Bulletin 12 September 2016
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at the Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud or the Kakiang Garden Café, Ubud
“Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can”. Methodist Saying
Bulletin September 12, 2016
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
This meeting was a special meeting focusing on attracting and keeping new members to our club. We had special guests: AG Patrick and President Ade Santoso of RC Bali Niti Mandala.
President Bruce welcomed everyone and had us introduce ourselves. He began the meeting by having each us answer the question: “What is the advantage of having or not having more members”.
AG Patrick told us he thought that the average size of clubs in Bali was 12-15 members, but that he always wanted 50-70 members in the several clubs he has lead. He felt if you had 60 members, for instance, you had a core of 30 members who would always attend. And a core of 10 or so people who actually did things, like being officers or committee chairs. It also meant that committees could have 4-5 members to help get things done. He also liked the idea that if you had a large club you could have many nationalities of members which was educational to all.
Sec Penny came next. She mentioned that we needed to consider the demographics of the Ubud area. It is not a large area
like Sanur, Kuta, or Denpasar. She thought we needed to do just a few projects really well and not do many small ones. We should keep our focus on one or two areas. For instance, in the Karangasem area.
Pres Ade liked that his club concentrated on small activities such as hospital visits, awareness about bullying in schools – making them interesting for other people. Tours for many people, galas, workshops/guest speakers, government projects that teach people. These help create interest and focus on bringing people together. He also has his club work with another club from Japan and have people, visiting back and forth and developing international relationships.
RTN Rich was next. He said his original Rotary club was a huge club. Perhaps up to 500 people. We all gasped at that, trying
to image a Rotary club of that size. It was largely supported by local businesses who actually paid for their employees to be part of the Rotary club. He then moved to his current Colorado Interquest club which has around 15 members. He said it runs efficiently with meetings starting and ending on time. Perhaps because there are many current and former military personnel involved.
Our Vocational Director Danielle came next. She has been a member of our club since its chartering in 2008 and was a member of the original Ubud club RC Bali Ubud for years. She thought we should keep our club small and see how that works. She made the comment based on her past experience with both of these clubs that we needed to be cooperative and inclusive. We should ask all members to participate and to be specific about what the club wants each member to do. She suggested we concentrate on the ‘doing’ since that is really what it is all about. Remembering our motto of ‘Service Above Self’. She said that there a lot of reasons for memberships:
• Some people love conventions and are into collecting buttons
• Some like to give money
• Others just love doing projects
She then discussed several ideas. Someone said that we need to get a brand…through the projects such as helmets and social media. So when people thought of the Ubud Rotary club they thought of our successful projects. Danielle told us a great story of how she chatted with someone and how they were interested in learning more about our club.
“I went to the pool where I live one day which is shared by many houses and there I was and it was lovely day and I started chatting with another swimmer, we introduced ourselves to each other. He was a Russian…looking to rent for a year. When he asked about what I did, I explained Rotary to him…and he was interested in hearing more about our club and may be interested in coming to a meeting”.
There are many ways to meet and spread the word.
Other suggestions presented were:
• Develop a document that tells the story of the history of the club and the many successful projects we have done
• Create a brand …a focus that we can build on with what we already have such as developing projects and contacts in Karangasem.
• Get into print articles about our club.
• Small is beautiful…maybe we need at least 10 people
Next meeting: Kakiang – 19 September – 5:30 for 6:00 start. Ray & Sue Bishop of Rumah Sehat clinic in Karangasem will speak about their clinic and the new school they are opening there.by