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story.lead_photo.caption California Progress, Inc. hosted a ribbon cutting for progress signage erected at the Latham Sanitarium lot Saturday, where it was joined by members of the California Area Chamber of Commerce. CPI is currently seeking donations to help pay for the cost of the property, originally set at $95,000 after CPI's initial deposit when it first signed the purchase contract. As of Saturday, CPI has raised around $50,000 in total for the project, of which the entire amount is due by Dec. 10. Photo by Austin Hornbostel / California Democrat.

California Progress, Inc. approved a new board member at its Nov. 21 meeting.

Matt Abernathy was brought on as a new board member, having served CPI in this capacity previously. Along with Abernathy's appointment, this was new Executive Director Marla Wright's first meeting serving in her new role.

The group discussed planning for some upcoming events, including the California Area Chamber of Commerce's Christmas in Proctor Park and CPI's Annual Christmas Dinner Meeting. CPI will decorate the shelter near the park's tennis courts for its Christmas display, which will light up for the first time Dec. 7 following the city's Christmas Parade.

The same weekend, on Dec. 8, CPI will host it's Christmas Dinner Meeting. The event, a progressive dinner, is set to begin at 5 p.m. and will jump from the Finke Theatre to Sweet Chipotle Event Center, before ending at the Moniteau County Historical Society. The group's business meeting for the evening will begin at 7 p.m. This event replaces CPI's regular monthly meeting for the month of December.

The board also discussed a couple of items in regards to the Chamber. The group agreed it was interested in again hosting a New Business Welcome event in conjunction with the Chamber — the two groups first hosted such an event in November of last year. The board agreed that since November is nearly over, it would be best to hold off on putting together such an event until after the holidays. The group will target a mid- to late-February date. Additionally, Heather Allen will stay on as CPI's representative for the Chamber's board.

CPI's next regular monthly board meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Jan. 13.

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