Funding for this major project was gifted to the Lodge by member Fritz Cornell upon his death. Fritz died of leukemia on Dec 16, 2008. He was born in Norway on September 20, 1927, and immigrated to the United States in 1947.
Building construction is expected to be completed in 2013 and members look forward to their Nordic Lodge building being a place where all Whidbey Islanders of Scandinavian heritage can celebrate that heritage. Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge was instituted on May 19, 2001, with 87 initial charter members representing all the Nordic countries.