Bulletin 7 March 2011

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3400/No.79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30pm Maya Resort, Ubud

”Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events;

Small minds discuss people”

Eleanor Roosevelt


March 7,  2011

Attending: Alisa, Bruce, Cat, Mr. Chu, Don and Sue B, Donna, Gabe, Jody, LLoyd, Marilyn, Philip, Rosalind, Rustiasa, Sue W, Zsuzsa

Apologies: Dennis (USA), Driya, Mandy and Fred Brauer (Cairo, Egypt), Janet, Jeremy, Kadek (in the field), Patricia, Probo, Rucina (Singapore with Agung for surgery), Tjok Raka, Tangsi

Guests: Charter President Susi Johnston (RC Canggu), Rtns Bill and Judith Schneider (RC Foster City, USA), Rtn Antje von Lukowicz (RC Bali Ubud)


This was our special monthly meeting devoted to in-house club business and information sharing.  We ALL get to be the guest speaker!

Pres Sue was ecstatic about the response from members who donated to The Rotary Foundation SHARE on Feb 23.  Our club giving has been great this year.  Foundation Chair Sue B reminded us that no donation is too small.  Every rupiah/dollar counts!  And with our club looking forward to its three-year birthday, finally we become eligible for a percentage of our giving to come back to our club for projects.  Giving to TRF is an investment that gives back in so many different ways.

IPP Marilyn was the Guest Speaker at RC Seminyak this week.  As the Bali expert on Global Grants, she entertained Seminyak members with her experiences getting a grant approved in the Future Vision Pilot, and the challenges of working with a new, constantly evolving system.  We hope Seminyak can be the next Global Grant recipient in Bali!

The Seminyak-ites also applauded Marilyn for her appointment as AG for next year.

REMINDER!! Register for the District Conference BEFORE March 31st and pay the early bird price!  IPP Marilyn distributed registration forms to members who had already pledged to attend, thus far 30% of the membership.  Can we make it at least 50% member participation?  We’re fortunate to have this year’s District Conference in Bali, so do take advantage of how easy it will be to get there…just down the road to Sanur!

Good as his word, a Rotary flag arrived from Rtn Ron Strachan (RC Darwin Sunrise, Australia).  Sue and IPP Marilyn (who had unjustly accused Ron of taking home TWO of our flags) accepted the flag.

Thanks for the flag, Ron!

RC Bali Canggu Charter Pres. Susi

Charter President Susi was asked to tell us a bit about what will soon be Indonesia’s newest club,  RC Canggu.  With 30 YOUNG charter members already on board, this club will be one of the larger clubs in District 3400…and already anxious to jump into projects.

The follow-up meeting from our recent Club Assembly has been set for Sunday, March 27th , 10 a.m. at Pres Sue’s house…mark your calendars!  Important decisions will be made about the club’s future focus and we need everyone’s input.

New member orientation is scheduled for March 17th at Pres Sue’s house at 10:30-12  Not-so-new members are invited as well! Never hurts to have a review.

Outstanding news came from Rtn Gabe about the Starfish Language School.  After submitting an excellent report and recommendations to Rtn Bob Rubens (RC Gent Noord, Belgium)), a rapid affirmative response was received and Starfish will have EU 2000 available to expand their bulging-at-the-seams teaching facility.  Huge thanks to Bob for making this happen!  You and your club will see some wonderful things happen at Starfish.

Rtn Zsuzsa is giving her extensive planning talents to the Pondok Pekak Chidren’s Library, helping their board develop a long term strategic plan. We’ll receive an e-mail from Zsuzsa telling us when and where the next meeting will take place. You’ll enjoy watching Zsuzsa in action….she’s awesome!

Project Chair Cat updated us on the status of the 3rd Community Rice Mill, generously funded by the Australian Consulate.  This new rice mill be moved from place to place on its very own trailer!  Although the earlier two rice mills performed perfectly when milling rice, they didn’t like the long haul trips from one part of Bali to another!  The additional cost of building the trailer will be quickly offset by a reduction of repairs.

Our techie Philip sets the stage!

Rtn Bruce led us through a tour of our very own and much lauded website! Take a look. http://rotarybaliubudsunset.org /

Even our own members are thrilled with how easy it is to navigate.  The demonstration closed with a round of applause from all of us for the work  Sue, Bruce, Rucina and others have put into keeping the website information current…no small task!

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