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 over 8,800 active members who use over 9,700 access lines. We also offer High Speed Internet, Television, IT Services and Security Solutions.
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 communications company committed to connecting members to the world through state-of-the-art communications and entertainment services delivered with exceptional service.
Vision: Endeavor Communications will proactively pursue opportunities that will position Endeavor to be the elite provider of communications and entertainment services and will exceed industry benchmarks in customer service, sales and technology, while aggressively leading by example.
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!
What it Means to Be a Member of a Cooperative:
Membership Application Forms:
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
Director of Finance
Director of Human Resources
Director of Customer Service
Director of Network Operations
Director of Field Operations
Director of Planning, Engineering & Construction
Director of Marketing & Business Development