Bulletin 25 March 2013

Bulletin 25 March 2013

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset

District 3420 / No. 79571
Meeting every Monday at 5:30 pm at Maya Resort, Ubud

 “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”     Albert Einstein



A Generous Rotarian in the Making:
SilvaTNBruce is sponsoring visiting guest, Silvia McGroarty, to become the newest Member of Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset.  Silvia has already done some private fundraising among her close friends and announced her very generous donation of $1,000 to the Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset.  Perhaps with that talent for fundraising, Silvia can join the Fundraising Committee when she becomes a member next week?


Temukus Health Project Gets A Smile Donated by Dentists:

Temukus Health Project Committee Member, Marilyn, reported on the Temukus Schools Health Projects and updated us that the white-smiling-teethDentists who participated in the recent Health Examination and Awareness Day, decided that they would donate all of their dental services provided during the Health Days.  

Fifteen Doctors and Dentists came to examine the children and were inundated with over 200 School Children and their family members who sought out the one-day health examinations made available by a respectful collaboration between Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset, cooperative Puskesmas (local health clinic) staff, and village organizers..  The committee in charge of the Health Event had budgeted Rp 30,000 per person in the Project Budget but with the Dentist’s generous donation of their time and service, the budget only came to about Rp 9,000,000. ($900).  What an exceptional value and investment in health.  Funds for this event came from the Ubud Rotary Foundation in the U.S.

Seeing is Believing:
To further assist the in getting out the message out on sustainable health practices, Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset donated a projector and screen to the local government clinic in Rendang to assist the medical professionals with their presentations to communities throughout the sprawling mountain area.   Club Members SudanaZsuzsa and Marilyn presented this equipment to thankful Rendang clinic staff last week.

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rylaSupporting Exceptional Indonesian Young Adults to Experience Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA):

Club Member Probo, is diligently working on the RYLA Event coming up on April 12 – 14, which he is chairing.  The Event is a unique opportunity for exceptional 18 to 24 year old young adults to experience a motivational Leadership Seminar sponsored by Rotary.  Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset is sponsoring three leadership-potential young adults to attend the event.  

Probo requested assistance in finding and funding affordable transportation to transports the attendees from Denpasar to Payangan so let’s support him and help determine the best wheels for this job.  Probo also requested that ten Rotarian members from the District participate in the Closing ceremony of RYLA to interview the participants and congratulate them.  Let’s show our support of these future leaders.


stop aids get testedThe Due Diligence behind Getting the HIV Clinic Grant Proposal Presented for Consideration:
HIV Committee head Sue Winski, gave us an update on the HIV Clinic Project and Global Grant status.  In the unexpected departure of Bill, HIV Committee Chair, we want to thank Sue Winski and the other HIV Committee Members (Rucina, Marilyn, Dr. Steve, Zsuzsa, and Antje) for pursuing the Global Grant application and following-up on the additional information requests from Rotary International.  

There has been a lot of careful due-diligence devoted to this HIV Clinic Project along with intensive follow-up and follow-through on the Grant Proposal.  So hat’s-off to Sue, Bill, and the HIV Committee for being persistent and putting our Club on track to be awarded at US$ 56,000 Global Grant!

HIV & Aids, A Global Health Crisis and Its Affects on Children in Cambodia:

A passionate and emotional trip to Cambodia recently undergone by  Janet Molloy, further exposed her to the continuing challenges facing the limited healthcare resources available for children with HIV & Aids.  The New Hope Orphanage in Cambodia has been in operation for seven years and supports 300 children who have HIV.  The outreach program reaches another 1,400 children in the area.  The Orphanage welcomes volunteers from NGO’s to help financially support and care for the kids.  

Dr. Richmond who treats children at the Orphanage, raises money by organizing and playing cello at concert fundraisers.  What heartfelt devotion.  Through his caring work over many years, Dr. Richmond has been involved in the health care of over one million children with HIV.  

While in Cambodia Janet also met with Gertrude Matjue who is currently raising awareness and funds to support donations of needed educational supplies and medicines for Children with HIV in Cambodia.  Janet admires Gertrude as a champion of children with HIV and witnessed her stamina and devotion to the cause.  Cambodia ranks 121 our of the 177 countries currently served by the United Nations Development Program in terms of internal infrastructure stability, healthcare, and quality of life issues.

Help for the HIV Fieldwork Buddies in Bali:

Janet, Zsuzsa and Antje attended a Bali Peduli party to thank supporters on the 21st.  Janet talked about the importance of the HIV Fieldwork Buddies who check on the well-being of HIV diagnosed individuals in the community with the objective of making sure that the HIV positive diagnosed individuals stay on the routine of medicine that helps keep the virus in-check. Fieldwork Buddies often need emotional support, too.  Many of the Fieldwork Buddies are HIV positive themselves so they can offer first-hand advice on the best way to manage HIV and the required medicine.

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Sunday, April 21:
Fellowship / Club Assembly with an Accent on the Latin and Italian at LLoyd’s Home

IPP LLoyd, will host the next Fellowship with added Club Assembly on Sunday, April 21, at 11:00 am in his home in Central Ubud.  Inspired by his native Los Angeles and also a love of Italian food, the Brunch will be Latin & Italian themed including Pizza from Il Giardino Italian Restaurant and “Desaks Supper Tangy Vinaigrette & Goat-Cheese Salad” along with Sangria Drink.  Attendees can bring their own favorite Italian or Mexican Pot Luck dish.  Please RSVP to LLoyd at lloyd@designsolutionspt.com by Wednesday, April 17.


The Secret Lives of Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Gentle Giants:

manta trust logomanta girlSara Lewis from the Manta Trust out of the UK has spent the greater part of a year in Indonesia observing the Manta Rays off the coast of Bali and documenting their behavior.  Manta Rays can be seen by scuba-divers in Raja Ampat, Nusa Penida, and Komodo.  Sara gave us a stunning visual presentation of the Manta Rays in their natural environment of tropical and sub-tropical ocean regions.  It has recently been determined that there are actually two species of Mantas –  the smaller Reef Manta Ray (at 3 to 4 meters) and the giant Oceanic Manta Ray (that can grow to be an unbelievable 7 meters).

Manta Rays are distantly related to Sharks in that they both are elasmobranchii, meaning that their internal structure is formed by cartilage rather than bone and have no spine.  Manta Rays are ancient creatures that are some 20 million years of evolution.  Having the largest brains-to-body ratio of any fish, Mantas are intelligent and curious creatures who often engage with underwater divers.  They are gentle and not dangerous despite their ominous looking huge mouths that skim off vast amounts of plankton as their main source of food.  Manta’s can frequently be observed by divers at “cleaning stations” where smaller fish feed off of and remove the parasites from the Manta’s huge bodies.  These salons-of-the-sea are frequented over and over again by the same group of Manta’s during their lifetime for cleaning maintenance.

Individual Manta Rays can be identified by unique spot patterns on their bellies.  Each Manta has it’s own unique spot configuration.  Male Mantas can be identified by their claspers which are used during mating.  The Male Manta’s compete for the Females favors by undergoing a lengthy and competitive chase with the fittest male achieving natural selection.  During mating ritual the male will leave bite marks on the female’s top fin which indicates to researches that the female has generated offspring.  Gestation time for a new “pup” to be born is 12 months, one of the longest required pregnancies by any species.  Female Manta’s only give birth to one pup each pregnancy and typically wait up to 6 years before conceiving again.  So the birth rate of Manta’s is relatively limited which makes their populations vulnerable due to slow reproduction rates and overfishing.

Due to their size, Manta’s have few natural enemies except for certain larger sharks and whales. But the biggest threat to the Manta population is actually Man.  Commercial fishing using nets, frequently entangles the Mantas in a death grip.  And escalating at an alarming rate, is harvesting the Mantas for their cartilage-rich Gill Rakers which are utilized in Chinese medicine for a treatment of skin diseases and certain cancers.  The Gill Rakers cartilage has a market value of US$500 per kilo and one large Manta can produce about 7 kilos.  The temptation for poor fisherman is getting greater as the demand for the Gill Rakers increases and, unfortunately, Indonesian fisherman are often responsible for the Manta population demise.  Fortunately Manta Rays are now listed as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) which is focusing more attention on their possible fate of being over-fished.  The Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES) now requires permits for trade in Manta. 

Ultimately, the Manta Rays are more valuable as living creatures as they produce millions of dollars anually in scuba-diving tourism revenue. So it is up to Mankind to preserve and protect this magnificent underwater Gentle Giants.  

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