DeRidder— BECi sponsored four local students as part of the 55th Annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. Representing BECi were Mia Mayeaux, Maria Fontenot and Chase Spooner of South Beauregard High School and Sarah Jackson of DeRidder High School.
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 15 other students and chaperones from electric cooperatives across the state and the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives in Baton Rouge. While they were in Washington, the students convened with more than 2,000 others from 46 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 we can make this trip possible for these deserving students. I know they learned a lot and represented Louisiana and Beauregard Electric 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. “I always enjoy working with these bright young students. It good to know that we are playing an important role in something that is making a difference in their life and I always look forward to hearing about their experience in seeing an important part of our national history and heritage” she said. .
During the weeklong trip, 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 questions directly to lawmakers. Students also visited the Lincoln Memorial, Ford Theater, the World War II, Vietnam and Korean War Memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian Museum complex and the Newseum.
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 17 to hear from various public figures and other inspirational speakers.
Beauregard Electric Contractor to Conduct Right-Of-Way Spraying Project
May 1, 2019
DeRidder— Beginning in 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.
April 9, 2019
DeRidder— BECi employees donated $12,475 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; Kevin Turner, General Manager, BECi; and Becky Ainsworth, Director of Resource Development, 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.
BECi Directors Elected at Annual Meeting
March 25, 2019
DeRidder – 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.
Incumbent Director Teddy Welch was elected to represent District Five, receiving 315 votes, defeating candidate Charles “Danny” White, who received 310 votes. 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.
District Six Director Trent Buxton was re-elected without opposition. 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, is active in the Bible Baptist Church of DeQuincy and DeQuincy Dixie Youth Athletics.
District Eight Director Diana Beglis Backhaus was re-elected without opposition. 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 also a member of the Henning United Methodist Church where she serves on the Finance Committee 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 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.
BECi Offers Fifteen $1,500 Scholarships to Students
January 17, 2019
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 23, 2019, 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, or mail in the application published in the January issue of Louisiana Country. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 1, 2019.
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, 2019. 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 26th 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.
March 4, 2019
DeRidder - The Annual Meeting of Members of Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi), will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 10 a.m., at the BECi office in DeRidder, La. A special drawing for door prizes, including a Grilla grill (valued at $800), various small kitchen appliances and cash 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.
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.