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

Friday, May 22, 2015

Ohio Secretary of State Office visits Byesville Rotary

Pictured Bob Kalish, liaison to the Ohio Secretary of State, and Chuck Fair, Byesville Rotary President.

Bob Kalish, liaison to the Ohio Secretary of State, spoke to club members about services provided by the office of the Secretary of State (SOS). Much of the work of the Office of Secretary of State is registering and maintaining businesses. Kalish pointed out that some of the specific services provided include processing business filing and uniform commercial code filings, operating a “Client Service Center” and “Customer Service Call Center,” protecting trademarks and service marks, and compiling business reports.

He recommended that people to start a new business in Ohio start on the SOS website ( Under the “Businesses” heading is a link to “Business information” which includes an 8 step guide titled “Starting a business.” Links to each of the government agencies or departments a potential business owner will need to work with while establishing a business in Ohio are provided.

Kalish pointed out that the SOS is also responsible for elections and voting. An important area of this responsibility is recruiting and training election workers. Four workers are needed per precinct, and new workers are always needed. Volunteers can sign up by contacting their county board of elections.

Kalish reported that one of the goals of the Secretary of State is to implement an on-line voter registration system. He pointed out is type of system has several benefits: voter registration would be easily accessible from anyplace having an internet connection; the system could be made more secure than a paper based system; and it would save from 50¢ to $1.00 per on-line registration. However, the system would require that each voter provide an Ohio driver’s license or state ID number in order to vote.

In other business, Chuck Fair reported that the first chicken BBQ of the year was a success. Two hundred and 50 chickens were sold during the BBQ. The Rotary was assisted by Meadow Brook Middle School girls volley ball team members and coaches who are working to earn money to attend volley ball camp. The club donated $300 to the team.

The club’s Changing of the Guard Dinner will be held June 25. Members should contact Nellie Bichard to make reservations.

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, May 14, 2015

Cambridge National Glass Museum offers interactive tours

Pictured: Cindy Arent, Volunteer Cambridge National Glass Museum Director; Sharon Miller, Museum volunteer; and Shana Fair, Speaker Host.

Byesville Rotarians learned about interactive programs being offered at the National Museum of Cambridge Glass. Cindy Arent, Volunteer Museum Director, stated that visitors to the Museum do more than just look at glass. They become part of an interactive tour offering hands-on learning opportunities. By the tour’s conclusion, visitors will have learned about all steps of handmade glass production. Tours typically have 3 parts: a short film and skit, an introduction to the glassware produced at the factory, and an interactive visit to the etching process.

Arent pointed out that several experiential tours are offered. Visitors can meet Mr. Arthur J. Bennett and hear from the man himself about Cambridge Glass. In the fall, museum staff offers “Downton Abbey Etiquette” during which visitors learn proper dining behavior at Downton.

Arent and Miller, dressed in the height of 1950’s fashion including seamed nylon stockings, presented a teaser from their newest interactive museum program. Picking up fluffy, blue feather fans and singing the song “Sisters,” they asked the Rotarians in which well known movie they were performing. (Hint—it has the same title as a famous Christmas song.). The full skit is part of the “Cambridge Glass in the Movies” exhibit. Visitors will see how Cambridge Glass has been used as props in movies and TV including this year’s “Empire.”

Sharon Miller, Museum volunteer, stated the Cambridge Glass factory was established in Cambridge in 1901 by the National Glass Company located in Pennsylvania. Arthur J. Bennett, from England, was hired to manage the factory. Miller said that the first piece of glass produced—called the “Big X” pitcher can be seen at the museum.

Miller went on to explain that in 1907 the National Glass Company faced financial problems and sold the Cambridge factory to Mr. Bennett. Under Bennett’s creative leadership, Cambridge Glass Company prospered. During the 1920’s’ and ‘30’s the company had up to 700 employees and became know world-wide with showrooms as far away as Los Angeles, Denver, Australia, and New Zealand.

The Cambridge Museum contains the world’s most extensive collection of Cambridge glass. The collection includes molds, tools, and equipment used to make the handmade glass produced at the factory between 1902 and 1958. More information about the Museum is available at 740-432-4245 or

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.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Chickn BBQ dates set

Byesville Rotary will hold chicken BBQ fundraisers on the following dates (subject to change depending on the weather). All BBQ's will be held at Rotary Square Park in Byesville. Please reserve the dates and plan to volunteer to help cook and/or sell for at least one of the BBQ's.

May 16,

June 27,
July 18,
August 15,
and September 19.