December 2017

Volunteers walk and trot in Mississippi County and Stoddard County to help others

By Sean J. Vanslyke

Make A Difference Day

Team SEMO took part in America’s Make A Difference Day with our first ever The Porch Light Project in Wilson City and Wyatt. It was an amazing day as volunteers from SEMO Electric Cooperative’s Team SEMO walked door-to-door to distribute LED bulbs to light porches in those communities. Wyatt Baptist Church’s Pastor Richard Dean Wallace was able to coordinate a mobile foodbank and the Wyatt Fire Department was kind enough to host lunch for volunteers and the community. We appreciate all community volunteers and residents who engaged and shared stories with us. It was a blessed event with a single purpose: to improve the lives of others.

Turkey Trot

Wow! Thank you to all walkers, runners, band members, fans and volunteers for coming together to make SEMO Electric’s second 5k Turkey Trot a success. It was a brisk morning, but the sun was shining bright. We appreciate the City of Bloomfield in allowing the park to be used as the turkey trot nest and the Bloomfield Police Department for racer support. The funds raised from the event go directly to Wreaths Across America for a holiday wreath-laying ceremony on December 16 in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield, Mo.

Winter Safety

Heavy accumulations of ice and snow coupled with fluctuating winter temperatures can bring down utility poles, trees and limbs. This can disrupt power for days on end. With this, comes a threat to property and also to life itself. Today is a good day to locate your battery-powered radio, flashlights and extra blankets. Plus, you may want to stock bottled water, non-perishable food, a can opener and a first aid kit for your safety. Let’s learn from 2009’s ice storm the value of being prepared versus being surprised.

In a winter storm emergency, restoring power and heat – safely – to you is our highest priority. Even so, it can take days to repair the devastating damage of a winter storm. Please remember downed power lines could be submerged in snow and ice and difficult to identify. When outside, treat all downed and hanging lines as if they are energized electric lines: Stay away, warn others to stay away and immediately contact us. Remember that downed power lines do NOT have to be arcing, sparking or moving to be live and deadly.

Bloomfield Operations Center

After much consideration, SEMO Electric’s board of directors decided to hold off on a new building for Bloomfield. The board agreed to make repairs to the existing operations center at Bloomfield as residential revenue for 2017 is down about a $1 million (due to mild weather) and we want to see how the GoSEMO Fiber project progresses. Remodeling plans include a new roof, exterior painting and modifications to the lobby. 

Book of the Month

“For groups, defining moments arise when we create shared meaning – highlighting the mission that binds us together and supersedes our differences. We are made to feel united. People will choose to struggle – not to avoid it or resist it – if the right conditions are present. The conditions are: The work means something to them; they have some autonomy in carrying it out; and it’s their choice to participate or not. If you want to be part of a group that bonds like cement, take on a really demanding task that’s deeply meaningful. All of you will remember it for the rest of your lives.” Chip Heath & Dan Heath – The Power of Moments

Holiday blessings to you and your family… please pray for Team SEMO’s safe work practices.  Be smart. Act safe.


Vanslyke is general manager and chief executive officer of SEMO Electric Cooperative. In the photo with Sean is Jim Russell, a veteran and member-owner of SEMO Electric Cooperative, after the Veterans Day Ceremony at the Bearcat Event Center in Dexter, Mo. 

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