Bulletin 22 August 2011Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
Meeting every Monday at 5:30pm Maya Resort, Ubud
“To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler — and less trouble.” Mark Twain
BULLETIN 15 August 2011
Attending: Bill, Cat, Mandy, Gabe, Janet, Lloyd, Marilyn, Patricia, Philip
Apologies: Alisa (USA), Bruce (USA for medical treatment), Fred and Mandy, Mr. Chu, Don and Sue (USA), Donna, Driya and Probo, Jeremy, Jody (USA), Kadek (in the field), Rosalind, Rucina, Rustiasa, Sue W. (Italy), Tjok Raka, Tangsi, Zsuza (Canada)
Guests: Rtns Bill and Judith Schneider (RC Foster City USA), Rtn Danielle Foss (RC Bali Ubud), Rtn Richard Foss (RC Colorado Springs Interquest USA)
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
Rtn Patricia has returned to Bali! Welcome home Patricia!! We’re doubly happy to see Patricia. She will step into our desperately needed GREETER role. YAY!!!
PP Marilyn represented our club at a recent Rotary training seminar. Although the information presented was very valuable, the interchange between other participating club members was REALLY interesting. In spite of all the multiple avenues of communication and living on the same island, it seems that what clubs are endeavoring to accomplish in our Balinese communities isn’t clearly shared. What a loss! Action is afoot to open lines of communication. Stay tuned!
Oh dear, one of the five schools in our Global Grant project has, with excellent reason, changed the location of where their new toilets will be built. That means the ceremony previously held must be repeated in the new location. This project will be thoroughly blessed!!
Rtn Cat reported on her visit with RC Padan Valley, Singapore (a long way to go for a make-up) and enormously enjoyed spending time with the membership of this very active club. They again expressed interest in doing a hands-on project but the proposed painting of a kindergarten’s desks and chairs didn’t quite pass muster. Put your thinking caps on, club members.
The Culinary Crossroads Cookbook, our major fundraiser, has taken off! Our own Rtn Sue B is distributing information to clubs in the San Francisco, CA area. Good and patient friend PP Danielle Mullen (RC of LaConner, WA USA) has asked for an immediate delivery of cookbooks so she can entice her members to buy. Rtn Jody, fresh off the plane from Montana, checked out the newly delivered boxes of books and will rendezvous with Danielle. Rtn Ray and wife Jenny (RC Bowral-Mittagong, Australia) are asking for copies as well (Jenny’s recipe contribution to the cook book is divine!) Thanks to all of you for pitching in and helping make this fundraiser a success!
Rtns Bill and Janet reported on two meetings with Brent Whittaker of Bali Kids www.balikids.org. Brent works with HIV children, regularly visits orphaned children to check their health AND follows up with medical care. He has published excellent materials for children on basic hygiene, menstruation, HIV, and a new publication on child abuse. These are thoroughly reviewed for cultural sensitivity and accuracy by appropriate individuals including Balinese doctors, nurses, and a whole bunch of Balinese kids! Janet and Bill are exploring how we can help HIV children in our community, including bringing in the Bali Kids Foundation on our current projects. They are also exploring a project to educate youngsters about HIV. Many Balinese still have zero information about HIV/AIDS and those that do often consider the topic taboo. We have a long way to go here in Bali.
For our newer members…a New Members Orientation will be held at Pres LLoyd’s home on August 27. If you haven’t yet signed up, here’s LLoyd’s e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Long time Rtns Judith and Bill Schneider (RC Foster City, USA) are the training leaders…and you couldn’t find anyone better or more knowledgeable.
Check out our latest addition to the website! Rtn Gabe has added a page on membership that lists all the BENEFITS in becoming a Rotarian. Gabe had us pair off and tell each other what WE thought these benefits might be and we earned a gold star…we managed to name them all…and there are MANY.
Rtn Ray Williams (RC of Bowral-Mittagong, Australia) sent us an update on how their club is raising funds for a water project in Tenganan Duah. Take a look at the gorgeous quilt Trees Stockley made as an auction item for this project. STUNNING!
News from Nengah, our ‘on the ground coordinator’ for the Temukus water project… the project is close to completion! Water will soon be flowing and available to the entire village and we’re all invited to the completion ceremony…we’re waiting to learn the exact date. Like all ceremonies, a good day must be determined by the village priest. Club members…get your temple clothes ready!
Professor Darren Leaver spoke with us about the Robin Carlson Children’s Language Program (RCCLP.org), now operating in three villages. His enthusiasm was contagious. Inspired by the children of Bali, the wish of a former student, and the dedication of a new-found friend, Nyoman Ady, Darren explained how he again found himself immersed in education far from his Glendale, CA USA home.
As a teacher Darren was distressed over the poor quality of education available to our Balinese children. Coupled with the desire of a dear student who recently passed away and her wish to ‘give back’ to Bali, a place she had dearly loved, Darren felt he could bring his skills to bear on educational offerings in poor communities. In searching for a starting location he met Nyoman Ady in Bugbug, a village close to Candi Dasa on the east coast of Bali. Ady, who has fluent English, wanted nothing more than to help youngsters learn to speak English. Serendipity brought Darren and Ady together…and they were off and running!
Three after-school programs are now fully operational in three different villages. Total enrollment currently stands at approximately 400 students. The program provides all necessary teaching and learning materials free of charge. Volunteers, mostly from abroad, are welcomed as an aid to the classroom teacher…but they may not teach. This protects the continuity of the curriculum.
Darren now knows it takes about 10,000 rp (US $1.17) per child per month to operate the program, exclusive of big ticket items like computers that were donated by Darren and close friends. Current funding for the program is coming via direct donations from friends and family and the personal generosity of Darren and his wife. Darren will approach California Rotary Clubs and USA foundations for funding to expand the program. We wish him the best of luck!
In his absence Darren has left Philip Mobb in charge. Philip is a former elementary school teacher and like many who have come to love Bali, wants to ‘give back’. This program gives him that opportunity.
* 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 Conferencewill 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.by