Board members met in regular session December 5 and learned that the 8,000th guest in the past 13 years had stayed at the guesthouse in late October. Joe (not his real name) had traveled four hours to Vandalia from northwest Missouri to visit his fiancée. While this was his first visit to Agape House, he stated he intended to return for he appreciated the minimal cost as well as the accommodations. A news article about Joe was prepared and sent to newspapers in 43 Missouri counties from which the 518 guests of the past year had come.
House manager Doris Donoho reported 71 guests, including eight children, had stayed at the house in October and November.
In other business, it was reported a gas clothes dryer has been ordered to replace the malfunctioning unit. Two light fixtures were also repaired recently. Further small jobs will be completed soon.
Small informational posters will be delivered to the correctional facilities in Bowling Green and Vandalia so that more offenders know of the facility. It has been determined from guest surveys that guests learn of the house through their incarcerated family member.
Board members in attendance were Carlene Galloway, Janet Heim, Sterling Holbrook, Elwood LaRue, Phil Pennington, and Veanna Snodgrass.
Prior to the meeting, members decorated the house for the Christmas holidays. Decorations will be removed at the next board meeting on Tuesday, January 2.
Monetary gifts received in October included the following: United Way of Audrain County; Edgewood Baptist Church, of Bowling Green; Ramsey Creek Baptist Church, of Clarksville; Bethlehem Baptist Church, of Centralia; Curryville Baptist Church, New Harmony Christian Women’s Fellowship, and Elm Grove Baptist Church, all of Curryville; Darrell Mogan, of El Dorado Springs; Farber Baptist Church and Gladys Williams, of Farber; Grand Crossings Baptist Association, of Fulton; Laddonia Christian Church; Mary Scheffler, of Kirkwood; Lutheran Ladies’ Aid, of LaGrange; Lockewood Park Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist Church, of Mexico; Walter Park, of Middletown; Dennis and Judy Mayer, of Monticello; Hopewell Baptist Church and John Yost, of Thompson; and Southside Baptist Church, Spencer Creek Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, and First Christian Church, all of Vandalia.
Non-monetary gifts included postage stamps by John Yost, of Thompson.