Clay County Rural Telephone Cooperative was incorporated on May 25, 1950 to provide telephone service to small towns and rural areas. Many small exchanges were started in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s that eventually comprised our cooperative.
Cedric Ray, who was one of the charter members and a member of the first Board of Directors, was also the first General Manager of Endeavor Communications, and served in that capacity from 1950 to 1980. Other charter members and members on the first Board of Directors were Virgil Telgemeyer, Lloyd Chastain, Walter Meyer, Eugene Anderson, Oral McCullough, Ray Larkin, and Frederick L. Adamson.
Many area men and women volunteered countless hours to “sign up” their neighbors as members. Between 1955 and 1980, we acquired nine exchanges in an eight county area.
We have grown to currently provide service to approximately 9,000 members. We also offer High Speed Internet, Television, IT Services, Security Solutions, Business Phone Solutions, and Wireless.
These new additions prompted a name change to reflect our wide variety of services and our extended territories. In 2007 we became Clay County Rural Telephone Cooperative doing business as Endeavor Communications.
Endeavor Communications provides its members with the Amended and Restated Bylaws.
ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
What is a cooperative?
Endeavor Communications is a cooperative. Quite simply, a cooperative is a type of business that is owned by its members. These members pool their resources together to achieve a level of purchase power that allows them to buy the best products and services available at the lowest possible prices. They then share the business benefits of these products and services – including profits – and, as a community, decide the direction of the organization. Cooperatives are special because they are owned by the consumers they serve and are guided by a set of seven principles that reflect the best interests of those members. Once you apply for telephone service with Endeavor Communications, you are a member and part owner of the cooperative. These guiding principles are:
Mission and Vision Statement:
Mission: Endeavor Communications is a progressive member-owned organization committed to developing and delivering innovative products, services, and solutions that connect communities to the world through state-of-the-art technologies with exceptional service.
Vision: Endeavor Communications will proactively pursue opportunities that position us to be the elite provider of technology and entertainment products, services, and solutions in the communities we serve.
Become a Member of Our Cooperative!
If you and your family live within our service area, we would love for you to become a member of the Endeavor Communications cooperative. We offer outstanding, reliable entertainment and communications services including: local and long distance telephone service, high speed internet, television, security and IT services; as well as online billing. Give us a call today to become a member!
Membership Application Forms:
What it Means to Be a Member of a Cooperative:
Community involvement is a vital and important aspect to Endeavor Communications. Our service area covers eight counties and includes the towns of Atlanta, Cloverdale, Coatesville, Eminence, Monrovia, Mt. Meridian, Patricksburg, Poland, and Reelsville. Each area has a picturesque, small city feel with an open, friendly atmosphere – a fantastic place to open a business and raise a family. And because all of our exchanges are located near Indianapolis or Terre Haute, Endeavor has the benefit of being able to take advantage of the cultural and recreational offerings of a large metropolitan area.
Endeavor is proud to be an active member of the communities we serve. Together, we can build a wonderful place to live that we can all proudly call home.
We like to help the communities we serve. If you are looking for a donation for an organization within your community, fill out the form and send it in to us.
The Endeavor Communications Board of Directors represents you, our members, in each of our nine exchanges. They shape and influence the growth of our Cooperative by acting as a liaison between their respective communities and the executive leadership of Endeavor Communications. Each Director is nominated and elected by the members within their exchange, and they serve the Cooperative as a Director for three-year terms.
Mt. Meridian Exchange
President & Chief Executive Officer
Vice President of Planning & Operations
Director of Field Operations
Vice President of People Services
Director of Network Operations
Vice President of Finance
Director of Engineering & Construction
Director of Sales
Darin LaCoursiere - President & CEO - ext. 210
Jay Watkins - Vice President of Operations & Strategic Planning - ext. 241
Dennis Johnson- Director of Network Operations - ext. 228
Darrin Wells - Director of Field Operations - ext. 206
Elizabeth Cheatham - Vice President of People Services - ext. 204
Kurt Spelbring - Director of Engineering & Construction - ext. 244
Jodie Latham - Vice President of Finance - ext. 205
Elizabeth Meek - Director of Sales - ext. 203