Rural Missouri - March 2013 - (Page 4)

C O M M E N T S “Devoted to the rural way of life” March 2013 Volume 65 / Number 3 Jim McCarty, editor Jason Jenkins, managing editor Heather Berry, associate editor Kyle Spradley, field editor Megan Schibi, editorial assistant Mary Davis, production manager Angie Jones Dusty Weter Co-op page designers USPS 473-000 ISSN 0164-8578 Copyright 2013, Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. Call for reprint rights. photo by Jason Jenkins Howell-Oregon Electric’s Dan Singletary, left, and Myles Smith, center, share the electric cooperative position on issues with Sen. Mike Cunningham of Marshfield. Cunningham was one of many legislators contacted by electric co-ops during their conference. Co-op Nation State legislative conference kicks off ‘grassroots revival’ H engage employees and members alike to keep electric coopundreds of electric cooperative leaders descended eratives strong and vital in their communities. on Jefferson City Feb. 4-5 during the annual State “Past generations got the lights on,” Chris Massman, Legislative Conference and Grassroots Workshop one of those charged with grassroots activism at the assohosted by the Association of Missouri Electric ciation, told the group. “Now it’s up to us to keep them on Cooperatives. This year, they greeted elected officials with a and ensure they stay affordable new enthusiasm as they kicked and reliable in the future.” off a “grassroots revival” intendAdded Chris Weber, the other ed to renew the political activhalf of the association’s grassroots ism that has been a hallmark of duo, “The success of our program electric cooperatives from the is credited to that one word — beginning. grassroots. We get a lot of credit “You’ve heard of Cardinal for the fact that we are active in Nation,” said Barry Hart, CEO our communities, that we follow of the Association of Missouri those cooperative principles. We Electric Cooperatives. “We are are a force for good.” building Co-op Nation.” The event included a video Hart urged those gathered visit from former U.S. Rep. Jo to reach out to their elected Ann Emerson, who takes over as officials on a host of issues that photo by Jim McCarty CEO of the National Rural Elecaffect electric cooperatives and Rep. Jason Smith of Salem, speaker pro tem, was one tric Cooperative Association in their members. So successful of the legislative leaders who spoke at the event. March. were their efforts later in the “Explore every avenue you can Capitol that even urban legislato expand your grassroots reach,” she said. “If you are any tors with no ties to the cooperatives were telling Hart they indication of what’s out there, I believe electric cooperaunderstood the co-op positions on issues ranging from pole tives can compete with any special interest group. We may attachments to encourage rural high-speed Internet to connot have the financial advantages they have, but we have cerns about changes to Missouri’s net-metering law. the passion. Not only are you involved in your commu“Everyone at the Capitol knew the electric cooperatives nity, you are trying to lift up everyone who is a member.” were in town,” Hart said at the association’s February board The push to engage the electric cooperative membermeeting the following day. “You did an excellent job talkship stems in large part to recent developments that ing to the legislators.” have opened a floodgate of money pouring into political But the gathering wasn’t all about politics. Assembled campaigns. “Our only chance is to get that co-op army were the grassroots teams from every electric cooperative engaged,” Hart says. in the state, anxious to learn their role in a new effort to 4 WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP Rural Missouri is published monthly by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. Barry Hart, executive vice president. Individual subscription rate: $10 per year or $22 for three years, taxes and postage included. 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - March 2013

Rural Missouri - March 2013
Table of Contents
Musings in mud
The lure of tying flies
Out of the Way Eats
Living history
Queens of the court
Homegrown music
Hearth and Home
All about mulch
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - March 2013