2017

2017

BECi Holds Contest to Send Students to Washington, D.C.

BECi Promotes Deshotel to Vice President of Operations

BECi Linemen Roll Out to Assist Power Restoration in Central Florida

BECi Recognized for Outstanding Safety Performance

Social Media Updates During Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey Outage Update - 3

Hurricane Harvey Outage Update - 2

Hurricane Harvey Outage Update - 1

BECi Announces Scheduled Outage in Vernon Parish

BECi Launches New Website

BECi Youth Tour Delegates Return from Washington Adventure

Tilley Tapped for State Association President

BECi Speaks to Students About Electrical Safety

BECi Announces Scholarship Winners

BECi Board Members Elected Without Opposition

Scheduled Outage for BECi Members; CLECO to Perform Repairs

Official Notice of Beauregard Electric's Annual Meeting

BECi Announces Winners of Essay Contest, Students Win a Trip to Washington, D.C.

BECi Offers Fifteen $1,500 Scholarships to Students

BECi Holds Contest to Send Students to Washington, D.C.

 


BECi holds contest to send students to Washington, D.C.

December 5, 2017

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 and 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 firsthand by visiting historic monuments, exploring the Smithsonian Museums and meeting with representative 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 thoroughly stated and 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 Tilley, BECi, Post Office Drawer 970, DeRidder, La 70634 or emailed to marketing@beci.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, please call (337) 463-6221 or (800) 367- 0275 and visit www.beci.org for a complete listing of contest rules.Entries are due Feb. 2, 2018.



BECi Promotes Deshotel to Vice President of Operations

October 25, 2017

Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi), announces the promotion of Scott Deshotel from the position of Field Superintendent of Construction to Vice President of Operations. Deshotel will be responsible for implementing procedures for the safe and efficient construction, operation and maintenance of BECi’s transmission and distribution system and warehousing, line materials, vehicles and mechanic shop.

Deshotel was promoted to vice president after the retirement of Mark Royer, who served at BECi for over 39 years. Deshotel, a sixteen-year veteran of BECi, began his career as a journeyman lineman in 2001 and moved up through the ranks of lead lineman and crew chief to superintendent.

Deshotel resides in Kinder with his wife, Rebecca. They have two children and two grandchildren

 


BECi Linemen Roll Out to Assist Power Restoration in Central Florida

September 11, 2017

BECi is sending utility crews and equipment to Peace River Electric Cooperative, Inc. in Wauchula, FL, to help restore power after Hurricane Irma decimated the cooperative’s infrastructure and service area.

Rolling out Monday morning, BECi crews included six linemen, two bucket trucks, one digger truck plus tools and safety equipment.

As of Sept. 11, Peace River Co-op reports that all of its 40,000 members in ten counties located in central Florida are without power. 

BECi employees know firsthand that restoring a sense of normalcy through electricity in the aftermath of a hurricane can be extensive and exhausting. Over ten years ago, numerous crews made their way to Southwest Louisiana to help restore power after Hurricane Rita made landfall. Now, BECi employees are eager to return that favor.

BECi is a 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.

Photo Tagline: BECi linemen Luke Cook, Bobby Minion, Jeff Suydam, Jim Craft, Ty Harrington and Richard Schmidt make preparations to help restore power in Central Florida after Hurricane Imra made landfall. Not pictured, Chad Papillion.

Irma Crew


BECi Recognized for Outstanding Safety Performance

September 8, 2017

BECi was recently recognized for its outstanding safety performance at the annual meeting of the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives (ALEC) in Baton Rouge.

BECi General Manager Kevin Turner was on hand to receive a certificate and commemorative flag for the cooperative’s participation in the Rural Electric Safety Achievement Program (RESAP).

According to Turner, the RESAP program was founded in 1967 in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of safety among rural electric cooperatives all across the country.

The peer review program is administered through a national network of job training and safety professionals who promote, educate and encourage employee and public safety.

To receive accreditation through the RESAP program, representatives conduct on-site inspections of cooperative facilities and review written safety policies and procedures.

“Safety is really a team effort,” Turner said. “It takes significant commitment on the part of the board, management, staff and employees to make safety an integral part of our daily operations. Our goal is that at the end of the day, everyone is able to go back home to their families.”

BECi was also presented the Louisiana Electric Cooperative Statewide Safety Trophy after being named the state’s top safety program last year. The trophy will be displayed at the cooperative’s headquarters in DeRidder.

BECi Safety Director Eddie Hanks received the trophy on behalf of the cooperative’s board, management and employees.

Photo tagline: ALEC Director of Safety and Loss Control Mike Bergeaux, BECi General Manager Kevin Turner and ALEC Safety Training Coordinator Aarron Graham.

Safety Award


Hurricane Harvey Updates on Facebook

September 1, 2017 - 12:00 PM

BECi crews have restored power to all residents who can receive power. The remaining 400 members will be restored as soon as flood water recedes. Water levels still remain too high to make repairs in some areas.

Currently, there is no estimated time of restoration. We recommend that you make preparations to be without power until waters have receded.

Thank you for your patience.

August 31, 2017 - 12:30 PM

BECi crews continue to assess the damage and outages affecting residents in the Merryville, Evans and Junction Communities. Currently, we do not have an estimated time of restoration for these areas. Thank you for your patience.

August 31, 2017 - 9:00 AM

As of 9:00 a.m. Thursday, August 31, 2017, BECi crews and contract crews work to restore power to those residents who lost power yesterday evening and during the night.

Here is an update to BECi residents:

·Anacoco Outage affecting 335 members – Cleco’s transmission line is under water – the one that feeds our circuit and the highway to get to the substation is closed due to high water. No estimated time of restoration.

·Rapides Outage affecting 342 members – Crews are working to remove trees from poles and lines.

· Bon Ami (DeRidder area) Outages affecting 324 members – crews are working to remove trees from poles and lines.

· Individual Outages – crews are working to repair any damage.

Estimated time of restoration:

· BECi anticipates power to be restored to all residents who CAN receive power today.

· Updates will be given as more details are available.

August 30, 2017 - 5:45 PM

As of 5:45 p.m., BECi has restored power to all but approximately 200 residents in the service area. BECi anticipates power to be restored to all who can receive power by tonight.

Thank you for your patience.

August 30, 2017 - 9:30 AM

As of 9:00 AM on Wednesday, BECi has over 3,000 members without power. BECi Crews as well as additional contract crews are working to restore and repair lines and poles and assessing damaged flood areas.

Sugartown – Currently, there are poles down and the water is too deep to access and will required off-road equipment to restore power. Members in this area should prepare for an extended outage today until the water has subsided to safely repair the broken poles.

Longville – Many trees fell onto electric wires and poles overnight and restoration will require extensive repairs once the swift water recedes. Crews will begin to make repairs as soon as possible. Members in this area should also prepare for an extended outage.

Anacoco – Crews continue to assess damage

Outages in other parts of our service territory are scattered and isolated. Most of the damage is due to high winds scattering trees and branches onto our pole and wires. Crews are assessing the situation and making repairs as quickly and safely as possible.

We ask that all of our members make preparations for extended outage and we will update you as information becomes available.

 


Hurricane Harvey Outage Update

August 30, 2017

As of 9:00 a.m. Thursday, August 31, 2017, BECi crews and contract crews work to restore power to those residents who lost power yesterday evening and during the night.

Here is an update to BECi residents:

  • Anacoco Outage affecting 335 members – Cleco’s transmission line is under water – the one that feeds our circuit and the highway to get to the substation is closed due to high water.  No estimated time of restoration.
  • Rapides Outage affecting 342 members – Crews are working to remove trees from poles and lines.
  • Bon Ami (DeRidder area) Outages affecting 324 members – crews are working to remove trees from poles and lines.
  • Individual Outages – crews are working to repair any damage.

Estimated time of restoration

  • BECi anticipates power to be restored to all residents who can receive power today.
  • Updates will be given as more details are available.
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Hurricane Harvey Outage Update

August 30, 2017

As of 5:45 p.m., BECi has restored power to all but approximately 200 residents in the service area.  BECi anticipates power to be restored to all who can receive power by tonight.

Thank you for your patience.

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.

 


Hurricane Harvey Outage Update

August 29, 2017

As of 9:00 AM on Wednesday, BECi has over 3,000 members without power. BECi Crews as well as additional contract crews are working to restore and repair lines and poles and assessing damaged flood areas.

Sugartown – Currently, there are poles down and the water is too deep to access and will required off-road equipment to restore power. Members in this area should prepare for an extended outage today until the water has subsided to safely repair the broken poles.

Longville – Many trees fell onto electric wires and poles overnight and restoration will require extensive repairs once the swift water recedes. Crews will begin to make repairs as soon as possible. Members in this area should also prepare for an extended outage.

Anacoco – Crews continue to assess damage

Outages in other parts of our service territory are scattered and isolated. Most of the damage is due to high winds scattering trees and branches onto our pole and wires. Crews are assessing the situation and making repairs as quickly and safely as possible.

We ask that all of our members make preparations for extended outage and we will update you as information becomes available.

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.

 


BECi Announces Scheduled Outage in Vernon Parish

August 27, 2017

Beauregard Electric members who live in the Anacoco area will experience a power outage beginning Friday morning, August 25, 2017, at 2:00 a.m., that will affect 339 residents.  Cleco will perform routine maintenance on power lines that feed the BECi Anacoco Substation.  BECi crews will monitor the scheduled outage to provide assistance as needed. The outage will last for approximately two hours.

Questions may be directed to 1-800-367-0275.

 


BECi Launches New Website

August 1, 2017

Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi), a utility distribution cooperative in Southwest Louisiana, announces the launch of a new website.

The newly designed website offers an uncluttered, modern design to allow members quick access to essential information. To accompany these quick and easy features, BECi’s website also offers in-depth content to educate the public on the cooperative’s rich and long history, its business model and its community programs.

“We are always striving to use technology to the benefit of our members. Our recent meter upgrade gave our members the opportunity to monitor their energy consumption in real time and now our website gives them the platform to view and utilize that information to help save money on their electric bill.,” says BECi’s General Manager Kevin Turner.

“The website was designed with our members in mind,” says Vice President of Marketing and Member Services Kay Fox. “It’s never been easier to view outages, pay your bill and monitor your energy usage. The website’s responsiveness allows members to view all of the website’s information from their mobile devices and still experience the same clean layout that they would on a desktop computer.”

BECi’s website will be updated regularly with outage alerts, cooperative news and updates on the       co-op’s Youth Leadership Tour and scholarship program. Members are encouraged to explore the new site at 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.

 


 

BECi Youth Tour Delegates Return from Washington Adventure

July 5, 2017

BECi sponsored four local students as part of the 53rd Annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.

Representing BECi were Colton Tilley, Kris Evans, Shelby Powell and Savannah Jackson.

Since BECi began participating in the annual Youth Tour program, dozens of local students have benefited from what has often been described as a “life-changing” experience.

For their trip to Washington, the local students joined a group of 28 other students and chaperones from electric cooperatives across the state and the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives in Baton Rouge. While in Washington, the students convened with more than 1,800 others from 37 states for the annual program.

“The purpose of this worthwhile program is to give local students a chance to develop leadership skills, learn how electric cooperatives work, see our government in action and tour Washington, D.C.,” said BECi General Manager Kevin Turner. “We’re happy that these local students had a great time in Washington and that the cooperative could make this once-in-a-lifetime event possible for them. I know they learned a lot and represented Louisiana well.”

BECi’s Youth Tour Coordinator Danielle Tilley said the cooperative is proud to continue supporting the worthwhile program that builds leadership skills and enriches the lives of each participant.

“Working with these young people is a real joy, to see them experiencing an important part of our national history and heritage for the first time and to know that something we are doing is making a difference in their lives,” she said.

During the week-long Youth Tour, the students learned about electric co-ops, visited Capitol Hill to meet Louisiana Senators and Representatives and had the unique chance to voice their concerns and pose their questions directly to lawmakers.

Students also visited the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II, Vietnam, and Korean War Memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian Museum complex and Mount Vernon.

In addition to taking in the many sights and sounds of the nation’s capital, all the various groups from participating states convened for National Youth Day on June 12 to hear from various public figures and other inspirational speakers.

During their trip, the Louisiana students also visited the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin Luther King Memorial.


Tilley Tapped for State Association President

June 9, 2017

DeRidder— Danielle Tilley, communications specialist at Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi), was recently elected as president of the Louisiana Member Service Association (LMSA) for a 3-year term.

LMSA is a statewide organization comprised of public relations, marketing and member service professionals representing electric cooperatives that are members of the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives (ALEC) in Baton Rouge. ALEC is a non-profit organization which provides a wide range of services to its member electric distribution cooperatives across every region of the state, including communication, state and national governmental affairs, regulatory affairs, marketing, emergency aid and  response coordination, job safety and employee training.

“I’m excited about the challenge and opportunity to serve and I’m extremely humbled by my peers’ confidence in my ability to lead this organization. I love the co-op business model and their focus on community and I just want everyone to know and understand what we do at electric cooperatives,” said Tilley.

Tilley has been an active member of LMSA since she joined BECi in 2013. As LMSA President, Tilley will also serve as an advisory member of the Communication and Member Services Committee at ALEC. Also elected as LMSA officers were Vice President Emmalee Tingle of Claiborne Electric Cooperative in Homer, La., and Secretary/Treasurer Toni Johnson of Dixie Electric Membership Corp. (DEMCO) in Baton Rouge.

Tilley is an alumna of Pitkin High School and McNeese State University. She resides in Pitkin, La., with her children.

 


BECi Speaks to Students About Electrical Safety

April 10, 2017

DeRidder, LA —  BECi employees recently spoke to students at South Beauregard Elementary about electrical safety. BECi Safety and Training Coordinator Eddie Hanks and Building Maintenance Technician Jeremy Redger explained ways to be safe during outdoor activities like digging near power lines or flying kites, power generation and what to do if you are in a vehicle accident involving power lines. Communication Specialist Danielle Tilley also spoke to the students about cooperatives and the history of Beauregard Electric Cooperative. 

South Beauregard Demo

Pictured left to right: BECi Safety and Training Coordinator Eddie Hanks and Building Maintenance Technician Jeremy Redger.

 

 


BECi Announces Scholarship Winners

March 28, 2017

DeRidder, LA — For 24 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 138 students more than $185,000 in scholarships. The results of the scholarship drawing were announced Saturday, March 25, during BECi’s annual meeting at the cooperative’s headquarters in DeRidder.

The following students were chosen for the 2017- 2018 academic school-year:

Bailey Westlake, senior at Evans High School

Chandler Hine, currently attending Sowela Technical College

            Peyton Cournoyer, currently attending Louisiana Tech University

            Roy Carroll, senior at Merryville High School

            Bailey Gotz, senior at Sulphur High School

Sabra Hanna, currently attending University of Louisiana - Monroe

            Sarah Kellogg, senior at Westlake High School

            Kiana Savercool, senior at of Pitkin High School

            Sarah Salpietra, senior at Pitkin High School

            Aaliyah Reed, currently attending Southern University

           Summer Atkins, senior at Pickering High School

Leanne Chapman, currently attending Louisiana State University

Kary Wilson, currently attending LSU- Health Science Center - Shreveport

Alexis Westlake, senior at Leesville High School

Elliott Reeves, currently attending McNeese State University.  

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.

Chandler Hine

 

Alexis Westlake

 

Bailey Gotz

 

Bailey Westlake

 

Aaliyah Reed

 

Chandler Hine Alexis Westlake Bailey Gotz Bailey Westlake Aaliyah Reed

Elliott Reeves

 

Kiana Savercool

 

Leanna Chapman

 

Peyton Cournoyer

 

Roy Carroll

 

Elliot Reeves Kiana Savercool Leanne Chapman Peyton Cournoyer Roy Carroll
         

Sabra Hanna

 

Sarah Kellogg

 

Sarah Salpietra

 

Summer Atkins

 

Kari Wilson

 

Sabra Hanna Sarah Kellogg Sarah Salpietra Summer Atkins Kary Wilson

 

 


BECi Board Members Elected Without Opposition

March 27, 2017

DeRidder, LA– Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi) announces that three directors have been elected without opposition during the 2017 Board of Director Election. According to BECi Bylaws, Section 4.04, “When there is only one nominee from a particular Directorate District, secret balloting may be dispensed with and that nominee may be declared elected.” The three directors officially began a three-year term Saturday, March 25, 2017 during the BECi Annual Membership Meeting.

Donald R. Bush, District One Incumbent Director and a resident of Pickering, has served on the BECi Board in District One since 1989. Bush, a retired school administrator and teacher, holds a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Science from McNeese State University and is a member of the Pickering Lodge #477, Cooper Baptist Church, and is a 32nd degree Scottish Rite and Shriner. Mr. Bush has also served as a board member, president and vice president on the West Louisiana Forestry Festival Fair Board. Bush is a NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director and has a NRECA Board Leadership Certification.

Incumbent Director, J.R. Hickman, was re-elected to represent District Three. A resident of DeRidder, Hickman has served on the BECi Board in District Three since 1993. Hickman is a retired educator with 33 years of teaching experience and attended McNeese State University, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and Northwestern State University and holds a bachelor degree and master degree +30 in education. Hickman hails from a Beauregard Parish Pioneer Family and is a member of Grace Church, the Beauregard Parish Fair Board, member and past president of the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives (ALEC), a NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director, charter member, past president and past state board member of the Beauregard Parish Association of Professional Educators in Louisiana (APEL), past board member of the High School FFA Rodeo Association and Beauregard Farm Bureau, and is a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner.  Hickman is a former assistant principal of DeRidder High School and former agriculture teacher at DeRidder High School and Merryville High School.

L.W. "Peto” Sellers, a resident of Moss Bluff, was re-elected this year and has served on the BECi Board in District Nine since 2005.  Sellers is a real estate developer and a member of Moss Bluff United Methodist Church, Moss Bluff Civic Club, Moss Bluff Merchants Association, and Moss Bluff Optimist Club.  He is a former member of the Moss Bluff Economic Board and past president of the Moss Bluff Gravity Drainage Board.

Donald Bush

 

JR Hickman

 

LW "Peto" Sellers

 

Bush Hickman Sellers

 

 

 


Scheduled Outage for BECi Members; CLECO to Perform Repairs

March 20, 2017           

DeRidder, LA - Tomorrow, March 21 at 9:00 am, CLECO will perform repairs to the line that feeds our Anacoco Metering Point, which will cause an interruption to our members in Anacoco for approximately one hour.  This scheduled outage will affect 341 members.

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.

 

 


Official Notice of Beauregard Electric’s 2017 Annual Meeting

March 20, 2017

DeRidder, LA - The Annual Membership Meeting of Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi), will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 10 a.m., at the BECi office in DeRidder, Louisiana. A special drawing for door prizes will be held at this year’s 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.

            • Adjournment.

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 Announces Winners of Essay Contest, Students Win a Trip to Washington D.C.

March 9, 2017

DeRidder, LA— Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi), announces the top 10 winners of the 2017 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 100 entries and awarded four of the top 10 winners a trip to Washington, D.C. The winners of the contest who will participate in the Youth Tour are as followed:

  1. Shelby Powell – East Beauregard High School
  2. Colton Tilley – Pitkin High School
  3. Savannah Jackson – Rosepine High School
  4. Kristopher Evans – East Beauregard High School.

       BECi would also like to offer its congratulations to the following students for placing in the top 10:

  1. Shekinah Jordan, Westlake High School
  2. Kelly DeHoven, DeRidder High School
  3. Peyton Daniels, Rosepine High School
  4. Sydney Meissner, DeRidder High School
  5. Maygen McMahon, Rosepine High School
  6. Harry Hooker III, DeRidder High School.

Abigail Newton, English Teacher at Rosepine High School, won the $100 teacher incentive for having five or more students submit an essay into the contest.

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 pages.

 


BECi Offers Fifteen $1,500 Scholarships to Students

January 27, 2017

 

DeRidder, LA - This year, Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi), is pleased to offer 15 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 25, 2017, 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 3, 2017.

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, 2017. 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 24th 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 Holds Contest to Send Students to Washington, D.C.

January 3, 2017

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 and 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 firsthand by visiting historic monuments, exploring the Smithsonian Museums and meeting with representative 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 thoroughly stated and 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 marketing@beci.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, please call (337) 463-6221 or (800) 367- 0275 and visit www.beci.org for a complete listing of contest rules. Entries are due Feb. 3, 2017.