October 2019

By the Community, for the Community

When you think of October, pumpkins, Halloween and beautiful fall foliage naturally come to mind. But October is notable for another reason – it’s National Co-op Month! This is the time of year when cooperatives across the country, including SEMO Electric Cooperative, celebrate who we are and more importantly, the members we serve.  

Cooperatives are different than other types of businesses. As a co-op, we are well-suited to meet the needs of the community because we are locally governed. SEMO Electric’s leadership team and employees live right here in the community. Our board of directors, who helps set long-term priorities for the co-op, live locally on co-op lines. These board members have been elected to the position by neighbors like you.

Our close connection to the community ensures we get a first-hand perspective on local priorities, thereby enabling us to make more informed decisions on long-term investments, such as GoSEMO Fiber, equipment and technology upgrades and electric vehicle programs.

Another feature that sets our co-op apart from a traditional utility is one of our core principles, “Concern for Community.” We participate in parades, volunteer for local fundraisers and take our community’s brightest young people to Jefferson City, Mo., and Washington, D.C. to experience democracy in action. Plus, we have our annual The Porch Light Project on Saturday, October 12 at Howardville in New Madrid County. We will walk the town to distribute LED bulbs to light up porches and team up with the Southeast Missouri Food Bank to provide food for local families.

Ultimately, the larger community benefits from these programs because of you and your neighbors. You empower the co-op through your membership and through your participation in and support of these programs.

We hope you will think of SEMO Electric as more than your energy and broadband provider, but instead as a local business that supports this community and powers economic development and prosperity for the people.

We will continue to listen to our members about your priorities so that we can better serve you – because your electric co-op was built by the community, for the community.

Check Your Mailbox

The Board authorized the distribution of $880,934 of capital credits from 1984 and 2018 to members. We will mail checks during the first part of October to members’ most current address listed on the co-op’s records. If the amount is $10 or less, the amount will be carried over to next year. Even if it’s only $11, how many service providers send a check to you? Thanks for being a member of SEMO Electric Cooperative! 

Book of the Month

“Good listening is about more than nodding attentively; it’s about adding insight and creating moments of mutual discovery.” Daniel Coyle – Culture Code 

Be smart. Act safe.


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