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Merry Christmas
and a happy new year

Frank Stork
by Frank Stork

Christmas is right around the corner. I’m thinking of all the good things that happen during this time of year. Most of all, I am thinking about our family coming home to share the Christmas.

As I write, my thoughts flash back to the many Christmas seasons I have enjoyed during my 65 years on this good Earth. Within those recollections, I think about how lonely I was when I served a hitch in the Navy and couldn’t get home. It means so much for families to be together during Christmas time. We don’t know how much it means until we can’t make the trip.

As I put this piece together, I also face the realization that this will be my last column for a December issue of Rural Missouri. I will retire soon. Fortunately, I get to write a few more pieces before the process of choosing my successor is complete. The plan is to have my replacement on board by July 1 of next year.

All of this is good. I look forward to what I will call my “retirement career.” Now that the decision has been firmly and finally made, I will enter the next chapter of my life with eager anticipation and great exuberance.

The realization that my years in rural electrification will end soon makes me think about what a fulfilling career it has been. I was very lucky to be accepted into our family of rural electrification as I held minimum credentials when invited. The good people that gave me my first job out of college and than tutored me until I could make a small contribution are very special to me and my family.

I think also about the thousands of good people I have worked with all across this great land. It has been a special and rewarding experience indeed.

One regret I have in looking back is that I did not save the many letters I received from our readers since I began writing this column in the 1970s. After submitting my piece each month, I eagerly awaited letters, phone calls or e-mail from readers even if they were critical of what I wrote.

My promise to the editor was to respond to each of them personally. I’m thinking I did pretty well at that and sincerely hope I didn’t forget anyone.

Thanks a million times for letting me come into your home through Rural Missouri. On the behalf of each of us on your association staff and all the good people that serve you through electric cooperatives, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Stork was executive vice president of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives and a member of Three Rivers Electric Co-op.

 

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