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Annual Meeting results announced

Thank you to the 1,440 members who attended the 2024 Annual Membership Meeting!
We came very close to setting a meeting attendance record.

In the election for the District One Board of Directors seat, Hez Elkins won with 73% of the vote.

Prize winners are listed below and will be contacted about how to accept prizes.

Prize winners are as follows:
BARHAM, CYNTHIA – $1,000.00
WATLEY, SHARON – $2,000.00
ROACH, MITCHELL – $3,000.00
VENTROY, VERDELL – $4,000.00
GOODWIN, TERREL – $5,000.00
MCDOUGLE, OTIS – $500 registration card (Farmerville site)
CALLEN, SUZONNE – $500 registration card (Homer site)
SIMS, LESTER – $100.00
TUBBS, FRANCIS – $100.00
AULDS, KENNETH – $100.00
HAMNER, LW Jr. – $100.00
BRYAN, RHONDA – $100.00
CHE, WENDY – $100.00
KELLEY, BECKY – $100.00
WILSON, JOANNA – $100.00
PARKS, EDRIE – $100.00
ADAMS, YVETTE – $100.00
TAYLOR, LARRY – $100.00
SHARP, JUSTIN – $100.00
OTWELL, ANITA – $100.00
WOODS, SUZANNE – $100.00
AMOS, CLOTIS – $100.00
BOWEN, TERESA – $100.00
CASKEY, TEDDY – $100.00
TAYLOR, LEON – $100.00
CHENEY, EUGENE – $100.00
BEACH, RYAN – $100.00
SPEER, MEGAN – $100.00
HUDSON, DANNY – $100.00
JONES, DORIS – $100.00
HAMPTON, LISA – $100.00
BANKS, NORAH Jr. – $100.00
CASKEY, JOHN – $100.00
DISON, FRANCES – $100.00
WINZER, WILLIE – $100.00
SIMONS, DAVID – $100.00
NELSON, JIMMY – $100.00
NELSON, GRETA – $100.00
WADE, CLAUDIA – $100.00
DUTY, KRISTA – $100.00
AUGER, BAYLEE – $100.00
MORTON, DAVID – $100.00

Mark Brown retires as General Manager and CEO

On April 30, Claiborne Electric’s General Manager and CEO Mark Brown retired after a 42-year career in electric cooperatives and 18 years of service to Claiborne Electric.

He has been an asset to the Cooperative, its members, and each community served by Claiborne Electric.

On the afternoon of his retirement, his co-workers, family and friends gathered to celebrate his career and wish him well in retirement.

Power On: 2024 Annual Membership Meeting

Claiborne Electric will host a drive-through Annual Meeting on June 8.

The Co-op will have two sites available for members to register – one at Claiborne Electric’s headquarters office (12525 Hwy. 9 in Homer), and one at D’Arbonne Woods Charter School (9560 Hwy. 33 in Farmerville). On June 8, members can drive through a multi-lane site in either location to register for the meeting, be entered for all prize drawings, and cast a ballot for the District One Director seat. Drive-through registration will take place from 9 a.m. until noon.

At each location, members will drive in and remain in their vehicles through the registration process. Claiborne Electric employees will be directing members to lanes. After members are finished registering, they will be directed to the exit.

For the registration process to flow smoothly, members are asked to bring the registration card they will receive by mail in mid-May to the meeting. Members who bring their registration card will be entered into a drawing for a $500 gift card.

The top portion of the registration card will serve as the voting ballot for the District One Director seat. All members who register for the meeting will be able to cast a ballot to elect Incumbent Hez Elkins or Nominee Tommy Carr to represent District One on Claiborne Electric’s Board of Directors. Members are urged to bring the registration card in its entirety to the Annual Meeting. Ballots will be marked and detached from the registration card along a perforated line, ensuring a private vote. Ballots will be cast in locked boxes, and the registration portion will be collected for the prize drawing. A candidate questionnaire can be found here.

Several cash prizes will be awarded after the conclusion of the meeting. Members who participate will be eligible for cash prizes of $1,000, $2,000, $3,000, $4,000, and a grand prize of $5,000. Names will also be drawn for 50 $100 cash prizes. All prizes will be drawn after the conclusion of the meeting, and winners will be posted online and contacted directly.
Members are urged to have their registration card and photo ID ready to present upon arrival. The primary member on the account must be the one to register and present identification. If a spouse will attend the meeting without the primary member, both spouses must visit a Claiborne Electric office before the Annual Meeting to form a Joint Membership. With a Joint Membership, either spouse can present ID and represent that membership at the meeting.

An organization that is a member of the Co-op may designate a person to attend the meeting to register on behalf of the organization. At registration, that person will need to present a letter on the organization’s letterhead, signed by the leader of the organization, naming them as the representative.

The theme for the 2024 Annual Meeting is “Power On.” With constant change seemingly around every corner, Claiborne electric is positioned for strength and growth. With new management at the Co-op, a new power supply contract in the works, and changes occurring continually locally, regionally, and across the nation, members can rest assured that Claiborne Electric will “Power On.” Through any change, Claiborne Electric will continue to meet members’ needs by providing safe, reliable, and affordable power.

Please make plans to join us for a few minutes to participate in the 2024 Annual Meeting on June 8!

District One Director Election information

Meet the Candidate Questionnaire
Claiborne Electric Cooperative Board of Directors
District One Election
June 8, 2024

In January, two Claiborne Electric members were nominated to represent District One on the Cooperative’s Board of Directors.

Candidates include:

• Incumbent, President Hez Elkins of Farmerville
• Nominee, Tommy Carr of Farmerville

The seat will be filled by a vote of the Cooperative’s membership. The election will take place at the 2024 Annual Membership Meeting. According to Claiborne Electric’s Bylaws, directors shall be elected by a majority vote of all registered members casting ballots at an Annual Meeting. Directors are nominated by district, but elected at large by all registered members attending the Annual Meeting.

Ballots for the election will be attached to the registration card members receive in the mail in mid-May. Members are urged to bring the registration card in its entirety to the Annual Meeting. Ballots will be marked and detached from the registration portion using a perforated line, ensuring a private vote. Ballots will be cast in locked boxes, and the registration portion will be collected separately for the prize drawings.

The following five questions were posed to the two nominees in order to help Claiborne Electric’s members get to know each candidate better. Questions and each candidate’s answers are listed below.

1. What do you believe are your greatest qualifications to serve on Claiborne Electric’s Board of Directors?

Hez Elkins: I’ve served on the Claiborne Electric Board of Directors for roughly 45 years. I’ve been President of the Board for nearly a decade. I’ve been heavily involved in setting the Strategic Plan for the Co-op, along with the other Directors and the Co-op’s management team. I’ve served on many committees, including the Compensation Committee. During my time on the Board, I’ve also been involved in the search for a new General Manager & CEO three times.

Tommy Carr: My willingness and desire to serve. I have over 40 years of leadership experience; building teams, setting goals. I am ready to share that with the Claiborne Electric Cooperative

2. What is your experience managing a business and/or a workforce?

Hez Elkins: I have experience managing multiple businesses and workforces, for large and small corporations. I’ve been involved in these management roles for a bank, for Claiborne Electric, and for my personal family farm.
I’ve owned and run a decent size farming operation in the dairy, beef, and pork business. There, I managed all the business side of the operation, including employee management, buying, selling, and making all decisions to operate the business.
I served on the Board at Community Trust Bank for roughly 25 years. I began there when it was about a $65 Million bank, and now it’s close to a $10 Billion bank as Origin Bank. On the Board, I served on several committees and helped make a wide range of decisions concerning the business of the bank.
At Claiborne Electric, I view my role as a Director as part of the team that manages the Cooperative’s management. Our responsibility is to make strategic plans and lay out the vision of the Co-op’s future, then allow the management team to lead the operation and make that vision a reality through day-to-day decisions. We oversee that process and make sure the management team carries out instructions from the Board and that the Co-op is headed in the right direction. I believe that the primary purpose of a Director is to get the right people in management positions.

Tommy Carr: I have Pastored the Zion Hill Missionary Church for forty years, Organized prison ministry, organized a Gospel radio program, assisted in organizing The Louisiana After School Church Based Tutorial Program, Served on United Way Committees, Black and Gold Facility Committee (Grambling State University), Served as President Gum Spring Missionary Baptist Association (11 years).
Presently I am a member of the Board of Directors for Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana and Director of the Congress of Christian Education for Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Convention.

3. Please describe, in detail, your management or leadership style.

Hez Elkins: I would say my management style is Consultative Management. I believe Directors serve the employee base and the Cooperative’s members the best by choosing the right employees at the Co-op and giving them direction, then allowing them to do their jobs. I don’t believe in micromanagement. I believe my responsibility on the Board is to work together to develop a plan. The primary role of a director is to set policy. Strong policy is necessary to guide the organization. Directors serve by giving employees direction, and then working with the management team and employee base as needed, never becoming a dictator in the process.

Tommy Carr: My management style is one of collaboration with stakeholders, understanding all critical information before making decisions. Team members must understand the goals and mission of the cooperative. I believe in empowering our leaders to make decisions. I believe in developing team members for leadership positions.

4. Please describe your involvement with Claiborne Electric Cooperative in recent years (annual meeting participation, committees, etc.).

Hez Elkins: Obviously, I participate in monthly Board of Directors meetings to take care of business, participate in ongoing management of the Cooperative, and hear departmental reports and updates from the management team.
Every three years, the Board of Directors participates in an intensive three-day Strategic Planning Meeting with the Cooperative’s management team. In that meeting, we work together to set the vision and create a long-term plan for the Cooperative to achieve the goals in that plan.
I participate in Annual Membership Meetings each year, along with our annual Member Advisory Meetings. I also regularly represent the Cooperative at public meetings and in meetings with various elected officials.
I believe we should live our lives in such a way as to always be a good representative of any organization we serve.

Tommy Carr: I am a Claiborne Electric Cooperative member. I am not always aware of Annual meeting dates; however, I believe members should attend Annual meetings.

5. If elected to Claiborne Electric’s Board of Directors, what are your goals for the following three-year term?

Hez Elkins: If re-elected to Claiborne Electric’s Board of Directors, my goal for the next three years is to follow the current Strategic Plan we have in place. I want to keep our Cooperative a strong, viable organization within the community. I think we have a good reputation now, and I want to keep that reputation. My plans also include helping the Cooperative’s new General Manager get oriented in his role and up to speed with all the projects and processes at the Cooperative.

Tommy Carr: I want to fully understand our operations: financials, safety & risk management, growth and development and our workforce. Understand the needs of our members. Support actions that align with member needs and cooperative mission.

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