The plans for the October 12 open house were finalized at the September 16 meeting of the Agape House of Vandalia Board of Directors. The house will be open to the public for tours from 12:30-3:30 p.m. with a special program of celebration for 10 years of operation at 2:30 p.m.
In other business, reports were given by Carlene Galloway and Kay Robnett following their participation in the United Way of Audrain County Kickoff September 11 and the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce event on August 26. Janet Heim reported she mailed the annual newsletter recently.
House manager, Doris Donoho, reported 81 guests, including 12 children, had stayed at the house in August. Guests came from South Dakota and Florida as well as neighboring states. Guest number 6,000 stayed at the house on August 2; she drives to Vandalia nearly weekly from the St. Louis area to visit her fiancé. In an interview, she noted the safety and comfort of the Agape House as well as its affordability. Her story has been sent to newspapers in the 53 Missouri counties from which guests have traveled in the past year.
Board members in attendance were Alberta Cropp, C. Galloway, J. Heim, Karen Holbrook, Sterling Holbrook, Elwood LaRue, Floy Oliver, Phil Pennington, Kay Robnett, and V. Snodgrass.
The next meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, at the house.
Monetary gifts received in August include the following: Edgewood Baptist Church and Providence Concord Presbyterian Church, of Bowling Green; Bethlehem Baptist Church of Centralia; Curryville Baptist Church and Elm Grove Baptist Church, of Curryville; Farber Baptist Church and Gladys Williams, of Farber; Grand Crossings Baptist Association, of Fulton; Criminal Justice Team (Missouri Union Presbytery), of Jefferson City; St. Peters Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, of LaGrange; Richard Hurley, of Memphis; Lockewood Park Baptist Church, and Friendship Baptist Church, of Mexico; Mary Scheffler, of Leander, Texas; Hopewell Baptist Church and John Yost, of Thompson; Southside Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, and First Christian Church, all of Vandalia; Marcus Garrett, of Warsaw; Hopewell Baptist Church of Wellsville; and John and Darlene Gower, of West Plains.
Non-monetary gifts received included: toiletries by John and Mary Waddell, of Curryville.