July 2018

Unrelenting passion serves as the magic behind the Cooperative’s success

By Sean J. Vanslyke

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 Annual Meeting

Thank you for those who were able to attend our annual meeting of member-consumers. Those in attendance seemed to enjoy the entertainment, snacks, door prizes and visiting with Team SEMO about electricity and fiber. It was an enjoyable evening.  

As I reported at the meeting, the last 12 months have been a period of consistency and transformation for SEMO Electric Cooperative and Team SEMO, the employees of the cooperative. We consistently worked safe to provide safe, reliable and low-cost electricity to nearly 16,000 homes, farms and businesses. And we tackled another opportunity to make your life better as we launched a new business – GoSEMO Fiber – to bring broadband and e-connectivity to southeast Missouri.

During the past 12 months, we achieved our fifth year with no lost time injuries. We said “happy retirement” to Martin Ward, Connie Hooper, Dave Belk, Marsha Mitchell and Sonny Clark. We said “welcome” to Amanda Burnett, Brenda Garner, Deanna Crowley, Josh Carmack, Megan Smith and Tony McGowen. We were able to keep our residential rate per kWh (unit of electricity) at .087 cents – the same since January 1, 2013. Plus, we built a fiber network from the ground up and have members already enjoying fiber-fast internet.

As part of providing electricity and fiber to you, we keep our focus on being tidy, being prudent and allocating our capital investments to enhance reliability to boost member satisfaction. We know keeping the lights on is our first task. 

The unrelenting passion of Team SEMO is the magic behind the success of SEMO Electric Cooperative and GoSEMO Fiber. The spirit of Team SEMO embodies a culture of teamwork and caring with a desire to serve others – especially you the member-consumer.

We appreciate your ongoing support during our journey together.

Jerry Dockins

Congratulations to Team SEMO’s Jerry Dockins on his retirement from SEMO Electric Cooperative. Jerry started as a dispatcher in 1985 and completed his 33-year career on a high note by helping us revamp several of our processes to enhance reliability. He was always loyal to the cooperative’s mission of making people’s lives better.

In addition to his cooperative experience, Jerry was involved with other organizations such as the Army National Guard, the Miner Fire Department and 4-H. Now, Jerry and his wife Gini will continue to be active in the Stoddard County Cowboy Church and spend numerous hours traveling with their horses. We wish Jerry and Gini a wonderful retirement. 

Avoid Bill Shock

Higher temperatures will equal more energy use, which will equate to higher energy bills. For those who don’t like surprises, consider using our SmartHub App to see your daily energy use as the month goes along to help you avoid bill shock.

Did you know SEMO Electric Cooperative offers the latest technology to help you manage your account by computer or smart phone with an online billing and payment portal called SmartHub? There are thousands of member-consumers using the App. Don’t get left out. 

Login or sign up for SmartHub to make a payment, store payment options, view your electric usage history, select paperless billing and report power outages. In the Apple Store, search for SmartHub (not case sensitive, but must be all one word). In the Android Market, search for NISC, then select the SmartHub App. Search for SEMO Electric Cooperative after you download the App from either store.

Rebates for You

As it gets hotter, remember that we offer a $50 rebate for ENERGY STAR rated individual window or through-the-wall, room air conditioner units to qualified member-owners. Please stop by our office, give call us or download the forms at gosemo.com.

SEMO Electric offers rebates for some water heaters, air-to-air-heat pumps and ground source heat pumps. We also help local businesses, churches and schools with lighting rebates. Each rebate has its own guidelines. If you would like to know more, visit gosemo.com or call Dannett at 800-813-5230.

Book of the Month

“Eisenhower understood that leadership was about more than dominating a room. Leadership, he’d learned on the lonely field of war, was not only about inspiring people to do what needed to be done, but to let them inspire you, too. He’d carried that lesson into the White House, knowing that the practice of such humility found expression in a collaborative spirit.” Bret Baier – Three Days in January 

Be smart. Act safe.

Sean

Vanslyke is general manager and chief executive officer of SEMO Electric Cooperative. The photo shows Sean and Jerry Dockins, who recently retired from SEMO Electric.  

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