsburgh” and in the memo write “Finnish Room”. Send it to “University of Pittsburgh, PO Box 640093, 
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-0093”.  
This procedure is complicated at the moment but will become simpler once we have an established room. We tried it and it works!
Go to
Select the About button at the top left and then select Support the Nationality Rooms! --you will be sent to the page Donate to the Nationality Rooms. 
Cursor to the bottom of the page under the section General Funds and click the Finnish Room Construction link.  You will be sent to the University of Pittsburgh/Pitt Giving page. 
Fill in the gift amount. Click on Choose Area(s) to Support. You will be sent to the page Select Your Area(s) of Support. Scroll down to the bottom and select Other and click Continue. 
The University of Pittsburgh/Pitt Giving page will appear again only this time Please Enter a Description of Where to Direct This Donation will appear under Designations.
In the box below Please Enter a Description, type Finnish Construction Fund and continue filling in the form. 

Looking forward to a happy holiday season, Hyvää Joulua!
From your officers: Karen Fix, Chair; Sally Morton, Treasurer; Gloria Nelson, Secretary

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