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Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary Club and OPB build a better community

For nearly the past 100 years, the Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary Club has strived to provide help the community. The organization’s many annual fundraisers — including the Bus Jam, a holiday toy and food drive, and the Cruz the Coos & Show ’n Shine — bring a lot of joy while helping those who need it most.

“Our motto is service above self, and we have a very real impact on literacy, hunger, the arts, and youth,” says Tom Bennett, secretary/treasurer. “The list just goes on and on.”

The Rotary Club reaches out to partner with other organizations that uphold the same mission. That’s why they look to Oregon Pacific Bank, which has a history of service to communities on the Oregon Coast and beyond.

“It means a great deal to be able to have an organization with the history and the tradition of Oregon Pacific Bank supporting our organization,” says Tim Novotny, a recent Rotary past president. “It’s especially pleasing to have an organization that is invested not just as a business, but also with their personnel in the Rotary cause.”

Heidi Proett, a credit analyst at Oregon Pacific Bank in Coos Bay, has been involved in Rotary since 2003. Not only does the bank make regular financial contributions to nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves, but OPB encourages employees to pursue their passions and take time to volunteer.

“Oregon Pacific Bank is a true community bank, and we take pride in being involved,” Heidi says.

One way that OPB helps nonprofit organizations stretch their fundraising dollars is by offering a Charitable Checking account that doesn’t require a minimum balance and includes free merchant services payment handling.

Volunteers from OPB also lend financial and business expertise to help the Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary Club fulfill its goals and, Tom says, he appreciates the bank’s assistance. “When they say they want to be a community-based organization, they deliver.”

For nearly the past 100 years, the Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary Club has strived to provide help the community. The organization’s many annual fundraisers — including the Bus Jam, a holiday toy and food drive, and the Cruz the Coos & Show ’n Shine — bring a lot of joy while helping those who need it most.

“Our motto is service above self, and we have a very real impact on literacy, hunger, the arts, and youth,” says Tom Bennett, secretary/treasurer. “The list just goes on and on.”

The Rotary Club reaches out to partner with other organizations that uphold the same mission. That’s why they look to Oregon Pacific Bank, which has a history of service to communities on the Oregon Coast and beyond.

“It means a great deal to be able to have an organization with the history and the tradition of Oregon Pacific Bank supporting our organization,” says Tim Novotny, a recent Rotary past president. “It’s especially pleasing to have an organization that is invested not just as a business, but also with their personnel in the Rotary cause.”

Heidi Proett, a credit analyst at Oregon Pacific Bank in Coos Bay, has been involved in Rotary since 2003. Not only does the bank make regular financial contributions to nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves, but OPB encourages employees to pursue their passions and take time to volunteer.

“Oregon Pacific Bank is a true community bank, and we take pride in being involved,” Heidi says.

One way that OPB helps nonprofit organizations stretch their fundraising dollars is by offering a Charitable Checking account that doesn’t require a minimum balance and includes free merchant services payment handling.

Volunteers from OPB also lend financial and business expertise to help the Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary Club fulfill its goals and, Tom says, he appreciates the bank’s assistance. “When they say they want to be a community-based organization, they deliver.”

Banker Spotlight
Deena Gisholt

Deena Gisholt

SVP, Team Leader/Commercial Relationship Manager
Coos Bay Branch
541-269-7929

“When the community thrives, we thrive, and our clients thrive. It’s a win-win.”

If you’ve lived in the Coos Bay area for anytime at all, you’ve more than likely crossed paths with Deena Gisholt. When she’s not serving customers at Oregon Pacific Bank, she’s been active in numerous civic leadership roles, which led her to being named the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year for 2020.

Deena, a Senior Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager, has served customers at the Coos Bay branch for 18 years. She worked for another bank for 20 years prior. She joined OPB because of its community banking environment, where “you know everyone,” she says.

Deena enjoys her job because of the relationships she’s built with clients over the years. “That’s really what it’s all about,” she says. “Trying to learn what’s important to them, what their needs are, helping them to accomplish their goals.”

She’s spent her entire life in the South Coast area, growing up on a dairy farm in Norway, southeast of Coos Bay. Her family bonds and lifelong friends keep her rooted.

When her daughters were in school, Deena was involved in the PTA, served as a basketball coach, and helped in other supportive roles.

As for her civic involvement, she’s served for more than 20 years as a board member on the South Coast Development Council. She’s also served as president and board member of the United Way of Southwestern Oregon and as president of the Myrtle Point Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Deena was involved with the Myrtle Point, Coquille and Bay Area Rotary clubs and still supports their efforts as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Deena has since stepped back from some of those roles, focusing on her work as a board member for Kids Hope Center, an advocacy organization that helps support children who’ve experienced abuse. She says her “passion for children” is what drives her in what can be difficult but important work.

Deena says she’s grateful to work for a bank that encourages employees to be involved in volunteer and civic organizations.

“When the community thrives, we thrive, and our clients thrive,” Deena says. “It’s a win-win.”

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