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MCUL Upper Peninsula Chapter
District IV
Michigan Credit Union League
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2018 UP Chapter of MCUL Distinguished Service Award

Bill Charon


2017 UP Chapter of MCUL Distinguished Service Award


                       George Isola: TruNorth Federal Credit Union 

George Isola has been the General Manager of TruNorth Federal Credit Union (formerly

Ishpeming Community Federal CU) since 1992. During that time, that credit union has

grown from $25 million to over $140 million in total assets, and now serves more than

16,000 members.

While serving as manager of TruNorth Federal Credit Union, George has been on many

committees, both for the UP Chapter of Credit Unions and the Michigan Credit Union

League. He served 4 years as Alternate Director and 10 years as Director for MCUL from

1998-2012, and as a CU Corp Director from 2008-2012. George is the first person from the

Upper Peninsula to serve as MCUL Board Chairman. He has been a Trustee for the MCUE

program since 1998.

George received the MCUL Distinguished Person of the Year award in 2012. He served on

the Executive Committee and is currently Marketing Chairperson for the Upper Peninsula

Chapter of Credit Unions. He organizes joint advertising for UP Credit Unions on the “High

School Bowl” program on PBS each year.

George is past president of the Ishpeming/Negaunee Chamber of Commerce and serves on

the Ishpeming Police Officers’ Pension Committee.

In his spare time, George has served as the Negaunee Senior Hockey League treasurer

since 1992 and has coached youth hockey and baseball. He was also a past Rotary


George is a 1983 graduate of Michigan Technological University with a BSBA.

He and his wife Ruth have two sons Matthew and Nathan and four grandchildren. All reside

in Ishpeming.


 Distinguished Service Award Past Winners



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