Golden West 56th Annual Meeting

A return of more than $2 million in patronage capital credit checks, a free noon meal, a chance to win a $500 grand prize, the election of board members and voting on the expansion of the cooperative await members attending the Golden West Telecommunications 56th Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, September 27.

"Being able to hand one of our members a check and say thank you is one of the most satisfying aspects of our jobs as directors and employees," said General Manager/CEO George Strandell referring to the $2,037,510 in capital credit checks being returned to cooperative members this year. This capital credit retirement consists of the remaining 1993 allocation and an additional $1,000,000 for allocations generated between 1994 and 2007.

Annual meeting activities will begin with registration at the Wall Community Center from 10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Members attending will receive a registration gift, along with a meal ticket for a choice of a hot beef sandwich or ham dinner at a local restaurant.

The business meeting will follow at 1:00 p.m. and will feature reports by General Manager/CEO George Strandell and Board President Rod Renner. Members will elect six directors to the cooperative's 12-member board and vote on proposed changes to the cooperative bylaws and articles of incorporation, including the expansion of the cooperative.

Director elections this year find incumbents Rodney Renner of Wall and Lee Briggs of Midland running unopposed for the four-year vacancies in Districts II and III. Director elections for three-year terms in Districts IV and VI also find incumbents Kenneth "Buddy" Bolzer of Martin and Paul Iron Cloud, Sr. of Porcupine running unopposed.

The election for a three-year vacancy in District III will be filled by one of two members who circulated petitions to have their names placed on this year's ballot; Robert "Bob" Fronek of Wood and Doug LaHaye of White River. A four-year vacancy in District V will see an election between Lyle Jensen and Harold Wyatt, both of Hot Springs.

Entertainment will be singer, songwriter and entertainer Kenny Miller. He has opened for the Beach Boys, Glen Campbell, Lee Greenwood and the Red Willow Band. His upbeat show shares the lives and hits of Marty Robbins, Roy Orbison, and Elvis Presley.

Any Cooperative member who is disabled and requires special accommodations at the meeting should contact the Golden West business office at 279-2161 prior to September 27.