Become a Legend

Become A Legend

“Legends” are individuals who have chosen to provide for the long term financial health of the Glen Lake Association by including the GLA in their estate plan. What better way to ensure the future of Glen Lake and its watershed than by contributing to its endowment?

Ensuring the beauty that is unique to Glen Lake is an obligation shared by all. We ask that you give serious consideration to becoming a member of the Legends, a group dedicated to protection and preservation of the lake, now and forever.

The steadfast work of the Glen Lake Association is perhaps the best assurance of the lake’s continued health. With your endowment support, programs, research and education provided by the Association will ensure the viability of the watershed in perpetuity.

Gifts may be made through one of the following means:

  • A Will
  • An Insurance Policy
  • A Trust Arrangement
  • An IRA/Retirement Plan

If not given as an irrevocable gift, the commitment is not binding and may be revised at any time.

Legends may designate a gift to one of the following funds:

  • The Endowment Fund. This fund is managed by the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. Four percent of the fund’s value is granted annually to the Glen lake Association’s General to support ongoing programs. The fund’s principal is not available to the Glen Lake Association. The fund’s principal is invested in a blend of equities and bonds.
  • The General Fund. These contributions are used for operating expenses.
  • Watershed Protection Fund. This fund is managed by the Glen Lake Association. Four percent of the fund’s value is transferred yearly to the Glen Lake Association’s General Fund to support ongoing programs. The fund’s principal is available to the Glen Lake Association for special needs. The fund’s principal is invested in a blend of equities and bonds.

Once a Legend, you will receive special recognition, including an invitation to the annual private gathering with the Association’s board of directors and our highly regarded lake biologist, Rob Karner. At this exclusive event, you will hear the latest ‘State of the Lake,’ with updates on technology, research and education.

Please fill out and return the downloadable PDF “Legend Commitment Form” to notify the Glen Lake Association of your gift.

For further information, please contact the Glen Lake Association at 231-334-7645 or email

As a thank you for becoming a Legend, you’ll receive a customized, Glen Lake nautical “wood map” clock, featuring your name and year you became a Legend, along with a Legend ball cap.


For three generations, the Glen Lake area has been a part of the Lyman family history. The Glen Lake Association is so important to our family. Their work is vital to the well being of our lake, now and in the future.

Through their resident education, on staff biologist and water management programs, the GLA has earned our deepest respect. As a highly recognized organization in the State of Michigan, we are proud to have the GLA as stewards of our lake and its environs. They represent one of our family’s core beliefs that we must protect and preserve the pristine qualities of nature that Glen Lake offers us.

For the Lyman family, putting down roots and investing in Glen Lake comes with responsibility. The area’s investment potential relies heavily on how we care for the land. This will hold true in perpetuity and is the reason we are proud to support the Glen Lake Association Legends program”

– Michael and Lori Lyman, GLA Legends

This is my 57th summer of being in Glen Arbor and swimming in the wonderful waters of Glen Lake. It will be my honor to continue to help support this organization (Glen Lake Association) and its wonderful work.”

– Patrick and Cheryl Barry, GLA Legends

As a past board member and president, I can appreciate all the good work that has been accomplished by the Association to improve, preserve and protect our lakes and watershed. It is our intention to include the Glen Lake Association Endowment Fund in our estate plan.

– Charles and Sara Ofenloch, GLA Legends

Our Current Legends

Bruce and Christie Alton
Peter Anderson Family
Sumner and Irene Bagby
Patrick and Cheryl Barry
Denny and Carole Becker
Robert and Julie Berlacher
Robert and Felicia Bloom
Bob and T Boles
Dave and Cara Cassard
Richard and Carolyn Chorman
Carl and Polly DeFaria
James and Sharon Doyle
Tom and Monica Dutmers
Jim and Susan Dutmers
Jeff and Diane Hamilton
David Hayes
David and Maureen Herr

John and Carolyn Hoagland
Gary and Christine Johnson
Robert and Barbara Karner
Thomas and Marilyn Klingaman
Joan Kramps
Joe and Sue Lake
Edward and Cameron Lanphier
Michael and Lori Lyman
Bill and Susanne Meserve
Charles and Sara Ofenloch
Carl and Jackie Oleson
John Peppler
Denis and Martha Pierce
John and Ginny Rockwood
Richard and Barbara Schilling
Tim and Sue Unger
Bill and Rita Witler