Meeting in regular session on Tuesday, October 21, Agape House of Vandalia board members reviewed the attendance and program at the October 12 open house and 10-year anniversary celebration.
The event was considered a great success with both first-time and frequent visitors in attendance.
It was decided to discontinue annual open houses but perhaps offer an open house in five years.
However, tours of the facility are available upon request at any time. Contact should be made with the house manager at 573-594-6755 or with any board member.
The manager reported 54 persons, including 11 children, stayed at the house in September. One guest had come to Vandalia from New York for a visit with an offender.
In other business, a report was made by Janet Heim on her October 18 trip to Sedalia to the Festival of Sharing. The house display was set up there and contact made with persons across the state as to the mission of the guesthouse.
Plans were made to have room layouts with evacuation instructions for each guest room and living areas. In addition, information will be sought as to safe sites in case evacuation from the facility is necessary.
The quarterly inspection of the house determined the facility in excellent condition. Guest surveys, including three surveys by children, were reviewed with positive comments.
The next meeting will be held Tuesday, November 18 at 3:30 p.m. Christmas decorations will be put up then.
Attending the meeting were Jane Heim, Karen Holbrook, Sterling Holbrook, Floy Oliver, Kay Robnett, Veanna Snodgrass, and Edith Westmoreland.
Monetary gifts received in September include the following: Edgewood Baptist Church, of Bowling Green; Bethlehem Baptist Church, of Centralia; 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 Crossings Baptist Association, of Fulton; Arthur Wortmann, of Kansas City; Lockewood Park Baptist Church, and Friendship Baptist Church, of Mexico; Mary Scheffler, of Leander, Texas; Hopewell Baptist Church and John Yost, of Thompson; First Baptist Church, of Troy; and Southside Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, and First Christian Church, all of Vandalia.
Non-monetary gifts received included: toiletries by Karen Coke of Vandalia.