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, 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.

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