Annual Meeting Winner List


Thank you to our members who took time to attend the 2023 Annual Meeting! This meeting set an attendance record with 1,386 registered members. We appreciate you all!
Congratulations to our prize winners:
David Hayes Marion $100
Jennifer Lenard Spearsville $100
Ken Bailey Homer $100
Diamond MB Poultry Athens $100
Robert Lonadier Ruston $100
Shelia Kleczka Farmerville $100
Lisa Okeefe Farmerville $100
Marian Davenport Ruston $100
Shetoshia Washington Marion $100
Edwin Haris Ruston $100
Huey Rhodes Marion $100
Justin Marsalis Athens $100
Jimmy Wright Shongaloo $100
David Christian Dubach $100
Thomas Gates Farmerville $100
Sherry Alexander Farmerville $100
Bradley Jones Farmerville $100
Clotis Amos Arcadia $100
First Assembly of God, Farmerville $100
James Morgan Haynesville $100
Charles White Spearsville $100
W C Charles Farmerville $100
Jennifer Henderson Homer $100
Terry Adkins Downsville $100
Mary Manuel Homer $100
John Buckley Bernice $100
Velma Calloway Bernice $100
Alyssa Williams Lillie $100
Mike Reeves Simsboro $100
George Harrell Farmerville $100
Joe Booth Farmerville $100
Cecil Barham Ruston $100
Patrick Nolan Bernice $100
Boy Scout Hut Farmerville $100
Robert James Farmerville $100
Lavina Williams Heflin $100
Pamela Pellegrin Farmerville $100
Donnie Silmon Downsville $100
Edna Pardue Farmerville $100
B T Creech Jr. Downsville $100
John Stansbury Farmerville $100
William Farr Marion $100
Brad Kimbell Dubach $100
Laverle Colvin Downsville $100
Joe Preaus Farmerville $100
Benjamin Wood Minden $100
Rex Cobb Farmerville $100
Vada Williams Homer $100
Meredith Sanders Haynesville $100
Tracy Smith Homer $100
Kimbell Hays Homer $500 (Registration Card Prize)
Lillie Peavy Farmerville $1,000
Cherry Peterson Farmerville $2,000
Lacey Smith Downsville $3,000
John Patterson III Bernice $4,000
Tommie Andrews Farmerville $5,000
Prizes may be picked up from the member’s local office starting the afternoon of Monday, June 12. Winners must present ID and sign for their prize.

Co-op prepares for 2023 Annual Meeting


With Claiborne Electric’s 2023 Annual Meeting around the corner, members are asked to bring the official registration card they will receive in mid-May with them to the meeting.

Bringing the registration card helps the registration process to flow smoothly, and members who bring their card will be entered into a drawing for a $500 gift card.

The drive-through meeting will be held on June 10, 2023, from 9 a.m. until noon. Members will need a valid ID to register for the meeting.

The Co-op will host the meeting between two sites:

  • Claiborne Electric’s headquarters office (12525 Hwy. 9, Homer)
  • D’Arbonne Woods Charter School (9560 Hwy. 33, Farmerville)

All members who participate in the meeting will receive a gift from the Co-op and be entered for several cash and gift card prizes. Prizes will include:

  • $5,000 cash grand prize
  • $4,000 cash prize
  • $3,000 cash prize
  • $2,000 cash prize
  • $1,000 cash prize
  • 50 $100 gift cards

Watch the newsletter and www.our.coop for more information as the date approaches!

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.

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