In their January 20 meeting, board members of the Agape House, of Vandalia learned that 112 guests, including 27 children, had stayed at the guesthouse in November and December. These guests came from 17 Missouri counties and four states to visit family members staying at the correctional centers in Bowling Green and Vandalia.
In other business, board members approved a raise for the house manager, Doris Donoho. A new copier will be purchased to replace the original machine that had been donated several years ago.
Board members were reminded to inform organizations and congregations with whom they affiliate that speakers and tours are available about the facility and its mission. To obtain more information, leave a message at the house at 573-594-6755.
In an inspection completed prior to the meeting, the facility was found to be in excellent condition.
Guest surveys also gave positive responses to the condition of the house and its management.
Board members in attendance were Alberta Cropp, Carlene Galloway, Janet Heim, Elwood LaRue, Floy Oliver, Phil Pennington, Kay Robnett, and Veanna Snodgrass.
The next board meeting will be Tuesday, February 17 at 3:30 p.m.
Monetary gifts received in November and December include Bill Melton, of Bonne Terre; Edgewood Baptist Church, NECC Ascent Gavel Club, and Antioch Presbyterian Church, all of Bowling Green; Bethlehem Baptist Church, of Centralia; Ramsey Creek Baptist Church, of Clarksville; 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; Vicki Getz, of Rotonda West, Florida; Grand Crossings Baptist Association, of Fulton; Fred Neubert, of Ridgefarm, Illinois; Nancy White, of Shawnee Mission, Kansas; Arthur Wortman, of Kansas City; Laddonia Christian Church; Lutheran Ladies’ Aid, of LaGrange; Bible Book Class (First Baptist Church), AARP, Lockewood Park Baptist Church, and Friendship Baptist Church, all of Mexico; Walter and Addie Park, of Middletown; George and Faye Cobb, of Montgomery City; Immanuel Lutheran Ladies’ Aid West Ely, of Palmyra; Barry Harshaw, of Elizabethton, Tennessee; Mary Scheffler, of Leander, Texas; Hopewell Baptist Church and John Yost, of Thompson; Kenneth Teaford, of Union Star; Southside Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, Spencer Creek Baptist Church, and First Christian Church, all of Vandalia; and Hopewell Baptist Church and Grace Lutheran Ladies’ Society, of Wellsville.
Non-monetary gifts received included personal pillows for children by Pillows of Love, of Mexico; and printer cartridges for recycling, by Lela Chandler, toiletries by Mary Ann Heim, and hygiene and laundry products, by Walter and Addie Park, all of Middletown.