Bulletin 05 January 2015
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” ― Edith Lovejoy Pierce
Bulletin January 5, 2015
Members Present: Philip, Danielle, Glenn, Bruce, Marilyn, Janet, Cat, Rucina
Guests: Rich Foss
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
Rtn. Janet Molloy was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship pin by Pres. Philip for donating over $1000 to Rotary Club.
Exec Secty. Marilyn explained the Paul Harris Bequest Society pin. The Bequest Society allows members to donate at least $10,000 to Rotary after death. Marilyn was awarded the pin by Philip. She encouraged us all to consider this as a way of allocating some of our estate after our death.
Philip announced that Saturday January 7 there will be a Rotaract Library trip in Pejeng. If you wish to attend, contact Marilyn who will provide transportation.
Philip also announced to a huge round of applause, that our Club is ranked Club #2 in the District for giving with almost 100% of members having paid their dues.
VP Rucina announced that our Holiday fund raising dinner, which was a complete sell out, made about 30 million rupiah (about US$2,400).
Our club-sponsored RYLA in March now has a flyer which has been distributed around Ubud with over 6 participants registering by sms on the very first day. Rtn. Janet mentioned that young people involved in banjar activities may not have the time to participate. All will be interviewed and 20 will be selected.
SAA Bruce is in charge of the food for the RYLA event March 6 – 8. He told us that volunteers had contributed towards the meals; four people have committed the Rp 405,000 each and three more donors are needed. The snacks have been fully sponsored by Rtn. Jodie Bausch, Rtn. Ros and Gabe. VP Ru, Secty. Cat and Janet donated Rp 100,000 each on the spot. You can contact Bruce if you wish to sponsor a meal (or two)
He also announced a US consulate meeting in Sanur for registered US citizens in Bali on 15 Jan. and if anyone can drive, let him know.
Philip announced that Rotaractors from the Hong Kong University of S&T want to organize a student trip to Ubud in June 24 to early July, for which home stays will be needed if the visit goes ahead. If you have room, just contact Philip.
Project Reports were presented by Marilyn and Cat, which will be standard on the first meeting of each month going ahead.
Marilyn reported on the Deep Well SD# 2 project in Apuan in Bangli. The project went through three contractors and three well-borers before it was finally completed. Water to mix the cement was provided by students and teachers who hauled it up from the river in buckets. Additional training and equipment to keep the toilets clean will be taken from the RCBUS Foundation.
She next reported on the water and sanitation project at Temukus SD#5. This was a straightforward project. Again, training and equipment will be provided to help maintain cleanliness. The final ceremony will be January 17. If you are interested in attending, contact Marilyn.
She also reported also that there have been problems with the Puhu project, including changing partners in mid stream and
the delay due to the audit. Now we learned that although we have RI approval for the GG for water and sanitation in five elementary schools in Puhu, Payangan has been frozen indefinitely because our international funding partner in the US (RC Ignatio) still has open District Grants that must be completed. After the final reports have been accepted by RI, funding will be released.
It was also announced that RCBUS signage will be spray-painted using a template on all RCBUS projects going forward.
Rich reported on the Aas deep well project, also funded by the Ignatio club. He and others visited Aas January 4, a trip of 2.5 hours each way. Water is now flowing to 200 families. The Bosman Montana RC will fund piping to another 40 families and our RCBUS member Rtn. Sylvia provided private funding. Still need to build a shed over wellhead and pump, purchase a generator etc.
Although a vast majority of water projects fail, none of Rich’s 14 water projects in Bali have done so. All 14 have been successful. Congratulations go to Rich!
Janet announced Kopernik has moved a new location in Pengosekan, near the petro station on Hanoman. Dave Ricards started a private foundation (DAK Fnd) in Australia and is now focusing on certain areas. Both use an initial survey collecting standard data and a final monitoring using that data to encourage more funds since the project success can be clearly demonstrated. Janet would like to see some kind of cost/benefit analysis in our projects. Their website (http://kopernik.info/) has an online donation system called Tipping Point where the money goes to those projects which are closest to being fully funded. As little as $5 will pay for a hygienic birthing kit.
Rucina will be giving another one of her wonderful lectures on Balinese life. THis one is on weddings in Bali and will be at Hubud at 11:30 this Friday.by