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The California Progress, Inc. Board of Directors gathered for its first meeting of the new year Monday evening, with newly elected board members in attendance.

The group discussed a number of items of business. CPI finished up the second round of auction item sales, after first beginning to sell items last month. The first round made the organization $500 and the second made $805, resulting in a total of $1,305 in profit for CPI.

Regarding future fundraising opportunities, the group shared ideas for how best to fundraise virtually as the coronavirus pandemic continues. CPI has some access to some online fundraising templates that may be used for future events, and the group plans to establish a fundraising committee soon to begin planning more in earnest. Regarding a recently discussed fundraising idea, CPI's proposed beard contest is still in development; the group will continue to research for the time being.

One future event independent of fundraising that CPI discussed was a possible 9/11 commemorative event; a group of Moniteau County 4-H students, led by Elaine Anderson with the University of Missouri Extension, want to host such an event at Latham Memorial Family Park. The CPI board agreed to the idea of hosting such an event at the park in principle, paving the way for a group of 4-H members to come to a future CPI meeting to pitch their idea directly.

In old business, no further work has taken place on the Latham Sanitarium mural due to the weather, but a second payment has been made for the project.

CPI has also received and paid for new banners and made a purchase of 70 new metal brackets for those banners at $10 per bracket; they will be delivered April 15.

At Latham Memorial Family Park, the playground design and bid are getting close to ready. Otherwise, the park committee will have a meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 to continue planning.

Finally, CPI will move forward with purchasing the .org version of its current web address for $144 per year.

The California Progress, Inc. Board of Directors' next meeting is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 8.

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