by Sean Vanslyke – firstname.lastname@example.org
We are going to do our best to have a little fun as we host SEMO Electric’s 2021 Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 13 at the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo grounds. Rain or shine, it will be a drive-thru event from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Plus, we will have a live concert from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Brothers Walker and Doug Johnson. You are welcome to park your vehicle and enjoy. We would appreciate prayers for no severe storms. Come visit with Team SEMO!
To respect social distancing, registration and voting will take place from your vehicle’s window during the event. Members will be asked to approve minutes from the 2019 Annual Meeting and the 2020 Special Meeting, which was conducted for the limited purpose of director elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members will also be asked to approve financial statements for 2019 and 2020, amend two items for the Cooperative's Bylaws and elect four candidates to SEMO Electric's Board of Directors. Please see the following pages for minutes, financial statements, bylaw amendments and candidate profiles. See the Official Notice for more details.
All members (one per household) who attend will receive a $15 bill credit, plus a participation gift and be placed in The Grand Prize Drawing for one of five $250 bill credits. Voting will end at 6 p.m. so ballots may be counted. Results will be announced during the business meeting, which will start at 6 p.m. The business meeting will be broadcast live on Facebook and Classic KYMO 105.3 FM. Members may park and attend the business meeting in-person. The Grand Prize Drawing will be held live on SEMO Electric Cooperative’s Facebook page at 9 a.m., Friday, May 14. Winners will be notified.
To save you money, 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 before the date of the meeting. Rather than mail a letter, we utilized this publication to save about $8,000 in postage costs. To clearly notify members we also printed a message on April's bill statements and enclosed a bill insert. We hope to see you at the annual meeting.
May is Electrical Safety Month. It is a good time to put the most important safety tool you have - your brain - to work. 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. 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 device with a damaged electrical cord or use an extension cord on a permanent basis. Look up and around for power lines before using a ladder. It is important to keep a minimum 10-foot distance from a power line at all times. The minimum distance rule includes you (any part of your body). To learn more about electrical safety, visit SafeElectricity.org. Let’s work and play safe.
Book of the Month: "What is the bravest thing you've ever said? asked the boy. Help, said the horse." THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX AND THE HORSE by Charlie Mackesy
Be smart. Act safe.
Vanslyke is general manager and chief executive officer of SEMO Electric Cooperative. In the top photo, Sean shares a moment with grandchildren Ripley and Otto. It had been 450 days since there was a face-to-face visit due to COVID-19 and 2,215 miles. Hopefully, you have been able to see and hug your family.