Rural Missouri - November 2013 - (Page 4)
C O M M E N T S
"Devoted to the rural
way of life"
Reconnect with Youth Tour
Volume 65 / Number 11
Missouri Youth Tour alumni invited to relive memories
or 50 years, Missouri's electric cooperatives have been
sending young people to our
nation's capital on the Youth
Tour. It started with a challenge to
get the youth of America to Washington, D.C., to see what our flag
More than 3,400 delegates
from Missouri have made that
trip, seeing sights such as the
Smithsonian Institution museums,
the Lincoln Memorial, war
memorials, George Washington's
Mount Vernon estate, the U.S.
Capitol and the White House, to
name a few.
They have shaken hands with
senators and representatives, and
some have even seen the president.
Just look at what 50 years of the
Youth Tour has given us so far:
* An adjutant general of the
Missouri National Guard
* A Missouri Supreme Court
Delegates to the 1968 Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., pose in front of the
White House during some simpler times for security.
* Numerous Washington D.C.
share photos and videos from more recent
* A Missouri state representative
trips and keep you up to date on where the
* Legislative staffers on Capitol Hill
Youth Tour is today.
* Lawyers, teachers, engineers, farmers
There is no cost to participate. Just send
* Local and national business professionals
To watch a video on the
* Soldiers who fought for their country
Youth Tour Alumni Associa- an email to Mike Marsch, youth tour director,
* Electric cooperative employees and at
tion, click this button inside at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us that you
least one electric cooperative director
our digital edition, online at want to be added to the list.
For 50 years, the Rural Electric Youth Tour
If you are someone who had the wonderful
to Washington, D.C., has been the "trip of a
opportunity to be a delegate on a past Youth
lifetime" for thousands of young Missourians.
Tour, we want to hear from you.
Don't let those memories be forgotten! Help us
In celebration of 50 years, we are establishing a Missouri
reconnect and spread the word about the Missouri Youth
Youth Tour Alumni Association, to help you reconnect
Tour Alumni Association.
with former delegates. Our goal is to hear your stories,
New managers at Laclede and Lewis County co-ops
wo new managers have joined the ranks of Missouri's electric cooperatives. They are Marc Roecker
at Laclede Electric Cooperative, Lebanon, and Patrick Griggs at Lewis County Rural Electric Cooperative, Lewistown.
Roecker became general manager of Laclede Electric on
July 29, bringing 31 years of cooperative experience to the
job. He replaced the late Ken
Miller, who died suddenly
on June 3.
Roecker joined Laclede
Electric in 1996 as manager of office services and
accounting. He became
assistant manager on April
1, 1998. He also worked for
electric co-ops in Iowa.
Roecker is a past president of Rotary and the Lebanon Area Foundation. He
also served on the Lebanon
Area Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors. He and
his wife, Kim, have one son,
Nicholas, who lives in Madison, Wisc.
Griggs assumed his duties as Lewis County's manager
Aug. 30, replacing John Bloom, who retired.
He brings 32 years of experience in electric cooperatives
to the position, most recently as northern regional manager
for Corn Belt Energy Cooperative in Illinois. He also has
served as staking engineer, member services director, vice
president of electrical distribution and manager of engineering for the cooperative.
Griggs has memberships
in the local chamber of
commerce, Ducks Unlimited, Masonic Lodge and his
church. He also farms and
is a basketball and football
He and his wife, Linda,
recently celebrated 30 years
Missouri's electric co-ops
welcome the managers to
their new roles and wish
Bloom a happy retirement.
Jim McCarty, editor
Jason Jenkins, managing editor
Heather Berry, associate editor
Megan Backes, editorial assistant
Mary Davis, production manager
Kile Brewer, intern
Co-op page designers
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - November 2013
Rural Missouri - November 2013
White mules and family wine
Helping our neighbors
A rolling tribute to freedom
Out of the Way Eats
Big man from a small town
Hearth and Home
Best of rural Missouri
Rural Missouri - November 2013