Lamar Electric Cooperative Recognized for Safety

Lamar Electric Cooperative has reached a milestone of eight years without a lost time injury. Texas Electric Cooperatives Loss Control Specialist, Scott Corley, presented an a framed certificate to Lamar Electric for working 8 years without a lost time accident. That is 2,920 days. “A lineman’s job is one of the top ten most dangerous jobs in the United States. An entire organization like this one having a no lost time incident for eight years is an exceptional safety record,” stated Corley. The award was accepted by Line Superintendent, Scott Sansom, and General Manager, Jerry Williams. This record of no lost time is due to the commitment to safety from our board of directors, CEO/general manager, managers, superintendents and employees. “We have weekly safety meetings and we review our safety manual continuously. We even go above and beyond the guidelines in our safety manual to ensure all employees get home safely to their families,” said Sansom.
Lamar Electric employee, Will Armstrong, received an award for operating without a lost- time work injury for 30 years. Armstrong has been a Lamar Electric employee since 1979.
We are truly a cooperative family, looking out for each other at work and off the job to ensure that all employees arrive back home to their families each and every day. We strive to provide their members with safe, affordable and reliable electrical service. “Safety is more than a choice we make as employees; it is a way of life,” said General Manager, Jerry Williams.

Scholarship Winners Announced

Announcing the six $1,000.00 scholarship winners that were drawn at the our Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 22nd.

Scholarship winners were Gus Collins of Cooper High School, son of JB Collins of Lake Creek; Marloes Tillema of Chisum High School, daughter of Jochum and Magretha Tillema of Paris; Kayedon Oliver of North Lamar High School, daughter of Monica Oliver of Brookston; Abigail Gooding of Prairiland High School, daughter of Buckley and Tina Gooding of Pattonville; Codi Clark of Paris High School, daughter of Jerry and Emily Clark of Honey Grove; and Lindi Hamner of Paris High School, daughter of Nikki Ragsdale and Steven Hamner of Reno.

Gus Collins Marloes Tillema Kayedon Oliver
Gus Collins Marloes Tillema Kayedon Oliver
Abigail Gooding Lindi Hamner Codi Clark
Abigail Gooding Lindi Hamner Codi Clark

The six winners can use their scholarship at any accredited university, college, or junior college of their choice.

The money used for these scholarships is from unclaimed deposits or refunds from our members. The law allows Lamar Electric to use a portion of these funds for scholarships, otherwise the money is turned over to the state. Each member can still file a claim with the state of Texas for unclaimed checks.

We are proud that Lamar Electric can help these students achieve their educational goals and we encourage every co-op member to take this opportunity to submit the name of your son or daughter next year.

Annual Meeting Highlights

The Lamar Electric Cooperative Annual Membership Meeting was held Saturday, April 22, at Paris Junior High School in Paris. Lamar Electric had three directors up for election, and all were unopposed. In District 1, Mike Williams received 89 votes. In District 8, Matthew Albus received 126 votes. In District 9, Lyle Yoder received 116 votes. These directors were declared elected and will each serve another three-year term. General Manager Jerry Williams updated the members on the financial reports and ongoing projects.

The names of all members present at the meeting were placed in the hopper for prize drawings. Prizes were won by 39 members. The grand prizewinner of a 55-inch high definition television was James Wade of Reno.

Annual Meeting: April 22

The Annual Membership Meeting of Lamar County Electric Cooperative Association will be held Saturday, April 22, at Paris Junior High School’s Auditorium, 2400 Jefferson Road in Paris.

Registration opens at 9 a.m. The business session begins at 10 a.m. and includes any necessary reports of the officers, board members and committees, as well as the election of board members in districts 1, 8 and 9, each for a three-year term.
Any member who wishes to run for a seat on the cooperative’s board of directors must appear in person at the main office of the cooperative and fill out a nomination form not less than 60 days and not more than 90 days before the date of the annual meeting of the members at which board members are to be elected.
The following members have placed their names in nomination at the cooperative headquarters:
     District 1 Michael Williams, 16288 FM 195, Detroit 75436
     District 8 Matthew Albus, 2212 CR 25200, Roxton 75477
     District 9 Lyle Yoder, 13527 FM 905, Pattonville 75468
You do not have to be present at the meeting to vote in the director election. Before the meeting, ballots will be mailed to members who reside in the districts having an election. If you reside in one of those districts, you may either vote by mail or in person at the meeting.
Every member in attendance at the meeting will receive a registration gift, and a drawing for other prizes will be held. You must be present at the time of the drawing to be eligible for other prizes.
Six $1,000 scholarships will also be awarded at the meeting. Entries must be received at the cooperative office by 5 p.m., April 7.
To be eligible for a scholarship, a candidate:
-a Must live full time in a residence served by Lamar Electric; and
-a Be a graduating senior attending a high school or accredited home extended studies program within the counties served by Lamar Electric.
We look forward to your attending. Enjoy your annual meeting.

2017 Youth Tour Winners

The 2017 Youth Tour Winners are Sarah Teubner and Kylea Basden.

Sarah Teubner, the daughter of Rebekah and the late Mike Teubner of Novice,
is a junior in Homeschool. (Pictured on left)

Kylea Basden, the daughter of John and Patricia Basden of Powderly, is a junior at North Lamar High School.(Pictured on right)

Contestants submitted an essay on the topic, “How will electrical needs be met in the future?”
In June, the three students will join about 120 other students from Texas. Before leaving for Washington, D.C., the students will tour the Texas Capitol and learn about state government in Austin. Then they will fly to Washington for a week of fun and educational events. While there, they will visit their congressional representatives, spend a day on Capitol Hill and tour the Smithsonian Institution and many other popular sites. Selected students from the group will also participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.