Rural Missouri - April 2013 - (Page 4)
C O M M E N T S
“Devoted to the rural
way of life”
Volume 65 / Number 4
Jim McCarty, editor
Jason Jenkins, managing editor
Heather Berry, associate editor
Kyle Spradley, field editor
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Those attending the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association annual meeting heard a stirring farewell speech from retiring
CEO Glenn English. He encouraged electric co-op leaders to continue engaging members in the effort to protect their rates.
‘Heirs to a cause’
NRECA’s English rallies the troops in farewell address
English pointed to a survey conducted by Touchstone
lenn English, retiring CEO of the National Rural
Energy that showed 60 percent of electric cooperative
Electric Cooperative Association, rallied the
members were willing to contact their members of Congress
troops in his farewell address at the 2013 NRECA
if asked to do so by their electric cooperative. That response
annual meeting. In his address to more than
shows a potential of 25 million
9,000 rural electric leaders, English
people willing to stand up against
encouraged them to rally around
those who would enact policies
policies that will keep electricity
that would increase electric rates.
affordable and improve the quality
“There is no other program
of life for the 41 million Americans
in the United States that has 25
who receive electricity from an
million folks willing to stand
up. The only thing standing in
English reminded the electric
between this tremendous political
cooperative managers, directors
power, something we haven’t seen
and key employees that they are
in 40 years, is your asking.”
all “heirs to a cause” that has
English has led NRECA for the
improved the quality of life for
past 19 years. Prior to that, he
members and their communities
was a U.S. representative from
for more than 75 years.
Oklahoma and a strong advocate
“I used to hear people talk
photo courtesy of NRECA
for the rural people he represented.
about the program,” English said.
Jo Ann Emerson gets some help sending her own
He said his call to public service
“It wasn’t about wires and poles.
message to Congress from members of the Youth stemmed from a desire to improve
What it was about was the cause,
Leadership Council. She is the new NRECA CEO.
the lives of his fellow citizens — a
the program. They didn’t come
role he continued as CEO of the
together just to build the largest
national association. “This opportunity to do something
distribution network in the nation. They did it to improve
for these people was more than I could resist,” he said.
the lives of their family and their neighbors.”
He leaves NRECA debt free and with a reputation
But English cautioned that those who follow in the
for honesty in Washington, D.C. Former Missouri
footsteps of those early pioneers have a responsibility to
congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson took his place in March.
look out for the best interests of the electric cooperative
In parting, English, joined by his wife, Jan, expressed
members they serve. “There are many battles ahead,”
his appreciation for the many friendships he has enjoyed
he said. “You can win those battles if you engage your
at NRECA. “In a few days, Jan and I will be those folks at
members and build the loyalty that is the foundation of
the end of the line,” he said. “But I’ll be looking to see if
political strength. You can win those battles if you ask
anyone asks us to get involved.”
them to help out and point out to them what is at stake.”
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - April 2013
Rural Missouri - April 2013
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