Webster Conference Center to host 2017 KNCSB annual meeting

Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptists are urged to save the date for the 2017 KNCSB annual meeting. It will be held Oct. 9-10 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan.

WCC will be offering housing and meal packages. Details will be announced soon.

After a record year of 50,503 user days in 2016, Webster Conference Center began 2017 with a renewed desire to serve KNCSB churches and associations.

On Thursday, Feb. 9, three new Webster Conference Center board members gathered for their orientation meeting with John Craighead, WCC President, and Terry McIlvain, WCC Administrator. The new board members are:

  • Dick Dearwester—Kansas City, Kan., Baptist Association
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  • Michaela Schoenthaler—Heart of Kansas Southern Baptist Association
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  • Randy Smith—Flint Hills Association


The three new members joined the rest of the WCC board members as they conducted their first meeting of 2017 on Feb. 10 at the conference center in Salina, Kan. Here are highlights of the meeting:

  • WCC received a “clean report” by Hay-Rice & Associates, Certified Public Accountants in Liberal, Kan. Craig Hay delivered the financial review and stated he was “impressed with the organization and the information provided” to his team as they conducted their review of WCC.
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  • January and February are two of the slower months at WCC. Bill Cooke, WCC Director of Daily Operations, shared that this time is being used to make repairs of the existing facilities.
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  • Work is continuing on renovating the old Dining Hall in preparation for the summer camping season. Work is also proceeding on finishing the new Picnic Pavilion and the upgrades to the Recreation Shack. Funds have been raised for both of these projects. However, volunteers are needed to help. Call Bill Cooke at (785) 200-2931 if you are interested in helping with these projects.
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  • Terry McIlvain, WCC Administrator, reported that the road project has been fully funded and repaving the entry road with concrete will begin as soon as weather permits. He also shared that the company had originally bid to use concrete on the road and to repave the Dormitory parking lot with asphalt. But the company has decided to use concrete on the Dormitory parking lot without charging WCC any additional costs.
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  • Jeff Cody, WCC Board Member, presented the preliminary drawings for the redesign and paving of the Chapel parking lot. After discussion by the board, Jeff will continue to work on the plans and bring a report back to the board in May.
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  • A list of Priority Projects for 2018 was distributed to the board members and they will continue to consider these projects and make a determination on what needs to be done next to continue to improve the WCC facilities.
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  • Terry McIlvain reported that work continues to be done to fulfill the plans in the 2014-2018 WCC Strategic Plan. One of the major things will be to hire a part-time Building, Grounds and Equipment Associate for this year. Bill Cooke has launched a search for this person and hopefully a new staff member will be hired soon.
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  • Bob Mills, KNCSB and WCC Executive Director, reported that he is continuing to meet with the WCC Marketing Team to develop ways to help get the word out to churches, associations, individuals and corporate groups across the two-state area about WCC. They will bring a more complete report during the May 12 WCC board meeting.