Board members at attendance at the March 20 meeting of Agape House of Vandalia learned that a record number of guests stayed at the house during February; 73 guests, including 10 children, were received at this guest house for visitors to the state correctional facilities in Bowling Green and Vandalia. One board member noted, when statistics showed this number was larger than in several recent years, “And February is the shortest month of the year!” In other business, the manager’s report showed a need for repairs to the security system and one bathroom. In response to the need for these repairs, the board agreed that each guest would need to sign an agreement at each stay to abide by house rules for safety reasons.
Officers were elected for the year beginning April 1 and are as follows:
President: Veanna Snodgrass
Vice president: Floy Oliver
Secretary: Janet Heim
Treasurer: Karen Holbrook
Applications for future funding and grants were discussed and will be completed by their due dates. A single-page sheet of information for offenders about the facility has been prepared and delivered to NECC in Bowling Green. Information about evacuation from the facility in an emergency will be drawn up and placed in each guest room. Members present were Carlene Galloway, Janet Heim, Karen Holbrook, Sterling Holbrook, Floy Oliver, Nelva Owens and Veanna Snodgrass. The next meeting will be Tuesday, April 17, at 4 p.m. at the house. Monetary gifts received in February include the following: Providence Concord Church, Edgewood Baptist Church and Faith Parish (Antioch and Providence Concord Presbyterian Churches), 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; DNC Club of Elsberry; First Assembly of God of Ewing; Farber Baptist Church and Gladys Williams of Farber; Grand Crossings Baptist Association of Fulton; Joyce Keck of Tiffin, Iowa; Lockewood Park Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist Church of Mexico; Santa Fe Christian Church; Mill Creek Baptist Church of Silex; John Yost and Hopewell Baptist Church of Thompson; First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Southside Baptist Church, and First Christian Church, all of Vandalia and Hopewell Baptist Church and Hopewell Baptist Women on Mission of Wellsville.
Non-monetary gifts were received: ink cartridges by Grand Prairie Baptist Church of Auxvasse; shower curtain and bed linens by Mary Shively of Fulton; snacks, beverages, household and laundry products and coloring books by Elmwood Presbyterian Church of Louisiana; postage stamps, paper and household products by Bible Book Class of First Baptist Church of Mexico; snacks, beverages, household and paper products by Harmony (GFWC) Club of Middletown; ink cartridges by Terry Hadfield of Montgomery City and Best Choice labels by Beverly Vyskocil of Squires. Toiletries were donated by Canton United Methodist Women, St. Peter’s Lutheran Women of LaGrange, Mary Ann Heim of Middletown, and Kim and Rick Walter of Leewood, Kansas.