Michigan American Legion Wilwin Lodge
Let's welcome soldiers home
Wilwin Lodge sits on property that once hosted a large lumbering operation, complete with mill, railroad spurs including its own village that included a school/church. It is now a peaceful retreat deep in the north woods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; place of hope and healing, recovery and renewal, education and inspiration, sharing and support.
Erected in 1914 to give lumber buyers a comfortable place to stay while they made their deals with the mill, the lodge had accommodations for 15 people in 6 large bedrooms. The lodge has a 2 story atrium (Great Room) with large dual stone fireplaces. It is a stunning building.
The property consists of nearly 600 wooded acres which include a total of 5 buildings including the lodge, veteran’s retreat home, modern horse barn, granary, and large garage. In recent years, a veteran’s pavilion, conference/recreation center with full commercial kitchen and a caretaker’s cabin has been erected on the property. The facility also has over 10 miles of well groom trails for hiking, 4 wheeling, and bicycling on.
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The caretaker’s cabin was erected in October, 2013 and is fully enclosed. Work to finish the interior, electrical and plumbing will start as soon as weather permits in the spring and should be completed by June 1st, 2014.
The annual open house will be held in July, 2014; date to be announced. 2013’s open house was a huge success. The American Legion State Convention at the Soo brought many first time visitors to the facility and everyone was impressed. There was great food served in our new dining facility (conference center) and many tours were given of the property.
A Wilwin board of directors meeting is planned for the Winter Conference in Flint at the Holiday Inn Gateway Center on February 25th at 4:00 PM. Registration for the Winter Conference can be found *Here*.
If your organization is having a fund raiser to benefit Wilwin, please let Roxanne know at 517-371-4720 x 23 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be honored to list your fund raiser here. All veterans are encouraged to attend these fund raisers, especially if they are in your immediate area.
National Commander Dellinger and his wife are expected to visit Wilwin on August 3-7, 2014. Wilwin had the honor of being visited by two past National Commanders; Fang Wong (2012) and James Koutz (2013). Both were impressed with the facility. Commander Koutz donated, through The American Legion’s Operation Comfort Warriors program a beautiful massage chair for the veteran’s home. We are sure that it will get a lot of use in the upcoming year. Special thanks go to American Legion Post 299, Mackinac Island for hosting our National Commanders for one day each year.
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