In memoriam

Jade Ekström

Jade Ekström
Jade Ekström

January 1920 — September 2018
Honorary Member

Jade Ekström was not only the Club’s oldest member at 98 years of age, but also its longest running member. Born Gerd, she switched her name to Jade after first moving to the US, as Gerd was difficult for Americans to pronounce.

Her relationship to our club began in 1949, with Jade joining the Swedish-American Society, which later merged into what is today The American Club of Sweden. In those days, the Society offered Lifetime Memberships, and Jade remained the Club’s only surviving Lifetime Member for decades.   At our 2013 Annual Meeting she was also voted an Honorary Club Member.

Jade’s love affair with the United States began in 1946, when she and her new husband were given a three month roadtrip throughout the US as a wedding gift. This led to a move to New York, where Jade worked at her brother-in-law’s company, Testors, whose ”airplane glue” and plastic models are well known throughout America. Then came a move to Mexico City in 1956, where she started a toy manufacturing company, Modelos Jade, which employed up to 55 people.

Jade and her children returned to Stockholm in 1966. She went to work for Prince Sigvard Bernadotte, primarily helping with design work but also playing bridge regularly with the Prince and his third wife, Princess Marianne. In a 2010 interview for a Club newsletter, Jade recounted how, in the early 1930s, she and her siblings often played at the construction site, then home, of what was later to become the official Residence of the US Ambassador to Sweden. She enjoyed telling US Ambassadors and diplomats of having swum as a young girl in the basement swimming pool, the only indoor private swimming pool in Stockholm at the time. Another chapter in her life (there were many), Jade wrote and illustrated a book, Who am I within me? revealing Jade’s deeper thoughts respecting spirituality, universal love and the afterlife. Jade had a most impressive social network, which included royalty, ambassadors, scientists, Hollywood actors and more. But it was her energy and exuberance that impressed most. She was a regular at our Third Thursday mingles and at any number of Club events, always ”dressed to the T”.

Those who had the honor of being invited into Jade’s home to celebrate her birthdays could always expect a late night filled with endless toasts of sparkling wine. Jade’s American Club friends were hoping to celebrate her 70th anniversary of Club membership in 2019, and all who knew her were fully expecting to attend her 100th birthday party in 2020 — so full of life was she.

Thanks for the many fond memories, Jade Ekström.

Other glimpses:

Edgar Flinck

24 April 1935 — 4 January 2017
Club Member

Edgar Flinck was an airlines executive and long time supporter of The American Club of Sweden. Eddie served in various roles for the Club over a period of many decades.

Known as Mr. America, as the Swedish director of American Airlines he was a friend of Pan Am director, Gunnar Rasmussen.

Arnold Barton

30 November 1929 — 28 September 2016
Club Member

From WikipediaH. Arnold Barton speaking at Minnesota Day in Växjö, August 2008; photo: Anna-Karin Schander


Barton received his B.A. degree at Pomona College and his doctorate at Princeton University. Arnold Barton taught history at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (1960 to 1963) and at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1963 to 1970). He taught at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, where he became professor in 1975 and from where he retired in 1996 as professor emeritus of history. … His research and writing covers a broad register, including Scandinavia in the era of the French Revolutionary-Napoleonic era, relations between homeland Swedes and Swedish Americans, and the Norwegian-Swedish union of 1814-1905. Barton has served on the boards of the Swedish-American Historical Society and the Swenson Center for Swedish Immigration Research. Between 1974 and 1990, Barton served as editor of the Swedish-American Historical Quarterly. … Barton was named “Swedish-American of the Year” in 1988 by the Royal Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by the two Swedish District lodges of the Vasa Order of America.

Arnold joined the American Club in 2011 shortly after relocating to Sweden from the United States. He and Aina were regulars at Club events and began promoting the Club. Arnold made a number of contributions in historical research and Swedish-American connections for the Club board and members.



David R. Holm

David Holm

17 March 1929 — 04 November 2013
Club Member

David Holm was from Worcester, Massachusetts, and studied at Augustana in Illinois.  He moved to Sweden in 1971 and a few examples of recent service to the Club and community:

  • Promoting The American Club with prospective members
  • Organizing a multi-part SENSUS seminar on Swedish history in English
  • Involvement in The Vasa Order of America, Riksföreningen Sverigekontakt and The American Club of Sweden
  • Service at English Church




Gunnar V. H. Rasmussen

Gunnar Rasmussen

16 September 1922 — 04 February 2013
Club President Emeritus from 1991 to 2013
Club President for 18 years from 1963 to 1990

Gunnar Rasmussen served as Club President a total of 18 years in four different decades, culminated by his being voted President Emeritus in 1991. In that capacity he continued to serve as a Board member, advisor and supporter of the Club.  In 2010, he was a member of a task force to advise Club leadership on attaining the Board goal of growing to 500 Members by 2011.  In the end of the same year he was featured in the Club News Bulletin (with Life Member Jade Ekström).

Gunnar was born in Norway in 1922 and lived there during World War II.  He later move to the United States and became a US Citizen in the mid 1950’s.  Returning to Scandinavia and Stockholm as the regional director of Pan American Airways, Gunnar was involved with numerous American visitors and tours to the United States during his tenure at Pan Am.  He continued as a director for United Airlines and later worked developing a chain of hotels throughout Scandinavia.

He was an instigator and organizer of countless Club events at the US Embassy, Opera Källaren, and many more.  Gunnar was instrumental in a very lively and powerful period in the Club’s history during which numerous dignitaries and special guests visited and initiatives for community service were great successes.  He was always dapper and upbeat, the consummate gentleman.

Gunnar was also an avid golfer and lived near Kevinge (Stockholm) and later Djursjholm’s Golf Clubs.  He carried much of the Club’s golf history as his own and gave a video welcome and best wishes at the 50th Anniversary of the Club’s Golf Challenge in 2011.

He attended a Club event in March 2012, driving himself from Djursholm to the newly opened Sven-Harry’s Museum on Vasaparken.  The Club President and History Committee met with Gunnar for lunch in October 2012 where he recounted numerous stories and showed his usual wit and uncanny memory of a long life well lived.

Our Club will forever remain grateful to Gunnar for his many years of service, his unwavering love of America and for the role model he was, and will remain, for many of us.

Thanks, Gunnar!
Addenda: In February 2013, Club Members, including Honorary Members, a past and the current President, as well as current Honorary President, US Ambassador Mark Brzezinski, attended Gunnar’s funeral at Djursholms Kapellet.  Later that month the Club Valentine’s at Riddarhuset was dedicated to Gunnar as was the Club’s Third Thursday event at Hilton Slussen.  In May 2013 the Club’s annual Golf Challenge was renamed the Gunnar Rasmussen Golf Challenge.




Mamie Hyatt

Mamie Hyatt

26 November 1979 — 20 April 2011
Club Member, Fulbright Scholar in Sweden

From Ohio, Mamie Hyatt was a member of the Club and a Fulbright Scholar studying art history in Stockholm.   She met many Club members during her short time in Sweden and hosted an event for Black History Month at Galleri Duerr in February 2011.  Further information can be found in this obituary.


The Association of American Clubs – Reciprocal Agreement

The Association of American Clubs

The Association of American Clubs

AAC Reciprocal Agreement



founded in Hamburg, Germany, on 11 October 2003

Reciprocal Agreement


This mutually applicable agreement is between the current members of The Association of American Clubs and the undersigned American Club/Society/Association.


For convenience, the terms ‘Home Club’ and ‘Host Club’ will be used.

·       “Home Club” is the club from which the visiting member comes, and of which he/she is a member of good standing

·       “Host Club” is the Club, at which the facilities are extended to the visiting member under this agreement.


Terms and Conditions:

·       A visiting member in good standing at his/her Home Club shall be accorded the privileges and use of facilities, where available, and be entitled to participate in the activities of the Host Club at the member price of the Host Club.  The visiting member must present a letter of introduction from his/her Home Club.

·       Payment of all account charges is due prior to the departure of the visiting member in cash or by accepted credit card.

·       All Clubs agree to publicize the new reciprocal arrangement among their members.

·       All Club Presidents are encouraged to display the Reciprocal Clubs on their respective homepages.

·       All Club Presidents must pass this Agreement on to their successors.

·       All visiting members are expected to comply with the House Rules and By-Laws of the Host Club.

·       The Host Club reserves the right to deny or revoke a visitor’s privileges on such grounds as it sees fit.

·       Any Club can cancel this agreement effectively thirty (30) days after forwarding a written notice of cancellation to the other Clubs.  All Clubs agree to advise their respective members of cancellation of this agreement.



President                                 _______________________       ____________________

(name of Club):                             (signature)                                      (date)



Membership Thanks

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The American Club of Sweden logo

Thank You!

Your application will be reviewed at the next
American Club of Sweden Board Meeting.  If further
information is required (before or after that meeting)
you will be contacted by our Membership Committee

If/when your membership is approved, you should
receive confirmation and begin receiving Club
communications and privileges at that time.

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:


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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

American Citizens Abroad in Sweden

American Citizens Abroad (“ACA”) is a non-profit, non-partisan association dedicated to serving and defending the interests of individual U.S. citizens living worldwide.  ACA also provides news and information relevant to U.S. citizens living abroad.

The American Club of Sweden provides occasional ACA news updates as well as breaking news via e-mail.  Past President and Honorary Member, Peter Dahlen, is an official country contact for ACA in Sweden and can be reached at

For the latest news and information from American Citizens Abroad, visit their website:

On October 8, 2003, The American Club of Sweden absorbed American Citizens Abroad in Sweden (“ACA/Sweden”).  ACA/Sweden was an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to educational activities and supporting its members’ needs and country affiliate of American Citizens Abroad (“ACA”).

Communications Policy

On January 1, 2006, the American Club switched to digital distribution of regular Club communications. Following the results of our member survey, and to ensure that members receive event announcements as soon as details are finalized and published, while simultaneously reducing environmental impact, printing and postage costs and delays, the Club now distributes the News Bulletin and other communications via e-mail.

Please make sure that your membership contact information is up to date, particularly your e-mail address. You may update your contact information via e-mail, mail or fax:


Post: The American Club of Sweden
         Box 163 46
103 26 Stockholm

Fax: +46 8 611 48 50

The Association of American Clubs

The Association of American Clubs

The Association of American Clubs

The Association of American Clubs (“AAC”) was established in Hamburg, Germany in 2003 to discuss matters of common interest and to provide benefits to member-clubs, including the extension of reciprocal privileges to members of AAC member-clubs. (Click here to view the Reciprocal Agreement) The American Club of Sweden is a founding member of the Association of American Clubs.

As a result of the American Club of Sweden’s membership in the AAC, our members are entitled to participate in activities hosted by AAC member-clubs at the host club’s member price and to avail themselves of the privileges and use of local club facilities, where available. To take advantage of AAC member benefits, it is necessary to obtain a letter of introduction from the Secretary of the American Club of Sweden. Please send your request for a letter of introduction to: Naturally, visiting members are expected to pay all charges and to comply with the house rules and bylaws of the host club.

Current Members

With over 40 member organizations the association covers the world. To view the most updated listing please consult the AAC website’s member clubs page.

Host an Event

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