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The Moniteau County Historical Society discussed plans for its upcoming annual dinner and meeting, among other topics, at its October meeting.

The annual meeting will take place during the Historical Society's regular meeting time for the month of November. After receiving bids from a few area caterers, the group agreed to have the dinner catered by Sweet Chipotle and decided on a menu for the evening.

The Historical Society also discussed nominations for the group's "Spirit of Manitou" award, given annually to a member of the Historical Society the group agrees has made significant contributions throughout the past year. Some members suggested honoring the late Dorothy Hughes, who passed away last month, with the award posthumously. The award's recipient will be announced at the annual meeting.

The group also selected a nominating committee for its 2020 officers. The Historical Society will soon be selecting a new president, vice president, secretary and three board members at-large.

Discussion at the October meeting also touched on whether the group should continue offering a scholarship to a student from the county. Last year, the Historical Society awarded a Tipton student with a $250 award, funded entirely by donations. Consensus among the group present at Monday's meeting seemed to be against offering a scholarship again, but the topic will be discussed further the next time the group meets.

Finally, the group voted to remove the pavilion at the side of the building. Members present reported the gazebo and other areas of the pavilion were covered in vines, and removal would likely result in pieces like the lattice board on the structure being damaged in the process. Since the space didn't see much regular use, the group agreed removal was preferable.

The Historical Society's next meeting will be its annual meeting and dinner, at 7 p.m. Nov. 11. Members of the group are welcome to arrive as early as 6 p.m., with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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