Rural Missouri Magazine began in 1948 as a way for co-ops to communicate with their members about electrical safety and news. Now with 570,000 readers, Rural Missouri showcases entertaining and informative features about Missouri's fascinating people and businesses.
Every month, Central Missouri Electric Cooperative's manager, Brian Jacobi, writes an insightful article that is featured in CMEC's pages in Rural Missouri magazine. Jacobi updates members on what is happening at their co-op and staff share important news and information about CMEC.
It's Annual Meeting time! Learn about Central Missouri Electric Cooperative's Annual Meeting of the Membership which is returning to an in person format this year! Read about ways to stay safe around water and how to help beat the heat this summer.
Get excited for the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Membership which is returning to in-person this year. Learn about the nominating committee, some delicious strawberry recipes, respecting electricity and how to stay cool this summer.
"What Grandpa Taught Me." Jacobi writes about a lesson his grandfather taught him. Read about surge protection to prepare for the upcoming storm season. Learn more about what linemen do and Board Director Jennifer Boatright.
Are you considering buying solar panels? Jacobi answers some tough questions members may have about solar panels. Learn more about CMEC's rate increase, ways to save money and energy, and a scholarship opportunity for high school seniors.
"I remember when Daddy had to agree with everyone else in the area to go together and get power from the electric cooperative." Read about some electric cooperative history as well as energy efficiency tips for the cold winter months.
Learn more about CMEC delaying rate increases through the winter to help members. Also featured is a winter weather forecast from CMEC staff and the winners of the 2022 Missouri Snapshots Photo Contest inside the January issue of Rural Missouri.
Read about three Christmas stories in the Central Missouri Electric Cooperative family. The December issue of Rural Missouri is full of holiday spirit with stories on traditions, shopping locally, "A Trip to Toyland" and cookie recipes.
Jacobi highlights the importance of proper planning in electric cooperatives and CMEC Assistant Manager Rance Walters shares some Acts of Random Kindness he has experienced in the past year. Readers can also learn about CMEC lineworkers providing aid in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida and rebates.
"Who is trusting you, and how does that feel? Who do you trust? Do you know there is someone you can trust no matter what?" Jacobi contemplates trust in our daily lives and on the trust members put into their electric cooperatives. Also, make sure to read about how to "Be Cyber Smart."
The September Manager's Monthly Meeting features a look back on the past year at CMEC and on the cooperative's 82nd Annual Meeting. See what CMEC linemen have been up to with a feature on their annual pole top rescue training and information on National Farm Safety Week.
"Sold in a weekend, validated over a year." See what brought Jacobi to the CMEC community. Avoid utility scams, see what CMEC's Youth Tour Delegates got up to at the 58th Annual Missouri Electric Youth Tour and view unclaimed funds from 2018.
What is an annual meeting? What do you do at it? What happens? Get your questions answered in the July 2021 issue of Rural Missouri. Read about the 2021 candidates, proposed bylaw amendments, and a message from the CMEC Board of Directors President Ron Bledsoe.
Four easy questions and one hard answer. Jacobi explains the difficult topic of tree clearing in right-of-ways: its importance, why CMEC does it, and why it can be hard for CMEC staff and members alike. Staff also write about net metering and storm preparation.
Broadband infrastructure is a big and important topic to many living in rural Missouri. Learn more about CMEC's past and continuing efforts with broadband. Read more about a CMEC member's ranch near Mora, featured in May's Rural Missouri.
"We kept the power on, now what?" Jacobi explains the February 2021 Texas energy crisis, how it affects CMEC members and how the CMEC team is learning from it. Also featured is an explanation on what exactly a kilowatt-hour (kWh) is.
March's Rural Missouri gives members a general update on what has been going on at their Central Missouri Electric Cooperative. A photo gallery features the January 2021 Central Missouri ice storm and staff answer, "Why do my lights blink, dim, or flicker?"
Scams are a very real threat in today's age. Learn how you can best avoid "phishing" scams. Continuing with the safety theme, staff explain how to share safety lessons on electricity with children, how to tune in for peak alerts.
Read about why CMEC decided to change its office operating hours, how to plan for savings, and how to connect with CMEC. CMEC Right of Way Coordinator John Randall and other CMEC staff are featured in this month's Rural Missouri.
How can we make positive impacts on others? What are our responsibilities? A few days before the 2020 Presidential Election, Jacobi reflects on these questions and shares how one CMEC staff member made a positive impact with one simple act of service.
"Cooperating even when it's hard." Cooperation among cooperatives is one of the seven primary principles cooperatives operate under. But how can they do this in a world of social distancing, quarantining, working from home and a time of picking sides instead of finding common ground?
Learn about how CMEC is contributing to your community through education. Staff explain how to not get scammed, what SmartHub is, and efficiency tips for renters. Other features include the restoration of a steam engine, an ice cream factory in Eldon and the joys of mountain biking.
"You are us and we are you." Jacobi reminisces on CMEC's first drive-thru annual meeting and asks: Did you know CMEC is owned by and run by the very people with the purchasing power? Did you know a majority of CMEC employees are also members? What does this cooperative value?