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

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rotarians learn customers help control electricity costs

Pictured: Ray Crock, Guernsey Muskingum Electric Cooperative; and Chuck Fair, President.

Chicken BBQ this Saturday--July 26--at the Rotary Gazebo in Byesville.

“Customers can help reduce their electricity costs,” stated Ray Crock from the Guernsey Muskingum Electric Cooperative. A family can start saving by requesting a home energy audit from their electric provider. Guernsey Muskingum provides the audits for free to their members.

Crock pointed out electric costs are reduced by increasing a home’s energy efficiency. This means that a homeowner needs to reduce or eliminate drafts, increase insulation, use energy efficient appliances, or correct wiring errors. Homeowners can see a return of 20-25% on their investment by sealing drafts. Adding attic insulation can result in a 10-15% return.

Homeowners can also reduce electricity bills by changing how they use energy. For example, e electric costs are reduced by not washing and drying clothes during peak use hours when electricity prices are highest. Co-op members can get help remembering to reduce energy use during peak hours by having a Radio Controlled Switch (RCS) installed.
When a special radio signal is sent to the switch, electric power to electric hot water heaters, heat pumps, air conditioners or geothermal systems is temporarily interrupted during peak hours of usage. These temporary power interruptions typically do not cause serious inconvenience to the homeowner who will still have hot water, heat, and a cool house. The switch and installation are free to co-op members.
Use of this switch is particularly helpful since the price of a kilowatt of power is set based on the amount of electricity used during the 5 highest peak hours recorded during a year. When the amount of electricity used during these peaks can be reduced, every co-op member’s costs will go down.

Crock was asked how to use portable generators safely. He explained that when a portable generator is connected to a home, the generator can back feed electricity into the power lines. This is a safety issue for the lineman working on the lines. The homeowner is liable for any damage caused by the back feed.

Crock recommended that anyone connecting a generator to a house install a GenerLink Safety Device to prevent back feed. The home owner will plug his or her generator into the safety devise, and it will automatically disconnect the home from the electric grid as soon as the generator starts up.
More information about Guernsey Muskingum Electric Cooperative programs can be found at

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Blanchard tells Byesville Rotary “Times are a changing.”

Pictured: Speaker Host Nellie Bichard, Norm Blanchard, Economic Development Director of CIC, and Chuck Fair, President Elect.

Norm Blanchard, Economic Development Director of the CIC, spoke to the Byesville Rotary about the changes occurring in Guernsey County that are the result of the oil and gas boom.

McDonald’s built a new restaurant in a new location. A Buffalo Wild Wings will be built in the area in front of WalMart. The restaurant should be open by football season. The Fairfield Inn project has started in the vicinity of the 209/I70 intersection. This project will be completed in 3 stages. First will be the construction of a 100 unit hotel. Second, an extended stay facility will be added to the hotel. Finally, a small strip mall will be built.

A 140 unit apartment complex is planned in Byesville. Each unit will provide 900 square feet of living space. A second apartment unit of 108 units is planned in a different location. These two complexes will help the area meet one of the challenges of the oil and gas boom by providing living quarters for oil and gas workers.

Blanchard explained that planning for the changes is vital not only to provide for immediate needs required by the oil and gas developers but also to plan for the long term future of Guernsey County once the boom has ended. In order to identify potential problems and to get ideas about solving problems, the CIC has identified and visited a community which is already dealing with oil and gas boom challenges.

One of the earliest solutions needed is how to deal with an increase in the local population. Blanchard pointed out that housing and hotel vacancy are already being affected. A December, 2012 housing study has been updated. The report indicates hotels in the area are currently averaging 88% occupancy rate. One of the larger chains reported 100% occupancy. Hotel rates are increasing; some by 81%. Rental properties are at 98% occupancy, and rental costs have soared. New apartment complexes and hotels will help to solve this problem.

Reducing traffic congestion at the SR209/ I70 intersection is another problem being worked on. Three possible solutions have been identified. Each is expensive. Recommendation one creates an exit for Dozer Road across from Kmart. Estimated cost is over $5 million. Recommendation 2 adds a new on ramp going east near Pilot—estimated cost over $l million. Recommendation 3 creates a roundabout in front of the Baymont.

The Rotary club meets 7:30 am every Tuesday at the Stop Nine Senior Center at 60313 (GPS use 60299) Southgate Road, Byesville. Everyone interested in giving back to their community is invited to join. Call Membership Chair Jim Vaughan, 740-432-5605, to learn more about the club. More information is available at: or

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Student Artists encouraged to exhibit at Salt Fork Festival

Pictured: Speaker Chair Shana Fair and Holly Phillips, Director Salt Fork Arts and Crafts Festival.

Holly Phillips, Director Salt Fork Arts and Crafts Festival, explained to Byesville Rotary that the 46th Salt Festival will be encouraging local students to submit their art for exhibit at the festival.
The Festival will be held August 8, 9, and 10 in the Cambridge City Park.

Phillips believes that it is important to encourage young artists to exhibit their work. Exhibiting work and seeing other young artists’ works can help a budding artist develop. Student artists can exhibit in one of 4 age divisions: K-2nd grades, 3rd-5th grades, 6th -8th grades, and high school. Elementary, middle school students, and high school freshmen and sophomores can submit up to 2 pieces of art. Awards will be presented by category. Some of the awards will be cash.

High school juniors and seniors who are exhibiting are encouraged to apply for the art scholarship. Student exhibitors who apply for the art scholarship must meet two additional requirements. They must exhibit between 4 and 6 pieces and be planning a career in the art field such as becoming an art teacher, a designer, or working in visual communications. The scholarship will range from $1000-2000 to be used toward tuition at an art school. Wal-Mart is supporting the scholarship.

All student art that is not 3-D must be matted and framed. Students from any school in the area are invited to exhibit. There is no charge to exhibit. The student art entry form is available on the Salt Fork Festival web site . Contact for the student art exhibit is Christine Dettra, P.O. Box 250, Cambridge, OH 43725,, 740-680-7160.

The Rotary club meets 7:30 am every Tuesday at the Stop Nine Senior Center at 60313 (GPS use 60299) Southgate Road, Byesville. Everyone interested in giving back to their community is invited to join. Call Membership Chair Jim Vaughan, 740-432-5605, to learn more about the club. More information is available at: or