May 2016

Bobby Taylor

It seems life throws a curve ball when we least expect it. On April 7, SEMO Electric Cooperative’s line foreman Bobby Taylor passed away after a vehicle accident while driving home after work. Bobby, with his big smile, was someone I could count on to tell me his opinion. We may have agreed or agreed to disagree, but I enjoyed the bantering.  In October of 2013, Bobby, Carl Eftink, Tony Powell and I had the opportunity to attend a national safety meeting in San Antonio, Texas. It was a great chance for us to get to know each other a little better, but, importantly, we discussed the significance of safety at SEMO Electric. Bobby put safety – especially when working around energized lines – of his co-workers as his top priority. Safety was important to him. He cared about his co-workers, family and friends. RIP Bobby!   

Annual Membership Meeting

SEMO Electric Cooperative’s Annual Membership Meeting will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, May 23 at the Miner Convention Center. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for live music and popcorn. At the annual meeting, member-owners are able to meet SEMO Electric’s staff and directors, ask questions and learn about various issues surrounding safe, reliable and affordable electricity. Plus, you can vote for your local director, see more than 80 high school seniors receive Operation Round Up scholarships and possibly win a door prize. We hope to see you there.

Reducing Postage Costs

This issue of Rural Missouri is SEMO Electric’s Official Notice of its Annual Membership Meeting.  It arrived a few days later than normal, but SEMO Electric’s bylaws state the printed annual meeting notice shall be delivered not more than 25 days before the date of the meeting. Rather than send a separate notification letter, we utilized this publication to save about $8,000 dollars in postage costs.  

Sean’s Shout-outs

May’s Shout-Outs to Bobby Taylor’s family and friends and SEMO Electric’s member-owners Ray Cook, Scott Jarvis, Sammy Babb and Cheryl Bridgewater.  Excerpt from Sean’s Book of the Month: “It’s never too late to do the right thing. Never too late to get your heart right, as long as you’re still breathing. Commit to living out your purpose today, being the best you can be right where you are.” Todd Gongwer – LEAD… for God’s Sake!

Be smart. Act safe.

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