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A premiere veteran's sanctuary for rehabilitation, reconnect, recovery and renewal



The Board of Directors has elected two new members to the board.  Dan Osborne of Williamston, MI replaced Dan Crisp and John Amman or Caledonia, IL replaced Steve Striggow (see contact section).  The new officers for the 2017/18 fiscal year are as follows:  Garrett Viehl, CEO/Chairman; John Amann, Vice Chairman, Dan Osborne, Secretary, and Bill Hafeman, Treasurer.

The Board of Directors has contracted with Gosling Czubak Engineering Sciences, Inc., Traverse City, to do a site plan for the entire acreage of Wilwin.  They will lay out future plans for expansion and development of the property.  Gosling Czubak will also do environmental and ecological studies of the area to assure that it continues as a pristine facility.

Wilwin Board has approved the construction of four cabins to be built east of the lake in a location referred to as the “Veteran’s Village.”  The septic system has been installed and underground electricity will be brought back to the “Village.”  Road improvements to the “Village” have been approved and work will begin as soon as weather breaks.  A recreational hall will also be built.  A trail will be designed to run down to the lake where a second dock will eventually be built to serve the “Veteran’s Village.”

Saturday, August 5th has been designated Richard Lynch Concert Day at Wilwin.  Richard is a Nashville recording artist who recorded the song “Love Tattoo.”  Part of the songs royalties  goes to Wilwin.   In the past, Richard has held his annual concerts for veterans at Gould City, near Engadine, in the U.P.   Former Wilwin director, Lou Oberle, introduced Richard to Wilwin and its mission about 3 years ago.  His, free to the public, concerts give the audience great professional entertainment. It also includes local talent, if available. The concert will be open to the public with music starting at 4 P.M.  All veterans in attendance will be recognized by Richard Lynch.

Wilwin now has the availability of a VA Certified Veteran Service Officer to help file VA claims, cut through government red tape, and to consult with veterans on other VA matters.  Veteran’s should request the service officer prior to or immediately upon arrival to the facility.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to work at Wilwin during the current season should contact Earl or Beverly Ruttkofsky at 231-229-5030 or 231-881-0844.

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