The Annual meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Illinois
Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation, the 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation
that holds the license and governs WTVP on your behalf, was held on June 11, 2013. The
agenda was jam packed with action items for the Board to consider, including the WTVP
operating budget for FY 2014.
A momentous action was the adoption of a new set of Bylaws
that recognizes contemporary realities, needs and practices, and conforms to the changes
in Illinois laws that have occurred over the past 44 years. The previous Constitution
and Bylaws were crafted in 1969 when IVPTC was founded, and have been amended many times
since. New laws, new technologies and new realities demanded a major update.
One change is replacement of the term “trustee”—which has
a particular legal meaning—to “director”. The number of directors was reduced from 31
to a range of 19 to 24 diverse individuals. A Governance Committee was established to
recommend and fill vacancies on the Board. In doing so, they will consider persons
representative of the following: primary, secondary and post-secondary education;
cultural, scientific organizations, finance, business, technology and other professions,
the geographic area served by WTVP, and the demographic composition of the communities
located within the WTVP coverage area.
Election of Directors was held, and several current members
were retained (see list elsewhere in this guide). They will be joined by W. Eric Turner
and Henry Holling, who were elected to three year terms, and Karl Stach, who
was elected for a one-year term.
Officers elected for the FY 2014 year were: Joe Strupek,
Chairman; Jon Burklund, Vice Chairman; Chet Tomczyk, President & CEO; Dr.
Cynthia Fischer, Secretary; Jerry Kolb, Treasurer. Wayne Baum, Dr.
William Tammone, and Chuck Walker were also appointed to the Executive Committee.
The Board also expressed its gratitude to several retiring
Trustees who have served with distinction over the past several years: Steve Backlund,
Jerry Herbstrieth, Mary Ann Knell, Nancy Levenick, P. Joseph O’Neill,
Sheldon Schafer, and Peter Wong.
These annual meetings are always bittersweet. While it is
always exciting to welcome new Directors to the Board and to anticipate the year ahead, it
is tough to see old friends rotate off the Board. I would like to express my personal thanks
to all the retiring members for their hard work, dedication, and time and effort in making WTVP
a useful asset to the Central Illinois community. I am especially grateful for their friendship