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, January 22, 2015

Rolling Hills Resource Officer shares big idea with Byesville Rotary

Pictured: Chuck Fair, Byesville Rotary President; Deputy Chad Kerns, Resource Officer for Rolling Hills School District; and Becky Brunner, Speaker Chair for January.

Deputy Chad Kerns is organizing a safety program on the topic of the dangers of distracted driving. His goal is to reach all of the high school students in Guernsey County. To meet this goal, Kerns has developed a coalition of each of the school districts in Guernsey County and has enlisted the support of law enforcement agencies in the county.

The main speaker at this program will be Dom Tiberi. It is unusual for Tiberi to present “Marie’s Message” outside of Franklin County. One reason he agreed to come to Guernsey County is because of the large number of students he will be able to reach at one meeting. A second reason is because Deputy Kerns is passionate about reaching out to young people and talking about how to be a safe and responsible driver. He also will not take “No” for an answer.

Deputy Kerns is raising money to insure this program is a success. He plans to bus all sophomores, juniors, seniors from each of the county high schools to Prichard Laughlan and to provide a live feed of the program to local high schools so that all freshmen will be able to participate in the program.

Kerns’ goal is to raise at least $2000. He wants to donate $500 to each high school to help defray the cost of transporting their students to the event. He hopes to raise additional funds to provide incentives for the young people attending the program. Donations can be made to the “School Resource Officer Fund” and mailed to: Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #136, 601 Southgate Parkway. Cambridge Ohio 43725. Contact for additional information.

Kerns has been a deputy with the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office for 15 years and is certified as a National Association of School Resource Officer. One of his jobs at Rolling Hills is to teach safety programs on topics such as anti-smoking, anti- drinking and driving, the dangers of texting and driving, bullying, cyber crime, bus safety and gun awareness. His job is not limited to providing safety programs. He believes “kids come first” and will spend 2-3 hours dealing with problems such as bullying. He believes in working to stop problems before they occur.

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, December 18, 2014

Meadowbrook offers students options for education

Pictured: Bryan Raach, special Education Coordinator; Chuck Fair, Byesville Rotary President; and Ryan Caldwell, Superintendent Rolling Hills School District.

Byesville Rotary learned from Ryan Caldwell, Superintendent of Rolling Hills Schools, that “… good things are going on at Rolling Hills Schools.” Caldwell stated that the new educational opportunities offered at Rolling Hills help, “…students advance their career and college education as well as provide opportunities to learn outside of the traditional classroom.”

Rolling Hills now offers 3 different types of learning environments: traditional classes, on-line classes, and partnerships with local colleges that allow Meadowbrook students to earn college credits while attending high school.

On-line classes such as those offered by the A+ program allow students to take courses outside of or in combination with a traditional classroom setting. Students can choose to learn at home and continue to participate in school activities while they earn a Meadowbrook diploma .The A+ program is currently funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Education.

In the dual enrollment program, Meadowbrook has partnered with Ohio University Zanesville and Zane State College to develop a program that looks and feels like college and offers college curriculum. Meadowbrook students will be able to earn 2 years of college credits at Rolling Hills at no extra cost to the student. Over 100 course offerings will be available and will enable Meadowbrook students to earn Associates Degrees in Oil and Gas, Business, or General Studies.

The college level courses are offered in Meadowbrook’s 21st century classroom which includes a 70 inch high-definition TV, 25 all-in-one desktop computers, a state-of-the-art High-definition projector and a complete hi-def remote presence learning platform which allows students full access to college classrooms and lectures. In many classes, a college instructor will teach classes on the Meadowbrook campus.

A 4th type of educational program is currently in development. This program, being developed in partnership with Foxfire, an alternative school located in Zanesville, is designed to appeal to students who do not want to be in school and are at high risk of dropping out.

Caldwell credited involvement of teachers and staff as well as addition funds obtained through grants awarded to the District and private donations for contributing to the success of the new programs. Caldwell pointed out that grant and donation monies received since July 2010 total almost $6 million dollars.

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, December 12, 2014

Byesville Rotary celebrates Xmas by giving

Pictured: Byesville Rotary donates toys to Secret Santa and Rolling Hills Angel Tree.

Byesville Rotarians celebrated a club Christmas at their annual Christmas Breakfast. Members brought a covered dish to share and a gift to donate. Half the gifts were donated to the Secret Santa project and half to the Meadowbrook Interact club to help the students provide for their Angel Tree project.

Club members finalized plans for their largest service project of the year--their annual Christmas food basket distribution. The club will be providing food baskets this month to over 190 Rolling Hills families. Each family who signed up for this Byesville service project will receive a box of perishable food items including a turkey and a box of non-perishable items and canned goods.

Interact, the Byesville sponsored service club for high school students, is sponsoring an Angel Tree. This service project is funded by the students at Meadowbrook High School and by faculty members at the rolling Hills elementary and middle schools. The Interact club donated money the club earned by helping at one of the Byesville Rotary summer chicken BBQ.

The Interact students will also wrap the gifts for the 45 students who were picked by the three elementary schools in Rolling Hills to receive the Angel Tree gifts. The students will shop for any gifts that are not donated.

Byesville Club members will be assisted in the food basket preparation and distribution by the Meadow Brook Interact Club and other friends and supporters. Community members who would like to help with this Christmas project and make Christmas brighter for local families can mail donations to Byesville Rotary, PO Box 211. Byesville, OH 43823.

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.