April 2016

Painting for a Cause

A few Saturdays ago I had the pleasure to help paint a home at the annual Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives Community Service Project, held in conjunction with the NRECA annual meeting in New Orleans. As one of 100 volunteers from 40 cooperatives across America, we teamed up with the Rebuilding Together New Orleans organization to repair five houses belonging to elderly or disabled homeowners who can’t perform the upkeep on their own.

As NRECA’s Steven Johnson wrote about the event, “it wasn’t just the homeowners who benefited from the stroke of a paintbrush. The annual event has created a sense of camaraderie among co-op participants.” Since 2013, this was my fourth Touchstone community service project. I have made friends from Colorado to Ohio to Florida to Montana. While it is only a one day event, we work hard and talk fast. In most cases, we trade stories about our families, our home cooperatives and quiz each other about something coop-related. Learn more at ect.coop.

 Annual Meeting

SEMO Electric’s Annual Membership Meeting is set for Monday, May 23, 2016, at the Miner Convention Center. We will open the doors at 5 p.m. for two hours of live music by Maggie Thorn and Link Union. The business meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Please mark your calendar. Your Annual Membership Meeting Official Notice will be on the front page of May’s Rural Missouri. By using Rural Missouri for the official notice, it will reduce postage costs by $8,000.

Green Sales Tax Holiday

Each year from April 19 to April 25, the Missouri Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday exempts state sales tax on retail sales of select qualifying Energy Star certified new appliances, up to $1,500 per appliance. Some of the qualifying appliances include clothes washers, water heaters, dishwashers, air conditioners, furnaces, refrigerators and freezers that meet or exceed the applicable Energy Star efficiency requirements. Visit the Missouri Department of Revenue website for further details.

Sean’s Shout-outs

April shout-outs to SEMO Electric member-owners Mike Tomaszewski and Darrel Latham.  Be smart. Act safe.

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