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The California Progress, Inc. Board of Directors met Monday night, deciding how best to appropriate donations toward the Latham Memorial Family Park project in the immediate future.

CPI has recently received donations to be used at the "board's discretion," totaling around $11,000. Following some discussion, board members agreed Monday to hold off on deciding exactly what to earmark those funds for, instead electing to spend some time looking into landscaping work first. Per that discussion, elements of both the veterans memorial and playground still require funding help moving forward.

To that end, a number of fundraisers are on the horizon. While a tentatively-planned softball tournament has been canceled, CPI is hosting an ongoing raffle and has three more events on the horizon for later this year — a September golf tournament, last year's canceled "Spooktacular" on Oct. 23, and an "adult prom" this winter.

A t-shirt fundraiser, with the money raised going toward the playground, is also on the cards. Shirts — both t-shirts and long sleeves — with a design representing the new park will go on sale online starting in September. The board also approved purchasing 150 t-shirts to sell in-person during the Ozark Ham & Turkey Festival, and potentially during the Oak Street Business District's "Oaktoberfest" in the days prior to the festival.

Outside of updates regarding the park, the board also noted that three of its members' terms end this year; if those members don't wish to stay on the board, CPI will need to seek out and approach new potential members to fill those slots.

Some board members will meet next week to finalize CPI's budget ahead of the August meeting, which is set for Monday, Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Moniteau County Library.

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