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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
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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