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--Rhonda Stemmer

President Elect/Vice President--Rhonda Stemmer

Treasurer--Jan Wilson

Secretary--Shana Fair

Master at Arms--Jim Vaughan

Membership Chairs--Melinda Yerian and Phyllis Milhone

Board members:
Debbie Meade--term ends June 2020
Becky Bruner--term ends June 2018
Larry Miller--term ends June 2019

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Pictured: Cathy Hesson, Meadowbrook High School, and Rhonda Stemmer, Byesville Rotary President.

Byesville Rotary introduced to Meadowbrook  DECA

Cathy Hesson, advisor of the Meadowbrook DECA (Distributive Educational Clubs of America), spoke to Byesville Rotary about the goals of this club which focuses on teaching business skills to students. She explained that DECA is an international association of high school and college students interested in careers in business, finance, hospitality, and management. The methods that students learn in the DECA program prepare them to become leaders and entrepreneurs in their chosen field of business.

Hesson stated that DECA teaches students business skills by having the students learn by doing. The Meadowbrook club focuses on business marketing and personal financial literacy. Students do simulations of common business activities or challenges. Students are given a real-life business problem and challenged to use critical thinking skills to solve the problem.

DECA holds competitions between students. These events are considered part of the curriculum and are industry-validated as well as aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the business career clusters. The competition both a written component such as an exam or report and an interactive component with an industry professional serving as a judge. Hesson is proud of how well her students have done in competitions. One student—Miranda Marscenek--placed 2nd in the international accounting competition. A three-student team placed 7th in international competition in personal finance.

In December and January, her students will be attending competitions being held at Akron University. Later in 2018, club members want to attend an international competition being held in Florida. Hesson said the club has begun fundraising efforts to pay for their trip.

Hesson stated that the Meadowbrook DECA club has been active for 15 years. The club is part of the DECA High School Division and is one of 3,500 high school clubs with a total of 200,000. During their trip to the competitions in Florida, Meadowbrook DECA members will be competing against the best of 200,000 DECA members.

Connect with #ByesvilleRotary at: , Twitter Byesville_Club, or Facebook 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. #6690

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Byesville Rotary plans fall activities

Pictured: Shana Fair, club member, handspinner, and natural dyer.

Chuck Fair, chicken BBQ chair, reported that after a slow start the August BBQ went well. He went on to thank the Meadowbrook Music Boosters for their great support. The last BBQ of the season will be held on September 16. The club will be working with the Meadowbrook Interact service club.

Shana Fair, chair of the Stuff Santa’s Stocking projectr, announced that the date for this year’s effort will be October 7, 9:00 am—1:00pm, at the corner of Main and 2nd Streets in Byesville. Donations will be used to provide Christmas Food Baskets to families in the Rolling Hills School District. Fair encouraged club members to “dust off their elf hats” and volunteer to work an hour shift. The club hopes to feed between 150—200 Rolling Hills School District families.

The Breakfast with Santa committee has begun planning the clubs annual Christmas pancake breakfast. It will be held in December at the Stop Nine Senior Center.

President Rhonda Stemmer reminded club members that the September 5th meeting has been cancelled and replaced by a social on September 6. The social will be shared with the Cambridge Rotary and held at the Cambridge Country Club, 5:00—6:30 pm.

Shana Fair presented a program demonstrating the use of natural plants and other materials to dye wool with the methods our great-grandparents used. She brought a display with a color wheel formed by using swatches of all the yarn she has dyed using natural materials and showing how many colors can be obtained. She showed her most recent project—a skein of handspun wool dyed a deep crimson using cochineal—a small insect from Mexico. Materials she has used to dye include marigolds, onion skins, and weeds such as goldenrod, and Queen Ann’s Lace.

Fair explained that mineral salts were used to chemically “lock” the color into the wool fibers. The most common mineral salt used was alum—the same chemical used to make pickles. Some colors—like indigo—do not need a mordant. She explained that indigo is challenging to use because it needs a special treatment to make a good dye. Our great-grandparents fermented the urine by using urine. Today, craft dyers use ammonia or sodium hydrosulfite to make the indigo dyebath.

Connect with #ByesvilleRotary at: , Twitter Byesville_Club, or Facebook 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. #6690