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2019 Veterans Pinning Ceremony in Houghton Lake

Community Involvement

Northland, MJ's and Driftwood Provide Meals to Homeless and Veterans in TransitisionNorthland Provides Meals for Homeless

In honor of Giving Tuesday, Northland partnered with Driftwood Inc. and MJ’s Eatery to provide meals for homeless and Veterans in transition.

CEO Pete Dzuris, Commercial Lender Michael Hall and Branch Manager Timothy Burgeson were on hand to assist that day. Northland is a large advocate for Veterans and their causes in part because of their roots of originally forming on the Wurtsmith Air Force Base in 1957 in Oscoda.

Tawas Employees Raise Over $4.6K for Claws & Paws RescueClaws & Paws Rescue

Employees in Tawas raised over $4,600.00 and collected pet supplies this month to benefit Claws & Paws Rescue.  Deanna Reeves, Vice President of Operations at Northland said, “We are astonished by our member’s kindness and generosity.  Their donations really demonstrate their passion and commitment to help homeless animals.”

Claws & Paws Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill, animal shelter located in West Branch Michigan, whose mission is to end the needless killing of dogs and cats in the sheltering and rescue environment. Claws & Paws provides foster homes, food and medical care for animals that have been abandoned, abused or neglected. To learn more about Claws & Paws Rescue please visit their website at

Veterans Pinning CeremoniesJanelle and Theresa at Vets Pinning Ceremony in West Branch

This month we were privileged to partner with Mid-Michigan Hospice for the We Honor Veterans Celebration Services and Pinning Ceremony in West Branch and Houghton Lake.  The celebrations included music, a pinning ceremony, and refreshments and were assisted by the VFW and American Legion groups.  We are thankful for our local veterans from Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, National Guard, and Coast Guard.

Toy DrivesSome Northland Branches are collecting new toys to benefit children from low-income families.

Several Northland branches are collecting new, unwrapped toys, during the holiday season to help children in low-income families. 
Our West Branch locations, as well as Skidway, Gaylord, Tawas, Grayling, and Houghton Lake branches are collecting for Toys for Tots.
The AuGres branch is asking for toy donations to benefit the Arenac County Christmas for Kids and at the Harrisville location, we’re collecting for the Vietnam Veterans of America Toys for Kids program. If you can, please give.  Together we will make Christmas wishes come true for local children.

Food DrivesNorthland is collecting non-perishable food items through the month of November to benefit local food banks.

For the month of November, all Northland Branches are collecting non-perishable food items to benefit local food banks.  Member may support thier local food bank by making a donation at a branch in thier community.




NAFCU is Collecting to Benefit Local VetsNorthland is collecting donations through November 2019 to benefit the Northern Michigan Veterans Coalition.

During the month of November, NAFCU branches are collecting donations to benefit the Northern Michigan Veteran’s Coalition which helps local veterans with needs like housing and repairs, vehicles, heating costs, wheelchairs, travel assistance and many more. Members can help by making a donation at their local branch.




Oscoda Veterans Appreciation Luncheon 2019 Oscoda Veterans Luncheon

The credit union recently partnered with Kalitta Air to provide a free Veterans appreciation luncheon to honor those in the armed forces. The event included free haircuts, free lunch, Veterans benefits representatives, guest speakers, the national anthem sung by Oscoda High School Music students and a 50th anniversary Vietnam War Veteran pinning ceremony. About 100 Veterans gathered at the American Legion #274 in Oscoda, MI for this first year event. A local Veteran who attended the event said “As a Lieutenant who was with a heavy artillery battalion in the central highlands of Vietnam during 1968-1969, the pinning program recognizing the 50th anniversary of the war was particularly meaningful.” CEO Pete Dzuris said of the event “Northland truly values the freedoms our Veterans have served and died for, and we continually strive to find opportunities to thank them for their sacrifices.”

NAFCU Awards $10K in Jerry Erickson Education Scholarships2019 Jerry Erickson Scholarship winners announced at Annual Meeting

We are pleased to announce that Northland recently awarded 15 students a total of $10,000 in Jerry Erickson Educational Scholarships.  The scholarship fund is named after Jerry Erickson, a retired volunteer, and Veteran who served the credit union for 46 years.  This year’s awards were presented at our Annual Meeting at the Camp Inn in Oscoda. A majority of the recipients were present to receive the award on behalf of Jerry’s wife, Donna Erickson.
“It’s especially meaningful to commemorate Jerry’s kind and hardworking spirit, although he is no longer with us, his spirit continues to enrich the lives of our student members,” said Northland CEO Pete Dzuris.  Northland honors Erickson’s years of service and his legacy with educational scholarships to help students in our communities. 

Award recipients were chosen based on academic achievement, community service/involvement, and essay content. Student recipients were;

Name                       NAFCU Branch                    College currently or will be attending
Olivia Rasch              Hale                                   Concordia University 
Sydni Kann               Fairview                             Kirtland Community College
Chelewynne Shuart   Tawas                                Northwestern University
Dillon Mochty            Tawas                               Michigan State University
Bryce Moon              Tawas                                University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Emma Brownell        Tawas                                Oakland University
Bryce Neff                Gaylord                              Michigan Technological University
Alexis May                Gaylord                              Ferris State University
Courtney Hatfield      Gaylord                              Central Michigan University
Ethan Raybourn        Oscoda                               University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Abigail Thompson      Oscoda                              Central Michigan University
Catherine Boensch                                             Michigan State University
Jordyn Katterman                                              Saginaw Valley State University
Tanner Trafelet                                                 Oakland University
MacKenzie Morris                                               Saginaw Valley State University

Northland Leaders in Washington, D.C.Northland Leader in Washington for GAC

Northland leaders, along with thousands of credit union officials, recently took to Capitol
Hill for the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in Washington, D.C. While there they stayed
informed on legislative issues facing the credit union industry and supported credit union
friendly candidates who are representing the best interest of credit union members.
Group meetings were held with multiple senators and political leaders. One big topic that was discussed was that of cyber security.  Dialogs were exchanged about the importance of setting national standards to help protect members information against potential threats.

Pictured: Judy McKinley, Gaylord Branch Manager and Pete Dzuris, CEO along with other credit union leaders meet with Congressman Jack Bergman

Children's Miracle NetworkChildrens Miracle Network fundraiser through March

Through the month of March, we are accepting donations to Children’s Miracle Network (CMN).  Each year more than ten million kids enter a children’s hospital like Hurley Hospital in Flint. CMN fundraising programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.
Since 1983, CMN Hospitals and supporters have raised more than five-billion dollars, most of it one dollar at a time through Miracle Balloon sales. 
Stop by one of our branches to buy a balloon.  Your donation matters and it stays local to help kids in our state.  Together we can make miracles happen.
To learn more about Children’s Miracle Network visit


Hearts for Hospice FundraiserHearts for Hospice Fundraiser

Sadly, cancer touches all of our lives.  During the month of February, our branches held a bake sale and collected money to benefit the MidMichigan Home Hospice Care.  MidMichigan Home Hospice Care supports terminally ill individuals by providing comfort and care during the final months of life.
Last month we raised more than $3,100.00 to benefit Hearts for Hospice. You can learn more about MidMichigan Home Hospice Care at

NAFCU Appreciates Law EnforcementLaw Enforcement Appreciation Day

January 9th is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Northland appreciates our local police and their selfless efforts to keep people safe. To show our gratitude NAFCU employees delivered donuts, beverages, and lunch to several departments near our branches. Thank you, to all our local law enforcement officers for your sacrifice and service to our communities.

Northland Accepts MCUL KeKe Challenge Northland Accepts MCUL KeKe Challenge

NAFCU team members recently participated in a “In My Feelings” KeKe video challenge to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network of hospitals. The Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) and Affiliates put forth this challenge to all Michigan Credit Unions, and will donate $500.00 for each video produced. The finished video can be viewed on Northland’s Facebook page.