The 81st SLEMCO Annual Meeting attracted thousands of members to Lafayette’s Cajundome on Saturday, each hoping to win one of several valuable prizes. The winner of the 1st Grand Prize, Neal Sweeney of Carencro selected the 2018 GMC Canyon SLE Crew Cab provided by Courtesy Automotive.
The second grand prize winner, Mrs. Norman Meche of Arnaudville, took home $7,500, while the 3rd Grand Prize winner, Hazel Fuselier of Youngsville, walked away with $2,500. The early bird prize of $5,000 was won by Robert Savoie of Carencro.
Earlier during the meeting, SLEMCO awarded $40,000 in college scholarships to twenty students who will be attending college this fall. Winners included Kylie Henson of Lafayette, Kirsten Riggs of Opelousas, Madison Scrantz of Breaux Bridge, Grace Duhon of Broussard, Landon Sonnier of Youngsville, Kailen Thibodeaux of Carencro, Lauren Hebert of Opelousas, Claire Bass of Kaplan, Sarah Lavergne of Eunice, Michael Hulin of St Martinville, Emmi Hebert of Youngsville, Alexander Curione of Scott, Kaitlyn Bienvenu of St. Martinville, Mariah Crichfield of Lafayette, Matthew Hulin of St. Martinville, Nicholas Mouret of Opelousas, Austin Guidry of Church Point, McKenzie Wyble of Breaux Bridge, Savannah Thibodeaux of Lawtell and Kilee Muna of Kaplan.
During the official business portion of the meeting, Johnny Meaux of Lafayette Parish, Charles Sonnier of Vermilion Parish and Merlin Young of Acadia Parish, were nominated and approved to serve three-year terms as Board Members.
Board President David Simon of Gueydan and Glenn Tamporello, chief executive officer and general manager, addressed the crowd, updating SLEMCO members on major projects the company has been focusing on since the last meeting. In celebrating SLEMCO’s 81st year in business, both renewed their commitment to making sure the organization remained responsive to both opportunities and challenges and dedicated to having an employee workforce second to none.
Public Service Commissioners Mike Francis, Eric Skrmetta and Dr. Craig Greene each spoke to the crowd assuring them they were hard at work for all Louisiana utility customers.
United Blood Services held their annual blood drive as part of the meeting. Some 333 units of blood products were drawn to help save the lives of people throughout Acadiana needing blood.
SLEMCO provides electric power to over 108,000 residents and businesses in the parishes of Acadia, Avoyelles, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion.