Bulletin 01 June 2015

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset

District 3420 / No. 79571

Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud

‘Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter‘  Satchel Paige

Bulletin June 1, 2015

 Members: Rucina, Cat, Marilyn, Danielle, Bruce, Karen Lewis, Marilyn, Rosalind, Allan

Guests: Ping, Rich Foss, Edwin Zapre, (Auroville), Kaler, Patrick Van Kampen (RC Seminyak, Incoming Assistant Governor), Fern Linden (eClub One, Colorado), Noel Lewis, David Locke (RC Kenmore, Brisbane) , Susan Bishop (RC Bali Taman), Ray Bishop (RC Hope Island), Frank Donovan, Anne McLennan, Pasang Sherpa (Nepal), Anne Marie

ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS

Vibrant, Vivacious VP Rucina leads the meeting

Vibrant, Vivacious VP Rucina leads the meeting

VP Rucina chaired the meeting in Pres. Philip’s absence.

AG Patrick stands in for DG Hanny and presents District awards to RCBUS

AG Patrick stands in for DG Hanny and presents District awards to RCBUS

Patrick Van Kampen (RC Seminyak, Incoming Assistant Governor) reported on the District Conference in Jogjakarta.  Three years ago Indonesia split into two districts, now there may be a third and even a fourth district.  About 600 people attended the conference and the program was spectacular.  Next year our side is the district will be in Surabaya and theirs will be in Bandung. Next year the District Governor will be Balinese.  Marilyn consented to attend the DISTAS conference.

Patrick presented a long series of awards to the Governor’s Appreciation Award to Philip; a Family Day Award to ES Marilyn; and RTN Rosalind,

AG Patrick presents Marilyn with Level 3 Donor plaque

AG Patrick presents Marilyn with Level 3 Donor plaque

Marilyn, and BAA Bruce, for our Outstanding Club Bulletin; to Marilyn for donating over $5000 to TRF; to the club for the third highest club annual program contributions, for complying with the requirements of the presidential citation; to RTN Probo for his coordination of the RYLA program; to Marilyn for her contribution of $1000 annually; to the club for TRF for 100% of members contributing; and Marilyn for the District Service Award; only 4 people in the entire district contribute at this level of $50,000.

Rucina announced that the Seminyak Club is having a fundraiser on Friday with all proceeds going to the Smile Foundation.

Three clubs received special district citation for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation – Kuta, Taman and RCBUS, all from Bali.

GUEST SPEAKER

Rich Foss of RC Interquest Colorado Springs was our speaker. He has completed 17 water projects in Amed, one of the driest and most remote areas of

Guest Speaker Rtn Rich Foss, RC Colorado Spring Interquest

Guest Speaker Rtn Rich Foss, RC Colorado Spring Interquest

North Bali since 2007, working with RTN Kaler Sunyantga, Ping, Ray and Sue and also PE Allan and David Locke.   Of the Rotary Areas of Interest, water is the key need here.  Sanitation does not exist; there are no toilets or water for bathing or hand washing. Corn is the only food crop; many people have never eaten rice.  Water is laboriously carried, collected from dirty rooftops or collected in holes.    Near the end of 2005 Rich met Ping and was inspired to help

Rich Foss at Aas with well bore

Rich Foss at Aas with well bore; yellow water tanks in background

bring water to the most remote hamlets.  Three of the projects were wells, which are difficult and expensive to dig and maintain.  There are some springs at elevation which is the preferred solution, using gravity feed. The people design and build their own water systems through gotong royong, which ensures a sense of ownership and thus sustainability.

Lessons learned: dignity is more powerful than wealth, charity does not solve poverty, imported/western solutions do not work, communication is key, education is the long term solution, and women are important problem solvers.

The raffle was won by Pasang Sherpa.

 

 

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