Board members, at the February 19 meeting, learned that the 5,000th guest stayed at the house January 31. Sue (not her real name) of southwest Missouri visits a grandson in Bowling Green. She comes only three or four times a year, due to the distance involved. She appreciates the availability of this safe and quiet guest house, plus the savings realized in staying there.
With her permission, Sue’s story has been sent to several newspapers across the state in an effort to inform others of the services of Agape House of Vandalia.
In other business, members learned that 48 guests, including four children, had stayed at Agape House in January. A minor maintenance problem was resolved.
Steve Kreyling of the United Way of Audrain County board made an annual inspection of the facility in January.
Janet Heim displayed the newly created brochure for house guests.
Karen and Sterling Holbrook reported on their recent visit to St. Joseph School of Martinsburg during Catholic Schools Week.
The annual election of officers will take place at the March 19 meeting.
Board members in attendance were Anne Barnes, Alberta Cropp, Carlene Galloway, Heim, K. Holbrook, S. Holbrook, Elwood LaRue, Floy Oliver, Phil Pennington, Kay Robnett and Veanna Snodgrass.
Monetary gifts received in January include the following: United Way of Audrain County; Antioch Presbyterian Church and Edgewood Baptist Church of Bowling Green; Bethlehem Baptist Church of Centralia; Janet Bethands of Chula; Thomas and Carolyn Hooton and Ramsey Creek Baptist Church of Clarksville; Curryville Baptist Church and Elm Grove Baptist Church of Curryville; Farber Baptist Church and Gladys Williams of Farber; Grand Crossing Baptist Association of Fulton; St. Joseph Knights of Columbus #6473 of Louisiana; seventh and eighth grade students of St. Joseph School of Martinsburg; Lockewood Park Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist Church of Mexico; Holy Cross Lutheran Ladies’ Guild of O’Fallon; Mill Creek Baptist Church of Silex: Mary Scheffler of Leander, Texas and Gary and Joanne Arnold of McGregor, Texas; Tami Jones of St. Clair; John Yost and Hopewell Baptist Church of Thompson; and Spencer Creek Baptist Church, Southside Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, and First Christian Church, all of Vandalia.
Non-monetary gifts were received: children’s books by Martinsburg Library and snacks, cereal and beverages by Harmony Club GFWC of Middletown.