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story.lead_photo.caption Democrat photo/Michelle BrooksU.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Harrisonville) was the guest speaker Feb. 2 at the Moniteau County Republicans Lincoln Day Dinner at Centennial Hall.

Moniteau County Republicans gathered to observe Lincoln Day with a dinner, auction and remarks from U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Harrisonville).

Hartzler told those gathered, including about 20 elected officials, that she wanted to share some "good news" from the last two years, including a stronger economy, a more secure nation and leadership that respects life and fundamental rights.

"It's time for all of us to get in the game to let people know every life is precious," she said.

The group honored Rep. David Wood (R-Versailles) as its Republican of the Year.

The youngest of four children, Wood was a math teacher and three-sport coach. He enjoys hunting and fishing and has five children.

Although he has worked in IT, he doesn't like computers, his family said.

But whatever he does, it's never halfway, said county club president Sarah Jones.

"He takes the time to help with patience and answers," she said.

Wood said in his six years representing the southern portion of Moniteau County, he has spent a lot of time getting to know residents.

"I've been here a lot; I'm not a resident of Moniteau County, but I've been treated like I have been from day one," he said. "It's hard to express my appreciation."

He said he appreciates each day he serves as a representative. But, "you'll never have to vote for me again," as he said he will not seek another office when his term-limit expires.

The club also retired a long-standing door prize — the traveling slippers, featuring U.S. President George H.W. and Barbara Bush.

Joyce Rohrbach discovered the slippers decades ago and donated them originally. When the final ticket was pulled for a permanent home for the slippers, a Cole County resident won. He donated them back to Jones, who returned them to Rohrbach as a fun turn-of-events.

"We've had a lot of fun with them over the years," Jones said.

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