Former Employees Not Eligible For DTC Board Under Proposed Bylaws Changes

September 9, 2012
Dwayne Page

Former employees and close relatives of current employees and directors would not be eligible to serve as a member of the DTC Communications Board of Directors under proposed changes to DeKalb Telephone Cooperative bylaws.

Members will have a chance to vote on the proposed amendments Saturday, September 15 during the annual meeting at the fairgrounds in Alexandria.

The proposed changes, as recommended by the DTC board of directors, were announced in the annual report which was mailed out to members on Thursday, September, 6th.

According to the report, "any former employee of the Cooperative shall be prohibited from being nominated for or becoming a member of the Board."

In addition, the proposal states that no member shall be eligible to be nominated or elected who is a "close relative of a Director or Director's spouse, " or is "a close relative of an employee of DTC or an employee's spouse."

The proposal defines a close relative as a "spouse, parent, in-laws, grandparents, sibling, child, grandchild, uncle, aunt, niece, or nephew, by blood, marriage, or adoption."

Another proposed amendment regarding the annual meeting states that "the meetings shall be held at such location within the service area as the Board of Directors may designate before each and every meeting." Currently, all
annual meetings are held in Alexandria each September.

Members will be asked to approve or reject all three proposed amendments in their entirety as one vote.

Members can read the proposed amendments on pages 8 & 9 of the 2012 annual report, which has been mailed to them from DTC Communications.

In a prepared news release issued last week, DTC CEO, Craig Gates said, "The first bylaw amendment will allow DTC members to attend the annual meeting throughout the DTC territory, if the Board approves a new location each year. The other bylaw amendments have two objectives: one, it helps DTC ensure that all members are treated fairly and second, it ensures that undue influence from interested third parties will not gain influence over the company." Gates went on to say, "the management team supports the board's decision to bring these bylaws forward for a vote," he said.

In addition to voting on bylaw changes, DTC members will be electing three directors. Incumbents Bennie Curtis, Randy Campbell, and Ronnie Garrison are running unopposed in the Alexandria, Liberty, and Smithville exchanges,

The gates to the DeKalb County Fairgrounds in Alexandria will open Saturday at 11:45 a.m., with voting from noon until 4 p.m. The business meeting will begin at 4 p.m. or once the last person in line at that time has voted.

Enjoy special live entertainment beginning at 3 p.m. by DeKalb Idol winner, Josh Isaac

Only DTC members may vote, and each member must present a photo identification. For a single membership, only that individual may vote. Either member of a joint membership may vote, but not both. In the case of a
business membership, a business affidavit is required.

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