The Moniteau County Historical Society (MCHS) will have some by-law changes to consider ahead of the group's November meeting.
A discussion regarding eliminating the requirement to meet quorum to take care of business at official meetings took up a good portion of the group's monthly meeting Monday night. Proponents of the change posited that such a change would help with accomplishing business without having to wait another month during meetings where there may be a lower number of members in attendance. To compensate for the change, the MCHS would adopt some form of procedure for disseminating absentee ballots to those who may wish to vote on an issue but are unable to attend a meeting in person.
With those present earlier this week seeming to reach a consensus on the change, it will go up for a vote — along with some adjustments to wording and other small changes to the by-laws — at next month's meeting. The group will, however, need to reach quorum to pass the change eliminating it as a requirement. If not next month, MCHS president Steve Weicken suggested the group could also wait to do so until their first meeting of 2022.
A final item of note for next month's meeting will be board elections. The group is currently seeking a member to take over the secretary seat.
Another change the group discussed for a while was its scholarship. Suggestions to adjust the scholarship from being available only to graduating seniors planning to enter the history field to a more general scholarship, or contributing funds raised by the group to other existing scholarships, were not popular among those present Monday. Since the MCHS already has $391 in its scholarship fund for this year, the group agreed to just offer the scholarship as it has been for this year and perhaps revisit the issue during 2022.
Other business at Monday's meeting included setting the program for the November meeting. Group members will start with a tour of Bolinger Marketing, Inc.'s museum at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, with the regular meeting to follow.
Though the MCHS museum's final open house of the season taking place this Sunday, members learned there will still be visitors to tour the space with groups during the next couple months. One of those groups will be the Moniteau County Retired Teachers, who will utilize the MCHS meeting space and view the museum and quilt display Nov. 16.
The Moniteau County Historical Society's next regular meeting is set for Monday, Nov. 9.