May 2019

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SEMO Electric’s Annual Meeting May 13 at Miner

By Sean J. Vanslyke

2019 Annual Meeting

SEMO Electric Cooperative’s Annual Meeting will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, May 13 at the Miner Convention Center. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for live music and snacks. 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 80 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 for the Annual 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.

Electrical Safety Month

We use electricity every day. This invisible force has become so commonplace that it can be 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.

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

“As a talk trigger, usefulness can absolutely be an effective option. But it’s not the only choice. In fact, some businesses create consistent customer chatter by giving customers more than they expected. This is the generosity approach.” Jay Baer & Daniel Lemin – Talk Triggers 

Be smart. Act safe.


Vanslyke is general manager and chief executive officer of SEMO Electric Cooperative. In the photo with Sean is Team SEMO’s Marty Vineyard and his wife Debbie and Ben Campbell. The foursome was working with nearly 100 other volunteers on essential repairs and upgrades at the Orlando Covenant House to help provide runaway, homeless and at-risk youth with safe emergency sheltering and transitional housing. The project was Touchstone Energy Cooperative’s 11th annual Community Service Project held in conjunction with the NRECA Annual Meeting.