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      NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF BALLARD RURAL TELEPHONE COOPERATIVE CORPORATION, INC.

      Dear Member:

      To attend the virtual BTC 2020 Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday October 31, 2020 at 2pm, please click on the following Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85031052628

      Then use the Meeting ID and Passcode provided on the front cover page of the program, received at registration, to enter the meeting.

        Get involved – Participate in your Cooperative’s annual meeting!!!

        We look forward each year to our annual meeting. However, due to the health concerns influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s Annual Membership Meeting will be a virtual meeting held via Zoom at 2:00pm on Saturday afternoon October 31, 2020. This will be the sixty-fifth annual meeting of your cooperative. The purpose of the meeting is to transact business that may require membership action. A drive through registration for the meeting will be held beginning that morning of October 31st from 10:00am until 1:00pm at the main office of the Cooperative in the south parking lot. Enter the parking lot from Olive Street one and a half blocks from the stop light on Highway 60. Several of our staff will be at the entrance and other locations in the parking lot to direct you to where you will register for the meeting and vote. Voting for trustees will also be done during the registration process. Every member is entitled to one vote; where a joint membership is held, either may vote, but not both. At registration you will receive (1) meeting information including how to access the on-line internet Zoom meeting that afternoon, (2) a ballot to vote, (3) a 2021 calendar and (4) a registration gift. You will vote and drop off your completed ballot before you leave the parking lot.

        Nominees for trustees are made by either (1) a current trustee of the board may deliver to the principal office of the Cooperative written intent to seek reelection to the Board not less than thirty-five days prior to the date of the annual meeting or (2) any fifty or more members acting together may make other nominations by petition, in writing, delivered to the Cooperative at its principal office not less than thirty-five days prior to the annual meeting. The secretary will post all such nominations in accordance with the by-laws and policies of the Cooperative.

        Following are the nominees to be elected or reelected to the Board of Trustees for a three-year term. Please find included with this notice a bio on each of the three candidates in contention for the La Center trustee position.

        BTC Trustees candidates

        We encourage you to take an active part in your cooperative by registering, voting, and attending this year’s virtual Annual Meeting. The trustees, management and staff appreciate your patience as we conduct this unusual registration and membership meeting. And as always, thank you for your patronage of BTC.

        Joe Brooks Whipple
        Secretary

            Joe B. Whipple

            I am Joe B. Whipple and I’m asking for your vote. As a member of BTC’s Board of Trustees for the past 12 years, I have helped guide the company through many changes. Our on-going projects require knowledge and experience which I have gained during my tenure. One such project involves expanding our broadband service using grant money secured by the management team at BTC. My 50 years of working in a family business gave me a background in customer service, employee relations, and community involvement. I also serve on the La Center City Commission and the finance team at my church, Grace United Methodist. I will always be willing to hear everyone’s concerns about our Cooperative. It has been an honor to represent you on the Board of Trustees. I hope I can count on your vote so that I may continue to serve our community.

            Kim Bailey

            I am Kim Bailey and I recently retired from the Ballard County Board of Education, where I had worked for 37 years in the central office. As finance officer for 26 years, I developed extensive knowledge of finance operations. I oversaw the district budget, along with several other state and federal grants. I also prepared payroll for more than 200 employees. I also worked closely with board members and have a thorough knowledge of matters related to organizational policy and procedure. With my background, I believe that I could be an asset to the board of Ballard Telephone Cooperative. I have the time and desire to be a part of my community in an area that I have years of experience. I love Ballard County, and would like to see all its businesses flourish.

            Jeff Foster

            I am Jeff Foster and being a resident of Ballard County for over 20 years, I am deeply appreciative of everything this community has to offer. I couldn’t think of a better place to raise my two children, Hayley and Cavin, and live with my wife, Tammy, of 26 years. I am a Heath High School Alumni, class of 1985. I have been a dedicated member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 181 for 34 years, serving as an elected official for 21 of those years, which has given me experience being a leader and a collaborator. As a trustee, I would work to keep BTC a step ahead in technology while maintaining the lowest cost possible for its consumers. It would be an honor to give back to this community which has given me so much. Your vote would be greatly appreciated.