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, February 10, 2016

Byesville Rotary learns Hospice helps both patients and families

Pictured: Jenna Conaway, PR Coordinator for Hospice of Guernsey, and Shana Fair, Byesville Rotary President.

Jenna Conaway, PR Coordinator for Hospice of Guernsey, described Hospice as a non-profit organization that has been serving Guernsey, Noble, and western Belmont Counties for 30 years.
Conaway explained that Hospice provides comfort care to people as they near the ends of their lives and helps family members deal with grief.

Hospice is able to provide services because it has local community support. Conaway pointed out that all funds raised locally are used to help local patients and their families. Fundraisers planned for 2016 include “Touch a Truck” at Deerasic Park. Participants can explore all kinds of vehicles and participate in face painting and raffles. There will also be a “Flamingo 5K” and a 1 mile memorial walk. Admission is free. All donations collected at the event will support bereavement counseling and a three day “Kids’ Kamp” held during the summer and open to all kids 6 thru 12 suffering from a loss.  

Conaway explained that terminally ill patients typically need support dealing with a spectrum of issues involving physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. She stated that needs are best met with a team approach. The Hospice team consists of a medical director, 12 nurses, 6 home help aides, 3 social workers, pastoral services, therapists who provide reflexology, art, and music therapy and a non-clerical office staff.

The Hospice provides services to people with all types of illnesses. Conaway told the Byesville club, “In 2014 Hospice provided care to over 200 people. Over 60% were dealing with diseases other than cancer.

Conaway stated that volunteers are a vital part of the services provided by Hospice. They provide much of the energy behind Hospice fundraisers. New volunteers are always welcome. Each new volunteer is asked to attend 6 class sessions. The next class begins April 5.

How does a patient or a family member request hospice services. The process begins with a referral from someone—not necessarily a doctor. The referral will result in a visit from a social worker who will explain what Hospice provides. To find out if a member of your family could benefit from Hospice care, call 740-432-7440 or 1-800-283-0316. More information about Hospice activities is available at: or

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.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Byesville Rotary learns Mid East exploring new programs

Pictured: Shana Fair, Byesville Rotary President; Dan Coffman, Director Mid-East CTC Buffalo Campus, displaying artist’s rendering of Vet Assisting and Animal Care class building; and Becky Brunner, Speaker Chair and Mid East CTC staff member.
Byesville Rotary learns Mid East exploring new programs

Dan Coffman described Mid East’s efforts to identify new program offerings that would increase employment opportunities for local students. He explained the goal of Mid East Career and Technical Centers is to provide programs that offer as many hands on/customer service opportunities to students as possible.

Coffman passed out copies of “The Buffalo Bulletin” as an example of the “real business life” opportunities Mid East likes to offer students. The “Bulletin” is a publication that meets professional standards. Articles are written by staff and the publication is then designed and printed by Mid East students.

Coffman explained that the first step Mid East took to identify potential new programs was a survey of students. The survey identified 5 possible programs. Mid East chose two programs–welding and veterinary care and assistance—and, with permission of the Mid East Board, began to explore the possibilities of establishing the programs at Mid East.

A welding program would require Mid East to build a 500 square foot facility. Ideally, Mid East would like to start a class of 24 juniors in the fall of 2016. Mid East is working with Pioneer Pipe, a company in Marietta with a need for welders—to develop the program. Current discussions include plans to offer up to 5 student apprenticeships at Marietta Pipe. Students would attend classes in the morning and work at Marietta Pipe in the afternoons. One big challenge is getting students transported to Marietta.

Coffman pointed out that this type of hand- on program helps teach young people a hard lesson—a person can earn a good living if he/she is willing to work hard. If a student perseveres, he/she will graduate with certifications in 7 areas of welding, a diploma as well as 1 year experience as an apprentice.

Coffman stated that the survey also indicated that there is a need for a program focused on animals at the Buffalo campus that is not duplicated at partner schools. Mid East is in process of designing a totally new program that would focus on skills needed at a veterinary office such as dealing with small animals, dog grooming, and doggy day care. Ideas being discussed and explored are partnering with local vets, classes dealing with large animals, developing apprenticeships with organizations such as the Wilds or the OSU extension.

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.