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Planning and by-law discussions were on the agenda as the Moniteau County Historical Society met Monday night.

With yesterday's Bicentennial celebration still in the future as of the meeting, much of the evening consisted of planning ahead for roles at Tuesday's ice cream social and accompanying quilt show.

Outside of that discussion, the group was busy with thinking ahead to September. The Historical Society's next meeting will be its annual dinner and meeting at the home of Dolores Burger Sept. 13, to which the Historical Society has now received more than 20 RSVPs from members.

The group nominated the winner of its "Spirit of the Manitou" award at Monday's meeting, to be announced next month. Five individuals garnered votes, with one taking the overall majority.

Also in line with next month's annual meeting, the group learned that Paul Fennewald would serve as the evening's speaker after the previously planned speaker bowed out due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 case count in the area. Fennewald will discuss the Missouri fur trade in the 1800s, complete with period dress.

Also on the agenda for September is the Historical Society's pie fundraiser, which typically is held in conjunction with the Ozark Ham & Turkey Festival the third Saturday in September, which this year is Sept. 18. The group agreed to give permission to a pair of outside groups, including a bluegrass band, that day to use the side yard by the Historical Society's meeting room during the fundraiser.

During by-law discussion, the group examined the wording of a number of items, including modernizing the wording for how the treasurer should handle expenditures and deposits; changing any mention of an "audit" to establishing a financial review committee annually; and defining the parameters for the group's quorum at business meetings.

The Moniteau County Historical Society's next regular meeting is its annual meeting, set for Sept. 13 at 6 p.m.

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