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, June 11, 2015

Baby dolls educate Byesville Rotary about dangers to infants

Pictured: Chuck Fair, Byesville Rotary President, and Jamie Miller, Outreach Coordinator for Children Services.

Jamie Miller, Outreach Coordinator for Children Services, surprised club members by pulling 3 lifelike baby dolls out of her suitcase. The dolls help Miller educate people about how dangerous alcohol and drug abuse are to a baby’s pre-natal development and how quickly shaking a baby can kill or permanently damage an infant.

The life-like dolls did not look very well. Two were small with skinny arms and legs. One also had an odd look to its face. These two dolls show what babies born to mothers who abused drugs and alcohol during pregnancy look like.

Miller stated that each month at Southeastern Med 1 to 4 babies are born addicted to drugs. A drug addicted baby tends to be smaller than average but otherwise appears ok. Miller explained these babies have, “…invisible problems which show up as the infant goes through withdrawal during the first 2-3 weeks of life.” Babies will be jittery, restless and cry a lot.

The second baby doll represented an infant suffering from a group of symptoms called fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. These babies tend to have facial abnormalities such as wide-set and narrow eyes, growth problems and nervous system abnormalities. Other symptoms such as learning and remembering problems, difficulty understanding directions, poor communication and socializing skills, and trouble with daily life skills such as feeding and bathing show up as the infant develops. She ended by saying alcohol is very dangerous for a developing fetus, “There is no safe number of drinks to have. If you are pregnant, don’t take a single drop.”

The 3rd baby doll was a normal size and still had baby fat. Miller used this doll to show how quickly a baby can be harmed when it is shaken. Miller stated that a baby can be harmed by a few as 2-4 shakes. Then she picked up the doll and shook it for about 20 seconds. A red light went on in the baby’s head and it went limp.

Miller pointed out that any fussy baby can become a victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). She reported that 90% of shaken babies suffer permanent damage such as blindness, learning disabilities’ deafness, seizures, and/or behavior problems. Prevention is the best way to avoid hurting an infant. Children Services offers a training program which helps parents learn how to quiet and calm a fussy, crying baby.

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, June 5, 2015

Byesville Rotary awards scholarships to Mideast Buffalo Campus students

Pictured: Chuck Fair, Byesville Rotary President, l, and Becky Bruner, r, welcome 2015 Byesville Rotary Scholarship recipient from Mideast Buffalo Campus Tara Porter. Not pictured is Mideast Buffalo Campus student Dalton Mallett who also received a scholarship from the Byesville Rotary.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Scholarship recipients visit Byesville Rotary

Pictured: Chuck Fair, Byesville Rotary President; 2015 Byesville Rotary Scholarship recipients--Brett Bell, Maala Cox, Samantha Roe; and Jim Bakos, Scholarship Committee Chair.

Pictured: Chuck Fair, Byesville Rotary President; Candace Neff, 2006 Byesville Rotary Scholarship recipient; and Jim Vaughan, Speaker Host.

New Meadow Brook graduates who were awarded Byesville Rotary scholarships this year and a scholarship recipient from 2006 attended the club meeting on Tuesday. Members of the club who had not served on the scholarship interviewing committee were delighted to meet the award recipients. The club has presented over $66,000 in scholarships to Meadow Brook students since the establishment of the scholarships 29 years ago.

Jim Bakos, chair of the scholarship committee, introduced the students. Brett Ball will be attending Mount Union and plans to major in exercise science. Maala Cox will attend Muskingum University and plans to become a teacher specializing in math education. Samantha Roe is enrolled in the pre-med program at Ohio University.

Candace Neff graduated from Meadowbrook in 2006. She received a Byesville Rotary scholarship when she graduated. Club members were interested in hearing how the Byesville scholarship helped Neff pursue her education.

In high school Neff was a member of the Byesville Rotary sponsored Interact Club. She played volleyball, softball, and basketball. She received a softball scholarship, but an injury to her rotator cup put an end to her softball career and ended her scholarship. She graduated from Muskingum University in 2010 with a major in communications.

Neff is began working at AVC in February of this year .She has a job in sales and marketing. She has applied to Syracuse University graduate school to study for a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing and Advertising.

Neff indicated that all the scholarships she received were important in part because each scholarship helped reduce her final student debt. She pointed out that she graduated with a $35,000 debt. This compares well with other graduates she knows who graduated owing $80-90,000. Neff advised incoming freshmen to “Rent your books. Don’t buy them.” Renting a textbook costs about 1/3 of a book’s purchase price.

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.