In a few short months, your players – and some of our families – will be headed to Helsinki, Finland. Between now and then, there is a lot of planning to do!
We need all Exchange parents to attend one of our mandatory Parent Meetings. The meetings will be identical and will cover payments, schedules, planning and (of course) fundraising! It is mandatory that one parent per player attend one of these meetings.
Thursday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Both meetings will be held upstairs at the Skatium.
We won’t have answers to all the questions we can ask – but we will share all that we have sorted out and discuss the rest.
Please note: you only need to attend one of the two sessions.
We brought the largest group ever associated with the Finland Exchange to the U.S. in March / April. The tournament and overall trip were a huge success. We expect nothing less for our trip to Finland in 2023! Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
We are going to celebrate with a Beef and Beer for the Finland | USA Exchange. This event is open to all Hawks friends and families! Bring a crowd! Use the graphics below to tell your friends on Facebook and other social channels!
When: September 30 7-10 p.m.
JT Brewski’s– just six miles from the Skatium 510 S Oak Ave, Primos, PA 19018
What: Indoor and outdoor seating, serving roast beef (with the works) and baked ziti, with a mixed salad.
Drinks will include domestic drafts, house wine, and sodas.
The DJ will be playing your favorite tunes – and we will have a great bunch of raffles for you to play!
Tickets: Venmo $40 per ticket to @hawks-finland – and put “FLING” in the memo!
Wednesday, August 23 – 12 noon to 10 pm. Stop by Pop’s for some water ice, ice cream, or pretzels – and support the Haverford Hawks – Finland | USA Exchange! MAKE SURE YOU MENTION THE HAWKS OR FINLAND EXCHANGE!!!! Pops is a family-owned business in Havertown and a great member of our community!
On Thursday, August 18 the delicious and generous honeygrow (250 E. Lancaster Avenue in Wynnewood/Admore) is donating back 20% of Dine-In, Takeout, Delivery & Pick up orders to support a great cause — our Haverford Hawks Finland | USA Exchange!
This is for lunch AND dinner – so let’s make it count!
We ask that you RSVP here: https://grouprai.se/e229598 (even if you’re not completely sure) so honeygrow knows roughly how many orders to expect & so you have access to all the event details.
We hope you can make it, and please feel free to forward this information to your friends and family. We will also promote it on Facebook and Instagram.
Update: August 8: If you ordered one of the Pura Vida bracelets, we have it ready for you! Kate Stickel has them. Send her a text at 610-235-9932 and she will let you know how to pick it up.We also have two remaining if you want to order one (or two!)
To help raise awareness (and a little money) we are selling customer Pura Vida bracelets!
You’ll see three colors – Blue (from the Flag of Finland), white (from the Finnish flag, the US flag, and our home uniforms), and Maroon (from our home uniforms.)
These limited-edition bracelets are $10 each and when they are gone they are gone!
Get yours by sending $10 via Venmo to @Hawks-Finland – and be sure to write “bracelet” in the comments.
For $22 per person, from 3 to 6 p.m. you will receive access to all all-you-can-eat food menu:
Federal Pretzels with spicy & yellow mustard
Philly Cheesesteaks with Wiz, Caramelized Onions, Pub Rolls
Dietz & Watson Hot Dogs with Potato Rolls
Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab Fries with Cheese
Access to buy beverages at a discounted rate (draft beers – $6.50; sodas $2.25, bottled water $3.00)
Remember: you must have this package to get beer for $6.50! This package is only available to those who purchased their tickets through the Finland USA Exchange!
Our Plans for the Day – The Bus Trip Package*
1:30 p.m. We board the bus at the Holiday Inn – Drexelbrook and head to the Wells Fargo Center. Once there, the Exchange Players will lace up their skates, put on their helmets, and get ready to take the ice!
3:00 p.m. The Exchange Players will take the Wells Fargo ice! Families can watch from the stands. This is a free skate session, it is not a game; no sticks are permitted. Please note: due to space limitations, only Exchange Players (Pee Wees and Bantams) can take the ice for this event. Helmets are mandatory, no exceptions.)
3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Parents and kids who are part of the Hawks page (either bus trip or game-only) will have exclusive access to the East Dining Hals party area and food vendors. Make sure to purchase the special dining package to get all-you-can-eat food and discounted beverages!
6:00 p.m. Let’s head over to the ice to find our seats and watch the pre-game warmup!
7:00 p.m. It’s game time – the Flyers will take on the New York Rangers. Go Flyers!
After the game We board the buses for the ride back to Drexelbrook.
**guests participating in the ticket-only package should use their tickets to meet us in East Dining Halls.
A note about COVID-19 protocols in the city and the Wells Fargo Center
One of the most impactful, favorite, and low-key parts of the Finland Exchange are the Potluck Dinner nights.
This is a great opportunity for player families who are not hosting Finnish kids for the week to bring the Exchange into their homes. Typically, potluck host homes coordinate the evening and help everyone else figure out what to bring. The idea is that every family chips in some food for the event (appetizer, meal, or dessert.)
As the potluck host, you should make it what you want. If your style is just pizza, soda, and beers, do that instead!
The Hospitality Committee will work on the logistics based on the number of volunteer hosts. Ellen Cohen is the coordinator for the Potluck evenings.
We’d like to keep teams together as much as possible, but that’s not guaranteed. And in most cases, teams will be split up (unless you have a house that can hold more than 60+ people!) If you’d like to be a potluck host, just indicate it on the form (no obligation at this time) and we will be in touch with more information.
**Families who are already hosting Finnish players in their homes that week are discouraged from being potluck hosts, so that other families have this opportunity to participate.
Never hosted a pot luck dinner before? Here is some advice from Marco Flavio Marinucci, founder of the blog Cook Here and Now (cookhereandnow.com), which organizes San Francisco–based potluck dinners
Have a Theme I don’t believe in hodgepodge potlucks. It’s important to create a theme; it can really surprise and delight guests, and get them excited about cooking. Try to move beyond generic themes, like Italian or Cantonese; instead, choose a specific ingredient, like sustainable seafood or heirloom tomatoes. That way, you get really different approaches that reflect each cook’s background, and you end up with dishes you might never have expected. Try to finalize the theme two weeks before the dinner so guests have time to come up with great recipes.
Plan Out the Courses Potluck should include every course—appetizers, soups or salads, entrées, desserts—as well as alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. Always plan more than one for each course: Someone with the best intentions may bring an appetizer, for example, that does not work well, and you don’t want that to be the only choice on the table. Or someone may have to cancel at the last minute. For that reason, I think it’s important that the host always make the main dish—because then, it’s guaranteed to show up!
Give Portion Guidelines If you have 20 guests and two of them are making desserts, they should each prepare something that serves 10 people. The good thing with potlucks is that you don’t need to be exact—people generally will not eat a full portion of something when there are other options on the table. We usually have a lot of leftovers, which is great. Encourage people to bring their own to-go containers and to ask each cook for permission to bring home extras of his or her dish.
Limit Last-Minute Preparations For potlucks, cooks usually prepare dishes three hours before they are served, but not all dishes can wait that long. Try to find out which guests will need a stove burner or oven space, but encourage them to make as much of the dish in advance as they can. For example, vegetables can be grilled at home and then tossed into a salad on site.
Our 2022 Beef and Beer event promises to be the best one yet! Join us at The Yard Pub (formerly Tip O’Leary’s) in Havertown on March 4 for great food and drinks, silent auctions, raffles, and all your Hawkey friends! The event starts at 7 p.m.