Bulletin 17 March 2014
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” ~ Audrey Hepburn
Bulletin March 17, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
Pres. Sue welcomed some guests and said good-bye, sadly, to two of our regulars. She welcomed Karin from France who is visiting Bali; Natalie Lejeune, also from France (what a coincidence!); and Rtn Mary Stenseth from the San Jose California Rotary which has over 450 members (how do they have a meeting?) Mary has been working in Thailand for Rotary International for the last 13 years. She has been training in the best ways to teach English and was sponsored by the Thai Rotary Clubs. But that sponsorship has now ended and so, wonderful person that she is, she continued at her own expense. What an inspiration!
We all said good-bye to Ann and David Lock who will be gone until August, and we will miss their smiling faces.
Also, this is Rtn Zsuzsa’s last meeting for this year. She has been wonderful in helping the club hone its fundraising skills as well as helping us with her facilitating skills, said VP Rucina. As a very small but well-deserved reward, Sue presented Zsuzsa with a beautiful “Certificate of Appreciation”.
Sue also gave us a medical update on Rtn Fred Bauer and Mandy. Seems that Mandy has been in the hospital after she broke her shoulder bone. She successfully had surgery at the local Bali Royal Hospital by the famous Dr. Win, and is recovering nicely.
Sue mentioned some of her and ES Marilyn’s interesting and often-times humorous experiences with the Rotary International auditors. Marilyn spent a lot of time with them including all of one day at the bank trying to get the statements the auditors needed. Rtns Rich Foss and Ron Dixon took the auditors to a water project in the north. Ron reported a cordial experience. A new road made it possible to drive most of the way and the journey of three hours each way allowed plenty of time to talk. It was evident to the auditors that the villagers worked closely with our RC. They all agreed that signage needed to be addressed.
Sue told us they audited our Global Grant in Payangan providing sanitation in five schools. Another grant bought a computer at Campuhan College and the auditors wanted to see it, but it was in Ambon. When it returned they compared the serial number but decided the receipt was not official enough. They wanted to go to the shop because there was no address on the receipt and PE Philip took them there instead of attending this meeting. The club officers learned a lot and it will influence our management of future projects.
It was also announced that coming soon, perhaps this Friday, there would be an ‘official’ opening launch of the Global Grant with Puskesmas in Sayan. Please attend if you can. Sue will confirm date and time when it is certain.
IPP Rosalind reported on the new website which is now up; she and SAA Bruce have worked hard on it. It is still a work in progress but already looks very professional. www.rotarybaliubudsunset.org
The raffle prize of natural soap was won by Ron Dixon.
GUEST SPEAKER: Rio Helmi
Rio has created the website Ubud Now and Then (http://ubudnowandthen.com/) with Catriona Mitchell.
He introduced the website and explained that it had been started by Catriona with another partner as a guide to Ubud. But as it evolved, they parted and she and Rio cataloged all of the information she had collected. The site includes info, videos, photo galleries and much more as well as many interesting blogs. They want to bring a deeper involvement with the art and culture of Ubud with profiles of interesting personalities, restaurant reviews, reports on events and social commentary. They will soon add a classified section.
Now the site is going bilingual although 80 per cent of readers are English speaking. Rio and Catriona would like to involve young Balinese in the site to give them a forum for their work.
The website was first posted in Feb 2013 and is slowly gaining readership. 25k people saw their Facebook page in a recent week, with 15k likes. They’re working hard to expand the site’s exposure and increase advertising revenue. Its success will allow them to add more quality to the site.by