April 2015

Winter Storms

This winter has certainly tested SEMO Electric Cooperative’s delivery system. We are never sure what Mother Nature will hand us, but you should know that Team SEMO has its focus on keeping the lights on. It isn’t easy work  and includes long hours with no sleep. The amount of damage determines how long it will take to restore power and if we need assistance from other cooperatives or contractors. So far, Team SEMO has been able to – safely – handle Old Man Winter. We appreciate the first responders, MODOT and other groups that assist us and we appreciate your positive comments.

Community Service Project

During the annual Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives Community Service Project, my family had the opportunity to join more than 100 cooperative volunteers from around the nation to work with Rebuilding Together Orlando, a nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing communities. Volunteers embarked on major repairs at four homes, including flooring, weatherization, roof and handrail replacements, and accessibility modifications. Our group caulked, painted, landscaped and installed security lights. This event gives us a chance to help others and develop relationships with other cooperative employees from across the county. While we work, it seems we talk about our home cooperative and share best practices. It is a rewarding experience. The photo above was a last minute selfie as “Ralston” latched on to my hat. His house was the color yellow before the day started.  

Touchstone Energy

As your Touchstone Energy Cooperative, SEMO strives to provide dependable electricity at a competitive cost to every member. But as a member, you have the power. The power to energize and enhance your life with information from Touchstone, which is supported by more than 750 electric cooperatives across the United States. The power is all yours. It’s up to you to turn it on. For example, find out how much you can save by taking the energy savings home tour at togetherwesave.com. If you don’t have a computer, tablet or smart phone, visit your local library or stop by our offices for more information.

Annual Membership Meeting

SEMO’s 78th Annual Membership Meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 28 at the Miner Convention Center located at 2610 East Malone Avenue, Sikeston, Mo.,  and next to the Drury Inn. Your Annual Membership Meeting Official Notice will be on the front page of May’s issue. By using The Powerline/Rural Missouri for the official notice instead of a separate mailing, it will reduce postage costs by $8,000. Please be sure to watch for your The Powerline/Rural Missouri during the first part of May. Mark your calendar for May 28 and join us at the Miner Convention Center.

Sean’s Shout-outs
Shout-outs to SEMO member-owners Revanell McMillan, Beth and Jay Musgrave and Bill Green.

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