Lance Coppock, President/Treasurer. Lance whose primary residence is in West Des Moines, Iowa. He and Barb Hering purchased property between Cooke City and Silver Gate in 2003 after many years of visiting Yellowstone on a regular basis. Their goal has been to spend a little more time here each year. hey spend as much times as possible in the area, summer, fall and winter. Lance is substantially retired from his law firm after 40 years in public finance and state and local government law representing cities, counties, school districts and municipal electric utilities. "We love this community and have been very impressed with what the Community Council has been able to accomplish since its establishment. We look forward to working with the Council to maintain the existing good works already accomplished, and the development of new projects and activities to keep the area vibrant, attractive to visitors, and a welcoming place to live, play and do business".

Bobbi Dempsey, Vice President/Secretary
Bobbi has lived in the Community 10 years. She was the school teacher of the Cooke City School until she retired. Bobbi's love for the area includes Yellowstone National Park as her backyard, her days off she is usually enjoying the beauty of where she lives. Bobbi is also a Travel Counselor for the Chamber of Commerce during the summer. In her retirement she became part of the Cooke City Community Council with her support of the mission of the Council. 

Suzy Hahn, Director, Cooke City Community Council and is originally from Virginia and a graduate of Hollins College, moved to Cooke City in 1994 after spending a couple of summers in Yellowstone Park and has been a year round resident ever since. While in Cooke City she has held various jobs as a waitress, bartender, postmaster relief and store clerk. Suzy went on to own the Pine Tree Café and the Elk Horn Lodge. 
Suzy began working as a volunteer with the Chamber of Commerce in 1996. When a group of local people became determined to build a Community Center, she became involved in the creation of the CCCC in 2002 and was the founding Chair. 

Fay Craig, Director. Florida Southern College graduate with Business Administration Degree; Retired with more than 35 years’ experience in municipal government; Volunteer with: Baptist Health System, Quota International, and Orlando Volunteer for Community Impact; Past President Florida Association of City Clerks; Former member of Florida Governmental Finance Officers’ Association, South Orlando Chamber of Commerce, Florida Tri County League of Cities; Secretary to the Mount Republic Chapel of Peace Board; Hobbies: golfing, reading, gardening, traveling, sewing and cooking. Spend my summers in Cooke City/Silvergate.

Greg and his family have owned a house in Silver Gate for 20 years, coming out each
year for the summer and occasionally, the winter holiday. In 2016, Greg and his wife,
Jill Warren, opened a vacation rental home - Creekside at Yellowstone and now live
here year round. Greg, a retired science teacher and coach, is now looking forward
to helping out in our community in any way he can.

Donna Rowland is the Clerk of the Cooke City Community Council and has worked for the Cooke City Community Council since 2003. She first served as a treasurer on the board and is now an employee as a clerk. Responsibilities include preparation of financial statements, including payroll, receivables and payables as well as budget preparation & working papers which provides an analysis of the organization. Donna has an associates degree in accounting and has over 20 years of experience in bookkeeping.

The Cooke City Community Fish Fry

In the 1920’s  Cooke City, Montana hosted it’s first Annual Fish Fry.  During those early years the Fish Fry was held to gather community, family and friends together to celebrate the warm summer months.  Events included horse racing, dancing, a fishing contest, and of course a meal of fresh fish caught in nearby lakes.  The tradition continued for 35 year, took a break for several years, then was resurrected by community members in 2004.  Used as a fundraiser for the Cooke City Community Center, and many other Community Council projects, the Annual Fish Fry became a favored event and was attended by guests from as a far away as Cody, Wyoming and Red Lodge, Montana.

The CCCC applied for Resort tax funds to purchase a grill, serving platters/dishes, and 6 tents that could be used for the Fish Fry fundraisers or any other community fundraising events. The Tents & Grill have been used yearly by CCCC and other organizations providing community events. Private businesses or individuals can rent the this equipment for a minimal cost and the funds go to the CCCC.

“Maintain and sustain our community by creating projects that support the health, safety, welfare and enjoyment of all people through educational and charitable actions.”

Contact Us

Colter Pass, Cooke City and Silver Gate Area Community Council

206 W. Main Street

P.O. Box 1134

Cooke City, MT 59020

Telephone : ​406-838-2203

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