113th Annual Meeting – June 5, 2018

2017 Annual Meeting

Garden Valley members are urged to attend the 113th Annual Membership Meeting of Garden Valley Telephone Company, Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in the auditorium of the Win-E-Mac School near Erskine, Minnesota–located on Highway 59 one-half mile north of Highway 2.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:30am. Members can register any time after 8:30am and enjoy entertainment by the band “Caleigh” from 9:00 to 10:15am. Adults’ and children’s registration gifts will be provided, prize drawings awarded, and a hot meal served at the conclusion of the meeting. Reports will be presented on the Cooperative’s operations and financial status for the year ended December 31, 2017. Members will be asked to cast their vote in favor of a resolution to amend Article III, Section 1 of the By-Laws and to cast their votes for Directors for Districts 3, 6, and 9. The resolution to amend the By-Laws, passed by the Board of Directors at their March 29, 2018 board meeting, is set forth in full in this issue.

Each Garden Valley member, under Article II of the Cooperative’s By-Laws, is entitled to one vote. Section 5 of Article II provides that “…the spouse of a member may vote on behalf of the member unless the member has indicated otherwise.”

Directors will be elected for 3-year terms from District No. 3 (Red Lake Falls, St. Hilaire exchanges), which is currently represented by Arlene Novak – St. Hilaire; District No. 6 (Clearbrook, Gonvick, Leonard exchanges), which is currently represented by Vernon Hamnes – Gonvick; and District No. 9 (Gatzke, Goodridge, Grygla, Rural Thief River Falls exchanges), which is currently represented by Ronald Engelstad – Grygla.

Director qualifications are set forth in Article III, Sections 1 and 10 and Article IV, Section 2. Garden Valley’s By-Laws may be found on our webpage (About Garden Valley / User Guides & Additional Resources / Legal Documents / GV Corporate By-Laws) and on pages A59-A64 in our 2018 Directory. Throughout the By-Laws, the masculine pronouns (he, his, him) include the feminine pronouns (she, hers, her).

Annual Meeting Campaign Guidelines

  • Any eligible Garden Valley member may be nominated and elected as a Director.
  • Nominations are made within each district caucus or from the floor after each district caucus.
  • Nominated Director candidates are given an opportunity to address members attending the annual meeting prior voting.
  • Director campaign activity is not permitted at the entry to the meeting facility, nor within the area where members register for the meeting.

Customer Appreciation Day – Prizes Awarded

We are very appreciative to all who attended our Annual Customer Appreciation Day on
December 2, 2017.
It was wonderful to visit with so many of our customers.

NameAdult Prizes
Dave PaulsonEcho - Red Coupon
Mark LangemoApple iPad 128GB (Grand Prize)
Linda BarstadMonitor It Wireless Weather Station
Anita Theis-WheatleyNiteHowl LED Safety Light
Jeffrey MatsonSamsung Blu-Ray Disc DVD Player
Randy JohnsonVertical Multi Socket
Arlene DorrWorkbrite Flashlight
Patty Jo KarelsZ Bug Lantern
NameKids (age 6-17)
Nadia DelormeApple iPad 32GB (Grand Prize)
Malaina JaxAuvio Bluetooth Speaker
James LoerzelMulti Voice Changer
Gavin WalkerInfrared Induction Control drone
Landon BousheeStreet Monster Remote Control Truck
Kira ThompsonAuvio Color Headphones
Berkley LandsverkScra-ffiti
Ethan ShimpaKnotBone LaceLock Shoe Laces
Name5 Years & Under
Adelynn BeyerCartoon Remote Control Car