Garden Valley Technologies invites our members to attend our 115th Annual Membership Meeting,
rescheduled for Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 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 musical entertainment from 9:00 to 10:15am. Adults’ and children’s registration gifts will be provided, prize drawings awarded, and a hot meal will be 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, 2019. Members will be asked to cast their vote on a proposed By-Laws Amendment and vote for Directors for Districts 2, 5, and 8. 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.”
The proposed By-Laws Amendment, if approved, will rearrange Director districts as follows: District 8 (Jerry Freitag not seeking re-election) will be a new seat for members residing in GVT’s competitive non-ILEC areas, or CLEC. These include our new TRF and Mahnomen exchanges and also those members who do not reside within any of GVT’s exchanges and are Cooperative members, as they purchase recurring services. The original District 8 exchanges (Gully, Oklee, and Plummer) will be rearranged as follows: the Plummer exchange becomes part of District 3 (currently represented by Arlene Novak), the Oklee exchange becomes part of District 4 (currently represented by Jim Ferden), and the Gully exchange becomes part of District 9 (currently represented by Ron Kiesow).
Director qualifications are set forth in Article III, Section 1 of Garden Valley’s By-Laws which are located on our webpage (About Garden Valley / User Guides & Additional Resources / Legal Documents / GV Corporate By-Laws) and on pages A53-A58 in our 2020 Directory. Throughout the By-Laws, the masculine pronouns (he, his, him) include the feminine pronouns (she, hers, her).
The final proposed language for the By-Laws Amendment will be posted to the GVT website on May 1, 2020, providing members an opportunity to review the proposed By-Laws language change prior to the Annual Meeting.
Be IT RESOLVED, That Article III, Section 2 of the By-Laws be amended to read as follows:
Section 2. Election and Term of Directors. At each annual meeting of the members three (3) Directors shall be elected to succeed the Directors whose terms of office shall then expire. The territory served by this Cooperative shall from time to time be divided by the Board of Directors into nine (9) districts.
Beginning in 2020, there shall be eight (8) districts for members from the area in which the Cooperative is the Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (“ILEC”) (the “ILEC Area”) and one (1) district for members in the area in which the Cooperative is the not the ILEC (the “Competitive District”). In 2020, the Director from the Competitive District shall be elected for a term expiring in the third year after election in place the Director from the district then numbered eight (8).
Beginning in 2020, the ILEC Area shall be divided by the Board of Directors into eight (8) districts which shall contain as nearly as practical equal numbers of members.
At the annual meeting of members in 2020, the Director from the Competitive District and directors from districts two (2) and five (5) from the ILEC Area shall be elected and serve for a three (3) year term. At the annual meeting of members in 2021, the Directors from districts three (3), six (6), and nine (9) from the ILEC Area shall be elected and serve for a three (3) year term. At the annual meeting of members in 2022, the Directors from districts one (1), four (4), and seven (7) from the ILEC Area shall be elected and serve for a three (3) year term. The election of Directors shall follow this three (3) year pattern on the same basis thereafter. Each of said Directors shall be so elected for a term expiring at the annual meeting of the members in the third year after his election, but he shall hold office for the term for which he was so elected and until his successor is elected and has qualified, unless he is sooner removed from office.
If a vacancy occurs in the office of any Director, his successor shall be elected by the members at their next meeting, and such successor shall be so elected for the unexpired term of his predecessor. The members shall have the power at any annual meeting or at any special meeting, due notice of which has been given, to remove any Director for cause and to fill the vacancy caused by such removal.
City residents of Thief River Falls, stop by our TRF Retail Store the first Thursday of each month to sign up to have your home prewired before we begin October installs.
Our Retail Store is located at:
1517 Highway 59 SE, Thief River Falls, MN 56701
8:30am – 5:00pm
Coffee and Cookies will be served.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Customer Appreciation Day on December 7, 2019 at the Win-E-Mac school. We were thrilled to spend the day with you all, share information about our products and services, serve lunch and get to see the faces of the people we serve.
Appreciation Day Prize Winners
|Amy Kleinwachter||Bose SoundTouch 10|
|Adult Prizes (18+)|
|Leroy Opdahl||Apple iPad 32GB (Grand Prize)|
|Pr. Timothy Lundeen||16pc. BBQ Grill Tools/Fresh Spices|
|Amy Kolden||Hercules Tuff Charging Station|
|Darcy Cardinal||YogerYour Unisex Bluetooth Beanie|
|Michelle Carlson||Celcube Night Light Bluetooth Speaker|
|Andrea Bouffleur||8.5″x11″ Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablet|
|Thomas Oftedahl||Amazon Echo|
Kids Prizes (age 6-17)
|Jalizah Kelley||XBOX One S 1TB|
|Coleson Skalsky||Onikuma Gaming Headset|
|Lizzy Dietel||Spikeball 3-Ball Kit|
|Afton Benoit||7″x10″ Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablet|
|Elliot Anderson||Lil Gadgets Headphones (blue)|
|Kassidi Qualey||Lil Gadgets Headphones (pink)|
|Luella Strom||GoSports Giant Yard Dice|
|5 Years & Under Prize|
|Brett Maruska||Little Tykes Rocking Horse|
Annual Meeting Prize Winners
$25 GV Gift Certificates
Arlan Koskela, Plummer, Glenyce Eskeli, Plummer, Darold Johnston, Red Lake Falls, Audrey Hemmingsen, Erskine
$30 donated by Moss & Barnett
Steve Tischman, Mentor, Sylvia Larson, Bagley, Sharon Solien, Gonvick, Duane Myklejord, Fosston, Leonard Ball, Fosston
Gray Fireside Blanket
Sharon Riendeau, Brooks, Roger Janssen, Crookston, Shirley Solheim, Clearbrook, Michael Norgaard, Shevlin
Bob Yuergens, Beltrami, Wayne Johnson, Bagley, Jim Smeby, Fertile
$25 Amazon Gift Card donated by Olsen Thielen
Ken Ulrich, Red Lake Falls, Mark Schultz, Erskine, Marlene Majeres, Red Lake Falls, Josie Proulx, Mentor
First Aid Kit
Nancy Gagner, Erskine, Steve Bernard, Erskine, Randy Versdahl, Red Lake Falls,
Solar Power Bank
Ronald Bushy, Mentor, Leonard Mienert, Fosston, Clifford Bartz, McIntosh
$50 Cash donated by Pinnacle Marketing Group
Lyla Moteberg, Erskine, Jean Kollin, Fertile
Amazon Gift Card donated by Cooperative Network Services
Janice Haugen, Fosston, Bruce Eskeli, Plummer
Paulina Snegirev, McIntosh
Grand Prize $250 Gift Certificate to Garden Valley Technologies
Jerome Bachand, Brooks
Children’s prize winners:
Lydia Baird, Fosston
Simon Optic Game
Sydnee Overgaard, McIntosh
Mariah Overgaard, McIntosh
Customer Appreciation Day – Prizes Awarded
We are very appreciative to all who attended our Annual Customer Appreciation Day on
December 1, 2018.
It was wonderful to visit with so many of our customers!
|Warren & Lisa Tvedt||Wusthof Knife Set|
|Del Hemmingson Jr||Portable Car Jump Starter & Charger|
|Donald Sultvedt||Amazon Echo - 2nd Generation|
|Dean & Anita Roy||Sentry Fire Safe Security Chest|
|Gordon Syverson||Winter Survival Kit|
|Mark & Becky Sandness||Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds|
|Name||Red Coupon Prize|
|William Gustafson||Amazon Echo Show|
|Name||Kids (age 6-17)|
|Jack Bartelt||Xbox One S|
|Cole Peterson||Amazon Echo Dot|
|Kylah Cherf||Hello Kitty Selfie Stick|
|Lucas Eggla||Infrared Induction Control Drone|
|Jacob Carter||Bluetooth Headphones (black)|
|Shelby Mandt||Bluetooth Headphones (red)|
|Malaina Jax||Monkey Noodle Stretchy Fidget|
|Name||5 Years & Under|
|Ryker Oppegaard||Radio Flyer - My 1st Wagon|
Annual Meeting – Prizes Awarded
We are very appreciative to all who attended our 113th Annual Meeting on
June 5, 2018.
It was wonderful to visit with so many of our customers.
|Prize Winners||Customer Name, City|
|$25 Garden Valley Bill Credit||Jim Seibel, Thief River Falls|
|Maynard Johnson, Mentor|
|Lois Ball, Fosston|
|William Peterson, Plummer|
|$30 Cash donated by Moss & Barnett||Mabel Helgeson, Bejou|
|Albert Luecken, Bagley|
|Doris Michaels, Fertile|
|Edward Pettit, Red Lake Falls|
|Sylvia Larson, Bagley|
|Gray GV Blanket||Virginia Flatland, Trail|
|Vonny Lofstrand, Fosston|
|Wayne Johnson, Bagley|
|Mark Christianson, Fertile|
|GV Yeti Mug||Shirley Beltz, Bagley|
|Gary Loland, Fosston|
|$25 Amazon Gift Card donated by Olsen Thielen||Carolyn Toupin, Erskine|
|Irene Hemphill, Fosston|
|Dorothy Johnson, Bagley|
|Leslie Hofstad, Plummer|
|Amazon Gift Card donated by CNS||Linda McCloskey, Oklee|
|Pat Finseth, Thief River Falls|
|GV First Aid Kit||Stephanie Johnson, Gatzke|
|Don Mosbeck, Red Lake Falls|
|Clifford Bartz, McIntosh|
|Judy Dunrud, Gully|
|GV Cookbook Gift Basket||Jerry Shaver, McIntosh|
|Jan Lundmark, Clearbrook|
|Iris Moen, Fertile|
|Shirley Dessellier, Oklee|
|$50 Cash donated by Pinnacle Marketing Group||Don Vaa, McIntosh|
|Einar Kvasager, Oklee|
|Floral Arrangement||Jim Proulx, Mentor|
|Grand Prize $250 Gift Certificate to GV||Charlie Kiesow, Goodridge|
|Children’s Prize Winners|
|Bluetooth Speaker||Alanna Willis|
|24" Bicycle||Joe Phillips, Bagley|