May 2018

Sean Vanslyke & Dave Belk

SEMO Electric’s annual gathering set for May 14 at the Miner Convention Center

By Sean J. Vanslyke

The 2018 Gathering – Annual Membership Meeting

SEMO Electric Cooperative’s Annual Membership Meeting will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, May 14 at the Miner Convention Center. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for live music, snacks and a little magic. 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 and GoSEMO’s fiber-fast internet. Plus, you can vote for your local director, see nearly 100 high school seniors receive Operation Round Up scholarships and possibly win a door prize. We hope to see you there.

Reducing Costs

The May 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 the publication to save about $8,000 dollars in postage costs.

Dave Belk

After nearly 28 years of being the chief mechanic and steward for SEMO Electric’s fleet vehicles, Dave Belk has taken his tools home. Dave will be best remembered for his common-sense approach and his faith and caring attitude to help others. In the photo, we are standing in front of two pickup trucks with a combined total of 554,000 miles. Over the years, Dave saved SEMO Electric’s member-owners thousands of dollars by keeping watch over the fleet. We wish Dave the best in retirement! Enjoy the next chapter.   


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 Let’s work and play safe.

Book of the Month

“Mentoring others is a powerful laboratory for perspective getting – it’s hard to help someone without understanding his needs Those who mentor others become the men and women who have the team, the network, and the resources to get things done.” Elena L. Botelho and Kim R. Powell – The CEO Next Door 

Be smart. Act safe.


Vanslyke is general manager and chief executive officer of SEMO Electric Cooperative.