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Missouri is rich with cooperatives, cooperative history, new cooperative development and individuals who have made significant contributions to the strength and success of cooperatives.
The Missouri Institute of Cooperatives (MIC) developed the Cooperative Hall of Fame to ensure a permanent, prestigious recognition of cooperative leaders for future generations.
In the eleventh annual selection, seven persons were recognized with a Missouri Cooperative Hall of Fame Award announced at the MIC annual meeting on March 12, in Columbia.
Among those recognized was Daniel L. Strode, manager/CEO of Ralls County Electric Cooperative. Strode was inducted into the employee category in recognition of his visionary leadership; willingness to take risks; unwavering dedication to enhance the quality of life for rural Missourians; and 30-plus years of exemplary service to cooperatives.
Strode’s accomplishments include launching a $21 million Fiber-to-the-Home network to bring high speed internet to rural communities (a first-of-its-kind project), leading the way to develop a long-range strategic plan for rural Missouri.
It is serving as a demonstration project for both private and cooperative businesses in Missouri and beyond. Strode’s goal is to make access to the internet available to every family, school, business and public institution.
Strode is a Louisiana, native and a graduate of Louisiana High School.
For more information on the Missouri Institute of Cooperatives Hall of Fame visit www.mic.coop