To view the May 2021 Board Meeting Agenda, click here.
To view the April 2021 Board Meeting Minutes, click here.
To view the April 2021 Board Meeting Agenda, click here.
To view the March 2021 Board Meeting Minutes, click here.
Thank you to our members who attended the 2021 Annual Meeting! More than 1,000 members registered. We appreciate you all. The proposed Bylaw amendments passed.
Congratulations to our prize winners, listed below. Winners will be contacted directly next week.
$25 Walmart card (donated by vendor) Linda Pender
$25 Walmart card (donated by vendor) Cleodis Gatson
$25 Walmart card (donated by vendor) Mary Bearden
$25 Walmart card (donated by vendor) Ted Lamprich
$100 William Spivey
$100 Barry Justus
$100 Mike Langley
$100 James Wicker
$100 Nancy Taylor
$100 Jeweline Swift
$100 Bob Lewis
$100 Sandra Powell
$100 Marty Lowrey
$100 Betty Traylor
$100 Glen Holloway
$100 Justin Pepper
$100 Hayden McLendon
$100 Frances Dison
$100 Bob Igo
$100 Johnnie Gilliam
$100 HJ Lowery
$100 Debra Barnes
$100 Mark Evans
$100 Mathew Pruitt
$100 Eric Nelson
$100 Brenda Viator
$100 Joshua McLeod
$100 Dorothy Frye
$100 Jimmy Gray
$100 Donna Hall
$100 Nevada Carr
$100 Leonard Martin
$100 Novice Taylor
$100 Paula Lebrun
$100 Julia Pettis
$100 Vivian Hicks
$100 Misty Mims
$100 Cynthia Mitchell
$100 Andrew Battle
$100 Brian Thurman
$100 Eloise Webb
$100 Ronald Johnson
$100 Barbara Orren
$100 Fannie Willis
$100 Roddie Evans
$100 Larry Popp
$100 Linda Watts
$100 Betty Wade
$100 Jeane Finkbeiner
$100 Delores Hicks
$100 James Drewry
$100 Amy Wyatt
$100 Fred Rosenblath
$100 Shirley McDaniel
$500 (Registration card prize) Justin Baker
$1,000 Holley Vail
$2,000 Everett Payne
$3,000 David Simons
$4,000 Gerry Lee
$5,000 grand prize Hope Phipps
Claiborne Electric will host a drive-through Annual Meeting on April 24 due to the continuing effects of Covid-19.
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 April 24, 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 proposed bylaw amendments. 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 employee will be directing members to lanes. After members are finished registering and voting, they will be directed to the exit.
“We hoped that by this spring, Covid would be a terrible memory and we would be able to meet in person, but that isn’t the case,” said Claiborne Electric CEO and General Manager Mark Brown. “We have some important business we need the membership to vote on, so we are improvising to allow our members to vote on the proposed bylaw amendments that were intended to go before the membership in 2020.”
The proposed amendments and explanations have been presented in Louisiana Country, the Co-op’s member newsletter, several times. The March/April issue contained a ballot for each member to vote on the amendments and bring to the meeting. Members who do not have that ballot will be given a blank ballot at the meeting. Amendments and explanations are also available on the news page of this website.
In early April, members received an official registration card by mail. For the registration process to flow smoothly, members are asked to bring this card. All members who bring their registration card will be entered into a drawing for a $500 gift card.
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 gift cards. All prizes will be drawn after the conclusion of the meeting, and winners will be posted online and contacted directly.
Brown said that as members arrive to the drive-through sites, they should try to have their ballot, registration card and photo ID ready to present.
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 I.D. and represent that membership at the meeting. A joint membership is still one membership – spouses will need to determine jointly how they wish to cast their one vote.
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 and cast a ballot. At registration, that person will need to present a letter on the organization’s letterhead and signed by the leader of the organization naming them as the representative for the organization.
“The 2021 Annual Meeting will look different than what we are accustomed to, but we are determined to make this a good situation,” Brown said. “We hope to be back in our big venue soon, shaking hands and hugging friends. But for now, we have to improvise to take care of our Co-op. Please make plans to join us for a few minutes on April 24!”
To view the March 2021 Board Meeting Agenda, click here.
To view the February 2021 Board Meeting minutes, click here.
The following 10 proposed Bylaw amendments will be put before Claiborne Electric’s membership for a vote during the 2021 Annual Meeting. Bylaw ballots were mailed to members in the March/April edition of LA Country. Blank ballots will be available at the meeting for members who do not have a ballot.
Proposed change 1 – To replace the first sentence of Article I, Section 1 to read as follows:
“Any person, firm, association, corporation or body politic or subdivision thereof may become a member of record in Claiborne Electric Cooperative, Inc., (hereinafter called the “Cooperative”) by:”
This change adds the term “of record” to the sentence to form the term “member of record.” This change strengthens the term, making clear that “member” refers to a bona fide, current member of the Cooperative.
Proposed change 2 – To replace the first sentence of Article I, Section 3 to read as follows:
“Any two adults living in the same residence may apply for and sign a joint membership application and, subject to their compliance with the requirements set forth in Section 1 of this Article, may be accepted for such membership.”
This change adds the terms “and sign” and “application” to the sentence, clarifying the process of applying for joint membership.
Proposed change 3 – To replace Article III, Section 1 to read as follows:
“The annual meeting of the membership shall be held at such place and time as approved by the Board of Directors and designated in the notice of meeting for the purpose of passing on reports for the previous fiscal year, conducting Director elections, if needed, and transacting such other business as may come before the meeting. Failure to hold the annual meeting at the designated time shall not work a forfeiture or dissolution of the Cooperative.”
This change adds the term “, conducting Director elections, if needed,” to the language of the paragraph. This would allow for Director elections at the Annual Meeting.
Proposed change 4 – To replace Article III, Section 4 to read as follows:
“Except for Director elections, three per centum of the Cooperative’s total membership, present in person at a meeting, shall constitute a quorum for purposes of conducting a special meeting of the membership or the regularly-scheduled annual meeting of the membership. If less than a quorum is present at any meeting, a majority of those present in person may adjourn the meeting from time to time without further notice, provided, that the Secretary shall notify any absent members of the time and place of such adjourned meeting.”
This change adds the term “Except for Director elections,” to open the paragraph. This language makes clear that a quorum applies to members in attendance at membership meetings, not for Director elections.
Proposed change 5 – To replace Article III, Section 5 to read as follows:
“Each member of record shall be entitled to only one vote. All questions shall be decided by a vote of a majority of the members voting thereon in person, except as otherwise provided by law, the articles of incorporation or these bylaws.”
This change adds the term “of record” to the sentence to form the term “member of record.” This change strengthens the term, making clear that a vote may only be cast by a bona fide, current member of the Cooperative.
Proposed change 6 – To replace Article III, Section 7 to read as follows:
“The order of business at the annual meeting of the members and, so far as possible, at all other meetings of the members, shall be essentially as follows:
- Report as to the number of members present in person in order to determine the existence of a quorum.
- Reading of the notice of the meeting and proof of the due publication or mailing thereof, or the waiver or waivers of notice of the meeting, as the case may be.
- Reading of unapproved minutes of previous meetings of the members and the taking of necessary action thereon.
- Presentation and consideration of reports of officers, Directors and committees, if any.
- Report on Director elections, if conducted
- Unfinished business.
- Such new business as shall have been published in the agenda incorporated into the official notice of the meeting.
This change adds a report on any conducted Director elections to the Order of Business at the Annual Meeting. It also re-numbers the Order of Business following such report.
Proposed change 7 – To replace Article IV, Section 2 to read as follows:
“No person shall be eligible to become or remain a director or to hold any position of trust who:
(a) Is not a member and bona fide resident in the area served by the Cooperative and who does not reside within the Board District the director represents or,
(b) Is in any way employed by or financially interested in a competing enterprise or a business selling electric energy or electric materials and supplies to the Cooperative;
(c) Is the incumbent of or candidate for an elected public office;
(d) Has been in any manner employed by the Cooperative during the previous ten (10) years;
Upon establishing the fact that a director is holding office in violation of any of the foregoing provisions, it shall immediately become incumbent upon the Board of Directors to remove such director from office. Nothing contained in this section shall affect in any manner whatsoever the validity of any action taken at any meeting of the Board of Directors.”
This change has two parts. First, it removes language from line (a) which read “(this provision shall not be applied retroactively and shall not affect any elections of directors held prior to the approval date of these changes of bylaws)”. This removed language is unnecessary. Second, this change removes language from line (c) which read “in connection with which a salary or compensation in excess of $1,000.00 per annum is paid”. This removed language eliminates any provision for an incumbent or candidate for an elected public office to hold a position on Claiborne Electric’s Board of Directors.
Proposed change 8 – To replace the last paragraph of Article IV, Section 3 to read as follows:
“The Board of Directors shall provide for elections as the term of office of the director from that district expires. Director elections shall be held at the annual meeting of the general membership. Such elections shall be held on a staggered basis, three district elections per year, and Directors, once elected, shall serve for a term of three years. Such terms shall begin at the meeting of the Board of Directors held at its next regularly scheduled meeting following the annual meeting of the members. For purposes of Director elections, no quorum is required. Directors shall be elected by majority vote of all registered members casting ballots at that annual meeting. Should balloting result in a tie vote, the winner shall be determined by drawing lots, conducted by the current Board President or his designee. If no nominees are submitted, the vacancy shall be filled in accordance with Article IV, Section 6 of these by-laws.”
This change moves Director elections from District Meetings to the Annual Meeting. This move allows Directors to be elected by the members in attendance at the Annual Meeting. This change also eliminates a quorum for the purpose of Director elections.
Proposed change 9 – To replace Article IV, Section 4 to read as follows:
“Any three (3) members of record living within a district and acting together, may make a nomination for the Director from that district in writing during the month of January. Nominations will be due by close of business on the last business day of January. The secretary shall post such nominations at the principal office of the Cooperative in both Union and Claiborne Parishes. If only one nomination is submitted, the Board of Directors will declare the nominated candidate as the winner and shall not hold an election for that district. If no nominations are submitted, the seat will be considered a vacancy and will be handled according to Article IV, Section 6 of these bylaws.”
This change removes language concerning the nomination period for the Board of Directors that could be confusing, changing the nomination period to the month of January each year. This change simplifies the nomination process and allows plenty of time for notification of Director elections in the Cooperative’s publication. This change also dismisses the election process in the case that only one candidate is nominated. Also, this change adds the term “of record” in the same manner as proposed changes 1 and 5.
Proposed change 10 – To replace Article IV, Section 5 to read as follows:
“Any member may bring charges against a director by filing such charges in writing with the Secretary, together with a petition signed by at least ten per centum of the members residing in the district from which the director was elected. The director against whom such charges are brought shall be informed in writing thereof at least thirty days prior to the meeting at which the charges are to be considered and shall have opportunity at the special meeting to be heard in person or by counsel and to present evidence in respect of the charges; and the person or persons bringing the charges against him shall be given the same opportunity. The question of the removal of such director shall be considered and voted upon at the special meeting of the members from that district. Any vacancy created by such removal shall be filled in accordance with Article IV, Section 6 of these Bylaws.”
This change increases the consistency of the Bylaws, making sure a vacancy on the Board of Directors is handled in the same manner under varying circumstances.
We believe the proposed changes presented to the members simplify language and processes. We think these changes also increase member involvement and transparency. We ask that our members make themselves familiar with the proposed changes. As we believe these changes are in the best interest of the Co-op and its membership, we urge members to approve these changes at the 2021 Annual Meeting.
To see the January 2021 Board Meeting Minutes, click here.