UP Chapter Golf Tournament Results

2015 UP Chapter Golf Outing

The U. P. Chapter of MCUL held its annual charity golf outing on Thursday, August 27th at the Terrace Bluff Country Club in Gladstone, Michigan.  There were 128 representatives from the Upper Peninsula area credit unions, and sponsors of the event.  It is with their assistance we were able to raise $5000 to benefit our 2015 Charity- Northwood's Airlifeline.


The Upper Peninsula Chapter of Credit Unions' golf for charity for the past 9 years, and we are pleased to be able to reach out to assist the Northwood's Airlifeline this year.


In picture left to right

Committee member Erik Bessonen from Delta County Credit Union, Teresa Louys Northwoods Airlifeline, Committee member Karen Dahl from Northern United Federal Credit Union Committee Chairman Richard Gatiss from Upper Michigan Community Credit Union


Northwoods Airlifeline is a non-profit organization of volunteers that includes community members and pilots from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and northeast Wisconsin who donate their time and aircraft to help patients and their families with urgent medical needs for services not found locally.  Since founding in 1989, over 2800 missions have been flown with destinations such as Lower Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois, all at no cost to the individuals.


Northwoods Airlifeline helps meet the needs of individuals who are financially distressed, unable to travel by other means, or under severe time constraints.  The most urgent flights involve transplant cases, since there is no transplant center in the Upper Peninsula and the window of opportunity to perform the procedure is small.  These are among the many logistical gaps in medical care that Northwoods attempts to fill.


The late Bob Larson of Witch Lake, Michigan conceived Northwoods Airlifeline (NWALL) in 1989.  Our organization of volunteer pilots operate a dispatching network to receive and fill requests for transportation and conducts community education and fundraising for its services.  We have no salaried personnel or rental expenses.  Our pilots and volunteers give tremendous hours and flight time to allow NWALL to provide the services we do.  NWALL received no Government or insurance company funding.  Instead NWALL relies on the generosity of individuals and organizations to cover the costs of fuel, hangar and aircraft expenses.  The local community has been very supportive of our mission to transport those in need.  A board of twelve, consisting of pilots, community leaders govern Northwoods Airlifeline, a 501 C 3 charitable organization.   NWALL is proud to its regular contributing sponsors:  Range Communications, The Community Foundation, The United Way and the Lion’s Club. 

The Lion’s Cubs of Michigan have been a major supporters of our efforts particularly in the construction of our hangar at the Ford Airport in 1999 as well as our annual operating budget.  Northwoods Airlifeline welcomes your support.  Our Late Founder Bob Larson put it very well many years ago, “Before we formed NWALL, I didn’t realize how many people in the U.P. suffered from Cancer and other serious medical problems, or who are anxiously awaiting an organ transplant.  My phone rings at all hours, but the rewards are great.”  We echo the words of our founder as we carry on the mission he began.


You can follow Northwoods Airlifeline by visiting www.northwoodsairlifeline.org and following us on Facebook.



2014 UP Chapter Golf Outing

Upper Peninsula Credit Unions Support Beacon House


Photo Caption: Richard Gatiss (left), representative of the UP Chapter of the MCUL presents Beacon House Chief Executive Officer, Mary Tavernini Dowling (right), with a donation raised during the UP Chapter’s annual golf outing.

The Upper Peninsula Chapter of the Michigan Credit Union League recently donated $5000 to support Beacon House operations. Beacon House is the U.P.’s only hospital hospitality house.

The funds were raised during the Chapter’s annual golf outing. Chairs of the event, Richard Gatiss of the Upper Michigan Community Credit Union, Karen Dahl, from Northern United Federal Credit Union and Erik Bessonen of the Delta County Credit Union, indicated that this was the sixth charity fund raising outing that the group has held. “This donation was made possible through the generosity of our sponsors and our golfers who've taken the time to participate in this annual event,” indicated Gatiss. “We were pleasantly surprised at the event’s success and the support our golfers gave to the effort.” Thirty credit unions are part of the Michigan Credit Union League’s U.P. Chapter. 
“We are so thankful that Beacon House was chosen as the beneficiary of this year’s outing,” stated Mary Dowling, CEO of the organization. “Each group that lends its support to Beacon House, helps ensure that patients and their families seeking medical treatment in Marquette County have a place to stay, should they need it. Every donation helps.”
Beacon House, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, provides lodging and hospitality services for patients and their families traveling to Marquette County for medical care. The 34 room facility’s operation is dependent upon contributions from individuals, groups, families, corporations and foundations, with housing provided to guests on a donation basis. For more information on Beacon House visit www.upbeaconhouse.org.     


2013 Annual U.P. Golf Tournament Supports Superior Health Foundation

The Upper Peninsula Chapter of Credit Unions (a chapter of the Michigan Credit Union League) presented the proceeds from their 2013 annual U.P. Chapter Golf Tournament to the Superior Health Foundation to go toward a U.P.-wide Breast Health Fund. Held this summer at the Terrace Bluff Golf Course in Gladstone, the event raises money each year for a U.P. charity. This was the fifth year the group has sponsored the charity golf outing. Presenting a check for $5,000 to Jim LaJoie, middle, Executive Director of the Superior Health Foundation, is committee memberKaren Dahl (Northern United Federal Credit Union) andCommittee Chair Richard Gatiss (Munising Community Credit Union). The Breast Health Fund will provide charitable funding to help cover the costs for mammograms, ultrasounds, breast biopsies, travel expenses and other costs associated with breast cancer. For more information about the Superior Health Foundation, visitwww.superiorhealthfoundation.org.


2012 Golf Results

U.P. Credit Unions Support Bay Cliff


The Upper Peninsula Chapter of Credit Unions (a chapter of the Michigan Credit Union League) presented the proceeds from their 2012 annual U.P. Chapter Golf Tournament to Bay Cliff Health Camp. Held this summer at the Terrace Bluff Golf Course in Gladstone, the event raises money each year for a U.P. charity. This was the 4th year the group has sponsored the charity golf outing. Presenting a check to Karen Schlicher, Assistant Director, Bay Cliff Health Camp for $5000 were committee chairs Richard Gatiss, (Munising Community Credit Union), Karen Dahl (Northern United Federal Credit Union) and Erik Bessonen (Delta County Credit Union). The funds will be used to support Bay Cliff's summer therapy program for children of the U.P. with physical disabilities and speech-language impairments.





 2011 Golf Results

The U.P. Chapter is supporting the Marquette General Foundation’s Accelerating the Future Capital Campaign with a $5,000 gift. The funds were raised during the chapter’s annual golf outing. Chairs of the event, Richard Gatiss of Munising Community CU, Karen Dahl of Northern United FCU and Erik Bessonen of Delta County CU indicated this was the third charity fundraising outing that the group sponsored. The charity event has grown in sponsorship and the support the golfers gave the event was fantastic. “We were pleased that the event has raised $5,000 to help support the Marquette General Foundation efforts to ensure its patients continue to receive the highest quality cancer care with leading-edge technology,” Gatiss said. The $4 million campaign is designed to bring cutting-edge radiation oncology equipment to Marquette to treat cancer patients from all across the Upper Peninsula. Area businesses interested in supporting the campaign are encouraged to call the Foundation at (906) 225-6914 or email mg.foundation@mghs.org.