Byesville Rotary

Meeting time: Tuesday 7:00 am--8:30 am.

Location: Stop Nine Senior Center at 60313 (GPS use 60299) Southgate Road, Byesville .

Club officers 2019--2020

President--Chuck Fair

President Elect/Vice President--

Treasurer--Jan Wilson

Secretary--Shana Fair

Membership Chairs--Rhonda Stemmer and Phyllis Millhone

Board members:
Debbie Meade--term ends June 2023
Becky Bruner--term ends June 2021
Rhonda Stemmer--term ends June 2022


Friday, October 23, 2020

Byesville Rotary learns about Senior Citizen Center challenges for 2020

Pictured: Shon Gress, Executive Director of the Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center and Meals on Wheels, and Shana Fair, speaker host.

Byesville Rotary welcomed Shon Gress, Executive Director of the Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center, to the club’s recent meeting. Gress spoke to club members the COVID-19 challenges the Center faces and how he and the Senior Center staff are facing those challenges.

Shon Gress identified his challenges as providing services deemed essential with the building closed, implementing a 160 page list of state and federal requirements, and managing to pay for services to seniors and meet new requirements with a budget based on the needs of a typical year.

Gress reported his first actions were to ensure that seniors would not go hungry. The Center offered to grocery shop for seniors and expanded Meals on Wheels services. Meals on Wheels numbers ballooned from an average of 550 a day to over 1260 a day. When the Center had to close satellite sites in rural areas, Gress substituted a “Grab and Go” program in which hot meals could be picked up at satellite sites 5 days a week.

In addition to providing meals, Gress stated he initiated several new or expanded services. The Center began to pick up and deliver prescription drugs. To ensure seniors could get to and from appointments, transportation services began including Saturday mornings.

Gress explained regulations require Center staff to avoid contact with the seniors they were serving. That required some training. Staff had to deliver meals by placing meal on porch or stoop and backing off.

Expenses for the Center increased with the increased demand for services and with regulations requiring more disinfecting and PPE equipment for staff. Gress responded by spending more time writing grants. He stated that in four months he raised $469,00 in grants which helped stretch his budget. 

Gress pointed out that he is preparing for the future. He explained that when COVID first became a problem in late winter, people had hope and looked forward to spring and summer and the end of COVID. In order to prevent the mental and physical health of seniors being affected, Gress said he and his staff are trying to develop programs that will counteract feelings of isolation and loneliness.

The presentation was live streamed to the club’s Facebook page.

The club held a second Stuff Santa’s Stocking fundraiser on October 17. Community support was generous. The club has now raised 63% of the funds needed to provide Christmas food baskets to Rolling Hills families. The club continues to accept donations to support this project.

Donations may be mailed to Byesville Rotary, P.O. Box 211, Byesville, OH 43723. For additional information, contact any member of the Byesville Rotary or post to our Facebook page – search Byesville Rotary.

Connect with #ByesvilleRotary at: www.Byesvillerotary.blogspot.com , Twitter Byesville_Club, or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Byesville-Rotary/256548047818283. Watch the Byesville Rotary Facebook page for details.

 

Byesville Rotary plans for Xmas Food Basket project

 

Pictured: Chuck Fair, president, working to Stuff Santa’s Stocking and raise funds for the club’s Christmas food basket service project.

Byesville Rotary has provided Christmas food baskets to residents of the Rolling Hills School District for over 20 years. Chuck Fair, club president, stated, “This year holds extra challenges for our club. Because of COVID-19, we cannot hold our traditional fund raiser—Breakfast with Santa. Because of COVID-19, we expect the need for food baskets will be bigger this Christmas.”

Last year, the club provided 198 food baskets to families in Rolling Hills. This year the club expects to have applications well over 200. To meet this need, the club needs to raise $8000. To meet this challenge the club plans to hold two “Stuff Santa’s Stocking” fundraisers.

The first is planned for Saturday, September 12. Club members will be standing in the intersection of SR 313 and SR 285 in Senecaville from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. Watch for Santa Claus hats and Christmas stockings.

The second fundraiser will be held In Byesville at the intersection of Main and 2ed. From 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. Please be generous when you see the Santa Stockings. All funds raised will be used to purchase supplies for the Christmas food baskets.

The main source of funding for the food baskets is from the Rotary club efforts and is supplemented by individual donations. A donation of $35 will feed an entire family for several days. The club provides a basket of perishables including a turkey and a basket of non-perishables and canned goods.

Donations may be mailed to Byesville Rotary, P.O. Box 211, Byesville, OH 43723. For additional information, contact any member of the Byesville Rotary or post to our Facebook page – search Byesville Rotary.

Connect with #ByesvilleRotary at: www.Byesvillerotary.blogspot.com , Twitter Byesville_Club, or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Byesville-Rotary/256548047818283. Club meetings are variable--some via Zoom; some in-person. Watch the Byesville Rotary Facebook page for details.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Byesville Rotary honors two at awards dinner

Bob Long, Honorary Rotarian recipient

Dennis Harding, Byesville Rotary Rotarian of the Year

Byesville Rotary recognized two attendees for their contributions to Rotary at the 2019-2020 Changing of the Guard dinner.

Bob Long was presented with an Honorary Rotarian award in recognition of his long-term contributions and service to Rotary. Long served as president of the Byesville club twice and was treasurer multiple times. The club made him Rotarian of the Year three times in 2000, 2003, and 2007 in recognition of the work he did to implement the Christmas Food Basket service project. Long established the Christmas food program and headed the food basket committee multiple years. In addition to organizing food drives and insuring food baskets were packed he served as the projects primary fund raiser.

Dennis Harding was selected by club members as the 2019-2020 Byesville Rotarian of the Year. He was selected for his willingness to take on the Christmas Food Basket project after Bob Long retired. Harding manages all aspects of the project and has increased outreach to family in need that live in the Rolling Hills School District. This year, the project provided a record number of food baskets to local families.

Club members also swore in officers and board members for the coming year. Chuck Fair will serve as president; Jan Wilson, treasurer, Shana Fair, secretary; Rhonda Stemmer, membership chair; Lisa Groh, grants writer. Board members are Debbie Mead, Becky Bruner, and Rhonda Stemmer.

Shana Fair, outgoing president, summarized club accomplishments for the 2019—2020 year. Two members became Paul Harris Fellows; one earned a Paul Harris sapphire which indicates the member gave an additional $1000 dollars to the Paul Harris fund. The club applied for—and received—two District Grants for a total of $3000. Members held three fundraisers—Stuff Santa’s Stocking, Breakfast with Santa, and Jordi’s Food Pantry Challenge.

Club service projects included making 50 no-sew blankets which were donated to the Guernsey County Children’s Services, held two events—Pints for Polio and Pennies for Polio—to raise money for Rotary’s polio elimination program, provided 198 families with Christmas food baskets, contributed over $2000 to local food pantries, helped make 600 sandwiches for the Salvation Army Brown Bag Lunch program, established an Interact Club at Mid-East, awarded four scholarships to Meadow Brook seniors, and donated $1000 to the Guatemala Literacy Project.

Fair congratulated club members for their efforts and pointed out that in all the club raised and donated about $24,000 during the year.

Connect with #ByesvilleRotary at: www.Byesvillerotary.blogspot.com , Twitter Byesville_Club, or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Byesville-Rotary/256548047818283. Connect with #ByesvilleRotary at: www.Byesvillerotary.blogspot.com , Twitter Byesville_Club, or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Byesville-Rotary/256548047818283. Club meetings are variable--some via Zoom; some in-person. Watch the Byesville Rotary Facebook page for details.


Sunday, June 7, 2020

Byesville Rotary announces 2020 scholarship awards

Byesville Rotary is pleased to announce the recipients of the clubs 2020 scholarships. This year the club awarded 4 students.

Boston Black from Senecaville is planning to attend Malone University. Boston plans to earn a degree in nursing. Family is important to Boston and he plans to balance family life with his work.

Emily Echols from Cumberland plans to go to Ohio State University or the University of Akron. Emily plans to major in neuroscience or biomedical science. Her long-term plans are to become a doctor and return to Guernsey County to practice.

Jaden Valentine from Cambridge plans to go to Ohio University Zanesville and earn a nursing degree. Her goal is to become a nurse practitioner, and she hopes to work in Guernsey County.

Hailie West from Derwent plans to go to Zane State and will study early childhood education. She plans to become a teacher.    

Congratulations and good luck to each of the scholarship recipients.

Connect with #ByesvilleRotary at: www.Byesvillerotary.blogspot.com , Twitter Byesville_Club, or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Byesville-Rotary/256548047818283. 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