Falmouth Community Television held its Annual Meeting of Members at the Falmouth Community Media Center on Wednesday, May 31. The event marked a significant milestone as FCTV celebrated its 30th anniversary with esteemed guests and heartfelt congratulations.
The event began with a warm welcome from FCTV CEO Debra Rogers, who thanked the community for their unwavering support. State Senator Susan Moran, Barnstable County Sheriff Donna Buckley, and Falmouth Select Board Member Onjalé Scott Price then offered congratulations in their remarks to the attendees.
Senator Moran presented FCTV with an official citation from Governor Maura Healey and a resolution from the state legislature commending FCTV for its thirty years of service. Sheriff Buckley presented FCTV with an official citation from the Office of the Sheriff, noting FCTV’s “important contribution to good government and a well-informed and engaged citizenry.” Ms. Scott Price presented the organization with a proclamation celebrating FCTV’s anniversary from the Falmouth Select Board, proclaiming the month of June 2023 as “Falmouth Community Television Month” in the Town of Falmouth.
Michael Jackman, District Director from the Office of Congressman William Keating, then addressed the attendees, presenting a statement read into the official Congressional Record by Congressman Keating, congratulating FCTV for striving “to uplift diverse voices across its platforms and encourage civic engagement and conversations surrounding public discourse.”
State Representatives David T. Vieira and Dylan Fernandes, and Mike Wassenaar, President and CEO of the Alliance for Community Media, sent recorded messages. Each acknowledged FCTV’s impactful role in the community and extended their warm wishes for continued success.
FCTV Board Secretary Diane Jemmott then presented FCTV’s Business of the Year award to the Falmouth Road Race. Jennifer Edwards, Executive Director, and Scott Ghelfi, President of the Falmouth Road Race Board of Directors, accepted the award and expressed their gratitude, highlighting the collaborative partnership that FCTV and the race have maintained since the 1990s.
Guest Speaker Michael Sheridan, the founder of Community Supported Films, then captivated the audience with his talk on the organization’s impactful work around the globe. Mr. Sheridan shared stories of how Community Supported Films empower communities by providing training and resources to aspiring filmmakers, amplifying their voices, and shedding light on social issues that often go unnoticed.
FCTV Board President Barbara Kanellopoulos then called the meeting of members to order. FCTV members re-elected Todd Duffany and Diane Jemmott to serve three-year terms on the Board of Directors. After the election, Ms. Kanellopoulos introduced the Year in Review video, showcasing the organization’s impactful local programming, community partnerships, and educational initiatives throughout the previous year.
Falmouth Community Television (FCTV) is a nonprofit community media center that fosters the production and distribution of local information. FCTV provides access to training, technology, and content to encourage community dialogue, awareness, and expression. For more information about FCTV’s services, classes, programming, and events, visit www.fctv.org. Please follow us on Twitter and Instagram – @FCTVMedia or our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FalmouthCommunityTelevision/