What a great honor it’s been serving as a trustee, as an officer, and ultimately as president of the Kansas Electric Cooperatives. The greatest honor, however, comes from serving and representing rural cooperative members statewide and nationally. While I’ve always been quick to accept new ideas and challenges, I never forget the pioneers of our industry who laid the groundwork for the betterment of rural life. Their vision was remarkable in the planning and development of electric cooperatives. Yet today, we still have the same leadership, the same mission, and the same purposes that were handed to us from generations prior.
It’s also been a tremendous honor and privilege to write The President’s Pen column in the Kansas Country Living. When the editor and her staff approached me about the idea and concept of a monthly column and being the good sport I am, I agreed. I have honestly been overwhelmed by the number of people that tell me they read my articles and enjoy a little tongue in cheek humor. I have two thoughts on writing. For those who were big fans of the tv show Seinfeld, it was basically a show about nothing. Their writers admitted it was about nothing and turned it into one of the top tv shows of all time. I used this technique considerably. Another of my own personal writing rules for this column has been to avoid writing about politics, the pandemic, and paradiddles. I chose not to write about politics or the pandemic because nearly every media outlet has plenty of that. Many people have told me they appreciated the absence of those issues. I never wrote about paradiddles because I know nothing about them. That very well could have been a great idea for my next column!
Have a Happy Valentines Day!
Terry Hobbs is the board president for Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. He is also a member of Western Cooperative Electric’s Board of Trustees in WaKeeney.