Bulletin 09 December 2013
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the
dog does.” Christopher Morley
Bulletin December 9, 2013
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
Pres Sue opened the meeting with reflections on the changes brought about in South Africa by Nelson Mandela, including his enthusiastic support for Rotary’s End Polio Now efforts. The club honored him with a minute of silence and thought.
A big thank you was given to Rtn Bill Schneider (RC Foster City) for filling in as a greeter at the last several meetings. In the coming months new members Rtns Cok Raka, Eli and Hank will be the welcoming faces as members and guests arrive.
Our District 3420, like so many other Districts and clubs throughout the world, contributed funds for those suffering the ravages of the disastrous typhoon that struck the Philippines. In addition to cash donations several clubs, including our own, also contributed to Shelter Box, a Rotary affiliated organization that is capable of rapid disaster relief by flying in tents, water, food supplies, and other basic necessities for families who have literally lost everything.
Many NGO’s throughout Bali immediately sent staff members with specialized skills to the stricken Philippine Islands. Robin Lim, director of the Ubud based Bumi Sehat Birthing Clinic took time to pack birthing kits and medical supplies and headed to the airport. Pregnant moms couldn’t tell their babies to wait for better times before they decided to be born. Robin wasn’t elected the CNN Hero of the Year 2011 by accident!
Officer election results for the coming Rotary year were announced by Pres Sue and were applauded by the membership. President is charter member Philip Yusenda, PE Sudana, Sec is Cat Wheeler, Treasurer is PP Rosalind, Exec Sec is AG Marilyn, VPs Rucina and Cok Raka Trisnu who was also elected to President-Elect-Nominee-Designate Rotary year 2016-2017.
Always a joyful moment the club has a new member, Rtn Hank Abramson. He was warmly welcomed and said he’d like to join the Projects Committee…as soon as he returns from Viet Nam!! Rtn Hank did manage to squeeze in his new member orientation prior to heading for the airport.
And yet more good membership news…Rtn Ron Dixon will be leaving his Canadian club and transferring to RC Bali Ubud Sunset. With Rtn Ron’s past experience working on projects in the very dry and poor areas of Karangasem, Bali, his experience and commitment to Service Above Self will be warmly welcomed. Already hitting his stride, Rtn Ron reported on Rotaract Bali Ubud’s latest Mobile Library Project activity where they delivered books to a local beneficiary elementary school. Great going, Rotaracts!!
Visiting Rtn Judith Schneider (RC Foster City) used her Rotary Minute to tell us how Rotaract clubs in the USA have successfully transitioned from Rotaract to Rotary en masse, thus creating a new Rotary Club of like-minded young people who have already bonded and worked together. Food for thought for our own Rotaract club.
Long time Rotarian Kirk Alliman, RC Louisville, (USA) exchanged flags with Pres Sue. Kirk and his spouse are both retired and spend four months every year overseas. This year it’s Bali!!! We look forward to Kirk being part of our club’s Rotary family until at least the end of March.
And then, as only Rotarians can, came a spirited rendition of Happy Birthday for AG Marilyn.
Unable to contain the good news, Marilyn pointed out she now qualifies for the Rotary Rule of 85 (age plus number of years as a Rotarian equals 85). So what does that buy her? She is no longer required to attend the minimum number of club meetings each year. PE Philip could be heard muttering “like so what…her attendance is already at 200%”.
We went to the dogs via our delightful guest speakers and all our animal loving members and guests perked up their ears…not wanting to miss a single woof…ooooops, we meant ‘word’.
Agus and Made from BAWA (Bali Animal Welfare Association) talked to us about the good works this popular organization has accomplished for animals AND for residents in Bali. BAWA’s immediate response in 2008 to the discovery of rabies in Bali (after decades of being rabies free) was terrific. BAWA staff were first responders, immediately vaccinating dogs in the area where rabies had surfaced. In spite of valiant efforts, rabies gradually spread into neighboring regencies and over time the entire island was reporting rabid dogs and the resulting dog bites. Slowed by inadequate supplies of vaccine (not only for dogs, but people as well) and slow government mobilization, rabies remains a serious Bali problem.
The difficult and time consuming efforts to control rabies continued alongside BAWA’s regular activities…neutering and spaying animals to reduce the number of uncared for animals roaming the streets, picking up and caring for abandoned animals, actively seeking homes for abandoned animals, examining and providing medications to animals brought to the BAWA clinic for care.
Recently, BAWA’s clinic was suddenly shut down by the local government for failure to hold certain permits…which, after years of operation, BAWA didn’t even realize were needed. In spite of the clinic’s closure BAWA’s staff continues to provide education to the community, respond to emergencies, arrange daily feeding of street dogs, and perform many of its regular non-clinic activities. BAWA is now diligently working to acquire the permits which will allow the reopening of the clinic and the restoration of all BAWA services.