January 2019

Family Group Photo Top Down Shot

Attend Co-op 101 to Learn Cooperative Principles and Experience Gigabit Fiber

By Sean J. Vanslyke



As we enter a new year, I simply want to say thank you for being an engaged member-consumer of SEMO Electric Cooperative. If you are taking time to read, you are at least staying abreast of the cooperative’s activities. I want to say thank you to Team SEMO and SEMO Electric’s Board of Directors for a shared sense of purpose and commitment to make people’s lives better with safe, reliable and low-cost electricity and fiber-fast Internet. We aren’t perfect, but we try to work safe, keep things tidy, act prudent and take care of our member-consumers. Happy New Year!

Co-op 101 – Electricity and Fiber

Are you curious about SEMO Electric Cooperative’s GoSEMO Fiber project? Do you know what it takes to deliver energy or fiber to your home, farm or business? Do you know the seven cooperative principles? Would you like to tour the cooperative’s dispatch center?

Join us for Co-op 101 at 6 p.m., Monday, January 21 at our Sikeston office. We will discuss the business model of cooperatives, provide insights about SEMO Electric and GoSEMO Fiber, and provide a tour of the facility. Plus, you may experience Gigabit Fiber Internet.

If you are a SEMO Electric member-owner and would like to hold a strand of fiber, touch a fuse barrel or see our inventory barcoding system in action, email Marla at marla@gosemo.com or call 800-813-5230 to reserve a seat. 

High School Sophomores and Juniors

Attention high school sophomores and juniors whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) is a member-owner of SEMO Electric Cooperative. You have an opportunity to apply for the CYCLE Tour and the Youth Tour. Four finalists will be selected by Team SEMO. The deadline to apply is February 1.

What's the CYCLE Tour? SEMO Electric's high school sophomores are eligible for the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives' Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE) Tour. It is a three-day leadership program with other Missouri students at Jefferson City in July.

What’s the Youth Tour? SEMO Electric’s high school juniors are eligible for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour in June. More than 1,500 students from across America take part in the Youth Tour experience each year. Students travel to Washington, D.C., to meet legislators and explore museums, memorials and monuments with other students from Missouri.

Please visit GoSEMO.com, see your high school guidance counselor or email ron@gosemo.com for more information.

Property Taxes

With property taxes due, I thought you might be curious about the cooperative’s tax bill. SEMO Electric’s property taxes for 2018 totaled about $620,000. Since the co-op has roughly 2,600 miles of power lines and 16,000 meters, property taxes equate to about $238 per mile of line or $38.75 per meter.

Book of the Month

“We believe that the real pixie dust is love – love for your fellow team members, your customers, your product, and for yourself. Great leaders love their employees and inspire them to embrace heartfelt values and codes of conduct, not policies and rules.” Bill Capodagli & Lynn Jackson– The Disney Way

Be smart. Act safe.


Vanslyke is general manager and chief executive officer of SEMO Electric Cooperative. In the photo, Vanslyke shares a happy moment with his wife, daughter, son, son-in-law and grandchildren during a visit to Seattle, Washington.