Bulletin 23 February 2015
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
Bulletin February 23, 2015
Members Present: Philip, Rus, Danielle, Sue B, Cat, Marilyn
Guests: Alisa Chazani, Otila Osborne, Siska (Inspirasia Bali), Suri (guest speaker), Don Bennett, Bill Schneider, Judith Schneider, (Foster City RC California), Rich Foss (RC Interquest Colorado), Ann Marie
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
Secty Cat spoke about the upcoming Slow Food Bali event on sorghum at Bambu Indah on Friday, February 27, 5:30-9pm. This is the crop we hope to introduce to some of the poor, dry areas of Bali as a cash/fodder crop (not a food crop) although it used to be eaten here in the past. Due to climate change, areas which are already dry will become even more so, and we need to identify crops which will adapt to these conditions.
Ibu Maria Loretha is an Ashoka Fellow from Flores and an expert on sorghum. On Friday she will talk about sorghum’s place in Indonesia’s food production and Rtn Mary Jane Edelson will prepare a variety of a variety of special sorghum recipes. On Saturday Ibu Maria will speak to UU agriculture students and also 12 Balinese farmers who are potential trainers.
Rtn Danielle reported on yesterday’s club assembly at which club issues were frankly brought to the table.
Rtn Rus talked about transparency and perceived conflict of interest, which were two of the issues raised, partly because Camphuhan College has received support from RCBUS. We need constructive communication and Rus invites all members to come to the college and practice due diligence. We need a clear set of regulations to avoid misperceptions and negativity in the future and include everyone in decision making.
Exec Secty Marilyn thanked Rtn Judith and Rtn Bill for their help in further clarifying the regulations of the Ubud Foundation.
Pres. Philip talked about the upcoming Rotary Family day, please buy tickets from Philip for Rp 25,000.
On Feb 13 and 14 Philip attended the President Elect training seminar. Our next District Governor will be Mufid
Wahyudi. Rotary International President Elect from Sri Lanka is K.R. ‘Ravi’ Ravindran whose moving speech on ‘Being a Gift to the world’ was shown to the club.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is now in final planning stages and we are all invited to the closing ceremony on Sunday at Villa Ibu on March 8th at 10:30am.
Suri is from DNetwork which helps disabled Indonesians to gain employment. About 24 million adult Indonesians are disabled and 13 million are unemployed. Obstacles within this culture include negative stereotypes, lack of access and facilities although many disabled people are good workers. DNetwork was established in January 2014 in collaboration with Inspirasia an international foundations which focus on people with disabilities. The DNetwork is a tool which connects employers with people with disabilities. The concept of mix and match allows both sides to meet and employers to select workers on basis of ability.
DNetwork works with about 15 collaborators. About 114 job offers have been published on the network by 50 employers and 15 disabled people have already been hired including several who are hearing impaired. These employees tend to be loyal and talented workers and all have their own transportation. Now the focus is on looking for potential employers. Suri encourages them to use the website http://www.dnetworking.net
The raffle prize was won by Sue Bennettby