Rural Missouri - May 2013 - (Page 4)
C O M M E N T S
“Devoted to the rural
way of life”
Hall of Fame
Volume 65 / Number 5
Five REC leaders honored by Missouri Institute of Cooperatives
co-op MFA Incorporated.
he Missouri Institute of Cooperatives recently
He helped write the first
honored five electric cooperative leaders for their
wiring code book for
service to cooperatives by inducting them into
electric cooperatives and
the Missouri Cooperative Hall of Fame. Inducted
was devoted to safety.
into the Hall of Fame in 2013 were the late Joe Hinds,
Ryan spent his entire
charter member and original manager of Howell-Oregon
career working for coopElectric Cooperative;
eratives, retiring in 2006
P.D. Kircher, Osage Valas manager of Three Rivley Electric Cooperative
ers Electric Cooperative.
director; Walt Ryan,
Keith Schnarre of
former manager of HowCentralia, a Boone Elecard and Three Rivers
tric Cooperative director
since 1990, takes his
Keith Schnarre, director
role on the cooperative’s
for Boone Electric Coopboard seriously. He has
erative; and Dan Strode,
served as treasurer since
manager of Ralls County
Boone Electric Co-op
1994 and has seen memElectric Cooperative.
bership increase by 50 percent and assets triple.
Joe Hinds, Willow
“Keith has always been one to vote his conscience, putSprings, was honored
ting cooperative ideals ahead of his own,” said one of his
posthumously in the
fellow directors, who nominated him for the honor. “Keith
Heritage category. He
above all is a strategic thinker, a decision maker, a leader
was one of the original
and a man of action.” Besides his work at Boone Electric,
incorporators of HowellJoe Hinds
he has served on the board of MFA Incorporated and was
Oregon Electric, which is
Howell-Oregon Electric Co-op
tasked with helping
based in West Plains.
rewrite Boone County’s
Joe played a key role in organizing the cooperative,
constitution in 1995.
traveling from farm to farm on horseback to sign up memDan Strode, New
bers. “Money wasn’t real
London, is known as
plentiful in those days,”
the “electric cooperative
he recalled in a story on
conscience” because of
his retirement. “I can
his constant reminder
remember taking a corn
to always consider the
sheller as payment for
person at the end of
one membership, and I
the line. He never hesiput up the $5 fee for a
tates to embark on new
endeavors, no matter
He was the co-op’s
the critics. These projfirst general manager,
ects include a $21 milserving 28 years from
1939 to 1967.
network to bring highP.D. Kircher, HarriDan Strode
speed Internet service to
sonville, was honored for
Ralls County Electric Co-op
his 48 years of involveThis effort mirrors the
ment with Missouri
work of the early rural electric pioneers who brought eleccooperatives, including
Osage Valley Electric Co-op
tricity to rural people when others said the job couldn’t be
service on the boards of
Osage Valley Electric —
In all he has done as manager of Ralls County Electric,
where he currently is board president — KAMO Power and
Strode’s goal was to find new ways to use the cooperative
business model to bring additional benefits to members.
A lifelong farmer, his life’s work has been devoted to
The induction of these five brings the
ensuring future generations have sustotal Hall of Fame members from electric
tainable farms and affordable electricity
cooperatives to 17. Previous electric coopthrough the co-op business model. He is
erative leaders named to the Hall of Fame
dedicated to the future of cooperatives.
include Neil Adams, Associated Electric;
In nearly every board meeting, he is
Herb Buckallew, Tri-County Electric; Byron
the one who can be counted on to ask,
Jahn, Consolidated Electric; Frank Stork,
“What’s the bottom line?” He believes the
Association of Missouri Electric Cooperabottom line has to include the best intertives; Bob Alderson, Boone Electric; O.B.
ests of the cooperative’s member/owners
Clark, Co-Mo Electric; Jerry Divin, Southand his goal is to “keep the lights on at the
west Electric; George Barnitz, Intercounty
lowest possible cost for all.”
Electric; Bob Partridge, National Rural
Walt Ryan’s electric cooperative career
Electric Cooperative Association; Herman
included stints at Sac Osage Electric, Black
Vestal, Webster Electric; and Vernon Gage,
River Electric, Howard Electric and Three
Rivers Electric. He got his start as a poweruse adviser, teaching members how to use
You can find all of the Hall of Fame
electricity to improve their quality of life.
inductees at www.mic.coop.
Prior to that, he worked 10 years at farm
Three Rivers Electric Co-op
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Jason Jenkins, managing editor
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - May 2013
Rural Missouri - May 2013
Table of Contents
Chronicle of the corncob pipe
Missouri Snapshots contest
The family that drills together
Out of the Way Eats
Where bluegrass grows
Hearth and Home
Veggies and vision
Rural Missouri - May 2013
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