A time to reflect
As we approach the holiday season, many of us reflect on the past year
and set goals for the next. It is a time to renew old friendships and
a time when memories and traditions combine to make the season bright
with promise, anticipation and joy.
The changes we experience with our families every year makes this season
all the more exciting as we gather together and discuss what took place.
The elders of our families remind us of our Christmases past and our
wishes and dreams of long ago. New family members are drawn into the
family circle to add to the joy of the season.
The desire for communication between friends and family is never more
apparent than it is this special time of year, as mailboxes (both the
old-fashioned kind and today’s e-mail) are packed with greetings
and phone lines are busy with calls between family members and friends
from across the miles.
I’d like to take a moment to thank each of you who have taken time
to keep in touch with us throughout the past year, sharing with us your
ideas and comments as well as any problems you may have faced.
It’s good to know what you think about the topics we cover in Rural
Missouri. We never forget it’s your publication. We’re here
to keep you informed and your comments let us know if we’re on
track. Please continue to tell me and the rest of the staff what’s
on your mind.
May each of us be thankful for the many good things we’ve accomplished
this year by working together — and may we continue to work side
by side in the coming new year.
It’s great to be back in Missouri where I got my start in the rural
electric program so many years ago. As I travel around the country and
talk with my counterparts in other states I am reminded how great things
are back home in Missouri.
That’s due in large part to the family atmosphere at Missouri’s
electric cooperatives where your leaders can disagree but eventually
come together on the important issues that affect you and your electric
For the staff of
Rural Missouri, my wife, Laura, and myself, as well as the rest of
Missouri’s rural electric cooperative family,
like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas
and a blessed New Year.
Here’s hoping our paths cross in 2005 as I make the rounds of cooperative
Hart is executive vice president of the Association of Missouri