Nov. 7, 2012
To the editor:
Residents of the Chena Precinct vote at Faith Baptist Church on the Chena Pump Road. During the many years that church members have opened their doors to voters, they have offered more than just a polling location.
During three elections this fall, as during earlier elections, Pastor Brian Meyers and his wife, and many other church families, have offered a continuous supply of delicious homemade breads, cookies and candy to welcome voters. For the general election on Tuesday, this also included homemade donuts freshly prepared in the church kitchen in the morning and fresh popcorn in the afternoon. Many, many voters enthusiastically expressed their appreciation throughout the day for the delicious refreshments.
This fall, to provide additional space, the church opened a previously unused portion of its building in which to locate voting booths. In anticipation of a large voter turn-out for the recent general election (approximately 2,000 people voted on Tuesday), it plowed snow off the lawn to create more parking space.
As always, church members clean the building after elections and assume responsibility for additional heating costs associated with outside doors being opened thousands of times during the course of the day.
Members of Faith Baptist Church provide a wonderful service to the community and to the democratic process and deserve a warm “thank you” from Chena Precinct voters who benefit from their generosity.