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69th Annual Meeting

Thursday, July 30th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
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69th Annual Meeting

Until the meeting on July 30th at 2:00 p.m., please enjoy this video about the Leland Ranch and Horse Creek School.

2020 Ballot

How do I vote?

RTC will hold a virtual meeting this year to make reports to members, elect directors and conduct any other necessary business. To ensure all members have the opportunity to participate in their annual meeting, RTC is mailing a ballot to every active member. Instructions regarding the voting process are explained on the ballot.

To make a motion to “discuss” unfinished business, and/or new business complete the forms below.

Members have the option of voting online (see Voting Instructions section) using the member information on the enclosed ballot or by voting with the enclosed ballot and returning in the envelope provided. Ballots must be received by July 27, 2020 to be counted.

Meeting Announcement with Director Candidate Information

Sample Ballot

Sample Return Envelope

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2020 Ballot

Voting Instructions

By Mail

  • Mark your selections by filling in the box next to the candidate(s) of your choice.
  • Do not mail to the Reservation Telephone Cooperative.
  • Detach ballot and place in the enclosed return envelope. Mail to Survey & Ballot Systems, PO Box 46430, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. Envelopes must be received no later than July 27, 2020. Please allow sufficient time for delivery.

Online

  • Go to directvote.net/RTC to access the login page of the official 2020 RTC Election.
  • Your Member Number and your Election Passcode are listed on the ballot you received in the mail. Use both of these numbers to login.
  • Once registered, follow the online voting instructions.
  • Online voting begins July 1, 2020 and ends at 5:00 PM CDT, July 27, 2020.
  • Do not mail your ballot if you plan to vote online.
    If you have any problems voting online, please email support@directvote.net
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Unfinished Business

Complete the form below – deadline Thursday, July 21


New Business

Complete the form below – deadline Thursday, July 21


RTC Director

Candidates

Jennifer Sorenson

District 1B Candidate

Alexander, Arnegard, Keene, Squaw Gap, Watford City

You are running for RTC’s District 1B director position, tell us about yourself.

I have served on the RTC Board of Directors for 12 years. My husband, Curtis, and I farm and ranch five miles south of Watford City. I graduated from Watford City High School and North Dakota State School of Science. Our son Jarvis, his wife Kadie, and their three children have joined us as 4th and 5th generations on the family ranch. Our daughter Erin, husband Tim Fjeldahl and three children also live in Watford City. I enjoy helping on the ranch, traveling and keeping up with my grandchildren’s activities. I am a member of District One Cattlewomen and past President of the Watford City Lions and the Pioneer Museum. I am also active in the First Lutheran Church and enjoy volunteering and being active in the community.

What is your philosophy on cooperatives?

Cooperatives are unique in that every single member has a ‘piece of the pie’  with a voice and pride of ownership.  We have come so accustomed to big business. It is nice to see what can be accomplished by locally working together for a common cause.

Why are you interested in serving on the RTC Board?

It has been an honor to work with the management and other board members to represent our member owners.  It is a challenge keeping up with our constantly changing environment and technology.

Terry Wilber

District 2B Candidate

Mandaree, New Town, Ross

You are running for RTC’s District 2B director position, tell us about yourself.

I have served on the RTC Board of Directors for 21 years from District 2B. I am a past president of the RTC Board of Directors. I was employed by Northrop Grumman in New Town and retired after 32 years, with over 28 years as the Plant Manager. I graduated from New Town High School and Dickinson State University with a degree in Business Administration. I am currently involved in a variety of organizations including the New Town Lakeside Community Living Center, New Town Health Support, Van Hook Cemetery Association and the Bethel Lutheran Church. I was involved in the startup and initial operation of TJMD, LLP, which performs various oilfield services. My wife Marcia and I have been married since 1974, and we have three children: Dana, Mike and Jesse; and ten grandchildren. When time allows, I enjoy yard work, hunting, fishing, golfing and getting involved in projects that provide business development and employment opportunities in the area.

What is your philosophy on cooperatives?

The cooperative provides a service that a “profit driven” commercial company may not due to cost or perceived return on investment.

Cooperatives strive to make a profit for its owner members but more importantly the goal is to provide exceptional affordable service. If in the end there is a profit it belongs to the member owners rather than a for profit company.

Why are you interested in serving on the RTC Board?

I feel it is important that RTC continues on its path of providing broadband service to as many people in its service area as is economically possible. The COVID 19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of reliable broadband. The need for even more service will only continue to grow as applications especially in health care, education, business and entertainment grow. It is crucial that RTC keeps current with telecommunication advances so that the customers can also stay current.

Lance Kalmbach

District 3 Candidate

Kenmare, Norma, Spencer

You are running for RTC’s District 3 director position, tell us about yourself.

I was born and raised on a farm and graduated from Flaxton High School. I started in the grain elevator out of high school and currently work as a Procurement Merchandiser/Broker for CHS SunPrairie in Bowbells. My wife Jane and I have lived in Kenmare since 1991 and we have two grown children, Sam and his wife Kelsey who live in Weyburn Sask and Sarah who lives in Moorhead MN. I currently serve on the transportation committee of the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association and also the board of the Kenmare Housing Authority to the city of Kenmare. Some of my hobbies include hunting, fishing, camping and just spending time with friends and family.

What is your philosophy on cooperatives?

Cooperatives are owned by the members that they serve but it is also a business that always wants to be safe, be good neighbors and be involved in the communities that they serve.

The members have a voice in the way the cooperative conducts business.

Why are you interested in serving on the RTC Board?

With RTC having been successful for almost 70 years now, I want to help assure this cooperative continues that for generations to come and I feel my cooperative experience will help achieve that. I have been employed by a cooperative for over thirty five years and currently a member of four local cooperatives and will continue to show that dedication and commitment for the member owners of RTC.

Amy Ones

District 3 Candidate

Kenmare, Norma, Spencer

You are running for RTC’s District 3 director position, tell us about yourself.

I am a graduate of Kenmare High School and the University of North Dakota earning degrees in both Accounting & Business & Public Administration.  I have also successfully passed the Uniform CPA exam.  For the past 8 years, I have been employed as the Flaxton City Auditor and also operate my own consulting business that specializes in governmental accounting, charitable gaming and grant writing.  My community involvement includes being a director on the Kenmare Public School Board of Education, the chairperson for the Kenmare Area Community Foundation and a member of the Bowbells United Methodist Church.  My husband, Ryan, is employed as the assistant service manager for Gooseneck Implement and we live in rural Kenmare with our two children, Grace and Brooks.  We also raise 150 head of Angus cattle with my father-in-law.  I enjoy attending my kiddos academic and sporting activities and promoting, supporting and advocating for ND communities.  I look forward to the potential opportunity of being elected to the District 3 RTC board position and serving area RTC cooperative members and employees.

What is your philosophy on cooperatives?

Cooperatives have the ability to provide an opportunity for individuals and businesses to be member-owners and maintain local decision making capabilities while striving for continuous improvement within the communities they serve.

Why are you interested in serving on the RTC Board?

The RTC governing board faces a variety of issues & challenges each year and I believe the knowledge I have acquired from my professional experiences, including responsible resource management and effective leadership, would be an asset to cooperative members and employees.

2020

Bylaw Changes

The RTC Board of Directors is also proposing several wording changes to the current by-laws.
Please take time to look them over and provide comments to RTC by October 1, 2020.
Bylaw Changes
RTC 69th Annual Meeting

2020 Annual Report

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2020 Annual Meeting

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Board of Directors

RTC History

  • October 28, 1949 – President Truman signs the telephone amendment to the Rural Electrification Act of 1935 to provide low cost loans to be used to improve and to provide telephone service to rural areas of America.
  • July 7, 1950 – First public meeting to discuss the formation of our telephone cooperative takes place in Garrison.
  • January 1951 – Area residents and representatives from the telephone companies at Parshall, Plaza, Makoti, Ryder, Van Hook, and Sanish meet at Roseglen and decide to form a rural telephone cooperative named Reservation Mutual Aid Telephone Corporation.
  • October 16, 1951 – Articles of Incorporation are filed.
  • August 12, 1952 – RTC’s first REA loan is obtained for $417,000.00.
  • August 14, 1952 – Fred Ahlgren is named General Manager.
  • 1952 – 1954 – Reservation Mutual Aid Telephone Corporation has business offices at Parshall Memorial Hall above the auditorium and at the Creamery building, which is now Parshall’s funeral home.
  • 1952 – New Town exchange replaces the Van Hook and Sanish exchanges.
  • 1954 – 1958 – Telephone exchanges at Parshall, Plaza, Makoti, Ryder, Emmet, Roseglen, Arnegard, Keene, Norma, Spencer, Ross and Douglas are added.
  • 1958 – RTC headquarters building is built.
  • 1959 – RTC begins offering mobile telephone service with towers at Keene, Parshall and Roseglen. IMTS (Improved Mobile Telephone Service) is offered over radio channels licensed by FCC (Federal Communications Commission).
  • 1959 – Original nine member Board of Directors reorganize into a board of seven members. Reservation Mutual Aid Telephone Corporation changes to Reservation Telephone Cooperative (RTC).
  • 1963 – Minuteman Missile installations began. RTC provides service to 7 sites.
  • 1967 – RTC’s “Service Improvement Program” begins to bring one party service to all of the subscribers and replace the open wire plant with underground facilities.
  • 1971 – Squaw Gap exchange added.
  • Dec. 15, 1971 – Squaw Gap and the rest of the world are connected by telephone. NBC (National Broadcasting Corporation) along with thousands of viewers and Squaw Gap subscribers gather to witness the first phone call made by Donnell Haugen, president of the RTC board and Squaw Gap resident, Ray Macik to Washington D.C., where Earl Butz, Secretary of Agriculture is on the line to congratulate them.
  • August, 1972 – All subscribers now have private line service.
  • 1973 – 1974 – All exchanges are converted to direct distance dialing and automatic number identification.
  • 1974 – Mandaree exchange is added.
  • 1976 – First major addition to the headquarters building is completed.– RTC becomes member of NCDC (North Central Data Cooperative) now known as NISC (National Information Solutions Cooperative).– Phone billing is converted to computer.
  • 1980 – RTC hires Gene Sloan as new General Manager.
  • 1980 – Fred Ahlgren, RTC’s first General Manager, retires ending a 28 year career (1952-1980)
  • 1981 – RTC gets into the cable TV business. Rolfson Construction plows coaxial TV cable in New Town and Parshall.
  • 1983 – Headquarters building is expanded to make room for the new digital switch.
  • 1984 – New digital switch is installed. AT&T Divestiture becomes a reality.
  • 1985 – RTC starts replacing the old rotary dial telephone sets with new touch-tone phones that could be plugged into a modular connection.
  • 1987 – Royce Aslakson is hired to train for Office Manager. RTC plows coaxial TV cable in Plaza. RTC becomes member of North Central Regional Processing Center (NCRPC).
  • 1988 – RTC plows coaxial TV cable in Makoti. Max Adams, RTC’s first Office Manager, retires after 35 years of service.
  • 1989 – RTC plows coaxial TV cable in Ryder. RTC purchases Arnegard cable TV system from a private individual. Payroll and labor accounting becomes automated with the aid of NCDC.
  • 1989 – RTC upgrades new digital switches and plows fiber optic cable as the backbone for toll network.
  • 1990′s – College scholarship program implemented for high school seniors.
  • September, 1995 – RTC announces it will offer Internet service.
  • June, 1996 – RTC purchases the exchanges of Garrison, Max and Kenmare. RTC sells payphone business.
  • 1996 – RTC becomes member of Dakota Carrier Network (DCN).
  • August, 1998 – RTC joins North Dakota Long Distance as a partner.
  • 1998 – Royce Aslakson is selected as Assistant General Manager. New host switch installed in Garrison and remotes installed in Parshall and Max.
  • 1999 – RTC goes equal access giving RTC subscribers a choice of long distance carriers.
  • May, 1999 – Cellular phone service makes IMTS obsolete and all three systems are shut down.
  • 2001 – RTC begins offering DSL (Digital Subscriber Line). Gene Sloan, RTC’s second General Manager retires after 21 years of service.
  • September 1, 2001 – Assistant General Manager Royce Aslakson assumes General Manager duties.
  • 2003 – RTC installs OC-48 Sonet Ring. RTC begins construction on Multi-purpose Building to house 16 vehicles and include a kitchen. RTC sends first student to Foundation for Rural Service Youth Tour in Washington D.C.
  • April 1, 2003 – RTC purchases Watford City and Alexander exchanges from Citizens Telecommunications Company.
  • May 2003 – New switch installed in Watford City.
  • September 1, 2003 – RTC purchases McKenzie Consolidated Telcom (MCT).
  • December 2003 – Former MCT customers are cut over to RTC equipment.
  • 2004 – RTC completes construction on Multi-purpose Building.
  • November 2, 2004 – RTC purchases the Alexander, Garrison, Kenmare, Max and Watford City cable TV systems from Midcontinent Communications, Inc.
  • April 28, 2005 – Ground breaking takes place for addition to headquarters building.
  • June 1, 2005 – RTC begins offering WildBlue Satellite Speed Internet service in partnership with National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC).
  • May 18, 2007 – RTC hosts open house to celebrate the completion of construction on the new headquarters complex.
  • January 2009 – RTC introduces new company logo and tagline: Smarter. Better. Faster.
  • March, 2009 – RTC enters agreement with Microsoft to use Microsoft Mediaroom as a platform for RTC’s IPTV services.
  • August 25, 2009 – RTC broadcasts first local high school sporting event with BEK Sports West (Dunseith at Kenmare football game).
  • March, 2010 – RTC is awarded $21.9 Million award through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Award includes a $10.95 Million grant and $10.95 Million loan to expand the availability of broadband service on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and the Squaw Gap exchange.
  • August, 2010 – RTC begins offering WiFi service at various locations throughout their service area.
  • December, 2010 – RTC launches new website
  • March 1, 2011 – RTC offers surveillance camera systems for residential homes or businesses.
  • Fall, 2011 – RTC opens customer office in New Town.
  • August 4, 2014 – RTC opens customer office in Watford City.
  • January 1, 2015- Assistant General Manager Shane Hart is promoted to GM/CEO.
  • June 1, 2015- GM/CEO Royce Aslakson retires with 28 years of service to RTC.