Bulletin 30 April 2012

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3400/No.79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30pm Maya Resort, Ubud


“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope”

Attending: Allan, Bill, Bruce, Cat, Danielle, Fred and Mandy, Gabe, Marilyn, Rosalind, Rucina, Rustiasa

Guests: Guest Speaker Rtn Stewart Martin (RC Seaside), USA. Rtn Richard Foss,( RC Colorado Springs Interquest USA), Raelene Starr (hopefully soon a member!), Bill Casey


RC Seminyak is celebrating its tenth anniversary on Saturday May 19th and we’re all invited to a gala dinner party. Tickets are 350,000 rp and e-mail Marilyn moc@easyliving.com to reserve YOURS!!

The best times are sometimes just hangin’ out, like Raelene, Fred & Bruce here

Rtn Rustiasa, Director of Campuhan College, hosted Rotaracts from three Bali Rotaract clubs (Ubud, Nusa Dua and Seminyak) plus a number of potential Rotaracts at a full-day training session titled “A New Beginning – Returning to the Essence.” Twenty-two young people, including many of the College’s scholarship students, engaged in leadership and team skills activities and discussed what Rotaract is all about. Rave reviews from attendees and a request for more workshops like this one followed. Well done, Rus.

The Director of ‘Strong Children Strong Nation Foundation’ (Yayasan Sanggar Anak Tagguh) will be our guest speaker on May 28th. The focus of the Foundation is to open the eyes of children from ages 6 to 17 who feel there is no educational future for them.  Help them and get to know how talented these kids are by stopping in at Bar Luna and taking a look at the kids’ photo exhibition starting on May 1. See the world through the eyes of young people hoping for a better future.

Our club was named a Change Maker Club in Indonesia! The award came as a big surprise and we were delighted to be one of the clubs chosen in District 3400. And members can also pat themselves on the back for being generous donors to Every Rotarian Every Year. We ranked 17th among the 90 clubs in District 3400…and we haven’t finished collecting yet!


Marilyn with her lovely Rotary Rose pin from Stew Martin

Cat dazzled with Stew’s gift necklace

Rtn Stewart Martin, RC Seaside USA and Regional Team Leader for Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group (Wasrag) was our feted guest speaker this evening. For starters he came bearing gifts! Stew presented Marilyn with a gift of a Rotarian Rose Pin for “being a rose of a Rotarian” for “opening my eyes to the differences and complexities of culture here in Bali and the tremendous hospitality given to my entire team for a month here can never be forgotten.” And to Ibu Cat, a huge thanks AND a lovelyhandmade necklace from an Oregonian artist for overseeing his District’s DSG in Sumba and for giving her time and energy to support water and sanitation projects in Sumba. Stew and District 5100 have been great project partners over the years and we look forward to partnering with them again in the near future.

Stew’s passion is bringing water and sanitation to the needy and Wasrag was the perfect Rotary action group for

Stew Martin presents the Wasrag concept

Stew to work with. Wasrag was formed in 2007 with the aim of reducing the huge number of people lacking access to potable water…a number that stood at two billion! Stew told us that ‘Here in Indonesia it is estimated that 40% of the rural population still has no access to clean drinking water and 60% of the rural population has no sanitation facilities.’

To compound efforts to improve availability of water and sanitation, Stew told us that up to 50% of water, sanitation and hygiene projects fail within the first five years. Most Rotary projects have concentrated on providing THINGS. Often the ‘things’ break and villagers may not know how or have financial resources to fix them. Or, villagers didn’t care one way or the other because they never wanted the ‘things’ that were being provided!

Because evaluation and sustainability are new and important components for project planning and reporting, reasons for less than successful projects will become valuable learning experiences.  Sometimes it’s more important to share what didn’t work than to talk about what did work. We need to verify and be able to measure the success of our projects. Due diligence is a must; community demand has to be strong. Beneficiaries should feel ownership of the project by helping to build it (literally), learning how to maintain it (training to replace parts, for example) and see sustainability as a positive influence in their lives.

Water projects have vastly expanded based on past experiences. It is no longer sufficient to simply deliver water! Water needs to be potable, sanitation facilities should be included, basic hygiene taught and economic improvement considered. Water is just the beginning.

Planning a large District project and including the Wasrag guidelines should be an exciting and productive activity. And using Wasrag’s structure of a Regional Team (now being formed for District 3420) will give a large project the best probability for success.

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