Bulletin 23 September 2013
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
Bulletin September 23, 2013
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
Our dear Pres Sue was ill this evening so AG Marilyn had good fun chairing the meeting and even remembered Sue’s mantra, “turn off the cell phones!” (That made our SAA Bruce happy ‘cause he’s a stickler on the subject.)
From members far away…Rtn Gabe is off to Turkey, or Morocco, or Spain…one of those places. Hope she remembers how to find her way home. Rtns Dr. Antje and Zsuzsa are exchanging multiple e-mails and Skype calls as they work together on club projects.
Potential new member Cokorda Raka Trisnu came to his second meeting and if you noticed the pictures in this Bulletin are better than usual, it’s because Cok Raka was our photographer tonight! Thanks, Cok Raka, for jumping into the breach!!
Guest Ryan Fusom, environmental engineer, tracked down our meeting via our website and chose to visit us because he’s interested in water projects. Rtn Glenn marched Ryan right on over to Rich Foss (RC Colorado Springs Interquest), who specializes in water projects…a perfect match of interests.
Speaking of water…Sec Allan has a new project in the works! Thanks to the generosity of RC Foster City, two hundred families in the village of Ancut, in Desa Tista, Kecamatan Abang, Karangasem will no longer have to trek long distances for water. The scope of the project is to increase water recovery from an existing well with a new submersible pump, larger storage tank and improved distribution network. Rtn Rich, Treas Danielle and Rtn Kaler will serve on the project committee. GO FOR IT!!!
Good news about former member Bill Page (whom we all miss a LOT) came from Treas Danielle. She had a long phone conversation with Bill and he’s recovering, step by step, from stroke and even spoke of the possibility of an eventual return to Bali. What a joy that would be! We’re all rooting for you, Bill.
We want to make DG Imam’s Oct 7 visit to our club special, so if all goes well we should have an interesting PowerPoint presentation and participation from Rotaract Club Bali Ubud. Our DG is, of course, most comfortable speaking in his native language, Indonesian, so Rtn Rustiasa will translate. Rus is a pro and is often asked to translate here in Bali. We’re lucky to have him in our midst.
[BREAKING NEWS: DG’S VISIT IS CANCELLED DUE TO APEC SECURITY. WILL RE-SCHEDULE IN NOVEMBER!]
Rtn Judith (RC Foster City) explained how Rotarians and non-Rotarians can obtain a Paul Harris Fellow award. Rotarians usually earn their Paul Harris by annually donating $100 to The Rotary Foundation; over time their donations reach US$1,000. The Rotary Foundation recognizes this generosity by awarding the Rotarian donor with a Paul Harris pin and an attractive certificate. Donor Rotarians are also awarded points – one point for every dollar donat – and when they’ve accumulated 1,000 points, the club can choose to bestow a Paul Harris to a deserving Rotarian or non-Rotarian. It’s a way of saying “thank you” to individuals who have given of their time and energies to Rotary.
In preparation for a proposed Global Grant, a meeting was called by the Puhu Village Chief, where principals of five Puhu elementary schools, heads of five school committees and a representative of the Board of Education attended. The purpose of the meeting was to ensure the project covered what the schools had requested our club do at their schools, e.g., insure consistent water supply at the schools, build toilets and wash basins, provide basic hygiene seminars, vision examinations and more!
Then Rtn Sudana walked everyone through a lengthy Memorandum of Understanding detailing all beneficiary and Rotary responsibilities before, during and after the project. Every beneficiary and our club would be required to sign this MOU. What a relief – it was greeted with great support!
Always scouting for opportunities to bring the Rotary name to the public, Rtn Glenn told us about a great opportunity…for next year! The annual Balinale International Film Festival attracts MANY attendees. While purchasing his festival tickets Glenn mentioned he was a Rotarian and said he anticipated lots of other Rotarians would be present. The co-founder of the festival suggested that if a to-be-determined number of tickets were purchased by Rotarians, we could be part of their pre-advertising campaign. Next year’s Balinale Festival has been entered into our ‘tickler’ file for an early start on rounding up Rotarian film fans.
VP Rucina reported on progress at the HIV/AIDS clinic, built with the help of our club’s Global Grant. It’s been named Klinik Anggrek (Orchid Clinic). Thus far the clinic has seen 88 patients (about evenly split between men and women) and seven were tested positive. While testing for HIV, 25 patients were diagnosed with one or more Sexually Transmitted Diseases and are being treated. Patients diagnosed at locations other than Klinik Anggrek are now coming to this clinic to obtain their medications.
Of the seven patients who were diagnosed positive for HIV, one was an eight-month-old baby who subsequently died of complications from HIV. The loss of this infant’s life could have been avoided if the HIV-positive mother had been treated during pregnancy. But reaching people and educating them, plus the stigma of the virus, continue to stand in the way. The Klinik is working hard to overcome these hurdles with frequent village outreach programs in Gianyar Regency.
Attending meetings at fellow Rotary clubs is a great way to make new friends and learn different approaches to managing common challenges and interests shared by all clubs. AG Marilyn was invited to speak at RC Canggu about Global Grants and came away with a really easy and painless way to collect funds for Polio. At the end of each meeting, a Polio Pot is offered to everyone asking them to
throw in any spare coins jingling around in pockets or purses. Over a year’s time, all those coins should add up to a generous donation to Polio! Marilyn happily participated as RC Canggu Pres Patricia inducted and pinned their newest member. This club has been growing by leaps and bounds!
Kids at SD#3, Bentuyung-Sakti, Ubud are peeking through barred windows (for security purposes)
at six new computers installed at their school. The Computer Learning Center is ready to go…but still waiting for an auspicious day to hold its opening ceremony. That didn’t stop the School Principal and the School Committee to come to say “Thank You” to Rtns Sudana, Wayan Rustiasa and AG Marilyn for making the project happen.
Ellie Donnelly, BA, MSc
Ellie Donnelly is a long time therapist who has founded the Daisy Retreat Center where a range of specialized therapies for different disorders, particularly depression and anxiety, are available. Ellie gave a very interesting presentation on the work they do and their tailored approach to treatment using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. What is thought-provoking in today’s therapeutic environment is the overall avoidance of medication as part of treatment. Recent discussion has been hot and heavy amongst therapists and researchers about over-medicating and medication’s often limited success. Therapists at the Daisy Retreat feel Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a far better way to treat patients and medication is rarely, if ever, prescribed. Healing comes from learning to know yourself and recognizing and
managing those triggers that can lead to personal discomfort, anxiety or depression. You can visit their website at www.daisyretreat.com