At last nights NACC – Chicago chapter 50th anniversary dinner, the Honorary Consul General of Norway, Paul S. Anderson, announced that our good friend Don Hoganson was to receive the appointment of “Officer in the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit” by King Harald of Norway.
The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit was founded by King Olav V in 1985. It is conferred on foreign and Norwegian nationals as a reward for their outstanding service in the interest of Norway. Additional information about the Order of Merit can be found at the Norwegian Royal Family website.For those of you who know Don, we can honestly say that we know of no-one that deserves this honor more. Don continues to work tirelessly on projects including his board membership on the “Norwegian-American Geneological Center & Naeseth Library”, Assistant Boss of the Chicago Torske Klub, co-chair of fundraising efforts and the Foundation Committee Chair for the Norwood Park Home, Grand Marshal for the Chicago 2008 Syttende Mai parade, and past president of several Chicago area groups, clubs and organizations including NACC.
Don has friends everywhere. In my years as an Information and Knowledge Management (KM) professional I can say Don is a giant in “Social Networking”. An important aspect of KM is the bringing of people with knowledge of a specific topic together with people looking for knowledge of that topic. Modern KM uses applications such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to join people together, Don is known to use his skill on the golf course to perform the same function. For those of you not familiar with golf, it is an activity that brings together 4 individuals on a outdoor course (called “the links”) to exchange thoughts and make plans. If Don wrote his autobiography today one possible working title for the book could be, “The Links I’ve Played, and Made”. Don truly loves to get people together and make things happen.I, along with many other people that know Don, would like to congratulate him on his appointment as Officer in the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, honors are to be bestowed at a date and place to be determined, but most likely in New York or Washington by a representative of the King of Norway. The honoree receives a medal (order) with the cross of the Order, as well as a “diploma” or certificate signed by the King which formally indicates his appointment.