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California Progress, Inc. met for its regular monthly board of directors meeting Monday evening, approving a quartet of fundraising ideas set to help with Latham Memorial Family Park's playground fund.

The fundraising ventures are set to kick off over Memorial Day weekend, with a sloppy joe drive-thru May 30 at the park property. About a month later, CPI plans to be on hand at the city's Fourth of July fireworks show at Proctor Park, selling food to attendees. The group also plans to continue with plans for a softball tournament, an idea it's previously discussed, at the end of July or in early August. That event would be followed by a golf tournament, likely in September. The board approved moving forward with plans for all four events.

Also on hand at Monday's meeting was Sally Vogel, representing the California Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber plans to use the park project's veterans' memorial for this year's Ozark Ham & Turkey Festival logo, and the group gave feedback to a first design. At Monday's meeting, the group agreed to work with Chamber representatives this week to finalize a design for approval by mid-week.

In line with the topic, the board approved paying for a sponsorship for the festival's car show.

Other business from Monday's meeting included updates regarding ongoing CPI projects. Mural responsibilities will shift from Gail Hughes to Dave Jungmeyer moving forward, the group was informed.

As for Latham Memorial Family Park, beyond fundraising ideas, the group approved moving $20,000 between accounts to CPI's playground account, so as to help get the ball rolling with preparation for construction. Executive Director Resa Dudley also informed the group she added names to the veterans' memorial list during the past month and said the 9/11 commemorative event set to take place at the park under the direction of 4-H participants continues to move forward as planned.

California Progress, Inc. will host its next regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. June 12 at the Moniteau County Library.

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