2018 UP Chapter of MCUL Distinguished Service Award
Bill Charon: Great Lakes Federal Credit Union
UP Chapter of MCUL Distinguished Service Award
The Upper Peninsula Chapter of the Michigan Credit Union League Distinguished Service
Award recipient is Bill Charon. Bill retired from the Board of Directors at Great Lakes First
Federal Credit Union this year after 40 years of service. Along with servicing as the Board
Chairperson for 33 years, he also served on the Asset Liability Management Committee
and the Building & Grounds Committee where he oversaw the Gladstone branch addition
along with the major expansion of the Escanaba office. He was also an ex officio to the
Personnel Committee and Education & Promotion Committee.
Bill was always involved with the credit union and its activities. He would often bring fresh
flowers to each office during the summer and made sure all employees received a rose each
Valentine’s Day. He has hosted numerous summer picnics for the Board and employees at
his home and provided the grill and cooked brats and hotdogs for the annual Member
The support Bill has shown to the members and employees has always been above and
beyond what was expected of a board member and his dedication and kindness will be
missed by all.
Bill is very active in the community and has shared his time and talents with many
organizations such as the Delta County Walk for Warmth, Red Cross, Exchange Club, Delta
County Building Authority, and St. Vincent de Paul to name a few.
He was also very politically active and helped promote the credit union movement through
his close ties to numerous state and federal representatives. He continues to be active with
the Delta County Democratic Party.
Bill and his wife Carole have been married for 55 years. They have two daughters, six
grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.