Volume 7, Number 5, Fall 1980
Before you read this many events will have taken place! The election will be over, the tumult and shouting of a long and hard fought campaign will have died. It will be time for us to forget our differences and take up our respective responsibilities. We must get to work to make our country a better place to live, and to make our Society a force for good in the community. Remember the slogan I gave you at the first meeting I presided as your president! Ten little two-letter words: "IF IT IS TO BE, IT IS UP TO ME."
On October 25 Martha Koelling, W.R.V.H.S. member and president of Hickory County Historical Society, and I will attend the Annual Meeting of The Historical Society of Missouri at Columbia. I will tape the proceedings and bring you the highlights of the meeting at a later date.
In the meantime, I want you to be thinking of ways to improve our organization. At the December meeting those in attendance will be given an opportunity to express your ideas. Letters from the out-of-the-area members will be most welcome. Send them to the Society office.
We have been accused of turning our Quarterly into a genealogical journal. On the other hand, we are receiving compliments about the new format of our publication and the quality of our programs. I realize no one can please everybody, so I am asking for suggestions and, perhaps, volunteers.
I am proud of the Society and what it stands for, and am honored to be a part of it. We are preparing to celebrate our 20th anniversary at our Annual Meeting in June, 1981. We have published seventy-five issues of the Quarterly in that time. I hope you have read them all as I have. Many back issues are available at reduced prices from the Secretary. The quarterlies which once cost $150.00 for 1,000 copies now cost more than $1.00 each. Those old issues contain a wealth of history. They are well-written and are authentic. All have been indexed and a topical index is available for $1.00.
Hope to see many of you at the December meeting.
Lucille A. Brown
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