Bulletin 25 August 2014
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
Bulletin August 25, 2014
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
Lots of guests this evening and maybe even some potential new members! Familiar faces and repeat visitors Raj and Susan spoke warmly about our club and how they enjoy receiving our latest news. These two ‘angels’ continue to work diligently with Rtn Wayan Rustiasa and Pres Philip at Campuhan College…where many poverty level youngsters learn skills that lead to good jobs.
Membership Chair Rtn Janet told us about her trip to an elementary school way out in the countryside where our club will be drilling a deep well. (No consistent water supply at the school and thus no ability to flush/clean toilets. YUK!!!) Janet was up at 6 a.m. and took a moment to post a few words on her Facebook page about this project. In no time at all she had 51 likes…and an offer of a donation to add water filters (so water would be potable) and an inquiry from RC Windin, Australia about the project…
all this before she even arrived at the project site!
Janet then explained that the purpose of today’s visit was to attend and participate in special Balinese Hindu prayers…normally held prior to the beginning of a project. All the offerings for this ceremony were ready and waiting, prepared by the village priest, the school principal and the teaching staff. Our Rotaractors came out in force to cheer the project on. We all owe special thanks to
RC Ignacio (USA) who funded this deep well project.
It’s not easy being a chairperson of a committee if there’s no committee! That’s the problem Membership Chair Janet is facing. New Rtn Tyr, a member of the fundraising committee, suggested combining forces. Hey, whatever works!
Pres Philip reminded all of us that DG Hanny made an offer that’s hard to refuse…if you’re not yet a Paul Harris Fellow (means you’ve donated $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation) then you can become one by either donating $500 or topping up your current donations to $500 and bingo…receive $500 in points from the DG and your Paul Harris pin is on the way. First one to take advantage of the offer? Rtn Janet.
The first meeting of every month is given over to projects, committees and general club information sharing. This next Monday we’ll be trying out a new way of keeping everyone up to date on the status of club projects. This process uses a short, already formatted, Powerpoint that briefly addresses project progress (or lack thereof), project scope and issues. Rtn Glenn brought this new method to our club via his involvement in the Stewardship Committee and we’re looking forward to testing it on our club members.
Another topic of discussion next Monday will be RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award). The Board approved a club sponsored RYLA proposal and it will be brought to the membership for input. The proposal is counting on all club members to participate in some way. VP Rucina immediately volunteered a location where the event can be held…we’ll need sleeping space for 20! The proposal will be sent to all members by email so everyone will have lots of time to review it before the next meeting. Many thanks to RYLA co-chairs, Rtns Probo and Driya, for their work on this proposal.
More information about RYLA came from Rtn Judith (RC Foster City) and her Rotary Minute. Our own former Rotaract/Rotarian Kaler is now in Malang working on his PhD and told Judith how the lessons he learned in leadership through RYLA helped him during his orientation.
Guest Ade introduced her shop and eatery, HARVEST, which specializes in ecologically conscious products obtained from young organic farmers in Tabanan and Kintamani. Ade and her farmer team have great perseverance…the farmers’ first harvest was devoured by an army of mice but the second harvest is faring much better. Ade also is involved with the Heirloom Seeds Exchange and provides free seeds to her Balinese neighbors. Drop by Ade’s shop on Jalan Sri Wedari in Taman, Ubud. Tell her you’re a neighbor and maybe she’ll give YOU some seeds.
We’re also in the process of fixing a glitch in our club’s name! The official club name on Rotary.org is Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset, Ubud. Where that second mention of Ubud came from is a mystery but we want it to go away. This will require a club vote and then a formal submission to Rotary International requesting the correction. Not only will this fix our problem, but we can ask for a replacement Club Charter Certificate…really lucky for us since the original certificate seems to have taken a walk.
And because all good Rotarians kept clicking for Rotary International last December, Rotary International can use some of those 3.3 million miles they won from United Airlines to send four person teams on Rotary Friendship Exchanges.
Marta Echavarria was our amazing guest speaker this evening and she spoke about Water in the World. She started by asking ‘Who uses water daily, please raise your hand?’. (Response was 100% yes.) Then she asked “Who knows where your water comes from?” (No 100% response to THAT question!) Most people don’t know where their water comes from, how much it costs, what its true value is in terms of cost (e.g., electricity, infrastructure, etc.) Behind every well or company that provides us with water are water ‘factories,’ such as rivers and springs. The value of water does not include the back story.
In Quito, Ecuador, where Marta lives, a water fund has been created. A percentage of water company revenues go to conservation and this fund now has eight million USD in a fiduciary trust. The funds are funneled back into the eco system that provides the water. Three national parks in Ecuador are the primary sources of water for the country, so it’s the national parks who receive funding. In turn funds are then used for education, water protection and agriculture in communities that conduct best practices. With the addition of hydroelectric plants in and around the national forests, these companies are also being asked to reinvest.
Agriculture is the largest user of water in the world but only 35% of that water is used efficiently. 65% of the water is wasted or lost due to leaky pipes, poor infrastructure and mismanagement. Aging systems in the USA and Europe are outdated and in poor condition leading to water waste. Lack of control of remaining forests means we lose vegetation that helps provide us with water. (Marta pointed out that the subak rice field irrigation system of Bali continues to be sustainable.)
Marta reminds all of us that WATER IS A HUMAN RIGHT and needs our protection.
For more information about Marta and her company, ECO DECISION, (co-run with husband Jacob Olander) go to www.ecodecision.com.ec/ The company creates contracts and agreements that can be used by institutions to help protect water.