Director Elections Open in January


Nominations for directors in three of Claiborne Electric’s districts will be open during the month of January.

Members in Districts Three, Seven, and Eight may nominate a member from that district to stand for election at the 2022 Annual Meeting. Nominations will be open for the entire month of January.

Scott Jones of Marion currently represents District 3. Phillip Fincher of Homer currently represents District 7. Lane Davidson of Minden currently represents District 8.

Article IV, section 4 of Claiborne Electric’s bylaws reads as follows:

Nomination

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.”

For specific information on districts or election rules, please reference Claiborne Electric’s bylaws, which can be read at www.our.coop, or at either of the Co-op’s offices. Bylaws pertaining to districts and director elections can be found in Article IV of the bylaws.

 

2022 Annual Meeting results and prize winners announced


We would like to thank our members for participating in the 2022 Annual Meeting.

1,104 members attended the meeting to register and vote. The proposed bylaw amendments passed with a nearly 97% approval. Amendment tabulation and prize drawings were observed and certified by Richard Ray, Attorney with Kitchens Law Firm (Claiborne Electric’s corporate counsel).

Prize Winners were randomly selected after the meeting. Winners will be contacted directly during the week of June 13 to arrange for prize pick-up.

Winners are as follows:

ISAAC, KATHY $5,000
SIMPSON, GLORIA $4,000
GAY, DANIEL $3,000
WELLS, JULIA $2,000
COOK, CARROLL $1,000
DEASON, MARK $500
HILL, CHARLES $100
WINZER, WILLIE $100
GUESS, LORETTA $100
GATES, PAUL $100
DEAN PROCESSING PLANT INC $100
THOMAS, RICKY $100
PARHAM, KRISTIAN $100
ANTLEY, BILLY $100
JONES, BRADLEY $100
JENNINGS, KEVIN $100
CANDELLA, LINZAY $100
HILLIDGE, PATSY $100
LOWREY, MARTY $100
BEATTY, STEWART $100
DAVIS, CLARK $100
GILLIAM, JOHNNIE $100
NELSON, WILLIAM $100
ROSSON, BENJI $100
MATHER, SUSAN $100
HODGE, BOBBY $100
YARBROUGH, BARBARA $100
ANTLEY, GLORIA $100
CUSIMANO , JOE  JR $100
DISON, JUDY $100
HODGE, RUSSELL $100
BOGUES, EDDIE $100
DORGAN, VICTORIA $100
BREAUX, SANDRA $100
CLARK, LONNIE $100
BICE, GARY $100
ALLEN, DANNY $100
WASHINGTON, SHETOSHIA $100
PEPPER, BRIAN $100
HARMON, DIANNE $100
DUMAS, GREG $100
GARNER, HUEY $100
OWENS, CHLOE $100
DUDLEY, MARY $100
SONIER, BELINDA $100
HOLDMAN, DONALD $100
COBB, DAVID $100
HORNSBY, DAVID $100
PEPPER, JUSTIN $100
POSS, MARK $100
ISAAC, LANCE $100
BECKHAM, MADISON $100
OCON, JENNIFER $100
BRAZZEL, RICHARD $100
ISAAC, KATHY $100
DEASON, MARK $100

Co-op prepares for 2022 Annual Meeting


Claiborne Electric will host a drive-through Annual Meeting on June 11.

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 11, 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.

“After the overwhelmingly positive response we received from members after our 2021 drive-through meeting, we decided to use this format again,” said Claiborne Electric CEO and General Manager Mark Brown.

Members will vote on two proposed Bylaw amendments that would allow the Co-op’s Annual Meeting to be held in any format the Board of Directors deems appropriate or necessary.

In May, members will receive an official registration card by mail. For the registration process to flow smoothly, members are asked to bring their registration card to the meeting. 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 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.

“Please make plans to join us for a few minutes to participate in the 2022 Annual Meeting,” Brown said. “We look forward to seeing our members on June 11!”

Nominations open for Board of Directors


Nominations for directors in three of Claiborne Electric’s districts open January 3 and close January 31.

Members in Districts Two, Four, and Five may nominate a member from that district to stand for election at the 2022 Annual Meeting. Nominations will be open for the entire month of January.

Willie Sensley, Jr. of Farmerville currently represents District 2. Leroy Perritt of Arcadia currently represents District 4. Ben Abshire of Homer currently represents District 5.

Article IV, section 4 of Claiborne Electric’s bylaws reads as follows:

Nomination

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.”

A sample nomination form can be found here.

Broadband Update


Claiborne Electric General Manager & CEO Mark Brown has issued an update on the Co-op’s Fiber-to-the-Home Internet project.

In his statement, Brown explains the Co-op’s inability to update members until now due to an agreement that kept involved parties from publicly discussing the project.

He explains the Co-op’s participation in the Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Auction, the results of the auction, and what it means for the Co-op and its members moving forward.

The entire statement can be read here.

Claiborne Electric prepares for Tropical Storm Ida


We are currently monitoring Tropical Storm Ida.
As we watch the path of the storm, we are preparing for severe weather that could impact our service area. We are in the process of pre-staging additional crews across our service area to assist with outages, if needed.
We encourage our members to make preparations for the possibility of the storm and extended outages that may follow. If our area experiences outages, crews will be out working toward restoration as soon as it is safe to do so. We will work as quickly and as safely as possible to restore power to all members.
If you experience an outage, the best way to report that is through our free mobile app, SmartHub. If you haven’t already, please download SmartHub to your mobile device. It will allow you to report an outage with the push of a button. You can also use our automated outage reporting system by calling 1-800-900-9406. We will use our Facebook page to update members, but Facebook is not integrated with our outage system and cannot be used to report outages.

Claiborne Electric accepting proposals for Disaster Recovery Project Management Consultant Services


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

FOR PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

 

Claiborne Electric Cooperative, Inc. is soliciting proposals from experienced firms to provide Disaster Recovery Project Management Consultant Services in the event of named disasters affecting its service area and Claiborne Electric’s management declaring that additional assistance would be needed.

The initial term of the contract resulting from this RFP will be for a period of one year with the option of renewal for two additional one-year terms. The contracted company will support Claiborne Electric Cooperative, Inc. with disaster recovery efforts upon issuance of a contract task order issued in response to a declared disaster.

A Request for Proposal can be obtained by calling Kathy Tanner, CFO, at (318) 927-3504 or emailing kathy@our.coop.  The deadline for submission of proposals is September 17, 2021.

Minority businesses, women’s business enterprises, and labor surplus area firms are highly encouraged to submit a proposal in response to this RFP.

**An addendum has been issued to change the Proposal Due Date to 3:00 PM CT on September 24, 2021  and to allow submissions to be submitted via email in addition to hard copy.**

 

Annual Meeting winners announced


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 preps for drive-thru Annual Meeting


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!”

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