Northland employees volunteered their time to help clean up a portion of highway in Oscoda for the Adopt-A-Highway program. Employees picked up a total of 12 bags of trash on US-23 between Interlake Road and Cecila Drive. Northland and its employees have been actively involved in the Adopt-A-Highway program since 1990. We are fully committed to keeping our community beatiful for residents and visitors alike.
Pictured (L-R)- Brandon Taylor, Connie Robinson, Pamela Schlink, Kristie Ranger, Kristen Hanson, Terri King, Nicole Foster. Not pictured- Annalyn Lerczak.
Great work everyone.
Free Mortgage Workshop
Northland hosted a free Mortgage Workshop at the Tawas Bay Beach Resort in East Tawas. Northland Mortgage Manager Olivia Corcoran discussed many topics including, When is a good time to refinance, Steps for first time homebuyers, What is an ARM and Credit repair tips. Olivia stated, "The audience asked numerous questions, I was impressed! I really enjoy sharing my knowledge of mortgage products with people if it can help them in any way."
Free Budgeting Workshop
Recently Northland hosted a free Basic Budgeting Workshop at the Oscoda AmericInn Conference Center. The workshop was open to the community, and topics discussed included tips for reducing household expenses, how to uncover hidden "money leaks," and simple instructions for creating and maintaining a household budget. Mike Rork our V.P. of Finance commented "It was wonderful to see so many people interested in improving their financial situation. Many times just being honest with yourself about the state of your finances and having the courage to make a few adjustments can make a real difference. Sticking to a budget is best, but even if you find that difficult - find a few money leaks and redirect those wasted dollars into a savings plan. You'll be amazed how fast those dollars can add up."
Hearts for Hospice
All thirteen branches participated in our Hearts for Hospice fundraiser during the month of January and part of February. Thanks to our generous members and employees we raised a total of $1,151.14 through donations for paper hearts.
Great job everyone.
Pictured (L-R) Leslie Kenney receives a donation on behalf of Hospice of Helping Hands from Skidway's Roxanne Hewitt.
The West Branch, Mio and Skidway offices recently participated in the sixth annual Camel Race fundraiser held at the K of C Hall in West Branch. The West Branch Optimist Club hosted this year's event to raise money to support youth in the West Branch community. Thirty local businesses participated by sponsoring a camel for the races. Attendees wager on each race with Camel Bucks and between races they also held a 50/50 raffle to raise funds. Approximately 300 people from the local community attended and had a wonderful time helping with this great cause.
Pictured(L-R)- Janellle Tambling, Theresa Snider, Heather Snider, Christine Killinger, and Matthew Shaw.
Supporting Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement is a program that provides financial education to students through a group of volunteers. Volunteers use their everyday work experiences to relate to classroom topics. Junior Achievement classes are held for one hour a week, over a 5 week period. Northland has contributed a total of $5,000 to help keep Junior achievement in Mio, Fairview, and Oscoda area schools. Northland has been actively involved in the Junior Achievement program for several years. "We understand the importance of having financial education in our local schools. Children need to have an understanding of financial concepts. They are our future leaders," said Alane Taylor, Oscoda branch manager.
Pictured(L-R) Kelli Rohr- Mio Branch Manager, Delores Yoder- JA Board Member, Suzanne Jurkiewicz- Fairview Branch Manager, Alane Taylor- Oscoda Branch Manager, Brandon Taylor- Marketing Specialist, Deanna Reeves- VP of Member Service
Bowling for a Cure
Score for a Cure was the theme of this year's Relay for Life bowling event held at Vista Lanes in Oscoda, to help raise money for cancer research. Other participating businesses including Hungry Howies and Subway provided food for everyone to enjoy while they were bowling. The Pink Warriors raised an astounding $740 for cancer research. A special thank you to Cheryl Burgess for helping raise money for Relay for Life. "This event was a huge success, and we had a blast bowling," said Terri King- Team Captain for the Pink Warriors.
Great work, everyone!
Relay for Life Breakfast
The Pink Warriors recently held a breakfast fundraiser at the Oscoda branch for employees, raising over $200. Since the first of the year, they have raised over $600 for cancer research. Northland volunteers have been involved in Relay for Life fundraisers for almost 15 years. Employees have donated many volunteer hours participating in meetings or preparing for events. Some of the fundraising events include popcorn sales, potluck lunches, bowling events, garage sales and car washes. Many people have been or know someone who has been affected by cancer. Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers. Over the years, some of the faces of the volunteers have changed but the passion for making a difference has not.
Go Pink Warriors!
Pictured: NAFCU Relay for Life Pink Warriors
23rd Annual Snow Box Derby
The 23rd Annual Snow Box Derby was a success! Held at Old Orchard Park in Oscoda, the fairy tale themed Snow Box Derby brought approximately 300 attendees from all over Michigan. Many participated and built snow boxes to enter in the downhill race. There were three categories including Best of Theme (Businesses/ Family/ Child), Speed, and the Toboggan Race. When the children weren't watching the races, there were games and activities that they could participate in such as a Hay Hunt, Snow Twister, and a Bean Bag Toss. Be prepared for next year's Snow Box Derby, the theme will be "Up North." See more pictures
The Pink Warriors were at it again! They held a Relay for Life chili cook-off contest at the Oscoda branch to raise funds for cancer research. Six employees volunteered to make chili and others donated condiments to help make the fundraiser a success. Employees donated $5 for a bowl of chili and placed their votes. The winners were Kris Hanson and Pam Schlink, who tied for the best tasting chili, Brandon Taylor won the hottest chili and Cheryl Burgess won the most unique. During the month of January, the Relay for Life Team raised over $375.00 for cancer research.
Good work, team!
Pictured: NAFCU Relay for Life Pink Warriors
Tip Up Town Parade
This year's theme for Tip Up Town was "Under the Big Top!" The streets of Houghton Lake were lined with men, women and children alike. There were children smiling and teeth chattering as many festive floats made their way through Houghton Lake. It wouldn't have been a party without the Northland Clown Troupe making a suprise visit and joining our friendly Houghton lake staff. The clowns brought with them tons of laughs and generated a high morale throughout the residents of Houghton Lake. The Tip Up Town parade was a huge success!
Way to go everyone!
Picture(L-R)- Dustin and Dillion Kinzer, Logan and Heather Dowland, Cindy Barnes, Tonya and Tim Foster.
Hale Women's Expo
2013 was the second year for the Hale Women's Expo. Michelle, Annalyn, Eileen, Denise and Angie, the ladies from our Hale branch, enjoyed their first time participating in this event. Throughout the expo there were featured speakers that spoke of chiropractic health, the importance of health screening, and how to make your own will. Our own Angie Basner spoke about the importance of credit for women and what kind of effects bad or no credit can have. This year's event brought approximately 200 attendees and 45 businesses. If you live near the Hale area this is a terrific event for the whole family!
Great job, ladies.
Pictured: (L-R) Denise Stoll, Angie Basner, and Eileen Castonguay.