**Postponed** Announcing the First Ever Finland Food Chain Conference!

March 4, 2020

**This conference has been canceled but watch this webpage and our Facebook page for updates on rescheduling.**

The first ever Finland Food Chain Conference has been **Postponed**

Activities & Classes Include:
Farmers Market, Seed & Scion Swap, Grafting, Gathering & Growing Food, Bee Keeping, Making Value-Added Products & Cottage Food, and Mushroom Cultivation!

Is cost an issue? Volunteer and/or Scholarship options are available.

Register Here

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How Will Friends of Finland be Structured in the Future?

February 26, 2020

The Community Potluck for February was hosted by a number of local kids (all of whom participate in the Finland Community Youth Program), along with some key adults to help the kids stay on task. It was pretty fun to watch the kids setting out items like clean glasses, salt and pepper etc. on the tables to get ready for dinner. There’s a crew of older adults who often come early and pitch in with setup, and it was great to watch the interaction between those folks and the kids. There was also a great turnout for the potluck this time around – over 60 people!

What people value about Friends of Finland

What Do You Value Most about Friends of Finland?

Afterwards we had a short presentation followed by questions and answers from the community folks present about the new organizational structure that Friends of Finland has been working on putting into place.

Back in November of 2019, Friends of Finland hosted a gathering of over 30 people – folks who participate in many of the activities here at the Clair Nelson Center as either volunteers, staff, or board members, and sometimes in more than one of these roles! The group worked with facilitators from Co-Nexio of Duluth to talk about how Friends of Finland could restructure the organization to better hold all of the work we are trying to do that is absolutely necessary to our vital and well-functioning community. At the gathering we talked about what people value most about Friends of Finland and went together through a group “teach” about the living systems view of change. We talked about what will be coming into the new structure that won’t change, what works well in other organizations, and what are some characteristics of an ideal work culture. We went through the pros and cons of different organizing structures, listed resources and needs, and then broke into groups to design/brainstorm different possible structures for Friends of Finland. It was a long but inspiring day. Anyone interested in the nuts and bolts can look at the Outcome Report for the day here.

Since then, the Board and Staff have been hard at work on internal structure stuff, like policies, principles, and practices that will help to solidify the organization and our work. We have come up with a preliminary structure that honestly looks a lot like many of the structures that were brainstormed by the community on November 1st!

Here’s the Powerpoint presentation we showed at the February 2020 potluck:

Camp Finland is Hiring for Day Camp and Teen Camp 2020

February 25, 2020

Camp Finland is hiring for Day Camp and Teen Camp!

Camp Finland is on for July 20th-24th, 2020!

Download Application PDF here!

Positions Available:

  • Day Camp Counselor
  • Teen Camp Counselor

Read below for more detailed job descriptions for each position.

Day Camp Finland is a 5 day-long day camp. We focus on giving area youth the opportunities for friendship and discovery by providing them with activities and skills that will open their hearts and minds to the vast world around them. 

Positions available: 

Day Camp Counselor: Camp Counselors will be primarily involved in pre-Camp work by attending meetings to stay involved/up to date with pre-Camp organization and planning the Camp week. Counselors will be paid for 8 hours per day of Camp as well as up to 10 hours of planning and set-up. Counselors will track their hours and keep the group informed if they are over or close to going over their allotted hours.

  • Before and after the Camp week: they will need to be able to attend 1 full set-up day the weekend before and 1 full take-down day the weekend after.
  • During Camp week, they will be focused on the kids and helping them navigate the daily schedule; letting them know what is available at what times, what behaviors are and are not acceptable.
  • Counselors will be expected to engage with campers; helping campers if they are having a rough day or celebrating if they are having a good day or accomplished something difficult.
  • Experience with teaching about nature would be great.

 

Teen Camp Finland is a week long (5 days – 4 nights) overnight camp for area teens focusing on developing a healthy sense of self and community belonging. We focus on love of nature, discovery, friendship, self worth and leadership. Teen Camp Finland will run from June 14th – 18th this year. 

Positions available: 

Teen Camp Counselor: Teen Camp Counselors will primarily be involved in pre-Camp work through attending meetings to stay involved and up to date with the structure of the pre-Camp organization and the planning of the structure of Camp week in general. Counselors will be paid for 14 hours per day of Camp as well as up to 15 hours of planning and set-up. Counselors will track their hours and keep the group informed if they are over or close to going over their allotted hours.

  • During Camp week, they will need to be able to attend a minimum of 1 full set-up day the weekend before Camp and 1 full day the weekend after as well as the 4 overnights of Camp.
  • During Camp week, they will be primarily focused on the teens and keeping them where they need to be when they need to be there. 
  • Counselors will be expected to self-engage with teen campers verbally and emotionally on many levels. The ability to hold kids accountable and empower them at the same time is a must.
  • Counselors will be expected to lead campers in activities like: campfire music, ghost stories, outdoor skills and games (capture the flag, campfire games etc.). 
  • Counselors must have lots of energy.
  • Experience with teaching about nature would be great. 

To Apply

All of these positions (excluding Kitchen Assistants) require a background check and references.

Download Application PDF here!

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Please contact Honor Schauland for more information at 218-353-0300

Applications can also be mailed to Camp Finland, Friends of Finland, PO Box 582, Finland MN 55603.

Paper applications may be requested at the Clair Nelson Center during business hours. Call 218-353-0300 or email using the form above for more information.

All positions are paid $15/hour.

St Urho Makes the ’20s Roar!

February 21, 2020

The theme of Finland’s 45th Annual St Urho’s Celebration is:
St Urho Makes the ’20s Roar!

The big weekend will be March 13th, 14th & 15th, 2020.

There will also be a float building workshop on March 6th, 7th & 8th at the Clair Nelson Community Center.

Finland’s 45th Annual St Urho’s Celebration Schedule of Events:

Friday night, March 13th –
6-8pm – Miss Helmi Talent and Beauty Contest – various stops around town
7-10pm – Music at the Our Place by the Barstones
8:30pm-Midnight – Music at the Four Seasons by Tara Nelson and Friends

Saturday, March 14th –
8-10:30am – *Canceled* Finland MN Historical Society’s Pancake Breakfast, and Craft Fair at the Clair Nelson Center
Noon – Tug of War across the Baptism River
Before and during the parade – Finland Fire and Rescue will be selling refreshments outside the Finland Fire Hall
Before and during the parade – AfterProm will be selling St Urho T-shirts
Noon-1 pm – Parade through Finland on Highway 1. Call Cheri Bischoff at 220-9947 to register for the parade.
1-3pm – Clair Nelson Center – *Canceled* Craft Fair, Kids Games, Lunch, and Music by the one and only Steve Solkela
1-4pm – Music at Four Seasons by Tara Nelson and Friends
1-5pm – Music at Our Place by the Curry Band
8:30pm-Midnight – Music at the Four Seasons by Tara Nelson and Friends

Sunday, March 15th –
3pm – Door Prizes, 4pm Raffle Ticket Drawing at Wildhurst

Supported by Welcome to Finland and the Silver Bay Area Tourism Association.

Job Posting: Business and Finance Lead

February 12, 2020

Join the Leadership Team of the Friends of the Finland Community! Business & Financial Lead Position

Friends of Finland is a vibrant nonprofit organization supporting a wide variety of community programs, and we have grown to where we are looking for a person with the business and financial expertise to strengthen and expand the work we do.

The Friends of the Finland Community Business and Finance Lead position handles budgeting, nonprofit reporting, grant management, fiscal agency, donation management, insurance, billing and invoices, payroll, and maintaining personnel records. Must have the interest and ability to communicate and educate others on business and financial topics. 

Position requires working collaboratively with other core staff to uphold the organizational mission and vision, cocreate staff culture, participate on hiring committees for new core staff and organizational support staff, hold each other accountable and deal with staff issues as they arise. Position requires regular participation in strategic visioning, core staff meetings, and communication platforms. Position will work with other core staff to facilitate and mentor projects/programs through training and assistance, volunteer coordination, grant writing, and community capacity building. Position also requires acting as a Community Liaison by hosting the public using the Clair Nelson Center, providing information, and facilitating and tracking community usage and impact.

Position is part-time up to 20 hours a week at up to $20/hr.

Position will spend the first 2 months as an independent contractor developing the system to switch our organization to payroll. 

Please fill out the form below to apply for this position:

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Please contact Honor Schauland for more information at 218-353-0300.

Resumes and cover letters can be dropped off at the Clair Nelson Center during business hours or please mail to Friends of the Finland Community, PO Box 582, Finland MN 55603.