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 2016--2017

President--Chuck Fair

President Elect/Vice President--Rhonda Stemmer

Treasurer--Jan Wilson

Secretary--Shana Fair

Master at Arms--Larry Miller

Membership Chair--Jim Vaughan

Board members:
Debbie Meade--term ends June 2017
Becky Bruner--term ends June 2018
Larry Miller--term ends June 219

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Byesville Rotary tours new facility at Mid-East CTC Buffalo

Pictured: Alyssa Leasure, Mid-East veterinary assisting student, demonstrates how to muzzle a dog for grooming and other procedures.

Mid East CTC Buffalo Campus has a new program—Veterinary Assisting and Animal Care The instructor, Lana Kelly has experience with all types of animals. She is a veterinary technician who has worked for the Cincinnati and Columbus Zoos, the Cleveland Metro Parks, and The Wilds. She and two of her students, Mckenna Todd and Alyssa Leasure--gave the Byesville Rotary a tour of the new facility built to support Veterinary Assisting classes.

Ms. Kelly explained her goal is to prepare her students for a number of different careers perfect for people who love animals and are interested in science. Careers which involve dealing with animals include veterinary aides, office workers or technicians, animal hospital assistants, animal shelter assistants, animal research lab technicians or kennel operators.

Students who graduate from the vet assisting program will be prepared to care for a wide variety of animals including small mammals like hamsters and reptiles like snakes, assist veterinarians with treatments, as well as able to deal with the business and office record keeping.

The new vet assisting facility is designed to give students hands-on experience that will reinforce classroom lessons. The reception area is furnished with a reception desk and cages for small animals. The students will be responsible for the care of the parakeets, bunnies, chinchilla, hamsters, and several small snakes currently occupying the cages. Future plans include offering grooming and doggy day care to the public. Students will be responsible for creating and maintaining the necessary records.

The rest of the 5000 square foot building contains a classroom, grooming facilities, exam tables, a small lab for doing blood tests, an isolation room, and a kennel area with outside runs and a grassy area for exercise that will provide boarding and doggy day care services.

Ms. Kelly explained that classes will also include a college level animal nutrition course and a course on how to sterilize and care for surgical instruments. Ms. Kelly pointed out the Mid-East facility does not have a surgical suite. She hopes to be able to apprentice students to veterinarians. Serving as apprentices will expose students to animal surgery.

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, September 16, 2016

Byesville Rotary invited to explore local history

Pictured: Shana Fair, speaker host, and Jonett Haberfield, owner of A Taste of Ohio and Ohio-Made Getaways.

Jonett Haberfield invited Byesville club members to take a new look at local surroundings. She has been involved in tourism for over 30+ years. Recently, she is developing tours that explore “forgotten spaces” in Cambridge. Haberfield stated she hopes, “… to bring people back to downtown Cambridge.”

Cambridge is not unique. Many towns have forgotten spaces that are linked to the town’s history. These spaces are not a complete secret. Most people have heard parents and grandparents mention these spaces when they talk about memories and experiences from their pasts.

Haberfield said that sometime in the 1980’s a “Walking Tour of Historic Cambridge” existed. Haberfield explained the tour was self guided and that each of the 31 buildings included in the tour was identified by a small plaque mounted on the building. Haberfield discovered that many of the plaques were missing and that replacements would cost $3000.

Haberfield decided to develop several tours to replace the ‘80’s walking tour. She intends to focus on the forgotten and hidden spaces in Cambridge. The tours are geared toward adults. Each tour includes at least three buildings and covers the history and architecture of the buildings as well as information about the different businesses and owners which occupied the site, plus future plans for the property.

One tour—“Billiards, Ballrooms, and Basements”—includes stops at the billiards parlor, the Masonic Lodge, the Odd Fellows Temple, and the rooms above McKenna’s Market and the Guernsey Kitchen. Another tour—“Upstairs, Underground, and Unpredictable”—will visit Dr. Swans old office (above Rogers Jewelers), a work room for Rogers and a fallout shelter (basement of Rogers Jewelers).

Haberfield explained that there is a lot of work to prepare the spaces for a tour. The areas need cleaned up. Props that reflect her correct era need to be found to furnish the space. Sometimes Haberfield is lucky and finds many of the items she needs stored in the space—covered with dust and forgotten along with the space itself. She also recruits people to portray some of the people who used to inhabit the stops on the tour.

Other activities that Haberfield has planned and implemented to entice people to return to downtown Cambridge include activities for kids like “Little Princess Day” and “Super Heroes Day” and “Rock the Block”—an event for the whole family. Updated information about her creative tours can be found at
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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Dr. Joe Smith talks trees

Pictured: Dr. Joe Smith, Cambridge Tree Commission, and Chuck Fair, Byesville Rotary President.

Dr. Joe Smith brought the tools he uses for a tree survey and showed the Byesville Rotarians how to calculate the value of a tree. Smith stated that “…trees are valuable for more than just their lumber, and their value can be calculated.” To calculate the monetary value of a tree, Smith used a free app—the National Tree Benefit Calculator at

Smith began by estimating the diameter of a maple tree located outside of the Rotarians meeting place. He then input this into the app and added the tree species, the zip code, and how the land was being used. The app instantly estimated the total value of the tree in terms of its value to the property owner

Values used include the amount of gas and electricity saved because the tree reduces costs of heating and cooling. Other benefits include reduction of damage caused by storm water runoff, reduction of air pollutants like smoke and dust, reduction of carbon dioxide, and the amount of value the tree adds to the property as part of the landscaping.

Smith, a member of the Cambridge Tree Commission, is currently making a survey of every tree located on public land in the city of Cambridge. Smith stated that his long term goal is to reduce the cost of tree maintenance and removal for Cambridge and reduce the potential of damage to property by trees such as the damage that occurred during the 2012 straight line wind event.

Smith explained that city owned trees are “…trees that grow in city parks and other municipal properties, and in the tree lawn located between the sidewalk and streets or alleys. He estimates that the survey will take 3 to 5 years to complete. Smith stated that he would love to have help from anyone who loves trees or who want to learn more about trees. Just contact the Cambridge Tree Commission at 740-439-1240 or

As part of the survey, Smith evaluates 13 characteristics of each tree which includes information such as species, sidewalk condition, presence of overhead wires, health of the tree, and need for maintenance. Smith stated that basically all this information boils down to deciding if “…the right tree is in the right place.” For example, trees which have roots that spread on the surface and not good candidates for planting in the tree lawn because they will break up the sidewalk, lead to trips and falls, make it difficult to use a stroller, and cost the city money to fix the sidewalk.

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.