Bulletin 03 February 2014

Bulletin 03 February 2014

 

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset

District 3420 / No. 79571

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

 Bulletin February 3, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS

CokRaka

CokRaka

Getting into the USA spirit of Super Bowl Sunday, Rtn Cok Raka hosted brunch and a huge TV at his family owned hotel, Puri Garden. Football is very popular in Indonesia…but it’s not the American version…it’s what’s called soccer in the US.

AG Anak Agung Purnama and DDG Nila

AG Anak Agung Purnama and DDG Nila from RC Bali Taman

We welcomed two very special guests from RC Bali Taman: AG Anak Agung Purnama and DDG Nila. RC Taman (by chance or on purpose?) has an all-female membership…with an occasional male member now and again. The club is a powerhouse of successful activity and sets a high standard for those of us who are trying to emulate their work.

DG Imam wished us well for our upcoming fundraiser…and asked that we update him following the event. For Sure!!

Inflation has finally caught up with us at our lovely host hotel, Maya Ubud Resort and Spa. After five+ years of zero cost increase, our pre-meeting canapés and drinks will go up by 15,000 IDR.

Sue Winski

Sue Winski

Pres Sue gave everyone an opportunity to comment on this change and the general consensus was to accept the increase. Maya staff has consistently taken very good care of us! We doubt we would ever find another location that would be so amenable to our needs and provide us tasty treats as well.

Judith sharing a Rotary Minute

Judith sharing a Rotary Minute

Rotary Minute from Rtn Judith (RC Foster City, USA) reminded us of three fun Rotary activities we shouldn’t miss: going to the charter meeting of a new club; attending the district conference (this year in Makassar, May 16 to 18);and participating in Rotary’s annual international conference…this year in Sydney, June 1-4. Judith is dead on right! These activities really are great fun!!

 And yet another joint project with Rotaract…this time a book delivery to an elementary school close to the village of Tenganan Dauh Tukad. What was really special about this experience was the enthusiastic energy of the school principal and teachers…and the full attention of Tenganan’s village chief.

Kids reading their new books

Kids reading their new books in Tenganan

 

Rotaract teaching English

Rotaract teaching English

Sadly, this is not always the case when working with schools so it’s a real turn-on for us Rotarians and Rotaracts when the school staff gets as involved as the kids. We were so turned on that we listened closely to the staff’s concerns about the lack of functioning toilets and places for kids to wash their hands.

 It was easy to also notice that many of the kids didn’t have socks or shoes or uniforms. One thing leads to another and we’re now plotting how to remedy these conditions at this school. If anyone wants to help, let us know!

cat wheelerPETS time is here again…not the furry, four-legged kind, but training for incoming club presidents and secretaries. PE Philip will attend and Pres Sue will sit in for Sec Elect Cat (who is neither furry or four-legged…but very loveable). The agenda at this seminar is packed, so zero time to play while in Surabaya….too bad…the shopping there is so good. 

Director Mary Northmore of Smile Foundation

Director Mary Northmore of Smile Foundation

 

Smile Operations since 2005

Smile Operations since 2005

Hey, we’re not the only club working at raising funds for worthy causes! RC Seminyak’s fundraiser for the Smile Foundation, a well loved and respected resource for craniofacial surgery. Director Mary Northmore told us that close to 300 operations, mostly for young children, were performed this past year and most of these surgeries were done by four outstanding Indonesian plastic surgeons.

These brilliant surgeons all originally trained under a skills-transfer program conducted by Australian plastic surgeon Dr. David David (…yes, really). Where surgeries are extremely complex, patients may be sent to Australia by the Smile Foundation.

Kudos to Rtn Detlev, RC Seminyak who offers a delicious Sunday brunch every week at no cost… but welcomes donations for Smile Foundation. He and his wife have raised millions for the foundation from brunch attendees who are happy to leave with a little less in their pockets but with their stomachs full.

An elegant and respectful tribute to VP Rucina’s husband and his family:


catThis week Secretary Elect Cat took the minutes and with her great sense of humor closed the minutes with: ‘Sent from my Philips steam iron’.

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