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

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Byesville Rotary learns about Guernsey County Library and Rolling Hills partnership.

Pictured: Natalie Warren, Rolling Hills Program Coordinator; Donna King, Children’s Librarian Guernsey County District Public Library; and Shana Fair, Speaker Host.

“Libraries are the gate to the future.” Donna King, Children’s Librarian at Guernsey County Public Library, introduced herself by quoting from children’s author Neil Gaiman. The Guernsey County Library offers programming that helps prepare kids for their future. King added that this year children’s programming is being offered at Main and Byesville as well as at Crossroads.

King has been a children’s librarian for over 25 years. She stated that she “loves her job. It is never boring, always changing, and when children’s eyes light up with wonder, it includes a little ‘magic’.”

King said the library offers programming for infants to teens. Many programs are aimed at pre-school children and kindergarteners. Some children in these age groups enter school lacking the literacy skills they need to be successful in school. Participating in library programs is one way to introducing babies and toddlers to books which will help them develop needed literacy skills. Information about fall programming for children and youth can be found on the library’s home page at .

King stated that in addition to providing programs to organizations such as Head Start and other pre-school organizations, library staff helps interested parents and caregivers develop habits that will help their children develop reading skills. King pointed out that activities as easy as sitting down with a child, looking at a picture book, and talking with the child about the pictures is a great start. Adults can also recite nursery rhymes or sing songs with their kids. More tips for helping children get ready to read can be found at .

Natalie Warren, grant program coordinator for the Rolling Hills School district, accompanied Hill to the meeting. Guernsey County Library and Rolling Hills are partners in a joint project funded by a $200,000 21st Century Community Learning Center Competitive Grant. Warren reported that over 200 Ohio schools applied for the grant. Rolling Hills is 1 of 20 schools that received the grant.

At Rolling Hills, the program funded by the grant is called C.O.L.T.S. Club. Warren explained the program offers before and after school activities focusing on 4 areas—reading/literacy, math, student development, and family engagement. She stated that economically disadvantaged students showing low performance in language arts and math were invited to participate. Sixty slots were quickly filled. The program currently has a waiting list indicating parents recognize the need for additional educational opportunities.

Warren explained that students enrolled in C.O.L.T.S. may arrive early at school. Help in reading and math is offered in morning sessions. After school sessions offer snacks and homework help. Mondays and Tuesdays, students will focus on reading and literacy; on Wednesdays, math. Thursday activities vary and include family fun nights, athletics, game nights, field trips, and technology exploration.

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.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Byesville Rotary plans for Christmas giving

Pictured: A couple of Santa’s elves ready to Stuff Santa’s Stocking.

Byesville Rotary members have a busy holiday schedule which starts Saturday, October 8, with their first fundraiser for the club’s annual Christmas food basket program. Club members will be standing in the Main and 2nd street intersection asking community members to help Stuff Santa’s Stocking. Watch for Rotarians holding Christmas stockings.

Monies raised will be used to help provide food baskets for 150 to 200 families living in the Rolling Hills School District. The club estimates that they will be providing food for about 600—800 people. Each family will receive one box of perishables including a turkey and one box of non-perishables and canned goods. The club will be holding sign-ups for the Christmas baskets in October. Baskets will be distributed on Saturday, December 18.

At the club’s December 6 meeting, club members will celebrate Christmas early. Each club member is asked to bring gifts for kids to this meeting. The gifts will be donated to the Meadow Brook Interact club in support of their Angel Tree project and to the Secret Santa program.

The club will also host a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 10. Pancakes, eggs and sausage are on the menu. Santa will be at the breakfast and free pictures with Santa will be provided with the purchase of a breakfast.

The club will be partnering with the Meadow Brook Interact Club and the Rolling Hills Schools to collect canned goods and other non-perishables for the Christmas food baskets.

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.

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.