Bulletin 12 January 2015

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset

District 3420 / No. 79571

Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud

 “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

Bulletin January 12, 2015


Members Present: Cat, Sue, Bruce, Philip, Danielle, Marilyn, Driya, Probo, Rucina, Allan

Guests: Johnny Lucas (Toronto, Canada), Alissa Stern Washington DC who is an attorney and anthropologist

Visiting Rotarians: Rich Foss RC Interquest, Amanda Bond RC Whitby, Ontario is working with international  Rotary Youth Exchange students on entrepreneurship as an online resource – A3bond@gmail.com



Ubud's Rotaractors encourage a love of reading

Ubud’s Rotaractors encourage a love of reading

Pres. Philip and Exec. Secty. Marilyn reported on the Rotaract Mobile Library project in Pejeng which IPP Sue and Marilyn attended. The project encourages kids in elementary schools to use, enjoy and share books in an effort to instill the culture of reading for pleasure. Each child selects a book and keeps it for a week, then exchanges it for another.  The next visit will be on Saturday and Marilyn will provide transport, leaving at 0900; please contact her if you wish to attend. The books are provided through private donations and Ganesha Books’ reading outreach program.

IPP Sue shares an exchange flag

IPP Sue shares an exchange flag

Sue told us about a flag exchange with William Churchill of RC Dallas, Texas which took place during the week.

Rtn. Probo reported on the progress of the RYLA project to take place in

RYLA meeting 11 Jan. 2015

RYLA meeting 11 Jan. 2015

March 2015 over three days.  Eight participants have already registered and there is space for another 12 young people aged 17 – 25.   Our club is covering the cost of the event and members have privately sponsored the meals, snacks and water.

Sue reported the Holiday fundraiser made a profit of 34 juta which has been transferred to our project account, as has been the 6.6 juta from cookbook sales.

Marilyn shared some Rotary trivia.  RI is renaming the months to focus on programs ie Water and Sanitation, Heath etc.

Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker Alisa

Guest Speaker Alisa

Alissa Stern spoke about BASABali promoting the Balinese language.  There are an estimated one million speakers of Balinese, a minority of the local population. The language is at a crossroads, the script is already

Balinese Script

Balinese Script

quickly being lost.  It is difficult to rescue a language which is vanishing.   BASABali has developed a software package that teaches both spoken Balinese and Balinese script using dialogues.  It was piloted in 12 middle schools using teaching students from Udyana University.  BASABali has also made the Balinese/English/Indonesian dictionary available in the WIKI format, and the inputs which is being checked by linguists from UU.  They are open to other projects to encourage keeping the language alive. Visit the website at www.basabali.org

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