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 2015--2016

President--Shana Fair

President Elect/Vice President--Phyllis Jeffries

Treasurer--Phyllis Jeffries

Secretary--Chuck Fair

Master at Arms--Larry Miller

Membership Chair--Jim Vaughan

Board members:
Nellie Bichard-term ends June 2016
Debbie Meade--term ends June 2017
Oziel Jeffries--term ends June 2018

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Byesville Rotary learns Air Force offers exciting career opportunities

Pictured: and Shana Fair, Byesville Rotary President, Russell Jeffries, speaker, and Oziel Jeffries, Speaker Host.

Jonathon “Russell” Jeffries spoke to Byesville Rotary and a group of Meadowbrook students about career opportunities in the Air Force. Jeffries stated that he enlisted in the Air Force in 1991. He began his military career as a Korean linguist. While being a linguist may not sound like an exciting career, Jeffries pointed out that his mission was to listen to Korean radio transmissions and analyze the transmissions for any intelligence data. In time, he began to plan strike missions. He eventually became an intelligence analyst.

Jeffries final job for the Air Force was at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). This organization, established in 1991, was a secret until 1993 when George W. Bush accidentally mentioned the NRO in a speech. While serving at the NRO, Jeffries began building information gathering satellites also known as “spies in the sky.” Jeffries pointed out that the NRO currently designs, builds, and launches all US intelligence satellites.

Jeffries explained that even though he retired from the Air Force in 2014, he still has an interesting and challenging job in the private sector. He is now working as a Chief Engineer for the Department of Defense. He qualified for his latest job because of the training and experience he gained in the Air Force.

Jeffries encouraged the young people attending the meeting to consider a career in the military. Using his career as example, Jeffries described how enlisting can not only lead to an interesting and challenging military career but also result in an equally interesting career in the private sector, Jeffries stated, :A new space age is coming. A career in the military can help a person develop the skill and the experience needed to become a part of the space industry.”

He stated that the space industries are looking for employees with math, science and engineering skills. He pointed out that the space industry also needs business managers, contracting officers, graphics designers, project managers, and people with skills in all types of technical trades. Jeffries also said that internships for students are often offered by the Dept. of Defense, the CIA, and their industry partners.

Matt Stemmer, a member of the Meadowbrook Interact service club, introduced himself. He hopes to enter the athletic training program offered at Bowling Green University and earn a degree in physical therapy. His goal is to work as an athletic trainer at a school.

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. Walk-ins are welcome at the club’s meeting.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Byesville Mayor visits Byesville Rotary

 Pictured: and Shana Fair, Byesville Rotary President, and Jay Jackson, Byesville Village Mayor.

Jay Jackson, mayor of Byesville, shared his plans for Byesville with the members of the Byesville Rotary Club. Jackson stated, “Byesville is a hidden gem.” He plans to build on the good things that Byesville has.

Jackson reported that Chief May, the new police chief, is working to establish 24/7 police coverage for the village. One result of this effort is the hiring of the village’s first full time officer. In addition, Jackson stated that the new fire chief, Scott Wilson, is working on improvements to the fire department.

Many of Jackson’s goals focus on improving the economic environment in Byesville. He wants to make sure people know about Byesville’s pluses which include reasonable rents and a good location for businesses. Byesville is close to the Interstate and traffic on the main street is high. Jackson stated that he plans to develop a Main Street type organization which will encourage businesses to network, to participate in strategic planning, and to work together to redevelop the downtown area.

Jackson said that he intended to improve communications with the community. The village has already created a new web He is also planning to hold brainstorming sessions to discuss where Byesville is headed and to invite local business owners to speak to the Council.

Jackson reported that current projects being worked on include developing new signage for the village and improvements to the village park such as installing a new ferris wheel, building swings for the developmentally disabled, and constructing a new pavilion. He has also begun to spruce up the downtown area. Volunteers are needed to work on beautification projects and to take responsibility for planting flowers, to pick up trash along roads, and to paint curbs. He is planning to hold several clean up days in downtown area in May. According to the new web site, Spring Clean-up Days for residents is scheduled from April 27 through May 5. Byesville residents can bring non-hazardous trash to the township salt barn for free disposal.

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. Walk-ins are welcome at the club’s meeting.

Pictured: and Shana Fair, Byesville Rotary President, and Jay Jackson, Byesville Village Mayor.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Byesville Rotary learns about BEST program

Pictured: Colleen Smith, Instructor BEST program, and Shana Fair, Byesville Rotary President.
Colleen Smith, instructor for the BEST program, explained to Byesville Rotary that the Business Employability Skills Training program is designed to teach Guernsey County Developmental Disability clients the skills needed in the workplace. Smith pointed out that skills are taught both in a classroom setting as well on the job in real-life situations.

Smith stated that all the lessons taught in the classroom would skills that would be used on the job and in independent living situations. .Classroom lessons are designed to help DD clients be successful once they leave the DD program. These lessons included basic business office competencies such as telephone etiquette and basic computer skills, how to search for a job and fill out job applicants, and interview skills. Students spend 3 days a week in the classroom.

Smith stated that currently the BEST program serves a total of 16 clients. In order to apply to the program, parents and potential students must see a councilor first. Smith explained that students are evaluated on the ability to develop positive relations with other workers, their over-all behavior on the job, their attendance and their grades. The program lasts 2 years and provides 3 levels of certification based on the student’s grades and attendance.

Smith reported that hands-on work experience is provided in partnership with local businesses which include South East Med, Guernsey County Senior Citizen Center, the YMCA, and Goodwill. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, BEST students begin applying the work skills they are learning in a real-life job setting. At the hospital the students work at the front desk, deliver mail and specimens, locate patient rooms, and help check-in and dismiss patients. They can also work in materials management the dietary department, housekeeping or outpatient registration.

At the Senior Center, students help prepare the 450 meals the Senor Center delivers daily, and they work in housekeeping at the YMCA. At Good will, the students help sort and grade donated items.

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. Walk-ins are welcome at the club’s meeting.