Wounded Warrior Project
Northland dedicated the whole month of November to show appreciation to all veterans. Each branch sold paper flags raising money to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project, with the help of donors and volunteers, provides veterans with physical and psychological help. We would like to thank all of our members that contributed to this great cause!
All of that pocket change added up, for a grand total of $362.58!
God bless our veterans!
November Food Drive
During the month of November, all Northland branches held a food drive for their local food banks/pantries. Thanks to our wonderful members and employees, we had a substantial amount of food to deliver! We even had a non-member named John contact us to donate $100 to the cause! It is wonderful to see the love and compassion from our members. All of the food collected has gone to help feed local families. Thank you for your help, everyone!
Next Branch Location Benefits Habitat for Humanity
Northland recently purchased the former West Side Clinic on M-32 in Gaylord for our newest branch location! That's right! We will be opening a new branch in 2014! The building, a 14,000 square foot former medical facility, was full of cabinets, sinks, countertops, desks, light fixtures and other materials that the branch would not be able to use.
"There were thousands of dollars' worth of useful items we couldn't imagine going to waste," said CEO Pete Dzuris. "So we posed the question, 'How can we put them to good use in the community?' Our facilities manager Don Beam and contractor Tim Foster both recommended Habitat for Humanity. I couldn't agree more - it's an exceptional program."
Employees from the credit union met with Heather Copenhaver, manager of Otsego's Habitat ReStore, to offer the donation. The non-profit store sells new and gently used home improvement items well below retail and proceeds benefit the Habitat for Humanity program. With considerable floor space necessary to accommodate the large donation, Coperhaven called her contacts as well. Soon, truckloads of donated merchandise were on their way to Habitat ReStores in Otsego and Roscommon Counties.
"We're excited this worked out so well," said Dzuris, "These items will help support Habitat's mission, and two counties have access to some very nice, affordable home improvement items." Interior reconstruction continues on the facility, which will open as Northland Area Federal Credit Union's newest branch in 2014!
Photo: L-R NAFCU's Don Beam and Christa Willoughby, Otsego ReStore Mgr. Heather Copenhaver, NAFCU CEO Pete Dzuris and contractor Tim Foster stand in front of stacks of oak doors donated to Habitat ReStores.
45 Years of Service
Northland recently honored Jerry Erickson for 45 years of volunteer service to the credit union movement. The celebration took place during the credit union's Board of Directors meeting.
Mr. Erickson first became active in the credit union movement during his 30-year career. "I believed then, as I do now, that the service credit unions give to their members and their communities is exceptional," said Mr. Erickson, "Credit union people care about their neighbors and that's why I'll keep volunteering for as long as they'll have me."
Mr. Erickson has been an active participant in both the Credit Union National Association and the Blue Ox Chapter of the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL). He holds a Blue Diamond Award and has served on several volunteer committees. "Jerry Erickson has always been a trailblazer," said MCUL Board Chairman Howard Spencer, "and it is my privilege to have enjoyed many years volunteering by his side."
An active community leader, Jerry Erickson enjoys assisting the Our Kids Bingo program in Glennie and currently serves as a Director on Northland's Board. He and his wife Donna reside in the Oscoda area.
Collection for Vets and Food Banks
All Northland branches dedicated the month of November to help raise contributions for two important causes - area food banks and wounded veterans! The branches lined their walls with paper flags representing monetary donations for the Wounded Warrior Project. They also collected food donations for local food banks to help fight hunger in our local communities.
"November is definitely going to be a busy month," said CEO Pete Dzuris, "and we're up to the challenge. We wanted to honor our veterans this month, but couldn't ignore the significant needs of the area food banks. Our staff geared up and asked "Why not do both?' They're quite an amazing group of people."
Photo: L-R Northland Financial Analyst and 23-year veteran Gary Vick USAF CMSgt (ret.). and CEO Pete Dzuris
Make-A-Difference Day 2013
All thirteen of Northland's branches participated in this year's Make-A-Difference Day. Each branch chose what they wanted to do to make a difference in their community. Some collected items for local charities and others went out to volunteer their time to give a helping hand. Here is a list of what each branch did:
- AuGres- Sold pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness
- Fairview- Collected supplies for a local animal shelter
- Glennie- Collected items to aid soldiers overseas
- Grayling- Collected supplies for a local animal shelter
- Hale- Collected supplies for a local animal shelter
- Harrisville- Collected supplies for a local animal shelter
- Houghton Lake- Raised funds for Special Olympics / Played Bingo at King's nursing home
- Mio- Adopted a family for the holidays
- Oscoda- Collected peanut butter for the backpack program
- Skidway- Collected winter wear for local children
- Tawas- Collected items to aid soldiers overseas
- WBI- Collected Coats for Kids
- WBII- Collected items to aid soldiers overseas
Great work, everyone!
Our Houghton Lake branch chose to dedicate the month of October to raise funds for the Area 4 Special Olympics. Employees made a variety of different baked goods to sell in the branch to raise funds. The Houghton Lake branch raise a total of $221 for Special Olympics!
Thank you for all of your efforts and to all of our members that helped support this great cause.
Great work everyone!
Pictured: L-R Lloyd Bonzo of the Rusty Nuts Car Club receiving a check from Tina Kinzer HL Branch Manager.
ICU Day Business After Hours
Northland and North Central Area CU united together to host a Regional Business After Hours. The Unite For Good-themed event was held on Oct. 17th, International Credit Union Day, at Forest Dunes Golf Club in Roscommon. Nearly 90 area business leaders participated. What a great way to make connections and keep money flowing in local communities!
The staff at Forest Dunes made exceptional hors d'oeuvres for guest to enjoy, and musician Derek Boik provided live entertainment. Throughout the evening, chamber members sold 50/50 tickets to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network. Each credit union pledged $250 to the charity. Combined with 50/50 proceeds and a $100 donation from 50/50 winner Tom Coors, a total of $803.00 was collected for CMN.
There were numerous prize giveaways, including $100 gift cards donated by the credit unions and a free round of golf for a party of four courtesy of Forest Dunes. This event was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who attended!
School Supplies Drive
During the month of September, all Northland branches collected school supplies for our local students. With the help of our members, Northland was able to deliver supplies to multiple schools in our area. Thank you to our generous members!
The gang was at it again! Northland employees volunteered to clean up a section of highway in Oscoda for the Adopt-A-Highway program. This section of highway from Interlake Rd to Celia Dr is about a two mile stretch. This time around employees picked up a total of 8 bags of trash! Northland is committed to keeping our communities beautiful.
Great work, everyone.
Pictures: L-R Connie Robinson, Nikki Foster, Kris Hanson, Terri King, Pamela Schlink, Annalyn Lerczak and Kristie Ranger (not pictured)
Hale Balloon Festival
The ladies from the Hale branch chose to lend a helping hand during this year's annual Hale Balloon Festival. They worked with Carrie's Gentle Grooming during the dog show on Saturday and volunteered during the 10K run held Sunday.
"This year's festival had a great turnout, we were honored to be able to help!" said Angie Basner, Assistant Branch Coordinator.
Way to go ladies!
Pictured: L-R Angie Basner, Jaime Braun, Denise Stoll