SAFG was founded in 1983 by Berno Trost, then Consul of Sweden to Georgia; Dennis Carlson, Past Chairman of Nordic Lodge #708 of the Vasa Order of America; Phil Nethercut, then Honorary Consul of Finland to Georgia; and Margareta Martin, then President of the Atlanta Suomi Finland Society. They were soon thereafter joined by John Portman, then Consul of Denmark to Georgia and Maurice Horowitz, then Consul General of Iceland to the Southeast U.S.
They developed a newsletter - INSIGHTS - that was originally printed and mailed as a hard copy, but is evolving to a predominantly online publication.
The Foundation has assisted in hosting heads of state and heads of government including the Presidents of Iceland and Finland, the Queen of Norway, the King and Queen of Sweden and a prince and two princesses from Sweden.
Board of Governors (BOG) and Executives
Minna LeVine, President, Chamber of Eco Commerce
Knut Baalerud, Chairman, UPS
Margareta Martin, Emeritus Chairwoman, Retired Coca Cola
Dennis Carlson, Emeritus Chairman, Retired Emory
Gitte Toben (VP Denmark), Retired, Delta Airlines
Hans Ehrnrooth. HAEH
Pekka Ignatius, Retired Andritz
Rich Hammett, WarnerMedia
Sanna Harbin, FAvor Partners
Sara Henriksson, YER
Sara Persson, Swedish American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia
Peter Von Feilizen, Markisol USA
R. William Browning Sons of Norway NorskeVenner Lodge 3-678
Jake Heikkinen Kampstrup Metering Solutions Canada
From the start the Foundation has been actively engaged in things Scandinavian by sponsoring concerts, art exhibits, book readings, plays and dance groups. Scholarships have been provided, and for multiple years to share our Christmas heritage the Foundation decorated a Scandinavian tree at the Festival of Trees and organized a six-language church service. Other Christmas related activities have also been arranged to be shared with the Scandinavians and Georgians.