Bulletin 08 February 2016

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset

District 3420 / No. 79571

Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at the Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud or the Kakiang Garden Café, Ubud

 “We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.” ― Rick Warren

Bulletin February 8, 2016


Members: Bruce Briscoe VP; Daniel Foss TRF; Penny Adams Secretary

Guests: Mary Northmore ; Sue and Ray Bishop ; Marie Franziosede Saint Priest d’Urgel PE; Patrick Van Kampen AG; Doris A. Sommer IPP; Rich Foss; S.J. Kho; Bill and Judith Schneider


This week’s meeting was again held at the very nice Kakiang Garden Café on Jl. Andong.  VP Bruce opened the meeting by welcoming all the guests.  Ten in all.  Next

AG Patrick

AG Patrick

Bruce asked everyone to please introduce themselves and say what club they belong to and mention something about their club.  We were particularly pleased to have AG Patrick Van Kampen join us and who even brought several other Seminyak members with him.

Bruce Briscoe

VP Bruce Briscoe

Bruce stated that since there was so few RCBUS members and so many guests, we would not discuss ‘Old and New Business’ and use this opportunity to get feedback from our guests on different important topics.

The first thing we needed to discuss was about changing the meeting location of our weekly meetings from Maya Resort & Spa to Kakiang Garden Café.  Most feedback was positive, the service, the food and the food costs, plus the 10% discount the café has offered to us during our meetings.  A negative was that some thought it was too far ‘out of town’.  No consensus was reached, but the idea that we use the Maya for the first meeting each month when we expect to have speakers and thus more attendees and Kakiang for other meetings seemed to have a good reception.  We will discuss this further.

AG Patrick Van Kampen, Mary Northmore, Sue Bishop, and several Seminyak members

AG Patrick Van Kampen, Mary Northmore, Sue Bishop, and several Seminyak members

Mary Northmore the creator of the SMILE Foundation that specializes in facial reconstructive, gave a delightful explanation of SMILE.  She also mentioned that their next fundraising venture is to be a fashion show fundraiser and designer sample sale at Indus on the 26th February from 2:30 to 5:00PM and tickets can be purchased at SMILE stores for 150.000 Rps.  She also explained how SMILE works and they use their funds.  It is an ALL volunteer organization.  She also mentioned that SMILE has moved to the main road in Nyuh Kuning where they have more room for items contributed to SMILE, but they still have a smaller shop on Sri Wedari across from Seniman Coffee.

Bill & Judith Schneider and others

Bill & Judith Schneider and others

Judith Schneider gave a wonderful “Rotary Minute” which was followed by her husband, Bill’s joke that he had to read but was pretty funny.  Bill also gave us a nice report on last week’s special joint meeting with the Seminyak and three other clubs.

Along with the discussion of the new venue it was mentioned that one advantage of using Kakiang was that some could attend at no cost and, as a result, we might be able to attract more Indonesians to our club.  AG Patrick made some good comments concerning the difference between Indonesian and Western potential members – suggested that we focus on a strong international English speaking club as there are so many Indonesian clubs in Bali.

Sue Bishop, Danielle and Rich Foss, Penny Adams, and Bill Schneider

Sue Bishop, Danielle and Rich Foss, Penny Adams, and Bill Schneider

Our Guest Sue Bishop and her husband Ray, members of Rotary Club Hope Island, who run a clinic in east Bali, Rumah Sehat, thanked the RCBUS for their support of the family needing money for surgery for a man’s tumor.   Rumah Sehat is a Humanitarian Project (https://www.facebook.com/rumahsehatbali/ ) promoting Health in Bali, Indonesia.  This project is one of many Rotary Australian World Community Service projects (RAWCS). It survives on donations from friends and Rotary Clubs Hope Island and Bali Taman. The project is broad based community initiative assessing remote village families in Karangasam with basic health care, nutritional education. Also natal care along with ensuring as many children as possible have access to education. The Foundation will build two new class rooms beside their existing Clinic Building to establish a VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE to accelerate the opportunity of further education in English & Computer skills to seek employment in the Bali tourist area.

KakiangMapOur next meeting is scheduled again for next Monday at Kakian Garden Café.  A map has been added to our website showing map and directions for both Maya and Kakaian:   http://rotarybaliubudsunset.org/attend-a-meeting-location-map/   Remember that Guests are ALWAYS welcomed and encouraged to attend our Monday evening meetings. Invite them to come see what our club is all about and how we are devoted to helping the local Balinese. Our club priorities are Health, Hygiene, and Water. To ensure a seat, please email us before Monday noon, at meeting (at) rotarybaliubudsunset (dot) org


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