Bulletin 08 August 2011

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

“Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.”
Dr. Haim Ginott

BULLETIN 8 August 2011

Attending: Bill, Cat, Fred and Mandy, Gabe, Lloyd, Marilyn, Philip, Rosalind, Rucina, Sue W.

Apologies: Alisa (USA), Bruce (USA for medical treatment), Mr. Chu, Don and Sue (USA), Donna (out with the flu), Driya and Probo, Janet, Jeremy (Bangkok), Jody, (USA), Kadek (in the field), Patricia (USA for son’s wedding), Rustiasa, Tjok Raka, Tangsi, Zsuza (Canada)

Guests: Rtn Joady Barnes (RC Manningham, Australia), Rtns. Bill and Judith Schneider (RC Foster City), Carmen Facchina, Sri Utami, Sandy Elliott


Thanks to Rtns Judith and Bill Schneider (RC Foster City) we are all well pinned.  Each of our members received an extra special Rotary pin (of course all Rotary pins are extra special) and we added this latest one to our chests/breasts.

Now that we each have an extra Rotary pin, why not tuck one away in your wallet or purse for one of those ‘just in case’ moments.  On your way to a committee meeting and forgot your pin?  Not if you have that handy dandy extra stowed away for just such an occasion.  Or be a hero/heroine…when your buddy going to the same meeting discovers NO PIN.

Moving on to Bling and Glitz…(even the formerly staid Rotary pins can now be found with LOTS of  bling and glitz)  We learned from Rtn Joady Barnes, RC Manningham about their very successful Rummage Shop which raises money for projects.  Occasionally some knockout costume jewelry makes its way to the shop.  Here in Bali, if you’ve participated in temple ceremonies, costume jewelry with LOTS of glitz and bling is just the thing to adorn your temple blouse or sash.  And for those of us who never grew up, it’s an opportunity to play ‘dress up’ again.  Rtn Joady passed around some wonderful samples of glitz and bling…but we won’t tell who the grown up kids are who bought pieces.

Rtn Cat dropped a wonderful surprise on us this evening.  Several years back she was entrusted with a donation that was meant to help a girls’ school in East Timor.   The donation came almost simultaneously with the riots and conflict in East Timor that eventually led to their independence.  Sadly it also led to the demise of the girls’ school.  But what started out as a healthy donation has been gathering interest over time and has become larger than generous!!!  Its value stands at approximately $5,000 and the original donors now wish the money to be used for girls’ scholarships.  Cat is following up with some terrific ideas and checking with the original donors to make sure they are in agreement with her plan.  More to follow!!

This woman was waiting for first water to flow so she could do her laundry in Temekus

The water project in Temukus is moving along smoothly (way smoother than the road to get there) and last weekend two cars bounced their way to the village so we could proudly show Joady the results of  his  club’s donation.  This trip no one got car sick…we are getting to be a tough bunch of Rotarians and Rotaracts!  The young folks hiked up to the water source to check out construction of the water tanks while us old folks (that was Joady, his lovely wife Marg and PP Marilyn) stayed in the village under the care and supervision of Rotaract President Fitri (who is all of 20!)

Joady & Paper Airplane Brigade in Temekus

While the young ones were climbing, Joady and Marg hauled out boxes of colored pencils and paper and shared this bonanza with a growing horde of REALLY young people.  The children spent the next hour drawing and coloring and showing off their artwork to Joady and Marg.  The finale? The kids learned to make paper airplanes and helicopters.  Rotaracts brought food for everyone and this site visit ended with a picnic.  A fun time was had by all.

For those who couldn’t join us at Temukus, Joady prepared a short Powerpoint and let the rest of our members see what they had missed.  It’s when you see pictures of the children, watch women haul water to wash clothes or cook, need to use the toilets that you realize how important this project is to the folks who live in Temukus.  Thanks so much to RC Manningham, RC Southport and RC Ignacio for their funding.

The Mel Wolf Foundation project is also making good headway.  This project will put ‘reading for pleasure’ books in the classrooms of approximately 11 elementary schools.  Simple basic hygiene information will also be included.  The project’s point person is an outstanding Balinese teacher and now Kepala Sekola (head of school), Pak Ketut, who is our ‘consultant’ and organizer. Lucky us, it just so happens that one of the Rotaractors is not only a teacher but has taught under Pak Ketut’s supervision.  This is like working with family!!!

Mel Wolf Project Committee Meeting. Pak Ketut at far right.

The Rotaracts will play a key role in this project, bringing books to each school as part of their ongoing Mobile Library program.  They will spend three consecutive Saturday mornings at each school, using games, storytelling, magic and whatever else works with kids to introduce the books and foster a love of reading.  Turns out the teachers pick up a trick or two as well.

Rtn Gabe’s Rotarian Minute told us about the new Rotary Club on Facebook and reminded us to raise Rotary’s profile whenever and wherever possible.

IPP Sue W recently returned from Singapore and reported on how much she enjoyed attending  RC Pandan Valley’s club meeting.  Both Sue and Cat have been chatting by e-mail with RCPV and they’re interested in doing a hands-on project here in Bali…something where they could get their hands dirty.  Cat wrote back asking just how dirty they wanted to get.  Rtn Cat will be able to find out first hand when she attends a RCPV meeting on Aug 19.

VP Rucina has invited a favorite speaker, Garrett Kam, to kick off our special speaker series on Balinese culture.  We’ll get all the details when Ru returns from Brazil.


Bill Page

As this was the second meeting of the month, we had no guest speaker but instead asked our newest member, Bill Page, to tell us about himself.  Bill earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from University of Nevada in Reno.  From there he moved to San Francisco where he went to work for an insurance company.  He became an expert in re-insurance used to balance risk and liability in large businesses and experienced great success doing work he very much enjoyed.

In 2000 Bill resigned from his position as Vice President because of an encroaching loss of vision brought on by a genetic degenerative disease.  His loss of vision gradually continued until in 2010 Bill found himself totally blind.

Bill’s interest in finance remains and he manages his own portfolio thanks to the magic of technology.  Bill’s computer talks to him!  Using a Mac Book Air with special tools for the visually impaired Bill is right on top of not only his portfolio but his e-mail and other computer applications as well.  He does sometimes wish the vendor of the ‘talking’ product was more available, but he’s doing OK on his own.

Bill had a rapt audience

We asked Bill how he came to Bali and like many of us it was a matter of luck.  Between dental appointments in Bangkok, Bill visited Bali and met a number of interesting and vibrant people.  After several visits, he came to realize there were LOTS of interesting folks in Bali and we were all pretty nice.  He sold his San Francisco house and made the leap!

Prior to losing his sight Bill enjoyed athletics and particularly misses playing golf.  He keeps fit by working out at the gym, river rafting, hiking and deep sea fishing.  He has three dogs at home and I have it on good information that two kittens have been added to his animal family.

Bill is already being absorbed into club projects and not only joined a project committee for a meeting this week but went away with homework!  YAY!!!

Now we don’t want to sound jealous but Bill was asked to pick the winning raffle ticket and it was his own!  Add that to the fact that he’s now won the raffle THREE times in a very short period of time.  What’s going on here???

* BIG * Rotary events coming up.

First The Rotary Institute is scheduled for December 2 to 5.  There will be 1400 Rotarians coming from Zone 6B (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangledesh, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos), Zone 7A (Indonesia and Phillippines) and Zone 10B (Hongkong, Macau, Mongolia, China and Taiwan).   It’s a great honor for Bali to host the Institute and a great opportunity for us to meet Rotarians from other districts and countries.  If it comes off anything like the District Conference last June, attendees can count on having a heck of a lot of fun!

And practically in our backyard, the Rotary International Conference will be held in Bangkok May 6 to 92012.  It’s not likely to get much closer to Bali for years to come so if you can, REGISTER!  Many of our international project partners will attend and it will be our chance to meet them face to face and thank them for all their past help and support.

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