Bulletin 16 September 2013
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Bulletin September 16, 2013
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
Taking a page from RC Seminyak, Pres Sue wrapped SAA Bruce in a dandy Sargent of Arms sash! Bruce beamed…members bowed to his SAA authority.
Pres Sue warmly welcomed Rtn Janet who just returned from her daughter’s wedding and then European travels (and shenanigans), and gratefully thanked VP Rucina for donating a whole bunch of raffle prizes!
Old friend PDG Pete Griffith (RC La Jolla) sent e-mail asking for a video of the Army of Ducks previous Guest Speaker Jan Mantjika described. Sorry Pete, no video but here’s a shot of a Regiment of Ducks…the best we could do ‘cause the duck army is not currently mobilized.
A special welcome to Cokorda Raka Trisnu Yudhana and Eli Lenyoun, both of whom we anticipate will soon be new members! YAY!!!
Our club’s young members all seem to be having babies and here’s an introduction (and documented proof) of two of the newest. Rtns Sudana and Ade, and Rotaract PP Dora and Dad proudly introduced their sons as the little guys participate in their first committee meeting…and begin accumulating meeting make-ups? All kidding aside,
MUCH was accomplished in Rtn Sudana and his latest project moving forward on a whole bunch of projects including the potential Puhu Global Grant, books for two elementary schools in Karangasem, a computer learning center near Ubud and renewal of Rotaract’s Mobile Library activities.
Rtn Judith’s (RC Foster City) Rotary Minute told us about the Youth Exchange Program (YEP) and how much fun it can be to have a young person from overseas spending time with us in our homes and experiencing our very different culture. (Rtn Janet hosted a pair of youngsters a while back, but the rest of us have had yet to participate in YEP.) On the other hand, a message from a current YEP host family in Bali expressed concern about the vetting process for selecting young participants …their youngster has been rushed to the hospital twice with stomach ulcer problems.
Preparations are being made for DG Imam’s visit to our club on Oct 7 and AG Marilyn invited members to spend additional time with our DG, accompanying him to club visits at RC Cangu/RC Seminyak (Oct 8) and RC Lovina (Oct 9). Anyone wanting to come along can contact Marilyn for transportation firstname.lastname@example.org).
Rotaract Pres Abe and new Rotaract Endra joined us this evening to update us on their activities. They’re doing Mobile Library projects (two in Karangasem…a two hour drive!), supporting computer learning, and figuring out ways to help poverty level families in Keliki…some with special-needs children and truly in need of special help.
Those wonderful free mammogram certificates sponsored by RC Foster City are in big demand. VP Rucina told us she already had 70 women asking about the certificates. (Rucina is going to have to do some vetting.)
Rtn Ernie (Marine Military Rotary, San Diego) exchanged flags with Sue…and promised to give us a heads up prior to his next visit to Bali…so he can be scheduled as a guest speaker. He and his wife sit on the Board of an NGO whose name we’ll recognize.
In spite of an oncoming cold, our dear friend and Project-Evaluator-in-Chief, Farquhar Stirling, described Rotary International’s recommended process for developing a Global Grant evaluation design. Farq has done project evaluations for WHO, USAID, AUSAID, Neilsen and other large organizations…so for him the Rotary evaluation design is a piece of cake! But for some of us who can’t tell an ‘average’ from an ‘umbrage’ it was NOT a piece of cake…and we were duly impressed with Farq’s ease in dealing with this topic. Even better, Farq then went on to show how the design was applied to one of our projects that is near and dear to our hearts….the Educare program at Campuhan College.
Taking the stage away from Farquhar, our club presented him with a Paul Harris Pin in honor of his humanitarian work (WAY above and beyond the call of duty). Farq has guided our club’s past projects through the evaluation process, continues to support current project evaluations, and has signed on for future project evaluations! Although not a Rotarian in name, Farq is a Rotarian at heart. Or as Pres Sue put it:
“In the beginning….Let me say that for this club, which is now in its 6th year, still growing, still learning, there have been two eras: I call them BF and AF. Our club from the beginning has been very active in projects all over Bali and for the first four years we were in the AF era. Then Rotary decided that it was really important to be able to evaluate the projects we were doing. Even if they were not successful, we could learn something valuable. But none of us had the experience and tools to do this.
“Enter the AF era. If you haven’t guessed now, the BF era stands for ‘Before Farquhar.’
Luckily for us, Farquhar and his wife Lily moved to Bali during our time of need. As you have just heard, he has the expertise we needed and he – willingly – agreed to help us. With our global grants in Payangan, with our Global Grant for the HIV Clinic, Farquhar has been an integral part of our team and allowed us to learn and to fulfill the grant requirements. His work with Educare will make it able for more funding to flow their way as we can now show the positive results of the program. (We always knew it was great, but now we have the backup to prove it.)
Tonight we would like to honor you by making you a Paul Harris Fellow. This is a small token of our great appreciation for all the help you have given us. Hopefully you will continue to guide us to find ways to improve the lives of people in Bali.”