Rayne couple win new truck from SLEMCO
Never has a SLEMCO grand prize winner been as excited as Angela Simon and her husband, Joseph, of Rayne. Their entry card was drawn from thousands in the prize barrel at Lafayette’s Cajundome Saturday. They selected a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab pick-up truck provided by Service Chevrolet from the five vehicles available to them.
Angela’s shouts of joy could be heard clearly as soon as their name was called. That’s because they were sitting on the very front row.
Her husband, Joseph, was attending his first meeting Saturday, while she was attending her 20th. They arrived at the Cajundome at 5:55 a.m. this morning in order to get a front row seat.
Earlier during the meeting, SLEMCO also awarded $40,000 in college scholarships to 20 students who will be attending college this fall.
Winners included Taylor Simon of Rayne, Stephen Dupuis of Rayne, Shayna Richard of Duson, Alex Lalande of Church Point, Bradley Fontenot of Church Point, Stephanie Carriere of Church Point, Robbie Dailey of Eunice, Nicholas Stelly of Carencro, Bryce Berard of Breaux Bridge, Melanie Deen of Ville Platte, Jacob Williams of Breaux Bridge, Emma Harman of Opelousas; Brittany Gaspard of Abbeville, Lacey Meche of Carencro, Hailey Angelle of Breaux Bridge, Kylie Richard of Arnaudville, Gannon Guidry of St. Martinville, Dylan Guillory of Sunset, Lacey Thibodeaux of Cecilia and Lindsey Clark of Melville.
Additionally, Bill Huval of St. Martin Parish, Howard Young of St. Landry Parish and David Simon of Vermilion Parish were re-elected without opposition to three year terms on the SLEMCO Board of Directors.
Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Clyde Holloway of Forest Hill spoke to the SLEMCO crowd.
“Y’all are lucky. SLEMCO is a great co-op and they do a great job.” He complimented SLEMCO’s storm and flood preparations before making sure his constituents knew he felt it was a joy to serve them.
Board President Jerry Meaux of Lafayette spoke to the crowd and assured them that the company is ready for hurricane season, should any storms head our way.
J.U. Gajan, SLEMCO’s general manager and chief executive officer, emphasized SLEMCO’s “steady as a rock” performance since 1937 in being prepared for disaster all the while keeping electricity rates as low as possible. He also pledged that the company’s reputation would continue into the future and thanked the membership for their support of the Operation Round-Up grant program that assists needy individuals throughout the SLEMCO service area.
United Blood Services held its annual blood drive at the meeting and collected blood products from hundreds of SLEMCO members that will boost the Acadiana area blood supply through the summer.
SLEMCO provides electric power to 97,500 residents and businesses in the parishes of Acadia, Avoyelles, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion.