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Little Theatre on the Bay

Little Theatre on the Bay applauds OPB’s nonprofit services

Putting on a production, like Disney’s The Little Mermaid, takes time, dedication and lots of volunteers to make each show go swimmingly. Making that sort of magic happen is what makes our community stronger, happier, better.

Little Theatre on the Bay needed a banking partner that would help them focus on what they do best – putting on their next big production.

As a nonprofit, the theater couldn’t justify the fees they encountered at other banks and found the process of making even small transactions frustrating and time-consuming—that was before they found Oregon Pacific Bank, says Jeanne Woods, vice president of the theater’s board of directors.

“We are treated with respect and not as a burden at Oregon Pacific Bank -bank employees greet us by name when we walk into the lobby,” Jeanne says.

Today, this treasured North Bend, Oregon, nonprofit counts on us for their checking and savings needs and credit card services, such as providing card readers at their venue, as well bill pay and gift card services. If an issue arises, they know they can count on us to resolve it immediately, ensuring that they can focus on their performances and not their finances.

Jeanne says they often make it a point to bank on Fridays, when cookies are made fresh for those who stop in. “There is no long wait time for a teller,” Jeanne says. “And, of course, we enjoy their fresh cookies and sitting on a comfortable couch in the lobby for a minute with a cup of coffee in hand. It makes it feel like you’re visiting a friend that just happens to be a business partner.”

One of the goals of the nonprofit is to create programming that reflects the long-established traditions of the local area by producing plays, summer music and events, like the annual Masque Awards, which honors the actors and volunteers that make their theatre program possible.

Little Theatre on the Bay was formed in 1947 when a group of actors got together to produce live radio plays. Over the last seven decades, it has evolved to meet the needs of the ever-changing local community. It plays a vital role, contributing to the quality of life for those who call the Coos Bay-North Bend area home. As owner and operator of the historic Liberty Theater, this nonprofit organization has been working to restore the The Liberty Theater in time for its 100-year anniversary in 2024.

“Oregon Pacific Bank recognizes that a strong arts community helps promote a strong community, in general,” Jeanne says. “In order for continual growth to occur, all businesses must be developed with help from each other.”

Oregon Pacific Bank is committed to helping and supporting Little Theatre on the Bay, so that it can continue to contribute to the vibrant culture of our community. We are thrilled and privileged to work with such a meaningful organization. Be sure to check out their season line up!

Putting on a production, like Disney’s The Little Mermaid, takes time, dedication and lots of volunteers to make each show go swimmingly. Making that sort of magic happen is what makes our community stronger, happier, better.

Little Theatre on the Bay needed a banking partner that would help them focus on what they do best – putting on their next big production.

As a nonprofit, the theater couldn’t justify the fees they encountered at other banks and found the process of making even small transactions frustrating and time-consuming—that was before they found Oregon Pacific Bank, says Jeanne Woods, vice president of the theater’s board of directors.

“We are treated with respect and not as a burden at Oregon Pacific Bank -bank employees greet us by name when we walk into the lobby,” Jeanne says.

Today, this treasured North Bend, Oregon, nonprofit counts on us for their checking and savings needs and credit card services, such as providing card readers at their venue, as well bill pay and gift card services. If an issue arises, they know they can count on us to resolve it immediately, ensuring that they can focus on their performances and not their finances.

Jeanne says they often make it a point to bank on Fridays, when cookies are made fresh for those who stop in. “There is no long wait time for a teller,” Jeanne says. “And, of course, we enjoy their fresh cookies and sitting on a comfortable couch in the lobby for a minute with a cup of coffee in hand. It makes it feel like you’re visiting a friend that just happens to be a business partner.”

One of the goals of the nonprofit is to create programming that reflects the long-established traditions of the local area by producing plays, summer music and events, like the annual Masque Awards, which honors the actors and volunteers that make their theatre program possible.

Little Theatre on the Bay was formed in 1947 when a group of actors got together to produce live radio plays. Over the last seven decades, it has evolved to meet the needs of the ever-changing local community. It plays a vital role, contributing to the quality of life for those who call the Coos Bay-North Bend area home. As owner and operator of the historic Liberty Theater, this nonprofit organization has been working to restore the The Liberty Theater in time for its 100-year anniversary in 2024.

“Oregon Pacific Bank recognizes that a strong arts community helps promote a strong community, in general,” Jeanne says. “In order for continual growth to occur, all businesses must be developed with help from each other.”

Oregon Pacific Bank is committed to helping and supporting Little Theatre on the Bay, so that it can continue to contribute to the vibrant culture of our community. We are thrilled and privileged to work with such a meaningful organization. Be sure to check out their season line up!

Banker Spotlight
Pam Plummer

Pam Plummer

VP, Commercial Relationship Manager
Coos Bay Branch
541-269-7929

“We make our decisions locally so we can offer more of that hands-on feel when customers come to Oregon Pacific Bank.”

Pam Plummer grew up amid the glittery facades of Las Vegas. When she first laid her eyes on the Oregon Coast while visiting a friend in Coos Bay, she knew she was seeing something real that spoke to her.

“I fell in love with it,” she says. “The second I graduated from college I moved up here.”

That was 25 years ago. Pam has lived in Coos Bay ever since. She got a job as a bank teller at another bank and quickly began to take on new roles, eventually becoming a manager. When that bank was acquired by a larger company, she realized it was time for a change. It simply wasn’t the right fit for her anymore.

“I didn’t like the big bank feel,” she says. “I wanted the feeling of a community bank.”

Three years ago, she accepted a position at Oregon Pacific Bank, where she’s now a Vice President and Commercial Relationship Manager. She says the best part of her job is working with and getting to know her clients.

The challenge of banking in a small community requires a lender to be flexible enough to service all kinds of businesses, large and small.

“It calls for us to be diversified in the types of lending that we do because we’re hitting all aspects of the community,” Pam says.

As an example, Pam says the bank was able to work quickly to help facilitate the federal Paycheck Protection Program at the start of the pandemic, which provided emergency funds for employers to help keep people on payroll. She says a couple factors that helped is that OPB lacks the bureaucracy found at larger financial institutions and can make lending decisions quickly and at the local level. As a result, thousands of Oregon jobs were saved.

“It was a hard time to go through and see people struggling, but it was definitely a highlight of my career to see that we were able to help so many people,” she says. “It’s really rewarding to have gone through this process. It was a lot of long hours, but I don’t think any of us look back and regret a thing.”

Pam also supports the community with her involvement in multiple organizations, including the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bay Area Hospital, and South Coast Development Council.

In her personal life, Pam loves to get outside and do some hiking, camping and motocross with her family. She also enjoys watching her daughter play volleyball. In addition, she and her husband stay busy with some spec building projects and managing rental properties.

Pam looks forward to supporting her community for years to come and enjoys the consistency that OPB provides in a changing world.

“The personalized service is still here,” she says. “It’s still a community bank feel.”

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