Byesville Rotary

Meeting time: Tuesday 7:30 am--8:30 am.

Location: Stop Nine Senior Center at 60313 (GPS use 60299) Southgate Road, Byesville .

Club officers 2014-2015:

President--Chuck Fair

President Elect/Vice President--Shana Fair

Treasurer--Phyliss Jeffries

Secretary--Joe Waske

Master at Arms--Larry Miller

Member Chair--Jim Vaughan

Board members:
Jim Vaughan--term ends June 2015
Nellie Bichard--term ends June 2016
Tina Tonnous--term ends June 2017

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Byesville Rotary introduced to HARP

Pictured: Jim Vaughan, speaker Chair; Tammy Schultheisz, Director HARP Mission; and Chuck Fair, President.

Tammy Schultheisz, Director of the HARP Mission located in Caldwell, explained that HARP stands for “Helping Appalachian Rural People.” HARP is a non-profit, faith-based organization with ties to the Lutheran Church. The organization serves all of Ohio but the biggest percentage of people who are helped live in Guernsey, Washington and Noble Counties.

Schultheisz stated that HARP focuses on providing assistance in disaster relief for victims of home fires, floods and storm damage. HARP has expanded their efforts to include families and individuals who are low income, disabled, veterans, or elderly. The goal of the organization is to help people get settled in safe and sanitary, temporary housing while their homes are repaired. This effort includes helping to restore homes and providing people with large household items such as furniture for bedrooms and living rooms as well as appliances for the kitchen and laundry.

Schultheisz explained that her organization depends on donations of all types to meet their goals of their mission. Donations can be cash, volunteered time, or 8?/gently used furniture and appliances.

Currently, Schultheisz has 236 clients with varying needs, Forty-six need appliances of some type. Refrigerators are the appliance most frequently needed. She also has 16 small construction or repair projects such as repairing a leaky roof, installing a shower or yard work waiting for volunteers to be completed. Three of these projects are wheelchair ramps that need to be built for clients living in Byesville.

In order to meet needs of clients, Schultheisz is developing partnership with local churches and other agencies in the region. Her goal for the coming year is to develop partnerships with at least 150 new churches and businesses. Schultheisz invites people who would like to become involved with HARP to contact her at 740-365-0052 or

Chuck Fair and Jim Vaughan presented the club’s newest member, Melinda Yearin who works for Howell-Craig Insurance in Cumberland, to the club members.

The speaker for the September 2 meeting will be Major Jonathon Jeffries. His topic will be the National Reconnaissance Organization.

Connect with Byesville Rotary at: or The club meets 7:30 am, Tuesday at the Stop Nine Senior Center at 60313 (GPS use 60299) Southgate Road, Byesville.. Call Membership Chair Jim Vaughan, 740-432-5605, to learn more about how to join.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Byesville Rotary presents scholarship

Pictured: Chuck Fair, Byesville Rotary President, presents a scholarship check to Katrina Wells, a 2014 graduate of the Mid East Career and Technology Center. She plans to attend Zane State to earn an Associate Degree in Science then transfer to West Liberty to be trained as a Dental Hygienist.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Byesville Rotary discovers how to “Let Your Spirit Roam Free” in Guernsey County

Pictured: Debbie Robinson, Executive Director Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors and Convention Bureau, and Chuck Fair, President.

Debbie Robinson, Executive Director of the Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors and Convention Bureau, explained that the goals for the Visitors Bureau are to encourage people to visit Guernsey County and to teach community members and businesses make the most of the economic opportunities tourists provide.

In 2014, the Visitors Bureau began a new program called GAP -which provided $10,000 to help local non-profits increase over night stays in the area. Eight local organizations received funds from this program. Robinson pointed out that day trippers spent on average $104 per visit. A visitor who stays overnight averages over $300 or 3 times what a day tripper spends.

Robinson said, “Tourism benefits the whole community not just businesses directly involved in tourism.” Economic benefits from tourism are significant. Figures from the 2013 tourist season indicated that tourism brought in about $145.8 thousand dollars and generated about $1.9 million in taxes. Tourism provided employment for 1,707 people, supported 1 out of every 10 jobs in the county, and paid 10% of the salaries for salaried employees All of this contributes to a better quality of life for local residents.

Robinson explained a big part of her job is to keep people touring the Guernsey County. She accomplishes this with a carefully planned marketing campaign. Robinson said that in today’s mass marketing world, she must make between 7-9 contacts with a potential customer before that customer will take action and choose to visit Guernsey County.

The Visitors Bureau’s marketing efforts include social media, person to person contact as well as paper. Publications in paper include news releases, travel guides, brochures, and direct mailings. Social media includes a web site as well as a mobile website, interactive map and e-newsletter. Some marketing efforts come in three versions. One for each of the different markets the Visitors Bureau is trying to reach—1) the leisure traveler, 2) group tour operators, and 3) local business partners.

What can members of the community like the Byesville Rotarians do to help build tourism? Robinson said everyone can help by simply being courteous and welcoming to visitors. Each visitor should leave Guernsey County wanting to come back and willing to recommend a visit to their friends and family.

Connect with Byesville Rotary at: or  The club meets 7:30 am, Tuesday at the Stop Nine Senior Center at 60313 (GPS use 60299) Southgate Road, Byesville.. Call Membership Chair Jim Vaughan, 740-432-5605, to learn more about how to join.