Bulletin 12 January 2015
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss
Bulletin January 12, 2015
Members Present: Cat, Sue, Bruce, Philip, Danielle, Marilyn, Driya, Probo, Rucina, Allan
Guests: Johnny Lucas (Toronto, Canada), Alissa Stern Washington DC who is an attorney and anthropologist
Visiting Rotarians: Rich Foss RC Interquest, Amanda Bond RC Whitby, Ontario is working with international Rotary Youth Exchange students on entrepreneurship as an online resource – A3bond@gmail.com
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
Pres. Philip and Exec. Secty. Marilyn reported on the Rotaract Mobile Library project in Pejeng which IPP Sue and Marilyn attended. The project encourages kids in elementary schools to use, enjoy and share books in an effort to instill the culture of reading for pleasure. Each child selects a book and keeps it for a week, then exchanges it for another. The next visit will be on Saturday and Marilyn will provide transport, leaving at 0900; please contact her if you wish to attend. The books are provided through private donations and Ganesha Books’ reading outreach program.
Sue told us about a flag exchange with William Churchill of RC Dallas, Texas which took place during the week.
Rtn. Probo reported on the progress of the RYLA project to take place in
March 2015 over three days. Eight participants have already registered and there is space for another 12 young people aged 17 – 25. Our club is covering the cost of the event and members have privately sponsored the meals, snacks and water.
Sue reported the Holiday fundraiser made a profit of 34 juta which has been transferred to our project account, as has been the 6.6 juta from cookbook sales.
Marilyn shared some Rotary trivia. RI is renaming the months to focus on programs ie Water and Sanitation, Heath etc.
Alissa Stern spoke about BASABali promoting the Balinese language. There are an estimated one million speakers of Balinese, a minority of the local population. The language is at a crossroads, the script is already
quickly being lost. It is difficult to rescue a language which is vanishing. BASABali has developed a software package that teaches both spoken Balinese and Balinese script using dialogues. It was piloted in 12 middle schools using teaching students from Udyana University. BASABali has also made the Balinese/English/Indonesian dictionary available in the WIKI format, and the inputs which is being checked by linguists from UU. They are open to other projects to encourage keeping the language alive. Visit the website at www.basabali.orgby