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Two Newcomers Join Incumbent on the GW Board

09/24/11 | Member Updates and News

By: Becky Drury, Communications Specialist

WALL – More than 380 members attended the 59th annual meeting
of the Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative at the Wall Community Center on Saturday, September 24th. People attending the event had the opportunity to vote in two board member elections, hear about the challenges and opportunities facing the cooperative, win several door prizes and listen to a men’s chorus group.

Two newcomers and one incumbent were elected to the board of directors for Golden West Telecommunications this year. The board members elected on Saturday are (from left to right):

  • Ansel Wooden Knife, of Interior. He was elected to a four-year term to represent District VI. He will replace Paul Iron Cloud, Sr.

  • Kenneth (Buddy) Bolzer, of Martin. He ran unopposed for a four-year term to represent District IV.

  • Arnie Hill, of White River. He was elected to a four-year term to represent District III. Cheryl Valburg also sought the seat.

Golden West General Manager Denny Law told the people in attendance that the Cooperative is on firm financial footing, but potential regulatory changes under consideration by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could leave rural areas behind in the ongoing telecommunications revolution.  “Broadband (Internet) services have been essential to helping rural governments deliver needed services to constituents, providing telemedicine services so patients can get medical care when needed , and for helping small businesses-the backbone of job creation in rural America -grow and thrive, ” stated Law. “The stakes are high.”

Law said Golden West is working to make certain the interests of rural customers are heard before the FCC makes their decision, which is scheduled for October. Golden West has continued expanding its cable TV offerings, and plans to increase broadband (Internet) speeds in the near future.

The Shrine of Democracy Chorus of Rapid City entertained the crowd and Martin Nelson of Philip won the $500 grand prize drawing. Next year’s Golden West annual meeting will be held on September 22, 2012.