2020

2020

Beauregard Electric Contractor to Conduct Right-Of-Way Spraying Project

BECi Announces Scholarship Winners

BECi Directors Elected at Annual Meeting

Beauregard Electric Cooperative Closes its Office Lobbies, Drive Thru Remains Open

Beauregard Electric Cooperative Postpones 2020 Annual Meeting

Official Notice of Beauregard Electric’s 2020 Annual Meeting

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

BECi Employees Donate to United Way of Southwest Louisiana

BECi Offers Fifteen $1,500 Scholarships to Students

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


Beauregard Electric Contractor to Conduct Right-Of-Way Spraying Project

May 18, 2020

DeRidder— Beginning in late May, 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 Announces Scholarship Winners

May 4, 2020

DeRidder— For 27 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 180 students more than $240,00 in scholarships. The results of the scholarship drawing were announced Friday, April 17, during a live feed video on the co-op’s Facebook page.

The following students were chosen for the 2020- 2021 academic school-year:

Rebekah Fariss, a full-time college student at Louisiana Tech University,

Dylan Broussard, a graduating senior from Quail Ridge Christian Academy,

Ivy Collins, a graduating senior from Merryville High School,

Lindsey Mayo, a graduating senior from Rosepine High School,

Jaydon Derouen, a graduating senior from South Beauregard High School,

Laci VanWinkle, a full-time college student at Northwestern State University,

Gracie Young, a graduating senior from Johnson Bayou High School,

Kolby Dugas, a graduating senior from Sam Houston High School,

Lindsey Miller, a graduating senior from Dry Creek,

Kinsley Davis, a graduating senior from South Beauregard High School,

Maili Bartz, a full-time college students from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette,

Tabitha Maddox, a graduating senior from University View Academy,

Connor Broussard, a graduating senior from Sam Houston High School,

Merissa Savage, a graduating senior from East Beauregard High School,

Colby LeJeune, a graduating senior from Sam Houston 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 43,000 residential, commercial and industrial members in a 7-parish area of southwest and central Louisiana.


BECi Directors Elected at Annual Meeting

March 28, 2020

DeRidder – In lieu of the Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi) Annual Membership Meeting, postpone due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BECi announced its board of director election results on Monday, March 30, via the cooperative’s Facebook page and website.

Donald R. Bush, District One Director and resident of Pickering, was re-elected without opposition.  Bush, a retired school administrator and teacher, has served on the BECi Board in District One since 1989. He 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 hails from a Beauregard Parish Pioneer Family and is a member of Grace Church, the Beauregard Parish Fair Board, a NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director, a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner and currently serves as president of the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives (ALEC). 

Candidate Tommy Cryar was elected to represent District Nine, receiving 383 votes, defeating incumbent L.W. “Peto” Sellers, who received 332 votes. Cryar, a resident of Moss Bluff, is a real estate investor. He is a graduate of Sam Houston High School. Cryar is also a member of First Baptist Church of Gillis and the Executive Director of the Independent Builders Association.

The three directors officially began serving three-years term on Saturday, during what would have been the cooperative’s regularly scheduled meeting.

BECi is the distribution cooperative that serves the electric needs of more than 43,000 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.


Beauregard Electric Cooperative Closes its Office Lobbies, Drive Thru Remains Open

March 16, 2020

DeRidder- Out of an abundance of caution and in the best interest of public health for members, employees and the general public, Beauregard Electric will close its office lobbies until further notice.

BECi offers easy and convenient ways to pay their utility bills through the following methods:

  • MyBECi Mobile App
  • IVR Phone Payments
  • BECi Member Portal Online (www.beci.org)
  • Night Deposit/Drop Boxes
  • Postal Mail
  • BECi Office Drive Thru Windows

BECi will continue to utilize its mobile application for members to apply for service online.  “For years, members have been able to apply for service conveniently by using the online application located on the cooperative’s website.  Once members apply, one of the Member Service Representatives will personally call and explain the proper procedures and direct you to the parish permit offices to complete the application process,” states Kay Fox, Vice President of Marketing and Member Services.

Beauregard Electric will also temporarily suspend member disconnects for the next 30 days and may extend the period if necessary, including those on the PowerPay Pre-Pay Program.

More information and updates to the public and general membership will be posted on the cooperative’s Facebook page and website, as needed. 

BECi is the distribution cooperative that serves the electric needs of more than 43,000 residential, commercial and industrial members in a 7-parish area of southwest and central Louisiana. For questions, please call (337) 463-6221.


Beauregard Electric Cooperative Postpones 2020 Annual Meeting

March 12, 2020

DeRidder - Out of an abundance of caution and in the best interest of public health for members, employees and the general public, the Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi) Board of Directors has unanimously voted to postpone the Annual Membership Meeting. The meeting was scheduled to be held March 28, 2020 at the cooperative’s headquarters in DeRidder.

More information and updates to the public and general membership will be posted on the cooperative’s Facebook page and website, as needed.  

BECi is the distribution cooperative that serves the electric needs of more than 43,000 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.


Official Notice of Beauregard Electric’s 2020 Annual Meeting

March 3, 2020

DeRidder- The Annual Meeting of Members of Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi), will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 10 a.m., at the BECi office in DeRidder, La. A special drawing for door prizes, including (3) $500 cash prizes, (2) $300 cash prizes, (2) $200 cash prizes and (5) $100 cash prizes, will be awarded 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 43,000 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 3, 2020

DeRidder— Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi), announces the top 10 winners of the 2020 Beauregard Electric Cooperative Youth Tour Essay Contest. Students entered the contest by writing an essay describing how life would be without electricity. BECi received over 40 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 follows:

Lael Hamilton – South Beauregard High School

Raegan Tucker – Merryville High School

Meredith Leger – South Beauregard High School

Carlye Blackmon – Merryville High School.

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

Anna Shuff – South Beauregard High School

Elijah Midkiff – South Beauregard High School

Hannah Marcantel – DeQuincy High School

Blaise Duncan – Merryville High School

Susannah Parker – Merryville High School

Emileigh Doyle – Merryville High School.

Melinda Shirley, English teacher at Merryville High School, won the $100 teacher incentive for having five or more students submit an essay.

 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. 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 is the distribution cooperative that serves the electric needs of more than 43,000 residential, commercial and industrial members in a 7-parish area of southwest and central Louisiana.


BECi Employees Donate to United Way of Southwest Louisiana

DeRidder— BECi employees donated $12,136 to United Way of Southwest Louisiana. Through this generous donation, United Way of Southwest Louisiana can continue fighting for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community across the region. Pictured from left to right are: Danielle Tilley, Communication Specialist and United Way Employee Campaign Coordinator, BECi; Ashley Mazilly, Finance Manager, BECi; Kay Fox, Vice President of Marketing and Member Services; Mayson Maricle, Resource Manager, United Way of Southwest Louisiana.

BECi is the distribution cooperative that serves the electric needs of more than 43,000 residential, commercial and industrial members in a 7-parish area of southwest and central Louisiana.

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BECi Offers Fifteen $1,500 Scholarships to Students

February 17, 2020

DeRidder - 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 28, 2020, 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 high schools. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 6, 2020.

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, 2020. 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 27th 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 Annual Contest to Send Students to Washington, D.C.

January 21, 2020

DeRidder - 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) describing what life would be like without electricity. 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 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 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 7, 2020.