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Hosting the Lecturer of the Year


Suzanne Matson


In 2006 Finlandia Foundation National launched the Lecturer of the Year (LOY) program to share interesting topics by experts in their fields related to the history and culture of Finland and Finnish America.

FFN chapters are invited to host the LOY for the enrichment and enjoyment of their members and guests. 


The hosting organization is responsible for the LOY honorarium of $500, paid directly to Suzanne Matson.

The LOY’s travel expenses to events organized by/for FFN chapters within the United States are covered by the FFN travel grant. The host chapter is responsible for handling and paying for local transportation and accommodation arrangements for the LOY.

The chapter will work with the LOY to provide audio/visual or other support as required for the presentation.


As appearance arrangements are made between the event organizers and the LOY, the LOY program coordinator needs to be informed of the schedule. In case of problems or conflicts, the program coordinator may be called upon for advice.

Direct all scheduling information and questions to LOY Coordinator Hilary-Joy Virtanen,


Chapters may invite the POY to give a workshop for a fee negotiated between the POY and hosting chapter.

NOTE: Chapters may charge an admission fee to help cover the cost of the POY concert and/or workshop.


FFN may provide photos, a press release and a flyer/mini poster (8.5 x 11) to promote your event. Brochures is available to assist with promotion and/or to hand out at the LOY program; contact the FFN office for brochures well in advance of your event. Host chapters may also print their own quantities of the brochure.

Hosting chapters will make every effort to attract audiences to the performance, within and also beyond the Finnish-American community.


Please provide information about the event to FFN Communications Manager Kath Usitalo ( before and after the event for FFN publicity. High resolution photos of the appearance are appreciated.


To schedule an appearance or for more information contact LOY Coordinator Hilary-Joy Virtanen at