70th Annual Meeting

Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc. 
70th Annual Meeting

Saturday, September 24, 2022
Wall Community Center, 501 Main Street, Wall
Registration: 8:30-10 a.m. | Meeting Called to Order: 10 a.m.
Lunch Provided After Annual Meeting 

Registered members will receive a $20 bill credit as a thank you for attending the meeting. A grand prize of $500 will be drawn during the meeting as well as 20+ additional prizes; must be present to win. 

*Please note the change in location and time of the meeting. Golden West is making every effort possible to provide a safe environment for our members and employees. 


Authorization to Vote for a Non-Individual Member

If you are a non-individual member, you are entitled to representation and to one vote at the 70th Annual Meeting of the Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc. We want to make you aware of some changes in the voting authorization process we will be implementing for this year’s annual meeting.

Non-Individual Members Must Complete Authorization to Vote Form
As in prior years, anyone who attends the Annual Meeting as the voting representative of a non-individual member, such as a school district, town, church, corporation, or LLC, must submit an Authorization to Vote form (see SAMPLE form below). This year the process for distributing, submitting, and verifying these forms has changed.

A summary of the revised process is as follows:

• Non-individual members must designate an Authorized Voting Representative who is an officer, LLC member, or other senior official within the member entity.
• Non-individual members must call the office at 1-855-888-7777 to request an Authorization to Vote form. A Golden West representative will pre-populate the form with your account information and forward it to you.
• Complete all fields on the form, and have it signed and dated by an Authorized Officer of the governing body of the nonindividual member.
• Return the completed form to Golden West no later than 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. Authorization to Vote forms
received after the deadline or presented the day of the Annual Meeting will not be accepted.
• The Authorized Voting Representative will need to bring a photo ID to the Annual Meeting and present it at the designated registration table to receive a ballot.

Change Follows Bylaws & Improves Efficiency
Please be aware that the Authorization to Vote form is not a Proxy Statement. Individual members, such as residential or sole proprietor businesses, cannot use the form. They must vote in person at the Annual Meeting.

Golden West is implementing this revised process to more efficiently comply with the requirements of the cooperative’s bylaws, which expressly prohibit voting by proxy but expressly allow voting by a representative of the non-individual member who is properly authorized by the entity to vote on its behalf. We also believe this new process will allow us to better manage the Annual Meeting timeline. Last year, reviewing the Authorization to Vote forms during registration delayed the start of the meeting. Golden West wants to ensure that all Authorization to Vote forms can be reviewed in advance of the meeting, which will allow the registration process to proceed smoothly and avoid delay of the start of the Annual Meeting.

If you have any questions, call us at 1-855-888-7777, option 3, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How Non-Individual Member Must Vote
If you are attending the Annual Meeting of Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc. (GWTC) as the Authorized Voting Representative of a non-individual member, such as a school district, town, church, corporation, or LLC, the following AUTHORIZATION TO VOTE form must be completed and submitted to GWTC by 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

This is not a Proxy Statement. Individual members, such as residential or sole proprietor businesses cannot use this form. They must vote in person at the Annual Meeting. 

Complete & Submit Form in Advance
Completed forms can be sent by mail, email, fax, or delivered to a GWTC business office in Dell Rapids, Hartford, Hot Springs, Mission, Pine Ridge, or Wall. 

GWTC Annual Meeting
PO Box 411, Wall, SD 57790
Email: GWTCAnnualMeeting@GoldenWest.com
Fax: 605-279-2727

In order for your Voting Representative to vote at the Annual Meeting, your organization's AUTHORIZATION TO VOTE form must be received by GWTC no later than 2 p.m. on September 20, 2022. Voting authorization forms received after the deadline or presented the day of the Annual Meeting will not be accepted. 

Voting Authorization Need
Non-individual members, such as school districts, towns, churches, corporations, and LLCs are entitled to representation and to one vote. Each non-individual member shall designate a representative who is an officer, an LLC member, or other senior official. This AUTHORIZATION TO VOTE form must be signed by an Authorized Officer of the governing body of the non-individual member. 

Bring Photo ID to Annual Meeting
Your Authorized Voting Representative will need to bring a photo ID to the Annual Meeting and present it at the designated registration table to receive a ballot. 

AUTHORIZATION TO VOTE forms due by 2 p.m., September 20, 2022.