April 2018

Sean Vanslyke

Let’s avoid storm complacency; SEMO’s annual meeting set May 14 at Miner

By Sean J. Vanslyke


Are you prepared?

Severe storms are unfortunate and can be devastating. These storms can take down power lines to create a dangerous situation for all of us, including Team SEMO.  How long it takes to get your power restored depends on the extent of the storm’s destruction, the number of outages, and when it becomes safe for Team SEMO to get to the damaged areas. It is important we prepare for severe weather, pay attention to meteorologists and listen to our gut. Take action to be safe and stay alive. 

Best Wishes to Marsha

Team SEMO said congratulations to Marsha Mitchell on her retirement after nearly 30 years at the cooperative. Marsha will be best remembered for her attention to detail and accounting accuracy. Thank you Marsha! Enjoy the next chapter.

Camp GoSEMO Fiber

Team SEMO participated in Camp GoSEMO Fiber to learn about our new service offering. We separated Team SEMO into four groups and darted through five learning stations to learn about the world of fiber optics. We discussed the big picture of why we are investing in fiber, demonstrated the subscriber enrollment process, examined the technology required for a home installation, toured the fiber warehouse and visited the fiber network operations center to understand the complexity of the fiber system. Team SEMO has worked fast and furious to keep the lights on and build a fiber backbone in less than 12 months. We are focused on delivering safe, reliable and affordable juice and fiber to your home, farm and business in southeast Missouri. Learn more at gosemo.com or gosemofiber.com.

Annual Gathering for SEMO Electric’s Member-Owners

SEMO Electric’s Annual Membership Meeting is set for Monday, May 14, 2018, at the Miner Convention Center. The doors will open at 5 p.m. for snacks and live music and a little magic The business meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Please mark your calendar.

Touchstone Outreach

On a recent Saturday, three of us from Team SEMO had a chance to join more than 120 volunteers from electric cooperatives across the country for the 10th annual Touchstone Energy Community Service Project.

This year, Touchstone Energy partnered with United Way, Wherry Housing Co-op, Middle Tennessee Electric Cooperative and Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association (TECA) to make worksite improvements in Middle Tennessee EC’s service territory. Focusing on rebuilding property interiors and exteriors, plus food and clothing distribution efforts, Touchstone Energy volunteers marked their tenth consecutive service day in conjunction with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) annual meeting.

From 8 a.m.to 4 p.m., volunteers completed a variety of landscaping, demolition, lighting and painting projects for local community and learning centers that are central to the daily lives of many local residents. The co-op group also organized clothing donations and distributed food to local residents.

SEMO Electric is a Touchstone Energy® Cooperative, which is a national network of electric cooperatives across 47 states that provides resources to help member cooperatives and their employees better engage and serve their members.

Book of the Month

“Think about it in terms of a fishing line. A big goal, like a big fish, puts some tension of the line. You’ve got to have tension to succeed. You can’t catch a fish without it. If you line goes slack, you know you’ve lost a big one. If you yank too hard, you risk losing the fish and the lure as well.” Howard Behar – It’s Not About The Coffee 

Be smart. Act safe.


Sean J. Vanslyke is general manager and chief executive officer of SEMO Electric Cooperative. In the photo, Sean spends time with “Mary” during Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives Community Service Project, held in conjunction with NRECA’s annual meeting near Nashville.