Bulletin 2 September 2013
Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 PM at Maya Ubud Resort, Ubud
“Computers are like Old Testament gods: lots of rules and no mercy.” Joseph Campbell
Bulletin September 2, 2013
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE, REPORTS
Pres Sue thanked all the members who contribute to getting the Bulletin published and distributed. It takes closely coordinated support from Sec Allan, PP Rosalind, SAA Bruce and AG Marilyn. With all the helpful hands involved it’s a wonder we don’t get those hands crossed! And then there are still a few technological kinks to work out…every distribution brings a new surprise!
As usual our members are coming and going….Rtn Gabe (https://gabebook.wordpress.com/) is leaving the UK and heading back to Morocco via France and Barcelona. She still has no idea when her wanderlust will wane and bring her back to Bali. Rtn Fred and spouse Mandy are keeping their heads down in Cairo. Sec Allan is off to Australia for two weeks and Rtn Cat is in Canada for a month. Just to prove that members eventually return, we’re delighted to have Treas Danielle
and Rtn Rich (RC Colorado Springs Interquest) return from the USA. Rtn Antje arrived from Germany sans husband Raymond…but only for two weeks. And long term guests Bill and Judith Schneider (RC Foster City) are back with us for the next several months and jumped right in to contribute their time and expertise to the club. And they never fail to arrive in Bali with a fabulous raffle prize…a huge bag of San Francisco’s famous Ghirardelli Chocolates. Sales of raffle tickets soared!!
In the true spirit of Rotary the Schneiders kept our Balinese communities in mind while in the USA. They asked their club’s members to pitch in and fund mammograms for Balinese women at $10.00 each. The response was generously overwhelming and 100 women will be heading to Siloam Hospital for what could be a lifesaving mammogram.
Sometimes community service happens unplanned and spontaneously. During VP Rucina’s year as religious leader in her village she’s been teaching young girls Balinese dance. Ru admits to not being the best of Balinese dancers but she’s a super duper teacher, strict and demanding, and what began as a small class has grown to 40 hardworking and beautifully dancing little girls. (great video of Ru teaching the cute kids: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151602776822816&set=vb.553997815&type=2&theater). As a special treat for the girls Ru invited them to swim at her house…and even though few of them knew how to swim, they all showed up. It was Rucina’s turn to do some serious water ballet keeping them all afloat!
We’re always glad to hear good news about a previous project…this one a Matching Grant with RC Ignacio (USA) for Bali Global Foundation (Panti Asuhan). Students studying at this live-in school will have new uniforms thanks to Ru’s friend Jessica who staged a successful fundraiser.
An informative Rotary Minute from PE Philip about Global Grant applications. Rotary International’s review of project applications is TOUGH so either go into meticulous detail in the application or be prepared to answer lots of questions from RI.
Always a fun way to end a meeting is a Flag Exchange, this time with Mani Subramanian, RC Los Gatos, USA. He probably felt right at home surrounded by former Californians.
SSA Bruce with the help of PP Ros and PR Philip showed us our first glimpse of the new Rotary International website. As soon as the website came up, we received our very first communication…admonishing us that the browser on the club’s computer was way out of date and to download a browser from the current century. PE Philip came to the rescue by switching the demonstration to HIS computer (110% up to date…he’s a software aficionado) and the demo moved forward. The new website is vastly improved and the search function is fast and on point. Nice piece of work, Rotary International!!by