Sean J. Vanslyke

The stories below are personally written by Sean J. Vanslyke.


Strange, Stranger and Pushing Forward


It’s strange how life can change so quickly. What’s stranger is how life can change so quickly for all us at the same time. The past three months have proven we are capable of making real-time adjustments to our daily lives.

COVID-19 has changed our lives. Hopefully, we are closer to our family, our friends and our co-workers. Hopefully, we might have more respect for each other’s plight in life. As my friend George Stuteville said, “Perhaps it may be that separation will cause us to know each other better and appreciate each other’s abilities.”

Coronavirus Cooperation

Fiber Fly-in

As we work together to fight Coronavirus, our obligation to make lives better with juice and fiber is even more critical. A few weeks ago we hosted nine cooperatives for a Fiber Fly-in to discuss best practices. While travel is curtailed, we would be willing to talk and/or video conference with cooperatives about fiber-to-the-home projects. Please let us know. We will work together to stop the pandemic. We will continue to work together to make people’s lives better... Cooperation among Cooperatives.

January 3, 2020 - Scholarships


Welcome to 2020

As we enter a new year, I simply want to say thank you for being an engaged member-consumer of SEMO Electric Cooperative. If you are taking time to read, you are at least staying abreast of the cooperative’s activities. I want to say thank you to Team SEMO and SEMO Electric’s Board of Directors for a shared sense of purpose and commitment to make people’s lives better with safe, reliable and low-cost electricity and fiber-fast Internet. We aren’t perfect, but we try to work safe, keep things tidy, act prudent and take care of our member-consumers.