Administrative Assistant Peer Group 2016 Fall Conference
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11/2/2016 to 11/3/2016
When: November 2-3, 2016
Where: Garden Valley Telephone Company
201 Ross Avenue
Erskine, Minnesota  56535
United States
Contact: Lori Hole
218-687-2400, ext. 241

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We are excited to announce the upcoming MTA Administrative Assistant Peer Group Fall Conference scheduled for November 2-3, 2016 in Erskine!

This is a great opportunity to attend a very informative meeting (for a very minimal cost) and take advantage of the knowledge and resources that our Administrative Assistant peers have. An ice breaker is planned for Wednesday evening and Thursday's agenda topics will include GM Update, MTA RTS/Legislative Update, Technical Writing, Rules of Punctuation, Proofing, Web Design and Leveraging Your Leadership, followed by an open forum discussion. We hope you can join us!

Registration Fee



Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Joe DiMaggio’s Pizza, 22594 347th St. SE, Erskine, MN

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Ice Breaker – Drinks and Appetizers Provided, Dinner (at your own expense)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Garden Valley Telephone Company, 201 Ross Avenue, Erskine, MN 56535

8:00 am to 8:30 am

Registration & Breakfast

8:30 am to 8:45 am

Welcome & Introductions – “Winter Memory”

8:45 am to 9:00 am

Tour of Garden Valley

9:00 am to 9:45 am

MTA Industry, Legislative & RTS Update
Brent Christensen, President/CEO, Minnesota Telecom Alliance

9:45 am to 10:15 am

General Manager’s Message
Tim Brinkman, CEO/General Manager, Garden Valley Telephone Company

10:15 am to 10:30 am
Break & Door Prize Drawings

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Technical Writing, Rules of Punctuation, Proofing, Web Design
Yvonne Halvorson, Retired Business Teacher, Fertile-Beltrami School District

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Lunch (included)

1:00 pm to 2:15 pm

Leveraging Your Leadership
Kathryn Vigness, Speaker & Writer

2:15 pm to 2:30 pm

Break & Door Prize Drawings

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Open Forum Discussion
Anne Christensen, Moderator

3:30 pm

Closing Remarks & Adjourn


Garden Valley Telephone Company, 201 Ross Avenue, Erskine, MN 56535
Parking available on-site


Super 8 Motel, Highway 2 East, 108 Amber Avenue, Fosston, MN 56542
MTA Room Block deadline 10/28/2016
$69.30 + tax / night

Planning Committee

  • Anne Christensen, Minnesota Telecom Alliance
  • Lori Hole, Garden Valley Telephone Company
  • Kayla Bitzan, Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association
  • Donna Thiel, Red River Communications

Things to Bring With

Please plan on bringing your business cards and a door prize valued at $10-$20. Also bring promotional items to share with the group (approximately 15-20 attendees/presenters) such as your company’s annual meeting gift item or other company logoed item. This is a great way to share and see what other companies use as give-away items!

Things to Think About

Open Forum Discussion Topics: AAPG meeting schedule/location, Future Committee Members, Grin & Bear It Award and more! Feel free to bring forward any topics you’d like to discuss. Please consider serving on a future planning committee – it’s fun and not as time-consuming as one might think!


Registration Cancellation Policy: With written cancellation notice received one week prior to the event, you will receive a refund, less $10 processing fee. Cancellations the week of the event are non-refundable. No-shows will not receive a refund.

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