Bulletin 15 November 2010Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset District 3400/No.79571 Meeting every Monday at 5:30pm Maya Resort, Ubud
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~Winston Churchill
BULLETIN 15 November, 2010
Attending: Members: Bruce, Cat, Gabe, Janet, Jeremy, Lloyd, Philip, Sue W., Rucina
Visiting Rotarians: Diane Parker / RC Kelowna Ogopogo, Fabienne Van Den Berghe / RC Gent Noord, Bob Rubens / RC Gent Noord (Bob was here last year as head of visiting GSE Team from Belgium. He returned again this year to share the Bali expereince with his wife.) Guests: Bob De Potter, Bianca Todorov, Dagmara Gawlik (guest speaker), Matthew Tharp, Deborah May, Michelle Bailey
Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith Dinner Nov. 23 was a lovely evening at the Bali Hyatt Hotel. Pres. Sue and Sec. Phillip represented our club and together with 80 Rotarians from around Indonesia welcomed Pres. Ray and his wife Judy to Bali. Ray had been to Bali about 30 years ago, and stayed at the same Bali Hyatt Hotel. Judy and Sue hit it off instantly, as they are both Hoosiers (they hail from the state of Indiana). Major donors were given special honors and we were entertained by fabulous Indonesian dancers from around the country.
Cat: Ubud Slow Food Convivium will have its anniversary dinner here in Maya Resort and Spa. The proceeds from the dinner will be funding projects to promote awareness on the benefit of “kecipir” (wing bean) as local replacement of soy (which is mainly imported in Indonesia) in schools.
Rotaracts did another health project leaving Ubud Sunday at 6 am for the 3 hour drive to Karangasem in East Bali. Diane Parker described it this way, “we pulled a lot of teeth, scrubbed a lot of scabs, and scolded a lot of fathers to stop smoking so they can afford to feed their children better” (yes, there are many malnutrition cases).
Obama Vist: Rotarians in Indonesia were invited to attend Pres. Obama’s morning speech in Jakarta at the Univ. of Indonesia. Unfortunately since we were only given 12 hours notice, it wasn’t possible for any of our members to getup to Jakarta the night before so we could be on the special bus leaving at 5 AM. For his original planned visit many months ago, our own Rucina was asked to be a culutural ambassador and meet personally with the President and his family. She even had a new outfit for the occasion. Oh, well!
Jeremy has offered to compile resources from many NGOs working in development so we can have a reference for our future projects.
Cat: Friday and Saturday (Nov 19-20) we delivered books, furniture, and other school equipment, finally completing the Matching Grant with RC Kelowna Ogopogo (except for Final Report) . The two schools were thrilled with everything, Rus led the kids in “The Moose who drank a lot of Juice” song, and we emphasized to the principal and teachers that books should be read AND well taken care of, and furniture donated by Rotary should never leave the school.
Cat: Friday, Nov 12, Cat and Sue visited the site of finished Tabanan bridge project. This project enabled villagers to complete a partially constructed bridge in the area of Kerta, Tabanan, Bali, as well as providing access to the bridge via approx 300 meters of track road access on either side of the bridge. This new bridge will reduce travel time by at least one hour to fields, markets and schools for over 2,000 people.
Rucina: MG Panti Asuhan officially closed! The first class of 39 graduates have all been accepted by 3- and 4-star establishments for employment. Five of them were recruited by Ubud’s Bali Buddha.
Janet: Our cookbook project is up and running with recipes coming in! More are needed! Please keep them coming. Bruce sent his recipes for chocolate banana french toast, french onion soup crockpot, indian butter chicken plus garam masala, and sour cream burgers. As a warm up, Janet baked a delicious smelling home-baked bread tp add to tonight’s raffle prizes!
Our Guest Speaker was Dagmara Gawlik, founder of Starfish Learning Center, a language school for children and adults started in 2008. They have served 273 students so far. Many of the children are on scholarship, and the adults pay a fee for classes. Teachers are volunteers from many countries, and they have recently expanded to teaching Japanese, French and Spanish. Dagmara got some tough questions from the audience wanting to understand their program:
Q: How do you maintain consistency of classes when all of your
teachers are volunteers ?
A: We have a set of fixed curriculum for each level and age, and we can just give this to our volunteers. The curriculum was developed by a volunteer education specialist who spent almost a year here to make it.
Q: How long does a volunteer stays and teach? A: Minimum 1 month, the longest so far is Gabe with 1 year.
Lloyd won the fresh bread made by Janet, and lucky Jeremy won a beautiful scarf, a gift Rus brought back from his recent trip to India!