Remodeling hits high gear at WCC

Remodeling and improvements are in high gear at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan.

The WCC board learned on Friday, Feb. 10, that remodeling is almost complete in the chapel, except for the stage area. The chapel now has new energy-efficient windows along with new paint, carpeting, chairs and lighting.

When the electrical work is finished, the chapel’s attic will be insulated. This will make the building much more energy efficient.

Remodeling in the chapel addition will begin soon. Among the improvements planned are tiling the hallways and re-carpeting sleeping rooms.

Webster Conference Center is seeing increased usage, even in the winter months that were formerly quiet. Remodeling projects must be worked around the times when groups are using the facilities.

The WCC staff plans to finish the chapel-remodeling project before the 2012 KNCSB annual meeting is held there Oct. 15-16.

Volunteers are always needed and welcomed at WCC, especially in the winter when the regular volunteers are serving in warmer climates. If you can help, please call Bill Cooke, WCC director of operations, at 785.827.6565 or send e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

With the chapel-remodeling project making good progress, attention is now turning to remodeling the Main Lodge above the Dining Hall. The project is expected to begin in 2013. It will include new paint, carpet and tile, plus major upgrades to the restrooms.

A $50,000 challenge grant has been offered to help fund the Main Lodge remodeling project. Make checks out to Webster Conference Center, designate them for “Main Lodge Challenge Grant” and mail them to 5410 SW 7th St., Topeka, KS 66606.

Board members also:

  • Learned that WCC is setting records for the number of user days. 2011 set a record of 45,069 user days, up from 43,129 in 2010. January 2012 saw 3,159 user days compared to 2,110 a year ago. User days in December 2011 totaled 1,832, up from 1,282 in 2010.
  • Was informed that communication updates are in process for WCC. Eagle Communications, a rural communications provider, installed a fiber-optic line along Ohio Street, which goes by Webster Conference Center. WCC tapped into that line and now has high-speed Internet access in the chapel and multipurpose building. Plans call for tying in the other buildings as soon as possible.
  • Rejoiced about the continued faithfulness of Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist churches that include giving to WCC in their budgets. WCC receives about $70,000 annually from churches. This money is set aside to be used for capital improvements. Giving from churches totaled $31,000 in January 2012. This included a $25,000 gift that a church member gave through his or her church.
  • Urged Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptists to subscribe to the WCC E-Newsletter for the latest updates. Sign up