The annual board meeting of the Mexico 21st Century Fund was conducted last Wednesday morning, in the second floor of the Mexico City Hall.

The fund, which was created with the function of conducting business for Moberly Area Community College’s Advanced Technology Center (ATC), began the meeting with roll call and an approval of the minutes from the previous meeting last April. Old business consisted of the reimbursement of new signage for the ATC.

Notably in new business, the board approved a pass-through grant via the Allen P. and Josephine B. Green Foundation of Mexico for the benefit of the Mexico Elks Lodge #919.

A private entity, the Green Foundation gives grants to organizations across Missouri that they think, according to their website, “fit within the mission of the Foundation.” Specifically, the grant covers the prepared expansion of the lodge’s kitchen area; currently in planning stages, it is unknown when construction will officially begin.

In addition, the four winners of the George Irion Memorial Scholarship were decided, in memory of the former Mexico mayor and city council member.

The $500 scholarship is given to graduating seniors of Mexico High School who plan to further their education at Moberly Area Community College in Mexico. Recipients will be publicly revealed at the Mexico High School Awards Ceremony on May 18.

The election of board officers also occurred at the meeting: Kathy Hopkins was elected President, Martin Keller elected Vice President, Vicki Duenke elected Secretary and Frank Marth elected Treasurer.