Mid Century Telephone Cooperative Celebrating 65 Years Of Progress
Fairview, IL – On September 10th, Mid Century Telephone Cooperative held its 65th Annual Meeting of Members at Spoon River Valley High School, with approximately 550 people in attendance. The meeting is held annually to keep members informed about cooperative happenings, elect directors and to hear future plans.
Prior to the meeting members registered for prizes and enjoyed a meal prepared by the school cafeteria. They had the opportunity to see new technology utilizing Wi-Fi connections in the Connected Life display. Digital photo frames to crockpots and lights all controlled by smartphones were showcased. Other displays included Mid Century’s OPTURA TV, the recently added enhancement of watchTVeverywhere and the new OPTURA LocalTV, which will launch soon.
During the business meeting, Jim Broemmer, Chief Executive Officer, shared with the membership, that Mid Century continues to add fiber to its infrastructure, which enables it to provide the services wanted today while meeting the future needs we have yet to imagine. Bringing fiber to our region is an investment we must pursue to benefit our future. By year end we will have fiber infrastructure sitting in or outside the communities of Canton, Cuba, Farmington and Lewistown. He spoke about new product offerings since last year’s meeting, specifically watchTVeverywhere which was added to the OPTURA television programming and how Mid Century continues to work on deploying enhanced electronics to provide members with higher broadband speeds.
In addition, two directors were elected to the Board, Sheila Downin, representing the Summum and Table Grove exchanges and Michael Gray, representing the Williamsfield and Yates City exchanges. Multiple Bylaw changes were also voted on. There were six area youth recognized for their achievements. Brittany Borries, Amanda Rollins, Lauren Southwood and Vanessa Williams each received a Mid Century College Scholarship for $1,000. Dylan Freeman and Madisyn Johnson, winners of the “Youth to Washington” program, sponsored by Mid Century, reported on their week-long trip to our nation’s capital.
Annual Meetings provide a unique opportunity for members to connect with their Cooperative and for the Cooperative to connect with its members.