Calista’s monthly call in show was held on Friday the 13th, it was just a ½ hour long but packed with a lot of information for the 12-thousand shareholders Calista represents. The show was entirely in Yup’ik with President Andrew Guy, Chairman Willie Kassayulie, and Board Member John Angiak. With a re-cap on what was discussed, Sophie Evan reports.
The half hour long show started out with formal introductions followed by a plea to shareholders to mail in their proxy forms before September 26th, in order to have a quorum and to be eligible for cash prizes, at the 2013 annual shareholders meeting.
President Guy says they included translated instructions for the Yup’ik shareholders who asked that the proxy process be easier to understand.
Guy added that ballots will be available for shareholders who walk-in, but that those who use the ballot to vote, will not be eligible for the cash prizes, only door prizes.
A caller asked if it was true that Calista is paying out about 10-million dollars a year in various Federal and State taxes. Guy said with subsidiaries in 26 states, it is true; Calista pays out on average 10-million dollars a year in Federal and State taxes. Guy says Calista has hired a tax attorney to go through the one thousand pages of the Federal tax code in order to bring the tax payments down.
Another caller expressed gratitude for Calista responding to the shareholders for open communication, and asked whether or not more access, like teleconferencing into a Board meeting, or live streaming on the net, will be possible in the future.
Chairman Kassayulie responded by saying that their I-T department is currently testing their teleconference and live streaming capabilities with the board of directors now. And added that this is the direction they’re heading, in order to connect with subsidiaries in the lower 48, and shareholders all over the Y-K delta and world.
As the half hour came to a close another caller asked when Calista and the Yup’ik tribes are going to work together in order to create a powerful Yup’ik political, economic, and social world. That was left unanswered and may be the next topic for another Calista show.
The next show is scheduled for September 20th at 11 a-m. For KYUK news, I’m Sophie Evan.