Senator Dorothy Eck receives Commitment to Community Award

Senator Eck Honored

Bozeman, October 26, 2011
The Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) District 9 in Bozeman, announced today that it will  honor Senator Dorothy Eck on Wednesday, October 26th at the HRDC’s 4th annual Commitment to Community luncheon in Bozeman.  The luncheon will be held at the Emercon Cultural Center.
“Dorothy is a role model for all of us who care about community” said Jeff Rupp, CEO and President of the HRDC.  “She has dedicated her life to service and worked tirelessly to make the community strong and responsive to public and private needs.”  Eck served as a state senator from Bozeman for twenty years.  She admits to having had her “fingers in an awful lot of events and programs” during that time.  At 87, Eck is proud that she helped make a difference.
Senator Eck is well known for her optimism and leadership.  She has taken on many causes, including mental health, economic and legal reform, and open government. “She has inspired me through the years and has challenged me to make hard decisions in support of this community,” said Rupp.
“In so many ways, Dorothy embodies what the HRDC stands for — helping people of all ages and situations confront and overcome economic and social obstacles so that they can improve their lives.”



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Since 2015, Brooke has been working with Allergan Aesthetics, Body Contouring. In 2018, Brooke began her role as Senior Manager of Training. Brooke graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Commercial Photography from Appalachian State University in 2011.

Brooke began her role on our Board in 2019. However, she feels it’s more fitting to say that she gets to serve on our Board. For Brooke, an evening at our Fork & Spoon was her first glance into our organization’s powerful work. As Brooke states, joining the Board has only expanded her appreciation for the caliber of people leading our mission and the impact of our vast ecosystem of services. While metrics alone are impressive, Brooke likes to visualize each number as an individual example of support – an extension of a helping hand, a moment of relief – given to one of our neighbors. She is grateful for the opportunity to participate in shaping HRDC’s future.

Although Brooke spends most of her volunteer time with HRDC, she was fortunate enough to build with Habitat for Humanity over the course of the summer in 2020. Her favorite place to spend time is anywhere under the Big Sky, although Hyalite may be her favorite place on Earth.

Ron Brey

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Ron served as Bozeman’s Assistant City Manager from 1990 to 2008. After retiring, Ron joined our Board in 2011. Ron received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Montana in 1977, and his Masters in Science in Rural, Town, and Regional Planning from the University of Montana in 1987.

During his time with the City of Bozeman, Ron saw the important role that HRDC has played in our community. Ron has seen that HRDC provides necessary social services to assure that all Bozeman residents could obtain housing, food, training, employment and the other necessities of life. He also came to understand that HRDC was always able to respond immediately as new community needs arose. Ron believes that the dedication, hard work, and compassion of HRDC’s staff make it a real honor to serve on the Board.

Ron also serves on the Trails, Open Space and Parks Committee for the City of Bozeman, and as a volunteer with the Red Cross. One of Ron’s favorite activities is walking his beloved dog every day, enjoying many of Bozeman’s trails and parks, like Burke Park, Bozeman Creek, and the Hyalite and Mount Ellis areas. Ron and his wife Claire enjoy spending their days with family, friends, and time outdoors.