FORE! Socket's Hole Sponsorship contributes to $10,000 Hospital Upgrade


Two weeks ago marked the Cooper County Memorial Hospital's second annual golf tournament. The event took place at Hail Ridge Golf Course, on September 6th, and Socket was a Hole Sponsor.

 

The Tournament netted around $10,000 that went towards the improvement of the hospital patient areas, including potential plans for revamped signage and an upgraded lobby.

 

It was an honor to be able to help make this happen, and we can't wait to see this tournament continue to grow. Thanks for letting us be a part!

 

Socket has been providing Internet services in the Missouri area since 1994 and we enjoy sponsoring local events in Missouri when we can. 

Cooper County Memorial Hospital is a loyal Socket customer and is located in Boonville, MO.

Millersburg Celebration


This little town sure can throw a celebration!
 
We sent a couple of our folks out to Millersburg last weekend to see what their annual celebration was all about. The day kicked off at 10 AM with a parade from Millersburg Chistian Church to the local Lions Club. There, the community gathered for fun, friendship and great food.
 
With lots of little ones around, we kept busy inflating and tying balloons. We answered some questions here and there about the fiber-to-the-home network we've constructed in the area. But mostly, we just enjoyed the weather and had fun like everyone else!
 
We also made Louise Baumgartner a happy lady. She won a $100 gift certificate toward her Socket services.
 
What a great day! We can't wait to go back again next year!
 

Where you see land, CycloCross sees a challenge


Como Cyclocross at SocketHave you noticed an increase in "traffic" on the front lawn on Tuesday nights? That's because CoMo Cyclocross is well into its second season!
 
No, it's not a crime scene. The yellow caution tape strung in a maze throughout our front lawn is just an outline of the course that mid-Missouri cyclists are using. The course consists of twists and turns that not only test a rider's ability to navigate the course on wheels, but also his or her ability to dismount and progress through a variety of obstacles and then remount, continuing the race.
 
Josh Johnson, programming supervisor at Socket, was able to coordinate the series again this year with the help of Socket and a group of local enthusiasts. The series began last year when he asked to use our front lawn and, well, here we are.
 
Races are held every Tuesday at 6 PM for 12 weeks between September 3 and November 19. The weekly fee is $5 and there's a free CycloCross training clinic beginning at 5:30 PM if you want to learn the ropes.
 

Come see us at the Fulton Street Fair!


The Fulton Street Fair is this weekend, June 21-22, and Socket will be there to answer all of your questions about what’s been going on with our Rural Fiber Project!
  
We’ll have folks on hand to help you find out if you're in our fiber coverage area, learn what packages are available, tell you what to expect during the installation process and more. If you sign up at the event (or if you're already one of our fiber customers) we'll even give you a free t-shirt (while supplies last).
  
You can test-drive the fiber on tablets at our booth and enjoy free Wi-Fi at the event. We'll also have a phone charging station in case your devices get the dreaded "low battery" indicator.
 
We hope to see you there!
  
 

 

Full Speed Ahead!


Socket Soap Box Derby CarTake a look at this sweet car! We call it "The Rocket" and you can catch it in action at the Mid-Missouri Soap Box Derby on June 9.
   
Socket has been sponsoring driver Michael Connon since 2010. Michael is the son of Inside Business Sales Manager Josh Connon.
   
"This should be an exciting year for Socket as this is our first year contending in the Super Stock division," Josh says. "That means a brand new car!"
  
So we took advantage of the change to put together a smokin' new look. Thanks to the design expertise of Ellie T Studio and printing/installation by Fast Signs, we think this turned out to be one awesome car!
 
You can catch Michael and "The Rocket" in action Sunday, June 9, at 7th and Broadway in Columbia, MO, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
 

Help Tornado Victims


Donate to the Red Cross
 
We send our thoughts to those affected by the recent tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.
 
If you're wondering how you can help, visit the American Red Cross to donate to disaster relief, or text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
 
You can also download the Red Cross Tornado App for iPhone or Android.
 
Red Cross Tornado App
The app will sound a siren when there's a tornado warning in your area, even when the app itself is closed.
 
It also includes emergency functionality, such as a flashlight, a strobe light to let others know where you are, and a notification to let others know you're OK.
 
You can download the free app from the iTunes or Google Play app stores or go here for more information.
   

We Found the Popcorn!


Socket welcomes home Central MO Honor Flight veteransThe Central Missouri Honor Flight embarked Tuesday, May 7, on its 22nd flight to take local veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials dedicated to their honor.
 
Socket was proud to make a holiday donation in 2012 to send 10 veterans on this Honor Flight. (We thought it was a better way to thank our customers than sending them a tin of popcorn.)
 
Doug Ragland, Socket's director of marketing and consumer sales, joined the crowd to welcome the veterans home early Wednesday morning.
 
"It was a truly inspirational experience," Ragland said. "If you haven't seen 500 motorcycles rumbling through the night on a mission like this, you're missing out."
 
Despite the late hour, several family members, friends and other citizens were in attendance to welcome the veterans back to the Courtyard by Marriott in Columbia. Each was introduced and honored with waving flags and cheers from the crowd while bagpipes played patriotic tunes.
 
"I just viewed this as a way to pay forward the welcome home that I received as a soldier returning home after the first Gulf War," Ragland said. "It's an experience I'll never forget and hope all veterans have."
 
To learn more about the Central Missouri Honor Flight, visit www.centralmissourihonorflight.com.
  

Spring 2013 Adopt-A-Spot Cleanup


team photo
 
adopt a spot trash

Eight of our Socketeers donned vests and gloves yesterday to clean up our Adopt-a-Spot stretch of roadway.

The area near our office (Clark Lane between Paris Rd and the Highway 63 interchange in Columbia) is looking pretty nice now, if we do say so ourselves!

We collected a total of 22 bags of trash from the roadside.

We even considered building a car after finding hub caps, a front bumper and various other auto parts during the cleanup.

Although rain initially delayed our pick-up day, we really lucked out and got to enjoy sunny, 84-degree weather this time around.

Our involvement with local communities wouldn't be possible without a great team of employees, so thanks to everyone who took part!

If you would like to participate in Columbia's Adopt-A-Spot program, it is easy to get involved!

Just visit their website for information on how your company can get involved by adopting a location or email them at volunteer@gocolumbiamo.com for information on how you can get involved with existing Adopt-A-Spot locations. 

Meet Mat Harrison, Programmer!


Mat HarrisonMat Harrison was selected as Socket's You-Make-the-Difference-Award winner for March. His fellow co-workers decided his ability to move things to a state of awesomeness was worthy of recognition.

"Mat is a real asset to the Socket team," said a co-worker who nominated him for the award. "There are so many examples of him taking something and making it more awesome, saving us time and helping us serve our customers better."

Mat joined Socket’s tech support team in October 2004 before moving to the programming department in 2005. If you’ve ever paid your Socket bill online, checked your email using Socket Webmail or used navigation menus on Socket’s website, you've used something that Mat played a role in building or improving. He helps make things run smoothly and keeps us looking good.  

Mat went to high school in Steele, MO (a stone’s throw from both Arkansas AND Tennessee). He earned a degree in systems engineering from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock before moving to Columbia in 2004. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his dog, Rex, playing golf, home brewing and playing video games.

"I love my job because of the variety of projects I work on," said Mat. "It's never boring and I'm consistently refining and expanding upon my expertise."

Congratulations, Mat!

Socket Softball Season Starts With A Win


socket softballFriday, April 19 marked the first game for Socket’s co-ed softball team here in Columbia, MO. The team got off to a great start with a 10-5 win!
 
A few employees expressed interest in starting an employee softball team for the 2013 season, and we decided it was a great idea. The last time Socket had a company team was in 2008, but we are back and ready for action!
 
Our opponent on Friday was short the required number of players, but the Socket team sent two of its own so the game could go on. Our remaining squad of 10 players brought home a win in the fifth inning (the games have one-hour time limits) with some very memorable plays.
 
The highlight of the game was a solo home run hit by Jeff Smith from our accounting department. Everyone on the team had a blast and was happy to have the chance to represent Socket as a team. Catch their next game this Friday, April 26 at 8 p.m. on the purple field at Cosmo Park in Columbia. 

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