BIG News
From the Bayou Industrial Group
In This Issue
Upcoming BIG Luncheons
November 12 Luncheon Features Dr. Mike Strain
BIG Seeking Board Nominees
Guide to Constitutional Amendments
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Upcoming BIG Luncheons

Monday, November 12
Dr. Mike Strain, LA Agriculture Comm.

Monday, December 10
Speaker: TBA

Members are provided one free lunch each month!  If you cannot attend a meeting, don't let your perk go to waste -- send someone in your place!!


Board of Directors

Francis Richard, John Deere


Executive Vice-President: 
Jimmy Ledet, TBS 


Dr. Ricky Melancon,
Houma Spine and Rehabilitation


Terry Albert, Coastal Commerce Bank 


Past President: 
Chett Chiasson, GLPC

Dwayne Bourgeois, North Lafourche Levee District

Hugh Caffery,
Valentine Chemicals

Howell Chiasson,
NSU Athletic Dept.

Steve Gaubert, Thibodaux Regional Medical Center

Shane Guin,
Duplantis Design Group

Simone Maloz,
Restore or Retreat

Jennifer Armand,
Executive Director

BIG Welcomes Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain as Speaker for November 12 Luncheon
Mike Strain From sugar cane and soybeans to dairy products and poultry, Louisiana proudly feeds this nation and the world.  Learn more about our state's burgeoning agriculture economy from Dr. Mike Strain, Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture, at our November 12 BIG Luncheon.

Commissioner Strain will share statistics on Louisiana's significance in the nation's food production, and challenges and opportunities that our farmers and all Americans may face as food demands increase around the world.

The monthly luncheon begins at Noon on Monday, November 12 at the Bayou Country Club in Thibodaux. We hope to see you and your guests there! 
November 12 Meeting Notice

Reservation Deadline:
5 pm on Thursday, November 8

Bring a Guest to Lunch with You or Send Someone in Your Place if You are Unable to Attend!

Lunch is free for BIG members. There is a $20 fee for reserved guests; $25 for walk-ins.  Since BIG is required to pay for total number of reservations, all reserved guests will be billed for payment regardless of attendance. 
Nominate Yourself or Others for Service on the BIG Board of Directors
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The Bayou Industrial Group Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for our 2013 Board of Directors.  If you are someone you know is interested in serving BIG as a Board member, please contact BIG Executive Director
Jennifer Armand or Committee Chairman

Board members must be BIG members or employees of member companies and are asked to serve at least one three-year term.  The BIG Board meets monthly at 11:00 am directly before our regular luncheons on the second Monday of the month.  Nominations are requested by November 1.
Guide to November 6 Constitutional Amendments
VoteWe all know November 6 is ELECTION DAY for President of the United States, but it is also a big one for several state elected posts,  Louisiana constitutional amendments, and other local option propositions.

Louisiana voters will be asked to cast ballots for U.S. Congress, LA Public Service Commission, judgeships, and a host of state amendments on the following issues:

1.  Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly
2.  Strict Scrutiny Review for Gun Laws
3.  Earlier Notice of Public Retirement Bills
4.  Homestead Exemption for Veterans' Spouses
5. Forfeiture of Public Retirement Benefits
6. Property Tax Exemption Authority for New Iberia
7.  Membership of Certain Boards and Commissions
8.  Non-Manufacturing Tax Exemption Program
9.  More Notice for Crime Prevention District Bills

A local option vote on term limits for local school board members will also be on the ballot.  Voters in each parish will decide whether or not to impose term limits for their particular parish school board.
Read the PAR Guide to the Amendments here. 

Other local option propositions vary from parish to parish.

Use it, don't lose it! VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6!
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