Save the Date! – November 12, 2020
Due to ongoing public health concerns related to COVID-19, the 61st Annual Meeting of Members will NOT be held in-person.
We certainly hope things with COVID-19 are better in November, however, the health of our members is our foremost concern. Without being completely sure we could have safe attendance for everyone, we feel the most prudent course of action is to have the meeting virtually this year and conduct registration and voting online.
The Annual Meeting of Members will take place on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 6 p.m. and will be live-streamed through a virtual Zoom Meeting.
Annual Meeting FAQs
How do I register for the meeting?
Registration for this year’s meeting will be completed online. Members with email addresses on file will receive their annual meeting notice via email along with instructions on how to register. Members for whom we do not have an email address on file will receive their notice by mail with instructions on how to register online. Members will need to use a valid email address during the online registration process. We will be providing a link to the virtual meeting via email only.
When does registration and voting begin and end?
Online registration and voting will begin on October 20, 2020. Ballots will close on November 9, 2020 at 12:00 A.M.
What if I need help completing registration?
Our friendly Sales and Support team is happy to help at 336-973-3103 or 844-238-0131.
Who is eligible for registration and voting?
According to Wilkes Communications bylaws, only active Wilkes Communications, Inc., members can vote and there can only be one vote per membership.
Wilkes Communications, Inc., is a membership cooperative and the annual meeting is held to comply with the bylaws of the cooperative. In the past, we invited our customers who live outside the cooperative area to the meeting as a show of customer appreciation. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have limited the scope of the meeting to include cooperative members only to fulfill our bylaw obligations. Wilkes Communications, Inc., hopes to have a community appreciation event in the near future and all customers will be invited to attend.
How do I submit my vote?
Voting will be submitted online during account registration. If a member is unable to complete online registration and voting, you may request a paper ballot to be mailed to you. Mail-in ballots must be received no later than November 9, 2020. Only one vote per member.
Will there be mail-in voting available?
There will be a mail-in ballot available for those who are unable to register and attend the online meeting. Contact a Sales & Support Representative to request this to be mailed to you.
*All mail-in registration must be mailed to our Wilkes Office at 1400 River Street, Wilkesboro, NC 28697.
There will also be drop boxes available at:
Wilkes Office: 1400 River St, Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Belhaven Office: 2193 NC 99 Hwy S, Belhaven, NC 27810
Ballots are due no later than November 9, 2020 by 5:00 PM.
When will the results of the election be announced?
Election results will be announced during the meeting.
How do I attend the meeting?
The Annual Meeting of the Members will be hosted virtually on November 12th, 2020 at 6 PM via a video conferencing platform called Zoom. Once registered for the meeting, members will receive a link that will be accessible on the day of the event. You must attend the meeting as you would if we were to have this year’s meeting in-person. Registration does not count as attending the meeting.
If I don’t have access to the internet, how can I attend the meeting?
Will I receive a gift by attending the meeting, like the in-person meeting?
We will be rewarding the first 100 Cooperative Members who attend the meeting a one-time bill credit of $20. If you register for the event and do not attend the day of, you will not receive the one-time bill credit.
Will there be door prizes given away during the meeting?
All cooperative members who attend the virtual meeting will be entered into a drawing for a door prize and will be announced at the end of the meeting.
If my name is announced during the prize drawing, how do I claim my prize?
Winners will be announced at the end of the meeting and will be notified by email or phone. We will also share the names of the winners on our website the following day.
We Are Your Local Telecommunications Cooperative
“As members of our cooperative, we hope you are proud and excited about our recent growth. Without your participation, encouragement, and support, this would not be possible.”
-Eric Cramer (President, CEO)
Message from your President/CEO,
I am looking forward to meeting with you in our virtual environment for the Wilkes Communications 61st annual membership meeting. Although the Wilkes team and Board Members would have preferred to meet you all in person, we are blessed to be able to spend this time with you to share our progress in bringing broadband to the rural communities we serve. As a local cooperative organization, it is our goal to be good stewards of the financial health of the cooperative along with contributing to the growth and sustainability of local neighborhoods and businesses. Join us for a healthy discussion about your cooperative – now and into the future.
The Board of Directors is comprised of nine members. The goal of our board members is to determine the strategic direction of Wilkes Communications, establish policies, and approve budgets that will help achieve the goals of our strategic long-term plans.
Top Row: Armit Tevepaugh, Secretary and Treasurer; Wayne Black, Director; Clayton Porter, Director; Claude Shew, Asst. Secretary; Eric Bumgarner, Director
Bottom Row: Jimmie Church, Chairman of Board of Directors; Steve Mathis, Vice-Chairman of Board of Directors; Jerry Shepherd, Director; Charles Billings; Director