Bulletin 04 June 2012

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

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
George Bernard Shaw


Attending: Allan, Bill, Bruce, Cat, Mr. Chu, Danielle, Gabe, Janet, LLoyd, Marilyn, Philip, Rosalind, Rucina, Rustiasa, Sue W

Guests: Rtn Richard Foss (RC Colorado Springs Interquest, USA), Rtn David Lock (RC Kenmore, Australia), Ann Lock, Deborah Kurfiss, Charlotte Worner



“Others teach you English, we make you SPEAK!”

David, Ann and Ros with their new friends

Community Service: When the big Health Day was held a couple of weeks back, one of the participating doctors, Dr. Ngurah, told us about an extracurricular, free English class he offers on Sunday mornings.  Although Dr. Ngurah has excellent English himself, he knows it is important for his students to hear English as spoken by native speakers…thus the request and invitation for volunteers to visit.  Rtn David and spouse Ann Lock and PE Rosalind responded and had a grand time entertaining and being entertained by Dr. Ngurah’s class.  For sure hearing native English speakers was of value to these kids, but which accent to emulate????  David and Ann’s Australian or Rosalind’s American.  Believe me, they are not the same language!

Educare graduation at Campuhan College:  Over a hundred class 4, 5 and 6 grade children from three elementary schools in Kerta, Payangan gathered at Campuhan College to celebrate their graduation from EduCare.   To cheer them on were the volunteers who taught the program (every Sunday for four months!), the school principals (old friends to our club), classroom teachers, parents, friends and representatives from the Gianyar government.   EduCare focuses on teaching academic skills, building self confidence AND learning values including respect for self and others.  These children wrote and acted out short plays IN ENGLISH, complete with costumes and stage sets.  Considering that none of these children spoke a word of English before they entered EduCare and had limited teamwork experience, the results were amazing!!  And, as you might imagine, pretty darn funny.  But most important was that EduCare graduates would never again be shy to ask questions.  Older classroom teachers are going to be taken aback by this significant difference while younger teachers will be delighted!

Outstanding students get awards from Rtns Sue and Marilyn

A Play in English

Time to go home

CLUB ASSEMBLY, JUNE 16, 10 A.M. AT GABE’S HOUSE. Need we say more???

Electrician training program Rtn Cat and guest Charlotte cleared up misunderstandings about a vocational government school in Singaraja in which an enhanced course trains certified electricians.   Club members had heard conflicting statements about training delivered at the school and what level of expertise students achieved upon graduation.  It was good to be set straight, particularly since there is a screaming need for electricians throughout the island. This three year electrician’s training program ensures well-paid employment for graduates.

Projects Report We seem to be in a ‘wait and hold’ position with most of our projects.  The HIV GG Proposal is now being reviewed by RC La Jolla Golden Triangle and we’re waiting for the outcome.  An education and sanitation Global Grant proposal is being reviewed by RC North Balwyn.  Work on our most recent Sumba water and sanitation project, thanks to RC Manningham, is close to starting but not yet.  A water project with RC Bowral-Mittagong is waiting for a last check-out in September.  And the Education and Sanitation Global Grant is in the clean-up last details, final report stage.

There are projects waiting in the wings for Project Committee discussion and direction: villages asking for their very own Health Day, trees wanting to be planted, children hoping for books  to read, scholarships for children who would otherwise stop their education at grade 6 and more.  The one thing we can definitely count on is that there will always more to do for our local children and villages.

Scholarships Three young women from poverty level homes are being the gift of additional education.  They will be incoming scholarship students at Campuhan College’s one year graphics and media training program…and you can bet a year from now they’ll graduate the program with both a job offer in hand and excellent English!! How did this happen?

Thanks to the good offices of Cat, two of the students will be funded by a donation that has been sitting in the bank for the past 15 years!  The donation was originally aimed at young women in East Timor but ongoing political and military conflict there kept the scholarships from being used.   Whatever the original donation was worth 15 years ago, today its value is IDR 50,000,000, more than enough to fund two girls whose homes are too far away for them to commute to school and therefore need to be housed here in Ubud.

Cat pointed out that if we could top up the remaining balance from the 50,000,000 there would be enough for yet ANOTHER scholarship.  It didn’t take 30 seconds and the cash was in Cat’s hands!  Then came the frosting on the cake…Rtn Mr. Chu offered to cover the cost of lodging for yet another potential scholarship student who might miss this opportunity due to great distances between home and college.  When this class graduates a year from now we’ll truly have a vested interest in applauding them.


Our own PE Rosalind shared interesting thoughts with us this evening.  She spoke of her travel experiences–which started with a visit to London for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation when she was 9–and how they have shaped her life and perspectives. She moved to San Francisco during 1967’s Summer of Love, straddling the hippy and straight worlds by managing a large architectural firm by day while celebrating the ‘revolution’ on weekends.

As a teen she was inspired by a book that followed Marco Polo’s Silk Road, and in 1973 she spent 10 months crossing South Asia from Turkey to Nepal. In 1989 she returned to Nepal and met her future husband Pasang, a member of the Sherpa ethnic group, and brought him to the U.S. where they were married. He lives in Kathmandu, polishing his karma in preparation for the next life. She chose Bali to concentrate on this life.

These and other travel experiences have taught her compassion, given her a larger world view, a longer historical view of the rise and fall of empires and cultures, and made her realize how much change remains an eternal constant.

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