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Meeting was called to Order by President Beth Russell.
Song Leader and Song: Mark Roock – The Missouri Waltz
Pledge of Allegiance and Four Way Test
Prayer led by Mary Jane Thomsen
David Pokorny & MJ Thomsen hosted a blood drive with the Blues resulted in 80 units
Richard Losciale will be presented with the Presidential Citation 2/8/18
The Program Committee will meet on 2/12/18
Trivia Night will be 2/24/18 at COVO downtown
Women in Rotary event will be 2/17/18
Inter-City will be 3/6/18
Community Service applications due 2/16/18
Sergeant at Arms Mike Mosella introduced four guests and new member Steven Fluhr, a local attorney
Mike Regan introduced Dr. Frances Levine, President – Missouri History Museum
She began by reminding us that the Missouri Historical Society has three properties – The History Museum in Forest Park, the Library and Research Center on Skinker Blvd. and now the Soldiers Memorial downtown opening November 3, 2018. In 2017 the current two properties served over 400,000 visitors, including some 48,000 students. The Society employs 218 people and its collection includes some one million photographs, 180,000 artifacts and 100,000 books. She outlined the current exhibits at the Museum including the Civil Rights exhibit that has had some 210,000 visitors so far. She also reviewed the upcoming exhibits including in June, 2018 100 years of the Muny, the Mighty Mississippi exhibit in 2019, and said that plans were underway for exhibits as far out as 2023. She reviewed recent publications of the Society including a new book that is about to be released about the great St. Louis fire of 1849.
Answers to questions: Thomas Jefferson’s driver’s license was for carriages; photos of the great mounds will be included in the Mighty Mississippi exhibit; special events for the Soldier’s Memorial will include week long activities; a search is about to be concluded for a new operator of the restaurant, but now several caterers can be used for special events; the Society is looking forward to the opening of the Trolley, but hopes people will not park by the Museum to use it; and more artifacts are always welcome for Soldier’s Memorial, particularly related to the Viet Nam war era.
The meeting concluded with the drawing.