Macon County Ministries met Nov. 8, at the YMCA with 14 members. President Linda Ellis opened the meeting with prayer.
The minutes were read and approved. There was no treasurer's report. The motion was made by Debbie Hartung, seconded by Jan Barton, that the Bylaws be accepted as changed. The motion passed.
Debbie Hartung will be the contact person rather than Arlene. Debbie's number is 385-4156.
Linda Truitt said the emergency food pantry had 61 visits in October. There have been 420 visits so far this year, with last year's total being 448. There were 16 new names and 24 have maxed out their four visits. Linda handed out a financial review of the year-to-date showing the 10-month cost of the food pantry to the Ministries being $4,739.14.
Macon County Ministries have received the US Bank $1,000 grant.
Jan Barton said the monthly food pantry in October served 372 families and 1,129 individuals. There were 15 new families. Jan gave out flyers concerning the Agape Cafe Thanksgiving Dinner, Deer Hides for Gloves for Wheelchair Veterans, Christmas Cookies for Soldiers, and a Beat the Holiday Stress lunch. Concerning the Thanksgiving Dinner, Crossroads Christian Church can be contacted to offer help.
Ed Knowles said the Lolli property had been looked at again and it was decided three acres would be needed. He would like to have some figure from the Lolli's so MCM know if it would be feasible to go ahead.
Rev. Stueve reported that $238 had been spent for equipment repairs. The ConAgra grant will be valid through 2013.
Debbie Hartung has sent out letters to potential sponsors for the Helping Hands and Santa Shop and to the people whose names were obtained from DFS. The first ad was in the Journal on Monday, Nov. 12. Sandy said toy boxes will go out Tuesday but will be out only until Dec. 6 as the Santa Shop will be on Dec. 8. Associated Electric will again be giving toys plus $1,000.
People will be contacted about ringing bells at Comptons, C&R, Prengers and JP's Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. Churches, 4-H, civic organizations and students will be ringing.
Sylvia Pettibone will mail reminders about monthly food pantry volunteers. There will be four 2-hour shifts.
The next meeting will be at the YMCA at 11:45 on Dec. 13 with a light luncheon.
Linda Truitt would like to write grants and recently submitted one to Walmart. State employees can ear-mark donations which are deducted from their paychecks. We would like to get on the list of suggested organizations.
Linda Ellis said she would like for the volunteer hours to be recorded, so members are being asked to keep track of time spent.
Linda Ellis was elected president and Cathy Ricker secretary; the vice president and treasurer will be elected in 2013.
Page 2 of 2 - Those in attendance were: Rev. Julie King; Rev. Gene Stueve; Linda Ellis; Dianne King; Ed Knowles; Mary Lou Truitt; Linda Truitt; Arlene McCaTmon; Cathy Ricker; Sandy Coons; Jim Foley; Jan Barton; Doris Duckworth and Debbie Hartung.