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Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative, Inc. holds Annual Meeting in Ekalaka on May 28th

 Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative, Inc. holds Annual Meeting in Ekalaka on May 28th

   Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative, Inc. members gathered in the Carter County High School Gymnasium in Ekalaka on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Items of business included electing three members to the cooperative’s board of trustees, informing members of the cooperative’s financial performance and future plans, and awarding 10 scholarships to area students. Trustees Rob Reukauf (District 7), and Alan Sevier (District 9) were re-elected to three-year terms and Dane Castleberry (District 8) was newly elected to the Mid-Rivers Board of Trustees.

   Mid-Rivers’ General Manager, Bill Wade, provided an update on the financial condition of the cooperative and the many technological and regulatory changes the cooperative is facing. Craig Dyk, Mid-Rivers’ Accounting Manager, presented the cooperative’s 2013 audit report. Gary Hirsch, a Mid-Rivers Combination Technician from Miles City, was honored with the “John Lutter Employee of the Year Award.” Mr. Lutter, who retired from Mid-Rivers in 2005 after nearly 34 years of dedicated service, was in attendance to present Gary with his award.

   Mid-Rivers members attending the meeting were treated to a barbecue lunch and received a knife sharpener for attending the meeting. Several door prizes were handed out during the meeting, featuring many handmade gifts from the Carter County area. One member attending the meeting also received a door prize of $500 in cash.

   Mid-Rivers continued its commitment to education by awarding ten $500 scholarships through a drawing of students attending the meeting. These ten scholarships are offered to any student attending a higher education institution in the fall of 2014, whose parent or guardian is a member of the Cooperative. Through this drawing and the $35,000 in competitive scholarships awarded earlier in the year, Mid-Rivers was able to contribute to the educational futures of 45 students from 14 communities. Winners of the 2014 scholarship drawing were Wyatt Rising, Wibaux; Caden Dukart, Baker; Sara Bruski, Ekalaka; Chelise Clarin, Circle; Dalton Speer, Circle; Jesse Brower, Glendive; Christa Losing, Baker; Joe Kilen, Miles City; Jasmin Gentry, Glendive; and Toby-Jeanne Almy, Miles City.

   At the Board of Trustees’ organizational meeting held after the Annual Meeting, Alan Sevier was re-elected as Mid-Rivers’ president, Craig Johnson was re-elected Vice President, and Gene Engen was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer. Mark Robbins was re-elected as president of Cable & Communications Corporation (C&CC), Mid-Rivers’ wholly-owned subsidiary. Dennis Green was elected Vice President and Rob Reukauf was elected Secretary-Treasurer of C&CC.

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