At its Aug. 16 regular meeting, Lake Champlain Access Television’s (LCATV) volunteer Board of Directors adopted a by-law change to allow for the creation of Board Member Emeritus positions and named Samuel Conant as the first Member Emeritus.

Prior to stepping down in June, Conant served on the LCATV Board for nearly 20 years, having first come to the organization as a candidate for the Vermont Legislature during one of their live, televised election forums. He held seats of both president and vice president on the board and led the organization through two successful contract negotiations, first with Adelphia Cable and, more recently, with Comcast in 2011.

Conant was also named LCATV’s 2003-04 Volunteer of the Year. Currently a resident of Milton, he represented both that town and his former home of Colchester during his board tenure.

LCATV’s Board Members Emeritus have served on Lake Champlain Access Television’s volunteer board of directors with distinction, have held important leadership roles and made significant contributions, and have engaged in major volunteer or advocacy activities in service on the board.

Board Members Emeritus are nominated and voted upon by the sitting board of directors to honor their esteemed work with the organization.

Lake Champlain Access Television is a not-for-profit public, educational and governmental access media facility for eight communities in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.

LCATV’s equipment, air time and training are available to its membership free of charge so that they may produce and/or present original access programming on Comcast Cable Channels 15, 16 and 17 and on lcatv.org.