The meeting of the Moniteau County Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President David Jungmeyer Feb.14. Jungmeyer welcomed the members and guests back for the first meeting of the year.
The minutes of the November meeting were circulated by secretary Bettie Saunders and the treasurer's report with bills to be allowed presented by treasurer Shirley Elliott. Both were voted for approval.
Secretary Dottie Gump read correspondence from David Jungmeyer thanking the Society for the Spirit of Manitou award presented to him at the November meeting.
Information had been received concerning the DAR Civil War quilt show to be held in Boonville on April 1 and 2. A letter from Dr. Gary Kremer, Executive Director of the Missouri State Historical Society and speaker at the November meeting had been received.
The chair called for committee reports beginning with James Albin for the genealogy library. He stated that the library would open for the season on the first Thursday in April.
Under museum and displays, Richard Schroeder led a discussion in regard to placement of the Moniteau Mills whistle which was donated by Norris Gerhart and family. The disposal of the display case currently in the Moniteau County Court house was also discussed.
Membership chair Carole Schroeder announced that the annual dues are currently payable and are $10 a year or $75 for a lifetime membership.
Shirley Elliott reported on the newsletter and is in the process of selling ads and using some color printing for them. President Jungmeyer commended her on the savings that had been realized. It was suggested that further savings could be made by sending the newsletter via email. Angel Geiser reported that she continues the KRRL radio History Moment on Mondays at 12:40 p.m. readings from various locally written county history books. She also noted that there were 400 facebook friends of the society.
Buildings and grounds chair, James Martin, reported on the roof and gutter problems caused by the recent heavy snow and moisture and that much repair is needed.
Ways and means chairperson, Nancy Martin led the discussion regarding the annual chili supper fundraiser. The date was tentatively set for Saturday, March 12, at the Nutrition Center. A sign up sheet for donations and volunteer help was circulated.
It was announced that Geiser has been appointed the new Youth chairperson.
The genealogy library expansion chairman, Carl Gatlin led the discussion on the plans and cost associated with the construction of the new building. After discussion a motion was made to proceed with plans for obtaining pledges toward the funding with the deadline set at the end of August. The motion passed. A building fund committee was appointed by President Jungmeyer. Those appointed were: Geiser, Gail Hughes, James Albin, Richard Schroeder, Darrel King, Elliott, Gatlin, Paul Jungmeyer, Betty Williamson and Gloria Knipp.
The next meeting of the Society on March 14 will be the "Show and Tell" program. Members and guests are invited to bring an article of historical interest and tell its story. Guests are welcome. Call Carole Schroeder at 796-2250 for membership information.