Bulletin 20 February, 2012

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3400/No.79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30pm Maya Resort, Ubud
“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”  Mark Twain


Attending: Allan, Antje, Mr. Chu, Don and Sue B., LLoyd, Marilyn, Philip, Rosalind, Rucina, Sue W, Zsuzsa

Apologies: Alisa (USA), Augie (Thailand), Bruce, Cat (attending to her sister’s funeral in Canada), Danielle, Donna, Driya and Probo, Fred and Mandy (Egypt), Gabe (Sumatra), Rustiasa (India), Janet (England), Jody (USA), Kadek, Mary L., Mary Jane (Singapore), Patricia, Tjok Raka, Bill (USA)

Guests: Rtns Bill and Judith Schneider (RC Foster City), Mike Jorgensen, Guest Speaker Georges Capt.


Back from a week-end in Surabaya, Java for PETS, PE Rosalind still looked slightly glassy eyed after two days of non-stop information sharing and training, but no question…she got it! Now to fully digest it all. PE Rosalind is off to Nepal for a month where she will likely be enjoying re-reading her President Manual!

AG Marilyn leads an active PETS training

Our super English language PETS group

PPs Sue W and Marilyn had a great old time at PETS…one of the best PETS ever! Could it be because they were training PEs rather than being inundated with information? It’s true…much more fun to give than to receive. And speaking of receiving, our club was mentioned multiple times for the great job being done with our website and Facebook pages. Thanks to PE Rosalind for keeping the website up to date with fresh information (www.rotarybaliubud.org ) and to everyone who contributes to our Facebook group page.  (Gabe, Rucina, Sue, Rosalind).

The next major Rotary meeting, DISTAS (District Assembly) will be held in Bali on April 14 and incoming officers and committee chairs are asked to be sure to attend! Also attending will be MANY Past District Governors, District Governors Elect, District Governors Nominees, Trainers and Assistant Governors. Should be a full house! And if it’s half as much fun as PETS, nobody should miss it!

Rtns Bill and Judith Schneider had the marvelous opportunity to meet with The Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus Committee while in the USA. There was discussion about what TRF might tackle after a Polio success…but the realities of when success will occur led TRF to hold back on a new commitment. The battle against Polio is far from over and will take many billions of dollars and many more years to totally eliminate the disease in the remaining countries where polio is still to be found. The fight now focuses on Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria and continues in India even though India has had a full polio-free year.

Rtns Zsusza and Antje reported on their meeting with Robin Lim (CNN Hero in 2011) to learn what NGO Bumi Sehat is doing relative to another fight…the fight against HIV. Robin is offering free HIV testing at the birthing clinic and is having excellent success in involving pregnant women and their husbands. In a very short time over 100 women and men have been tested at Bumi Sehat. Robin tells us that the stigma associated with being HIV positive is sometimes as debilitating as the disease. Individuals known to be positive are seen as unclean and dangerous to others and when death is brought on by AIDS some villages will not allow the deceased to be cremated in their own village…a very serious problem in our Balinese Hindu culture. Sadly, we have learned that Rtn

Cat’s sister Robin has passed away. We all offer condolences to Cat and her family. Cat faithfully sat by her sister’s bedside in Canada for the last several weeks, doing what she could to make her sister as comfortable as possible. Hopefully Cat will soon be home again to Bali and it will be our turn to take care of her.


Guest Speaker Georges Capt (who bypassed using a microphone because he needs to talk with his hands!) told us of how a wealthy Swiss family wanted to ‘pay back’ to Bali, a place the family dearly enjoyed. The result was the formation of a foundation that would be devoted to training electricians who would meet the standards of the National Electricians Association (NEA), a well respected certifying organization. P

Initially the plan was to use an electrician’s vocational school in the Regency of Bulelang (northeast Bali) for the training site, but it was soon discovered that the teaching staff at the school had themselves never been qualified! That problem was remedied by bringing the teaching staff up to standards with the help of NEA.

Upon graduation from the vocational school, student electricians would then go on to take up to three five-day intensive training courses which would prepare them for NEA certification tests.

To date, seventy two electricians have been graduated. Most of them are snatched up by PLN (Indonesia’s state electrical company) and five star hotels in Nusa Dua, which means, again, the rest of us are without good electricians!

Georges laughingly commented that with certified electricians available, the likelihood of electrical power running into your shower head is far less likely to occur. EEEEEK!

More BIG * Rotary Events Coming Up

And practically in our backyard, the Rotary International Conference will be held in Bangkok May 6 to 9, 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.

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