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--Shana Fair

President Elect/Vice President--Chuck Fair

Treasurer--Jan Wilson

Secretary--Chuck Fair

Master at Arms--

Membership Chairs--Melinda Yerian and Phyllis Millhone

Board members:
Debbie Meade--term ends June 2020
Becky Bruner--term ends June 2021
Melinda Yerian--term ends June 2022

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Byesville learns of one effort to insure kids thrive

 Pictured: Shana Fair, Byesville Rotary President, and Zac Anderson, Pathways Fellowship Teen Center.

Two of the six main areas of focus for Rotary service projects are supporting education and saving children. The subject of Zac Anderson’s presentation at a recent Byesville Rotary meeting was of special interest to club members because Anderson is making a difference in both these areas. To hear him speak is to see how deeply he feels about inspiring each child to go beyond their limits and become successful, happy people

Anderson speaks passionately about his work with kids. He explained that many young people in our county do not have parents able to give their kids the kind of support his parents gave him. Anderson has been instrumental in establishing the Pathways Fellowship Teen Center, a 501 3C, offering kids a safe place to spend time, Mondays through Thursdays from 4:00 pm—8:00 pm.

Anderson’s goal is to make sure all kids feel loved and to inspire them to go beyond their limits. His non-profit organization offers kids 13-21 (if they are still in school) time to do homework, tutors to help with the homework, activities such as kick ball, cornhole, ping-pong, art therapy 2 times a week, and an opportunity to build new relationships and make new friends.

Pathways is solely a volunteer organization. Between 20-30 people regularly show up to provide adult supervision and help out at the Pathways building. Another 50-60 teachers volunteer to be available to tutor from 4:00 to 5:00 pm

Anderson provides a loving, safe, “home” atmosphere at Pathways. In addition, he sets rules that the youngsters must observe. This ensures that the Pathways Center provides a consistent structure for the kids.  Anderson’s rules include homework first; then fun. No swearing; no fighting or arguing; no drugs; no open containers are allowed; no vaping. He discourages electronic devices and use of wi-fi because the goal is for kids to interact with other kids and with the adult volunteers.  

Because the Pathways Fellowship is a faith-based organization, financial support must come from independent donors. Anderson cannot get grants from the state. The organization is funded by donations from churches, private individuals, and fundraisers. Their next fundraiser is August 24. Anderson hopes the fundraiser will be successful enough that he can hold just one a year. He pointed out that this year’s fundraiser has the support of 40 businesses and includes an auction, fun for the kids—bounce house, miniature golf—a raffle for a family to attend an OSU game and a taco dinner.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Byesville Rotary Club learns many seniors deal with hunger

Pictured: Shon Gress, Executive Director Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center, and Shana Fair, Byesville Rotary President.

 Shon Gress, Executive Director Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center, spoke to club members about the challenges Guernsey County seniors face as they try to stretch limited budgets to cover their health costs, housing costs, and still provide themselves with a healthy diet.

Through the leadership of Gress, the Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center (GCSCC) is nationally recognized for its innovative programs ensuring seniors get healthy, nutritious meals. GCSCC offers a variety of programs aimed at meeting the nutritional needs.

Gress’s version of Meals on Wheels is the program bringing him national attention. needs. Partnering with Meals on Wheels America and several other agencies, the GCSCC implemented ServTracker which allows people who deliver meals to submit reports if they notice significant changes in their clients’ physical health or home environments. This means that problems can be identified and solved early before they become life threatening.

The Meals on Wheels program helps seniors stay at home and stay health by delivering meals 5 days a week to eligible seniors. Easily reheated frozen meals can be provided for the week ends. Each meal is prepared under the watchful eye of a GCSCC registered dietician who ensures each meal meets the recommended daily allowance requirements for people 60 or older. Gress emphasized meals are personalized to meet the dietary needs of for each client.

GCSCC also offers Meals As You Mend, which provides up to 30 home delivered meals to Guernsey County residents 60 or older who have been recently discharged from Southern Med. Discharged patients often feel too weak or tired to even get up and make soup. For these patients, this program is a Godsend. And, for an additional donation, this program can be extended to a family member.

Gress pointed out that GCSCC also provides meals and an opportunity to socialize at various sites around the county. Hot meals are offered Monday thru Friday at the Senior Center in Cambridge and Cambridge Heights Apartments in Cambridge. Lunches are served at 4 satellite sites around the county. Call the Senior Center—740-439-6681—to make a reservation and for locations and times.  

Gress explained all these meals are provided on a "donation only basis." For seniors 60 and over, the suggested donation for a meal is $2.50. For seniors under 60, the suggested donation for a meal is $5.50. No senior citizen will be denied service based on whether they can or cannot make a donation.

Pictured: Shon Gress, Executive Director Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center, and Shana Fair, Byesville Rotary President.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Byesville Rotary Club Helps Salvation Army feed kids

Pictured: Byesville Rotarians Chuck Fair, Rhonda Stemmer, and Phyllis Millhone.

Byesville Rotarians choose to meet at the Salvation Army to help back brown-bag lunches for Guernsey County kids between 1 and 18. The goal for the day was to pack 325 lunches: 240 destined to 6 distribution sites in Cambridge; 50 going to Byesville, and 35 for Pleasant City. Each bag contains a sandwich, fruit, a salty snack and several other items.

Byesville Rotary was assigned to the sandwich crew. Another group filled the lunch bags with the goodies of the day. In ½ hour the sandwich crew had all 325 sandwiches made and zipped into sandwich bags.

Debbie Langsdorf, the volunteer coordinating the brown-bag lunch program, pointed out that this was the 20th year the Salvation has provided lunches to kids during the summer. Langsdorf stated that to date this year the Salvation Army has served 9923 lunches. The program continues until August 9. By that time, the Army will have provided over 10,000 lunches this summer.

Hunger is not going away in our county. The 2019 number of lunches is higher than the 2018 number. Langsdorf described how many of the kids getting lunches stay at the distribution point and eat their lunches as they get them. Others begin to eat their lunches as the start walking home.

On the wall of the prep-area hung a large white-board showing the month of July and the days volunteer groups were scheduled to come. Many of the spaces were empty—no volunteers scheduled. I asked Langsdorf what she did on the days no volunteers showed up. She explained that she had a core group of 5-7 people that showed up almost daily to help. She said, “This small group can get the job done—it just takes longer.”

Byesville Rotary has worked for years to help reduce hunger in Guernsey. The club’s projects include its annual Christmas food basket program, working with other service clubs in the spring to hold a food drive for local food pantries, and donating cash to the Army’s brown-bag lunch program as well as donating to the brown-bag lunch program in Cumberland.

The Byesville club members enjoyed making sandwiches and decided they want to come back on a Thursday to take on the challenge of making over 300 peanut butter sandwiches.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Byesville Rotary Club swears in new officers

Pictured: Officers and board members for 2019-20: Jan Wilson, Treasurer, Debbie Mead—Board member, Rhonda Stemmer, Past-president and Chaplin, Shana Fair, President, and Chuck Fair-President-elect. Not pictured: Board members Becky Bruner and Melinda Yerian.

Byesville Rotarians inducted new officers for 2019-2020 at their annual Changing of the Guard celebration. Officers for the new Rotary year are: President—Shana Fair; President-Elect-Chuck Fair; Treasurer—Jan Wilson; Secretary and Foundation Chair—Chuck Fair; PR Chair—Shana Fair; Membership Chairs—Melinda Yerian and Phyllis Millhone; Historian—Dan Navicky; and Chaplin—Rhonda Stemmer. Directors serving on the Board are: Debbie Mead, Becky Bruner, and Melinda Yerian.

Melinda Yerian was recognized as the club’s “Rotarian of the Year” for her service which included organizing Pints for Polio fundraisers and co-chairing the Breakfast with Santa and the Easter Bunny fund raisers.

Stemmer presented a “Certificate of Engagement” to club members for their participation in club meetings, fund raisers and service projects. Members receiving recognition for engagement were: 30-39 hours of service--Dennis Harding, Sharon Miller, Phyllis Millhone, Rhonda Stemmer; 40-49 hours of service—Don Valentine, Jan Wilson, Melinda Yerian; --Becky Bruner, Chuck Fair, Shana Fair, Larry Miller, and Jim Vaughan. Stemmer also recognized the 2018-19 club officers and board members for their service.

Shana Fair congratulated Rhonda Stemmer on becoming the club’s newest Paul Harris Fellow and presented her with a Paul Harris medallion. During the dinner, Stemmer recognized almost every member of this “Small but Mighty” club for their service to the club and its 3 major service projects: the annual Christmas Food Basket program, a health screening in cooperation with Southeastern Med, and a scholarship awards program which presents at least 4 scholarships to Meadowbrook graduating seniors.

Dan Navicky, club historian, presented a story board illustrating all of the club’s projects. He included pictures of the activities club members were involved in. The club’s Christmas food basket project provided food baskets to 183 families (about 450 people) and was able to donate supplies to the Stop Nine Church of Christ and the Main Avenue United Methodist food pantries.  In April, the club partnered with Southeastern Med to provide a low-cost blood screening to members of the community. In May, the club held its 33rd Scholarship Golf Tournament which raised money for 4 scholarships presented to Meadowbrook seniors. To date, the club has awarded scholarships to over 80 students and raised over $75,000.

In total, the club donated over $10,000 to various service projects during the year. These projects included Kick Cancer, RYLA conference, Salvation Army and Cumberland summer sack lunches, sponsorship for 2 Dickens street characters, and support for Secret Santa, the Night to Shine among others.