Finns in the News

Finns in the News highlights Väino Koskela

In our ongoing effort to highlight local Finns, episode 2 is about Väino Koskela, a veteran of the Winter War. You can view the interview here. Thanks to Adam Perkiömäki for his work on this video.

Aune E. Koski Scholarship Recipient

Katja Erringer, a member of FFCPC, is the 2021 recipient of Finlandia Foundation National’s Aune E. Koski Scholarship Fund. FFN gives a scholarship from this fund for one scholarship applicant per year from Oregon and Washington.

Katja was born in Santa Barbara, CA. The maternal side of her family lives in Finland, and she values the connection to her heritage that she has always had. She studies Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences at the Oregon State University Honors College and wants to go to veterinary school after graduating. She is involved with FFCPC and hopes to inspire young people to learn about and celebrate their Finnish heritage.

About the Aune E. Koski award:  Aune E. Koski lived in Vancouver, Washington.  She was a lively world traveler who lived into her 90’s.  She baked pulla and made her own hand-drawn greeting cards. Aune even hosted her own 90th birthday party.  Part of the evening’s program was Aune doing a song and dance skit (which she wrote) while wearing a fancy dress and feather boa. In her estate, she left the Aune E. Koski Scholarship Fund to our local FF chapter, the Columbia-Pacific Chapter (FFCPC). In November 2008, the FFCPC Board turned over the fund to FFN for administration.

Finns in the News highlights Reino Tarkianen

As part of our effort to focus on local Finns, this story is about a Reino Tarkianen and his wife Marilyn who own Finlandia Sauna. You can view the half-hour interview here. Thanks to Adam and Kaija Perkiömäki for their hard work on making this possible.

FFCPC Most Valuable Finn Award

This years Most Valuable Finn Award goes to Judy Perkiömäki. Judy is very active in all things Scandinavian. Read about Judy’s accomplishments here.

Greg Jacob visits Finland

FFCPC President Greg Jacob went on his first trip ever to Finland this past summer. He thoughtfully kept a journal so the rest of us can read about it. See his journal and photos here.

Finlandia Foundation National

Two FFCPC Board members are also Trustees on Finlandia Foundation National Board. Dirk Schulbach has served as the Treasurer since 2014 and Katariina Lehtonen was elected in 2015. We are well represented! 


Päivi Kilpi-Cramer and Karjalanpiirakka

Päivi is the master baker within the Finnish community. All members and visitors to our events have tasted Päivi’s delicious baked goods. The February issue of Pamplin Media Group’s Lake Oswego Review published an article of Päivi demonstrating how to bake Karjalanpiirakka, Karelian Rice Pasties. A little lesson on Finnish language: the singular form of the word is karjalanpiirakka and plural is karjalanpiirakat. We are OK with the typo in the title of the article. Click here to read the article.  


Earlier News

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