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Thank you for your interest in the cooperative's actions to make people's lives better. Our Blog is The Newsroom to keep you informed on a regular basis.

With COVID-19, you are invited to use our drive-up facilities for full service. If you need to enter the main office building in Bloomfield or Sikeston for additional services, we ask that you wear a mask. Thank you for working with us to protect you and us. If you are experiencing financial hardship or have questions, please call us at 800-813-5230. For your safety, we encourage you to pay your electric or fiber bill in several ways: by phone (877) 833-3634; by mail PO Box 520, Sikeston, MO 63801; and by SmartHub.

We appreciate your concern as we continue to monitor the pandemic and take necessary steps to make people's lives better with electricity and fiber. Let’s squeeze the COVID-19 lemon to make lemonade and plant the seeds for a better future.  

Thank you - CEO/GM Sean Vanslyke

SEMO Electric Cooperative's 2021 Annual Meeting will be held as a drive-thru event from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13 at the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo grounds. All members (one per household) who participate will receive a $15 bill credit plus a participation gift and be placed in The Grand Prize Drawing for one of five $250 bill credits. The Grand Prize Drawing will be held live on SEMO Electric Cooperative's Facebook page at 9 a.m. Friday, May 14.

Members will be asked to elect four directors to the Board of SEMO Electric Cooperative. To respect social distancing, registration and voting will take place from your vehicle's window during the event. Voting will end a 6 p.m. so ballots may be counted. Results will be announced at the business meeting, which will start at 6 p.m. See the Official Notice and more details. 

We will have a live concert from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Brothers Walker and Doug Johnson. Bring your own chair and snacks and come join the fun on Thursday, May 13.

The Friday Feature w/ Sean

#TheFridayFeature​ What three words describe you? The Friday Feature is a weekly booster to keep negativity out of your head. 😀 You are better when you are happier.

Thank You for Work Zone Awareness

THIS IS #WorkZoneAwarenessWeek. Help keep all types of workers (including Team SEMO) who work in or alongside roadways safe. Slow down and follow all signage and flagging directions. More tips: http://bit.ly/3e2d2dW #WorkZoneAwareness #Safety #NWZAW

The Friday Feature w/ Sean

While we were standing in line to board Southwest Flight 1966 from St. Louis, a young lady approached me with two boarding passes and asked how boarding worked. I explained the process to the couple. They took a seat, not far from where we were standing, to wait their time to board. Eye contact. Conversation ignited. It was the couple’s first flight. To say they were nervous was an understatement. I offered to use their phone to take a photo saying “there is only one first time.” Soon afterwards, boarding began. We said “enjoy your flight and your trip.” We lumbered back to row 17 so we could get an aisle seat and a middle seat as the flight would soon be full. Boarding continued. We watched for the couple. The plane was quickly filling up as about 75 more fliers boarded. Finally, we saw the couple enter the plane. Debbie and I looked at each other. The window seat was still empty beside her and, in God’s will, a flight attendant was standing in the aisle across from me. Quickly, we identified the first-flight couple to the flight attendant and invited the couple back to row 17. We offered the window seat for better viewing, but the aisle seats were preferred. She sat next to Debbie. More nerves. Debbie started talking to her. Apprehension. The plane began to back out away from the gate. Tears. Debbie explained the take-off process. As the plane’s engines started to roar, more tears. The plane rushed down the runway. And then it happened. Hands touched. Two souls became one for a few moments. No more tears. Soon, the first time flier was enjoying a Diet Coke at 35,000 feet in the air. And, shortly thereafter, asleep.

#WattsHappending Wednesday & Live on KYMO

If you are planning on adding services for 2021 irrigation, let us know so we can start the planning process. Or if you want to switch your uncontrolled rate to load control, the deadline to change is April 30. We appreciate our farmers! #wattshappeningwednesday

Plus, we were live this morning on talking juice, fiber and the upcoming annual meeting Classic KYMO 105.3 FM. 

Dogwood-Azalea Parade & The Friday Feature w/ Sean

Team SEMO - SEMO Electric and GoSEMO Fiber - will participate in the Dogwood-Azalea parade tomorrow. The parade will start at 11 a.m. Come join in on all the fun.

Week 56 of #TheFridayFeature | Preventive Care! Are you taking care of yourself?

This week is Lineman Appreciation Week. We would like to take time to recognize our wonderful linemen of SEMO Electric Cooperative. All of us at SEMO Electric work hard for our members. However, our linemen battle bad weather and safely work directly with electricity. Thanks to our crew and all neighboring cooperatives' teams for keeping our lights on in southeast Missouri. We love our members. We love our linemen.

The Friday Feature with Sean