So Far and Yet So Near

A book by American Citizens Abroad

So Far and Yet So Near

So Far and Yet So Near contains forty-seven tales by Americans who have made their lives abroad for varying periods of time. The stories fully exemplify the Mark Twain quote on the cover: "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." In reading these life experiences, you will laugh and cry and reflect. The stories provide refreshing and sometimes profoundly different perspectives on America, reaffirming the strength and diversity of our national character.

What is it like for an American to live abroad on a long-term basis? How does it happen? What is fun and what is difficult about integrating into the local culture? Do you have to do so? What happens to your sense of national identity? How do children view the experience? What is the impact on family life and on relations with friends and relatives in the States? What about the reverse culture shock when you return home?

This collection of stories is based on experiences that have been lived by Americans all over the world. Some of them are funny, some are sad. Some cover a lifetime, while some recount an experience that lasted a few hours. But they all convey the flavor of living abroad, its rewards and difficulties, and the impact on one's sense of what it means to be an American.

If you have ever dreamed about living overseas, this book will give you insight into what that can really mean. If you have ever lived overseas, you will share the joys and frustations that are all too familiar. If you want to learn more about Americans who are truly ambassadors to the world or if you want to enjoy a good read and great stories, then you shouldn't miss So Far and Yet So Near, a book compiled, edited and published by American Cititzens Abroad ACA.

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Lucia Day Luncheon – December 13, 2007

Just before Christmas, Lucia comes to light up the long Swedish winter nights. Enjoy this bright and beautiful Lucia Day celebration in the elegant setting of the Grand Hotel’s Hall of Mirrors. Gloria Ray Karlmark, one of the members of the "Little Rock Nine", will be our guest speaker. While Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King are household names in the U.S. for their roles in America’s civil rights movement, less-known but equally important are the Little Rock Nine: 9 black students who gained national attention in 1957 by challenging the South’s segregation of schools when they entered all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Gloria Ray Karlmark, who has lived in Sweden nearly 40 years, will share her story of work in the civil rights movement and offer her perspectives on Sweden (read more about Gloria Ray Karlmark below !). We are also extremely excited to welcome Emily Samson Tepe back this year to lead our traditional Lucia procession and song. For our lottery, Delta Air Lines has again contributed a wonderful travel package which includes 2 roundtrip tickets, rental car from Alamo and lodging from InterContinental Hotels , so be sure to buy your lottery tickets.

Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King are household names in the U.S. for their roles in America’s Civil Rights movement. Less-known but equally important are the Little Rock Nine: 9 black high school students who gained national attention in 1957 by challenging the South’s segregation of schools when they entered all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Forty years later, the Nine were honored at the White House by President Bill Clinton, each receiving the highest award a non-military citizen can receive, the Congressional Gold Medal. Now, fifty years later, you have an opportunity to hear one of the Little Rock Nine speak at this year’s American Club Lucia Luncheon!

Gloria Ray Karlmark has lived in Sweden nearly 40 years, working throughout Europe for IBM and serving 15 years as Editor In Chief for the Computers in Industry journal, which she co-founded in 1976.

Fresh back from the U.S. where she and her 8 colleagues commemorated the 50-year anniversary of that fateful day they walked into Central High School and into the history books, Gloria Ray Karlmark will tell us of the foundation “The Nine” have established, providing educational scholarships to lower-income children in America. She will also share with us her lifetime of work promoting positive race relations in the U.S., and also of her perspectives on Sweden.

Do not miss this unique opportunity to hear one of America’s foremost civil rights pioneers!

11:45 a.m.     Registration in Strömsalongerna and glögg and pepparkakor in the Vapensalen

12:00 p.m.     Lucia luncheon in the Spegelsalen (Hall of Mirrors) with:

                          Speaker: Gloria Ray Karlmark
                          Lottery drawing
                          Music: Emily Samson Tepe

2:00 p.m.       Luncheon concludes

DATE:                 Thursday,  December 13, 2007

TIME:                  11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

PLACE:               Grand Hotel, Hall of Mirrors

COST:                SEK 450:- per member before December 4; SEK 500:- thereafter.  Members may bring one guest at the member price. SEK 575:- per non-member or additional guests. SEK 5000:- per table of 10 (4500:- if before December 4th)

RESERVATION AND PAYMENT:        Reservation and payment no later than December 8. Reservations to Lucia Luncheon: email: or call Mike at 073 714 8789. Then, send payment to Bankgiro 5473-6830. Write “Lucia Luncheon” and print legibly the names of the participants. Space is limited – first come, first served. Reservations are binding after December 8.


Space is limited – Book early!

Cancellations must be made no later than 5 p.m. Friday, December 8, 2006. Reservations are binding thereafter.

American Club Travel Agreement 2006


The American Club of Sweden

Travel Agreement 2006


Globetrotter Agreement
We have once again reached agreement with Globetrotter, our travel partner for the past four years. The new agreement remains in effect until January 31, 2007. It is similar to last year’s agreement.

However, there are two improvements. Cancellation insurance will be in effect for the entire year rather than for a trial period. For any reason, you can get a full refund for airfares, car rentals and hotel costs until your time of departure. To continue this insurance in 2007, it is very important that no one cancels for frivolous reasons such as being too tired to travel after partying the night before. Cancellation insurance costs SEK 200 for purchases up to SEK 5000 per person and increases incrementally. If you must cancel, you will pay an additional 200 crown administration fee.

You will also get faster service. Globetrotter consultants can now view at a glance available seating on virtually all flights to your destination. This gives you more choices and saves time.

Travel Agreement with Globetrotter – 2006


Contracted fares on 51 airlines, 20 ships, hotels, car rentals, and packages.

Discount rate

5% on contracted (negotiated) fares. Higher discounts when compared with airline economy fares (not promotions).

Advance Deposit

SEK 1500 on airfares over SEK 5000, SEK 750 on fares up to SEK 5000 within 10 days after booking. Cruises: 10-20% deposit of full fare.

Final Payment

Normally 21 days before departure unless airline requires earlier payment. Cruises: 60 days before departure.


No charge if ticket not issued.


Complete refund if ticket not issued.

No Risk Cancellation Insurance

Cost varies depending on ticket price. Full refund up to date of departure.

Switchboard phone

506 11500: Ask for your favorite consultant.


506 11570

If wished, specify consultant.

Web site


Grev Turegatan 3


Dr. William Borden, American Club Travel Chair
American Insights
Writing, editing & seminars
Östmarksgatan 30
SE 12342 Farsta
tel/fax +46 8 6040451

Globetrotter tel: 506 11500
Globetrotter email:

Travel Benefits

from Globetrotter
Phone 506 11500
Fax 506 11570

Travel Agreement

Be sure to identify yourself as an American Club member in order to receive your benefits.  If you wish to receive special promotions and offers periodically or if you have comments or questions about the travel agreement, contact Bill Borden at, or call tel/fax 08-604 04 51.

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Sponsor Invitation

As you may already know, The American Club of Sweden was founded more than 100 years ago by Swedes and Americans.  The Club’s mission is to facilitate strengthening bonds between the United States and Sweden, through the exchange of knowledge, customs and ideals in social gatherings of members and guests. We strive to have such events every month and we vary our activities to appeal to our diverse audience. Every year we have a number of major events including our Annual Meeting, July 4th and our Golf Challenge as well as cultural and inter-cultural series.

In addition, each month, we have a Third Thursday networking evening with diverse attendees, speakers and sponsors. We seek sponsors to help offset costs as we seek to have meaningful and entertaining events and in some cases to benefit selected charities.  We can tailor sponsorship opportunities to match your organizations goals and participation levels.

  Date Event Location/Venue Sponsorship Levels
Annual June Annual Meeting


5,000 – 20,000kr
May or August

Annual Golf Challenge

Golf club near Stockholm

5,000 – 50,000kr

and in-kind

November Thanksgiving


5,000 – 10,000kr

and in-kind

December Lucia or Christmas Hotel or Concert venues 5,000 – 20,000kr
All year

3rd Thursday (each month)

Third Thursday Networking Mixer

Hilton Stockholm Slussen Hotel/Other Locations

3,000 – 5,000kr
Throughout year Cultural and Sports Varied 5,000 – 20,000kr


All packages include numerous opportunities for promotion including logos, banners, links, presentations and inclusion in various publications and materials in print and online. Your generosity will enable us to continue high quality social activities while providing access and exposure for you or your brand with an influential group of Swedes, Americans and others around the world. Thank you in advance for your consideration and support.  Please contact us via email: or telephone: +46 8-559 21 709.


In addition to individual event sponsorship we have annual packages.

We are seeking sponsorships at the following levels with the associated event participant benefits:

Cup/Title/Banner 50,000SEK+ 8 participants for 6 events


30,000-50,000SEK 6 participants for 4 events
Presenting 20,000-30,000SEK 4 participants for 4 events
  10,000-20,000SEK 4 participants for 2 events
Participant/in-kind 3,000-10,000:- SEK 2 participants for 2 events


As an annual sponsor, you will be able to display your logo on our website and establish a link to your corporate site.  You will be able to display your banner and company logos at our events and your contribution will be mentioned in club communications.  Advertisement in our Membership communication will be equivalent to full-page, half-page, quarter-page or logo sized based on the level of sponsorship.  Duration of recognition will be one year and a full list of benefits follows below.


  • Logo and prominent mention (determined by level) on the ACS website
    • Event invitation page(s) as appropriate
    • Sponsors page
    • Link(s) to sponsor’s website, sponsor provides URL(s)
  • Banner and brochures at events, as appropriate Logo (provided by sponsor) and mention in Club communications (distribution – 450+ households)
  • Ad or logo (size determined by level) placement in Membership communications (450+ members).
  • Event participation as outlined in table above.



  • Opportunity to address membership at events – brief presentation
  • Logo and prominent mention in Club communications
  • Full-page ad in Membership communication



  • Opportunity to address guests at events – brief presentation
  • Logo and prominent mention in Club communications
  • Full-page ad in Membership communication



  • Logo and mention in Club communications
  • Opportunity to address guests at two events – brief presentation
  • Half-page ad in the Membership communication



  • Group listing in Club communications
  • Opportunity to display product or service promotional materials at one event
  • Quarter-page ad in the Membership communication


  • Group listing in Club communications
  • Logo ad in the Membership communication


Raffle/Lottery or Prize Item Donations

Those donating items will have them set out on a table during the event with promotional material as appropriate. In addition, donors will be mentioned from the stage as their items are raffled or otherwise distributed.

LinkedIn Group

American Club members are invited to join the Club's exclusive LinkedIn for Groups networking community. This LinkedIn groups is open to American Club members only. To join simply click on the LinkedIn image below or on the right hand side of any page in the Club's website:


Events History

Previous American Club of Sweden events include:

Moderna Museet
Annual Golf Challenge
Annual Meeting and Night at the Concert House
Annual Travel Event

Voter Registration Evening
Evening at Tessin Palace

Valentine’s Dinner-Dance
at Riddarhuset
Annual Lucia Day Luncheon at the Grand Hotel
Thanksgiving Dinner-Dance at the U.S. Embassy
Fall Luncheon
Fall Networking Party and Extraordinary Meeting
Lunch with the U.S. Ambassador
Meet the U.S. Ambassador at Nya Sällskapet
Networking Evening at McDonald’s
Annual Meeting at the Royal Armory
Chocolate Tasting
Third Thursday Networking Mixers

Board of Directors 2017-2018

The American Club of Sweden Board 2017-2018

Honorary President ad interim
David Lindwall

David Lindwall arrived in Stockholm in 2016 after serving for two years as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. In over 31 years in the United States Foreign Service, he has served in political and senior management positions in Latin America, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Throughout his career, Mr. Lindwall has served in countries where promoting democracy and human rights were among the United States’ highest policy priorities.

David Lindwal 150x150


Julie Lindahl
Author and social entrepreneur. Beekeeper.

Julie Lindahl portrait

First Vice President
Anders Bjers
Communications expert who has lived in twice in the U.S. In New York, NY and in Palo Alto, CA. First time in the U.S was to visit relatives in Fairfield, Connecticut. I have many reasons to be active in the American Club of Sweden and contribute to the bonds between USA and Sweden. 

Anders Bjers portrait

Second Vice President
Martin Dworén
Former marketing consultant turned employee for non-profit Fryshuset. Cultural connoisseur and knowledgeable opera guide.

Martin Dworén portrait

Gunnar Hesse
Professional board expert and provides other management consulting services. Past chair of American Chamber of Commerce.  Avid bird watcher, enjoys traveling, wine and food.

Gunnar Hesse portrait
Lars Eriksson
All around athletics enthusiast, lawyer, Sweden-America fan and family man.
Lars Eriksson portrait


Lydia Smith-Pollard
United States Embassy
U.S. Embassy Stockholm Community Liaison Office Coordinator; ex-officio link for Club to America in Sweden.

lydia smith pillard 150x150

Jerry Bartlett
Number cruncher. Doer.

Jerry Bartlett portrait

Sandra Carpenter
Writer, communications expert and all-around creative.

Sandra Carpenter portrait

Elizabeth Dacey
Gregarious communicator.

Elizabeth Dacey portrait

Deborah Duerr
Galleri owner, graphic designer and teacher with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Deborah Duerr

Mary Scheuermann
Health policy expert and creative problem solver

Mary Scheuermann portrait

Anna Rosvall Stuart
Executive Director of The Sweden-America Foundation.  Native Stockholmer, keen conversationalist and networker, happy to promote US academia in Sweden.

Anna Rosvall Stuart portrait

Germaine R. Thomas
Provides professional solutions in an inter-cultural context.  She is a songbird of Stockholm creating choral classics.

Germaine Thomas2 150x150

Larry Zoumas
IT consultant and entrepreneur with a love of tennis, craft beer, music, and video games.

Larry Zoumas portrait


Officers and Directors are reachable using firstname.lastname at e-mail addresses.

The Board of Directors is elected by the membership as part of each annual meeting. Candidates for open Board positions are provided by the nominating committee which can be reached for recommendations or inquiries by contacting any one of the Club officers.

* Provided for in Club Bylaws, the current United States Ambassador to Sweden can be nominated as Honorary President by the Board of Directors. This tradition is based on strong and productive relationships between groups and U.S. representatives meeting in Sweden documented as early as Consul Charles Leas in 1862.
The Club’s founding on April 3, 1905, provides a link to the first United States Ambassador to Sweden, Benjamin Franklin, who was the U.S. signatory to the Treaty of Amity and Commerce Between the United States and Sweden on April 3, 1783.