Bulletin 28 February 2011

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

“You’ve reached middle age when all you exercise is caution.”
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BULLETIN 28, February 2011

Attending: Alisa, Cat, Mr. Chu, Gabe, Janet, Jeremy, Jody, LLoyd, Marilyn, Patricia, Philip, Rosalind, Rucina, Rustiasa, Sue W, Zsuzsa

Apologies: Bruce, Dennis (USA), Don and Sue Bennett (Malaysia), Donna, Driya, Mandy and Fred Brauer (Cairo, Egypt), Kadek (in the field), Probo, Tjok Raka, Tangsi

Guests: Rtns Bill and Judith Schneider (RC Foster City, USA), Meghan Pappenheim (Guest Speaker), Kadek Gunarta (Ubud), Bridget Carson (USA), Marjorie Lewellen (USA), Susie Jones (USA), Michael Huffman (USA), Shervin Boloorian (Ubud)

ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS

Pres Sue announced that over half our members responded to Rotary International’s birthday with gifts to SHARE, some for the 2nd and 3rd times this Rotary year.  Overall unrestricted giving from the club is up by approximately 500% compared to last year.  Thanks to everyone who opened their hearts and their pockets to support the good works of Rotary.

Everyone was still on a high after a very successful Club Assembly meeting on February 26.  All but two  of our members presently in Bali attended and participated in a 2 ½ hour session of hard and very successful work laying out our interests and our resources.  Pres Sue will announce a follow-up meeting to develop action plans…enough work was laid out to keep the club busy for the next several years!

Rtn Rosalind put words to action directly following the Club Assembly.  One of the project areas discussed was the need for teaching young Balinese entrepreneurs the basics of operating a business.  Rotaract Sudana, our ever-helpful computer doctor, made a house call to Rosalind’s ailing computer and Rosalind was off and running with a very excited and willing-to-learn Sudana!

Pres Sue, Rotaract Ade, and evaluation experts Farquhar Stirling and Lili Wardoyo met with Dr. Putu, head of the Puskesmas (government clinics) in Payangan to further refine details of the Global Grant.  Always a pleasure to work with Dr. Putu, she was delighted to collaborate with our project to get a meaningful evalulation of our health and basic hygiene programs

Rtn Joady Barnes, (Sister Club Manningham) wrote to correct an error in our previous Bulletin.  Turns out the full donation of AUD$2,500 from RC Manningham is targeted for the water project in Temukus.  We’re hoping to obtain an additional US$2500 in direct donations to move this project into action!

Rtn Gabe reported on a second meeting with Dagmara Gawlik, Director of Starfish Language School.  Gabe is completing the due diligence on this potential project in response to Rtn Bob Rubens’ (RC Gent Noord, Belgium) potential offer of support to the school.  It’s looking very promising!

Rtn Zsuzsa attended the Board Meeting of the Pondok Pekok Children’s Library.  The library’s Board is developing a long range strategic plan for the library and we look forward hearing more from them.  It is the club’s intention to provide volunteer help to the library where and when needed.

GUEST SPEAKER

Pres Sue introduced guest speaker Meghan Pappenheim who, with husband and partner Kadek Gunarta founded the Bali Spirit Festival, a celebration of yoga, dance and music, which is presenting its fourth annual event this March 23-27. She began with an impressive promotional video from previous festivals showing the many exciting aspects of this exciting event, saying this has been a life changing experience for people who come from all over the world to attend.

The main purpose of the Festival is to generate and celebrate heart energy and expand Bali’s global appeal, “opening up the doors of multiculturalism on Bali.” The festival also supports community awareness of HIV/Aids.

The Festival operates on a very small budget for its size, puts much of its revenues back into the community, and depends heavily on ticket sales. So Meghan asks us to invite everyone we know to attend. There are also opportunities to enjoy gamelan music at the free Dharma Festival during the day. Get all the details at http://balispiritfestival.com.

Meghan noted that a free concert to promote HIV/AIDS awareness was recently presented by Bali Spirit in Ubud and had, with minimal promotion, drew 3000 people…most of them young Balinese…suggesting that the power of Bali’s youth can be harnessed to do big things here.

Rtn Patricia added that this new generation coming up is rich with energy for healing the planet, and, “These are the people I want to grow old with!”

Patricia was promptly rewarded for these positive thoughts by winning the raffle which this week featured two prizes: one from Jeremy and a generous bag of Ghirardelli chocolates from our Foster City guests, Bill and Judith Schneider Patricia passed around the chocolates to share them with ALL of us.

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