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Board members met in regular session Tuesday, January 15, at Agape House of Vandalia. Prior to the meeting, an inspection of the premises was conducted. The facility was found to be in excellent condition with the exception of cracking sheetrock in one guest room.
This will be corrected soon. At the same time, written guest surveys were reviewed. Most guests found the guest house to be extremely beneficial to them as they visited loved ones in the correctional facilities at Bowling Green and Vandalia.
Board members in attendance were Anne Barnes, Carlene Galloway, Janet Heim, Karen Holbrook, Sterling Holbrook, Elwood LaRue, Kay Robnett and Veanna Snodgrass.
Members were heartened to learn the facility would again receive quarterly gifts from United Way of Audrain County. Robnett reported the completion of the Cardinals’ Care grant application. Heim assigned topics to be included in a new brochure for house guests. This will be assembled and printed by the February 19 meeting.
Monetary gifts received in November and December include the following: Edgewood Baptist Church, Antioch Presbyterian Church and Offenders Offering Alternatives (NECC), all of Bowling Green; Bethlehem Baptist Church of Centralia; Ramsey Creek Baptist Church and John and Margaret Gray of Clarksville; Trinity Presbyterian Church of Columbia; Curryville Baptist Church and Elm Grove Baptist Church of Curryville; First Assembly of God Church of Ewing; Farber Baptist Church and Gladys Williams of Farber; Adiel Baptist Church of Frankford; Grand Crossing Baptist Association of Fulton; Steve and April Fohey of Hannibal; Missouri Union Presbytery of Jefferson City; Laddonia Christian Church; Sharon Cain of LaBelle; St. Peter’s Lutheran Ladies’ Aid of LaGrange; Sherry Richards of Licking; students of St. Joseph School of Martinsburg; Lockewood Park Baptist Church, Friendship Baptist Church and first grade students of St. Brendan’s School of Mexico; Addie Park and Janet and Gary Heim of Middletown; Zion Lutheran Sonshine Society and Immanuel Lutheran Ladies’ Aid of Palmyra; Rush Hill Community Church Women; The Sociables Club of Santa Fe; Mary Scheffler of Leander, Texas; John Yost and Hopewell Baptist Church of Thompson; Vicki Grimes of Unionville; Southside Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, and First Christian Church, all of Vandalia, and Grace Lutheran Church and Hopewell Baptist Church of Wellsville. A gift was given in honor of Rev. Jim Williams (Fulton) by Virginia Kammarmeyer of Mexico.
Non-monetary gifts were received: toiletries by Canton United Methodist Women; paper products and toiletries by St. Peter’s Lutheran women of LaGrange; small toys and toiletries by Rose Mary West of Mexico; stuffed toys by Georgia Waggoner and paper products by Jean Jones of Montgomery City, printer cartridges for recycling by Lela Chandler of Middletown; and gift of service by Brian and Andrew Snodgrass of Vandalia.