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C O M M E N T S "Devoted to the rural way of life" Hall of Fame February 2014 Volume 66 / Number 2 Six REC leaders honored by Missouri Institute of Cooperatives T he Missouri Institute of Cooperatives recently honored six leaders with ties to the electric cooperative program for their service to cooperatives by inducting them into the Missouri Institute of Cooperatives Hall of Fame. John Eggleston, Memphis, Mo., is a pioneer of new generation cooperatives in Missouri. He also served as a distinguished director for Tri-County Electric from 1976-2011. Besides being instrumental in forming Missouri's first ethanol cooperative, he helped educate the entire state on the benefits of ethanol. He showed tremendous leadership on the many co-op boards on which he has served. The Association of Missouri ElecJohn Eggleston tric Cooperatives honored him with its Frank Stork Democracy Award for his political involvement. Lloyd Gunter, Conway has been involved in cooperatives for 38 years. He has served as a director for Dairy Farmers of America and Webster Electric Cooperative. No matter which cooperative he is representing, Lloyd is dedicated to improving the quality of life for his rural neighbors. The Gunters host farm tours for area schools, using these tours as an opportunity to speak about the issues facing farmers. Among his many honors are Wildlife Farmer of Lloyd Gunter the Year, Webster County Farm Family of the Year and Cooperator of the Year. A.H. Holbert, Lewistown, helped establish four cooperatives. He was one of the original incorporators of Lewis County Rural Electric Cooperative and was its second manager. Under his direction, Lewis County was the first Missouri electric cooperative to energize a line. He also helped establish the Lewistown and Ewing Consumers Cooperative. But he is best known for his work as the father of electric cooperative generation and transmission in Missouri. He was president of the first generation and transmission cooperative in the state, Sho-Me Power. He later served as president of another power cooperative he helped start, Northeast Missouri Power. A.H. literally worked himself to death championing the cause of electric cooperatives around the state. He died in 1948. A. H. Holbert 4 Layne Morrill, of Kimberling City, has been a director for White River Valley Electric in Branson and an unwavering friend to Missouri's electric cooperatives for nearly 40 years. He serves his members with involvement at all levels, as a director for his local system, as a board member for KAMO Power and as a member of the board at power supply Layne Morrill cooperative Associated Electric. The cooperative movement also benefits from his involvement in state and local issues. The trust he has gained with elected officials makes him a natural to speak on behalf of all electric cooperatives. He is known as a role model of the best practices for a cooperative director. Don Shaw, Jefferson City, the CEO of Central Electric Power Cooperative, can trace his roots to the pioneers of Missouri's generation and transmission cooperatives. From these roots and growing up on a family farm, he learned the importance of cooperatives and the need to fight anyone who threatens the success of Missouri's electric cooperatives. He is an outspoken leader in the fight to protect affordable and reliable electricity. A true innovator in Don Shaw power supply, he has embraced new and renewable technologies for the generation and transmission of electricity. He gives generously of his time to serve on many cooperative boards where he is always an engaged and active director. Burrell Smith, Monticello, is a legend of the electric co-op program. His career with Lewis County Rural Electric Cooperative spanned 77 years, starting in the 1930s when he helped sign up members. After serving in World War II, he returned to the cooperative and worked his way onto the line crew. Here he stayed on call 24/7. He was a dedicated worker, spending long hours with primitive equipment to build and maintain the power lines. He cleared right of way with an ax, blasted through solid rock to dig holes and then set the poles by brute strength. Besides his cooperative career, he served the community as mayor of Monticello, church deacon and school board member. You can find all of the Hall of Fame inductees at WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP Burrell Smith Jim McCarty, editor Jason Jenkins, managing editor Heather Berry, associate editor Paul Newton, field editor Megan Backes, editorial assistant Mary Davis, production manager Angie Jones Dusty Weter Co-op page designers Circulation of this issue: USPS 473-000 ISSN 0164-8578 Copyright 2014, 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. If not specified, delivery will be by periodical class mail at subscriber's expense. Periodical Class postage paid at Jefferson City, MO, and additional mailing offices. Rural Missouri P.O. Box 1645 Jefferson City, MO 65102 573-659-3423 Postmasters: Send address changes to Rural Missouri, P.O. Box 1645, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Subscribers: Report change of address to your local cooperative. Do not send change of address to Rural Missouri. Advertising standards: Advertising published in Rural Missouri is accepted on the premise that the merchandise and services offered are accurately described and sold to customers at the advertised price. Rural Missouri and Missouri's electric cooperatives do not endorse any products or services advertised herein. Advertising that does not conform to these standards or that is deceptive or misleading is never knowingly accepted by this publication. Advertising information: 573-659-3400 National Advertising Representative: National Country Market; 611 S. Congress St., Suite 504; Austin, TX 78704 573-659-3400 Member, Missouri Association of Publications and Missouri Press Association http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - February 2014

Rural Missouri - February 2014
Ministering to motorists
A mid-winter read
Fighting more than fires
Out of the Way Eats
Metal & music
Honest Abe
Hearth and Home
The Missouri Dinosaur
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - February 2014