Community members recently gathered to celebrate a $1000 Community Vitality Grant award by Triangle Communications to assist with improvements to the local historic school gymnasium.
A new nonprofit entity known as the Shawmut Community Center, Inc. officially took ownership of the gym on July 1, 2017. With an organizational purpose to promote and encourage the general welfare of the community of Shawmut, they hope to aid and encourage community service, spirit and social exchange among the residents of the community, and to preserve and maintain the gymnasium building and facilities for the use and benefit of the residents of the community. To date the Shawmut Community Center has hosted community card parties, wedding receptions and family reunions.
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The Triangle Telephone Cooperative, doing business as Triangle Communications (Triangle), Board of Trustees approved a general retirement of capital credits of approximately $986,846.56. This sum represents 50% of the capital credits earned by members in 1991 and 0.5% (1/2 of 1%) of those earned from 1992 to 2016.
Triangle is mailing out capital credit checks to current and former cooperative members towards the end of November. The amount of each check varies based on how much usage the member had with the cooperative during the year or years being retired.
Capital credits are just one benefit of cooperative membership. Because the members are the owners of the cooperative, each member is allocated a portion of the cooperative’s profits each year. These allocations are paid out as general retirements in future years depending on the financial position of the cooperative.
We held our 64th Annual Meeting of Members on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Over 140 voting members plus numerous guests attended the meeting held in the Student Union Building on the campus of Montana State University-Northern in Havre. The attendees enjoyed a delicious meal catered by MSU-Northern.