BECi Holds Contest to Send Students to Washington, D.C.
January 16, 2016
DeRidder, LA - Since 1979, Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi), has awarded local students the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., during the Rural Electric Youth Tour Conference. The BECi Board of Directors and Management place much emphasis on supporting youth in education. This year, BECi will sponsor an all-expense paid trip to four winners of an essay-writing contest who are sophomores, juniors or seniors.
Students will travel with other winners from Louisiana, as well as numerous chaperones from Louisiana Electric Cooperatives, to meet with more than 1,500 students from 46 other states for an unforgettable week in our nation’s capital. While in Washington, students will experience history first-hand by visiting monuments, the Smithsonian Museums, and meet with representatives and senators.
To enter the contest, students must write an essay (1,000 words max) on “What is the biggest issue facing your generation and how can we address that issue?” The topic should be stated and thoroughly discussed. Entries will be judged on originality, composition, neatness and grammar. Entries must be written in ink or typed and must contain a cover sheet. Entries can be mailed to Danielle Spina, BECi, Post Office Drawer 970, DeRidder, LA 70634 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BECi asks teachers and parents to encourage their students to enter this contest. To find out more information about the program, or to schedule a presentation to your students, please call (337) 463-6221 or (800) 367- 0275. Please visit www.beci.org for a complete listing of contest rules. Entries are due February 6, 2016.
BECi Offers Seven $1,500 Scholarships to Students
February 3, 2016
DeRidder, LA - This year, Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi), is pleased to offer seven one-year scholarships, valued at $1,500 each, to students who reside on BECi service lines. The scholarship is open to first-time college students and current college students who meet requirements. The winners will be selected at the BECi Annual meeting held Saturday, March 26, 2016, by a random drawing. The student does not have to be present to win. Applicants can apply online at www.beci.org, pick up an application at any of the BECi offices or at local schools, or mail in the application published in the January issue of Louisiana Country. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 4, 2016.
Applicants must be a BECi member or a child or a legal ward of a BECi member who has been a member in good standing for at least 12 consecutive months as of March 1, 2016. The scholarship monies can be used by students to attend, on a full-time basis, any Louisiana accredited institution of higher education. A complete list of requirements can be found at www.beci.org.
This is the 23rd annual scholarship offering through BECi. The scholarship funds are not taken from normal operating funds, but from BECi’s Share Program and unclaimed checks. Through legislative changes made in 1993, unclaimed checks were allowed to remain in the scholarship funds to assist students within the BECi service area rather than forwarding the monies to the state’s general treasury fund.
For more information, please call (337) 463-6221 or (800) 367-0275.
BECi Announces Winners of Essay Contest, Students Win a Trip to Washington D.C.
March 17, 2016
DeRidder, LA - Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi), announces the top 10 winners of the 2016 Beauregard Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Essay Contest. Students entered the contest by writing an essay addressing the most important issue facing their generation. BECi received over 50 entries and awarded four of the top 10 winners a trip to Washington, D.C. An additional student was chosen by BECi to represent the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives (ALEC). The winners of the contest who will participate in the Youth Tour are as followed:
- Aryiana Moore – Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts
- April Leslie – DeRidder High School
- Tabitha Buford – South Beauregard High School
- Gabrielle Green – DeRidder High School
- Alexis Sellers – DeRidder High School (ALEC representative)
BECi would also like to offer its congratulations to the following students for placing in the top 10:
Abigail Propst – DeRidder High School
Harry Hooker III – DeRidder High School
Callie Bufkin – South Beauregard High School
Shelby Powell – East Beauregard High School
Riley Cooper – DeRidder High School
In June, the students will travel to Washington, D.C., where they will join over 1,500 students from 36 states. While in Washington, they will visit the offices of Louisiana's representatives and senators, the U.S. Capitol, the Smithsonian Institution, the Arlington National Cemetery and many other monuments and historical sites and will take a riverboat cruise down the Potomac.
BECi invites the public to visit the NRECA Youth Tour website to view photos of current and past tours. To keep up with the latest news from BECi, visit our Facebook and Twitter page.
Pictured left to right: (Top) April Leslie DeRidder High School, Gabrielle Green DeRidder High School; (Bottom) Alexis Sellers DeRidder High School, ALEC representative, Aryiana Moore Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, Tabitha Buford South Beauregard High School.
Official Notice of Beauregard Electric’s 2016 Annual Meeting
March 21, 2016
DeRidder, LA - The Annual Meeting of Members of Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi), will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at 10 a.m., at the BECi office in DeRidder, La. A Special Drawing for door prizes will be held at this year’s BECi annual meeting.
Election of directors will be conducted by mail in accordance with the bylaws, which provide for rules to be established by a credentials and election committee of BECi members. Conduct of business at the meeting will be set forth in the bylaws.
Annual Meeting Agenda
• Reading of the notice of the annual meeting and proof of due publication of 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 taking of necessary action thereon.
• Presentation and consideration of reports of board officers, directors and committees.
• Report of the elections committee on the balloting for the election of directors.
• Unfinished business.
• New business.
BECi is the distribution cooperative that serves the electric needs of more than 40,000 residential, commercial and industrial members in a 7-parish area of southwest and central Louisiana. For questions, please call (337) 463-6221. BECi Bylaws can be found at www.beci.org.
BECi Directors Elected at Annual Meeting
March 26, 2016
DeRidder, LA – The results of the Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi), director elections were announced Saturday during the BECi Annual Membership Meeting at co-op headquarters in DeRidder.
Candidate Trent Buxton was elected to represent District Six, receiving 448 votes, defeating incumbent director Dan O’Dell II, who received 371 votes. Buxton, a resident of DeQuincy, is the Environmental, Health and Safety Director at Juniper GTL and is also the co-owner of Toddler Junction Early Learning Center in DeQuincy. Buxton, an alumnus of DeRidder High School and McNeese State University, is active in the Bible Baptist Church of DeQuincy and DeQuincy Dixie Youth Athletics.
Incumbent director Diana Beglis Backhaus, appointed to fulfill the unexpired term of her late husband, Terry, was elected to represent District Eight. Backhaus, receiving 444 votes, defeated fellow candidate, William Trimm, who received 282 votes. Backhaus, an alumna of Sulphur High School, holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in education from McNeese State University. Backhaus is an accountant, realtor, retired math teacher and has been a Registered Tax Preparer for over 28 years. Backhaus is a member of the Henning United Methodist Church where she serves on the Finance Committee.
District Five Incumbent Director Teddy Welch was re-elected without opposition. Welch, a resident of Sugartown, has served on the BECi Board in District Five since 1989. Welch is a retired teacher and principal from the Beauregard Parish School system and holds a master’s degree +30 hours in education and a certification in vocational agriculture. Welch is a member of the Sugartown Baptist Church and the Beauregard Parish Cattlemen’s Association. Welch is also a member and past president of the Beauregard Parish Police Jury and a NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director.
The three directors officially began serving three-years term at Saturday’s annual meeting.
BECi is the distribution cooperative that serves the electric needs of more than 40,000 residential, commercial and industrial members in a 7-parish area of southwest and central Louisiana. For more information on BECi’s Board of Directors and the BECi Bylaws, visit www.beci.org.
BECi Asks Members to Vote “Yes” on Special Membership Ballot
April 5, 2016
DeRidder, LA – Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi), will be mailing all member-owners a special membership ballot April 6, 2016. BECi encourages its membership to vote “Yes” on the proposed changes to the Articles of Incorporation. The primary proposed changes to the articles will provide the electric cooperative with perpetual existence, as opposed to the current 99-year term, and will allow BECi management and the board of directors to operate the cooperative consistent with the Louisiana Electric Cooperative Act.
Ballots must be signed and returned by April 22. Returned and completed ballots will qualify the member to be entered into a random drawing for one of ten $500 cash prizes.
Being a member-owner of an electric cooperative like BECi offers several advantages over other utility providers, one of the most significant being democratic control. A “Yes” vote will allow BECi to amend and reinstate its Articles of Incorporation, originally filed in 1939 and last amended in 1941. Since that time, the Louisiana electric cooperative laws have changed to address today’s needs and modern technology. BECi needs this second amendment to the articles to conform to current state electric cooperative laws. A “Yes” vote will ensure BECi’s ability to respond more efficiently and effectively to today’s rapidly changing technology and economical climate which ensures its ability to continue to provide its members with safe, reliable and affordable electric power.
BECi is the distribution cooperative that serves the electric needs of more than 40,000 residential, commercial and industrial members in a 7-parish area of southwest and central Louisiana. For questions, please call (800) 367-0275 or visit www.beci.org.
BECi Announces Scholarship Winners
April 27, 2016
DeRidder, LA — For over 20 years, Beauregard Electric Cooperative Inc. (BECi), has randomly selected students within its service area to receive a scholarship to attend a Louisiana University. These funds were made possible through legislative changes in 1993 to allow unclaimed funding to stay in local communities assisting families to further their education.
Since its inception, BECi has awarded 128 students more than $170,000 in scholarships. The results of the scholarship drawing were announced Saturday, March 26, during BECi’s annual meeting at the cooperative’s headquarters in DeRidder.
The following students were chosen for the 2016- 2017 academic school-year:
Rhiannon Weldon – 2016 graduate of East Beauregard High School
Harlie O’Brien Lockhart – 2016 graduate of Sulphur High School
Kolby Friday – 2016 graduate of Elizabeth High School
Madison Budnik – 2016 graduate of East Beauregard High School
Logan Fuselier – 2016 graduate of St. Louis Catholic High School
Deanna Brister – 2016 graduate of Rosepine High School
Jessica Lyons – 2016 graduate of Evans High School
Lari Jackson – 2016 graduate of Rosepine High School
Mikayla Lucht – 2016 graduate of Pitkin High School
Kirby Cooley – 2016 graduate of DeRidder High School.
For more information on BECi’s scholarship program, visit www.beci.org.
BECi is the distribution cooperative that serves the electric needs of more than 40,000 residential, commercial and industrial members in a 7-parish area of southwest and central Louisiana.
|Deanna Brister||Harli Lockhart||Jessica Lyons||Kirby Cooley||Kolby Friday|
|Lari Jackson||Logan Fuselier||Madison Budnik||Mikayla Lucht||Rhianna Weldon|
Beauregard Electric Contractor to Conduct Right-Of-Way Spraying Project
May 6, 2016
DeRidder, LA —On Monday, May 9, 2016, Superior Forestry will begin spraying rights-of-way for Beauregard Electric in the seven parish service area. This spraying project will take approximately 10 weeks to complete. Crews will be spraying brush underneath power lines. Any questions or concerns may be directed to the BECi Office by calling 1-800-367-0275.
BECi Thanks Members for Participation in Recent Election
May 18, 2016
DeRidder, LA - BECi officials expressed their appreciation to the local cooperative’s membership, which recently approved changes to the organization’s outdated Articles of Incorporation.
In a vote of the membership conducted last month, BECi consumers overwhelmingly approved a measure proposed by the co-op’s board and management that updates the Articles of Incorporation originally adopted by BECi’s founders more than 75 years ago.
According to BECi General Manager Kevin Turner, alterations to the document were necessary to allow the member-owned cooperative to stay competitive and continue fulfilling its mission to provide safe, affordable, reliable power to more than 30,000 members across seven parishes.
“These steps were necessary for us to keep pace with the rapid changes that are taking place not only in our industry here in Southwest Louisiana but with the constantly shifting national and global business trends and economic shifts as well,” Turner said. “The old Articles of Incorporation served their purpose back when the co-op was founded, but we need to ramp things up to today’s business standards and practices.”
Turner said the election was supervised and validated by C. Randall Brown, CPA, and that 17 percent of the total ballots were returned. More than 90 percent of the members approved the proposal.
Board President Dale Peterson thanked members, employees, management and his fellow board members for working hard to achieve a goal that will help BECi maintain its status as a leader among the nation’s nearly 1,000 electric cooperatives.
Peterson pointed out that board directors are democratically elected by the members they represent, are members of BECi themselves, and all have a vested interest in the success of the cooperative, which employs 130 workers.
“We feel BECi is a significant contributor to the community and we all want to see our co-op thrive,” Peterson said. “We all felt this vote was critical to achieving that success over the long term. Our roots are here in Southwest Louisiana and we want to continue to serve our members and improve the quality of life for everyone.”
Turner said the election was conducted over a 60-day period beginning March 2, 2016. On April 6, 30,262 voting ballots were mailed to all BECi members. They were returned in a self-addressed envelope to the independent CPA firm.
Winners of a random prize drawing to encourage participation in the election were announced. The winners were not required to be present during the election process. The winners are: Larry Fields, Louis Caswell, George Jackson, Bill Vancleave, Jason Martinez, Gary Savant, Maurice Cochran, Tony Bowen, Lydia Golden and George Will.
Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc., Announces PowerPay Program
August 26, 2016
DeRidder, LA —Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi), the member-driven company that has provided the region with reliable energy since 1939, has announced that it now offers an easy and affordable way to pay electric bills.
PowerPay is the new pay-as-you-go plan that offers the opportunity to pay the amount you want when you want. Unlike traditional monthly bills, PowerPay can be used to pay account balances in smaller amounts on a weekly or biweekly basis instead of paying one large amount once a month.
Similar to filling up a car with gasoline, members can deposit the amount of their choice into their PowerPay account—even as low as a few dollars—and when the balance gets close to empty, the members only needs to add more fuel.
“We offer the same great service that we did back in 1939, and we’ve taken Beauregard Electric by leaps and bounds into the future with new technology,” said Kay Fox, vice president of marketing and member services. “Our members are what drive us, and the PowerPay program reflects our mission to meet member needs.”
PowerPay users never pay late charges, disconnect fees, reconnect fees or deposits. After signing up, members can start the PowerPay plan by paying $50 toward their electric bill. Users are also sent low-balance notifications via email or text, and adding funds to the account is quick and easy and can be done anytime via smartphone, in-person, mail or online.
“In addition to the PowerPay payment plan, all of our members can also monitor their energy consumptions on the MyBECi mobile app and their member portal online,” said Fox. “We want to educate our members on how much electricity their household uses. With the app, you can see usage trends down to 15-minute intervals, and the more aware of how you consume energy, the better equipped you are to reduce your bill.”
Beauregard Electric members who wish to sign up or learn more about PowerPay can visit www.beci.org or call 800-367-0275.