May 2017

SEMO Electric’s annual gathering set for May 15 at the Miner Convention Center; Aiden Jarrett

By Sean J. Vanslyke [email protected]

SEMO Electric Cooperative’s Annual Membership Meeting will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, May 15 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 100 high school seniors receive Operation Round Up scholarships and possibly win a door prize. We hope to see you there.

Reducing Costs

This issue of Rural Missouri is SEMO Electric’s Official Notice of its Annual Membership Meeting.  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.

Benefit for Aiden

On a recent Saturday evening, SEMO Electric Cooperative opened its doors to host the Aiden Jarrett Trivia Night to help a young family. Aiden is the infant son of Ryan and Lindsey. Ryan is a lineman for the cooperative, but more importantly Aiden was born with immune deficiency,   a state in which the immune system's ability to fight infectious disease is compromised or entirely absent. The family has been in and out of a St. Louis hospital for nearly three months. To help his son, doctors used needles to withdraw liquid marrow from Ryan for a bone marrow donation to Aiden. There is a strong sense of hope that Aiden will thrive and will soon be playing with trucks and trains. Thank you to those in the community who supported the trivia event and those who have said a prayer for the Jarrett family. Continued prayers are encouraged.

Electrical Safety Month

We use electricity every day. This invisible force has become so commonplace that it can be all too easy to overlook possible electrical hazards, even in the safety of our own homes. May is Electrical Safety Month, and a good time to put the most important safety tool you have—your brain—to work.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration warns that electrical current levels as low as 3 milliamperes can result in injury. The most common electrocutions related to consumer-products are due to small appliances, large appliances and power tools.

Knowing what to be on the lookout for and knowing the safe steps to take can make all the difference in preventing accidents. For example, never use a product with a damaged electrical cord or use an extension cord on a permanent basis. And for the safety of children in your home, install tamper-resistant outlets or protective coverings.

Raising awareness about electrical hazards is the key to reducing home electrical fires, injuries and death. To learn more about electrical safety, visit and/or Let’s work and play safe.

Book of the Month

“Communication works best when we combine appropriateness with authenticity, finding that sweet spot where opinions are not brutally honest but delicately honest. Speaking truthfully without hurting feelings comes naturally to some and is an acquired skill for others.” Sheryl Sandberg – Lean In 

Be smart. Act safe.


Vanslyke is general manager and chief executive officer of SEMO Electric Cooperative. The photos include Ryan and Aiden Jarrett and the Aiden Jarrett Trivia Night. 

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