July 2019

Sean Vanslyke

GoSEMO Fiber Open House July 15 

By Sean J. Vanslyke


Annual Meeting

As reported at the annual meeting, we are proud to provide safe, reliable and low-cost electricity to thousands of homes, farms and businesses. And, now, we are providing world-class broadband services to more than 1,800 homes, farms and businesses in southeast Missouri. Last year at this time, we had just 200 fiber installations. GoSEMO Fiber is growing quickly. 

Our mission is to make people’s live better. To do that, there is absolutely nothing more important than Team SEMO working safe every day. We are selfish about safety. We have no desire to make a hospital visit or attend a funeral. In our business, safety is paramount. We take pride in providing electricity and fiber 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. While our doors are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on normal business days, we are never really closed due to the nature of our business. When storms happen, Team SEMO responds. We have a dynamic work environment for people who want to be challenged. It is a commitment to provide electricity and broadband services 24/7/365.

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-owner. We appreciate your ongoing support during our journey.

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.

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.

A/C Rebate

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.

GoSEMO Fiber Open House

Mark your calendar for 6 p.m., Monday, July 15 for SEMO Electric’s GoSEMO Fiber Open House at our Sikeston office (1/2 mile south of Walmart). We will answer your questions about our construction schedule and the process to bring world-class fiber Internet and HDTV to your home, farm or business. We are close to connecting our 2,000th subscriber!

Book of the Month

“Family first. Long after your business is gone, your family will remain. It is the one constant that will be there through the ups and downs of business. Your family will outlive your work career. Take care of them.” Mark Moses – Make BIG Happen 

Be smart. Act safe.


Vanslyke is general manager and chief executive officer of SEMO Electric Cooperative. The photo shows giving blood during a recent American Red Cross Blood Drive at the cooperative.