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ANNUAL MEETING PAGE 2 SCHOLARSHIPS PAGE 3 DESIGN ONE HOME PAGE 6
Volume 63 No. 2 March/April 2014
The Official Publication of the Southwest
Louisiana Electric Membership Corporation
3420 NE Evangeline Thruway
Lafayette, Louisiana 70509
BOARD OF DIRECTORSACADIA PARISH Bryan G. Leonards, Sr.,
MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND OUR 77TH
ST. MARTIN PARISH William Huval, First Vice President
Adelle KennisonLAFAYETTE PARISH
Jerry Meaux, President
Prize drawings begin at 8 a.m., and
ST. LANDRY PARISH
SLEMCO's 77th Annual Membership
Leopold Frilot, Sr.
Meeting will be held on Saturday,
winning names will be drawn until our
June 7, at Lafayette's Cajundome.
business meeting begins at 10 a.m. Brief
Attendees have a chance to win one of 27
reports from the company's officers and
Joseph David Simon, Jr.,
prizes, including a new 2014 car or truck.
legal counsel will bring members up to
Second Vice President
Drawings will also determine who will
date on SLEMCO operations.
receive $40,000 in college scholarships.
When the business portion concludes,
Our day begins early. Doors open at
our scholarship drawing will award
James J. Davidson, III
6 a.m., with plenty of hot Community
college funds of $2,000 each to 20 lucky
coffee as you visit with your friends
students. Then, to end our meeting on a
and neighbors. Coffee is free and the
high note, our grand prize drawing will
Chief Executive Officer & General Manager
Cajundome will have other refreshments
allow one lucky winner a choice from
available for purchase (Lucky Account
among five new vehicles.
Director of OperationsJim Laque
Director of Engineering
Music by Roddie Romero & the Hub
City All Stars will start at 6:30 a.m., so
Chief Financial Officer
wear your dancing shoes. United Blood
SLEMCO POWER STAFF
Services will hold its 12th annual blood
Mary Laurent, CCC, CKAE, MIP
drive at our meeting. Your continued gen-
erosity is appreciated because of increased
demand for blood and reduced donations
SLEMCO POWER (USPS 498-720, ISSN
0274-7685) is published bimonthly by Southwest
Louisiana Electric Membership Corporation,
3420 NE Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette, LA
70509-0866. Periodicals postage paid at Lafayette,
POSTMASTER: send address changes to SLEMCO,
P.O. Box 90866, Lafayette, LA 70509-0866.
CAN ENTER PRIZE AND SCHOLARSHIP DRAWINGS
On the cover: March Boutvonnoan of Baton
Rouge, Nang Songkran (Miss New Year) 2013.
Photo by James Edmunds
SLEMCO commercial customers wish- who are SLEMCO customers may also
ing to participate in the prize draw-
sponsor their children, themselves or a
ings should drop off a letter naming
spouse for the scholarship drawing, but
their company's authorized representative
only if they own more than 50 percent of
to SLEMCO's main office by June 6.
the company, corporation or partnership.
After presenting ID on the day of the
Proof of ownership is required when-
meeting, that representative will receive a
ever a commercial business sponsors a
card for the prize drawing.
scholarship applicant (Lucky Account
Owners of commercial establishments
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APPLY NOW FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A
be postmarked by that day. Entries can
be mailed to the SLEMCO Scholarship
Atotal of $40,000 in college scholarships
will be given away at our 77th annual
meeting on Saturday, June 7. Twenty
Program, P.O. Box 90866, Lafayette, LA
students will each win $2,000 to help pay
for college. The process is easy, but you
These funds can be used to attend any
ENERGY SAVING IDEAS
must apply before the meeting.
Louisiana public university to pursue an
Members connected to SLEMCO for
undergraduate degree beginning this fall.
LANDSCAPING FOR SHADE
one contiguous year prior to the May 8
Winners must have at least a 2.0 cumula-
Trees, vines, and shrubs that
entry deadline can sponsor themselves, a
tive grade point average and plan to attend
shade a home can lower cooling
spouse, dependent children or legal wards.
on a full-time basis (at least 12 hours) this
costs in warm climates like ours,
Grandchildren are eligible only if they are
fall. Technical colleges or private universi-
according to www.energy.gov.
the legal dependents or
ties do not qualify and stu-
Trees are available in all sorts
wards of members.
dents must be at least high
of sizes, densities and shapes for
Applications for the
school seniors to enter.
almost any shade application. Want
2014 SLEMCO schol-
IRS guidelines allow a
to block solar heat in the summer
arship program will
parent to claim their col-
but gain heat during the winter?
be included with all
lege student child until the
Plant deciduous trees, which drop
February and March
year he or she turns 24.
their leaves in the fall. Want continu-
We follow the same guide-
ous shade or to block heavy winds?
You can also down-
lines for awarding these
Select dense evergreens or shrubs.
load the application
scholarships. In order to
Deciduous trees with high,
from our website, www.
sponsor a child, parents
spreading crowns of leaves and
slemco.com. This elec-
must still claim the appli-
branches should be planted to the
south for maximum roof shade in
tronic version of the
cant on their income tax
summer. Trees with lower crowns
application is in PDF
return and the applicant
are bet er to the west, to offer shade
format. After filling it
must be under 24 years of
from lower afternoon sun.
out, follow the direc-
age. Proof will be required.
A slow-growing tree may require
tions on our website to
Only one family mem-
years before it shades your roof, but
e-mail it to SLEMCO or
ber can win per year, but
will normally live longer. Its deeper
print a copy and submit
any eligible family mem-
roots and stronger branches make
ber can enter every year.
it less prone to wind breakage and
Read the applica-
Winners aren't eligible
more drought resistant.
tion carefully and follow all instructions
to receive the scholarship again (Lucky
Plant trees far enough away from
(Lucky Account Number 2414130000).
Account Number 2123419000).
the home so that, when mature,
Applications for the scholarships
Even though the entry deadline is not
their root systems do not damage
will be accepted until Thursday, May 8.
until May, get your application in early so
the foundation and branches do not
Delivered entries and electronically sub-
you don't forget. We've already received
damage the roof. Trees, shrubs, and
mitted entries must be received by 4:30
several hundred entries. If you have any
groundcover can also shade the
p.m., May 8, and mailed entries must
questions, call SLEMCO at 896-5384. •
ground and pavement around your
home, reducing heat radiation.
However, avoid dense foliage
right next to a home if wetness
and humidity are a concern.
APPLY FOR COLLEGE ASSISTANCE EARLY
Landscaping should allow winds to
SLEMCO scholarships are just one opportunity to help pay for your college
flow around the home, to keep the
education. High school seniors can often begin applying for many
home and soil reasonably dry.
forms of college assistance as early as January of their
For more information, visit ht p://
senior year (Lucky Account Number
1054570000). Check with your high school
guidance counselor to see what grants, loans
or scholarships are available.
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EXPLORE A WEEKEND OF LAOTIAN CELEBRATION
Each Easter weekend, Lane Xang Village, a Laotian com-
munity located in northwestern Iberia Parish, opens its
arms to all and celebrates Songkran, a three-day New
Year festival that features religious ceremonies, sporting
events, music and dance, a wide variety of foods, colorful
costumes and a paraded pageant queen.
Takraw, an energetic kickball game
As refugees from southeast Asia came to America after the end
of the Vietnam War in 1975, a Laotian community began coalesc-
ing in Iberia Parish. In the manner of most refugee immigrant
enclaves, initial settlers welcomed family members and old world
neighbors into their rapidly growing community, which soon
included several hundred families.
But unlike the more typical path of immigrants —struggling
financially in the beginning while hoping for entry-level jobs
in urban areas—these new arrivals were set down in a sizzling
Louisiana energy economy that was thriving even as the rest of the
nation was faltering. There were textile jobs, light manufacturing
jobs and even lucrative jobs in energy industry fabrication which
created training programs in their native language. And because
it was a relatively rural area, farmland was affordable enough for
a group to create Lane Xang Village, a subdivision with a very
distinctive twist—a large parcel set aside for the creation of a
Buddhist temple, Wat Thammarattanaram.
A temple was constructed in the late 1980s, and its annual
Songkran celebration quickly attracted southeast Asians from
Entrance gate to the community's temple
surrounding states because no other community in the region so
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(Clockwise from left) Traditional dance is featured at Friday evening's pageant; a statue of Buddha; a vendor gril s khao larm, a sticky rice in bamboo; visitors feast inside the temple; a monk takes a souvenir photo of newly crowned pageant royalty; children cover each other in shaving cream, representing a spiritual cleansing.
richly evoked the temple-centered village life of Laos. Organizers
decided that rather than its traditional mid-April dates, Songkran
would be observed at Easter, making Lane Xang Village a three-
day weekend destination for southeast Asians from the entire
multi-state region (Lucky Account Number 3434512100).
"As a little girl, I remember my mom bringing home traditional
costumes from the trips she made to Thailand to buy things for
the store our family ran," recalled Amonelath Xanamane, who
came to Iberia Parish as a child from an Asian refugee camp. "The
adult women of the Laotian community taught the children the
hand movements and the dances for the pageant and the parade."
A new, larger temple was built a few years ago, along with an
ordination hall for Buddhist monks. On the weekend of the cel-
ebration, visitors dine with the monks in the temple; meanwhile,
food and other vendors line the festival grounds. On Friday eve-
ning a pageant queen is selected; she is honored in a parade on
Saturday. The underlying theme of Songkran is cleansing and
renewal. For youngsters this is jubilantly expressed by shooting
water pistols and slathering one another in shaving cream.
Even with traditional roots half a world away, the Songkran
weekend fits snugly within south Louisiana's craze for festivals
and has attracted an increasing number of Lane Xang Village's
Acadiana neighbors to experience Laotian culture firsthand. •
Lane Xang Vil age is located on Iberia Parish Road 503
(Melancon Road) just south of Parish Road 502 (Captain Cade
Road). This year's celebration will be held April 18–20.
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Dexter & Tanya Istreof Kaplan
THE HOME OF THEIR DREAMS
Sometimes dreams can become reality.
than a third the size.
Tanya Istre first met her future hus-
"After nine months of continuous late nights
band, Dexter, when she was 15. Even
and weekends, and with the help of family and
back then, she remembers, his dream
friends, our dream home is a reality," Tanya said.
was to build his "forever" home with his dad
Family gatherings were obviously in the fore-
front of their minds as Dexter drafted the house
Now, after two years of planning, the result
plans. The rich and elegant kitchen anchors an
is this beautiful and spacious four-bedroom
open floor plan than flows from a cozy dining
Photos by Curtis Darrah
country home near Kaplan.
Dexter and Tanya Istre pictured
room to an expansive living area with cypress-
Although now in the oilfield, Dexter worked
in their kitchen, which includes
plank cathedral ceilings. A door from the dining
conveniences (below) such as
alongside his dad and brothers building homes with
an appliance garage, pot filler
area leads to a game room.
Rodney Istre & Sons Construction as soon as he was old and a pull-out spice rack.
The living area focuses on a dramatic stone fire-
enough to swing a hammer. His dad devoted nearly a
place. Comfy leather armchairs—enough for a small
year to help make his son's childhood dream come true.
crowd—invite everyone to relax with a football game or country
Rodney Istre Sr.'s cabinetry had been featured in a previous
music broadcast through the integrated audio/visual system.
SLEMCO Design One home, so he told them about the program.
"Our house is a mixture of favorite things about our child-
Dexter and Tanya will be grateful every time they pay their
hood homes, things we wished we had in our first home, and
SLEMCO bill. Although they now enjoy 4,270 square feet of living
my dreams come true from loving to be the hostess and know-
area (6,000 square feet under roof), their electric bills are similar
ing exactly how I wanted to ‘play house' in my adult life," Tanya
to those in their previous 30-year-old brick home, which was less
explained (Lucky Account Number 1425412500).
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THIS HOME'S FEATURED
This large whirlpool tub with
glass block window highlights a spacious master bathroom.
n BUILDER: Tony Istre Construction (Dexter Istre,
Rodney Istre Sr. and Tony Istre)
n LUMBER: Hardee Home Center, Gueydan
The couple is especial y grateful to Caldonia and
n HEATING/COOLING: Libby A/C, Crowley,
Rodney Istre Sr., Cyndi and Jeff LeMaire, and
installed three central units with heat pump.
Lana and Shannon Menard for their nine-month
n ELECTRICIAN: Istre and DuBois family and friends
contribution of time and effort to give birth to this
n PLUMBING: Tony Istre Construction
beautiful Design One home (Lucky Account Number
n WINDOWS: Acadiana Doors and Windows,
Youngsville, installed vinyl Ply Gem Low E, double
pane with argon gas windows.
n DOORS: Acadiana Doors and Windows, Youngsville,
installed wood and fiberglass, Low E, double pane
with argon gas.
n FLOORING: Doug Ashy, Lafayetten APPLIANCES: Sears, Lafayetten PAINTERS: Istre and DuBois family and friendsn BRICK: Mike Baker Brick, Mermentaun CONCRETE: Port Aggregate, Mermentaun CABINETS: Rodney Istre Sr.
n INSULATION: Installed by Istre and DuBois family
and friends, R38 ceiling, R15 4" and R19 6" walls
Planning a new home
n PLANS: Dexter Istre
on SLEMCO power?
n AUDIO/VIDEO/ENTIRE HOUSE
Call Robert Mitchell at
If you follow these SLEMCO
SURROUND SOUND: AVI, Lafayette
Design One guidelines,
you may cut your heating
896-2524 or e-mail
and cooling costs by
up to 30 percent and
qualify for SLEMCO's
MIRRORS: Kirklands, Lafayette
lowest residential rate.
n GARAGE DOORS: Overhead Door Company,
com for information on
our latest Design One
Building the house themselves with the help of family and friends, an extensive "must have" list was achievable. This included a cathedral ceiling in the living room, with 12x12-inch red cedar beams and columns separating it from the kitchen. The Istres love music so volume-controlled speakers were installed throughout the house.
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PARTICIPATING IN SLEMCO'S
The 77th annual meeting of the SLEMCO membership will be
ship stands in the name of the wife, the vote may be cast by the
held on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the Lafayette
husband if the wife is not in attendance. A duly authorized officer
Cajundome. The following, taken from the co-op's By-Laws, details
of any firm, corporation, partnership, association, business trust,
the reason for annual meetings and shows how board members are
federal agency, state or political subdivision or agency thereof or
selected for the organization.
any body politic, may, upon proper proof of his authority, cast the
vote of such organization. Except as otherwise provided herein, at
all such meetings of the members at which a quorum is present, all
Meeting of Members
questions shall be decided by a vote of a majority of the members
Section 1. Annual and Special Meetings.
voting on the particular question.
(a) The Annual Meetings of the members shall be held on the first
(b) There shall be no voting by proxy.
Saturday of June of each year for the purpose of electing direc-
Section 6. Order of Business. The order of business at the
tors, passing upon reports covering the previous fiscal year and
Annual Meetings of the members, and so far as possible at all other meet-
transacting such other business as may come before the meeting.
ings of the members shall be as follows:
If such Annual Meeting is omitted on the date herein provided
1. Report as to which members are present in person in order to
therefore, a special meeting may be held in place thereof, and
determine the existence of a quorum.
any business transacted or elections held at such special meeting
2. Reading of the notice of the meeting together with proof of the
shall have the same effect as if transacted or held at the Annual
due mailing thereof or of the waiver or waivers of notice of such
Meeting. Failure to hold the Annual Meeting at the designated
time shall not work a forfeiture or dissolution of the Corporation.
3. Presentation and reading of unapproved minutes of previous
(b) Special meeting of the members may be called by the President; by
meetings of the members and the taking of necessary action there-
Resolution of the Board of Directors; upon written request signed
by any three Directors; or by a Petition signed by not less than ten
4. Presentation and consideration of, and acting upon, report of offi-
percent (10%) of the Members of the Corporation. It shall there-
cers, directors and committees.
upon be the duty of the Secretary to cause a notice of such meet-
5. Election of directors.
ing to be given as hereinafter provided.
6. Unfinished Business.
Section 2. Place and Purposes of Member's Meetings.
7. New business.
(a) Meetings of the members shall be held at the principal office of the
Corporation in the City of Lafayette, Louisiana, or at such other
place in the State of Louisiana as may be designated in the call of
Board of Directors
Section 1. General Powers. The business and affairs of the
(b) The purposes for which meetings of the members are to be
Corporation shall be managed by a Board of Directors which shall exercise
held, in addition to those purposes prescribed by law, include
all of the powers of the Corporation except such as are by law or by the
Amendments to the Articles of Incorporation, or By-Laws, and
Articles of Incorporation or by these By-Laws conferred upon or reserved
in the case of a Special Meeting, the purpose or purposes for
to the members.
which the meeting is called shall be specified in writing. Special
Section 2. Number and Qualifications and Election.
Meetings shall be called by the President, Board of Directors, a
(a) The number of Directors of the Corporation shall be ten (10).
written request signed by any three (3) Directors, or by a Petition
Each Director must be a member of the Corporation and shall
signed by not less than ten percent (10%) of the members of the
be elected by the members at the Annual Meeting of Members
or at the special meeting held in lieu thereof, for the term and as
Section 3. Notice of Meetings.
provided by these By-Laws. There shall be two (2) Directors from
(a) Written or printed notice of the time and place and purposes
each of the following Parishes: Acadia, St. Landry, Lafayette, St.
as set out in Section 2 of all meetings shall be either mailed or
Martin, and Vermilion. Each Director shall have resided in one
delivered personally to each member not less than ten (10) days
of the aforesaid parishes for the preceding two (2) years, and shall
nor more than twenty-five (25) days before the date for such
have been actively domiciled for the preceding year in the parish
meeting, directed to his address as it appears on the Corporation's
books, postage prepaid. If mailed, with postage thereon prepaid,
(b) No person may hold the office of Director who is in any way
such notice shall be deemed to be delivered when deposited in
employed by, or financially interested in a competing enterprise or
the United States mail, addressed to the member at his address as
a business selling electric energy or supplies to the Cooperative, or
it appears on the records of the Cooperative. The failure of any
a business primarily engaged in selling
member to receive notice of an annual or special meeting of the
electrical or plumbing appliances, fixtures or supplies to the mem-
members shall not invalidate any action which may be taken by
bers of the Cooperative.
the members of any such meeting.
(b-1) No person may hold the office of Director who is in any way
Section 4. Quorum. Five percent of all members, present in per-
employed by the corporation.
son, shall constitute a quorum. At any meeting of members at which a quo-
(b-2) No person may hold the office of a Director if he and/or an
rum is determined not to be present, a majority of those present in person
immediate family member is financially interested in a com-
may adjourn the meeting from time to time without further notice.
peting enterprise or a business selling electric energy or sup-
Section 5. Voting.
plies to the Corporation, or a business primarily engaged in
(a) At every meeting of the members, each member present shall
selling electrical or plumbing appliances, fixtures, or supplies
be entitled to only one vote. Where the membership stands in
to the members of the Corporation. An immediate family
the name of the husband, the vote may be cast by the wife in the
member, for the purposes of this subsection (b-2) is defined as
event the husband is not in attendance, and where the member-
the Director's spouse, parent, child, grandchild, brother, sister,
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and/or spouses thereof, including any in-laws of the aforesaid
the Board of Directors shall be published in the monthly issue of
persons. A financial interest for the purposes of this subsection
the membership publication in the month immediately preceding
(b-2) is defined as an ownership interest in excess of 10% in an
that meeting. The committee shall prepare and post at the prin-
enterprise or business above referenced, and which ownership
cipal office of this Cooperative, at least forty-five (45) days before
interest produces an income in excess of $500.00 per annum.
the membership meeting, a list of nominations of Directors,
(c) No person may be eligible to serve as a director who is the incum-
selecting the same number of persons as nominees as the number
bent of or a candidate for an elective public office in connection
whose terms expire at the next Annual Meeting; selecting at least
with which a salary in excess of $500.00 per annum is paid.
one (1) nominee from each Parish which is the address and domi-
(c-1) No person shall be allowed to hold the office of a Director of
cile of the member whose term will expire at the Annual Meeting,
the Corporation who is physically and/or mentally incapable
so as to ensure two (2) Board Members at all times from each
of performing all of the duties required of a Director. Such a
of the five (5) Parishes named in Section 2 (1), Article IV of the
determination, pursuant to a charge of incapacity, shall first
be made by a physician selected by a majority of the Board of
(e-1) Any fifteen (15) or more members acting together may make
Directors and who after performing his evaluation renders a
other nominations by Petition and file the Petition with the
report certifying the incapacity, either physically or mentally,
Secretary at the headquarters office of the Cooperative, not less
of the Director. Upon such certification, a majority of the
than twenty-five (25) days prior to the meeting of the mem-
Board of Directors shall be allowed to declare said party men-
bers. The Secretary shall thereupon immediately post such
tally and/or physically incapable of performing all of his duties
nominations at the headquarters office of the Cooperative, at
as a Board Member. A refusal to submit to the examination
which place the list of nominations made by the Nominating
subjects the Director charged to immediate removal by major-
Committee has been posted. When nominations are made
ity vote of the Board of Directors.
by Petition in addition to those made by the Nominating
(c-2) No person may hold the office of a Director of the
Committee as aforesaid, the Secretary shall immediately mail
Corporation who has been convicted of any felony or a misde-
with the notice of the meeting, or separately, but at least ten
meanor involving moral turpitude.
(10) days prior to the date of the meeting of members, to each
(c-3) No person may be eligible to serve as a Director who has an
member a statement of the number of Directors to be elected
immediate family member (immediate means within the third
and the names and addresses of all of the candidates, specify-
degree) serving on the Board of Directors of the corporation.
ing separately the nominations made by the Committee on
(c-4) No person holding the position of a Director of this corpora-
Nominations and also the nominations made by Petition.
tion shall be allowed to solicit or otherwise request that the
All nominations of members as candidate for the Board of
corporation and/or its employees conduct business with said
Directors shall specify the Parish which the said candidate is
to represent. All members present at the Annual Meeting at
(c-5) No person shall be eligible to serve as a Director until two (2)
which Directors are to be elected, shall be entitled to vote on
years has elapsed since he was an employee of the Corporation.
the Directors to be elected, regardless of the Parish which such
(d) When a Director reaches the age of eighty (80), said Director
Directors are to represent. Notwithstand ing anything con-
shall no longer be eligible to continue to serve as a Director of the
tained in this Section, failure to comply with any of the provi-
Corporation. If a Director of this Corporation is 80 years of age or
sions of this Section shall not in any manner whatsoever affect
older on June 4, 2011, he shall only be eligible to continue to serve
the validity of any election for Directors.
as a Director of the Corporation for an additional six (6) month
Section 3. Tenure. The Board of Directors shall be divided into
period of time.
three (3) classes at the Annual Meeting of members to be held on June 2,
Any person and/or Director who violates any of the requirements of
1979, the first class to be composed of four (4) members with the term of
Art. IV, Sec. 2, paragraphs a, b, c, c subparts and/or d, after due notice,
office to expire at the next succeeding Annual Meeting in 1980; the second
at least five (5) days prior to the meeting at which the charges are to be
class to be composed of three (3) members with the term of the Directors
considered, shall have the right to be heard in person or by counsel and to
of the second class to expire at the second succeeding Annual Meeting in
present evidence in respect to the charges and the Board of Directors shall
1981, and the third class to be composed of three (3) members, and the
have the same opportunity.
term of office to expire of the third succeeding Annual Meeting in 1982.
At the next regularly or specifically scheduled meeting, the Board of
As nearly as possible, no two members shall be elected from the same par-
Directors of the Corporation, by a majority vote of said Board, may remove
ish in the same year. The implementation of this provision of the By-Laws
and the same are hereby authorized to remove the Director who has vio-
shall not be such as to reduce the term of office of any Director serving at
lated and/or who is found not to have fulfilled the qualifications of serving
the time of its implementation. At each Annual Meeting following the clas-
on the Board of Directors of the Corporation. Said vacancy shall be filled as
sification herein provided, a number of Directors equal to the number of
provided for in Art. IV, Sec. 4 of these By-Laws.
the class whose term expired at the time for such meeting shall be elected
(e) Nomination. It shall be the duty of the Board of Directors to
to hold office for a term of three (3) years, or until the third succeeding
appoint, not less than forty-five (45) days nor more than one
Annual Meeting after such election.
hundred (100) days before the date of the meeting of members
Section 4. Vacancies. Vacancies occurring in the Board of
at which Directors are to be elected, a committee on nomina-
Directors shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining Directors.
tions consisting of not less than five (5) nor more than eleven
Directors thus elected by the Board of Directors to fill vacancies shall
(11) members, who shall be selected from different sections of the
serve until the expiration of the term of the Director whose office the said
project area so as to ensure equitable representations. No member
member has been elected to fill or until his successor has been duly elected
of the Board of Directors may serve on such committee. The date,
and qualified, provided, however, that any member elected by the Board of
time and place of the meeting of the nominating committee for
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jelly roll pan. Using a pastry brush, light-
3/4 lb. sliced Swiss cheese
ly brush the dough with water and evenly
3/4 cup butter
sprinkle surface with rosemary mix.
Cashew Ginger Salad
5 tsp. honey mustard, divided
Cut dough into triangles like pizza
4 large carrots
2 tbsp. minced onion
slices. Slightly separate each dough tri-
3 cups vegetable oil, for frying
2 green onions
angle. Bake for 7 to 10 minute or until
6 egg roll wraps
browned. Remove from oven; let cool on
1/4 head purple cabbage
Spread out steaks on a jelly roll pan.
8 green onions
Poke holes in meat with a fork; season
1/2 cup pickled ginger, sliced
evenly with 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce,
2 bunches cilantro
salt, pepper, crushed red chili flakes,
10 oz. pkg. spring mix
cayenne pepper and onion salt. Grill for 3
10 oz. pkg. arugula
to 4 minutes on each side. Remove from
2–3 lbs. boneless pork loin roast,
1 1/2 cups whole, salted cashews
grill and slice steak diagonally into long
1 tsp. kosher salt
Peel outer skin of carrots and discard.
Preheat oven to 350º. Melt butter in
1/2 tsp. coarse black pepper
Using a potato peeler, slice carrots into
small mixing bowl. Fold in 2 1/2 tsp.
4 apples, divided
thin pieces. Place carrots in a bowl of
honey mustard, minced onion and 3/4
20 dried apricots, divided
ice water to curl. Heat oil in heavy skil-
tbsp. Worcestershire sauce. Cut each roll
2 tbsp. olive oil
let on medium-high. Cut egg roll wraps
in half; stack strips of rib eye steak topped
1 cup chicken broth
into skinny strips. Drop strips into hot
with slices of Swiss cheese on bottom
1/2 tsp. dried mustard
oil and cook until golden brown, turning
half. Spread remaining honey mustard
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
twice; remove and drain on paper towel.
inside top half of each roll and place
1 tsp. ground coriander
Chop purple cabbage into small pieces.
sliders tightly together on jelly roll pan.
1 tsp. dried parsley
Cut green onions into 1-inch pieces. Cut
Pour honey mustard mixture on the tops
1 tsp. garlic pepper
pickled ginger into smaller pieces. Clean,
of the sliders and cover with foil. Bake for
rise and chop cilantro; discard the ends.
20 to 25 minutes. When ready to serve,
Preheat oven to 375°. Open roast and
When ready to serve, toss all ingredients
garnish with diced green onions.
place flat on a jelly roll pan. Season with
together and serve with Asian Ginger
salt and pepper. Remove cores of the
apples and dice. Chop dried apricots. Fill
middle of roast with 2/3 apples and apri-
cots. Roll up roast and tie each end and
Asian Ginger Dressing
1 tbsp. dried rosemary, crushed
the middle with butcher's twine. Place the
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tbsp. flax seed
stuffed roast in a baking dish. Generously
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tbsp. sesame seeds
rub with olive oil. Pour broth over roast
1 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup dried Parmesan cheese
and sprinkle remaining spices over entire
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 tsp. kosher salt, divided
roast. Cover tightly with foil.
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cup flour
Roast in oven for 45 to 50 minutes or
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
until meat thermometer inserted after
2/3 cup sugar
3 tbsp. olive oil
3 minutes reads 145°. When ready to
1/2 cup water
serve, garnish roast with remaining
Place all ingredients in blender and
apples and apricots.
mix well. Chill before serving.
Combine rosemary, flax seeds, sesame
seeds, Parmesan cheese and 2 tsp. salt;
Hearts of Palm Salad
Steak & Swiss Sliders
stir together and set aside. Preheat oven
4 rib eye steaks
to 450º. In a large bowl, whisk flour,
14.5 oz. jar hearts of palm
2 3/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, divided
whole wheat flour and 1 tsp. salt together.
2 cups cherry tomatoes
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
Add olive oil and water; stir with spatula
16 oz. pkg. spring mix
2 cups pimiento stuffed olives
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2 cups pitted black olives
and sugar; set aside. In a separate mixing
Buttermilk Lemon Cakes
bowl, combine melted butter, vegetable
Drain hearts of palm and cut into
3 cups flour
oil and lemon oil; beat with electric mixer
1/4-inch chunks. Slice tomatoes in half.
1 tsp. baking powder
and add eggs one at a time. Beat until
Toss hearts of palm, tomatoes, spring mix
1/2 tsp. baking sda
thoroughly mixed and then add dry
and whole olives together and chill. Toss
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
ingredients a cup at a time, alternating
with Peppered Feta Dressing (below) and
1 1/2 cup sugar
with buttermilk, beating at a low speed.
1/2 cup butter, melted
Remove zest from 2 lemons. Add zest
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
and juice of both lemons to batter; fold
together. Spoon batter into mini muffin
Hearts of Palm Salad
bundt pans and bake for 18 to 20 minutes
or until center is set. Depending on size of
bundt pans used, cooking time will vary.
Remove from oven. Immediately remove
cake from pan and cover with plastic
wrap to retain moisture.
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp. lemon zest
2 tbsp. lemon juice
In a small mixing bowl, whisk togeth-
er the powdered sugar, lemon zest and
juice until it forms a thick glaze. Add
more lemon juice if needed. Drizzle glaze
over cake after it has completely cooled.
Glaze will set and harden. Serve with
Frozen Blueberry Lemon Cream.
Peppered Feta Dressing
1/2 tsp. lemon oil
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
For extra copies of these recipes or to
1/4 cup sugar
2 lemons, zest and juice
e-mail a copy to a friend, visit SLEMCO
1/4 tsp. onion salt
Power magazine online at www.slemco.
1/2 cup peppered feta cheese, crumbled
Preheat oven to 350º. Whisk together
flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt
Combine all ingredients in a small
mixing bowl and whisk together. Chill
and serve with Hearts of Palm Salad.
1 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup powdered sugar
of Lafayette, Michael Crain of St.
2 lemons, for zest
Three SLEMCO members found
their account numbers hidden in
Martinville, Charlene G. Eason of
2 cups frozen whipped topping
the last issue of SLEMCO
Branch, Elise W. Journet of
1 cup fresh blueberries
Power and called in to claim a
Arnaudville and Ivory Disotell
$10 credit to their accounts.
of Krotz Springs.
Those members were Hilton
Ten more numbers are
In a mixing bowl, combine lemonade
J. Gallien of Leonville,
hidden in this issue (Lucky
concentrate, cream and powdered sugar;
Larry S. Fairchild of Church
Account Number 1016962602).
whip until creamy. Clean lemons and
Point and James R. High of
If you find your account
zest, about 1 tbsp. Fold zest into mix-
number, call Mrs. Gayle Babin at
ture. Add frozen whipped topping and
Seven others missed out on
SLEMCO at 896-2504 to verify if you
blend well. Fold in blueberries; cover the
their prizes: Greg Benhard of
are a winner. If you are, she'll credit
lemon cream and place in freezer for at
Palmetto, Raymond Kaufmann of
$10 to your SLEMCO account.
Breaux Bridge, Tobias I. Idhammar
least 4 hours or until solid. Serve with
Buttermilk Lemon Cakes.
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ber may bring charges against a Director by filing such charges in writing with
Directors to fill a vacancy on the said Board must be a resident of the same
the Secretary, together with a Petition signed by at least ten percent (10%) of
Parish as the director causing the said vacancy.
the members and request the removal of such Director by reason thereof. The
Section 5. Compensation. Directors shall not receive any salary
Director, against whom such charges have been brought, shall be informed
for their services, but by Resolution of the Board of Directors a fixed fee
in writing of the charges at least five (5) days prior to the meeting at which
and expenses of attendance may be allowed for attendance at each meeting
the charges are to be considered and shall have an opportunity at the meet-
of the Board of Directors, provided that the Directors and Officers of the
ing to be heard in person or by counsel and to present evidence in respect to
Corporation, except in emergencies, shall not receive compensation from
the charges and the person or persons bringing the charges against him shall
the Corporation for their services except after approval by the members at
have the same opportunity. The question of the removal of such Director shall
the regular or special meeting.
be considered and voted upon at the next regular or special meeting of the
Section 6. Rules and Regulations. The Board of Directors
members, as provided for in Louisiana R.S. 12:418, and any vacancy created
shall have power to make and adopt such rules and regulations, not
by such removal shall be filled by vote of the members in accordance with the
inconsistent with the Articles of Incorporation or the By-Laws of the
general nomination and election procedure provided for herein.
Corporation or the laws of the State of Louisiana as it may deem
advisable for the management, administration and regulation of the busi-
SLEMCO 2014 NOMINATING COMMITTEE
ness and affairs of the Corporation.
Acadia Parish—Mr. Donald Higginbotham, P.O. Box 643, Church Point,
Section 7. Accounting System and Reports. The Board of
Directors shall cause to be established and maintained a complete account-
Lafayette Parish—Mr. Ralph Miller, 2318 Ridge Road, Duson, LA 70529
ing system, which shall conform to such system of accounts as may from
St. Martin Parish—Mr. Ivy Perioux, P.O. Box 64, St. Martinville, LA
time to time be designated by the Rural Electrification Administration
of the United States of America. All accounts of the Corporation shall be
St. Landry Parish—Mr. James Soileau, P.O. Box 234, Krotz Springs, LA
examined by the Board of Directors at least four times a year at regular
meetings of the Board. The Board of Directors may also after the close of
Vermilion Parish—Mr. Luther "Buster" Hardy, 9902 Hannah Road,
each fiscal year cause to be made a full and complete audit of the accounts,
books and financial condition of the Corporation as of the end of such
fiscal year. Such audit reports shall be submitted to the members at the fol-
The committee will meet April 1, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. at the SLEMCO office,
lowing Annual Meeting.
3420 NE Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette, LA.
Section 8. Removal of Directors by Members. Any mem-
Bryan G. Leonards, Sr., Board Secretary
SPEEDY REPAIR IN THE COLD— Linemen Greg Wade (left) and Luke Bourgeois make short work of a repair to restore power during a recent subfreezing cold spel . Thanks to continual work to keep our distribu-tion infrastructure in top condition, SLEMCO had very few outages dur-ing the severe winter weather (Lucky Account Number 4503767800).
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