Bulletin 07 April 2014
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Mark Twain.
Bulletin April 7, 2014
As usual, there were members to welcome back, and members to sadly bid farewell. Rtn. Sue Bennett and RC Woodside PE Don Bennett are back in Bali, bringing more of their educational materials-on-flash-disk to share with kids of Bali and beyond. Rtn. Patricia, back from a 3-month rejuvenation retreat in the U.S., is now ready to push forward with her Silent Retreat in Tabanan.
Word from Rtns. Cat and Rucina in India having a great time, with lots of stories to tell when they are back and sharing at the club meeting April 21. I’m sure we’ll all want to hear about what it was like at the conference in Manipur where there were armed militia with machine guns on every corner.
It has been announced by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative that Southeast Asia (that includes Indonesia!) is Polio Free. Continued vigilance is important and hopefully polio will be eradicated all over the world before long… It’s a challenge, but Rotary has been a generous contributor the past few years.
Rtn. Ron Dixon, our new Rotaract liaison, reported on the meeting on Sunday April 6, that he attended
along with Rtn. Kathy Alexander. Membership has been decreasing over the past couple years, and they have decided to do a membership drive to get more members. They also want to raise the age limit to 35 and over, as many of the Rotaracters want to remain in Rotaract. Also, they have requested support to send two of their members to Makassar for the RYLA youth leadership award trainings. Sue said this will be on the agenda for the board meeting next week.
Pres. Sue raised the issue of establishing an Interact club, for kids age 13-18, usually done with school groups. Members who have an interest in being involved please contact Ron or Sue. This age group of kids would be perfect for doing peer-to-peer training on HIV/AIDS and other important health issues
EARTH DAY April 26-27
Kathy and Rtn. Rosalind reported that the Board agreed to donate Rp. 1,000,000 to support Earth Day, and also to volunteer to work at the raffle booth. Four members volunteered to help on April 26-27 for half day shifts. If any other members wish to volunteer please contact Rosalind or Kathy.
OFFICIAL OPENING OF KLINIK ANGGREK (Orchid Clinic)
Sue reported on the clinic opening April 3, attended by the Head of the Regency Health Department (who also represented the Regency Head Bupati). Over 100 government clinic heads (including our friend Dr. Ngurah from Payangan), hospital heads, and other VIPS attended, as well as Rotarians including DGND Ny. Nilawati.
This is the clinic that was established with our Global Grant beginning last year, and is poised to be a model for the country. In a competition among thousands of govt clinics in the country for the most innovative programs, our clinic ranks in the top 9! And who knows, it may even come in number 1 when the contest is finished.
While Bali Peduli has provided the know-how to make this fantastic clinic, RCBUS has also been able to contribute by defining and keeping records for monitoring and evaluation of the project, which has been useful in measuring effectiveness and pinpointing issues for improvement.
Sue then gave us a more detailed look at the Global Grant project by going through the budget items and letting them tell the story of how the funds are being used and the activities that are being supported.
REMINDERS OF FUTURE EVENTS
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
April 28 Mask / Puppet Museum Field Trip / (no meeting at Maya – all Bali Rotarians will be invited when the details are decided)
May 5 Club Assembly (no meeting at Maya) at Café Havana or at Puri Garden) We will discuss projects and spending priorities. This is our chance to provide input and help shape the club so it works better for you. Please think about
June 8 Educare Graduation – 4 schools will be graduating together at the Neka Museum pavilion.