September 21, 2010 - Tuesday at Fall Conference: Sessions and Solutions
Tuesday at the NTCA 2010 Fall Conference kicked off with another round of concurrent sessions, featuring topics such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), smart grids and what they mean to rural America, directors and managers insurance and parliamentary procedures for effective meetings. Session speakers provided attendees with an in-depth understanding of the major issues of today and the outlook for tomorrow.
ACE Donates $5,000 to FRS
At the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) board of directors meeting, representatives from the Association of Communication Engineers (ACE) presented FRS with a check for $5,000 as a donation "for the benefit of rural America." ACE representatives cited the Foundation's strong work in rural communities and scholarship efforts as driving forces behind the generous donation.
Later in the afternoon, conference attendees joined their peers for a series of seven roundtable discussions, touching on topics such as workforce issues of the new decade, state policy trends and challenges, board/manager relations and sales/customer service. Attendees voiced common issues, shared personal stories, and offered potential solutions for their telcos.
Banquet: Honoring a Member and Celebrating Patriotism
The closing banquet featured the presentation of the Associate Member of the Year Award presented by NTCA CEO Shirley Bloomfield to John Granger of Mapcom Systems. Granger has served on the NTCA AMAC, the EXPO Advisory Committee as well as supporting other association events through sponsorship. He has shared his expertise and knowledge by speaking at meetings.
The evening's featured entertainment, Darryl Worley, had the crowd toe-tapping and dancing. In his comments, he recognized the men and women who serve our country and helped protect our freedoms. Several of his songs reflected his patriotism and created great enthusiasm among members.