Bulletin 09 January 2012Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
Meeting every Monday at 5:30pm Maya Resort, Ubud
“Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.” Tori Filler
BULLETIN 9 JANUARY 2012
Attending: Allan, Antje, Augie, Mr. Chu, Danielle, Fred, Marilyn, Mandy, Mary L, Rosalind, Rucina, Sue W, Zsuzsa
Apologies: Alisa (recovering from cardiac problem in USA), Bill (food poisoning!), Don and Sue B, Donna (in Hawaii), Gabe (in Australia), Janet, Jody (in USA mailing cook books!), LLoyd (in Hong Kong), Kadek (in the field), Mary Jane (entertaining family), Patricia, Philip (in Sulawesi) Probo and Driya, Rustiasa, Tjok Raka,
Guests: District Governor Ridlo, DGE Kuhn, Guest Speaker Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Ann Marie Larquier (Alaska USA), Rtn Richard Foss (RC Colorado Springs Interquest USA), Jeff Kiffer, Leslie and Chrissie Vick (Australia), Janelle Dyer.
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
The first meeting of the year took off with a bang! Joining us this evening were Distict Governor Ridlo and District Governor Elect Kuhn. DG Ridlo will be the LAST District 3400 Governor as the District will be divided into two new Districts on July 1. DGE Kuhn will be the FIRST governor for our new district, District 3420. These are exciting times for the 90 Rotary clubs in Indonesia and a relief for the incoming DGEs! Can you imagine trying to reach 90+ clubs in twelve months in an island country as big as Indonesia?
In the absence of President LLoyd, President Elect Rosalind opened the meeting with introductions of the DG and DGE and welcomed back Rtns Mandy, Fred, Zsuzsa and Augie…all had been overseas.
PP Sue W gave special thanks to DGE Kuhn…the very first purchaser of our fundraiser cook book. DG Ridlo immediately bought one as well! He’s a really good sport…not at all formal, and very friendly, outgoing and informative.
DG RIDLO’S PRESENTATION
DG Ridlo has been a member of RC Bandung Dago (Java) for the past ten years and is a professional investigative journalist when he’s not being the District Governor! The DG shared his thoughts and predictions about Indonesia’s economy as well as reminding us about how important it is to grow our membership and continue to support the Rotary Foundation.
About the economy, DG Ridlo pointed out that the IMF has projected Indonesia will be the fastest growing economy amongst the 18 largest, even outstripping China! However, even though predictions are good, many Indonesian families are still experiencing serious daily malnutrition…which clearly indicates that Rotary has a lot of work to do! And how can Rotary successfully do this work? GROW OUR MEMBERSHIP and CONTRIBUTE TO EREY (EVERY ROTARIAN EVERY YEAR). Membership growth is important for two reasons…first the two new districts (3410 and 3420) must attain membership of 1,000 each or the two districts will again be folded back into one. Although all members of the current district 3400 are emotionally attached to each other, distance makes it difficult (time and expense of travel) for many of the far flung clubs to participate in important meetings such as PETS (Presidents Elect Training Seminar). Creating two smaller districts will shorten the distance many clubs must travel for Rotary events and District Administration can be more effective in meeting the needs of clubs. With approximately 45 clubs to work with as compared to 90+ clubs each DG and staff, will have much more time to work directly with clubs.
The second reason is that with larger membership, clubs can increase their donations to Every Rotarian Every Year . These are funds that come back to clubs as DDF and make it possible for both The Rotary Foundation and individual clubs to plan more and larger projects that help our local communities. The project funding that comes back to Indonesia every year in the form of matched Rotary funds is approximately ten times as much as we contribute!
Needless to say, even though DG Ridlo praised our club for its continuing growth in membership, the excellent projects we’ve completed and our generous donations to EREY….he would like to see MORE members and MORE donations so we and other Indonesian clubs can do MORE!!! We’ll do the very best we can!
Ambassadorial Scholar Ann Marie Larquier explained the purpose of the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship program. It is meant to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors academic-year scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students and while abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their home countries to Rotary clubs and other groups. Ann Marie told us she is hosted by District 3300, RC Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and is enjoying every minute of it.
Ann Marie was born in Alaska and graduated from Alaska Pacific University with a BA in Environmental Studies and a Masters Degree in Environmental Science. She studied melting glaciers and their contribution to drinking water and hydroelectric power supplies and then worked for the US Geological Survey.
Some of Ann Marie’s activities while in Malaysia included working with HIV orphanages, individuals with disabilities and Rotaracts and their clubs. Just before leaving Malaysia Anne Marie attended a Rotaract conference and hopes to meet some our own Rotaracts here in Bali. And if the rain lets up she also hopes to see some sun and have some beach time!
In keeping with her role as Ambassadorial Scholar, Anne Marie shared interesting information about her home state.
- Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1870 and became a USA state in 1959.
- The population is only 700,000 even though the state is HUGE in size..
- Seven per cent of the Alaskan population is indigenous and there more than 22 different indigenous peoples. (And Eskimos do NOT live in igloos!)
- During the winter solstice there is only 4 to 5 hours of daylight and at times during the summer there is 24 hours of daylight…no night time at all.
- How cold is cold? -62 Celsius at the coldest and 23 Celsius at the warmest!
- There are 245 Rotarians in Alaska.
- Rotarians raise funds by doing a Polar Bear Plunge, diving into icy waters at the beginning of each New Year!
Our meeting closed with guest Chrissie donating a darling stuffed bear to the club, one of many Chrissie and friends have been making for children and sending to organizations like Bali’s own Bumi Sehat. Thanks Chrissie!
And practically in our backyard, the Rotary International Conference will be held in Bangkok May 6 to 10, 2012. 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.