Bulletin 22 September 2014
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ― Charles Dickens
Members: Marilyn, Rucina, Cat, Glenn, Bruce, Janet, Ros, Cok Raka, Danielle, Sue W, Philip, Karen
Guests: Richard Foss, Jillian Wilkes (RC Bridgetown) and husband Fred, Shireen Chelliah (RC Seputeh KL), Suresh Maradran, Henny and Stanley Harshaw
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
Suresh Maradran, our guest from India, suggested that since our club has a lot of synergy with the Seputih club we may wish to work towards sister club status
Pres. Philip announced that on September 28th there will be a visitor from the Philippines who wants to visit a project in Ubud. This presents a difficulty as schools and puskesmas are closed. IPP Sue and Sec. Cat may take him to the Pengosekan project. Later that evening there will be a dinner and talk in Kuta to which many Bali Rotarians have been invited.
There will be a Global Grant management seminar Oct 10 – 11 in Surabaya which is required for Rotarians who will be applying for Global Grants in the future. We are invited to an anniversary lunch with RC Bali Taman tomorrow. IPP Sue announced that this week four Dutch women are cycling from Jakarta to Bali and will speak at RC Denpasar next Friday at 4 pm. The cause is women’s rights.
RTN Ros reported on the website update. She took a solid two weeks to do a major update and invites us to visit the site and give her feedback. She is putting up projects and pictures which need checking. She appealed for a backup person to learn the website. Sue suggested a website quiz to promote more member visits. Membership Chair Janet learned at the membership meeting in Kuta that many clubs do major community socialization through Facebook and suggests that we do the same. RTN Ros replied that everything would have to be migrated to the open page which may be confusing but she will do it. SAA Bruce reminds us that our website and Facebook addresses can be easily Googled. The venue committee of SAA Bruce and Sec. Cat reports that two restaurants have proactively contacted us. We’ve established a list of needs and will look at the potential venues this week.
RTN Glenn of the Stewardship Committee announced that they continue to meet. Re the banking issue, Pres. Elect Cok Raka can facilitate a bank account which allows two signatures, but there are still issues outstanding. We are still looking for a long- term banking solution. The committee will be creating stewardship guidelines for Global Grants. One idea is to get more project info to the club through a standard Powerpoint format so everyone can access and use it.
Exec Sec. Marilyn announced that we will be doing a club-sponsored RYLA this year for 20 youngsters aged 18 – 30, with a committee of RTN Probo, Treas. Driya, Pres. Philip and Dora. A recent 3+ hour meeting worked through many of the details and they now have a two-pronged approach: one is to totally support it through our club and the other is to write a grant proposal for a DDF (District Designated Funds). The budget would be Rp 8 million if our club sponsors the event; DDF funding would be Rp 13 million. If we obtain the DDF funds, we could pay the facilitators
and increase the activities. Exec. Sec. Marilyn explained how projects magically appear and likened the gestation of a project to the peeling of an onion. For example, a man called last week asking for help with a kindergarten in Sayan which has some political and space problems which will take some management. This started a lively discussion about process. Sec. Cat apologized for not having done her homework (the dogs, ducks and chickens ate it) on the Powerpoint status report, and verbally updated the club about the Biosphere Foundation Grant (http://www.biospherefoundation.org/projects/Organic-Farming-Project.html) , and the potential of working with a Rotary Action Group on food security called the Food Plants Solution Project (http://foodplantsolutions.org/). There is good potential to work with them, with the Biosphere Foundation project, and with Slow Food Bali(http://slowfoodbali.com/) on disseminating the information. She offered to send out the Indonesian ebook to any member that is interested: please email her. Exec. Sec. Marilyn presented the new club Powerpoint format for the Deep Well SDN 2 Bangli project. The Stewardship Committee is still drafting guidelines for small projects since the format was really designed for Global Grants. The raffles prize was won by Jillian.by