Bulletin 16 February 2015
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
Bulletin February 16, 2015
Members Present: Philip, Danielle, Glenn, Bruce, Cat, Marilyn, Sue, Probo, Wayan Rustiasa
Guests: Peter Kessing and his wife Truus, (RC Roermond, Netherlands) , Ann Marie Kipar, Rich Foss, Alisa Chazani, Johnny Lucas, Lily Wardoyo (guest speaker), Farquar Stirling, Fiona Stirling, Kat McDivitt (RC Honolulu ), William Dimaculanga, Acos from Hungary
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
The meeting opened with a flag exchange with Rtn Peter Kessing of RC Roermond, Netherlands. Peter explained that he was impressed with the number of worthwhile projects our
club accomplishes and yet is actually a small club here in Bali.
Pres. Philip has been attending the PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) in Surabaya, introducing the new DG; he passed around the photos. He said he would give us through update later.
Rtn Probo gave the club an update on RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award). Twenty young participants have now been selected; 12 girls and 8 boys for the three day event 6-8 March. Three more mattresses are still needed. If you can lend them, it would really help. Not beds, just the mattresses. The closing ceremony will be on March 8 at Exec Secty Marilyn’s house. The
DG will be unable to attend as he will be off-island, however, his schedule changes all the time so there is a chance he may
be able to attend. Rtn Rus told us about the interview process for RYLA and said that the candidates were strong and highly motivated. He senses a shift in the consciousness of the young Balinese. The plan is to introduce the Rotoractors early in the event to add momentum and stimulate the growth process.
Rtn Danielle reported that she and Rich went to Amed to check on the water projects there. They paid some bills, checked on some wells and visited some of the villagers.
Rtn Glenn reported on his trip to LA where he had his fill of theatre, classical music and good food.
SAA Bruce talked about BPJS, the free Indonesian health system, and the ease with which expat residents can join it. For only 59,500 rupiah per month you can be completely covered for medical needs. Usually BPJS uses facilities in your immediate area but for emergencies ANY hospital (SILOAM, Bali Royal, etc.) can be used and your coverage pays all bills, medial, surgery, prescriptions, hospital stay, etc. If you want your staff covered that can happen also. The price varies only in the level of hospital room, private, semi-private, etc. The staff member would sign up and you would pay them each month for the premium. If they were to sign up as your employee there might be some income taxes required, but if they sign up as Individuals, then not.
Exec Secty Marilyn gave a presentation on piloting innovative and flexible Rotary Clubs over 2015 – 2017. The pilots reflect the memberships’ feedback about current administrative practices. Results of three earlier pilots to provide additional flexibility have been evaluated and this has been reflected in the new and simplified bylaws. If selected, our club can make changes to the constitution and bylaws. We must continue to pay our dues and to meet weekly. But, for example, we can develop creative membership requirements, rethink our meeting location and experiment with different logistics. We may be able to establish co-presidents which will relieve presidents of a heavy burden. We want to attract young Indonesians to the club but the cost of the weekly meeting is a barrier. So this is another area where being creative may pay off. Be prepared to put on your thinking caps for Marilyn if we are able to participate in this. 2/3 of our members will need to consent, so a ballot with full explanation will go out soon.
Guest speaker Lily Wardoyo talked to us about the Ubud-based Bali Peduli NGO which has an HIV/AIDS clinic. In 2011 HIV services were lacking in Bali because of discrimination and stigma even in the health care sector. The first clinic was opened 2011 in Kuta to serve the gay community. In July 2013 the Ubud clinic opened to serve the key at-risk populations of pregnant women, female sex workers and injecting drug users. It was challenging to find a partner clinic. But the Puskesmas 2 which now partners with Bali Peduli in Ubud already had a harm reduction program in place and is an excellent partner.
Core services are medical services, education, outreach and support and a Positive Living Fund. All services are free and include testing, treatment and counselling which is non-discriminatory. Results are available in 60 minutes which is important for working people who can’t afford the time or money to make multiple journeys. The clinic has seen 2381 patients of whom 1093 were tested for HIV (54 were positive) and a total of 85 are now being treated. Demand for testing has been higher than anticipated. Pregnant women have 55% of the HIV positive tests and the rest are the at-risk populations. Young people lack the tools to protect themselves as there is no reproductive health education in the schools in Bali. Bali Peduli goes into schools, prisons and women’s groups; 79 education sessions have been held with 3695 participants. A buddy system supports HIV positive patients 24/7. Outreach workers go to the bars and distribute condoms and a mobile clinic tests the sex workers in the bars. About 1433 people with HIV are supported by the program.
The raffle prize was won by Fiona.