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C O M M E N T S “Devoted to the rural way of life” Hall of Fame May 2013 Volume 65 / Number 5 Five REC leaders honored by Missouri Institute of Cooperatives T 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 electric cooperatives; since 1990, takes his Keith Schnarre, director role on the cooperative’s for Boone Electric Coopboard seriously. He has erative; and Dan Strode, Keith Schnarre 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 few others.” endeavors, no matter He was the co-op’s the critics. These projfirst general manager, ects include a $21 milserving 28 years from lion fiber-to-the-home 1939 to 1967. network to bring highP.D. Kircher, HarriDan Strode speed Internet service to sonville, was honored for Ralls County Electric Co-op northeast Missouri. his 48 years of involveThis effort mirrors the ment with Missouri P.D. Kircher 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 done. 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 MFA Incorporated. 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 Co-Mo Electric. Rivers Electric. He got his start as a poweruse adviser, teaching members how to use Walt Ryan You can find all of the Hall of Fame electricity to improve their quality of life. inductees at Prior to that, he worked 10 years at farm Three Rivers Electric Co-op 4 WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP 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. 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. Group rate for members of participating RECs $4.20, taxes and postage included. Delivery as specified by subscriber. 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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
Vertical gardening
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - May 2013