Bulletin 05 March 2012Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
Meeting every Monday at 5:30pm Maya Resort, Ubud
“Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.”
E. Joseph Cossman
BULLETIN 5 MARCH, 2012
Attending: Allan, Antje, Cat, Donna, LLoyd, Marilyn, Philip, Rucina,
Apologies: Alisa (USA), Augie (Thailand), Bill (Mexico), Bruce, Mr. Chu (Singapore), Danielle (USA), Don and Sue B, Driya and Probo, Fred and Mandy (Egypt/USA), Janet (Jakarta), Gabe (Sumatra), Rosalind (Nepal), Rustiasa, Jody (USA), Kadek, Mary L., Mary Jane, Tjok Raka, Sue W (ill), Zsuzsa (Canada)
Guests: Rtns Bill and Judith Schneider (RC Foster City USA), Raelene Starr, Dewa Made, Jerry Pavia, USA, Wayne Sawchuk USA
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
We all welcomed Rtn Cat back from Canada after a two month absence. Cat spent this time at her sister’s bedside awaiting the inevitable. Her sister, after a long battle, succumbed to cancer.
Correspondence from Rtns Mandy and Fred tell us they are hoping to be back in Bali and back together next week. Mandy is in Cairo and Fred is in California. (Talk about globe-trotters!) Rtn Gabe is also expected to reappear next week after wandering through several of the Indonesian islands. Expect an exciting and funny overview of her trip. Wherever Gabe goes, she leaves them laughing. Rtn Bill will also re-emerge for next Monday’s meeting following a month’s travels and he’s itching to get back to work on fundraising for the HIV project.
Rtn Donna, always the environmental activist, invited members to the first meeting of U.G.L.E. (Ubud Gang that Loves the Environment), March 7, 5:30 p.m. at Taksu Spa. Donna expressed major concern for lack of protocol or care when establishments dispose of hazardous wastes.
Trying to fill in for PP Sue, PP Marilyn briefly spoke to the problem of sustainability for the club’s HIV/AIDS project. Because all HIV testing will be free to Indonesian clients, it’s difficult for the sponsor clinic to offset costs of staff and medications other than Anti Retro Viral medications. In conversation with Committee Chair Rtn Bill, the current plan is to insure at least three years of funding for the clinic through business and personal three year pledges and through fundraisers similar to the one held earlier this year at La Luciola Restaurant, a favorite beachside eaterie. A cool US$15,000 was raised in that one evening for the battle against HIV.
Water projects received center stage with the good news that Rtn Joady Barnes (RC Manningham), will be sending us AUS$2500 to be used for water tanks and composting toilets in Sumba. Rtn Cat will be managing this effort. She knows Sumba like the back of her hand!
WASRAG Longtime friend, Rtn Stewart Martin, representing WASRAG (Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group) will be arriving Bali in April along with several other Oregon, USA club members. The purpose of this visit is to discuss how all Bali clubs might join together to conduct a LARGE Bali based water project. This will be really exciting!! For sure our spirits are willing.
NEW CLUBS IN BALI! Speaking of Bali clubs….one new club was chartered last week, RC Udayana University and a second, RC Tirta Ganga is very close to being chartered. Members of RC Udayana will be a terrific intellectual and research resource to all clubs and RC Tirta Ganga will be located about 90 minutes north of Ubud and way closer to areas of the island that suffer from poverty and lack of water. There will soon be 16 Rotary clubs in Bali!
VP Rucina described an outing for almost 60 poverty level YKIP scholarship students who are supported by USA based Heidi’s Circle. Through the efforts of Heidi Hornberger, scholarship sponsors make it possible for the children to have a really special event once each year. This time they went to the newly upgraded Outward Bound facility in Payangan where they learned about leadership and team building taught through activities and games. After a great lunch, off they went to Batur Volcano Museum, a museum built to western standards and offering marvelous displays and videos. Needless to say, a good time was had by all!
Global Grant gets down and dirty!
It was back to toilet cleaning training again where PP Marilyn and Rotaractors Sudana, Kaler and Lesoh visited to two schools in our Global Grant project, both with brand new principals. What used to be a ‘problem’ school because the principal had been very weak now has a terrific new principal. He’s only been there a week and the school grounds (and the teachers!) already reflect focused and competent leadership. On the flip side, the second school, what was our superstar school, now appears to be floundering. Bad News!! Looks like we’ll go up the supervisory ladder to put some pressure on this new principal!
Consideration is being given to a possible project dealing with child sex trafficking. The project suggestion came from Rtn Sheila Henry, RC La Jolla Golden Triangle and although the Board has not yet formally given us a go for this potential project there has been informal due diligence in progress. Unfortunately Bali seems to be a recipient of these children due to the large number of tourists coming to the island. After Board approval, a project committee will take on the task of research and due diligence to determine what can be done (safely and effectively) by the club.
ALLAN STARR, our newest member…..
Rtn Allan told us about himself at the meeting, and although we already loved this guy, we loved him even more after he spoke to us. Allan started off with two separate side by side pictures a little boy and a little girl. The little boy was Allan and the little girl was his first and only love, Raelene, his wife of MANY years! From first grade on Allan and Raelene were boy friend and girlfriend…so no question they knew each other very well when they married! Today they have four gorgeous daughters and a gaggle of grandchildren, the oldest already 19.
With four daughters, that’s a lot of weddings to be paid for, but Allan happily reported he didn’t have to pay for all of them. And the family policy is that he only pays for the first one.
Left behind in Australia are not only the darling daughters and the even more darling grandchildren but also the Starr’s well loved dogs and a vintage convertible automobile.
Allan is a relative newcomer to Bali, visiting the first time about four years ago. He said that if anyone had suggested ten years ago that he’d end up living in Indonesia, he would never have believed it possible. Nevertheless, in January 2010, he and Raelene began the construction of their house located in Pejeng Aji. It was a 12 month learning experience and during those 12 months Allan says he really learned how different Bali was from Australia!! For newcomers he recommends buying a house that is already built (and we all understood EXACTLY why).
In spite of the building experience Allan and Raelene truly enjoy being here in Bali. They love the Balinese people, appreciate their caring, confident and ever smiling staff, and celebrated their first Christmas here surrounded by new friends.
The lucky company that employs Allan is Hatch Associates, a consulting engineering firm with offices in Jakarta. Half of the week Allan is in Jakarta and the remainder he is here in beautiful Bali.
Both Allan and Raelene are imbued with the Rotary spirit. In Bali there is so much that can be done to help our local communities and the Starrs appreciate having the opportunity to make a difference. Our club is fortunate to have Allan as a member and we want Raelene to join us, too!
More BIG * Rotary Events Coming Up
And practically in our backyard, the Rotary International Conference will 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.