Bulletin 14 August 2017

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset

District 3420 / No. 79571

And the last Monday of the month at Maya Resort & Spa, Ubud at 5:30 PM

“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get” W.P. Kinsella

Bulletin August 14, 2017


Pres. Allan welcomed all our guests and members.  This was the largest turnout at Kakiang Garden Café.  We had 16 people there!  Allan then went around the room to introduce everyone to members and guests.  Allan also announced the August Rotary theme was membership, which remained

a key goal although Sunset numbership had increased greatly in 2016/17.

Allan asked IPP Bruce if he was recording (audio) the meeting and he said yes he was and that he used the recording to help write the meeting Bulletin.  Allan also told us that these recordings will be kept on our club’s G-Drive in the Secretary/Meeting Audios folder for only a month or so.

Terri with a helmet

Terri with a helmet

Since RTN Renee was away, Allan had RTN Terri answer the Renee Q&A: ‘Grants’ – basically there are several types of grants in Rotary: Global Grants; District Grants; and Matching Grants.  District Grants are used to fund smaller projects in your area.  The District decides which projects it will fund.  They are funded by using up to 50% of a club’s allocated District Allocated Funds. Proposals and documents are forwarded to the District where they are processed.  If approved, the funds are transferred to the club.  Last year we were funded for a project for Bali Children’s Foundation which gives scholarships to children who cannot continue their education because they have no money for uniforms, shoes, books, etc.

For club business:

  1. Our Christmas Fundraising Dinner

    Secretary – Continuing Resolutions and Bylaws have all passed.

  2. Treasurer Brian said we had 140M available currently for projects.
  3. Fundraising: IPP Bruce told about this year’s 4th Annual Christmas Fundraising Buffet Dinner. The budget is 2-5M and last year we took in 25M IDR.  He asked for volunteers: Dora, Ray, Allan, Brian, and Tika raised their hands.  He will schedule a meeting this coming week. Next Saturday at Kakiang for the first meeting
  4. Projects – We have already done one John Fawcett Foundation village visits and Committee Dora is scheduling more.  Dora also reported that the last JFF event enabled more than 600 people to be assessed at a cost of little more than US$2000.
    1. Water Projects – #17 is complete and will assist 10,000 villagers!  Plus we are working on #18 in Muntig and #19 in GitGit.  RTN Ray and our guest speaker Aron added that this water is NOT drinkable but that our water projects are now including water filtering system from Kopernik so at no additional cost the villages have drinking water as well.
    2. New proposal – IPP Bruce has submitted a proposal for the Bali Children’s Project
  5. A Rotaract recruitment bike ride event was held last Saturday. Our club helped them with those costs.  It was a great success.

Chet from Fayence-St Vallier in Provence, France

Flag exchange—Allan welcomed Chet and Natalie from Fayence-St Vallier in Provence, France and flags were exchanged. Chet also won the raffle prize for the meeting!


Guest Speaker: IPP Bruce introduced our guest speakers by telling of an Oslo Rotary club had been in touch with us to find NGOs that help school children.  We told them about the Bali Children’s Project who are submitting a proposal to their club for US$30,000!

Aron of Bali Children’s Project (http://balichildrensproject.org/) along with Linda the founder.

BCP is a registered Yayasan, more than 20 years old, that has focused mainly on educational opportunities for the 10% to 20% of young people who do not finish high school. A major factor is money, because education, especially in secondary school, is too costly for poor families. They concentrate on girls, who tend to be left behind more often. This year 271 children are being sponsored with scholarships.

Another major project is HIV education, as this is a rapidly growing problem in Bali. Currently at least 18,000 people known to be infected in Bali. Classes on sex education are being conducted in all nine regencies, and will reach 10,000 students in 2017. Big high schools can have up to 1500 students, and pre-post testing shows information from these programs is well retained.

The funding streams for the HIV project will cease soon, as they are subject to a four-year limit. The search has begun for new funding

Pre-school is a new focus for BCP—renovations for classrooms, new teaching materials, as well as extra lessons. Members questioned the standard of teaching generally, and Aaron confirmed that standards were wildly variable, with some very inadequate. For those children, extra lessons are essential.


Next meeting: Maya Resort & Spa August 28th  5:30 to 7p.m. Our special guests will be Melati and Isabel Wijse – these 2 teenagers founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags in Bali and have now spread the concept all over Indonesia. Learn how they did it.


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